A goalkicking masterclass saw Gryan Miers awarded the TAC Medal for best-on-ground in the Geelong Falcons’ TAC Cup premiership triumph on Sunday.
The dynamic 177cm 18-year-old kicked seven goals from 16 disposals to prove the difference in Geelong’s thrilling two-point victory over the Sandringham Dragons at Etihad Stadium.
Miers booted the first two goals of the game within five minutes, one more in the second quarter and four majors in the crucial third term when the Falcons piled on eight goals to no score to set up a 30-point lead at the final change.
The Grovedale junior produced a highlights reel featuring goals kicked in all manner of ways, including a bouncing snap from one pocket, a sublime finish on the run from the other pocket and even a goal-line toe-poke.
With nothing splitting the teams in the overall contested possession count, Miers’ ability to win crucial contests in Geelong’s forward line and capitalise in front of goal was a defining factor in the result.
The performance capped a break-out season that saw Miers finish third on the TAC Cup goalkicking table after the home-and-away rounds with 37 majors, behind leader Daniel Johnston (Murray Bushrangers) on 44. He booted three goals in each of the club’s finals wins against the Gippsland Power and then the Dandenong Stingrays, ultimately ending 2017 with 50 majors from 17 matches while averaging 17 disposals, four marks and four tackles per game.
After appearing five times for the Falcons in 2016, Miers was selected in the 2017 TAC Cup Team of the Year forward line having been part of one of the competition’s most potent attacking groups. Along with fellow mobile forwards Lachlan Noble (34 goals in 2017), David Handley (28) and Mitch Chafer (13) as well as tall target Adam Garner (35), he helped second-placed Geelong finish the home-and-away season as the TAC Cup’s third-highest-scoring team
Miers also played four matches for Vic Country at the NAB AFL U18 Championships in June and July, averaging 18 disposals and five marks per game playing more through the midfield. It revealed another string to his bow, complementing a special ability to score goals from seemingly anywhere.