Colac footballer Ethan Floyd has a good excuse for missing the Geelong Falcons’ return to Central Reserve tomorrow.
The Falcons return to Colac’s Central Reserve, Floyd’s home with the Colac Tigers, for the first time in a decade for premiership points when Geelong hosts Gippsland.
Officials have rested Floyd from TAC Cup duties after the Birregurra football product earned Vic Country selection for the opening game of the under-18 national championships on June 11.
State selection has capped off a breakthrough start to the 2017 campaign for Floyd, who has taken his game to another level in his second season in the Falcons’ program.
The Colac Secondary College Year 12 student took eye-catching pre-season form into the home-and-away rounds, averaging 16.5 disposals and 4.1 marks a game.
The running machine is also averaging seven handball receives after eight rounds for the ladder-leading Falcons.
Floyd had his first taste of state football last weekend in a trial game against next week’s opponent the Allies, and said he was thrilled to get another chance when the real stuff starts in Sydney in eight days.
“I’m really excited about getting the opportunity to play with the best players,” he said.
“It’s a massive step up; the TAC Cup’s a pretty big step from GFL football, and then going from TAC Cup to Vic Country is an even bigger jump.
“You’ve got the best players from the TAC Cup at that stage playing just a really high standard.”
Floyd said he entered his top-age season with a goal of securing his spot in Geelong’s starting 22.
“I’ve definitely gone up from my bottom-age year and how I go about things, and I’m happy with how I’m going at the moment, but I’m just taking it one game at a time,” he said.
“The pre-season we had this year is a massive part to the way I’m performing at the moment and the work I did with the high-performance guys.
“At the start of the season I didn’t really think about anything other than playing round one.
“I didn’t think too far ahead, just getting to that next game and going from there.”
Floyd will match it against next year’s AFL draft pool on the national stage.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.