When the rain started to fall on Saturday, and contested ball became key, Todd Bryant was in his element.
Although they didn’t get the desired result on the weekend, Bryant was a standout through the middle in Palm Beach Currumbin’s loss to Labrador, earning him the round 5 Syd Guildford nomination.
“I thought my game was pretty solid,” a modest Bryant said.
“I think a lot of us played to Chad’s game plan on the weekend, we all played our role, so I just played my role and was happy to get on the end of it a little bit.
“I really enjoy (the wet weather), it’s probably something I’ve always played my footy with, being from down south in Victoria, I’m used to it so it’s second nature.”
He was the engine room of Palm Beach’s attack, in and under the contest all day, which was a focus of the Lions heading into the game.
“It was more about that hard contested footy on the weekend for us, obviously with Labrador being such a class outfit, that was the area we needed to win, so I thought we won our fair share.”
Bryant averages a goal per game, a KPI for the Lions midfield group in 2015.
“We probably do need to find a few more goals this year from our midfield, particularly with how many goals we lost in the forward line from last years side,” he said.
“It’s something we target as midfielders, to get on the end of one or two per game.”
Palm Beach now sit at 3-2 for the year, but Bryant knows the group has a lot of improvement to come before seasons end.
“We have all been pretty confident in our ability and of the young blokes coming through, they are just getting better and better every week,” Bryant said.
“This week is a danger game for us; coming off a big game against Labrador, you just want to get everything right again. Unfortunately we didn’t get the result last week, but this week we will be looking for the win.”
Palm Beach take on the Western Magpies at home this Saturday.
By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles