AUSTIN Steere grew up watching successful Warrnambool teams dominate the Hampden league.
Now he’s ready to be part of it.
Steere, 19, will make his senior finals debut against arch rival South Warrnambool on Sunday.
“It would mean a whole lot more if we could go the whole way and get a premiership, that would be unbelieveable,” he said ahead of the elimination final at Koroit’s Victoria Park.
The 2017 Hampden league rising star winner hopes to provide the Blues with his trademark run and carry on the wing.
“I’ve had a better second half of the year and hopefully I can carry that on into finals,” Steere said.
“I feel like I’ve stepped up this year and am a lot more confident before games and when I am running out it’s starting to feel more natural for me which is good.”
Lifelong Blue Steere – the son of football manager Wally – said belief was high at the Reid Oval-based club after overcoming a slow start to the season to book a spot in September.
“It’s been really good, even when we started the year winless the morale was still up,” he said.
“And as we started to get wins, everyone started to come together more and more. It’s a good atmosphere.”