Magpie young gun

Magpie young gun

North Geelong have not had the season they were hoping for when new coach Ayden George assessed
the list over the summer, but there have been some really pleasing outcomes amongst the long injury
list and some frustrating close losses. One of the real positives for the Magpies has been the return from
their young full forward Mitch Habib, as he sits atop the GDFL goal kicking list with a very credible 43
majors.
The name Habib suggests a strong North Geelong connection, as his father Jason also has a long history
with the Magpies and is the current club President, but Mitch did spend some time at North Shore to
develop his football. He tasted GFL football as a teenager, but lost the desire to commit to that level and
returned to Osborne Park in 2017. The 22 year old struggled to find his youthful exuberance for the
game until the penny dropped over the summer when George arrived at the club. Mitch has put in a
solid preparation for 2019 and is now reaping the rewards as his teams prominent forward target.
He suggested the appointment of George has been good for his game and the confidence he has given
the youngster has reinvigorated his passion for the game. Despite the disappointing ladder position the
Magpies find themselves in, Mitch is philosophical about the year. “We have lost some really good
players to long term injuries, but there has also been patches of games where have let things slip away”
Mitch said “There are a few blokes who have come back in lately which has helped. Our list is pretty
strong when we are all fit, so there is confidence already building for 2020, but we have limited juniors
at the moment to bring in. Recruiting is still very important for us.”
The return of veteran Derek Fitzsimmons to the senior side this season has also helped with Mitch’s
improvement. ” It’s great to work so close with Fitzy in our forward line,” Mitch suggested “He is so
clever with his own game, but his advice, guidance and support have been a big help to my game.”
There are plenty of winnable games in the run home for the Magpies this season and a slim chance of
playing finals still drives the group. It also provides Mitch the chance to improve his personal
contribution to team and if he could push towards the 70 goal mark for the year, both he and the club
would be well satisfied. Whatever the outcome for the remainder of this season finishes up being, the
Magpies can commence 2020 with great confidence and Mitch Habib could cement himself as one of
the most dangerous GDFL forwards.

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