Most youngsters shrink back from the depth of the AFL highlight, however not Jack Ginnivan.
This is the child who copped warmth from critics for supposedly over-celebrating a round-one victory and responded by dying his hair blonde.
In entrance of 84,205 followers on Anzac Day – the largest soccer crowd for the reason that begin of the worldwide pandemic – Ginnivan kicked 5 objectives in a match-winning show for Collingwood.
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And he relished each one of many Essendon followers’ jeers on the MCG.
“I love it,” Ginnivan stated not lengthy after accepting the Anzac Day Medal as greatest afield.
“It was hard last year with zero crowd but when people doubt me, judge me, whatever, I really feed off it.
“I’m just trying to be myself.
“Whatever people say about me, I don’t really care.
“I know I’ve got people in my corner supporting me, helping me and backing me in, so I’m just trying to be myself.”
Former Port Adelaide champion turned media commentator Kane Cornes was significantly crucial of Ginnivan’s celebrations after Collingwood’s round-one win over St Kilda.
That criticism, an on-field tussle with Geelong captain Joel Selwood and even Ginnivan’s new haircut have all elevated consideration on the 19-year-old ahead.
AFL premiership participant Daisy Thomas described Ginnivan’s actions as giving Cornes ‘the middle finger’ and the Anzac Day Medal ‘something he can slap him with’.
“I’ve had it (scrutiny) since I was a young kid,” Ginnivan stated.
“I love being competitive and I love when people doubt me.
“It gives me the edge to go out and show them what I’ve got, so that’s how I dealt with it.”
For all his bravado, Ginnivan additionally displayed a way of calmness and maturity past his years within the largest fixture on the home-and-away on the AFL calendar.
In his tenth senior look, Ginnivan kicked the primary purpose of the sport, twice put Collingwood again in entrance when Essendon challenged in the course of the third quarter and gave the Magpies essential respiratory house together with his fifth main in the course of the ultimate time period.
They held on to win by 11 factors.
“That’s what I get paid to do, kick goals and put pressure on,” Ginnivan stated.
“I just go through my routine and lock them in.”
Ginnivan stated the assist of coach Craig McRae, assistant Hayden Skipworth and membership psychologist Jacqui Louder, in addition to his household and pals, had been essential to his growth.
McRae stated he was immediately impressed by Ginnivan when he arrived as Collingwood’s new coach late final yr.
“He’s had a great start to the year and we missed him dearly in the last game (when he had a calf injury),” McRae stated.
“We want him to be himself, you hear him being himself, we want him to be authentic and we want him to know we’ve got his back.”