Club stalwarts enjoy time in the spotlight

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This Saturday’s round 5 Bendigo Bank Western Border Football League clash will not be forgotten anytime soon by East Gambier veteran Shem Balshaw. When Balshaw runs out with his team mates at McDonald Park to face Millicent, it will be the 200th time he wears the Bulldogs’ jumper.

The classy half-forward has been a loyal Bulldog inside the Kennel since his dream debut against North Gambier in 2005 where he scored a goal with his first kick on a successful and exciting day. Balshaw has only left the club for a stint in Adelaide and been a key part of East’s line up since 2010, captaining the club to its breakthrough 2017 flag.

He said the milestone had been a source of motivation recently. “It will be good and has probably kept me going for the last few years to get there,” Balshaw said. “I was aware i was getting close to it, so it has been on my mind for a while and might just be one of the last things I do as a football player. “It should be a great day.”

West Gambier’s win over Casterton Sandford in round 4 of Western Border netball will be a special one in the memory of coach Lisa McGregor. After leading her team to victory in convincing style 80-31, McGregor celebrated her impressive 350 game milestone for the club.

Over in the Mid South Eastern Netball Association, Port MacDonnell Netball Club’s most recent life member Lauren Lewis (pictured below) has added another accomplishment to her career, playing 350 games for the club last weekend.

Lewis is a tireless worker for the club, having held the secretary position for eight years, as well as coaching, umpiring and playing for almost three decades since 1993. Predominantly a mid-court player, Lewis has been fortunate enough to win seven premierships along the way as well as numerous Best and Fairest awards.

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