Rhys Clark yesterday put his hand up to fill the absence of Nathan Beck at centre half-forward with a sterling performance for Kyabram against Tatura.DAMEN FRANCIS April 7, 2014 3:10am
It may be early days, but Kyabram coach David Williams might already have found a solution to the absence of Nathan Beck at centre half-forward.
Beck suffered a season-ending knee injury and while completely replacing a player of his ability may be too much to ask, on yesterday’s evidence Rhys Clark could provide some of the answer.
Clark and Beck were teammates at Bendigo Gold last season, with both managing seven appearances for the Bombers, including the grand final.
Beck was set for the main job at centre half-forward, but now Clark, a similarly tall, rangy key position type, could get that opportunity.
‘‘Clarky played centre half-forward in our second practice match against Yarrawonga and played really well,’’ Williams said.
‘‘(Against Tatura) he was nearly in our best two or three players.
‘‘He’s gone to another level and if he had have been really crisp in that first half, where he had done all the hard work, got in front and just dropped a couple, he could be really damaging. He’s got that X-factor.’’
Williams said Josh Vick and Tom Holman — when available from Murray Bushrangers — were others who could run through there.
Luke Morris also has the length and athleticism to play the position, but a game-ending first-quarter injury ensured that option could not be explored yesterday.
However, if round one was a test of his credentials, Clark passed.
He had former Bombers teammate Brad Ryan for company early on and had three goals to half-time.
Clark dragged down some strong marks and was a lively presence when the ball was in the air and on the ground, roving at the feet of Paul Newman for his third of four for the day.
His set shot goal-kicking was also a feature, with two goals coming from long range and a third narrowly missing.
It was food for thought for the Bombers’ coaching staff at the very least.
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