Kickett kicking 100th milestone with Tigers
NIGHTCLIFF favourite son Jayden Kickett simply wants to give back to the club when he takes to the field for his 100th NTFL milestone match at BMInsurance Oval today.
Kickett, 25, has been at the Tigers since under-14s when he used to make the trek from Katherine every week.
He made his senior debut at 17 but his fondest memories are playing in the milestones of some of his childhood idols.
‘‘I don’t remember when I played (my first game) or who was it against,’’ he said.
‘‘They say you don’t forget your first game, but I did.
‘‘John Bonson was a bloke I always looked up to and so was Robbie Campbell and Mark Derksen.
‘‘I guess playing in mile- stones like Robbie Campbell and John Bonson’s 200th games — they were important games for not only them, but the whole club. It was good to be part of those. This club has done a lot for me since under14s coming up from Katherine — they have looked after my family a lot and it’s always good to repay them.’’
The third- placed Tigers face Palmerston at 4pm today after a disappointing 37-point loss to Wanderers in wet conditions last week.
Kickett said the side has had a big week on the track as they look to get back on to the winner’s list. ‘‘Even though it was wet, we were slow to adapt to the conditions and Wanderers were a lot better on the day,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully we get a good start against the Magpies and can bounce back this week.’’