Fremantle rookie and UWA student athlete Bailey Banfield made his AFL premiership debut over the weekend, coming up against Port Adelaide in a 50 point loss.
The debutant is driven by the disappointment of missing out on consecutive national drafts before he was snapped up as a rookie late last year.
Banfield trained in a number of different positions over summer, before coach Ross Lyon placed him as a defensive forward, a role he thrived in during the JLT Community Series.
It was his strong performance during that tournament, combined with his goals against West Coast in a scratch-match that booked the Broome product the flight to Adelaide.
The student athlete had twelve disposals against Port throughout the game, as well as three marks and three tackles. His take-away stats from the game closely mirror those of fellow debutant Andrew Brayshaw.
Across town, Eagles student athlete Oscar Allen will have to wait longer for his AFL premiership debut, having not been featured in the 115 v 86 loss to Sydney.
Meanwhile Bailey Banfield will now turn his attention to working for a home debut, with the Dockers set to host Essendon at the new Optus Stadium on Saturday 31 March.
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