101 goals and counting for Lachlan
In his first season at Jubilee Park Lachlan Phillips has found his mark as a full forward kicking a mammoth 101 goals in just 11 games for the Tungamah Football Netball Club.
The 16-year-old talented forward has quickly racked up 89 goals in the under 17s competition in just eight games and 12 goals in just three games for the seniors.
If it wasn’t for missing two games due to a minor injury in rounds five and six Lachlan would have most likely reached 100 goals in the under 17s already.
Playing most of his junior career in the backline at the Yarrawonga Pigeons the tall right footer has been a lock at full forward since deciding to cross over to Tungamah to play with his mates.
Averaging around 10 goals a game Lachlan possesses a booming kick, has a unique ability to meet the ball and benefits from a strong mark.
“It’s been great playing with mates and playing up forward out at Tungamah,” he said.
“I would like to thank the footy club for giving me that opportunity.”
One of his biggest hauls this season was an away game against Mathoura on June 18 when he amassed 23 goals, 12 in the under 17s and after being called up late to fill in for the seniors, bagged another 11 majors.
“It was a big day out, but I was buggered. Towards the end of the senior’s game, I could hardly lift my arms up to mark the ball,” he said.
The under 17s Bears have only lost the one game this season, in round 1, but have a premiership well within their sites of which Lachlan will be a key part of according to club stalwart and Under 17s coach Paul Sidebottom.
“He’s a bit like Ash Saunders, he rarely gets beaten,” Sidebottom said.
“He would have also given 40 or 50 goals off to other players this season.
“He’s easy to coach and a good listener, but he’s also a good leader for the younger kids.”
Now the focus for Lachlan is to quickly reach 100 goals in the under 17s and help his team win a premiership.
But the talented all-round cricketer, who boasts a swag of local and WDCA medals and an A-Reserve premiership and Country Week title this year, has also made the Under 16 Vic Country Cricket Squad with training starting in just a few weeks.
“I may miss some games, but I will not be missing the grand final,” Lachlan said.
Despite a general bye for the league last weekend Lachlan still pulled on the boots and featured in the PDFNL Under 17 interleague side in Melbourne, alongside teammates Liam Williams and Geoffrey Montgomery.
But the question still needed to be asked. Is it cricket or football that Lachlan loves the most?
“Football for sure,” was his quick reply.