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Roo bounces into century club

Saturday, 3rd August, 2019

South’s Kacee Milnes will play her 100th game today against West at the Alma Oval. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan South’s Kacee Milnes will play her 100th game today against West at the Alma Oval. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

South’s Kacee Milnes will line up for her 100th game today when her Roos take on West in a marquee women’s matchup at the Alma Oval.

Milnes made her debut in 2012 and has played her entire career in the red and white, tasting premiership success along the way. She’ll join Heidi Drenkhahn and Sarah Gillespie as South’s 100-game players.

It was a love of the game that drew Milnes to play when the competition started.

“I played a bit of footy in high school but there wasn’t a comp outside of school then,” she said. 

“I started in the women’s comp because I really loved the games in high school and wanted a bit of extra fitness so thought I’d give it a go.”

While Central are the most successful side in the short history of AFL Broken Hill women’s competition, South are next best with consecutive flags in 2016 and 2017.

“Winning a couple of flags with the best group of girls going would definitely be the top highlights,” Milnes said. 

“But also getting to see our awesome junior girls come through and watching them become absolute superstars!”

One of her teammates also rates as her toughest opponents, according to Milnes.

“Funnily enough, I’d have to say my toughest opponent and best player I’ve played with are the same person - Tayla Frizell,” she said. 

“I remember her absolutely cleaning me up once when she played for Central, so couldn’t have been happier when she moved to South! 

“I’ve loved every girl I’ve ever played alongside but have to say I have a special place for our ‘fab 5’ girls - Mel Keenan, Eliza Cumming, Abbey Stevens, Brit McInnes and Macy Edgecumbe.”

Milnes said the milestone had come as a surprise and that she had a couple of goals in mind before the season is out. 

“I definitely didn’t think I’d get to 100 games. 

“I guess I was lucky to do most of my injuries at the end of the seasons though, so I think that helped.”

“I’ve tried to tell (South women’s coach) Mikey Bird that I’m calling it after my 100th game but he’s not having a bar of it so I guess I’ll have to see this year out. 

“My short term goal is have a ripper game on the weekend and hopefully be celebrating a win for my 100th, but in the long term it’s to bring home another flag for the mighty SFC!” 

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