Carlton recruit Troy Menzel shows talent to burn
IF you have a few minutes spare and want to watch some elite talent, go to YouTube and type in the name Troy Menzel.
You will find a young man playing for gun SANFL team Central District in games where he kicks goals from outside 50m on the run, others inside 50m where he seems to find space that shouldn’t exist and a couple from the boundary just for good measure.
Then there is the ability to take a strong overhead mark, his 190cm frame giving him that extra height for a midfielder/forward, or sweeper from half back if required.
But most importantly of all, Menzel, 18, wins the ball when it comes into his area and rarely gets beaten one on one.
Maybe that is a family trait, as Geelong supporters with good memories will recall a moment in a Round 8 clash at the MCG in 2011, where Daniel Menzel won a crucial one-out contest when opposed to Collingwood’s Dane Swan, resulting in a goal in a game the Cats won by three points.
Daniel, 21, and Troy are the fourth and sixth oldest in a family of six boys made up of Adam, 30, Matt, 29, Chris, 22, and Sam, 19.
Raised by their mother Cathy, AFL recruiters said there was never any query on either Menzel when it came to character.
But there was a query on injury, in Troy’s case LARS surgery for a knee reconstruction when he was 16. Given there are concerns about the longevity of LARS, clubs such as Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs may well have been reluctant to take him.
It was not unlike the Joel Selwood situation in 2006 when a supposed career-threatening knee injury saw him slip through to 7 in the draft. Menzel fell even further to 11 before Carlton swooped.
Yesterday the 78kg Menzel spent a day at Visy Park, where he met his new coach Mick Malthouse.
“l was quite nervous and a bit intimidated but very excited at the same time,” said Menzel, who hopes to study psychology next year.
“I’m lucky coming to Melbourne with Daniel just down the road at Geelong. He rang me on draft night and has given me a few tips.”
Menzel describes himself as a forward who loves to push into the midfield, but doesn’t rule out spending time on a back flank. He also says he is “highly competitive” and someone who “doesn’t like losing”.