Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lions Cub Follows Rhan's Lead

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lions Cub Follows Rhan's Lead

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Byline: Lee Gaskin

WITH Brisbane Lions regulars Travis Johnstone and Scott Harding as teammates, Collingwood Park teenager Lachy McHardy faced a stern initiation of what's required to make the AFL.

Rather than be deterred, the tenacious 17-year-old midfielder is determined to do whatever it takes to tread the same path as another Ipswich product, Rhan Hooper.

A standout for the Ipswich/Jindalee Miners in the under-18 competition, McHardy made his debut for the Lions' reserves in their QAFL Velocity Sports Cup encounter with Mt Gravatt on Sunday.

With only 11 listed players, the Lions were no match for the powerful Vultures, going down 19.17 (125) to 7.6 (48).

But for McHardy the result was irrelevant. More important was testing himself in the state's premier AFL competition.

"It was a good experience, playing with a few of the Lions boys like Travis Johnstone and Scott Harding," McHardy said.

"At the moment it's a one-off, but there's a chance I'll run on at the Gabba in a couple of weeks, depending on who goes into the Lions team. …

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