From Gold Town to West Coast
- Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Written: Michael Barr Photo: SFC
From the humble beginnings of Kalgoorlie to the AFL National Draft; Subiaco’s Dominic Sheed has had an interesting ride.
Sheed had a blockbuster 2013 after showing great potential for the Subiaco Lions league side, which resulted in his selection as West Australia’s State 18’s Captain.
The athletic midfielder took his chance by the scruff of the neck to be awarded the Larke medal at the Championships for best player at the meet.
Despite a broken collarbone ending his State championship early, there was no doubt AFL clubs were eyeing the 18 year old. Which was confirmed when the West Coast Eagles selected Sheed with pick number 11 at the National Draft.
“It was a massive relief when I found out I’d been selected by the Eagles, on draft night I was super nervous so when I finally got read out it was a massive load off my shoulders,” said Sheed.
Sheed has been working hard at the Patersons Stadium based club, aiming to be at optimum fitness come March.
“It’s been a really good transition to the club. The first couple of months were tough because I was a part of the rehab group focusing on building up my stamina. But once I joined the main group it’s been a fantastic challenge and the vibe is great. “
“Being in an AFL environment the intensity is a lot higher so it’s all about keeping up and taking on each day as a first year player. My collarbone is 100% healed and I’m on my way to completing a full pre-season.”
Whilst the West Coast faithful eagerly await the first round picks’ impact, Sheed is firmly focused on stage one.
“My goal is to nail a solid pre-season. I never really expected to play this year so I’m focusing on getting nice and fit and the selection process will take care of itself. So far the bodies felt really good, haven’t had any issues so hopefully I can enter the season fit and healthy.” Said Sheed
With the 2014 AFL club affiliations meaning Dom Sheed will play his WAFL football for East Perth; Round Five looms as an interesting encounter as he faces his old club.
“It’s going to be very tough facing Subi. Some of my best mates play for the Lions but at the same time it’s going to be a really fun challenge.”