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Mr Premiership picks up his double ton

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

I’M NOT tired, just old.

That’s what Lockington-Bamawm United’s Mick Dobson said when he reached the remarkable milestone of 200 senior games on Saturday.

With his three kids in tow, Dobson was welcomed onto the familiar sights of Lockington Reserve by a guard of honour from both Colbinabbin and his Cats’ teammates.

His day was topped off by a two-point win over the higher-ranked Grasshoppers, won in the dying seconds by a Lachie Collins snap from the boundary line.

Dobson was there in the Cats’ premiership four-peat from 2011 to 2014 and said those memories are some of the best in his time at his local club.

‘‘I’ve played in Perth, then in Queensland for three years before I came back to play here,’’ Dobson said.

‘‘I live locally in Bamawm too, so it made sense to come back and play here.

‘‘I actually retired for a year, but it’s my second home and when Kahl got back on board he phoned me and once I got back out there I realised I was missing it and still very much enjoyed it.

‘‘I have a lot of friends I’ve made through the club, and a lot of memories from some of the great people out here.

‘‘I was co-captain for the first (premiership) and played in the next three, those are easily some of my best memories — it’s the ultimate in terms of a team atmosphere and is one of the best feelings you can have,’’ he said.

Cats coach Kahl Oliver said it was fantastic to see Dobson run out on Saturday at the ripe age of 37.

‘‘He’s a club legend and it was great to get a huge win for him on Saturday, and he played his role really well,’’ Oliver said.

Dobson said although he didn’t think he was capable of playing a full two hours, he was happy to be playing his role in a great side.

‘‘I’m not tired, I’m just old, so I’m happy to just be a rotation off the bench — that’s what the AFL does so it’s good enough for me,’’ he said.

And Dobson said although unlikely, don’t count the Cats out of the premiership race just yet.

‘‘Never say never, I wouldn’t say it’d be a miracle, it can be done but it’d be tough.

‘‘It’s been fantastic being a part of this club. My wife used to play netball here and I hope my three young kids will do the same later on.

‘‘They’re always down at the fence line, although I don’t know whether they actually watch me, they’re probably more interested in the playground I think.

‘‘It is humbling being in the spotlight, I’d rather just play footy and have a beer with the boys afterwards.’’