LEGEND: Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this afternoon.
LEGEND: Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this afternoon. Matt Taylor GLA200618AFL

BITS saints legend to reach magical milestone

AUSSIE RULES: He has a footy CV that would make players of any level envious.

On top of all the premierships and other accolades, perhaps his biggest achievement will be today.

Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this Saturday.
Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this Saturday. Matt Taylor GLA200618AFL

Daniel 'Daisy' Boase will run out for the 350th time for his beloved BITS Saints when his reserves team clash against Gladstone Mudcrabs.

He's the consummate club man and Daisy never thought he'd see the day.

"I did not think I'd even play 100 games for the club, but to reach 350 was, for me, purely out of reach," he told The Observer.

"My first game was for BITS Saints under-12s and I've played here with the club my whole football career, since its inaugural year in 1987."

Boase had a solid platform before his A-grade debut and he has a vivid recollection.

Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this Saturday.
Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this Saturday. Matt Taylor GLA200618AFL

"I played reserves for a couple of years doubling up while playing U17s and my first A-grade game was in 1995, he said.

"I was very nervous before the game begun, but to my knowledge I played well and kicked a couple of goals."

His to-be-350 games' highlight reel is made up of 280 A-grade games and 69 reserves matches.

He said to play with his as equally-decorated brother Darren 'Dash' Boase has been a privileged as well.

Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this Saturday.
Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints player Daniel Boase will play his 350th game this Saturday. Matt Taylor GLA200618AFL

"I've had many highlights, but playing with the brother is definitely one of them," Daisy said.

"He's a classy footballer and kicking to him is a massive rush for me as well as winning my first A-grade grand final in 1996 and kicking eight goals was definitely one of my biggest highlights."

So what is the secret to such longevity?

"I'm 44 and I train four nights a week in the gym, swim, I barely drink alcohol, don't eat rubbish food and play football," he said.

Boase said he has received great support and none better than his family.

"I have three beautiful children and a supporting partner definitely keeps me on my toes," he said.

And with the announcement that BITS saints will host the AFL Capricornia grand final on September 1, Daisy said he aims to leave the game on a high.

"I will be hanging up the boots after this year, win or lose," he said.

"Fingers crossed I get through today unharmed and go on to win the grand final in September, it's been an amazing 30 years with the club.

"I love the game and the mind says 'play and go on one more year', but the body fights back an says 'no you idiot don't be stupid, you're old, you're sore for a week'.

"So this time, I will listen to the body and hang up the boots because I've been blessed to have played footy for so many years and the time is right."

MILESTONE MAN

12 a grade premierships

3 reserve grade premierships

Coached 4 U17'S premierships

2 time best and fairest

CAFL Rep

QLD masters rep

Team of the decade

Life member

FAMILY DAY

U13: 8.30am; U15: 9.40am; U17: 11am; U7-U9: 12.30pm; Reserves: 1.30pm; Women: 3.15pm; U11: 4.30pm; A-grade: 5.30pm



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