Noradjuha-Quantong's Brent McIntyre celebrates 300 games

SPECIAL MOMENT: Noradjuha-Quantong’s Brent McIntyre runs out for his 300th club game with daughter Izabella on Saturday, as Taylors Lake players form a guard of honour. For more on McIntyre’s 300th game, see page 30. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

SPECIAL MOMENT: Noradjuha-Quantong’s Brent McIntyre runs out for his 300th club game with daughter Izabella on Saturday, as Taylors Lake players form a guard of honour. For more on McIntyre’s 300th game, see page 30. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Every week there is a standout player who gets the football community talking. This week COLIN MACGILLIVRAY talks to 300-game Noradjuha-Quantong veteran Brent McIntyre about his career.

BRENT McIntyre has achieved a lot in his 300 club games for Horsham District Football Netball League side Noradjuha-Quantong.

McIntyre first played reserves for Quantong in 1995, and 19 years later he is still a key cog in the senior team.

Along the way he has seen Quantong and Noradjuha merge, been an assistant coach in 2004 and a joint-coach in 2005.

The Bombers qualified for a preliminary final in 2005, but just missed out on the grand final.

McIntyre said it was one of the highlights of his football career.

"To make the grand final that year would have been nice, but injuries took their toll," he said.

"I won a best and fairest a few years ago, which was a personal highlight, but you don't play footy for best and fairests you play it for premierships.

"It's good to see how far the club has come since I started when we had pretty ordinary sheds and now we have some of the best in the league and the Wimmera."

McIntyre described the Bombers' last-minute loss to Taylors Lake during Quantong's 20th anniversary premiership reunion on Saturday as extremely disappointing, but for different reasons than people might expect.

"If we're trying to win games for big moments like milestones and reunions, we're trying to win for the wrong reasons," he said.

"We've got to win games for ourselves, and we didn't do that."

McIntyre played one season with Wimmera Football League team Horsham RSL Diggers in 2003, but quickly returned to his home club.

With 300 club games on the board, McIntyre said he was not sure how many he had left, but was enjoying each as they came.

"I'm just happy to still be playing footy to be honest, because you're a long time retired," he said.

"When you stop playing you stop socialising as much, and I really enjoy being around the club."

McIntyre thanked his family for supporting him, and made special mention of Bombers trainer Rob Avery.

"He gets us up week in, week out, and at my age you really need it," he said.

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