Young Euroa player Nate Trotter is relishing the chance to pit himself against the best players in Goulburn Valley Football League and TAC Cup.DAMEN FRANCIS May 12, 2014 3:15am
Be it TAC Cup or Goulburn Valley Football League seniors, Nate Trotter is not one to take a backward step.
The Euroa hard nut found himself going toe-to-toe with Tatura champion Linc Wellington at times during Saturday’s clash at Tatura Park and took it upon himself to go to influential midfielder-forward Billy Hicks late in the final term.
It was a bold move, but Trotter, 17, said two games for Murray Bushrangers helped grow his self-belief.
‘‘I come back with a bit more confidence,’’ Trotter said.
‘‘I just try and play the same way I do with Bushies and don’t give them an inch.
‘‘(Linc) is a pretty good player and it’s good to try and play against the best players in the league.
‘‘I tried to go on Billy Hicks at the end there to put a bit of pressure on and do the right thing. I just went there because I know he’s a good player and he got a free kick (for holding-the-ball against a Euroa opponent) and he pretty much won the game.’’
Standing at 184
He loves a one-on-one contest, aided by a great sense of timing and a powerful fist for spoiling, and offers good run off half-back when in possession.
But it’s Trotter’s attack on the footy that most endears him to teammates and coaches.
Trotter laid three tackles on his TAC Cup debut against Eastern Ranges and gathered 15 handball receives in two games for the Bushrangers.
All that as the 23rd man, which limited him to play 50 per cent game time anywhere but the midfield.
It’s a role he’s happy to play, even if it means less time to catch the eye.
‘‘It doesn’t really bother me I just give our defenders a chop out,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m part of the rotations and every eight minutes I go on and play the rest of the quarter out.
‘‘The first week I struggled at the start and worked my way into the match. I felt last week (against Calder Cannons) I was a bit better, I got a bit more of the ball and got more run off half-back.’’
Trotter is an under-16 Victoria Country representative and is improving each week, after an interrupted pre-season due to injury.
He was looking forward to his next TAC Cup opportunity and thanked Magpies coach Nathan Gilliland and the senior Magpies leaders for helping him continue to develop in the interim.
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