𝐍𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐮𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐝, 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐲/𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐬, 𝐒𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐀𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐲 & 𝐁𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫-𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐀𝐅𝐋
𝗛𝗶 𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿, 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝘁𝘆 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗻 𝗪𝗔?
I was really lucky to have had the opportunity to come over to WA at the start of the year and play a season of football that has been largely uninterrupted by COVID. It has been an incredible and hugely rewarding experience and I have had significant learning curves on and off-field.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗪𝗔 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝘁𝘆?
There was a combination of reasons for my move to the WAFL. I wanted to continue to learn and become a better player taking my game to the highest standard possible. I wanted to challenge myself personally by moving away from friends and family. The WAFL is a terrific state league and when the opportunity to move to the Perth came up I jumped at straight away.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗔𝗙𝗟?
I started the year in the reserves & spent 14 weeks adapting to the bigger ovals and improving my game. I was then lucky enough to make my debut in the league team (premiers equiv.) and play 6 games at that level. Unfortunately the league side missed the finals this year, but I am still eligible for reserves so I am now preparing to be a part of their finals campaign. It will be great to gain some finals experience in the WAFL and an exciting opportunity to push for a flag.
𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗵𝘂𝗴𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗲, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗱?
Coming over to a football state with a strong history and deep talent pools, I realised very quickly I had to add components to my game such as improving my ability to read the play and develop my footy IQ. I’ve also realised the high level of effort and intensity that is consistently required during each game and every training session.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗼 “𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝘁𝘆 𝗜𝗤”?
In order to improve my footballing IQ I’ve swung between roles up forward and down back. Playing back has given me an understanding of the intensity required to perform as a forward. I’ve had to work on learning structures and patterns, understanding roles on the field in order to be able to build strong chemistry with teammates.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳𝗳-𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱?
It has been a great challenge to work or study all day and then come into the club 3 nights a week and bring a high level of professionalism. I’ve found it takes a lot of forward planning & discipline. Living alone means I’m thinking about budgeting, preparing and cooking all my meals. I’m so grateful to have met so many fantastic teammates and to enjoy the support of some incredibly generous staff, club members and past players. However, I’m very much looking forward to a visit back to Sydney when possible to see my family and Bombers teammates!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆?
It has certainly been a new experience being part of a longstanding club with a rich history that faces the pressure to perform and get results for members, supporters and sponsors. Whilst I’m focused on playing my role each week as a member of the team, I’m certainly more aware that I want to win for members, supporters and sponsors as they play such an important role in making Perth the best club it can be in the WAFL. I’ve also learnt how important it is to balance my approach to football with interests outside of it so I stay fresh for my game.
𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿, 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗹𝘂𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿.