West Coast Eagle Josh Hill in first AFL grand final

Josh Hill booted three goals in the qualifying win over Hawthorn.
Josh Hill booted three goals in the qualifying win over Hawthorn.

WEST Coast Eagles footballer Josh Hill says it’s all about taking the opportunities if you want to make it to AFL level.

The former Armadale junior is looking forward to his first AFL grand final on Saturday after the Eagles beat North Melbourne in the preliminary final.

Hill took time out of his busy schedule to cheer on his junior football club Armadale in its grand final loss to Nollamara on September 12.

The Hill family has a strong connection to the club, with some of Hill’s cousins still playing there, including former Eagles forward Ashley Sampi.

Hill played for Armadale as a junior before moving to Broome, then coming back to attend Trinity College in Perth.

Although the 26-year-old does not consider himself a “big deal”, he does see himself as a role model to younger kids.

“I get back there and see kids walking around and some kids say hello and I am happy to answer any questions,” he said.

“Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, no matter where you come from. It’s whether you take it or not.”

Hill has had a strong season for West Coast, booting 38 goals in 20 games.

“I was happy to get an opportunity to play at the start of the season after missing a few games,” Hill said.

Hill said the side had to remain focused ahead of the grand final.

“You can never be too settled because footy is a funny sport,” he said.

Armadale Football Club football manger Lee Cover said Hill regularly came back to watch the club.

“At the end of the day, he is still a boy from Armadale. They still remember where they came from,” he said.