By Nicholas Galea
Marcus Lentini has been named the Piranha Lion of the Round following an outstanding midfield display in the round three clash against the Brisbane Lions on the weekend at South Pine Sporting Complex in Brendale, Queensland.
We all know just how strong Lentini’s ball winning ability is after leading the VFL in 2018 and 2019 for disposals and he showed he has lost none of that hunger and appetite against the Lions with 45 disposals, 24 of those contested.
On top of that, Lentini also had 24 kicks, 10 score involvements, nine clearances, seven hard ball gets and five inside 50s to round off a dominant four quarter performance.
Senior Men’s Coach Andrew Sturgess was thrilled with Lentini’s outing against Brisbane, emphasising his consistency to play to a high standard week in week out is one of the highlights of his game and one that not many players could replicate on such a regular basis.
‘We talk about Tom Mitchell, Jackson Macrae and these big ball winners at AFL level when they have 40+ touches and we’re sort of ranting and raving, yet this guy does it consistently at VFL level every week,’ Sturgess said.
‘What I love most about him is not just yesterday but week to week is his level of consistency which is probably better than anybody in the VFL and he’s showed that for the first 38 games of his career.’
An integral cog of the Coburg midfield, Lentini has also been adding further strings to his bow, aiming to become not just become a ball winning magnet but someone who can put a side to the sword and contribute frequently on the scoreboard.
‘I think it is an area of his game that we have wanted to build upon over the first two years of his career; his ability to impact the scoreboard and his ability to kick the ball inside forward 50 to our forwards,’ Sturgess said.
‘He kicked four points yesterday but we look more at the opportunities and the adaption he has made to put himself in the position to kick goals.’
‘It was pretty tricky conditions yesterday and he certainly wasn’t alone in kicking behinds, we almost kicked 20 points for the day.’
‘Perhaps on a dry day he ends up with 45 disposals and four goals which is pretty good numbers.’
If Lentini keeps putting up performances like his game against Brisbane, he no doubt will find his name come up once again in Draft calculations.
‘I just hope an AFL club at some stage gives him an opportunity to show his worth at the next level because what he has shown over his career is his ability to step up to the next level, he’s done that from TAC Cup to VFL and I think he could quite easily do it from VFL to AFL,’ Sturgess said.
You can see Marcus Lentini continue his fine start to the 2021 VFL season alongside his Coburg teammates when they look to make it back-to-back wins this year against Collingwood this Saturday at Victoria Park with the opening bounce scheduled for 12:00pm.
- Disposals (42)
- Kicks (22)
- Handballs (20)
- Tackles (7)
- Marks (3)