West Coast Eagles defender Tom Barrass celebrates 100th game with first AFL goal
It has been talked about, injuries almost made it a necessity, but it happened from down back for West Coast defender Tom Barrass.
After 100 games, Barrass finally has his first career goal after ill-discipline from Gold Coast’s Izak Rankine saw the intercept marker gifted a shot at goal on the stroke of quarter time.
Barrass was awarded a free kick after Suns big man Mabior Chol chopped his arms in a marking contest on centre wing, but Rankine did not get the message as he threw the ball to Eagle Luke Foley instead, triggering a 50-metre penalty.
The penalty took Barrass just inside the 50 where he nailed the set shot with a left to right swing, to rapturous applause from the fans and intense celebrations from his teammates.
The goal marked the first time a player has kicked their maiden major in their 100th AFL/VFL game.
After celebrating with teammates, Barrass took his place in the defensive arc for the next centre bounce, grinning from ear to ear.
During the off-season, there were talks of the 26-year-old tall rolling forward to make up for the absence of Jack Darling and the injured Oscar Allen, but former Docker Hough Dixon impressed in pre-season to put the idea to bed.
Barrass’ goal was the fifth of the term as the undermanned Eagles made a fast start, despite giving up the first goal of the game to Rankine.
Earlier in the day, Barrass ran through his 100 game banner with newborn son Billy.
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