Game 250 for Colts’ Captain

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.