New Tiger praises teammates

Colac footballer Zach Zdybel is in the mix to represent Vic Country for a second time in three years.

Colac football recruit Zach Zdybel has credited his strong start to his senior football career to his new teammates.

The former Geelong Falcon has made a seamless transition into senior football after spending the past two years in the under-18 TAC Cup.

Colac coach Kane Leersen has been full of praise for the key-position player, who has stepped into the Tigers’ number-one ruckman’s role in the absence of Lochie Veale, earning selection in Vic Country’s initial under-19 squad.

But a modest Zdybel was quick to pass the attention back to his teammates, who have led the Tigers to a 7-1 start to the season ahead of tomorrow’s clash with ladder-leader St Josephs.

“I just think it’s a whole team effort, it makes it easier when everyone is playing their role,” he said.

“I don’t think I’m playing outstanding footy, I’m just trying to do my bit like everyone else.

“GFL footy is still a bit of a step up from the TAC Cup, the skill level is similar, but playing against the bigger bodies makes a difference, I pull up twice as sore now after each game.”

Zdybel said his selection in Vic Country’s initial 53-player under-19 squad, alongside teammate Liam McCarthy, had come as a shock.

The squad had its first training at Melbourne’s Albert Park on Sunday, with selectors set to finalise a team for a July 8 clash with the VAFA at a later date.

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