Rochester's Grant Weeks has kicked 14 goals in the Tigers' Goulburn Valley Football League clash with Echuca to bring up a century of goals for the season.MATTHEW GALEA September 1, 2014 3:15am
Rochester full-forward Grant Weeks takes this contested grab during his 14-goal haul against Echuca on Saturday. Picture: Bruce Povey
When Grant Weeks woke up on Saturday, reaching 100 Goulburn Valley Football League goals in the home-and-away season was not even on his radar.
With five minutes to go of Rochester’s eventual 90-point win against Echuca, a pat on the head from Tigers legend and GVFL hall-of-famer Anthony ‘‘Tank’’ McPhee confirmed that was exactly what Weeks had done.
Weeks needed 13 goals to hit the ton.
He kicked 14 for the day.
‘‘I woke up in the morning and thought I’d be a slim chance to get there (on Saturday),’’ Weeks said.
‘‘Thirteen goals is a big game and I thought if I got six or seven against Echuca, maybe I could get it in the first final.’’
With just one goal to quarter-time, Weeks might have been thinking even that would be a stretch.
‘‘It just clicked in that second quarter,’’ Weeks said.
‘‘I still only had five at half-time, so I still wasn’t sure and by three-quarter time I still needed another five.
‘‘I kicked a few quick ones in the last quarter and we knew if we kept running over the top of them we could get there.
‘‘It was a real team effort.
‘‘The boys looked after me and made sure they got me there.’’
The feat makes Weeks the first in the Tigers’ history to kick 100 senior goals as far as anyone can tell, something not even the great Tank McPhee could accomplish.
‘‘I’ve done it before in the Bendigo league, but doing it in the GVFL is a bit more special because of the strength of the league,’’ Weeks said.
‘‘When I kicked the 100th Tank got out there and gave me a pat on the head as did a few of the younger kids, it was a special moment.’’
The season tally of 101 flies hot on the heels of an AFL.com.au report which named Weeks as a potential AFL draft prospect.
‘‘I heard about it, but I didn’t read it,’’ Weeks said.
‘‘It’s just one of those things. People read my name because of the goals I get and write nice things, but I certainly haven’t heard from anyone.’’
Weeks said he was pumped for finals and the team was buzzing after a brilliant run of five straight wins.
‘‘We’re not flirting with form coming into finals and on Saturday we did not have James Gledhill, Ash Watson or Brendon Hollow, so I think we’re in great shape,’’ Weeks said.
His coach Peter White said it was a great moment.
‘‘We mentioned he was close at three-quarter time and we said if we kept the work rate up and do all the little things right we’d give him a chance,’’ White said.
‘‘He certainly finished it when he got that chance.
‘‘He got mobbed as soon as he kicked it, so it was a great moment.’’
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