Shepparton youngster Rhiley Lau quickly shrugged off any nerves he was feeling to impress in his debut game against Kyabram in Goulburn Valley Football League on Saturday.OLIVER CAFFREY June 10, 2014 3:05am
Brad Campbell has full confidence in his emerging Shepparton brigade.
The Bears coach saw Saturday’s Goulburn Valley Football League game against Kyabram as the perfect opportunity to hand Rhiley Lau his senior debut.
Lau, 17, had no fears about lining up against the reigning premier at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
While the Bombers ran away with the game after the Bears took a surprise quarter-time lead, there was plenty to like about the youthful Bears’ line-up.
Lau joined Jake Allen, Julius Battista, Miles Rowlands, Riley Michel and Paddy O’Sullivan as young Bears to debut this season.
Lau said any nerves about the occasion had almost entirely disappeared once he got out on the ground.
‘‘Even if it was against a weaker side, there would’ve been some nerves there,’’ Lau said.
‘‘I was pretty nervous heading into the game, but they were pretty much well gone by the time the game started.
‘‘I was told on Wednesday night after training I’d be playing, so I was pretty excited for the next couple of days, but I knew we had a job to do.’’
Lau played as a small defender, attempting to shut down the Bombers’ resting midfielders.
‘‘I had a role to do, it was obviously a lot quicker and I had to adjust to that, but it was a good, tough experience playing the reigning premier,’’ Lau said.
‘‘I’ll just try to play my role for the team and hopefully keep a spot in the side because it was great to be apart of it.’’
A keen cricketer, Lau missed part of the Bears’ pre-season due to his club Central Park-St Brendan’s capturing another Cricket Shepparton A-grade Haisman Shield.
Campbell said Lau’s cricket commitments had halted his progression, but had been always been hardworking at training.
‘‘He missed a bit of the pre-season because he had cricket commitments, so it was always going to take a bit of time to get up and running,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘But he was always someone we would bring up when he was ready, so we threw him in on Saturday.
‘‘He had jobs on some good, experienced opponents and handled himself in one-on-one contests well and we’re really pleased with what he could contribute.
‘‘He’s just a really balanced player, he’s cool and calm under pressure, which grabbed our eye, and made some really good decisions beyond his years.’’
Dozens of Euroa and district residents have gathered outside Euroa’s Amaroo aged-care facility for a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash could not confirm when or if Deniliquin’s health classification would be changed when in town a little more than a week ago.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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