http://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/dream-alive-for-ararat-footballer/2319588.aspx?storypage=0Dream alive for Ararat footballerBY SAM SHALDERS
11 Oct, 2011
ARARAT - Talented Ararat fooballer Lauchie Dalgleish is just over a month away from hopefully achieving a boyhood dream, being drafted to an AFL club.
The speedy midfielder increased his chances of being drafted after impressing several clubs at the AFL Draft Combine, held last week at Etihad Stadium.
Dalgleish was one of the high achievers in the 20 metre sprinting test, finishing second with a time of 2.87 seconds, just 0.01 second off the fastest time ever recorded at the camp.
The sprint test is a strong selling point for most AFL clubs, and Dalgleish said there was some strong interest following his good result.
"I talked to a couple of clubs after I'd done it (the 20-metre test) and they were happy with it. I'd say my speed is my best ability," he said.
It was a good overall contribution from Dalgleish in both the speed and endurance tests at the combine.
"My beep test was pretty good, I got 13.13 which was the best I've done, and considering I hadn't had a good preparation leading into the camp I was very happy with it," Dalgleish said.
The young gun had a top year playing on the wing for the North Ballarat Rebels.
In the final game of the year, however, an elimination final against the Oakleigh Chargers, Dalgleish broke two ribs which threatened to de-rail his AFL ambitions.
"The injury stopped me from doing fitness sort of stuff for a couple of weeks after that, so my fitness wasn't as good as what it should have been at the camp, but it didn't stop me from doing any of the tests which was lucky," he said.
Apart from fitness and skills the other major focus of the Draft Combine is testing the mental toughness of the AFL hopefuls.
Dalgleish said he was nervous to begin with, but had received interview training from the Rebels leading up to the week help prepare for the experience.
"I just spoke to six clubs, a couple from interstate and a couple from Victoria. They asked me stuff about my family, how I thought my year in footy went, what my values with my team mates are and that sort of thing, so it was similar to a job interview," he said.
"It was a little bit (intimidating), when you walk into the interviews and there are five or six blokes sitting around that you've never met before, but it was really good and fairly relaxed once you got started.
"They don't want to give away much until maybe the week before the draft and they might get in contact with you and have another interview or something along those lines. I won't find out much until then."
Dalgleish, who is currently completing his VCE at Ararat College, will have a nervous wait between now and the AFL National Draft on November 24.
The talented sportsman has had a busy year, not only in football, but also in cricket and the Victorian Athletic League season, where he impressed at a number of carnivals - including the prestigious Stawell Gift. He will enjoy a well earned break before preparing for 2012.
"Now I will have a week or two off I reckon, and then North Ballarat Roosters' training starts on about the 15th of November I think, so I'll train there for a couple of weeks and then see how the draft goes," Dalgleish said.
"If I get picked up I'll go there and if not I'll just hang around with the Roosters and play a year with them."
Dalgleish said the chance to play at any AFL club would be a dream come true, but if he had the choice of where he is drafted he wouldn't mind an interstate club.
"I think preferably somewhere interstate, that would be good I reckon but just wait and see," he said.