WINCHELSEA AFL prospect Darcy Parish has made a successful return from injury in the Geelong Falcons’ 60-point win against the Western Jets.
The state-listed footballer, who has missed the Falcons’ past six matches after breaking a thumb, racked up 25 touches and took nine marks in 70-per-cent game time at the weekend.
Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said Parish was putting his hand up for selection with Vic Country in the under-18 national championships, which started last weekend.
“Darcy was good, he got plenty of the footy, he had 25 touches so he was really busy,” he said.
“He was a little rusty in some parts, but otherwise I’d say he’s ready to go for Vic Country if he’s needed this week.
“He played about 70 per cent of the game, on the wing, in the midfield and up forward.”
Meanwhile, Lorne’s Lochie Donne and Birregurra’s Zach Zdybel ranked among the Falcons’ best players in the 21.5 (131) to 10.11 (71) win at Werribee.
Donne booted a game-high four goals switching between the ruck and forward line, while Allthorpe said Zdybel played his best game for the Falcons at centre half-forward.
Donne had 19 touches, five marks and a team-high 21 hit-outs, while Zdybel also notched up 19 possessions, to go with his seven marks and five tackles.
“They were both fantastic, Lochie played the majority of the game in the ruck but went forward and kicked a few goals,” Allthorpe said.
“Zach played his best game of the year – he’s got a really good tank, good running capacity, he competed hard and really understands what we want from him,” he said.
Allthorpe said Colac Tigers duo Tom Rieniets, 13 touches, and Ben McCarthy, 12, also impressed in their shut-down roles in defence.