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Mammoth milestone

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June 24, 2017

Another Barooga stalwart will celebrate a huge milestone today, this time in the reserves.

Another Barooga stalwart will celebrate a huge milestone today, this time in the reserves.

Zane Goodwin, 36, will run out for the 350th time when his Hawks host Tongala at Barooga Recreation Reserve, with the feat following senior coach James Hazelman’s 200th game last week.

Goodwin was happy with the achievement, despite largely underselling it.

‘‘Yeah, it’s not too bad,’’ he said.

‘‘At this stage I’m getting to another milestone every year but it’s great to achieve.’’

After spending most of his 254-game senior career in the backline, Goodwin seems to be relishing a move forward in the reserves, booting 66 goals in 42 games.

But the veteran thinks it should be much more.

‘‘I’ve sort of plonked myself in the goal square but I help wherever I can,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m not the greatest kick at goal but I’m getting better.’’

With his 37th birthday looming, Goodwin knows his time in the game could be cut short at any moment, but hopes he can hold on long enough to snare a maiden premiership medallion.

‘‘I’m just taking it one week at a time, the body has a bit of wear and tear but I’m probably only one injury off retiring,’’ he said.

‘‘I won a junior premiership years ago, but nothing after that.

‘‘Hopefully this year might be the one.’’

The Hawks sit on top of the reserves ladder and are undefeated so far this season — meaning Goodwin’s dream might just come true.

●In the senior match, Barooga and Tongala will be looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats last week.

The Hawks could be without stars Will Gorman, Callum Leighton-Daly and Jake Russell, while the Blues have made five changes to the side which lost to Deniliquin.

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