Lisa and Nicole Polycarpou arrived at the Dimboola Recreation Reserve last Saturday wearing the green and gold number 18 jumper, for what was planned to be a day of celebration with the Dimboola Football and Netball Club and family.
Mick Polycarpou, at the age of 54, has achieved the extraordinary milestone of 500 games for Dimboola and the family was gearing up to support him.
His twin sons, Scott and Mark arrived from Melbourne with Scott also wearing his number 18 jumper, from when he played footy with Dimboola last seasons.
Mick’s parents and other family members also attended the momentous occasion.
DFNC Vice President Bruce Miller spoke of Micks achievements before the game and pointed out that Mick’s policy was never to play a game unless ‘you have attended training’.
“This means that Mick has attended well over 500 training nights throughout his career,” said Mr Miller.
President Col Campbell said, “not only has Mick achieved an extraordinary 500 games, but he has also holds the record for the most annual football trips.”
“This could not have been achieved without the support of his family and his especially his wife Lisa, who kept allowing him to play football’, said Mr Campbell.
Micks daughter Nicole and sons Mark and Scott prepared a banner at the end of one of the longest guards of honour the club had seen in long while. The breeze was blowing and the fear of ripping the banner before Mick ran through, was a concern for his children.
Mick ran out of the club rooms onto the oval and made his way through the guard to the banner where he stopped, reached into his pocket and pulled out a knife. He then proceeded to cut his way through the flimsy banner with the knife before casually walking through.
The reserves started by not scoring in the first quarter. Mick was not going to let his 500th game go down with no score. His chance came in the second quarter where he kicked the first goal for Dimboola and received accolades from both his own side and the Warrack Eagles.
After 500 games Mick is suffering from ‘crook’ knees and now the season has finished, will have them attended to.
Lisa Polycarpou said, “let’s see how that all goes for Mick and if there still some more games left in him after he’s had some work done to his knees.”
Also on the day the club celebrated Jayden Lehmann playing 150 games and the netballers celebrated Taylia Avery playing her 100th game, along with 17 year old A Grade centre Rianna Kuhne, with her 50th game, all played in the A Grade side.