Three stalwarts of South Roos Football Club celebrate landmark milestones this weekend.
Mel Keenan and Abbey Stevens are set to play their 100th games, while Sam Lines will make his 150th reserves appearance when the Roos travel to Jubilee Oval to take on West in their round 14 clash.
Mel and Abbey, longtime friends who went to school together, are also co-workers and started their footballing journeys together all the way back in 2016.
The duo won two premierships together during their time with South, and the fact they get to celebrate this impressive milestone together, they say, is a privilege.
“We are good mates, and celebrating this milestone together makes it a lot more special, definitely,” Mel told the Truth.
Abbey, co-captain of the team alongside Shae Nevill, made a point to thank the coaches over the years who have made the journey possible.
“From Michael Bird to Jakey Peters and everyone in-between who has helped make women’s football possible I just want to say a big thank you,” Ms Stevens said.
Ms Keenan added, “there are a lot of people behind the scenes who don’t usually get acknowledged. From the kitchen staff to the President, I just want to thank the whole club, really.”
Sam Lines also spoke to us about his milestone.
“It is such a great achievement. I have played for South my whole life. I never thought I would make it this far.
“Firstly, I have to thank my wife for putting up with me and footy every week. And then just everybody at the entire club over the journey. It is one of the secrets to our success, we all stick together like family. It is just a great club, and I am proud to represent it.”
All the action kicks off from 11.25am today – Saturday.