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Lions legends bow out

Adam Reid joins Jeff Anderson in an on-field farewell, while Bernie Haberman reflects on recent times.

CHALPAT SONTI October 3, 2012 4:51am

Adam Reid in what is likely to be his last game in Seymour colours.


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While Seymour will have a new coach next season, it will also say an on-field farewell to at least two other premiership heroes.

Jeff Anderson had already said this season would be his last, and Adam Reid will join him on the sidelines.

‘‘That’s it for me, my body’s spent,’’ triple premiership player Reid said.

‘‘Hopefully I can stay with the club in an off-field role.’’

The midfielder — perhaps the most popular player at the club — has had his last few seasons ruined by injuries but was his typical uncompromising self on Sunday in his 88th game.

And that was despite a head knock which meant he remembered little of the game afterwards.

Anderson isn’t sure what he’ll do next year but ‘‘there’s a house that needs renovating’’ over the summer.

He bows out a Lions legend, and a GVFL life member.

Few but Seymour supporters know what the club means to ‘‘Joffa’’, who has never accepted a cent to play for the Lions.

Retiring coach Bernie Haberman has plenty on his hands, but he knows he will still keep feeling like the coach for a while.

‘‘It doesn’t feel like it’s finished yet,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve still got the footy trip and presentation night and I’ll probably feel like I’m the coach until after that. Then the phone calls will stop with people asking me about next year and it’ll sink in then.’’

Haberman — who never quite got one over his mentor Steve Daniel on the field — will focus on business, study and family commitments, but said he would always follow the Lions’ fortunes.

‘‘Next year, it’ll be interesting to see how they go.

‘‘They’ll lose (Willie) Wheeler and (Josh) Prudden as well as Joffa and Reidy and they’ll need quality mids. No one’s irreplaceable but you look at someone like Reidy, he just gives so much.

‘‘They’ve got the forward line to do it and I think most of the players will stay.’’

And any regrets in a time that has seen three premierships, five grand finals and more than 100 games as both a coach and a player?

‘‘None,’’ he said.

‘‘Not this season anyway. I feel really comfortable being in this position.

‘‘Did I get out-coached (on Sunday)? Maybe I did but it wasn’t through lack of planning.

‘‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the nine years and this year we got things out of some of these players that we hadn’t before.

‘‘I love mentoring, it’s what I’ll really miss here and seeing the way a guy like AJ (McCarthy) came on this year really inspires me.’’

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