Originally written by DEAN MILLARD
PORTLAND footballer Jaydon Stiles will make his debut on the spiritual home of Australian Rules Football on Sunday when he lines up for St Patrick’s College in the grand final of the MCC Herald Sun Shield against Penleigh and Essendon Grammar.
Stiles and his St Pats team have gone through their school football season undefeated so far this year, winning their local division of the shield last weekend over Clarendon College before backing up on Wednesday to win the semi finals of the Shield over St Bede’s by 31 points.
The win set them up for a grand final clash on the MCG with the dominant PEGS side at 10.50am as a curtain raiser for the Sydney and Richmond game.
Stiles said he has enjoyed a good season with St Pats so far and he was looking forward to trying to continue the team’s unbeaten run this year.
“We have been pretty consistent, we have won every game we have played, so we are pretty confident going into the game,” Stiles said.
“Our team has a couple of year 10s and mostly year 11 and 12s.
“We have about 15 Ballarat Rebels players in the team, which makes us much better, but a lot of the other schools are sort of the same, which makes it a good competition.”
Stiles has been playing as a forward/midfielder for St Pats this season, regularly kicking goals for the side.
He said the form of the side overall was good at the moment despite a sluggish start in the semi final.
“The first half in the semi final was pretty ordinary and we got a bit of a spray and realised what is at stake.
“We came out in the second half and started playing good footy in the third and then blew them away in the last.”
He said he had not had a lot of time to think about the prospect of playing on the MCG, but said he was excited about getting to play at the historic venue.
“I guess I am just trying to keep my cool about it because it is a bit overwhelming to be playing at the G, because that’s every footballers dream I suppose.”