Footy a family affair for Darcy
GLENMORE Bulls on-baller Darcy Payne is playing confident, free-flowing footy knowing his big brothers are looking over his shoulder.
Payne is the youngest of four brothers who suit up on a weekly basis for the Bulls in the 2011 Trend Interiors AFL Capricornia premiership.
Payne, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Tuesday, has big brothers Toby, Tyson and Nick to look out for him on the field and admits he can use it to his advantage.
“I suppose I can be (a bit cheeky). I know I've always got someone to look out for me,” Darcy said.
Along with their support on the field, Darcy said his brothers had helped him improve his game on the training paddock.
“We know each other's strengths and weaknesses and they've been helping me out,” he said.
“I'm the youngest, so they give me plenty of advice.
"They mentor me.”
He might be the youngest of the quartet, but the talented on-baller is leading the way for the Bulls in terms of goal kicking this season.
Darcy has slotted 12 goals in the opening five fixtures, including three goals in his first senior match alongside all three brothers, against the Panthers in the season opener.
The Bulls were far too strong in muddy conditions, winning by 39 points over Panthers in round one. However, Payne isn't expecting the same from their opposition when the two teams meet this weekend.
Payne and the third-placed Bulls meet Rockhampton Panthers at Stenlake Park, North Rockhampton, tomorrow afternoon.
Despite not managing a win during the first five rounds of this year's competition, Payne said the Panthers would be hungrier than ever to end their losing streak.
With dry conditions predicted, the contest is expected to be evenly fought.
“They'll be going hard at the footy,” Payne said.
ROUND 6 Capricornia AFL
Saturday, A-grade 2.15pm Reserves 12.25pm under-17 11am
Panthers v Glenmore at Stenlake Park, Rockhampton
Gladstone v Brothers at Clinton Park, Gladstone
Yeppoon v BITS at Swan Park, Yeppoon