Shane Schottner will run out on to Kings Park for the final time in senior colours for Seymour on Saturday.CHALPAT SONTI August 20, 2014 3:51am
Seymour Football Netball Club president Gerard O'Sullivan presents Shane Schottner with a memento marking his record-breaking 315th game for the Lions.
This Saturday’s game at Kings Park between Seymour and Mansfield isn’t just going to be about who avoids (or collects) the GVFL wooden spoon — it will also probably be the final senior game of a true club legend.
Shane Schottner will run out on to the hallowed turf for the last time in senior colours — his 319th game for the Lions.
And perhaps the best farewell present — apart from a win — would be a big crowd to pay tribute to the club games record holder.
Schottner might also play at Benalla in the final round, but in all likelihood the Mansfield game will be the last senior match.
He almost didn’t play this year, but answered requests from coach Brent Colbert and assistant Jeff Anderson, and was typically up front about why this would be it.
‘‘I really know it’s time,’’ he said.
‘‘Not because we’ve had a poor year as a team but I don’t like just running around not being able to contribute anywhere near what I want to.
‘‘And I think the highway finally got me.’’
Schottner pretty much pioneered a way to make regular trips work between Melbourne and Seymour (and further afield), which has shown the way for many others.
He hopes in the future to turn out for the occasional reserves game, as well as club functions, but next year will be family time.
‘‘Footy’s dominated my life for 18 or 19 years and I’ll always be connected with the club but I need some time away.’’
It might be hard to grant one request though — for no big deal to be made of the Mansfield game.
‘‘I would like to slip away quietly, I think people already gave a lot for the 315th and it’s getting a bit embarrassing.’’
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