Deluca's Dream Debut
- Tuesday, 08 May 2012
Chris Deluca may only be in his third season of football but he made his League debut for Subiaco Football Club on the weekend against Claremont.
A debut that included nine tackles, 10 disposals and a goal.
It could have easily been a three-goal debut after missing a golden opportunity with his first kick in league footy and sprayed a kickable set shot in the third quarter.
“I got the footy in my hands, didn’t know what to do so just threw it on the boot, lent back and it just swung away, if I had my time again I’d probably kick it,” Deluca said of his first kick.
But he wouldn’t have to wait too much longer for his first league goal, which came in the second quarter as a result of one of his nine tackles, when he pinned the Claremont defender holding the ball.
“Des Headland looked at me and said ‘Can you kick that far?’ and I said ‘I hope so’. As I kicked it I thought ‘yeah, that’s going through,’ I was just hoping it wouldn’t swing and it didn’t. It was a great feeling.”
A talented soccer junior Deluca made the swap to football in Under-15s where he played for Karrinyup Saints and excelled, catching the attention of Subiaco Football Club and the state selectors as a part of the Under-16s State Squad.
But his impressive start to his football career was quickly derailed by stress fractures to his back.
After making a solid start to the season with the Colts the promotion resulted from the Lions need for greater defensive in their forward half.
The robust 17-year-old who is one of the more developed teens in the Colts system faced a different challenge in League.
“The speed and intensity and the bigger bodies it just makes a difference, being used to playing against smaller bodies playing colts but a lot faster a lot more intense.”
“I was pretty happy with it, it was a little bit nerve wracking at first. It was a completely different change of speed but overall I enjoyed it.”