FROM undrafted to unearthed, Leitchville’s Marty Hore has capped a stellar breakout season in the VFL by winning the Joseph Wren Memorial Trophy at the 2017 Copeland Trophy on Friday night.
If Hore is going to fulfil his AFL ambition this should be the year after he has given himself a better chance than most of being picked up going into the November 24 draft.
He also qualifies for the AFL rookie draft the following Monday.
The Wren is Collingwood’s VFL best and fairest award and backs up Hore’s selection in the VFL’s Team of the Year at the JJ Liston Trophy earlier this year.
It’s a big step up from placing second in the Bendigo Pioneers’ best and fairest in 2015, which earned him his first invitation to the draft.
In the season just finished Hore averaged 22 disposals and seven marks in 15 matches for the Pies to edge out midfielders Gus Borthwick and Lachlan Tardrew.
Described by his coach Jared Rivers as one of the ‘shining lights’ for the VFL Pies in 2017, Hore established himself as a classy left-foot defender, entrusted for his intercept marking and adept kicking out of the back half.
The 21-year-old arrived at the Holden Centre at the beginning of 2016, and after two solid seasons of form in the reserves, has emerged as one of the bright young talents in the VFL.
In what was an up and down season for the VFL Pies, the defender remained one of constant positives throughout the 2017 campaign.
Hore told the Riverine Herald yesterday he was enjoying a couple of weeks off before the draft – and enjoying his big win on Friday.
“I thought I might be around the mark but actually winning the Joseph Wren was a real surprise and I think I have done everything I can going into the draft,” Hore said.
“I love playing down here and Collingwood is a good club to be part of, they have really helped me fit in.”
Collingwood has also helped reshape the skinny country kid who ventured to the city last year.
He’s 190cm tall and since joining Collingwood has added 10kg of muscle mass to get him up to 83-84kg – and counting.
Hore said the biggest change since joining the VFL is the intensity of the whole week.
He said with gym, training, recovery and review he spends part of every day at the club on top of his job as a cabinetmaker.
“But getting the extra bulk has made a huge difference in how I can play against these bigger, faster guys,” he added.
“Knowing you are going to be challenged every week is great, you often find yourself on someone who is already on an AFL list so you have to be up for every game.”
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