WHEN Nyora legend Sam ‘Rambo’ Collis steps out for the Saints’ Reserves side at Nyora on Saturday, he will add another string to his bow by notching 350 games for the club.
In his 28th season of footy, the stalwart is still a key player in the Reserves, holding down full back week-to-week.
His footy career began in 1989 when he played a season for Wantirna South under 11s, before debuting for Nyora in the under 14.5s in 1990.
He hasn’t missed a season throughout his career, playing in Nyora’s under 17 premiership in 1994, before playing in the Reserves in 1995 when Nyora’s Thirds forfeited.
Rambo went on to play 118 senior games and on Saturday he will play his 232nd Reserves game in his 350th club game.
He is still enjoying his footy and said he still feels fit enough to pull on the boots.
“I was never any good at tennis and never liked it. I was alright at basketball and didn’t enjoy cricket, but footy’s a sport I can get by in,” he said.
“You don’t have to be the best, but obviously good enough to get a kick and it fuels my hunger.
“A month ago I didn’t really care that much about my 350th and didn’t think it was a big deal, but I’m actually getting a bit excited about it now.
“I’ve had a few injuries over the last 10 to 15 years but maybe that’s prolonged my career. I don’t train anymore, if I train on Thursday I struggle to get up for Saturday.
“Physically I don’t feel any worse than I did four or five years ago, I’ve got a bit of a crook knee at the moment from a bit of wear and tear from old age. I get up on Sunday or Monday and don’t feel any different.”
Rambo has not only featured prominently on the field for the Saints, but has also done his bit off the field, serving on the committee, volunteering at the bar after games and coaching the Reserves in recent years, which saw him awarded a life membership in 2010.
His career highlights include two Reserves best and fairests and two runner-up Reserves best and fairests.