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THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR SEB

 

THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR SEB
By ZAC MILBANK
Seb Guilhaus admits he lopes like a giraffe and marks like a crocodile.
But more importantly, Central District’s new ruckman is finally ready to ‘’unleash the fury’’ at league level this season.
After playing 14 games at two SANFL clubs since making his debut in 2007, the 25-year-old insists he now has the maturity to reach his full potential.
‘’I’m in the right mental space now so I’m trying to unleash the fury,’’ said Guilhaus, an imposing 198cm and 105kg.
‘’I think it is just a maturity thing really. I’ve been talking to my parents and people around me and you have to take advantage of an opportunity before you get older. You don’t want to have any regrets. I felt I still had something to give so I’ve sacrificed the easy money in the country for the feeling of giving it 200 per cent in the SANFL.’’
After playing seven league games with Glenelg in 2007-08, Guilhaus spent the 2009 season playing in the Southern Football League with Morphettville Park.
Enticed back to the SANFL in 2010 by Woodville-West Torrens coach Michael Godden, Guilhaus played seven more league matches before heading back to the SFL again.  
Ask the affable Guilhaus about his playing history in the SANFL and he doesn’t hold anything back as he’s determined to play more than another five matches for the Bulldogs.
‘’I played seven for Glenelg, seven for the Eagles and will hopefully play 700 for Central,’’ he said with a laugh.
‘’I couldn’t see much opportunity to play for a long time at Glenelg with Trev (Cranston) there and at the Eagles with Craig (Parry) coming back, that was the end of me.
‘’But as soon as I heard there was the opportunity here (Central) I knew that I can play really well when I get the time in there, the fitness and everything else will come.’’
Not exactly a natural footballer, Guilhaus has always impressed with his tap work at the stoppages. And this year is no exception as he leads the league in hitouts with 83 in the opening two matches.
But the area Guilhaus has developed is his ability to provide a presence around the ground.
‘’I feel like I’ve grown into my body a bit more,’’ said Guilhaus, who played last season with Kaniva in country Victoria.
‘’I’m a bit of a loping giraffe when I get on the run and I still mark a crocodile but I’m slowly getting there.
‘’I’m getting more confidence every game. I haven’t always been confident in my skills; I’ve almost been too shy to call for the ball.
‘’Now I’m starting to get confidence at the level and that will continue on so I can start kicking goals and be a total nuisance for the other ruckmen.’’ 
Bulldogs chief executive Kris Grant is the first to concede his club was ‘’in desperate need for a ruckman.’’ But not even he can believe the good fortune in securing Guilhaus, who is proof behind the theory that bigmen take longer to reach their peak.
 ‘’We’ve been extremely happy with how he’s going,’’ Grant said.
‘’He’s got a tremendous work ethic. The pressure we’ve put on him, with the job he’s got to do, he’s really stepped up.’’  
Now Guilhaus is looking forward to taking on the best the SANFL has to offer in Norwood, at Playford Alive Oval on Saturday night.
A confrontation with Hawthorn premiership ruckman Brent Renouf is on the cards, provided Renouf isn’t called up for AFL duty with the Power.
But regardless of the opposition, there’s little doubt Guilhaus will be repaying the faith shown in him by those at his third SANFL club.
‘’It is such a good club and Roy (Laird) is so good as a coach,’’ Guilhaus said.
‘’He’s a really intelligent bloke and all the other staff there are fantastic. Everyone’s been really supportive, now I’ve just got to make sure I get it done.’’

By ZAC MILBANK

Seb Guilhaus admits he lopes like a giraffe and marks like a crocodile.

But more importantly, Central District’s new ruckman is finally ready to ‘’unleash the fury’’ at league level this season.

After playing 14 games at two SANFL clubs since making his debut in 2007, the 25-year-old insists he now has the maturity to reach his full potential.

‘’I’m in the right mental space now so I’m trying to unleash the fury,’’ said Guilhaus, an imposing 198cm and 105kg.

‘’I think it is just a maturity thing really. I’ve been talking to my parents and people around me and you have to take advantage of an opportunity before you get older. You don’t want to have any regrets. I felt I still had something to give so I’ve sacrificed the easy money in the country for the feeling of giving it 200 per cent in the SANFL.’’

After playing seven league games with Glenelg in 2007-08, Guilhaus spent the 2009 season playing in the Southern Football League with Morphettville Park.

Enticed back to the SANFL in 2010 by Woodville-West Torrens coach Michael Godden, Guilhaus played seven more league matches before heading back to the SFL again.  

Ask the affable Guilhaus about his playing history in the SANFL and he doesn’t hold anything back as he’s determined to play more than another five matches for the Bulldogs.

‘’I played seven for Glenelg, seven for the Eagles and will hopefully play 700 for Central,’’ he said with a laugh.

‘’I couldn’t see much opportunity to play for a long time at Glenelg with Trev (Cranston) there and at the Eagles with Craig (Parry) coming back, that was the end of me.

‘’But as soon as I heard there was the opportunity here (Central) I knew that I can play really well when I get the time in there, the fitness and everything else will come.’’

Not exactly a natural footballer, Guilhaus has always impressed with his tap work at the stoppages. And this year is no exception as he leads the league in hitouts with 83 in the opening two matches.

But the area Guilhaus has developed is his ability to provide a presence around the ground.

‘’I feel like I’ve grown into my body a bit more,’’ said Guilhaus, who played last season with Kaniva in country Victoria.

‘’I’m a bit of a loping giraffe when I get on the run and I still mark a crocodile but I’m slowly getting there.

‘’I’m getting more confidence every game. I haven’t always been confident in my skills; I’ve almost been too shy to call for the ball.

‘’Now I’m starting to get confidence at the level and that will continue on so I can start kicking goals and be a total nuisance for the other ruckmen.’’ 

Bulldogs chief executive Kris Grant is the first to concede his club was ‘’in desperate need for a ruckman.’’ But not even he can believe the good fortune in securing Guilhaus, who is proof behind the theory that bigmen take longer to reach their peak.

 ‘’We’ve been extremely happy with how he’s going,’’ Grant said.

‘’He’s got a tremendous work ethic. The pressure we’ve put on him, with the job he’s got to do, he’s really stepped up.’’  

Now Guilhaus is looking forward to taking on the best the SANFL has to offer in Norwood, at Playford Alive Oval on Saturday night.

A confrontation with Hawthorn premiership ruckman Brent Renouf is on the cards, provided Renouf isn’t called up for AFL duty with the Power.

But regardless of the opposition, there’s little doubt Guilhaus will be repaying the faith shown in him by those at his third SANFL club.

‘’It is such a good club and Roy (Laird) is so good as a coach,’’ Guilhaus said.

‘’He’s a really intelligent bloke and all the other staff there are fantastic. Everyone’s been really supportive, now I’ve just got to make sure I get it done.’’

Seb Guilhaus marks strongly against North Adelaide last Saturday Night at Playford Alive Oval, Elizabeth

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