YOUNG GUN: Dylan Baker is enjoying his football with Pimpinio. Picture: EMMA COUTTSPIMPINIO’S Dylan Baker came close to being the club hero in Saturday’s thrilling loss against Natimuk.
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Baker, 18, was the Tigers’ best player, kicking five goals.

He kicked two telling goals in the final quarter and had a shot on goal that hit the post in the final minute.

“It was pretty intense,” he said.

“In the last 50 seconds we had our chances, my miss on goal was a let down.”

Despite the disappointing loss, Baker took positives out of his season-best game.

After starting the season in defence, Baker was moved forward against Harrow-Balmoral in round three and has since established a spot in the Tigers’ attack.

He has kicked 18 goals for the season.

Baker said he was enjoying the challenge but hopes to improve in the second half of the season.

“I haven’t been consistent enough, I need to start putting matches together,” he said.

Baker said consistency was a problem that had affected his team so far in 2012.

“We’ve got to start putting four quarters together,” he said.

“When we do, I reckon our side can take it up to anyone.”

Baker is in his second full season of senior football.

“I’ve played on and off for the past five years, I played my first game when I was 15,” he said.

Having played his entire life with Pimpinio, Baker is committed to seeing the ninth-placed Tigers climb back up the ladder.

“I plan to keep playing at Pimpinio, it is a great club,” he said.

“I’d love to win a senior premiership.

“We’ve got a lot of good juniors coming through, so hopefully in a few years we can.”

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