Young Greek Australian AFL talent Mitch Georgiades wrapped up his debut season in Australia’s top division with Port Adelaide’s semi-final loss to Richmond Tigers.
The premiers beat Port Adelaide by six points in a preliminary final slugfest to advance to a third AFL grand final in four seasons. The Tigers prevailed 6.10 (46) to 6.4 (40) in a rain-soaked clash at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
Despite not playing in the semi-final, the Greek Australian young gun was capped three times for the South Australia side, scoring an incredible six goals.
Georgiades’ shining moment came in July against former league leaders Melbourne FC. Georgiades, playing power forward during the match, scored three goals, the most by any player in the night.
Speaking to The Advertiser after being drafted to play in the AFL, Georgiades has high hopes to secure a solid spot in squad.
“We did keep him pretty quiet but we tracked him in 2018 and thought he’d be a pretty good player and rocket up the boards in 2019, but he didn’t get to play,’’ national recruiting manager Geoff Parker said.
“We did a lot of background checking. Power assistant, Jarrad Schofield, has that Subiaco connection (as a past coach there) and Taj, Jarrad’s son, played with him. So we had a lot of intel on him and we’re excited he got to where he got to.
“We’re very, very comfortable with our decision to pick him.’’