Shayne ''Yappa'' McKean will don the Benalla jumper for his 200th senior game with the Saints tomorrow in Goulburn Valley Football League.NOEL HUSSEY June 6, 2014 3:10am
Here’s something to yap about.
Shayne ‘‘Yappa’’ McKean plays his 200th senior game for Benalla tomorrow against Shepparton United.
Born and raised in Benalla, the only son of Wendy and Terry McKean, Shayne was nicknamed ‘‘Yappa’’ at an early age at the footy club because of persistent chatter.
He might do all the talking, but he has also done plenty of playing for the Saints from an early age.
He played junior footy at Benalla and debuted for the Benalla Demons thirds in 1997 in the Ovens and Murray Football League.
In 1998 he was a member of the Saints’ GVFL thirds premiership side and leading goal-kicker with 70 goals for the season, while he booted five in the grand final to make sure the boys from Benalla left Deakin Reserve with a premiership flag.
He played Murray Bushrangers under former Kyabram and Melbourne star, Kelly O’Donnell, in 1999 at the same time playing his first game of senior football for Benalla under coach and Morrison medallist Tony Pasquali.
He was runner-up in the Saints’ best-and-fairest in 2004 and a member of the Saints’ 2006 losing grand final side.
Because he not only talks the talk and walks the walk, he was named captain of the Saints in 2008 and had the position to 2011, the year he was made a life member of the club and named in the Saints’ Team of the Decade.
Married to Erina (nee Sharp) from Benalla, the couple have two small boys Eli and Benji, while Shayne works with former teammate, Brendan Stevens, on commercial maintenance under the business name BMS.
‘‘I think there’s three or four in the mix to win the flag and barring injuries, we’ve got a good show,’’ McKean said.
The utility, 32, player is anxious to add a senior flag to footy trophies before he retires.
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