Jets vet­eran is still fir­ing on all fours

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

GERRIT Boogerd notched up more than 250 games for the Clare­mont Jets this sea­son.

The 46- year- old marked his 250th Amer­i­can foot­ball game with the club last month against Perth Blitz.

Boogerd joined the club when it was formed in 1989.

“I al­ways en­joyed watch­ing the game and some­one asked me to play be­cause they were start­ing a new team,” he said.

The fa­ther- of- three said he had been lucky with in­juries over the years.

“I’ve had no ma­jor in­juries, just bad knees and shoul­ders, but noth­ing that’s stopped me from play­ing,” Boogerd said.

“My big­gest lay- off was five games with a knee in­jury.”

Boogerd is a FIFO worker, so “two weeks re­cov­ery is fan­tas­tic”.

The Clare­mont Jets started with se­nior teams but has ex­panded to in­clude ju­niors, with some mem­bers be­ing se­lected for cham­pi­onship teams.

Boogerd said he had no plans to re­tire be­cause he still en­joyed the game.

“It will de­pend on how the body and mind is feel­ing next year,” he said.

Pic­ture: Emma Good­win www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d431859

Gerrit Boogerd says he has no plans to re­tire af­ter play­ing his 250th Amer­i­can foot­ball game.

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