By Mark Perriman
Western Magpie forward Jordan Bain’s dominant effort in front of goal against Sandgate has earned him the Round 11 Syd Guildford Trophy nomination.
Bain’s deadeye 11-goal performance caps off a recent purple patch for the Redland-listed player.
Whilst Magpies coach Glen Humphries acknowledges a solid team performance and good service was key in the team’s 99-point win, he points to Bain as the dominant forward on the field.
“The fact is he took the game by the scruff of the neck,” Humphries said.
“And he had an Aspley centre-half playing on him for part of the game as well.”
Hard work seems to be paying dividends, whose earlier difficulties in front of goal look to be a thing of the past.
Humphries notes that the former state U18 representative looks to have improved his goal kicking, a sentiment shared by his player.
“I’ve really been working on my kicking in front of goal, practicing my set shots,” Bain said
“Trying to be consistent, and do what the team needs me to do. It seems to have paid off.”
Intent on pushing a return to the seniors, eleven goals seems to have registered with Redland, promptly recalling him for this weekend’s away game.
“I just got called up last night, so I’m playing in Darwin on the weekend,” said Bain.
With his coach confident in his chances of taking out the award, a return to the NEAFL this weekend would likely also come as no surprise to his coach.
“He is a very dynamic forward,” noted Humphries.
“On his day, he is as dominant as any going around.”