By JEFF STEPHENSON
IF ever there has been a player who owns the title Mr Smooth look no further than our own classy Peter Yagmoor, whose left-foot and precise decision-making is beyond reproach in the NEAFL.
The talented Bomber is the very epitome of the worldly traveller, yet at the still tender age of 23, he has plenty of rough and tumble, exciting and action-packed footballing adventures ahead of him.
It’s a judgemental statement, to be sure, but I’ll stick my neck out and declare there hasn’t been a better kick in the seven-year history of the NEAFL.
His massive 70-metre torpedo from full-back against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba a few weeks ago brought him instant recognition, courtesy of almost 17,000 Facebook viewings, as did his goal from beyond 50-metres at Tidbold Park a couple of weeks back.
That last one went against the physics of the game.
He was on the wrong side for a left-footer, but he picked off the goal as easily as one would a grape from a flourishing bunch on the vine.
It’s not all long-distance stuff either.
His short kicks are calculated and precise – one can only wonder at how good it must be playing in the same team and being on the end of one his kicks.
This is Peter’s third season with the Bombers after a much-travelled road that has seen him play at Cairns, Kenmore Bears, Morningside, the Gold Coast, Collingwood and now Redland.
Unfortunately, he’ll be missing finals again, but is supremely confident the Bombers have it within them to crack the top echelon within the next year or two.
“It’s a bit disappointing as each year I’ve been here we’ve been a chance, but have just missed,” Peter said.
“We’re always up and about and positive.
‘We know we’re up against quality opposition and we match it for a half or for three quarters against them.
“We’ve got the game plan, the structures, the team – we’ve just got to learn to put four quarters together.
“When we do we match it with the best.
“Look at our games against Brisbane – it shows the football we’re capable of playing.”
Peter says it doesn’t take much for a team to fall off the pace in what is a top-notch competition and pinpoints injuries to key players Tiny Malone, Sam Michael and Tom Salter as having a profound effect on Redlands’ fortunes.
“Keeping the team together is a big part of keeping up, but unfortunately this year it was our turn to have a few blokes go down with injury.
He agreed the Bombers suffered as a result.
It was a fresh-faced, bubbly and extraordinarily talented 18-year-old from Cairns who found himself at Collingwood when the Pies got him for – well, for nothing – the Pies giving up their pick 47 to Gold Coast and getting back 50 after the Suns pre-listed him in 2012 as a Queensland zone selection.
“It was an awesome experience,” he said.
Although only cracking it for two senior games, Peter counted himself extremely fortunate playing alongside Scott Pendlebury, Alan Didak, Luke Ball, Nick Maxwell – to name but a few.
And having Nathan Buckley as coach was the icing on the cake.
“Playing with and training with such elite players – I’ll never forget it.
“It was pretty weird, really, being an AFL player full-time from nine to three kicking a footy around and working in the gym and learning all the time.
“I loved it.”
Peter always knew he would return to Queensland when his time down south was up and his manager at the time soon worked a deal with Redland where he is now ensconced.
He’d grown up playing footy with other ex-Cairns-ites-turned Bombers in Jack Goodall, Jack Williams and Sam Michael so was confident he’d fit in very well indeed.
Peter’s enjoyed his time here and believes a four-quarter effort this week against Sydney University will be the shot-in -the-arm for the club as it looks to 2018.
“I can’t wait to have a red-hot crack in the off season and the pre-season.
“We’ve got the right things in place and Leigh and the coaching staff have been great.
“We’ve got to work on playing four quarters – it gets down to that.”
Once this season is over Peter and partner Miranda will be awaiting the birth of their first child, a boy, which is due on November 1.
“That’ll be my main priority.”
Wow, can you imagine – another skilful left-footer in the making.
And just like his own dad did, Peter will be out in the backyard, football in hand teaching the little fella how to kick just as soon as he learns to walk.
It’s how he started – Peter always remembers having a football in his hand – it’s hard to imagine things being any different this time around.