St Kilda champ to play one last game for South Colac

Former St Kilda champion Steve Baker will finish his decorated career where it started when he lines up for South Colac’s reserves team on Saturday.

South Colac AFL export Steven Baker will return to his home club for one last game on Saturday following 203 games at AFL level with St Kilda. Tomorrow’s reserves clash will be Baker’s first game for the Roos since the 1997 senior grand final, where he is pictured second from right with brother Mick.

Baker, 38, confirmed to the Colac Herald yesterday that he would play “one last game” for the Roos alongside his brother Mick when South Colac hosts Irrewarra-Beeac at Elliminyt.

Baker played his junior football at South Colac, and played alongside Mick in the club’s 1997 senior premiership as a teenager before a stand-out season with the Geelong Falcons resulted in St Kilda selecting him with pick 27 in the ’98 national draft.

He played 203 AFL games with the Saints, with the highlights including three grand final appearances and a club best-and-fairest award in 2005.

Baker said “the stars had aligned” to allow him and Mick to play one last game for the Roos together.

“We’d been talking about doing it for the last two to three years but it hasn’t really eventuated,” he said.

“One of us has always been busy, away or injured so it seemed less and less of a possibility.

“But I’ve just got back from Vegas and thought ‘I need a bit of homecooking from Mum’ so I’m back staying with her for a week or two and Mick said ‘why don’t we do it now?’

“And I thought ‘nah, I’m too stuffed from Vegas’, but then I thought about how much I love the club and how much I wanted to catch up with everyone.

“So I said ‘as long you put me in a forward pocket and I don’t have to run around too much I’ll do it’.”

Baker said there was a 99-per-cent chance tomorrow’s clash would be his last ever game of football.

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