Here at The Terrace we’ve been caught short a number of times when asked about our boon mature-age rookie cum senior player, James ‘wildcard’ Podsiadly. For the record, he was promoted to the senior list as of Monday, so cometh the time and hour to know more about our much-hyped journeyman. Who is he, where does he come from, why hasn’t he played a senior game of AFL yet – and how the hell do you pronounce his name? Well, for the benefit of Terrace readers, here is our exclusive ‘Podsy’ 101.
1. We have no idea how to pronounce his name nor why he hasn’t got a game yet. Suggestions or opinions would be most welcome.
2. He’s spent quality time with the ‘Pies (2000 – played three Wizard Cup games), the Bombers (2002), the Bulldogs (2005) and the Tigers (2006). And let’s not forget a lengthy stint at Werribee – before finally finding his mojo as a player and fitness coach at KP last year.
3. He’s won the VFL Jim ‘Frosty’ Miller medal and J.J. Liston Trophy (for leading goal kicker and Best & Fairest respectively), two Werribee and one Geelong Best & Fairests.
4. He’s a life member of the VFL and was selected in the VFL’s team-of-the-year at centre half-forward on four occasions. Represented Victoria on three occasions.
5. He has been wearing no. 31 (Did someone say Mensch???!!!), is 29 years-old, weighs 102kgs and is 6 feet 3 inches tall.
6. Given his ex-rookie status, if Podsiadly eventually does play his first senior game – hopefully this Friday – he will be forced by senior players to dress up in a strange costume and tied to a goal post at KP before being hit in the face by a cream pie (thrown by Spiros Malakellis).
We’re not serious about the crude prank, but the rest is apparently true. Seriously, given the chance, ‘Pods’ could provide us with the forward-thrusting sparkorama we need to pull in the Holy Trinity (a.k.a. three flags). Only time will tell, but it’s fair to say we’re excited about the prospect of a new and improved David Mensch floating across the half-forward line.
Bring, him, on!!!