Milestone games for veteran Eagles

TWO veterans of the New Norfolk District Football Club played milestone games last weekend. Rohan Heron played his 250th senior game and Ben Lovell played his 200th senior game in the clash with the Lions at Huonville.

Rohan Heron played his first senior game in 2005 and since his debut he has played 250 senior games and 28 reserves games for the club. He a life member of the NNDFC and in his decorated career he has won five senior premiership medals and reserves premiership medals. The reserves medal was in 2009 and the senior medals in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. He was captain of the 2017 senior premiership side.

Rohan has played most of his football on the backline but is also known to enjoy pinch-hitting on the forward line, and is one of the best back-men in the SFL. He has represented the SFL on several occasions and is a stalwart and one of the most respected players at the Club. An asset on and off the field with his leadership, commitment and dedication, he is an inspiration to the younger players starting their careers with the Eagles. Well done “Paddles” and we look forward to you playing in the Red, White and Black for a few more years.

Ben Lovell and Rohan Heron.

Ben Lovell started his football career via the Auskick program at the New Norfolk District Football Club under Matthew Smith and Adrian Burdon. After learning the basics from these great players, Ben started his playing career with the New Norfolk Junior Football Club Under 8s in 1999.

Ben progressed through the age groups to Under 14 and then had part of a season off at Under 15 level before returning to play in the Under 18s for the New Norfolk District Football Club. Ben played in two successive Under-18 grand final losses before finally winning the premiership in 2010. He also played his first senior game in that year and has now recorded 200 senior and 19 reserves games.

Ben’s first full senior season was in 2011 in which he won the Hodgman Medal for the best first-year player in the Southern Football League. He missed playing in the losing 2011 senior grand final side due to a broken collar bone sustained in the second semi-final. Ben was a member of the premiership-winning sides in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.

He has represented the SFL and was a member of the Tasmanian Under 23 team in the AAFC National Carnival in Hobart in 2015. He is a former vice-captain of the seniors and is a great clubman and role model. He is a multiple runner-up for the senior best and fairest award. Ben ran the Auskick junior program for several years and has also co-coached the Under 18s. He is a life member and an icon of the club, highly regarded by players, club members and supporters. Congratulations Ben on a great career to date.

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