Mt Helena Senior Football Club stalwart plays 300th game

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Steve Cockman and son Ethan (7). Picture: Bruce Hunt ������� d470424

MT Helena Senior Football Club senior player Steve ‘Joey’ Cockman has racked up his 300th game at the club with a win against Bullsbrook on Sunday 18.7 (125) to 8.7 (55).

Cockman, who started playing for Mt Helena in 1998, is only the second player in the club’s history to reach the milestone.

“It has been a very long journey getting to 300 games, especially with injuries and family commitments,” he said.

“I have had a lot of injuries over the years, including broken bones, but the club has always helped me get back out there playing to my best.”

Cockman (37) said despite his long playing career, he was not ready to hang up his boots yet.

“I would like to play as long as I can contribute and help out on the field,” he said.

“When I first started playing for the seniors as a 17-year-old I was a defender and in the ruck, but now I’m older and can’t run as much I mainly play in the forward line.”

Cockman said the club was like a family to him.

“I have a son who plays Auskick for Mt Helena Junior Footy Club and loves being out there, so he will take precedence over the coming years,” he said.

In 2011 Wayne Sowden was the first player in the club’s history to reach 300 games.

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