Chris Urie likes Cats.
The dynamo midfielder’s senior footy career took off in 2007 when he won Neerim-Neerim South Cats best-and-fairest award, despite playing only eight games, and was lured to VFL team Geelong, where he played almost every game in the senior side as a supplementary list player.
Sitting on the sidelines for the 2007 VFL finals series was all the motivation Chris needed to cement a spot in Geelong's side in 2008. The view of Geelong’s VFL side was that he was a lay down misere for selection. VFL football operations manager Ben Waller said the club retained Urie as a first-pick VFL-listed player for 2008 despite lucrative incentives from rival and interstate clubs. "I've been looking forward to getting another crack. It was a bit disappointing (missing 2007 finals) because I played about eight (games) in a row leading into the finals and then I missed out. "Hopefully I can build on what I did last year. I want to play a bit more consistent footy this year and if and when I get the chance, I'm going to try and make the most of them.''
The then 22-year-old was recruited from Neerim Neerim South in the Ellinbank & District Football League, the same league where Jason Davenport and Shane Mumford played. Urie had been elevated from the rookie list onto Geelong's VFL list in 2008 and coach Leigh Tudor said he was impressed with his attitude over the pre-season after getting so close to being a part of 2007’s premiership team.
"He was definitely close to getting a game there,'' Tudor said. "He proved to be a really good goalkicker for us last year, so hopefully when he gets his opportunity this year, he can kick a few goals for us as well as play a bit in the midfield.'' The key utility was keen to build on his encouraging debut season for the Cats, where he played 11 matches. Chris starred for the Victorian District league team in the National Country Football League championships in 2008 and fielded offers from far and wide. But despite being a regular in the best players, he surprisingly did not make the final cut and opted to remain loyal to his EDFL side in 2009. Clearly he had another good one because he backed up for a second club Best and Fairest.
In 2010 he was selected in the middle of the EDFL’s Team of the Year, and last year despite playing in a losing Grand Final was rated as the number 2 player in the EDFL. Highly rated by Ron Thomas and if Chris gets us first use of the nut, Roza, Roza who?
Chris has used three of his Cat’s lives. Neerim-Neerim South, Geelong and now Broadbeach where we expect he has left behind the kitty litter tray and will hunt in Cat packs to ensure he plays in another Grand Final.
- Number: 5
- Born: 1989
- Weight: 89kg
- Height: 185cm
- Senior games played prior to this season: 2012 recruit
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