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Brad Edwards reaches 200-game milestone

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June 01, 2018

Triple Kyabram premiership player Brad Edwards will be recognised for playing 200 Goulburn Valley League games in his side's match against Mansfield tomorrow.

A win against Mansfield tomorrow will have Kyabram raise the bat for 50 straight victories.

But the match also marks a personal milestone for Brad Edwards, who has been part of the Bombers’ rise to greatness to celebrate his 200th game tomorrow.

Having played in all three Bombers premierships during their period of dominance, Edwards acknowledged good friend and coach Paul Newman as being a key component in ensuring the 2013 flag under Dave Williams was turned into two more the past two years.

‘‘It’s probably keeping the core group of the team together for so long, so it’s a credit to Paul to keeping everyone together,’’ he said.

Edwards joined Kyabram in 2007 and in 2008 was playing seniors aged 17.

Notching up 200 games at just 27 has resulted from barely missing a game in a decade.

His most notable injury came four seasons ago when he tore a ligament off his ankle bone, but that kept the versatile player out for just four weeks and since then he has only missed consecutive games twice.

The 2013 premiership was enjoyed after falling short on the last Saturday in September in 2009 against Mansfield and 2010 against Shepparton United.

‘‘I played in the two losing grand finals in 2009 and 2010 and as a group we’d been through that, so it was relief of winning the (2013) final,’’ Edwards said.

With much of his life revolving around the Bombers, Edwards decided to become assistant coach of the thirds alongside Newman in 2013 to ensure he knew the faces around the club.

‘‘At the time I was 23 and it was sort of the first year that I didn’t know that many of the thirds because before I’d had mates in it and I felt a bit disconnected and was good mates with Paul, so decided to give it a go,’’ he said.

Kyabram has had no shortage of star coaches across Edwards’ time at the club and he said they had all played major contributions to him achieving the milestone.

‘‘Dave Williams is one of the premier coaches in country footy and has a great record, so to be able to have him was a real benefit early in my career to kick-start it as my first senior coach,’’ Edwards said.

‘‘And then to have Ken Sheldon helping out, which is pretty amazing to have someone like that down there.’’

He might one day move back into coaching, but for now his focus is on wife Kirra and their son Oliver, seven months.

‘‘I suppose not any time soon (will there be a return to coaching) because I don’t want to miss out on him growing up,’’ Edwards said.

‘‘I owe a lot to the football club, a lot of my good mates are from there and were the guys in my wedding party.

‘‘I’ve played with my cousins and met my wife there, so I owe it a lot.’’

But Newman said Edwards deserved all the fanfare when it came his way tomorrow.

‘‘His contribution to the club has been big and he’s only 27, he’s a leader on and off the field and he’s just a very loyal person, so this is great recognition,’’ Newman said.

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