Happy Chappy clocks up 400

Happy Chappy clocks up 400

It was a huge weekend for the North Gambier Football Club as it not only welcomed back and celebrated the 2012 A and B Grade premierships, but recognised a favourite son.

The round 15 Western Border Football League battle marked a special occasion for Matthew Chapman, who ran out for his beloved Tigers for the 400th time.

Chapman is only the second player in North Gambier history to reach the 400-game milestone, joining current North Gambier games recorder Garth Willoughby (408).

The Tiger started his journey way at Vansittart Park back in the early 1990s and kicked it off with a bang.

He won junior premierships in Under 14, 16 and 18 grades within a stunning five year stretch.

He then went 17 years and 294 games before achieving the ultimate senior success in 2012 with an A Grade premiership.

Chapman played in the A Grade three-peat and also helped build a winning culture in the B Grade side which won flags in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

His journey has never been about personal success and has always been driven by team success.

His selfless, relentless and team first attitude is why Chapman is admired by so many that have crossed paths with him over the 400 games.

Premiership coach and team-mate, Justin McConnell described Chapman as the perfect player to have in your side.

“He is the player that is the most trusted, the one who would always have your back and the one you love playing with,” he said.

“He always stood up when it counted.”

The milestone game did not go the way Chapman wanted with the B Grade side going down to Casterton.

But Chapman was able to enjoy the milestone playing alongside his great mate and club legend Scott Flett, while cameo appearances were made by former A Grade premiership players Anthony Kilsby and Troy Hosking.

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