05/03/2024

Teakle in action for the Port Adelaide Magpies last weekend. Photo via portadelaidefc.com.au

Brynn Teakle will make his AFL debut on Saturday afternoon against Sydney to cap off a whirlwind couple of weeks for the 22-year-old.

Teakle will play his first AFL game a mere 17 days after being picked up by Port Adelaide in the mid-season draft.

They say life comes at you fast. For Port recruit Brynn Teakle, this is especially true. After playing 15 league games for East Fremantle, the 203cm ruckman/forward was taken with pick eight in the mid-season draft.

After that, Teakle was handed his Port Adelaide Magpies debut against Central Districts last week. To say he impressed would be an understatement.

13 disposals, seven marks, three clearances, and three goals got the ball rolling. His strong marking and work around the ground clearly stood out to the Port Adelaide selection committee. Now, he is rewarded with AFL selection.

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the 22-year-old. His attention turns to Saturday at Adelaide Oval as he prepares to face off against Swans veteran Tom Hickey.

Sharing the ruck duties with Jeremy Finlayson, like Sam Hayes before him, Teakle has a unique opportunity to make the number one ruck spot at Alberton his own, at least until Scott Lycett returns.

Given Port Adelaide’s season is nearly done and dusted at 5-7, the club will have to string some serious wins together to be a chance of sneaking into the eight. A feat made that much harder given the club’s schedule over the coming weeks.

After Sydney on Saturday, Port tackles Gold Coast (home), Fremantle (away), Greater Western Sydney (home), and reigning premier Melbourne. Three wins would likely be the minimum for Ken Hinkley’s men to keep their season afloat.

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Sam Hayes is somewhat out of favour. After playing seven games this season, he now finds himself in the reserves. Now, the former East Fremantle ruckman/forward has a chance to put his best foot forward.

What might also help Teakle is his ability to go forward and kick goals. His three majors for the Magpies last week went some way to Matt Lokan’s side registering their third win of the year.

Teakle celebrating with Martin Frederick against Central Districts. (Photo via portadelaidefc.com.au)

Going up against a battle-hardened veteran in Hickey, along with former Port player Peter Ladhams is a baptism of fire in some respects. Still, for Teakle, just a few weeks removed from playing WAFL with East Fremantle to now getting his AFL debut, it is a challenge he will relish.

The 22-year-old has done all that has been required of him up to this point. Now he gets his AFL chance. At home, in front of a raucous Port Adelaide crowd with its season well and truly on the line and being the number one guy in the middle.

What more could you ask for?

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