Bond joins 200-club

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deni Rovers footballer Allan Bond will line-up for his 200th senior game with the club when the Roos host Katamatite tomorrow.

The 31 year-old becomes just the sixth player in the club’s history to reach the milestone — behind Craig McCulloch, Noel Buckley, Benji Hardman, Liam Fleming and Terry Lumbar.

Bond has played the majority of his

Rovers coach Josh Bode — who has coached Bond for the majority of his career — said the milestone was a reflection of Bond’s hard work.

Bode coached Bond during his first stint at the helm of the Rovers from 2007 to 2011, as well as two years at Jerilderie in 2014 and 15, and during the past two years in his current stint as Rovers coach.

‘‘It’s a great effort, especially considering how young Bondy is,’’ Bode said.

‘‘It’s particularly impressive as he missed nearly a full season in 2010 due to a broken leg and spent two years at Jerilderie.

‘‘He’s generally the first one picked each week because you know exactly what you’re going to get out of him.

‘‘He’s a really smart footballer and always understands his role. He never whinges and just does exactly as he’s asked.

‘‘He would much rather play bad but have the team win, rather than play good and lose.

‘‘Hopefully he can play good and we win on Saturday (tomorrow).’’

Tomorrow’s match against the Tigers is a must-win for the Roos, who have lost their last three games.

With the Tigers missing up to 11 first choice talents the Roos will head into the Picola District Football League round 11 clash as favourites, despite Katamatite’s 7-2 record.

Headlining that list of outs includes the likes of Brodie McDonald, Pat Riordan, Nichol Clurey, Pat Horsburgh, Sam Poole and Zach Gawen.

‘‘We need to win this,’’ Bode said.

‘‘After our start to the year we need to string some wins together to build towards finals.

‘‘Last week, the effort was far better, but we need to improve on that again this week.

‘‘If we kicked straight last week we would’ve won, so if we can get that right then we should be on the right track.

‘‘It’s a big occasion not just because it’s Bondy’s 200th but because this game will have finals implications.’’

Due to all the injuries to the Tigers, the Roos should be able to pick up their fifth win of the season at home tomorrow.

Selection: Deni Rovers by five goals.