Despite suffering nerves before a big game, Lancaster's Tom Davies is not letting them get the better of him, in fact he's thriving on playing in high pressure games.OLIVER CAFFREY May 27, 2014 3:10am
Big game nerves don’t stop Lancaster’s Tom Davies.
In fact, he thrives on them.
Davies, 18, was named Kyabram District Football League’s standout player during the interleague clash against Tallangatta Football League in Albury on Saturday.
That impressive performance follows up claiming the best-on-ground medal in the Wombats’ AFL Victoria Game of the Month clash against arch-rival Merrigum two weeks ago.
The exciting midfielder was also named best afield in Lancaster’s under-18 grand final win against Nagambie last year.
Davies said the anticipation of a huge match did weigh on his mind, but he had been able to use it to his advantage.
‘‘I get really nervous before big matches, I really want to do well, but I don’t do anything different in my preparation,’’ Davies said.
‘‘I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been lucky enough to play all right in some of those bigger games.’’
Despite a tough afternoon for the interleague side, Davies said he enjoyed the challenge and spending time in defence.
‘‘It was a pretty tough gig, we were pretty good in the first half, but they were just too good in the end,’’ Davies said.
‘‘I’ve always been a midfielder, I went back for the first time on the weekend and it took me a while to get used to it and really staying on my opponent.’’
After playing most of his junior football at Goulburn Valley Football League club Kyabram, Davies made the switch to Lancaster last year.
Davies, an apprentice cabinet maker at Kyabram, has relished the change of scenery and it is showing in his football.
‘‘It’s been really good, it’s a great club and we’re starting to click now as a group. We were strong against Merrigum, who are a tough side, but we just ran out of legs in that last quarter,’’ Davies said.
‘‘I thought I had been a bit dodgy at the start of the season, I missed a bit of game time through concussion, but I came back in for the Ardmona game.
‘‘Confidence took a bit of a hit and it has taken a few games, but I feel like I’m coming along better now.’’
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