Alick calls time in fine style
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