Harry Simington: Roaring Lion to kick goals and Rising Sun to be drafted


A young and tall bloke came to a Dingoes training in March this year. This is how I met Harry Simington, then Gold Coast Suns Academy player, who dreams to be picked by an AFL club.


Today, I am featuring the 19-year-old Harry on his hardworking and positive attitudes.


He came to Japan to visit his girlfriend who is working at Universal Studio Japan in Osaka. He has researched an AFL club based in Osaka and found us.


During the recent interview with Harry, I found out that he was born in Brisbane, and started wondering why he picked Australian Rules rather than rugby.


He said, “My Dad is from Adelaide and mum is a Collingwood supporter. I watched games on TV and decided to play footy.”


Harry started playing footy in the junior level at the Tamborine Mountain Hawks and moved to the Broadview Tigers and then to Queensland State’s sides (U12 to U18). He also has played for the Gold Coast Suns Academy (U12 to the AFL Reserves).


While he was playing junior footy, he played everywhere. And then since the Under 12 sides, he has been playing centre half forward.


Wondering why he played  centre half forward, I asked Harry his strengths.


His first response was kicking. Then asking him the longest distance he’s kicked, his record is 60 metres. It’s impressive.


I asked him, “how about marking?  but he thought it was decision making. I told him what I meant, and he offered me that taking marks was one of his strengths.


As Harry said “yes” on decision making, I made further relevant questions on it. He is making fast decisions under the pressure and choosing the right player to kick or handpass to.


Having wondered how he developed skills into the high level, my next question was about his development.


He developed his kicking skills with good kicking drills provided by his coaches. Also watching professional games was how he picked skills and adopted into his footy. Luke Hodge is his role model as the Hawk is his favourite player. Harry is a Hawthorn supporter.


Asking his playing highlights, he mentioned to me he kicked a winning goal at an Under 14 game. It was a Queensland junior league Home and Away game where his Coomera Magpies beat Southport Sharks by two points.


He mentioned me that it was an important match as the  two sides had established a big rivalry, and he was fulfilled with the jobs done.


Even if Harry demonstrates good skills, he has had a stress fracture on his foot twice this year. Gold Coast Suns have decided not to pick him. He has parted from the Suns.


But he is strong and positive for the future and his dream.


Harry has trained with the Coburg Lions, the VFL club and is being contracted with the club in January.


“Playing footy for the Coburg Football Club is the best opportunity to achieve my goal to become an AFL footballer,” said Harry.


He  made a point that his career at Coburg would be an exposer to AFL clubs as their recruiters would see his on field performances more.


He was seen much less with on field performances in Queensland, he added. Harry wants to be under the spotlight in Melbourne.


Also he is excited to play footy for Coburg with his mate, Brodie Foster. Brodie has also played for the Gold Coast Suns Academy. They are planning to live together in Melbourne for the bright future.


Harry is not only willing to have good on field experiences but he is also studying for a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Victoria University to learn how to manage his injuries and how to get fitter, faster and stronger.


During the interview with him, I sensed he was a positive and hungry young man. I wish him all the best with his new footy chapter and hope to see him playing AFL footy in the near future.


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About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.

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