Run Of The Miller
Thursday, 14 July 2016
The Subiaco Football Club has a rich history of successful players hailing from the Goldfields region, and it looks like rising star Jacob Miller could be added to that list.
The 18-year- old hails from the Railways Football Club – a club that has produced the likes of dual West Coast premiership player Dean Kemp, and Sandover Medallists Jim Gosnell and Steve Marsh - and credits his time with the Panthers as a reason why he is dominating the WAFL Colts.
“Since I was nine years old, I’ve played for them [Railways], so that would be about eight or nine years I was playing for them and that’s where I learnt how to play the game. They definitely hold a special place in my heart,” he said.
The talented youngster has drawn comparisons to three-time Brisbane premiership captain Michael Voss, due to his fearless play, his highly accomplished skills, his leadership and his professionalism.
He is currently in the top 15 players in the WAFL Colts for most possessions (230) at an average of 21 per game from only 11 matches.
In six of those games, Miller has accumulated 20+ possessions highlighting his ability to find the footy.
His best games have come against Peel Thunder in round one (when he got 25 possessions, five inside 50s and three marks), Swan Districts in round five (when he got 28 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s, and four marks) and East Perth in round 11 (when he got 23 possessions, four marks, three inside 50s, three tackles and kicked a goal from long range).
It was no surprise then that he was selected in the WA State U18s team this season alongside quality juniors Zac Fisher, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Sam Powell- Pepper and Stanley Wright.
Due to the team being so strong however, Miller just missed out on representing the Sandgropers. In spite of this, he still believes his time in the State squad was beneficial, especially being coached by the likes of Ash McGrath, Mark McGough and former Subiaco star Darren Rumble.
“I was in the backline a fair bit, so I was talking to him [Rumble], messaging him, a couple of phone calls here and there, so he was probably the closest one, but all of them were very good,” he said.
And in the past two weeks Miller has been called up to play in the Reserves. He has not disappointed.
“Playing league back home, there’s a lot of quicker and bigger players. You just learn to adapt, with what you’re given. Playing against full grown men, that’s definitely helped me in the reserves – just you know what’s expected to an extent,” Miller said.
In his debut against Swan Districts a fortnight ago, Miller accumulated 12 possessions, laid four tackles, took three marks and got the ball inside attacking 50 twice. Last week against Perth, he racked up another 12 possessions and kicked a clutch goal in the third quarter, when he was able to snap the ball out of a pack, halting some of the Demons’ momentum.
“Currently I’m loving it at the moment, down at training with the boys. The atmosphere of being out there with a bunch of your mates and playing with the bigger bodies and more experienced blokes, who know a lot more about football and are very handy to play with. The game itself I’m loving as well, it’s a lot quicker, my kind of tempo footy – quick,” he said.
There is no doubt that Miller will have a bright future with Subiaco, especially with the Railways product already playing senior footy for the Lions.