Dela Hunting State Berth
- Wednesday, 14 May 2014
VFL recruit Lachlan Delahunty says the disappointment of missing out on last year’s Victorian state team has spurred him into the scintillating form that’s seen him become one of the Lions most influential players so far this season.
Delahunty was one of the last players axed from his native state side last season.
As a 22 year old he narrowly missed out on the Big V’s trip to Northam where they were beaten for the first time in more than 20 years by WA.
“The Vic and WA rivalry was pretty disappointing to miss out on so that would have been huge and obviously WA took the cake. It made me really want to get there this year, it’s made me hungrier I guess.” Delahunty said.
Delahunty has averaged 19 disposals and 6 marks in his 7 games for Subiaco and is shaping as a key member of the WA side that will head to Sydney next weekend to take on the best combined talent from the ACT, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland.
The 194cm wingman has added another string to his bow this season taking on part time ruck duties in the absence of Lions big man Andrew McDougall.
His versatility and marking power will make him almost impossible to over look when coach Billy Monaghan cuts his squad from 31 to a final 22 next week.
“Last year I missed out on this standard of football, now I’ll get to get around these guys and get to know them all, and hopefully get to play for the WA boys.” Delahunty said.
Delahunty took the most marks out of any player in the VFL last season and admits the decision to move to WA was tough but says he hasn’t looked back.
“Yeah it was a great move to come over, completely different types of footy with the bigger ground I’m really enjoying it, winning games also helps, when your wining things are going well and at the moment I’m really enjoying it.” Delahunty said.
Delahunty is joined by Lions teammates Chris Phelan, Chris Deluca, George Hampson and Wayde Twomey in the initial squad.
WA play NEAFL on the 24th of May as a curtain raiser for the GWS vs Richmond game at Spotless Stadium in Sydney.