POTENTIAL Winchelsea AFL draftee Darcy Parish says he’s not daunted by the hype surrounding his football future after his latest accolade.
The 17-year-old earned Australian under-18 honours for a second time following a successful tournament for Vic Country, which claimed the national championships after going through its campaign undefeated.
The Geelong Falcon said earning another spot in a national representative line-up was a thrill after the Big V country outfit’s dominant display across the tournament.
“I’m pretty honoured to be announced in the All Australian side again, it was a great achievement I guess, but to win the championships was a huge honour to be part of that as well,” Parish told the Colac Herald.
“Most of the boys from last year got that taste of the championships, so we were pretty ready this year and to go six-and-love this year was just awesome and a good way to finish.”
Parish has been touted as a potential first round AFL draft pick, but the classy outside midfielder said he was turning his attention to finishing 2015 with strong performances for the sixth-placed Falcons in the TAC Cup in his pursuit for a spot on an AFL list.
“I just try and hide it as much as possible and go about my business to play consistent footy for Vic Country and the Falcons,” he said.
“It’ll all take care of itself at the end of the year and hopefully it all comes through, the dream, which would be good.
“That’s the big picture; it’s been a big dream of mine since I was a real little fella, so the opportunity just anywhere would be awesome.”
Parish had an interrupted start to the 2015 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships after he broke a thumb playing for the NAB AFL Academy against VFL side the Northern Blues earlier this year.
He said his 2014 experience with Vic Country made his late inclusion into this year’s national championships easier.
“To do my thumb was a bit of a bummer and a setback, I had about six weeks off with that and still kept my fitness up,” Parish said.
“Because I had a bit of exposure to it, I knew what was coming and I’m pretty close with the whole squad at Vic Country, so I fit straight in.”