Williams rapt after Magpies' debut
Former North Albany midfielder Marley Williams made a successful debut for Collingwood in the AFL on Saturday night in their 26-point win over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.
Recruited from Claremont, Williams was drafted to Collingwood with pick number 35 in last year’s rookie draft and was in sensational form for Collingwood reserves in the past fortnight.
Last Thursday, Williams was promoted off the rookie list to replace the injured Luke Ball and wore the famous Andrew Dimattina number 46 in his first match.
The 18-year-old gathered eight kicks, three handballs and took three marks, playing through the middle and half forward and, in a good sign, was not subbed off as the match went on.
Williams told collingwoodfc.com.au he was surprised but rapt to be playing his first game, and his Collingwood career had been a blur.
He said because he was chosen as a rookie he had not expected particularly to play this year.
“Seeing as I was picked as a rookie, I wasn’t really expecting to play this year and improving on what I’ve needed to do,” he said.
Ex-Kangas team-mate Josh Bootsma played his second AFL match for Carlton on Sunday, in their 58-point win over Melbourne.
Bootsma started in back pocket for Blues and finished with 14 disposals and two marks after laying five tackles in an eye-catcher from the South Fremantle recruit.
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