The son of a South Colac stalwart made his debut as the Roos claimed outright top spot in Colac district football after five rounds.
Zach Downard, son of two-time premiership player and 250-gamer Scott, earned a call-up for his first senior game during South’s 9.13 (67) to 4.6 (30) away win against the Western Eagles.
Roos coach Josh Black said promising junior Downard earned his spot after the club’s list of injured and unavailable players grew in the lead-up to Saturday’s game.
But he said the youngster could prove to be a handy acquisition to the club like his dad Scott was as a forward during a successful era for the Roos.
“Zach didn’t miss a beat during the pre-season and played a few games, so he was always thereabouts to get a game,” Black said.
“He’s a big guy, I think he’ll end up being a key-position forward or back, but it’s hard at senior level at 17 or 18 to play that key-position post.
“But he is quite versatile, so it was good for him to get a crack at it.”
See today’s Colac Herald for more.