Reserves captain enjoying rise

New Colac reserves captain Jack Slater has been part of the Tigers’ dramatic rise up the ladder in the past four years. The Tigers’ reserves are undefeated with an average winning margin of 96.6 points.

New Colac reserves captain Jack Slater says the team has come a long way since his first year when the Tigers averaged 100-point losses each week.

Slater crossed from Colac district league club South Colac in 2015.

He stepped out of the junior ranks the following year, when the Tigers’ reserves managed just three wins and had an averaging losing margin of 105.2 points.

Fast forward just three years and Colac is an undefeated dominant force in the reserves ranks.

Last year’s runner-up has already knocked off reigning premier St Mary’s and won a top-of-the-table clash with St Joseph’s by 81 points on Saturday.

Colac now has an average winning margin of more than 96.6 points.

“Last year we finished the season really well, we finished the season in third spot and made it to the grand final,” Slater said.

“But this year is probably the strongest position the club’s been in since I’ve been playing,” he said.

“When I came out of the 18s we were struggling for numbers, players were having to come out of retirement to help out.

“But the past few years the depth has gradually built up.

“Guys like Bryce McDonald and Lachy Mulder coming out of the juniors have slotted in really well.”

Aaron Walters has been one of the reserves’ consistent performers, while Chris Oborne, Darcy Howard and Jack Barrow are among stand-outs yet to get a senior call-up this year.

Slater said senior co-coaches Kane Leersen and Rowan McSparron had created a healthy competition for spots, with a host of regular senior players spending time in the reserves.

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