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How ex-Cat overcame forgotten boots to bag 10 at Kennedy’s expense


Former Geelong defender Harry Taylor made a career out of placing goalkicking forwards in his pocket.

However, his post-AFL days have seen him reincarnated as a forward and constantly making a mess of defences in Western Australia’s Great Northern Football League.

Taylor has already bagged 72 goals for Northampton this season with his attacking exploits helping the Rams qualify for finals for the first time since 2004.

Three weeks ago he helped himself to a huge haul of 17 and recently added 10 more when the Rams held a fundraiser for people in the Northampton and Kalbarri region.

The 35-year-old revealed that things became interesting when West Coast’s Josh Kennedy turned up.

“We kept it relatively quiet until JK came along,” he said on Sportsday WA.

“Before the game he came down to the change rooms and he just happened to mention that it was a $1000 for every goal I kicked.”

Taylor would start the day slowly and inaccurately before rallying to provide Kennedy with a fairly significant bill (if of course the Eagle star had to donate it all himself).

“Also, the fact that I forgot my boots and I had to borrow a pair off one of the ressies players, but that’s another story,” he added.

“I kicked four points in the first quarter and two in the second, so six points and I thought this isn’t going too good.

“But fortunately I managed to finish with 10 and raise a few dollars for some people in need.”

Away from Ram life, Taylor believes his old teammates at the Cats are well placed to make another Grand Final despite conceding that Tom Stewart’s injury will make it harder.

He would love to see them play off in the 2021 Grand Final at Optus Stadium given that the current coronavirus situation will likely keep the decider away from the MCG.

“He’s an unbelievable player and has been fantastic again this year,” he added.

“He’s probably a lock for his third All-Australian jacket, I think he’s been outstanding. Unfortunately he’s probably not going to be out there for the short term, but there is a chance that he might come back in the finals campaign.

“But the Cats are going along really nicely. I think they’re playing the most consistent footy of all the teams up there at the moment.

“Yes, they’ve had a few ups and downs, but they just look pretty robust across all parts of the ground.

“It would be nice to see them come over here and play in a big final, hopefully a Grand Final in front of a massive WA audience. That would be something pretty special.”

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