THE SHEAR JOY OF FOOTY
600 games on, Trevor still prefers a beer to an ice bath
A COUNTRY footy legend who refuses to take ice baths and is the first to crack a beer after training says the secret to his longevity is not taking the game too seriously.
At the ripe old age of 48, Avoca shearer Trevor Field will today tick off his 603rd game, extending a run of matches believed to be the longest on record.
He has won premierships, best and fairests, played interleague and alongside VFL greats, but said the only ice he had experienced in 36 years of football was on his can of beer.
Despite his age, Field still lines up in the ruck against players who were not even born in 1982, when he played his first game for the Avoca Bulldogs as a 12-year-old. “I love the game,’’ he said. “I just like the competitive side of it and I love to come down and watch the up-andcomers on a Saturday morning in the juniors.’’
After starting in the under-16s, Field rucked for 376 senior games across 20 years and has, so far, played 153 in the reserves, where he has played since turning 40.
He has missed just four games that whole time. “I hurt my ankle, I hurt my knee, I got reported once and I had to go to a wedding,’’ he said.
On the field, he has pretty much done it all — winning senior premierships in 1993, ’96, ’97 and ’98, seven best and fairests and coming runner-up five times.
He won two league best and fairests, the reserves best and fairest, was voted best player by opposition sides and represented the Lexington Plains Football League seven times.
Back in the day, he played alongside Richmond 1980 premiership star Jim Jess. Now he lines up against players as young as 15.
“I just go out there and play footy,’’ he said.
“I’m no different to any other guy … I’m just a farmer and shearer and just come here to train and play footy.’’
Avoca president Bill Drummond said Field “laughs and shakes his head’’ when teammates take an ice bath, but had earned the honour of having the club best and fairest named after him.
“In this era I don’t think you will ever see anything like this achievement again,’’ he said. “I’d be very surprised if anyone has played 620-odd games (which Field should close in on by the end of the season).’’
Not that Field has any intention of hanging up the boots just yet.
“I will be playing again next year,’’ he said. “I reckon I could nearly do 700.’’
Shearer Trevor Field is playing his 603th game for Avoca today.