Port Melbourne Colts legend Jason Clarke will play in his 300th game this weekend in what will be arguably his greatest achievement since he started playing for the club way back in 1985.
He got his first taste of life as Colts player as an Under-11, winning a premiership in his first season.
He played for the Colts up until 1990, where he joined South Districts, playing three seniors games as a 16-year old.
Clarke jumped to Port Melbourne in 1991 as the club had an under-17’s side, but the following year was again off, this time to play for the Sandringham Dragons in the first year of the TAC Cup.
His travels once again brought him back to Port, as he helped the club win its first and only under-19’s premiership. He added the competition’s goal kicking award (booting 95) to round off a great season.
A knee injury sustained early on in the 1994 season ended his involvement with the Port Melbourne VFL side, as he had made his way onto its senior list.
Back to the Colts, this was his last move for some time as he was at the club from 1995-2011, missing just one season (1998).
This stint proved to be his most successful, as his accolades during the period is some other players can only dream of.
Clarke played in seven grand finals, winning three Division One Senior premierships, became the player-coach from 2003-2009, led Division One in goals five times, and was voted as the Barry Priest Medallist (league’s best and fairest) in 2006, despite missing five games.
Booting 95 goals that season may have helped him earn a few votes.
Clarke says he’s “kicked roughly 1100 goals,” one reason why he was named as the club’s full-forward in its team of the decade for the 2000s.
He played his last senior game for the club in 2011, before briefly moving to Northern Footscray in 2012, adding six senior games to his resumé.
Despite his numerous on field achievements and records, Clarke has helped the club off the field too, as he ran its Auskick program from 2008-2009, regularly helps younger players at training and was the stand-in reserves coach for Ben Brown in 2015.
It is clear to see why Clarke was bestowed with the honour of being a Colts life member, as his passion and love for the club evident through his work on field and off.
If the Colts are to win this year’s Southern Football and Netball League Division 2 Reserves premiership, where they sit 13-1 and just percentage behind top spot, it would grow Clarke’s already impressive football resumé even further.
Article by Connor Pain
HE’S been a Port Melbourne Colt since he was a colt.
Port Colts player Blake Twomey runs through a banner commemorating his 250th senior game.
Save for stints at the Western Jets and Williamstown in 2001, Blake Twomey, 33, has played all of his football at the Port club.
On Saturday the Colts captain reached his 250th senior game and the fact that his brother Wayde, the former Carlton player, made the trip across from WA added to the milestone.
Other family members were there too. They are most weeks, for the Twomeys are a Colts family.
Blake’s father, Bob, played a lot of football for the club, as did his uncle Michael. His fiancee is Sheradyn Booth, whose father, Gary, coached the Colts to a senior premiership. And she is the granddaughter of the Port Melbourne VFA champion Bob Bonnett.
Twomey has been captain of the team for seven years and played in the 2005-06 premierships.
Chances are he’ll figure in another flag this year. The Colts, reduced to also-rans in the Western Region last year, have flourished in their move to the southern league and have yet to be defeated in Division 2.
“It’s been a big breath of fresh air, going to southern,’’ Twomey said.
“You don’t know who you’re coming up against every week. You’ve got to be on your game, you can’t take anything for granted.
“Winning games, we’ve got supporters back and the place is a lot more fun. Last year was pretty emotional. We did have some good players and everyone tried their guts out week in, week out. The cattle wasn’t there.’’
As for the milestone, Twomey didn’t know it was coming up. He was unfussed about it until people started calling and wishing him well.
He was supposed to play it the previous week, but Sheradyn gave birth to a boy, Hudson James.
This Saturday Ladder leaders Port Melbourne Colts aim to head into their 1st bye for the year undefeated when they take on Black Rock at McDonald Reserve on saturday,
After being pushed by 2nd placed Caulfield, The Colts will be looking to flex there must before the break give themselves a comfortable standing at the top of Division 2
The Girls have also Continued their winning ways with a 41 point win over the St Kilda sharks
at the weekend, leading from start to finished the girls look in complete control of the contest
The girls have the bye this week will be well rested for the return match again St Kilda.
Following week The club will be holding its Annual Reverse Raffle Draw
Saturday 4th June
1 – 4 pm
$60 per ticket – inc. food and drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks)
1st ticket drawn = money back
100th ticket drawn = money back
200th ticket drawn = money back
LAST ticket drawn = $2,000 !!!
For tickets please contact Paul DeBruyn or Jason Butty or email [email protected]
Port Melbourne Colts has continued its stellar start to the season with a comprehensive away win again The Skye Bombers.
The Colts extended their lead at ever change to run out comfortable 58 point winners
Young Mitch Clark was awarded the Blackchrome Player of the Day award for 88.3fm Match of the day
Best Players: C. Ellis, B. Walker, J. Martinson, J. Thomas, J. Bateman, N. McConville
PORT MELBOURNE COLTS
Best Players: J. Lawson, M. Clarke, M. Morris, J. Butty, T. Chumbley, W. Cardwell
The Colts kicked off their return Southern Football Netball League in scintillating style with a 99-point victory over 2015 grand finalists Murrumbeena. Port Melbourne had winners all over the ground, finishing with 12 different goal kickers led by Jason Butty with eight while Matthew Dumbleton was named best on ground. The Colts set up the win with a 12-goal to six opening half before surging forward and booting another 15 in the second half to secure their first win of the season. Darcy Hargrave (two goals) was best on ground for the Beena.
Port Melbourne Colts 27.18-180