High-flyer runs on field for 150 games
YOUNG GUN LOOKS FORWARD TO BRIGHT FUTURE
HE MAY be just 15 years old but Liam O’Keefe has already shown his dedication to both the St Clair Crows Junior Australian Rules Football Club and the game itself, playing his 150th game last week.
The celebrations were short-lived when halfway through the second quarter, another player landed on Liam’s ankle, causing it to fracture.
The injury has left the centre half-back with eight weeks on the sidelines.
“It felt like it died. I can barely stand up by myself,” he said. “When it (the ability to play) gets taken away, you realise what’s
His father and club head coach, Richard O’Keefe, said he was proud of Liam.
“From a coaching perspective ... he has been instrumental in the club for five premierships. We’ve won four from five.
“As a player he’s grown both physically and in terms of stature in the club.
“He takes on leadership roles in the club. He’ll be the club captain next year.”
Despite his success as a player, Liam said he would much rather umpire professional AFL games than play in them.
O’Keefe said the young AFL star had been nominated for the AFL NSW junior umpiring talent program, Next Generation.