Nic Naitanui might have been the headline act during the WAFL Eagles’ clash with East Fremantle on Saturday, but it was another Nic who stole the show at New Choice Homes Park.
North Beach’s Nicholas Reid played a starring role in West Coast’s 72-point triumph, kicking an equal game-high four goals against the Sharks.
It was a breakout game for the 23-year-old, who has been making steady progress since joining the club’s WAFL outfit at the beginning of the season
The medium-sized forward has booted nine goals across his six outings this year.
He is also averaging 14.2 disposals, 3.5 marks and 2.7 tackles per game in his debut WAFL league season.
Reid’s only previous WAFL experience was at colts level, where he represented Claremont on 21 occasions.
“It was nice to be selected among the 20 AFL-listed players; that was a bit of an honour for me,” Reid said post-match.
“I just wanted to focus on things like tackling, gathering the ball when it spills to ground and my second and third efforts, because goals come from there. When I’m doing that, I tend to hit the scoreboard even more.
“To finish off with four (goals) was nice, but it was just a good win all round.”
Reid appears to relish playing on the big stage.
His second best haul of the year – three goals – was against Claremont in round eight at Optus Stadium, a curtain raiser fixture for West Coast’s AFL clash with Gold Coast.
The Tiger turned Eagle said he was thrilled to get picked for Naitanui and former teammate Tom Barrass’ return match at the weekend.
“Obviously (Naitanui) brings a bit of atmosphere and the boys love him,” Reid said.
“Nic Nat always brings a crowd, so that was great.
“It was also great to play with big Dish (Drew Petrie) as well as Tom Barrass. Tommy and I used to play some junior footy together.
“We played under 15s together at Scarborough and then we played a bit of Claremont colts together back in 2012. It’s been a while, but it was great to get on the park with him.”
More than anything, Reid was rapt to get his first win as a WAFL Eagle.
West Coast snapped a five-game losing streak with its emphatic win over East Fremantle on Saturday.
“I hadn’t sung the team song yet; I was waiting for that for a while,” Reid said.
“You play footy to win, so to bank this one it feels like over the next couple of weeks we’ll be a lot more confident.
“Although we did have some star names in the side today, I felt that our intent and our defensive pressure got us that win.
“It was rightfully deserved.”