PORT ADELAIDE senior assistant coach Michael Voss was full of praise for teenage forward Mitch Georgiades, after the young gun impressed in Friday night’s intra-club clash at Alberton Oval.
Georgiades kicked a nice goal, took some strong marks and looked ominous in the attacking half of the ground throughout the internal trial.
“I think we’ll be talking about him and how he launches himself at the ball,” Voss said at the post-match press conference.
“He’s not afraid to jump in anyone’s way. You’d like him to temper it but you certainly don’t want to take that away from him.
“He’s gung-ho in the contest and as we saw with the goal that he kicked, he missed a mark, the ball hit the ground, he was back into the contest and in the goal square and kicked the goal.
“His second efforts are going to make it a real challenge to be able to match up on him.”
Georgiades missed the entirety of last season with a leg injury, and Voss said he was thrilled with his attitude and his desire to learn from the minute he came to Alberton.
“The reports were that he had limited exposure last year so to be able to make that call on the back of not as much information this year is a real testament to the guys,” he said.
“He’s come into our program and just his attitude and the way he’s got around the guys.
“As I said, he’s probably been more a danger to himself with some of the things that he flies at but we won’t take that away from him.
“He’s got a lot of courage for a young player and as he builds his body and builds his presence, he’s going to be a strong force.”
The senior assistant was also pleased with the performances of the Power’s other high-end picks in last year’s draft including Dylan Williams who booted three majors on the night.
“Miles (Bergman) had a couple of nice little cameos, flying at the ball and he finished with that nice goal, and Dyl (Williams) got a couple of looks on goals,” Voss said.
“I think in some ways, we got a little look at what each of them can do.
“Dyl is really skilful around goals, he’s got a natural sense to finish off his work and we’ve been working on our efficiency in the front half.
“We know it’s going to be continued to be worked on but to have a young fella who can finish up there is nice to have.”