JYE Turland stood enviously watching older brother Jed celebrate Warrnambool’s senior premiership last year.
The then 17-year-old had only hours earlier played in Warrnambool’s defeated under 18 grand final side, but what hurt most was missing out on a place in the senior team.
The lightly-framed Turland had kicked six goals in Warrnambool’s round 18 victory over Port Fairy as the Blues claimed the minor premiership.
At most clubs, a performance like that by a small forward would have made him a certain starter in the finals.
But with star full-forward Jason Rowan out with a quad injury and midfielder Damien McCorkell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury for that match, the Blues had to make two changes for the second semi-final.
With VFL-listed player Liam Hoy snr becoming available, it was a case of the last three in were the first three out. Turland was one of them.
“I was expecting it,” he said this week.
“I was disappointed.
“I wished I was out there but it had to be done.”
Jye used the setback to spur him on in the off-season.
He made the training squad with TAC Cup side North Ballarat Rebels but missed the cut.
“I was disappointed. I thought I did all right in the trial games, but I was happy to come back and play with Warrnambool,” he said.
He effectively did two pre-seasons. He completed the gruelling Rebels’ training and most nights would double up by attending Blues’ sessions.
It had an impact.
He has played all of the Blues’ 21 senior games this season and kicked 32 goals.
Turland, who is completing his VCE at Warrnambool College, is looking forward to getting his shot at a senior flag today.
“I’m really excited,” he said.
Joining him will be brother Jed, who is looking to continue an astonishing run of success, despite his tender age of 19.
He has already won a senior flag (2012), two under 18 premierships (2009 and 2011) and was part of under 14 and under 16 flags on the same day in 2007.
“I can’t remember any of the game (last year), it just went so quick,” Jed said this week.
“It’s unbelievable to think you have played in one.
“If we win this year, it will probably take a while to settle in.”
Having Jye in the team was significant.
“This one will be more special because Jye’s playing,” he said.
“I’m probably more excited to play with Jye because I was pretty disappointed he didn’t get to play last year.”
Jed is a dangerous left-footer who is creative across half-forward, while Jye is a fleet-footed right-footer capable of mercurial goals.
Jed’s kicking to key forwards Jason Rowan and Travis Graham can be lethal.
He hopes he is accurate today in front of goal.
Last week in the preliminary final he kicked three. But before he registered his first, he had slotted an unflattering 13 consecutive behinds after enduring a five-week drought stretching back to the second half of the round 17 game against South Warrnambool.
“We had goalkicking practice the other night and I didn’t miss,” he said.