FATE: A tap on the shoulder sent Harry Morris to Bay Power instead of Hervey Bay Bombers. He'll face the local rival in a preliminary final this week.
FATE: A tap on the shoulder sent Harry Morris to Bay Power instead of Hervey Bay Bombers. He'll face the local rival in a preliminary final this week. Alistair Brightman

Morris a major boost for Bay Power

AUSSIE RULES: A tap on the shoulder is all that stopped Harry Morris from becoming a Hervey Bay Bomber.

Morris moved to Hervey Bay at the end of last year, and a chance encounter with Marcus Dyson at a local pub sent the 24-year-old to Keith Dunne Oval.

"I was talking to someone and said the place to be play footy was at the Bombers, and Marcus tapped me on the shoulder and said 'nah, you're coming with me to Bay Power',” Morris said.

"We've been good mates ever since.”

Morris never looked back.

A naturally gifted athlete, the lawyer has added another dimension to the Power's back-line and transition.

His defence has stopped plenty of potential goalkickers dead in their tracks, but his first Aussie rules season in a decade has not always stuck to the script.

"I broke my finger in the first game,” Morris said.

"It's wasn't ideal but it didn't dampen my spirits. I've had a few people say the second half of my season was better than the first so it must be going OK.”

Morris played all but one game as the Power finished in a three-way tie for first on the AFL Wide Bay ladder.

The preliminary final against Hervey Bay Bombers will be just the fourth time he has suited up against the local rival, but the Carlton fan said the losses in the past two games between the two clubs did not affect confidence.

"We've got a few boys back for the finals and it can go any way on the day,” he said.

"This has been a great way to meet a great bunch of blokes. It's just playing footy and having fun.”