Pimpinio, Noradjuha-Quantong trio celebrates milestones

THREE players celebrated individual milestones during Saturday’s C Grade clash between Pimpinio and Noradjuha-Quantong.

Annisa Luciani notched an incredible total of 400 matches for Pimpinio since joining the club’s junior ranks at age 12.

Also recognised was the Tigers player Maree Thompson, who played her 300th match for the club in round one.

Both Luciani and Thompson were presented with flowers by club representatives for their contributions across their careers.

On the Noradjuha-Quantong side, Belinda Jolley racked up her 100th match.

It was Luciani and Thompson’s Tigers who won the day, coming home by four goals in a hard-fought arm wrestle.

Scores were locked at 10 each at quarter-time before the Tigers grabbed a three-goal advantage at the main break.

The Bombers pegged the margin back to two goals at three-quarter time before a final push from the Tigers secured their victory.

Luciani – who coaches the C Grade side – said it was good to claim a win in her milestone match.

“I was a bit nervous because of the milestone, plus it was a big game for us to see where we were going to be this season,” she said.

“I had a lot on my mind coming up against a top side like Quanny, so it was a big achievement.”

Luciani’s family has a history of involvement with the club. Her father is a former player and life member.

The family’s connection will continue through her daughter Brianna 

Annisa said playing with her daughter had been one of her career highlights at the club, along with coaching a C Grade premiership in 2007.

“We’ve been able to play a couple of finals and a couple of A Grade games together, so that’s been a real bonus,” she said.

“It’s one of the reasons I kept on playing when in other seasons I could have easily stopped with a bad back.”

Luciani said she would take each season as it comes from now on, but would still be involved with the club through coaching and umpiring even after her playing days ended.

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