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Stenhouse hits 300

Friday, 16th August, 2013

Shane Stenhouse, with sons Lachie (8) and Fraser (2). celebrates 300 games for the Central Football Club tomorrow. Shane Stenhouse, with sons Lachie (8) and Fraser (2). celebrates 300 games for the Central Football Club tomorrow.

By Emily Roberts

Central Football Club stalwart Shane Stenhouse will celebrate a combined 300 senior and reserve grade games tomorrow.

He has played 187 senior games and this weekend will be his 113th for the reserve’s side. 

It is also Shane’s last season. He started playing for the Central when he was five.

“I lived four houses down from the Memorial Oval, so that’s why I joined up,” he said.

“I started playing in the senior side in 1991. It’s been a good club, I’m proud that I have stayed at the club through the good times and the bad times.”

Shane said some of his fondest memories included playing in the 1995 and 2001 grand finals.

“Also being a life member of the club and coaching numerous junior teams to premierships have been highlights. I represented Broken Hill twice.”

With only two games left before the season is out, Shane wants to focus more on the juniors.

“I want to concentrate on helping the juniors and spending more time with my family. I will still be involved with the club.”

Shane said the club hasn’t had a great time over the past couple of years.

“Part of the reason I stayed for the past two or three years is to help out and impart some advice. But now my body is telling me to stop.”

Shane isn’t sure how tomorrow’s B grade game will go.

“I would like to say that we will win, but I think the next two weeks will be very hard for the Central Football Club. We need to focus on next season now.”

One of the coaches that stood out for Shane was Visko Sulicich.

“Visko gave me the opportunity to play my first full season of A grade in 1995,” Shane said. “Before that I was in and out of the side.”

He said he has a lot of great memories from the club.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing with my childhood mates, but also playing alongside Visko Sulicich, Ross Vickers and Brett Morris from Central.

“There were also champions from other clubs I enjoyed playing with including Brad Brooks and Billy Dolan from South and Todd Spain from North.”

Shane said his favourite position was full forward.

“In most of my A grade games I played at fullback or centre-half back.

“For the last four or five years in B grade I primarily played full forward. My childhood idol was Tony Lockett who was a full forward so that’s where I’ve always wanted to play.”

After the game, Shane is looking forward to a few beers with his mates and family.

“It’s been a long time coming for my family.”

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