NEW­MAN CLOCKS UP 200 GAMES WITH LIONS

South Western Times - - Front Page - Mitchell Wood­cock

ONE of Har­vey-Brunswick-Les-chenault’s most re­spected play­ers will reach a mas­sive mile­stone on Sun­day.

David New­man will be­come just the 10th Lion to play 200 league games.

The 29-year-old will reach the mile­stone against South Bun­bury at Brunswick Oval, al­most 13 years af­ter his de­but, when he first played league foot­ball for the Lions against Au­gusta-Mar­garet River at Hands Oval in round 16 of the 2005 sea­son.

New­man is a dual pre­mier­ship player, hav­ing played ma­jor roles in the Lions’ 2007 and 2010 grand fi­nal vic­to­ries. He cap­tained the club from 2011 to 2013, was co-cap­tain last sea­son and named the best and fairest in 2013.

Re­mark­ably, the Lions have won 60 per cent of the games that New­man has played, in­clud­ing 12 wins out of 16 fi­nals.

He has also kicked 176 goals. New­man said he had played for the Lions for his en­tire ca­reer, from ju­niors to league level.

“It hit home af­ter yes­ter­day (Sun­day) when I got through (the game),” he said.

“It is a huge achieve­ment. Now I am look­ing for­ward to the week­end.”

New­man said when he was younger he looked up to the likes of Hay­ward medal­lists and Lions greats Tony Strano and Gra­ham Jef­fery, as well as team­mates John Klumpp and Mick Sherry. The ver­sa­tile, hard nut got his call up to play league foot­ball when the Hawks’ colts team for­feited.

“I got the call-up on the Fri­day night,” he said.

“It was a bit dif­fer­ent play­ing Au­gusta-Mar­garet River at Hands Oval when it wasn’t a fi­nal.

“But I got onto a cou­ple. It was a dif­fer­ent feel­ing.”

New­man said the pre­mier­ship vic­to­ries were some of his best mem­o­ries, but he high­lighted an­other as­pect of foot­ball as one of his most mem­o­rable.

“The friend­ships I have made along the way are some­thing I will never for­get,” he said.

For the past few sea­sons New­man has played as a de­fender, but coach Derek Hall has swung him for­ward this year with great suc­cess.

“We had a bit of a chat and re­alised we were miss­ing some se­nior heads in the for­ward line,” he said.

“I started my ca­reer as a for­ward, so now I am happy back there.”

New­man missed out on play­ing in a fifth league grand fi­nal last year when he was not se­lected for the team which lost to Bun­bury. But such is the char­ac­ter of the man, he chose not to play in the re­serves grand fi­nal be­cause he “did not want to take a young bloke’s ressies spot”.

“I put my per­sonal stuff aside and did what was best for the club,” he said. New­man said he would play as long as he kept get­ting a game and his body was able.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault’s David New­man shows his trade­mark strength in a bat­tle with Au­gusta-Mar­garet River’s James Price. New­man will play his 200th game for the Lions on Sun­day when they take on South Bun­bury at Brunswick Oval.

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