RECORD-BREAKER: Craig Healey is set to break Taylors Lake’s game record. Picture: EMMA COUTTSTAYLORS Lake’s Craig Healey will break the club game record tomorrow – if he gets off work.
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Healey is set to play his 406th game with Taylors Lake in a career that launched in the 1980s and supposedly ended about three years ago with retirement.

But a shortage of reserves players resulted in Healey resurrecting his footy boots.

Healey said he played half of his football with reserves and half with seniors. He said he had never considered the record before.

“The record never really came up,” he said.

After retirement Healey stayed involved with the Lakers. He coaches the under-14 football team.

Healey said his children were also actively involved in the club.

Daughter Jasmine plays B Grade netball, while sons Brendan and Connor play under-17s and under-14s football respectively.

Healey has celebrated several milestones in his expansive career.

“I stuck close to the footy club,” he said. “If I get the record I’ll just catch up with friends and have a few ales.”

Healey said he loved being involved with Taylors Lake.

He said the highlight of his football career was playing in a 1988 grand final.

“It was the only one I played in, in ’88, and we came away with the win,” he said.

“We played bugger-all senior finals.”

Healey said another good part was playing football with his older brother Daryl.

Daryl played 150 games for the club before retirement.

“He woke up to himself,” Healey joked.

But the most important thing about football for Healey is the football club itself.

“I really love Taylors Lake,” he said. “It’s been a huge part of my life.”

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