South Colac unveiled its sixth teenage debutant of the season with a host of key players pulling out before the Roos’ win against Irrewarra-Beeac.
Former Colac Tiger and Geelong Falcons representative Brady Coutts got his first taste of senior football during the Roos’ 17.14 (116) to 8.4 (52) win against the Bombers.
Champion forward Ben Cox missed his first game after suffering a grade two AC strain in his shoulder the previous week and could miss another three to four weeks, while South Colac coach Josh Black said key talls Todd Baudinette and Zach Jamieson, forward Daniel Roberts and midfielder Jamie Armstrong also had a week off.
“We had a few guys who had been playing through soreness during our run against Simpson, Lorne and Birre so they were pretty keen for a break,” Black said.
“But we had Clay Brewer come back in and he was really good in the ruck, and Jack Foley came back in as well,” he said.
“But it also gave us an opportunity to bring in Brady Coutts, another young player we’d had our eye on.
“He was really good, he’s got all the attributes for a good modern footballer, he’s quick, good in the air, he’s got a good penetrating kick on him.
“We played him as a high half- forward and wing, the role Dan Roberts had been playing.”
Coutts followed in the footsteps of fellow 2018 debutants; Jack Foley, 14 senior games, Sam Mulgrew, 10, Will Mulgrew, eight, Ben Vicary, five, and Zac Brett, two.
Black said he was rapt the Roos had an even spread of goalkickers in Cox’s absence.
South Colac had 12 goalkickers, led by Black and Jordan Foley, three goals each, while veteran Adam McNamara also booted a goal in his first senior game of the season.
Foley ranked among the best players with emerging Roos Tom McKean, who proved run out of the back half, and line-breaker Billy McLeod.
“It’s a good result to have 11 or 12 goalkickers, that’s the spread we’re looking for, we don’t want to be too reliant on one guy,” Black said.
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