From Bush to Big Time

 

Subiaco’s Dom Sheed says he’s been buoyed by the overwhelming support he’s received from family and friends in his hometown of Kalgoorlie.

The 18-year-old was awarded the Larke medal as the best division one player during the national under 18’s carnival in Melbourne last week. WA’s captain, Sheed averaged 28 disposals and was named in the midfield of the All Australian side.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting it, I think my carnival was a bit up and down,” he said.

“I wouldn’t have got it with out my team mates kicking me the ball but it’s a pretty big honor, some pretty big names have won it in the past so hopefully I can go on, I’m certainly not satisfied with what I’ve done, there’s plenty to go.”

Sheed joins Paul Hasleby, Kepler Bradley, Steven Armstrong, David Swallow, Cale Morton, Harley Bennell and Stephen Coniglio to become the eighth West Australian to win the award since 1999.

A country kid at heart, Sheed says he’s had some adjusting to do since moving from Kalgoorlie to Perth in November 2011.

“It’s a massive change, town-wise and footy-wise. The footy here is a lot quicker and a lot tougher compared to Kalgoorlie, also just the change in lifestyle, moving away from home and moving away from my family, it’s tough but overall I like living in Perth.” Sheed said.

“I keep in touch with everyone, they’re pretty stoked with how I’m going, they’re happy for me and so is the whole of Kalgoorlie so it’s great to have that kind of support back home.”

And while Sheed feels settled in Perth he says he’s prepared to move interstate if that’s the way the cards fall during the AFL National Draft in November. On the back of his standout carnival, many punters are tipping the boy from the bush to be snapped up with in the first ten selections, but it’s hype like that that Sheed says he’s trying his hardest to ignore.

“There’s a bit of a buzz to it but then again it just adds a bit more pressure when you’re out on the field so you’ve just got to find a way to get around it so it doesn’t interrupt your performance.”

Sheed will undergo surgery tomorrow to fix a broken collarbone, an injury he sustained in the final stages of WA’s thrilling win over Vic Country in which he had 29 disposals and kicked four goals.

 

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