WAFL: Swans ruckman Jake Nuich looking forward to second hit out

Jake Nuich. Picture: Showcase Photographix
Jake Nuich. Picture: Showcase Photographix

SWAN Districts ruckman Jake Nuich is looking forward to his second game back tomorrow after overcoming testicular cancer.

Two first half goals marked his WAFL return last weekend in the reserves’ away win over Peel, 21.13 (139) to 9.15 (69).

“In the first quarter I got a cheap one over the back running into an open goal,” he told the Reporter.

“The second goal in the second quarter was a lead-up mark and set shot.”

The reserves game against Subiaco this Saturday gives the 23-year-old a chance to get more match fitness after a couple of months off football.

“I had a pretty quiet second half,” he said of his performance against Peel.

“I faded out badly; it could have been fatigue.”

Nuich overcame the cancer, which was diagnosed in April, with the support of his family, club and friends such as former Swans teammate Rory Lobb, now playing for Greater Western Sydney.

“We talk pretty regularly on the phone; we’ve been good mates since we were little (growing up in West Swan),” Nuich said.

Swans league coach Greg Harding is also looking forward to the challenge against the Lions at Leederville Oval after the league team notched its second win of the season last weekend.

“With Subiaco coming up this week, our squad is really up and about after our reserves also produced a commanding victory (against Peel),” he said.

“Jake Nuich returned and looked fantastic and we had a number of boys put their hands up for senior selection.

“We will have to improve to beat the league trendsetters this week but the players are confident they can put up another great performance.”