VELOCITY SPORTS NEWS
Beams on his NAB Cup debut
27 February 2009
Article written by Murray Belkin for afl.com.au
Ben Cousins may have stolen the show, but for Collingwood debutant Dayne Beams, it was his moment to shine under the lights at Telstra Dome.
"It was good to get the first one out of the way, it was fantastic being out there with the boys and hopefully earning some respect," Beams said after the match.
The 19-year-old started on the bench but was soon called into action with his heavily tattooed arm and two goal assists in the first quarter capturing the attention of the 37,121 fans.
Beams highlight from the night was a 45m goal in the second quarter, which brought a smile to the young Queenslander and to many of the Magpie faithful.
"I didn't think I could kick it that well but it came off the boot alright," he said.
"It was good to get that one out of the way as well."
His creativity was again on show in the final quarter with a clever tap-on under pressure opening space for Alan Toovey to run in and stretch the margin beyond the Tigers reach.
While Beams has tasted senior football at Southport last year, the No.29 draft pick at the 2008 NAB AFL Draft said he was still coming to terms with the pace of the AFL level.
"The bodies are very similar, but the tempo was a lot quicker and that is something I'll have to get used to," he said.
The recent retirements of former captain Scott Burns and tough tagger Brodie Holland has the tough midfielder eager to grab a spot in the heart of the Collingwood midfield in the coming years.
"I'm just happy to be out there. Half-forward is fantastic and hopefully soon I'll be able to push in the midfield when I get a little bit more experience," he said.
"I've just got to keep working hard and hopefully things come my way."