Euroa's Scott Watson will bring up his 400th game for the Magpies tomorrow when he runs out with the reserves against Tatura in Goulburn Valley Football League.OLIVER CAFFREY August 8, 2014 3:10am
A premiership has eluded Scott Watson during his career, but Euroa’s reserves are flying high on top of the ladder this season.
Euroa favourite son Scott Watson will become just the second Goulburn Valley Football League player to reach the magical 400-game milestone.
The Magpies president and former coach sits only 10 games behind Rochester great Anthony ‘‘Tank’’ McPhee on the GVFL all-time games record list.
Watson played 365 senior games with Euroa, but he will line-up for the Magpies’ ladder-leading reserves tomorrow when they take on Tatura at Memorial Oval.
His senior playing days ended in 2012, but the drive was there to keep going.
He took out the Magpies’ best-and-fairest in his first full season in the reserves last year.
‘‘I feel very proud to get this far, but the pleasing aspect is I still feel like I can contribute to the team at 45 years old,’’ Watson said.
‘‘We had a bit of a different side last year, but the coach has said to me just play off a half-back flank this year and set up a bit of play.
‘‘Opposition coaches don’t like seeing a 45-year-old bald bloke running loose across half-back, so they usually send a younger kid to me.’’
Incredibly, Watson only started playing football in his early 20s.
Growing up in Melbourne, he was heavily involved in soccer and basketball.
When he moved to Euroa to teach after finishing university, Watson played two years at current Kyabram District Football League club Longwood.
He made the switch to the GVFL club in 1993 and has been a fixture at Euroa ever since.
The Euroa Secondary College principal credits the late start to his football career to his durability.
He is also a keen golfer, plays tennis in summer and turns out for a basketball team on Friday nights.
‘‘Certainly for me as a phys ed teacher, nothing compares to playing footy and that’s why I’m still playing now,’’ Watson said.
‘‘I’ve probably only missed 10 or 11 games through injury since I started — I’ve had two punctured lungs, a rib and broken wrist and a bit of trouble with my knee, but I’m feeling good as gold, touch wood.
‘‘Who knows what’s beyond 2014, but I’m very happy I’ve been able to find footy and the Euroa Football Club.’’
With his dual roles at the club, Watson said he had found a balance between the two.
‘‘I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some tricky situations at times, I fully respect people’s opinions, but I’ve always made it clear that there’s a distinct distance between my role as a player and a footballer and as president,’’ Watson said.
With a top-two spot all but secured, the Magpies are one of the premiership fancies in the reserves heading into finals.
The ultimate glory has so far eluded Watson throughout his illustrious career.
A devastating 11-point grand final defeat to rival Seymour after losing just one game for the season was the closest he has come.
‘‘I’d be a fool to think it would be anything but a fairytale type scenario after 400 games of football to finally get one, but there’s still a long way to go,’’ Watson said.
‘‘It’s exciting around the club and the town, but we’ve got Tatura this week and we’ve just got to focus on what we have to do this week.’’
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