- Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Jordan Bestry's debut against South Fremantle made him the fourth under-20 year old to play for Subiaco in 2014.
The 198 centimetre ruck-man was trusted by the Subiaco coaching staff to fill the hole left by injured talls Lachlan Delahunty and Frank Stockley.
Thrust into a must win game against the Bulldogs on a rainy Saturday; Bestry acknowledged a few differences between the grades.
“You have to compete against bigger bodies for longer quarters so it definitely hits you hard. It was a pretty big step up but it was great to get a crack at the top grade,” said Bestry
The victorious ruck partnership was a case of the veteran and the rookie with 31-year-old Andrew Mcdougall complimented nicely by 19-year old Jordan Bestry.
Facing South Fremantle pair Brock Higgins and James Sellar the fresh ruck partnership of Mcdougall and Bestry managed to edge the Bulldogs duo to win hit-outs 50-48 and create three direct goals from stoppages.
Subiaco ruck coach Steve Wasley was happy with performance of the teenager praising Bestry’s ability to rise to the occasion.
“Jordan handled himself really well on a tough day at South Fremantle. It wasn’t ideal conditions for a big man to make his debut but he conducted himself really well and filled his role, said Wasley
Bestry has been an exciting prospect for the Subiaco Lions since elevating through our development programs and Wasley believes there’s literally plenty of room to grow for the young ruckman.
“Bestry has developed really well over the last year both in the football and size department. He grew something like four or five centimetres at the start of this year so with his frame still expanding he could become a really imposing figure,
“The one thing Bestry needs to work on is probably staying in the contest and the moment instead of ball watching. It’s often hard for young footballers to stay involved and avoid remaining stagnant especially after their impact on the contest is over,
“It’s great for Jordan to learn off an experienced ruckman like Andrew McDougall who was dominant against South Fremantle and knows how to stay in the contest and win the ball. His learning curve has been excremental and he’s gaining a lot of knowledge from our big men in Andrew Mcdougall and Frank Stockley.” Added Wasley
With Bestry’s league debut out of the way a bigger challenge lies ahead for the youngster. This week the Lions face the league leading East Perth who boasts incredible depth in the ruck department.
“East Perth obviously have a lot of impressive talls with guys like Scott Lycett, Paul Johnson and Callum Sinclair but the goal is to not be overawed with the opponent. You could look at Paul Johnson who is a massive ruck-man with AFL experience and be overwhelmed but it's essential to get out of the mind frame something special is required to win the contest, you just have to execute your role. “ said Wasley
Subiaco's league side will be determined over training this week and announced Friday.