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Dirty and Truckie motor to 650
Written by Matt Dunn reporting for The Great Southern Star

Tarwin stalwarts Nick ‘Dirty’ McRae and Travis ‘Truckie’ Cameron brought up 650 games when their side took on Foster at Shark Park on Saturday. While the result was far from ideal (it’s been a tough season for Tarwin and the Tigers are in fine form), there is little doubt the pair will be pulling on the boots for some time yet. The season may be done and dusted, but hope burns bright among these members of the Tarwin faithful. They love the jumper and love the club. They revel in friendships and brotherhood as much as wins on the board.

Nick, the Sharks’ captain, has variously played in the ruck, as a key defender and as a forward. He has picked up an armful of awards along the way to 300.

The 37-year-old will be back again next season, whatever happens with the Alberton League and the clubs’ possible moves somewhere else. “The way it is, is the way it’s going to be,” he said.

“I think all we can do is be positive about it. We’ll just keep playing, no matter what league we’re in.”

And the milestone? “Getting to 300 games really is good. It’s good to get reward and there are a lot of years where you get to play with different people. That’s the most positive thing,” he said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Travis has played both in the seniors and twos. On Saturday he was back in the senior side, battling it out in a bruising encounter. After the game, with a beer in one hand and a sausage roll in the other, the much respected ‘Truckie’ seemed as youthful as any of the young guns ready to lead the club in the future. It’s clear there may be a few miles on the clock, but the wheels haven’t fallen off just yet. Starting back in 1999, he said the reason he came back year after year was simple: “I’ve met so many people along the way, including Nick. That’s the best part of it. These people become lifelong friends.” “The pinnacle for me was winning the premiership in 2004. As much fun as that was, socially I’ve had just as much fun when we haven’t been winning,” he said. “The club has been awesome. The kids are coming through now. I can see myself here for another 30 years, as long as it all keeps going.”


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