Call-up comes as a shock

Simpson premiership player Darcy Leishman is among nine players representing the Colac District Football League in senior interleague for the first time tomorrow.

Simpson footballer Darcy Leishman says his first interleague selection came as a shock despite taking his game to new heights this season.

The reliable defender has stepped up in the Tigers’ backline this season following the departure of Luke Weel and Joel Hayward.

Leishman, 23, has been quick to catch the attention of opposition coaches, leading the Colac Herald’s MVP award after five rounds, while also impressing interleague selectors.

He has had two best-on-ground performances against South Colac and Alvie, and was among the best players against Lorne.

But despite his career-best form, Leishman said he hadn’t considered himself a chance for interleague.

“To be honest it never really popped into my head, I never gave myself a chance, but it is nice to be picked,” he said.

“It was a bit of a shock, I didn’t really see it coming but I was pretty happy with it.”

Leishman said he was looking forward to his first senior interleague opportunity.

He is among nine first-time CDFL senior representatives, along with his brother Tom, Birregurra’s Sam Green, Michael Bolitho and Jack Moorfoot, Irrewarra-Beeac’s Dillyn Fedley and Jason Cartwright, Lorne’s Sean Holroyd and Kane Smartt, and Otway Districts’ Tom Mullane-Grant.

“It’ll just be good to test myself with the best players in the league,” Leishman said.

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