TRUE ROOS: Dimboola players Glenn Ross and Allistair McKinnon will play their 300th and 250th club games respectively tomorrow. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERDIMBOOLA wants to honour two of its stalwarts with a win tomorrow against Horsham Saints.
Glenn Ross, 39, and Allistair McKinnon, 31, will chalk up milestones.
Ross will play his 300th club game for Dimboola and McKinnon his 250th.
Roo coach Gary Davidson said it was a significant occasion for the club.
“It’s a great achievement by both guys. Not that many players play that many games for one club now,” Davidson said.
“Both have been very loyal to Dimboola and good senior footballers over their careers.”
Ross made his senior debut for the Wimmera Football League club at 17 in 1991.
He has gone on to play 272 senior and 28 reserves games for Dimboola.
At a guess, Ross suspects he has played close to 400 games of football, having spent four years at Jeparit, Jeparit-Rainbow and Pimpinio.
McKinnon has captained the Roos for 10 years, making 239 senior appearances and playing 11 reserves matches.
He spent two seasons at Jeparit-Rainbow.
Both players are eyeing an elusive Dimboola premiership.
The Roos are third on the ladder and in a strong position to push for a grand final spot.
Ross and McKinnon both list the club’s 2005 and 2006 grand final losses as their career highlights.
“It was pretty special to play in back-to-back grand finals but unfortunately we didn’t win them,” Ross said.
“This year we should go pretty close if all goes well.
“We’re travelling not too badly but we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”
McKinnon said it was hard to reflect on his career while he was still playing. He said there was a burning desire to win a flag.
“You are never happy until you get to the end and reflect,” McKinnon said.
“You are always trying to get better.”
McKinnon said a win against fifth-placed Saints tomorrow was at the forefront of his mind.
“You don’t like to lose any game and milestone games you tend to remember more,” he said.
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