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BRYCE LOOKING TO HAVE A BIG IMPACT

 

By Peter Argent 
Queensland lad big Bryce Retzlaff already feels at home at the Ponderosa. 
The 195cm forward played his junior football at Mudgeeraba Saints from under 13s to under 16s, and then spent two seasons following the surf and working in his father’s plumbing business. 
“I saw some mates making it in the AFL, so I decided to go out to Labrador to see if I could make it,” Retzlaff explained.
“I was actually born in Victoria, but because I had bad asthma as a kid, we moved up to the Sunshine State. 
“In 2009 I played four reserves matches and six senior games, before I was drafted to the Lions. 
“My AFL debut was in the first Q-Clash and we actually lost that game to the Gold Coast. 
“I had a shot at goal with about 10 minutes to go, that would have gives us the lead.” 
Retzlaff played alongside Tom Collier at Brisbane and is please to reacquaint himself with the defender/ruckman at Central District.
“After speaking to Central District, I didn’t meet with any other club,” Retzlaff confirmed. 
“I’ve always seen the SANFL and the VFL as the next step away from AFL football. 
“Playing as a key forward at Elizabeth gives you plenty of space to use. 
“Roy (senior coach Laird) is awesome – he has a tough exterior and has and intiminordary effect on the playing group – but he’s been a bit of a mentor to me both on and off the field.   
“I am currently working in the finance industry at the moment.” 
 A 195cm, 97kg forward he originally was collected at pick number 84 in the 2010 AFL National Draft, playing 11 games and kicking six goals for the Lions in 2011. 
After a knee reconstruction, Retzlaff returned to his home state and was a member of the Box Hills Hawks premiership success in the VFL last year. 
In eight senior games since his return in July last year, he kicked 13 goals, including 1.3 in the 21-point season deciding success over Geelong at Etihad Stadium.  
Seven-time Central District premiership coach Roy Laird confirmed that Retzlaff will be among the good handful of Bulldogs debutants this week in the season opener against traditional rivals Woodville-West Torrens.   
“Bryce has fitted in really well to the squad,” Laird said. 
“A good quality bloke, he is the type that suites our culture,  
“Injury did hold him back earlier in the pre-season, but his fitness has improved dramatically in the last four to five weeks 
“Last week in the final trial against Sturt I was happy with him defensively 
“Our smalls will rely on his bringing ball to contest and bring the ball to ground if he doesn’t mark it. 
“If he can add a couple of goals to that is will be great.” 

By Peter Argent 

Queensland lad big Bryce Retzlaff already feels at home at the Ponderosa. 

The 195cm forward played his junior football at Mudgeeraba Saints from under 13s to under 16s, and then spent two seasons following the surf and working in his father’s plumbing business. 

“I saw some mates making it in the AFL, so I decided to go out to Labrador to see if I could make it,” Retzlaff explained.

“I was actually born in Victoria, but because I had bad asthma as a kid, we moved up to the Sunshine State. 

“In 2009 I played four reserves matches and six senior games, before I was drafted to the Lions. 

“My AFL debut was in the first Q-Clash and we actually lost that game to the Gold Coast. 

“I had a shot at goal with about 10 minutes to go, that would have given us the lead.” 

Retzlaff played alongside Tom Collier at Brisbane and is please to reacquaint himself with the defender/ruckman at Central District.

“After speaking to Central District, I didn’t meet with any other club,” Retzlaff confirmed. 

“I’ve always seen the SANFL and the VFL as the next step away from AFL football. 

“Playing as a key forward at Elizabeth gives you plenty of space to use. 

“Roy (senior coach Laird) is awesome – he has a tough exterior and has and intiminordary effect on the playing group – but he’s been a bit of a mentor to me both on and off the field.   

“I am currently working in the finance industry at the moment.” 

 A 195cm, 97kg forward he originally was collected at pick number 84 in the 2010 AFL National Draft, playing 11 games and kicking six goals for the Lions in 2011. 

After a knee reconstruction, Retzlaff returned to his home state and was a member of the Box Hills Hawks premiership success in the VFL last year. 

In eight senior games since his return in July last year, he kicked 13 goals, including 1.3 in the 21-point season deciding success over Geelong at Etihad Stadium.  

Seven-time Central District premiership coach Roy Laird confirmed that Retzlaff will be among the good handful of Bulldogs debutants this week in the season opener against traditional rivals Woodville-West Torrens.   

“Bryce has fitted in really well to the squad,” Laird said. 

“A good quality bloke, he is the type that suites our culture,  

“Injury did hold him back earlier in the pre-season, but his fitness has improved dramatically in the last four to five weeks 

“Last week in the final trial against Sturt I was happy with him defensively 

“Our smalls will rely on his bringing ball to contest and bring the ball to ground if he doesn’t mark it. 

“If he can add a couple of goals to that is will be great.” 

 
 
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