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Goodenough for 300 games

MAN OF THE HOUR: Colin Goodenough (AFL Hunter Central Coast) celebrates 300 games as a boundary umpire.

AFL Hunter Central Coast boundary umpire Colin Goodenough admits he was honoured to receive a guard of honour moments after officiating his 300th match at Singleton’s Rose Point Park on Saturday.

“The players are the ones who are esteemed for their toughness and bravery so for them to recognise what I did was a real honour,” Goodenough told the Singleton Argus.

GUARD OF HONOUR: Cardiff and Singleton senior players line-up in tribute of the game's milestone man Colin Goodenough.

GUARD OF HONOUR: Cardiff and Singleton senior players line-up in tribute of the game’s milestone man Colin Goodenough.

“Roger Crowehurst was the one who convinced me to try umpiring because I did do cross country and he suggested that I run around the field and get paid on the weekend.”

“I thought that that sounds alright and I like being on the boundary because it keeps me out of the controversy.”

The Singleton Roosters prevailed by 39-points over Cardiff in the top tier competition’s upset victory of the season.

Goodenough was then presented the game ball by Singleton’s playing coach Andrew Scott during the post-match presentation.

THE FAMOUS THREE: Milestone man Colin Goodenough stands with AFL Hunter Central Coast representative captain Andrew Scott (Singleton) and Nik Tomlinson (Cardiff).

THE FAMOUS THREE: Milestone man Colin Goodenough stands with AFL Hunter Central Coast representative captain Andrew Scott (Singleton) and Nik Tomlinson (Cardiff).

 “I did spend one first grade game as a goal umpire as well; that was a very cold day,” the Charlestown based umpire added.

When asked if he could reach 400 games the 43-year-old admitted he was happy to celebrate his first 13 years in the role for the time being.

“The knee gets sore after each game these games but I’ll keep going on for the rest of the year,” he concluded.

“My advice is to just enjoy each game.”

By Alex Tigani 
(Singleton Argus) 
20/07/2019

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