WHILE he won’t admit it, young gun Harry Douglass could be the Aberdeen Tigers’ lucky charm in 2017.
The teenage fullback is in his maiden season with the BHP Billiton Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League club, having registered nine senior games, as the side attempts to win its first title since 2010.
And, he’s yet to drop a match in the “black and golds” top line-up.
It’s a record the local lad – and ex-Scone Thoroughbreds’ junior – is hoping to maintain this weekend against the Singleton Greyhounds at Pirtek Park on Sunday.
“Even though my dad and pop both played at Aberdeen, it’s my first year with the Tigers,” Douglass said.
“There’s a good culture around the club.
“I wanted to play seniors but I wasn’t really expecting to [in 2017].
“I actually started the season in reserves.
“However, the opportunity arose [in first grade] and we’re now one win away from the grand final.
“It’s tough [in firsts] and I’ve learned a lot.
“But, I’m loving my footy at the moment.”
That adoration rose last Sunday when the Tigers stunned the Thoroughbreds 36-22, after trailing 22-0 at the 40-minute mark.
“There was never a doubt we could win,” Douglass explained.
“[In the sheds] the boys agreed we had 30 points in us – and we posted 36.
“We didn’t show Scone enough respect in the first half.
“Everyone knew we had to play perfect footy in the second period – and we did.
“But, we’ve still got plenty [of work] to do.
“Beating Singleton is a big task, especially down at Pirtek Park.
“However, I think we have the side to do it.
“We just need to put it all together – and complete our sets.
“If we can match them up front, it’ll give Liam Foran and Chris Hunt room to move the ball out wide to the likes of Hamish Wolfgang.”
Following a few lean seasons on the field, Douglass said it was terrific to see the Tigers returning to their former glory.
“I’m not getting ahead of myself, but to have both grades in grand finals on September 2 would be pretty ‘schmick’,” he admitted.
“And, it would be nice to play our neighbours Muswellbrook.
“The board has put so much into the club, while the supporters have been fantastic, too.
“It’d be great to give something back to them and the town.
“[A win] means a lot to everyone.
“Aberdeen is a very family-orientated club, so we’re doing it for each other.”