Congratulations to former Belconnen Cats player Logan Austin, who will be lining up for his first AFL game for Port Adelaide Powers on 5 June 2015 at the MCG against Collingwood.
Logan joined the Cats as an 11 year old having started his football with the Gungahlin Jets. Logan actually “debuted” for the Cats in the under 10s while a Jets player as the Cats were short on numbers. Even at this young age those watching were saying “who is that kid?” as Logan stood out (being 10 foot tall helped).Logan joined the Cats and initially played in the under 14s as an 11 year old who more than held his own. The characteristics, which remain with him today, was his fierceness at the contest (particularly going for marks), his decision making and his sublime kicking skills. Not surprisingly Logan was selected for representative teams early on and represented the ACT primary schools team (twice) and was part of the “Cats” Canberra/South Coast rep teams.
Logan was an infectious character who always had his teammates in stitches – not always by intention. Today, whenever he gets the chance to come home from Adelaide he catches up with his footy mates whenever the opportunity arises. Logan was part of the all conquering Cats under 14 team coached by Colin Mues a team which included Jack Steele who plays for GWS and Chris Jansen who plays for Central Districts in Adelaide. Like all of these stories “Loges” suffered his fair share of adversity including breaking his collarbone as a 15 year old and breaking his ankle as a 16 year old. Both injuries were very serious and resulted in Loges missing lots of football. This only made him more determined and this was evident when he was a key member of the Belconnen Magpies under 18 premiership team as the star centre-half-forward coached by Bubba Read who is the current goal umpire for the Cats under 10s (who also coached senior premierships for Belconnen Seniors and Reserves). This is when Logan’s career took off. The following season he played seniors for Belconnen and assistant coach for Belconnen, Damian Carmichael (whose son George plays for the Cats under 12s) switched Loges to the backline. Loges played in the backs for the under 18s ACT/NSW Rams in the under 18s championship, was a member of the GWS Giants academy and later in 2014 was drafted by Port Adelaide in 2014 at pick number 69.
Port Adelaide did not muck around with their new star, booking Loges in for surgery on his shoulder immediately upon joining the club. After 10 promising games in his first season playing for Port Adelaide Magpies, Loges was booked in for more surgery – this time a double shoulder reconstruction. Again, to his credit, he has come back to footy better than ever. He has played every game with Port Adelaide Magpies and impressed coach Ken Hinkley enough to earn his debut game with the Power on Sunday.
Outside his family, Loges was quick to tell his old Belconnen Cats mates of the news and as mates do he was immediately kept grounded. Here is a summary of the text between Loges and his ex-teammate:
Logan: “Mate I have been picked – I am super keen”
Unnamed ex-teammate “I am keen too – I can’t wait to see the big American (Mason Cox) kick a lazy 6 on you on Sunday”
We are all sure that won’t be the case. Congratulations to Logan on making it to the big time and we all look forward to seeing your skills, tenacity and talent on display in the AFL for many years to come. Congratulations to mum Robyn and dad John (a former Cats junior coach) and the whole Austin family and your Belconnen Cats family will be supporting you Loges as well on the weekend.