HORSHAM'S Ryan Kemp has seized an unexpected opportunity in the VFL with both hands.
The 2018 Toohey Medalist made his VFL debut with the Werribee Tigers on Saturday night and booted three goals, helping his side to a commanding 32 point victory.
In his first year on the Tigers list, Kemp admitted his debut came earlier than expected.
"I didn't even think I'd get the opportunity until later in the year, maybe not even then," Kemp said.
"We played last week and had a good win so I didn't expect the team to change. But there were a few injuries and it gave me a chance.
"Normally on Wednesday's if you're not playing you go back and train with your local club. But a few blokes weren't sure if they would be right to play, so they told me to come in and train.
"I put in a good night on the track and they said they said they would put me in. I was like, you bloody beauty."
Kemp hit the ground running in the contest against Coburg, snagging an early goal just 10 minutes into the game to help calm his nerves.
Kemp snapped it through with his left boot and teammates came from everywhere to congratulate him.
"That was unreal when I kicked it. Obviously I was celebrating, and everyone ran in and gave me a hug and got around me," Kemp said.
I'm not going to let it slip now. I'm just going to seize it and hopefully become a regular in the team.Ryan Kemp
"The adrenaline was pumping before the game, I was fairly nervous.
"Playing forward I need to kick goals, but I didn't expect to kick one so early. It really settled me down, let me ease into it a bit and I got a few more after that."
Kemp was supported by a decent Horsham contingent in the crowd, as family members, close friends and former teammates from the Horsham Demons made it down to cheer him on.
"To have so much support was unreal," Kemp said. "It was awesome to see."
Kemp was Weribee's leading goal kicker for the night with three, and he said the coaches had nothing but positive feedback for him after the match.
"They were really happy, as I was as well," he said.
"They said 'We expected a lot, but you brought a lot to the table,' and they pretty much said I'd be in next week.
"I'm not going to let it slip now. I'm just going to seize it and hopefully become a regular in the team."
To cap off the remarkable night, Kemp was also given a Gatorade shower in the middle of the huddle as they sung the team song.
"It was pretty special. I knew the big Gatorade shower was coming," Kemp said.
"I was pretty much drenched, my socks were drenched. But it was great, the boys really got around me."
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