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    Anatomy of a debut - Brad Lynch


    I was caught off guard when Luke Beveridge appeared in front of me last week.
    We had our main session on Wednesday and I was walking over to my mentor Jamie Maddocks to do some extra work.

    As I was walking up to him, Bevo popped out from beside him where I couldn’t see. He put his hand out and said “congratulations mate, you’re playing your first game this weekend.”

    I called my mum to tell her the news and she found it a bit odd that I was ringing. She actually said, “are you ok?” I told her “I’m fine, I’m just a little bit shocked,” and she asked what was wrong.

    I said, “you’re going to have to fly over tomorrow night,” and she picked up was going on. I told her I was debuting on the weekend and she was very emotional.

    She started crying, which made me tear up a bit and we had a little moment together, which was really nice. It was a feeling of relief but also knowing that it was only the start of the journey for me.

    Once I’d found out, a lot of the boys told me not to change my routine or do anything differently. I just went about the rest of the week the same way and I didn’t actually overthink the game too much, which was good.

    I was very surprised with how much sleep I got on Thursday night — I had about nine hours. I usually have chamomile tea the night before a game and that relaxes me before I go to bed. That’s part of my routine, so it helped me stay calm.

    Friday was game day so I slept in a bit and then had breakfast with my housemate Josh Schache. We caught up with mum and dad at the café not far from my house. That was good because I didn’t really want to talk about footy, I just wanted to blabber on about something else!

    After that Josh and I just went back home and chilled out, watched a few TV shows and played a bit of Fortnite, which was pretty good to keep my mind off football. I always like to go for a walk before a night game, so I walked around the block a few times and started to visualise what I wanted to do during the game.

    I came home and had a bit of a nap before making lunch and getting into some snacks. That’s what happens when I get a bit nervous, I start to eat!

    Once we got to the ground, I had my guernsey presented by Jamie Maddocks. Usually you get told who’s going to present your jumper but I had no idea. I didn’t know where Jamie was and I was looking around and then he came out of the back of the playing group and appeared out of nowhere.

    That moment really meant a lot to me — he and I have been through thick and thin together. I know he’s a coach but I think I’ve helped him a lot with his development as a person and he’s done the exact same for me in return.

    I had a pretty big group fly over from WA for the game — my mum and dad, two of my sisters, a few nephews, a niece and her partner all made the trip. From what they’ve told me, I think Mum was the most nervous before the game!

    When I was running out through the race and onto the field, parts of it are actually a bit of a blur now. I had a look around before running into the banner and it was like a wave of excitement.

    A lot of emotion hit me, and I just thought to myself “gee, this is good to be a part of, hopefully I can do this a lot more often”.

    I didn’t remember my first touch until it came up in my personal review with the backline coach. It was around the goal square at Geelong’s end and I picked up the ball and handpassed it to Josh Dunkley.

    He was falling over as I passed it but with his quick hands he got it away. When I looked back on it, I was thinking “what was I doing?”

    It was a moment where I’m not really sure what I was doing!

    The very end of the game, when Harry Taylor had taken the mark to have the shot after the siren, is something I will never forget. I felt like my heart had just jumped straight out of my mouth — I was a bit lost and just hoping that he wouldn’t kick it.

    Roarke Smith and I were nearest to Harry when he took the mark. We were the ones standing on the mark at first and then next thing we knew there was 16 other players behind us trying to distract him. In hindsight, I think we did a pretty good job of it!

    Once he missed it was a blur — I think Lachie Hunter tried to hug me and it was like I was trying to hug him back but I accidentally brushed him off a bit.

    After we’d sung the song, had our debrief and played a few tunes, I went to see my family and I ended up being interviewed by Brian Taylor, which I wasn’t really expecting — he catches you off guard!

    I think mum was a bit more shocked than me with that because she ended up getting interviewed as well.

    She did a great job but said she felt really embarrassed. I just told her that she did well and Brian came back to say well done after he’d finished doing his Roaming Brian segment.

    It’s every kid’s dream to win your first game. It was like something straight off of a movie script — it felt like it was meant to be.
    Premierships: AFL 1954, 2016 VFA - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, VFL: 2014, 2016 . Champions of Victoria 1924. AFLW - 2018.

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    Re: Anatomy of a debut - Brad Lynch

    Great read. How good was it that Josh Schache went out to the cafe with him to meet his family. What a nice touch and display of leadership to stick with him all day to keep him level and calm. Really impressed with Josh here, and with Lynch on field.
    I drank the slab that Bon Scott drunk
    I injected some of Hendrixs junk
    I booked a seat on Lynyrd Skynyrds plane
    Mama Cass's sandwich? Ate the same

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    I really like the way this kid plays and wish him every success. Hope he has a long career with us.
    "It's not about the destination - it's about the trip."

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    Re: Anatomy of a debut - Brad Lynch

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    Great read. How good was it that Josh Schache went out to the cafe with him to meet his family. What a nice touch and display of leadership to stick with him all day to keep him level and calm. Really impressed with Josh here, and with Lynch on field.
    Nice touch from Schache there. The more I read about Josh the more I like him. He seems to be a mature and level headed young fella who has adjusted into life at our footy club fairly well.

    The boys must live close to Whitten Oval because I went into Sims supermarket in Barkly st. the other day and one of the girls who work there said to me.

    "big tall guy the Bulldogs recruited, what's his name?"
    "You'll have to be a bit more specific"
    "He's really good looking"
    "Left or right foot kick?"
    "How would I know?"
    "Well, I don't identify footballers by how good looking they are. I'm more into their footballing traits"
    "He said he was at Brisbane and came back because he missed his family"
    "Josh Schache?"

    I've seen him a couple of times there since.
    AFLW Premiers 2018

    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.
    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed.
    And I said "Obie, I don't think I can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. "
    "He said, "Shut up, kid. Get in the back of the patrol car. "

    Arlo Guthrie


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