Beloved Miller to play 100th

May 11, 2018

Tatura skipper Tom Miller will play his 100th game this weekend.

One of Tatura’s favourite sons will celebrate a massive milestone when the Bulldogs host struggling Mooroopna tomorrow.

Bulldogs captain Tom Miller will play his 100th game having overcome a string of serious injuries during his time at the club.

Coach Jamason Daniels could not speak highly enough of his skipper.

‘‘If we can’t get up to acknowledge his 100 games, we never will,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘It’s taken a lot longer than anyone wanted for him to get to 100 games, but that’s indicative of the way he plays.

‘‘He played in the 2012 premiership-winning side when I think he was still 17, but since then he’s had a horror run with injury and I don’t know when the last time he played a full season was.’’

Daniels tried his best to reel off loyal and resilient Miller’s lengthy injury list — a broken spine, broken eye socket, broken leg and two shoulder reconstructions among others.

‘‘He’s one of the most courageous guys I’ve played with, he throws himself into contests and runs back with the flight much more often than I’d like him to,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s the ultimate team player and loved by all at the club.’’

The Bulldogs have been inconsistent at times this year, but their best has looked strong and a three-match block of Mooroopna, Seymour and Shepparton United presents a golden opportunity for them to gather some wins.

But Daniels said his mob could not afford to be getting ahead of itself.

‘‘We’re not quite playing our best footy at the moment; I think we need to keep continuing to improve our game style, we’ve got a few things to work on and we’ll focus on our brand,’’ he said.

‘‘The competition as a whole has probably shown if you take anyone lightly you can lose pretty quickly.

‘‘We can’t afford to be looking too far ahead and we need to be up and about.’’

Che Walls (shoulder) and Jonah Vraca (illness) will miss the clash.

Mooroopna is stranded at 0-5 and coach Dale Osborne said the fundamentals had been a let-down during the 83-point loss to Benalla.

‘‘It’s mainly been our ball use, our decision-making, just our general skills — the basics really,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘That has cost us in all games this season — poor decision-making and ball use — and if we want to compete we need to lift everything.

‘‘We just want us to give 100 per cent and be a lot more competitive than the last couple of games. We want to stay in the game longer and get on that other side of the hill.’’

Murray Bushranger Ajak Dang is out of the line-up to resume at TAC Cup level after a best-on-ground showing against the Saints.

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