Vic Country coach Matt Battistello says officials are eager to unleash Winchelsea’s Cassidy Parish on junior football’s biggest stage against Vic Metro.
Parish will play his first game for the Big V in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships when Vic Country takes on its city counterpart Vic Metro at Richmond’s Punt Road Oval this Saturday.
The 17-year-old comes into the side at the expense of Colac Tiger Ethan Floyd, who will return to the Geelong Falcons’ squad for their TAC Cup clash with Sandringham on Sunday.
Battistello said Parish, the brother of Essendon rising star Darcy, had earned a spot in the side after rectifying parts of his game with the Falcons.
“It’s good reward for effort for Cass, he’s worked on certain aspects of his game at TAC Cup level,” he said.
“His two trial games were outstanding and he got some feedback on certain areas he needed to work on, which he’s still trying to address, but his effort and compliance to do that, this is certainly reward for that.
“Finding the ball has never been an issue, but we’ve been trying to make sure he’s effective with his possessions by foot and by hand, and also his transitional running to make sure he gets back and provides support.
“And we’ve certainly seen an improvement in that regard.”
Battistello said Saturday’s match presented a big opportunity for Parish in his bid to wind up on an AFL list at the end of the year.
“For him to showcase himself on a national forum, he’s really excited,” he said.
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