MISSING selection with the Geelong Falcons has provided extra motivation the Colac Tigers’ newest senior footballer Leigh Gorwell.
The 17-year-old appeared on track to join the TAC Cup club after a dominant season in 2015, winning Football Geelong’s under-16 league best-and-fairest and leading the junior Tigers to a premiership.
But after missing the Falcons’ cut at the final stage, Gorwell quickly turned his attention to playing GFL football.
He was one of the Tigers’ youngest debutants in recent years when he played in the club’s round one win against Geelong West-St Peters.
And Colac coach Paul Lynch said Gorwell didn’t look out of place.
“I thought Leigh was really good, he didn’t look uncomfortable against the bigger bodies and that was my concern because he’s only small and fresh out of the 16s,” he said.
“But he had eight tackles which was the third highest in the team, and I’m big on defence and what you do when you haven’t got the footy, so there will certainly be more opportunities for him.”
Gorwell said his goal this season was to play as much senior football as possible, despite being eligible for under-18.5 colts for the next two years.
“I got cut from the Falcons just after Christmas, it was pretty disappointing but it’s not always a bad thing to get cut, I’ll use it as motivation to work harder,” he said.
“I did a few pre-season training sessions and played in a practice match with the seniors and got the call-up on the Thursday night before round one.
“I want to play the best level I can, but I never really expected to get a senior game to be honest.”
Gorwell, who also won a Colac district league under-14.5 best-and-fairest while playing with Alvie in 2013, said he had pulled up fine following his first ever senior game.
“It was a bit different to what you’d normally expect in juniors, a lot faster pace and it’s a lot different playing against bigger bodies,” he said.
“But I pulled up fine, nothing out of the ordinary.
“Now the goal is to have a good consistent season, and hopefully get a few more senior games under my belt.”