Taylors Lake's Tim Kelm notches 300 games

MILESTONE: Tim Kelm will play his 300th game for Taylors Lake on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

MILESTONE: Tim Kelm will play his 300th game for Taylors Lake on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TAYLORS Lake stalwart Tim Kelm will line up for his 300th game with the club on Saturday.

The veteran ruckman has played for the Lakers for 22 years, starting as a 16 year-old in the reserves.

In his 300 games, Kelm has accrued numerous accolades, including two club best and fairests and a Dellar Family Medal runner-up performance.

Finals have been few and far between in Kelm's time at Taylors Lake, but two elimination finals in the seniors and a reserves grand final appearance are some games that stand out in his memory.

He said he was pleased to have played all his football for the Lakers.

"I'm pretty happy to achieve the milestone, because not everybody gets it, and it is even rarer to get it at the one club," he said.

While 300 games is a big achievement, Kelm said his total could have been much higher.

Between work commitments, looking after his children and travel including a year-long trip across Australia he estimated he had missed about five seasons of football.

"I'd probably be closer to 400 than 300 if I'd played every game," he said.

Kelm said the key to his longevity was the way he played.

"I don't have great speed, but I just keep plodding along all day so I guess I'm a good endurance player," he said.

Kelm said he had an old-school mindset about football, and was proud he had never been paid to play.

Taylors Lake president Brad Dwyer paid tribute to Kelm and his contributions to the club.

"His family has been involved at the club since it started, so he's a real stalwart of the club," he said.

"He's a real gentleman on the ground he's a character, but he looks after all the young players and keeps them in check."

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