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‘Tough Robin’ hits milestone

Saturday, 30th July, 2016

Daniel Milne will play his 100th game today against North. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Daniel Milne will play his 100th game today against North. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

West’s Daniel Milne will play his 100th League game this afternoon against North at the Jubilee Oval.

Debuting in 2006, Milne said that his favourite memory would be getting voted in as club co-captain by the playing group in 2013 alongside Ben McInerney.

“I’ve been fairly good but a little too inconsistent this year,” said Milne of his own form in 2016.

Milne is typically modest but has enjoyed a solid season in the red and black, consistently being named in their best players and has been a major factor in the resurgence of the Robins as a competitive team in recent seasons.

Milne’s captain at the Robins, Jordan Tonkin, was glowing in his praise of the soon-to-be 100-gamer, who was runner-up in the best and fairest last season.

“I think he plays how the game should be played and was played back in the nineties,” said Tonkin.

“He is that rough and tough footballer but also has that touch of polish to compliment it.

“(Milne is) definitely an intimidating figure and I’m glad he’s a Robin.”

Westies Matt Nelson and John Blore are two footballers that Milne has enjoyed sharing the field with over the years.

“Matt ‘Thor’ Nelson would be one of my favourites to have played with,” said Milne yesterday.

“And I loved the way John Blore went about his football.”

North’s Jayden Kelly and South’s Marc Purcell earned Milne’s praise when asked about the best players he’s lined up against.

When asked about his team’s form this year, Milne said that “We’ve been really good in patches but need to improve our consistency”.

West will have the opportunity to improve on that consistency and celebrate Milne’s milestone in the best way if they can overcome the Bulldogs today at the Jubilee Oval.

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