18 May giant goal kicker
The Geelong West Giants are looking to regain their position amongst the GDFL finalists and their start to the season leaves strong cause for optimism. Alex Blair is in his fourth season wearing the orange, charcoal and white and feels the group is well placed to seriously challenge for the flag. His 8 goal haul last week at Jetts Oval was the perfect start to kick off his season and feels the team and his own best form is still to come. The former Tasmanian has settled in at the Western Oval after crossing Bass Straight to attend Deakin University, where he is still enrolled studying exercise physiology.
His early footy was played at New Norfolk, just north of Hobart and then into the capital to play with Glenorchy and the Tassie Mariners Under 18 team. He had lost a little passion for football before he arrived at the Giants and his footy journey could have been a lot different. Alex was living in the south west of Geelong and went to watch his local team the Belmont Lions play at Church St. The Giants were successful that day and he liked what he saw. He contacted the club which led to a chat with then coach Andrew Clark and the rest is history. He has been impressed with the GFL team connection to the club and the new development at the Western Oval has been the icing on the cake to convince him there is sustained success within the franchise. The football teams have more than just a crossover at training connection and the social side of the club has strong links to the netball and women’s football sections.
The devastating run of injuries which curtailed the clubs push for finals in 2019 was a tough period for the group, but in hindsight he believes it has made the team more resilient. The new players joining the Giants have provided the all important depth that was tested in previous years and improvement will be constant as the group gels together. The loss of Clark has been a personal disappointment for Alex, as he regarded him highly as both a coach and friend, but the move to Mitch Wight taking the reins solo has hardly caused a ripple within the club. He feels the team is in good hands and the optimism is high for the 2021 season. Today’s encounter with Bell Post Hill is one of many 8 point games the team will face this year, as the fight for finals positions will be fierce. Alex Blair is well aware of what lies ahead and he excitedly awaits the challenge.