Lachie Weller is the latest Queensland product to make his AFL debut, after he was subbed into the Fremantle vs. Greater Western Sydney match a minute into the final quarter.
Weller was picked up by Fremantle’s in last year’s National Draft at pick 14.
Weller told www.fremantle.com.au the intensity was unlike anything he had ever experienced.
“It was really good, it was everything you expect,” he said.
“It’s another notch quicker than the level I’ve been at.
“I really enjoyed it and had some fun out there.”
Weller admitted it was an anxious wait on the bench until the third term.
“I tried to stay as relaxed as I could,” he said.
“It’s your first game, you’re going to be nervous.
“I got a fair bit of advice from the boys, who have been sub before, (they said) try to keep calm, but it is a bit hard to.”
Weller was a member of the Gold Coast Talent Academy, but having moved to Queensland from Tasmania when he was 15, hadn’t spent enough time living in the state to qualify as a priority academy selection for the SUNS – allowing Fremantle to nab the talented youngster with their first selection.
The younger brother of former SUNS and current Saints midfielder Maverick, Weller captained the AIS-AFL Academy in level one and was a member of the team’s leadership group in 2015,
Weller was a standout for the Queensland Under 18 team and ensured his top draft status with a standout performance for the Allies in the NAB AFL All Stars curtain-raiser on AFL Grand Final morning.