Kick­ett kick­ing 100th mile­stone with Tigers

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - By JESS WEB­STER

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.’’

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