Farrelly flies to 50

Updated: July 28, 2015
Matt Farrelly will bring up 50 VFL games in Geelong's clash with Frankston on Sunday. Picture: ARJ GIESE


Matt Farrelly will bring up 50 VFL games in Geelong's clash with Frankston on Sunday. Picture: ARJ GIESE

Matt Farrelly will bring up 50 VFL games in Geelong’s clash with Frankston on Sunday. Picture: ARJ GIESE

IT only took a few mid-season appearances in the Bellarine Football League last year to convince Matthew Farrelly that Geelong was the ideal home to continue his VFL career.

When Bendigo Gold – the team he’d spent two seasons with – went out of existence, Farrelly was quick to sound out the Cats about a possible move south and was delighted when the club agreed to sign him.

The rebounding defender has proved to be a handy recruit for the Cats, playing every game to date and this Sunday against Frankston is due to make his 50th VFL appearance.

Since joining the VFL in 2013, Farrelly has not missed a match and said the 50-game milestone is a nice career achievement.

“Coming to Geelong from Bendigo, I was skeptical if I would get a game or not with an AFL-aligned club,” Farrelly, who has Modewarre as his interchange club, said.

“But I think that I’ve proved myself worthy enough playing every game so far this season.”

Originally from Echuca, Farrelly said while disappointed that Bendigo’s VFL team no longer exists, he’s grateful for the opportunity the club provided him to step up to state league level.

“When I was approached by Bendigo I had a few other VFL clubs chasing me as well, but I don’t reckon I would have got the same opportunities going to one of those clubs that I did joining Bendigo,” Farrelly said.

“It was a really good foundation for me and now it’s gotten me to Geelong and bigger and better things.”

The second-year apprentice builder will always remember his debut for the Cats.

He played in a winning VFL side for the first time and also won the Damian Drum Medal as best-on-ground in Geelong’s K-ROCK Cup victory against Werribee under the lights of Simonds Stadium.

“Round 1 was very exciting for me and that’s probably the highlight of my career so far,” he said.

“(Winning the medal) gave me something to look back on as well from my first win and it was good for me, coming from Bendigo, to prove to myself that I could play VFL footy.”

His pace and ball use has been as asset to Geelong’s backline and he’s also enjoyed stints on a wing.

The 22-year-old is enjoying developing his craft under Geelong’s decorated coaching panel, adding he’s been fortunate to have two great coaches at VFL level in Austinn Jones (Bendigo) and Paul Hood (Geelong).

“I’ve been very lucky to have such talented coaches I guess. Even growing up playing country footy I had (ex-Melbourne and Richmond player) Simon Eishold as well,” Farrelly said.

“It’s just unreal to think the support I’ve got in my footy and hopefully that can take me to bigger and better things eventually – if that comes about.”

With five weeks left in the season and Geelong’s AFL injury list reducing by the week, Farrelly knows that pressure for spots in the side among the VFL-listed players will increase.

“Personally, (my goal) is to just try and maintain a spot in the side,” Farrelly said. “It’s becoming harder with more AFL players coming back from injuries. It’s a lot harder to maintain a spot so my aim is just to play out the rest of the year.

“As a team it’s all about respect and getting better for next year. You never know – there could be a slight hope of finals.”

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