Tim has been a regular member of the first grade side for the past 5 seasons and is one of a coterie of current players who went through the frustration of consecutive Grand Final losses to Manly Warringah in 2013 and 2014, then achieving the ultimate pay-off for all the hard work in last season’s extraordinary victory over Hills rivals East Coast Eagles.
Tim started out as an Auskicker at around six years of age at local junior club Westbrook, where he played through to the Under 16s in his final season of juniors in 2008. He played 118 club games and kicked 62 goals. He says he won four best & fairest awards, including in his last two seasons in the Under 15s and 16s. Tim also played junior representative football including the Under 14 Sydney Starz in 2006. Such was his obvious football talent that he was selected for an AFL Scholarship with the Geelong Cats in 2008. Under the same program, other current club-mates to receive a scholarship include Ranga Ediriwickrama (Geelong in 2007), Michael Johnston (Hawthorn in 2006), Lachy Urwin (also Geelong in 2008) and Stevie Wray (Sydney Swans in 2009). So, Tim ended up at Geelong at around the same time as Ranga, however, as Tim wryly notes “Ranga actually got drafted, I didn’t!”
Tim is a left foot kick and has played the majority of his football as a midfielder. Many of the attributes he displayed as a junior are still very much the essential qualities that he displays as a mature footballer. Here’s what some of his coaches said of him:
“A naturally gifted footballer. Has heart, speed, fitness and skill …