Lowrie plans to keep playing

Kingsley stalwart James Lowrie is chaired off.
Kingsley stalwart James Lowrie is chaired off.

Lowrie, ‘Lazza’ to his mates, has played 302 matches for the Kingsley club, which plays in the WA Amateur Football League competition.

The 40-year-old simply loves going into battle for Kingsley. He has played in 18 football seasons since Kingsley was founded 21 seasons ago when the club competed in a Sunday league.

‘I still love the game, though the bash and crash doesn’t like me much any more,’ Lowrie said.

‘I can’t run all week after playing matches now, but I’ve got a competitive streak in me and I plan to go around again next year.’

The once dashing defender, who has played in Kingsley’s top teams, has lost a bit of pace over the years but his heart is as big as ever competing in lower grades.

He isn’t one to let his mates down when Kingsley are struggling to field teams.

So much so that on the last day of the latest home-and-away season, he pulled on the boots for both the club’s D-league and D-reserves teams on the same day.

Lowrie has played in five grand final teams for one premiership, in 2004 when his Kingsley side went through the season undefeated.

He has captained three teams and been among the votes in plenty of club fairest-and-best counts but never won the major award.

‘Playing the game and putting your team first is far more important than individual accolades,’ Lowrie said. ‘As long as the team is doing OK, then I’m happy too.’

Lowrie said he couldn’t have been more proud when 11-year-old Deakhan pulled on a No. 8 jumper to help celebrate match 300 with his father.

‘Our club’s all about family, on and off the field,’ Lowrie said. ‘My mates and the club’s members make up my extended family.’

– Kingsley footy club’s fairest-and-best award winners this season were:

C-league ” Andrew Fisher; C-reserves ” Aaron O’Loughlin; Colts ” Jack Symes; D-league ” Michael Ritchie; D-reserves ” Kim Holmes, who was also club person of the year.