Cats forward Gryan Miers will be drawing on his past Grand Final experience when the Cats take on the Tigers this Saturday night.
In his final game in the TAC Cup U18 competition, the 2017 Grand Final, Miers put on a virtuoso display to kick seven goals as the Geelong Falcons defeated the Sandringham Dragons by 2 points.
But it wasn’t the best on ground medal that made Miers happy that day, it was being able to share the experience with future AFL players such as James Worpel, Sam Walsh, Tom McCartin and Ed McHenry.
“I’m definitely not one to try and get those individual awards, it is so much better when you win it and with the team and everyone is happy for winning it together after putting in the work” Miers told the Geelong Advertiser.
“It’s not just by yourself, it is 46 others that haven’t got the credit they deserve for the amount of effort and work they have put in and helped us get this far.”
The Grovedale native grew up with a footy in his hand and the idea of playing in an AFL Premiership is something he’s had at the top of his to do list.
“It is a dream since I was a little kid, I have always been so passionate about AFL and it has been my life ever since I could start walking,” he said.
“I’ve always pictured myself winning grand finals and kicking the winning goal after the siren.
“Even playing AFL footy, I have ticked off that goal now and I’ve got to keep striving for more.”
Although he understands the opposition will be different on Saturday to the 17- and 18-year-old peers he took on three years ago, Miers thinks the experience has prepared him for what is to come.
“I don’t think you can not take that on board that I have delivered and I have put the nerves away,” Miers said.
“For some people (a Grand Final) does bring a lot of stress and nerves and you can’t perform when you are feeling.
“But I know I can and with that in my back pocket, it’s not going to make me kick seven (goals) this week or play well but it shows that I know if I can get the ball in my hands, I know how to use it and hopefully I can do that on the weekend.”