West Coast Eagles defender Tom Barrass celebrates 100th game with first AFL goal

Aaron KirbyThe West Australian
Tom Barrass was swamped by teammates after kicking his first AFL goal.
Camera IconTom Barrass was swamped by teammates after kicking his first AFL goal. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

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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