TALK about a baptism of fire for Minyip-Murtoa teenager Tom Coleman.
The emerging utility made his senior debut for the Burras against 10-time reigning Wimmera Football League premier Horsham at the weekend.
"It made me even more nervous coming up against Jordyn Burke and players like that," he said.
"The talk is way different from juniors and the intensity is right up there.
"I just had to try to get over my initial nerves."
Coleman was hopeful he did enough to keep his spot for the Burras' round-18 clash with Nhill at Minyip Recreation Reserve tomorrow.
"I was put on Ben Lakin at the start," he said.
"I was then moved up to the wing and I got a few kicks."
While his side did not get the result it was after, Coleman's first senior outing gave coach Scott Arnold a reason to smile.
"Tom's a terrific young fella," he said.
"He's played really well in some reserves games, which really pushed his case.
"He's a strong chance to hold his spot after the way he played at the weekend."
Senior football is not the only thing on Coleman's mind.
The 17-year-old Murtoa College student said he could not wait for his first under-17s finals campaign as co-captain.
"It has been great to lead the team with Dan Clark," he said.
"We're third on the under-17s ladder now and I'm excited to play finals in my first season as captain."
Coleman said while he would like the chance to follow older sibling Matt into the North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup side, he was not going to lose any sleep over it.
"I've never tried out for anything like that, but I might give it a go," he said.
"I love the Burras so I'm happy playing here."