Craig Taylor has equalled his father's Leitchville-Gunbower Football Club record.By Geordie Cowan
Craig Taylor is still undecided about whether he will play football for Leitchville-Gunbower Football Club again next year.
But one thing which is not left unresolved is the impact his family has had on the club.
Taylor tied the Bombers’ games record two weeks ago when he played in the reserves against Colbinabbin — drawing level with his father, Len, on 348 games.
He was ready to suit up for the reserves again on Saturday against Elmore, bringing all his gear with him, but enough players showed up for the team’s final game of the season.
Taylor has been at the club almost exclusively throughout his career, bar a brief stint with Pyramid Hill, with his senior debut coming in 1989.
His first full year in the seniors was 1991 when he played alongside Len as Leitchville won the flag, defeating the more fancied Moama in the grand final.
Now 41, Taylor said there was a simple explanation why he kept playing for the Bombers.
‘‘I just love the club,’’ he said.
‘‘My body’s been holding up every year, so I thought I might as well keep playing.
‘‘People say once you retire, you’re a long time out of the game, so I just keep playing.’’
Equalling the games record meant a lot to Taylor, he said.
‘‘It is something I never really set out to achieve, but as the years crept along it just sneaked up and sort of happened,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m not 100 per cent sure what I’m going to do yet, but this year’s finished now so see how the summer goes.’’
Wearing the number 29 exclusively, Taylor has seen a lot of changes at the club, including when Leitchville merged with Gunbower in 1995.
‘‘I think everything’s gone smoothly since the merger,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s just a good club to be with.
‘‘There are no fools and everyone gets along so well at this family-orientated club, which is good ’cos most of us have got kids.
‘‘It’s a real enjoyment to be around.
‘‘It’s good camaraderie too, seeing your teammates every week at training and at footy.’’
With four young children, two of whom already sport the number 29 in their respective junior teams with Leitchville-Gunbower, the Taylor name looks certain to remain with the club for years to come.
‘‘I have one in the under 14s, one in the under 12s and one who will be in the thirds next year, while my daughter will start coming through soon as well,’’ he said.
‘‘So it’s always going to be Saturday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday all over the joint, it’s always going to be there and I’m always going to be involved with the club.’’
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