TAC Cup: Action Jackson saves the day

HE MAY have just lived the boyhood dream, but Jackson Macrae isn’t getting carried away ahead of one of the busiest months of his life.

Playing for Oakleigh Chargers in last week’s TAC Cup grand final, Jackson, 18, kicked a ‘‘golden point’’ in the final quarter to hand the Chargers the premiership. He won the best-on-ground medal in the process.

Under TAC Cup rules, if scores are tied at the end of regular time in a grand final, the next score ends the game.

‘‘We actually talked about it [golden point] during the week, how there’s no draw in TAC Cup,’’ Macrae says.

‘‘We all had a laugh about it at the time, and then it happened so it was pretty weird.

‘‘I marked it a bit out of my range, so I just tried to get it within my distance and just try and score. It’s all a bit of a blur looking back; I’m just happy it snuck through.’’

The grand final was Macrae’s last at under-age level, with an invitation to this week’s AFL draft combine (formerly the draft camp) the next step in a promising career.

Invitations to the draft combine are extended only to the brightest draft prospects, with the most 

talented juniors in the country brought together for a series

of gruelling physical tests and interviews with coaches and recruiters.

If Macrae is daunted by the combine or the fast-approaching draft, he’s not showing it.

‘‘To test myself against some of the best kids in the country is just really exciting,’’ Macrae says.

‘‘Hopefully that [the draft] will look after itself. 

‘‘I can’t really do much 

performance-wise with my footy now, just control what I can and hopefully test well and interview well and hopefully I get picked up.

‘‘It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a little kid, so any club interstate or in Victoria, no matter what, I’d be happy.’’

Macrae believes his versatility is one of his strongest points, having been used back, forward, and in the midfield throughout the season.

“Playing forward and back has probably helped my development,” Macrae said.

“If they [the AFL] bring in a two-sub rule I think versatility is something every club needs.”

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