Genovese debut eye opener
- Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Subiaco midfielder Michael Genovese has labelled his league debut on Saturday against East Perth a real eye opener.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder product gathered seven kicks and nine handballs in his 16-possession league debut.
Genovese said to finally make his debut was a great thrill.
“Mum and Dad came down from Kalgoorlie to watch me play,” he said.“Obviously it was a pretty tough road to get there.
“It wasn’t the ideal result, which sort of ruined the day a little bit but on a personal note it was nice.”
The mid-sized midfielder has had one of the toughest roads to make his league debut.
He came down from Kalgoorlie as part of the colts system and was coached by now St Kilda coach Scott Watters but has had his career derailed several time by recurring shoulder injuries.
“Shuff just sort of walked past and whispered it in my ear and couldn’t really wipe the smile off my face,” Genovese said.
“I worked pretty hard to get there, so it was good to finally get there and for it to pay off to just get a taste and see the gap between League and reserves football.”
“It was a real eye opener, it was a great experience.”
Despite his own 16 touches Genovese said he learn the most in his debut from his opposition.
"I was playing one of their better players and he just blew me out of the water in that first half," he said.
"It was a massive learning experience for me just the intensity involved at every single contest, a massive step up and having a taste of that now.
"Knowing where the bar is it’s got me hungry for a few more."
Genovese was forced to work back from another one of those shoulder injuries this season and work into form in the reserves.
He played 12 games in the reserves where he averaged 17 possessions a game to earn the call up.