SUPER PERFORMANCE: First-game players impress

Key injuries to the Geelong Falcons have opened up more opportunities for Colac footballers Frazer O’Gorman, left, and Liam McCarthy, who impressed in their first games with the TAC Cup club on the weekend.

Key injuries to the Geelong Falcons have opened up more opportunities for Colac footballers Frazer O’Gorman, left, and Liam McCarthy, who impressed in their first games with the TAC Cup club on the weekend.

FALCONS officials say Colac footballers Frazer O’Gorman and Liam McCarthy are in line for more games with the TAC Cup club after impressing on debut.

The two players lined up in the forward line during the Falcons’ comprehensive 18.17 (125) to 4.8 (32) win against Gippsland Power.

Long-term injuries to Falcons small forwards Bailey Ettridge, knee, and Mitch Chafer, ankle, and wingman Jack Walters, ACL, have also increased O’Gorman and McCarthy’s chances for more games.

McCarthy racked up 16 touches and five marks playing up forward and on the wing, while O’Gorman had 12 possessions and five tackles playing at half forward.

“They both went really well,” Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said.

“Frazer had been super at training, his defensive pressure as a small forward is fantastic,” he said.

“He had five tackles and kicked a goal.

“And Liam kicked six goals in a practice game so we were keen to have a look at him.

“He came into the side and looked good, he’s got a good overhead mark and a nice left foot, and he had 16 touches and took five marks.

“They’ll definitely be in the mix for more games, two of the three kids that got injured were small forwards so that will provide more opportunities.”

The Falcons stormed out of the blocks in Saturday’s win despite losing Ettridge and Chafer in the first quarter.

Geelong led by 20 points at the first break and the margin only grew from there.

Allthorpe said Birregurra’s Zach Zdybel played his best game of the season for the Falcons, snagging two goals and ranking among the best players for his 24 touches and six marks, while Winchelsea’s Cassidy Parish was also lively across Simonds Stadium.

“It was an intestersting game because we lost a couple of kids to injuries in the first quarter,” Allthorpe said.

“Zach really stepped up, he had his best game for the year, and Cassidy had 22 touches so they were both important players in the win,” he said.

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