Bacchus Marsh teenager Hamish Coulton has had a dream start to his Ballarat Football League senior career.
While he has teammates who waited a decade before playing in their first premiership on Saturday, Coulton has come up trumps in his first full season at this level.
Coulton said he was excited to have played a part in helping his older teammates achieve the ultimate goal.
Despite being just 19 years of age and still eligible to play in the BFL under-18.5 competition, Coulton said he went into the game hoping his premiership experience at junior level would enable to provide some leadership.
He said he was fortunate to have played in two premierships at junior level with Cobras and felt this put him in good stead to handle the pressure.
Coulton certainly did that, settling quickly to provide his share of run and the sure ball handling which saw him named the BFL rookie of the year.
Coulton played with the Western Jets in the TAC Cup last year before doing a pre-season with VFL club Werribee and then deciding to play with his home club.
He said playing in a senior premiership with Bacchus Marsh was a dream come true.
“I have been watching them since I was seven and they’d never made the finals.
“I couldn’t be prouder and more excited.”
Coulton said there was a real belief in the team.
He played in all 19 games this season after making his senior debut last year and contributed 28 goals as well as slotting into a defensive role.