Tiger thriving at new home

Jack Melican has climbed the ranks in his three seasons at the Colac Tigers, captaining the club in 2019 while also earning interleague selection.

Young Colac Tigers skipper Jack Melican can’t help but get excited when he looks around at the footballers who support him in the club’s leadership group during his first year in the role.

Tigers officials appointed former Birregurra premiership captain Melican to lead the club in just his third season at Tigerland.

Colac looks a genuine contender under the new on-field leader in 2019, sitting second on the ladder ahead of tomorrow’s round 12 contest against Lara.

The 25-year-old said sustained success was on the horizon with the crop of young local talent at the club’s disposal.

Injured vice-captain Tom Simpkin is the oldest member of the leadership group, which includes Lachy Simpkin, Adam Garner, Tyler Murnane and Luke Hillman, who are still young at senior level.

The club also has a host of recent TAC Cup graduates and boasts five current VFL-listed footballers in Garner, Zach Zdybel, Cooper Stephens, and Melican’s fellow Birregurra products Ethan and Campbell Floyd.

“That group there are probably going to be playing at Colac for four or five years,” Melican said.

“It’s an exciting group to be part of at the moment.

“Everyone plays to win premierships and the next month sets us up to where we finish on the ladder.”

Melican was entrenched at Colac district club Birregurra, with his dad Damian and mum Sue heavily involved, while his sister Tess still plays netball at the Saints.

Jack and his younger brother Lewis, a current Sydney Swans AFL footballer, were part of a successful junior program at Birregurra, while Jack became a premiership skipper at just 22 in 2016.

But he said making the tough decision to leave home and join the highly rated Geelong league was paying off.

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