Port Lincoln's Ben Jarvis debuts with Geelong

Former Port Lincoln footballer Ben Jarvis made his professional AFL debut on September 11 as he continues to develop his football as a Cat.

Jarvis was drafted to Geelong at pick 48 in the 2018 AFL Draft and made his on-field debut against Richmond at Metricon Stadium.

He said he understood when he entered the AFL system he needed to develop his size and fitness, which he had been doing with assistance of the Geelong coaches.

However Jarvis said he was filled with excitement when the news came that he would play his first game.

"I heard pretty close to the game, I was pretty overwhelmed and excited," he said.

"It was an awesome experience to be out there with a bunch of mates."

The former Lincoln South and Norwood footballer finished with five disposals, three marks and kicking one behind.

The Cats would end up losing to the Tigers by 26 points.

Jarvis said he was focused on playing his role up forward, but definitely noticed the standard of football in the AFL.

He said he was happy with what he accomplished in his first game of AFL football.

"It's a much more physical and faster game compared to A grade back home," he said.

"I went out there and left everything out on the ground, I couldn't have done much more."

Jarvis said his mother and father called him after the game to congratulate him on his debut and he also received calls and messages from friends and former teammates afterwards as well.

He said he had no pressure on him to play his debut and coach Chris Scott was happy for him to play his first game.

Along with fellow Eyre Peninsula 'Cat' Jacob Kennerley, Jarvis has been staying with his Geelong teammates in the player hubs.

He said he had adapted to the hub environment fine.

"It had been pretty easy for me, I've been away from my family for a couple years now...I've found it similar to boarding school, having fun with my mates," he said.

Jarvis said he was excited to see where his development at Geelong would go and hoped to be with the club next year.

As for his old team Lincoln South, he said he had followed them closely this season and despite being knocked out at the weekend from a two-point loss to Marble Range he was happy to see how they did in 2020.

"They should hold their heads high...they will bounce back," he said.

This story Cat's eyes on development first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.