Comben makes AFL debut

Charlie Comben (centre) made his AFL debut on Saturday night. Photo:

SALE footballer Charlie Comben capped off his AFL debut on a Saturday night with a goal after the final siren.
Comben recorded six disposals in North Melbourne’s 14-point loss to Sydney at Marvel Stadium.
Senior selection was reward for perseverance, as Comben had a frustrating 18 months on the sidelines.
After being selected at pick 31 in the 2019 national draft, the tall forward’s 2020 season was hindered by stress fractures in his back, before stress fractures in his tibia further delayed his debut.
Comben also had to cope with the death of his mother last year.
“I am quite emotional, I do think of mum not being here to be able to see me play,” Comben told the Kangaroos website.
“I’ve put in a lot of work behind the scenes to get back, it’s been a really frustrating 18 months or so for me.
“To finally get out there and play with the boys, I could not be happier. It’s a massive reward for effort and I’m so stoked.”
Coach David Noble said Comben deserved his chance at the big time.
“Charlie’s done an unbelievable job to get back into contention from where he started at the beginning of the year,” Noble told the Kangaroos website.
“He’s like a lot of those young guys, he’s very impatient, but he’s shown some good signs. His competitiveness is really good, he’s got the capacity to play forward and a little bit of ruck.
“He’s overcome some personal adversities as well — he lost his mum in the last 12 months.
“It’s been an unbelievable journey and a real shining light for a young man to aspire to continue to believe and aspire to his dream.”