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Brooks joins 300 club

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020

Simon Brooks gets a kick in his 300th game in Adelaide at the weekend. PICTURE: Supplied Simon Brooks gets a kick in his 300th game in Adelaide at the weekend. PICTURE: Supplied

By Peter Argent

Six-time premiership player at the famous Adelaide Football League Club, the Goodwood Saints, Simon Brooks further etched himself into club history by becoming just the fourth player to reach the magical 300-game milestone.

In this Covid-reduced season, Brooks garnered the milestone in the final minor round game of the division 1 season on Saturday at Payneham Oval. 

In a commanding 76-point win over Payneham Norwood Union, Brooks marked his landmark game with a couple of goals. 

“I don’t know if you call it resistance, persistence or stupidity, but I always wanted to get to the 300 game mark,” Brooks told the Barrier Truth. 

“I remember growing up as a kid and looking at the North Broken Hill ‘200 Club wall’ and thinking it would be great to get my name on something like that. 

“Back at home I played my first A grade football game with the Bulldogs as a 16-year-old, playing a handful of games in Year 11 and then a full season in Year 12. 

“That was in a period where we won 30 games in a row, but unfortunately we lost the Grand Final to Central that year (2001).

“One of the big mentors when I was young was North A grade coach Mark ‘Tuddy’ White.

“On reflection it is very disappointing I don’t have an A grade flag with the Bulldogs.

“Having played a couple of games with the Double Blues the season before, I spent the 2002 campaign playing Under 19 with Sturt and also played seven reserves football matches for them the following winter. 

“I was dropped for a Crows player back in the days when Adelaide footballers would go to the bottom place (SANFL) Reserves club when their team had a bye.

“I didn’t have a local club to play for and I actually got cleared at half-time of a B grade game.

“Always remember my first games for the Saints against PHOS Camden in their antiquated change rooms, really just a shed, and I was thinking to myself what am I doing here.”

Brooks was key part of a very successful era in the Goodwood Saints history. 

He was a member of the 2004 Grand Final side that went down to Broadview but played in four of the next five consecutive flags from ‘05, frustratingly missing the ‘07 title with a quad injury. 

He was Captain in the Saints pair of Grand Final triumphs over Rostrevor and Payneham Norwood Union in 2014 and ‘15.

Now 36, and a father of three children - Milla (5), Louis (4) and Harry (1) - with supportive wife Jodie, Brooks is also a teacher at Mitcham Girls’ High School in STEM subjects, technology and engineering. 

“After some injury problems in 2019 I got myself super fit before Covid hit,” Brooks mused.

“With the online learning commitments I needed to organise, this affected my fitness and I’ve spent the season in the twos.

“I reckon there is about 270 games in the firsts, and now 30 in the seconds.

“I’m keen, with Jodie’s support, to go another year especially with the club building a new facility at Goodwood Oval.”

Also a talented cricketer and baseballer in his youth before football became the main focus, his father Peter, who still lives in the Silver City, was also an exceptional representative-level baseballer in this district. 

Noted for his skill execution on both sides of his body, Simon Brooks started on a wing when he arrived at the Saints and moved to half back around the 2010-11 era. 

Brooks has the ability to play on tall and small opponents and his “one wood” is his ability to read the game. 

He has been an ornament to the code at amateur league level and now joins Nick O’Connell, Michael Lawton and Craig Cooper as 300-game Saints legends.

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