Ollie Henry Scores Classy Goal in Debut for Geelong After Controversial Trade
A New Chapter for Ollie Henry
Ollie Henry made his debut for Geelong on Friday night, after a contentious trade from Collingwood in October last year. Despite citing homesickness as the reason behind his trade, the 20-year-old was jeered by Magpies fans both before and during the game. But that didn’t stop him from making an impact on the field.
A Classy Goal Silences Collingwood Fans
Midway through the second quarter, Henry took a mark inside 50 to more jeers from Collingwood supporters. Despite the noise, the classy forward nailed his set-shot and gestured and screamed at Collingwood fans in the crowd, putting his hands towards his ears — as if to say ‘I can’t hear you’.
A Turnaround in Fortunes
However, minutes later, Henry went from hero to zero when Collingwood skipper Darcy Moore stopped him from a certain goal. Henry was deep in the forward pocket and was strolling towards a seemingly easy goal before a desperate Moore sprinted and lunged at his former teammate, bringing him down with a perfect tackle to win a holding the ball free kick. As Pies fans went ballistic, Moore pushed Henry into the turf to let him know how much he’d just stuffed up.
Loved by Fans and Commentators Alike
Despite the tumultuous start to his Geelong career, Henry’s performance on the field did not go unnoticed. Four-time premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis told Fox Footy, “what I’ve loved is he hasn’t shied away from it. He’s been entertaining … even that shot for goal when he goes to the crowd. He’s involved, which is good to see.”
Overall, Henry’s debut for Geelong was a rollercoaster of a ride. From being jeered by former fans who were angry about his trade, to scoring a goal that silenced their boos, and finally being thwarted by his former teammate, it was a night to remember for the young forward. Only time will tell if he will become a key player for his new team, but he has certainly made an impression in his first game in the blue and white hoops.