New recruits make for interesting times ahead

Saturday, June 8

IT'S great to see Charlie Gardiner, another Geelong Grammar schoolboy, make his way into the seniors this week.

Charlie joins an interesting group from the school to play for Geelong - me and Sam Newman.

And he also brings to eight the number of people to have played their first game for Geelong this year.

At the age of 22 and after just 67 games, I can't help but feel a bit of an old man in this side.

On my side of the change rooms I have Gary Ablett to the right, who has only just turned 18, and Mattie McCarthy and Henry Playfair to the left.

Right now Mattie and big H, who are Charlie Gardiner's house-mates, are the only blokes we recruited in last year's national draft who haven't played senior football.

I think we all expect that to change some time before the season is over.

There's been so much attention on the mid-fielders we picked up in the draft that a lot of people might have forgotten we also brought on board two very tall players who, in the VFL, have been playing both forward and back and also filling in in the ruck.

Mattie is a big strong bloke from Old Xavs who takes a great mark.

Henry comes off a farm just out of Holbrook, just over the New South Wales border on the way to Sydney. He went to school in Sydney and played for the NSW/ACT Rams.

If you get the chance, catch the pair of them in the VFL side that is doing really well at the moment.

They play Carlton today at Optus Oval, or you can wait until June 22 when Ronnie Watt's boys play Port Melbourne at Skilled Stadium.

Who knows . . . Plugger might also be playing.

That day we're also staging the Konica Cup for primary school teams, so you can watch a few future generations in action.

Tomorrow's game against Carlton presents a challenge for us, playing under the roof at Colonial Stadium.

It's certainly a different environment to playing at Skilled Stadium.

You'd like to think that we can get a big crowd along tomorrow to give us some of that special Skilled Stadium atmosphere.

Why not join Mitchell White on the train from South Geelong? Mitch is on board the 11.25am express, with Paul Chambers.

I also heard that more of the freeway will be open this weekend, so getting to Colonial is getting easier.

Look forward to seeing you there on Sunday.