Play­ers cel­e­brate 100-game mile­stone

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Not one but two North Pil­bara Football League play­ers are mark­ing their 100-game mile­stones in the fi­nal few games of the 2016 sea­son.

Dampier Sharks player Ryan Turner cel­e­brated 100 games last round, while Kar­ratha Fal­cons’ two-time fairest and best Vic­tor Bel­lotti will play his 100th game this week­end against Wickham Wolves.

Turner, who has been play­ing with the Sharks since un­der-10s and joined the league side in 2004, said as a lo­cal he had stuck by the club through its ups and downs.

He said reach­ing 100 games was a “mas­sive” mile­stone and one of only three Sharks league play­ers that had ac­com­plished it in his 12 years there.

“I had one of my best mates, who I’ve played footy with (for a long time), play his 100th last year, so to play along­side him and do it for the coaches I’ve had over the years, it means the world,” he said.

Bel­lotti said he started play­ing for the Fal­cons upon mov­ing to Kar­ratha about eight years ago, when the NPFL com­pe­ti­tion looked quite dif­fer­ent dur­ing the min­ing boom.

“When I came it was around the boom time of the min­ing in­dus­try, and the club was big­ger,” he said.

“There were more club mem­bers around, there were 50 peo­ple plus com­ing to train­ing.”

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