Major milestone

June 28, 2017

Celebration: Zane Goodwin's Barooga teammates chair him off the ground in his 350th senior game. Picture: Jackie Vogel.

Special occasion: Barooga's reserves recorded a win to celebrate club stalwart Zane Goodwin's 350th game. Picture: Jackie Vogel.

Running out onto the seniors footy field for the 350th time felt just like all the previous 349 times for Zane Goodwin.

The Barooga stalwart celebrated the massive milestone on Saturday, taking to the field in his 350th club game for the Hawks against Tongala in the reserves match.

Goodwin starred for the Hawks, booting nine goals to be named among the team’s best for the day.

After spending most of his 254-game senior career in the backline, a move to the forward line in the reserves appears to suit Goodwin, who has booted 66 goals in 42 games.

After Saturday’s efforts, he now leads the league goal kicking tally in the reserves, with 36 this season alone.

Humbly downplaying the achievement after the match, Goodwin said he was happy with the milestone.

‘‘It was just like any other game, it was good to be playing at home but just like any other game really,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m happy with the achievement, but I haven’t played in a premiership-winning team which is something I’d probably rather have done, but it’s still a great achievement.’’

The team is a highly-rated chance for finals this year however, and halfway through the season is sitting on the top of the ladder undefeated with 10 wins.

Goodwin’s nine goals helped seal the win for the Hawks reserves, who downed Tongala 15.15(105) to 5.4(34).

‘‘I think the most I’ve gotten before is five, so I was pretty happy to get nine,’’ he said.

‘‘I was fed the ball very well by my teammates, they’re a good side. My teammates played very well, they’re a very even team and all played well, everyone played their role.

‘‘They’re a good bunch of blokes, and on the day we started well and finished well.’’

Goodwin said some of the highlights of his career were playing in a few grand finals, although he’s yet to win one.

‘‘I think one of the best things is probably the people you meet over the journey,’’ he said.

For now, Goodwin says he’ll take things as they come, with the next major milestone his 400th club game.

‘‘I’ll see how things go, I’m 37 in a month, so I’ll see how things go.’’

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