Matty Lawrence has just notched up his 200th game with the 33 year old having played with the Magpies in the juniors since the U10s. 2006 saw him make his Reserve Grade debut and 2007 his First Grade debut. Like many youngsters he worked his way in from Wing to Full-back and then into the Halves.

He said he still likes Full-back, however, has found a home in the Halves alongside good friend Chris Rawlinson. Matty has played a lot of his games with Chris with both ‘elder statesman’ leading around a young side and passing on their knowledge.

They started the competition this year with 2 losses, however, a late penalty goal from Chris saw them sneak home on Saturday and record their first win against Gungahlin.

Matt said, “Last year we had an older side but we have a much younger side this year, we are just trying to pass a few things on before we are done. They are going well the young fellas, it’s a good crew.”

Matt’s record has been 15 years in the making and it was actually his mother who told him that he was on 199 games, Matty said, “I think Luffy told her, he does a lot of the stats, I didn’t feel too bad going into the game.”

Matt is supported by his partner Anna Patmore who regularly watches him play. He has no plans to pull up stumps this year but said he would just see how this year goes before deciding on next year.

When asked what gets a 33-year-old off the couch to head up the summit to Walker Park for training, he replied that it is getting harder. Matty said,

“It’s getting a bit tougher these days, but I just love my footy and hanging around with the boys. Once you get going at training you are fine.”

Matty made mention of a number of good coaches including Matt Ford who guided him early in his career.

The Naughton brothers, Scott and Steve have co-coached Yass at various times and also influenced Matty’s style and knowledge. “I grew up with the Naughtons they were a year below and above me. I just want to thank all the committee at the club who work hard behind the scenes each week which allows the players to just turn up and play. I don’t think we really realise all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”

Matty and the Reserve Grade side will likely kick on now after claiming their first scalp and are set to play the Tuggeranong this Saturday. We wish him and the Magpies all the best in this year’s competition.