Bant notches up 100 games

Chris Bant will make his 100th senior appearance for Terang Mortlake in this Saturday’s clash with Koroit at Victoria Park.

TERANG Mortlake big man Chris Bant will play his 100th senior game for the Bloods in Saturday’s round nine match against Koroit.

The forward will reach his milestone match some eight years after he first played for the club, having split his time with the Bloods into two stints.

Bant first pulled on the Bloods jumper against Camperdown in 2011, spending a year at the club before returning to his junior home of Panmure.

He played two seasons with Bulldogs before returning to Terang Mortlake as an assistant coach in 2014.

Bant has spent the past four seasons with the Bloods in the role and ahead of game 100 and impending life membership, he said he has not given the achievement too much thought yet.

“I don’t look into milestones too much,” Bant said.

“But it is something at the end of my career I’ll be proud of.”

Bant has played predominantly as a forward for Terang during his time at the club, kicking more than 200 goals in his outings.

He has also represented the Hampden league at interleague level but said playing finals for his club are the things you “strive to do” in footy.

“Probably the finals we played (are the highlight),” he said.

“We played in two prelims and were unfortunate not to make it (further).”

The coaching role Bant plays has grown on him, with the utility taking more of an off-field approach to the caper.

“I do enjoy it,” Bant said.

“It’s probably more an off field thing with video, watching footage with the juniors and those type of things.”

Terang Mortlake takes on Koroit this weekend, with Bant declaring the Saints the “yardstick” of the competition.

He said the Bloods had showed “pretty good form” last game in their win over Portland and was playing better footy than earlier this year, with the side having no excuses for a poor performance this weekend.

While Bant wants to win the match, he will enjoy the games he continues to play as his career progresses, conceding he is not sure just how many games he may play in the future.

“I don’t know how many I’ve got left in me, I’m closer to the end than the start,” he said.

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