Rawlings is having a ball with the Blues

Riverside golfer Sam Rawlings is keeping his eye in over  the  winter  with the Launceston Football Club. Rawlings made his senior debut last weekend in the Blues' big win against the Tigers.

Riverside golfer Sam Rawlings is keeping his eye in over the winter with the Launceston Football Club. Rawlings made his senior debut last weekend in the Blues' big win against the Tigers.

IT'S a case of shifting the goalposts for Riverside's Sam Rawlings, at least until September.

The 19-year-old golfer made his TSL senior debut for Launceston on the weekend, starring in the Blues' 162-point win over the Kingborough Tigers.

Rawlings, who captains Waverley in the Victorian Golf Association pennant, said the call-up was a welcome surprise.

``I've had a break from golf, I was meant to be in the US but a few things didn't turn out so I came back to play footy for the winter.

``It was meant to be a bit of fun while I'm having a break, and it got a little more serious than I intended.''

Rawlings said the step up to seniors was a challenging but rewarding experience.

``The game was a lot faster, a lot more running than the development league,'' he said. ``I was definitely struggling in the last quarter.''

Despite recent successes on the footy field, Rawlings's focus has not strayed far off-course.

The former junior state golf team captain said he had still been regularly travelling to Hobart for coaching, as well as playing the odd round.

``Golf is still on top of my list for sure, it's still my passion. It's turned out pretty well _ the footy finishes a week before I start golf. I'm going to Western Australia in the middle of September and all the tournaments flow on from there.''

 

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