Alick calls time in fine style

The Weekend Post - - Sport - JOR­DAN GER­RANS AFL CAIRNS

IT WILL be a fit­ting end to the sparkling AFL Cairns ca­reer of vet­eran Wil­liam Alick at Wat­sons Oval this af­ter­noon.

The clever for­ward has spent his time in the game in the Far North with North Cairns and Ma­nunda, and the two clubs will meet today as his ca­reer draws to a close. The 37year-old started his jour­ney with North Cairns be­fore cross­ing to Ma­nunda and then head­ing back to Wat­sons Oval.

“The plan was al­ways to go back to North when I was at Ma­nunda and it is great I was able to do that,” Alick said.

He calls time as a three­time AFL Cairns premier­ship player, in 2006, ’07 and ’11, who took home the high­est in­di­vid­ual hon­our, the Crath­ern Medal, in 2007.

Alick, who played his 200th game for the Tigers last week, has been bat­tling a bad knee in­jury in re­cent sea­sons but has still av­er­aged close to a goal a game in sea­son 2017.

“It will be an emo­tional day for me, I will miss my footy,” Alick said. “One of the ma­jor fac­tors for me is the chance to spend a bit more time with my kids and fam­ily when I fin­ish up play­ing.

“My wife loves go­ing camp­ing and we can’t do that dur­ing footy sea­son.”

He said he would con­sider go­ing into coach­ing but would take a step away from the game to con­sider his op­tions.

Hawks pres­i­dent Richard Martin paid trib­ute to the for­mer Hawk in the lead-up to his farewell game.

“He was a great ser­vant to Ma­nunda when he was with us. He coached our Colts to a flag as well as play­ing,” he said.

Tigers coach Iaon Drake said Alick was one of the best he had seen in 16 years in Cairns.

FAREWELL: North’s Wil­liam Alick will play his last game against his for­mer team. Pic­ture: BRETT PAS­COE

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