Grey first to reach 300

Scotchtown Football Club’s Tim Grey booted three majors in a milestone match against Irishtown on Saturday. Playing alongside his son Bailey, 14, Grey impressed in his 300th club game. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Football. Playing alongside his son Bailey, Tim Grey notched up a club milestone on Saturday with the Scotchtown Football Club.

The father-son duo took to the Smithton Recreation Ground clad in yellow and black for Grey’s 300th game with the Tigers.

“Officially I am the only player to have played 300 games for the club, which has taken a long time to achieve considering you only play 12 rostered games a year,” Grey said following the memorable round 10 performance.

Grey debuted for the club in 1988 in the Under 17s competition before progressing to the Seniors in 1993.

At just 17 years old he had a promising playing career ahead of him.

“I followed in my father’s footsteps playing with the Tigers. I’ve had the opportunity to leave the club, but loyalty won out in the end,” he said.

Grey has earned Circular Head Football Association’s ‘Leading Goal Kicker’ three times in the senior grade, two Reserves ‘Best and Fairest’ awards, Scotchtown’s senior runner-up ‘Best and Fairest’ and three Reserves ‘Best and Fairest’ honours.

He played in Scotchtown’s winning premiership side of 2004 and in another two premierships with the Reserves.

In 2007, after notching up 200 club games, Grey was honoured with a Life Membership to Scotchtown.

Delving into coaching roles in the late noughties, Grey coached Scotchtown’s Reserves to a Grand Final in 2008 and again in 2012, before taking on the U/14s in 2013 and 2014.

Grey says the highlights of his career include being named full forward in the Circular Head All Stars side as well as representing the region in 2008 and 2009 in the Circular Head combined side against King Island, but most importantly playing side by side with his son.

“I got to play football with my father but I didn’t realise how special it must have felt until I got to do it with Bailey,” he said.

In a playing career that has spanned almost three decades, Grey has missed just three seasons with the Tigers due to injury and following a full knee reconstruction in 2011 doubted this 300-game milestone would ever arrive.

“I don’t like being fussed over but it was a privilege to captain for the day, and the guard of honour both sides provided after the match topped my day off,” he said.

“I want to thank the Scotchtown Football Club for everything they have done for me over my career, and especially my family.

“To run out with my son and my mates especially Scott “Soupy” Blizzard was a day I’ll never forget.”

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