Otway icon races to game 400

Otway Districts footballer Kane Clissold was chaired off by teammates Bas Hill and Dale Ferrari after his 400th game for the club.

Kane Clissold can remember pulling on his beloved Otway Districts jumper three times in the one day when he was footy mad as a junior.

He was only required for the one match at the weekend, but it was an outing to savour as Clissold ran out in the red-and-blue for the 400th time for the Gellibrand-based club.

Clissold joined rare company alongside the likes of committed Demon and 500-gamer Ross Edwards, when he notched up the milestone during Otway’s reserves triumph over South Colac.

The 37-year-old said it was a memorable day as former teammates returned to help celebrate his achievement.

“I wasn’t too keen on the spotlight, but the club put something on which was good of them,” Clissold said.

“I had a lot of people that I haven’t played footy with for a while come down and watch and one of my best mates who I played a lot of footy with, Lenny Perkins, made a little speech before the game and got us all pumped up.”

Clissold last played in the senior ranks only two years ago and has featured in the Demons’ rare slices of success over the past two decades.

He was a key member of the 2011 reserves side, which claimed a premiership, and was part of the last senior outfit to play in a grand final, a loss to Heytesbury in 2002, the year before the Demons crossed back to the CDFNL from the Heytesbury-Mount Noorat Football Netball League.

Clissold said it was an easy decision to remain a one-club player despite Otway’s limited success.

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