"From little things big things grow" are the famous lyrics from a song of the same name by legendary Australian songwriter and performer Paul Kelly.
Those lyrics symbolise what South Warrnambool export and Oakleigh Chargers bottom-ager Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is hoping can happen as a result of his renewed focus on his football.
The 17-year-old, who will play in Saturday's NAB league decider against Eastern Rangers at Ikon Park, has focused his training on improving the little things as he chases his AFL dream.
The first step was setting up a weekly routine and then sticking to it.
"It's the little things like carrying a drink bottle wherever I go," he told The Standard. "I have been more diligent on the little things to get myself ready to play at this level."
The next stage was working on his fundamentals, which has helped the Western Bulldogs Next Generation Academy player tap into a rich vein of form late in his first season in the under 18 competition.
"The hardest part was my kicking as last year it was holding me back," Ugle-Hagan said.
"Practicing makes it better and it has been improving and improving all year but I still have got another year to improve it."
Once the confidence in his kicking had built up and he had recovered from an early hamstring injury he switched his focus to his goal craft, which follows the similar trait of keeping it simple.
"I do it every training session and it involves just stepping through my routine and finishing it off with a goal," the left footer said.
The attention to detail with his goal-kicking routine at training has resulted in bags of five, three, four, four, three and four goals in his past six matches as Oakleigh charged towards this year's decider.
Saturday's NAB league grand final will be Ugle-Hagan's third appearance in a season finale after scoring two junior premierships with South Warrnambool.
The Chargers are aiming for redemption after finishing runners-up last season as well as the club's fifth premiership in the highly-competitive under 18 competition.
The Scotch College boarding student said the nerves would come later in the week but playing with guys he now calls "brothers" has made him feel more comfortable adjusting to the league as a bottom-ager.
"At the start of the year it was a bit awkward trying to fit in as they are all at a high standard and also I was coming from (another club in) the (Greater Western Victoria) Rebels," he said.
"It did take a while to build confidence around the boys and once I've done that they have brought me in like I am part of the family."
Following this season Ugle-Hagan has been invited to train with the Western Bulldogs over the pre-season as a way to prepare for his final year in the NAB league and a hopeful selection at the 2020 AFL Draft.
But before embarking on his next journey Ugle-Hagan reflected on the opportunity he got to play with his father, Aaron, with Warrnambool and District league club East Warrnambool in round three.
"Playing with dad was an experience I wanted to get as he might be retiring soon," he said.
"And the way my game is developing I just wanted to get it out of the way as not many people get to say they have play with their dad."
The Bombers eventually went down to Russells Creek by 18 points but Ugle-Hagan made his impact known kicking three goals.
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