Roo following father’s path

South Colac footballer Sam Mulgrew, 15, made his senior debut with the Roos, where his father Marty played 100 games, coached, and won a premiership in the 1990s. South Colac takes on reigning premier Birregurra at Birregurra tomorrow.

South Colac debutant Sam Mulgrew followed in the footsteps of one of Colac district’s greats when he made his senior debut for the Roos.

The promising junior footballer, 15, impressed in his first senior game for South Colac since crossing from Colac due to the Tigers being unable to field an under-17 team this year.

He joined a long line of Mulgrews who made names for themselves at South Colac, including his father Marty who played more than 100 games between 1992 and ‘98.

Marty Mulgrew won the Hampden league Maskell Medal while playing with Colac in 1990 before crossing to the Roos two years later to take on a coaching role, luring his brothers Kim and Darren to the club.

Their sister Leanne Monaghan was already at the club.

Mulgrew led the Roos for three years, then remained at the club to play under Brendan Hammond, a stint that included a premiership in 1997.

Mulgrew, who also won the Colac district league’s Jack Mahoney Medal that season, said it was a proud moment to see his son Sam debut with a club in which he had such fond memories.

“It was a pretty proud moment for the family,” Marty said.

“It was nice to see him get an opportunity, the South senior boys have been really good, and the coach Josh Black has been tremendous looking after him,” he said.

“They originally planned to give him an opportunity later in the season, but with a few injuries a spot opened up earlier than expected.

“I thought he was ready to play senior footy, he’s got a good head on his shoulders, he won’t go out and get 35 possessions but he takes pride in how he uses it.”

Black praised Sam for his performance in the Roos’ three-point win against Simpson on Saturday.

“Sam was really good, he didn’t lose any one-on-one contests,” he said.

“We probably threw him in the deep end a little bit, because he was playing in the back pocket and in that last quarter the ball was coming in pretty consistently, but he held his own.

“And he used the ball so well, I don’t think he missed a target which was impressive on a day where our biggest flaw was skill errors, he looked like he’d been playing for years.”

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