Symmons riding the wave of success

DEVONPORT’S Brad Symmons has certainly experienced the highs and lows of football in his time at the club.

After five games in his debut season in 2009, the 24-year-old was instrumental in the Magpies making the 2010 TSL grand final.

Brad Symmons during a match earlier this season. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

For the next 2½ years though it has been injury upon injury, with the 2012 and 2013 seasons complete write-offs.

But the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be shining brightly now for Symmons, who is back playing regular football and showing the competition his potential.

This was no more evident than at the Devonport Oval on Saturday, when the co-captain racked up an amazing 17 tackles on his way to picking up three votes in the RACT Player of the Year award, along with helping his team to a 34-point win over Lauderdale.

“Personally it was my best game all year, and definitely the best football we have played as a team too,” Symmons said.

“I pride myself on tackling and hard-ball gets, and it’s a big team emphasis for us as well.”

With a finals berth available for the team if they win their last two games, Symmons said a return to post-season action would be a fitting reward for the team, who have had their fair share of losses since 2010.

“I played in the 2010 grand final, and have been through the good times and the bad, so it would definitely be nice to play in finals this year – it’s been a while,” he said.

“This year has been a good stepping stone for us and hopefully we continue to build next year.”

In TSL tribunal news, Burnie defender Rudy Barrett will miss the clash against Launceston at West Park after accepting a one-match ban for striking Western Storm’s Billy Jack on Sunday.

The charge attracted a base sanction of two games, but got reduced due to an early guilty plea from Barrett.

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