Horsham Saints product Mitch Martin shone on football's biggest stage at the weekend.
The rising star impressed across the field in Vic Country's 9.10 (64) to 7.9 (51) win against Vic Metro.
Martin said it was an 'unreal' experience playing on football's most prestigious oval.
"Running out on to the MCG for the first time, it was a pretty weird feeling, but I managed to play pretty well and to get the win felt even better," he said.
"I didn't really believe I was going to be playing at the 'G until I ran out and I saw the stands and saw the oval, and then it started feeling real that I was about to play there.
"But as soon as the ball was bounced, it was all about the footy and doing what I could do for the team to hopefully get a victory, and everything went well. It was a good day."
Martin spent a majority of the game forward and negotiated heavy traffic well in the forward 50 to string together nice passages of play for his Vic Country side.
It was a change of pace from his time spent in the midfield for the Greater Western Victoria Rebels in the NAB League.
"It was a lot quicker, playing with a lot of good players on our team and the opposition. The ball was moving around a bit," Martin said.
Martin found another gear in the second half and nearly produced the highlight of the game after a set shot from the corner of the boundary and the 50-metre arc was touched on the line.
"I knew as soon as it came off my boot that I had hit it alright, and I was just hoping that it would get up," he said.
It wasn't a long wait till a memorable goal at the MCG, with Martin finding himself free out the back in the final term and duly finishing the job.
"It was a great feeling. It never really came across my mind that I would kick a goal at the 'G, but it was a good feeling to see it go through," he said.
Martin said the Vic Country chance was a great opportunity to learn under the tutelage of 200-game AFL player, Leigh Brown.
"The environment around the side is unreal and having Leigh Brown as our coach, he's been really helpful and showed me a few things along the way," he said. "Being around it all, I'm just trying to add more strings to my bow."
"All the players are really keen to learn, and we're just trying to get the best out of each other."
The Vic Country side travels to Launceston this weekend to take on the Allies (NSW/Tasmania).
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