Tiger’s milestone to remember

Colac footballer Lachie Simpkin is pictured being chaired off GMHBA Stadium by his brother Joffy Simpkin, right, and ruckman Lochie Veale after the Tigers’ second semi-final win.

Loyal Colac footballer Lachie Simpkin had a milestone game to remember as his beloved Tigers booked a spot in their third grand final in Geelong Football League history.

The 2014 premiership player notched up his 150th game in Saturday’s second semi-final win against reigning premier St Joseph’s at GMHBA Stadium.

Colac co-coach Rowan McSparron said Simpkin was among a host of stand-outs in the come-from-behind 9.14 (68) to 5.10 (40) victory.

“Lachie played really well, he was one of the better players, he was really brave with his ball use and took some good marks across half back,” he said.

“It was good to get a win for him, if you’re playing over 100 local games, that’s a really good testament to loyalty and sticking by a club.

“So for him to notch up 150, that’s eight or nine years of senior football.”

Despite the elation of reaching a grand final, McSparron said the Tigers still had work to do after a slow start in Saturday’s clash.

The Joeys led at the first two breaks before the Tigers took control in the third quarter, but failed to put St Joseph’s away with two goals and six behinds.

Colac tidied things up in the final term, kicking 4.2 to three behinds to run out 28-points winners.

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