Shane Schottner will become the new games record holder for Seymour when the veteran ruckman runs out against Mooroopna in Goulburn Valley Football League tomorrow.GREGOR MACTAGGART July 25, 2014 3:10am
Shane Schottner will write his name into Seymour’s history book when he plays his 315th senior game.
Popular Seymour ruckman Shane Schottner says pride is the overwhelming emotion ahead of his record-breaking appearance for the Lions tomorrow.
The 36-year-old big man passes Mick O’Donnell’s games record when he crosses the line for his 315th senior game against Mooroopna at Kings Park.
‘‘I’m proud to reach the record, it is a huge honour for me,’’ Schottner said.
‘‘The record was something I never thought much about until I got close to Mick’s mark, but does mean a lot because the club has been so much of my life.’’
Schottner first played for Seymour in the under-13s and, after debuting at senior level as a raw teenager in 1995, has gone on to have a storied career.
Not only was he captain during the Lions’ three-peat of premierships in 2005, ’06 and ’07, but Schottner won the 2004 Morrison Medal and is a three-time winner of Seymour’s senior best-and-fairest.
‘‘I had a bit of luck getting a taste of senior footy early because we weren’t that strong,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s been some great times along the way, but there’s no doubt the three flags (2005-07) are the biggest highlight. (The win in) 2005 was special because it was the first one I played in.’’
A multiple interleague representative, it also speaks volumes of Schottner’s sustained excellence that only one of his games has been at reserves level.
Seymour coach Brent Colbert paid tribute to Schottner’s contribution during the past two decades.
‘‘Shotty is a favourite son at the club and there is no better person to break the record,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘It’s fitting that he gets to do it at home.’’
With O’Donnell in Hawaii on holiday, a special dinner will be held next month to commemorate the two Seymour legends.
The only thing standing in the way of a memorable day is Mooroopna, which could climb into the top six if it can win and other results go its way.
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