Oscar Brownless continued his excellent start to this year’s VFL season with another strong performance in Geelong’s 57-point win against Coburg on Thursday night.
It’s now the third time that Brownless has found himself named in Geelong’s best after five games.
After spending his first couple of seasons playing on the wing and on the flanks, Brownless has spent the past month playing and developing his inside midfield craft and has thrived in the role.
“He’s probably played three weeks as an inside-mid,” Bendigo Bank Cats coach Shane O’Bree said post-game.
“And every week, Oscar’s looked stronger and better around the ball – winning his contests.
“Because he’s an elite runner, too, that allows him to get out of the contest as well and get to the next contest.
“Not many players have those inside-mid attributes where they can get from contest to contest like Oscar can.”
Brownless had 26 disposals, five clearances and five score involvements, and along with fellow AFL-listed midfielder Charlie Constable was crucial in helping the Cats gain ascendancy in the middle of the ground.
Brownless is enjoying his new role within the team.
“Cheesy (O’Bree) has given me a bit more time in there in previous weeks which I’m really enjoying,” Brownless said.
“It helps when you have Rhys (Stanley) and (Darcy) Forty dominating in there, they were fantastic for us all night and then working with Chook (Charlie Constable) as well.
“My first two years was probably a bit more outside and then I really tried to work on my strength inside and my contested work, and I think that’s coming through, so I am loving it.”
The 21-year-old is focused on ‘cleaning up his skills’ as he looks develop his game and push for an AFL opportunity.
“It’s one thing to get the ball in there and win it on my terms, but then it’s finding a release or hitting a target, so that’ll be the focus for me going forward and then transitioning is a strength of mine so I will keep using that to my advantage.
“So, probably cleaning up a bit of my ball use and impacting the scoreboard that’d be nice.”
As one of the key players in driving the ‘Bankers’ spirit, Brownless was pleased with the way boys were able to get on top early and get a win for much-loved skipper Aaron Black who was playing his 100th VFL game.
“We haven’t had the best starts this season and tonight, ‘Bankers’ prime time, Blacky playing his 100the game, we really made that a focus point for us to come out strong and we were able to do that in the first quarter," he said.
“There are still a few things to work on and patches throughout the game, but I thought for the most part we were strong in the contest and we moved the ball how we wanted to move it which was positive.”
“He’s (Aaron Black) just a calming presence and he’s such a great teammate. He’s someone we all look to on the field, he’s a great leader and everyone stands a lot taller with Blacky on their team.”
The Bendigo Bank Cats next challenge will be against Collingwood on Saturday 29 May at the MCG.