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MOOROOPNA JUNIOR HARBROW CALLS IT A DAY ON A CAREER THAT SPANNED 15 YEARS AND 261 GAMES

- By AYDIN PAYNE

Jarrod Harbrow will play his final AFL match this weekend after calling time on his storied career during the week.

The Mooroopna product will line-up for the Gold Coast Suns in game 191 as they take on Sydney.

The 33-year-old, who is known for his dazzling runs off half-back, will finish on 261 games, in a career that spanned 15 seasons.

The proud Yirrganydj­i/KukuYalanj­i man was drafted out of the Murray Bushranger­s in the 2007 draft and landed at the Western Bulldogs where he played 70 games and featured in three consecutiv­e preliminar­y finals.

Harbrow, who moved to Mooroopna as a teenager, will go down as one of the most inf luential players in Gold Coast’s history.

He joined the Suns ahead of their debut season in 2011, holds the club record for most games played, won the 2018 best-andfairest and is a life member.

“I’ve been really lucky that the game of AFL football has given me this opportunit­y to live out a dream and helped me set up my family with a great start to life,” Harbrow said.

“I’m appreciati­ve of everyone that has played a big part in my career.

“I’d like to thank my family,

Mum and Dad, my brothers and all my family up in Cairns and down in Mooroopna in country Victoria.

“All my junior coaches, representa­tive coaches, the Western Bulldogs club and players and the Gold Coast Suns club and players and anyone that has been a part of my journey.”

But for all of his sublime on-field exploits, Harbrow’s work off the field is his greatest legacy.

He launched a mentoring program with his brother Marc, called Harbrow Mentoring, an organisati­on which aims to support and educate Indigenous youth through leadership, mentoring and sports programs.

Harbrow’s endeavours over the past five years have had him twice nominated as a finalist in the AFL’s Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.

Seymour export David Mundy helped Fremantle end a six-year Western Derby drought.

The Dockers defeated West Coast for the first time after 11 attempts thanks to the 12.7 (79) to 9.10 (64) triumph.

Mundy was one of Fremantle’s best performers in the memorable win, finishing with 28 disposals, seven clearances and a goal.

Moama’s Lachie Schultz was lively in attack with two majors.

Elsewhere, Mooroopna product Laitham Vandermeer made a long-awaited return from injury at the weekend.

The speedster was unable to lift the Western Bulldogs over the line against Hawthorn, with the Dogs settling for back-to-back losses.

It was Vandermeer’s first appearance since round six.

Kialla’s Alex Keath made a successful return from a hamstring injury in the loss.

Meanwhile, Invergordo­n’s Lachie Ash is one step closer to playing finals football after GWS defeated Richmond.

Ash laid seven tackles and collected 12 disposals in the 39-point win over the Tigers.

The young gun’s 2018 premiershi­p teammate at Shepparton, Jordy Butts, was unable to get the job done for Adelaide.

Butts ended with 14 disposals and seven marks as Mooroopna’s Clayton Oliver (28 disposals) led Melbourne to a hard-fought 41-point win.

Lastly, gun on-baller Jy Simpkin was the best performer for North Melbourne in the 14-point defeat to Sydney.

The Mooroopna product enjoyed 22 disposals and three score involvemen­ts in the loss.

And Echuca’s Brodie Kemp made his debut for Carlton at the weekend.

The Blues, after a promising start to the match, suffered a brutal 95-point drubbing at the hands of Port Adelaide.

Echuca’s Ollie Wines dominated with 31 disposals, seven tackles and five clearances for the Power.

 ?? Picture: AAP ?? Hanging up the boots: Former Mooroopna junior Jarrod Harbrow has called time on his AFL career.
Picture: AAP Hanging up the boots: Former Mooroopna junior Jarrod Harbrow has called time on his AFL career.

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