Daniel Boase of BITS Saints plays his 300th game this week against the Glenmore Bulls.
Daniel Boase of BITS Saints plays his 300th game this week against the Glenmore Bulls. Chrissy Harris

Boase plays his 300th senior game

THE Boase name is iconic at the BITS Saints and this weekend the successful club honours a favourite son.

Daniel Boase plays his 300th senior game against the Glenmore Bulls at Boyne Oval and he'll be taking up a familiar position in and around the ball.

Since 1995, “Daisy” has been running around in the BITS Saints senior team, racking up touches and more achievements than most footballers dream of in their careers.

In a league where the season runs for only 15 home-and-away games plus finals, the 300 mark is an even bigger acclaim.

Come Saturday, the match will be just another step in Boase's quest for his team to remain undefeated and reach premiership glory this year.

“I don't think I'll be nervous – I'm past that point. It's a good milestone but I'm not here for myself. It's more for the team,” he said.

“It's a long stint. I think I've only missed about 12 games in that time.

“I've had a pretty good run with injury. I broke my hand and my collar bone the last couple of years but never had any injuries up until then.”

Playing predominantly in the midfield, Daisy rose through the ranks of the Saints, which were helped come into existence by his father.

“I played under-17 when BITS were known as the Fleas,” he said.

Kicking nine goals in the first grand final in 1996 is a career highlight, and considering his light build and where he was stationed on the day, just adds to the feat.

“We didn't have a forward, so they stuck me up there,” Boase said.

“I had a bit of pace about me then, so they just put it (the ball) out in front of me and I ended up getting best on ground.

“Every game's a highlight for me. I enjoy playing the game.”

With his team perched undefeated on top of the AFL Capricornia ladder, Boase is convinced this line-up is the best he's seen.

“We've never been so fit in our life. We've trained our guts out and worked hard,” he said.

A ‘Pies supporter since he was three-years old, Boase grew up around six brothers who followed St Kilda. He wears a Magpies jumper from the old VFL days to training religiously, much to many of his teammates' displeasure.

He has already decided this season will be his last and if he needed any impetus for winning another premiership, his looming retirement provides it.

 

Daisy’s record:

  • Won two B&Fs
  • Nine premierships – 1996, 97, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 06, 07, 08
  • Represented AFL Capricornia
  • Coached five under-17s flags


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