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Waroona Demons player Lindsay Wilson marks significant 400th game milestone after initially flying under radar

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Waroona Demons life members Lindsay Wilson and Rocky Caruso when they were inducted in 2017.
Camera IconWaroona Demons life members Lindsay Wilson and Rocky Caruso when they were inducted in 2017. Credit: David Charlesworth/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

A Waroona Demons club legend has finally been honoured for a milestone after he initially let it slip under the radar.

Life member Lindsay Wilson’s 400th senior game milestone was celebrated on Saturday in a home match against South Mandurah.

Wilson has played more than 420 games for the club, but his milestone fell under the radar until fellow life member Rocky Caruso notched up his 400th game milestone earlier this year.

“Last year I didn’t bring it up that I was playing my 400, and then this year they got wind of it after Rocky played his 400,” he said.

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“I think we were comparing games and I’m like ‘I’ve actually played more than you mate’.”

Wilson started in the club’s senior competition in 1998 as 14-year-old colts player, playing one game in the league that year.

It was the start of a 25-year career playing across all three senior divisions, spending the most time in the reserves side.

Asked what the highlights of his playing career have been so far, it is the 2012, 2014 and 2016 reserves premierships which stand out for Wilson. He won the 2014 flag as both a player and coach.

While it is difficult for him to pinpoint favourite playing moments over his lengthy career, it is people who he has played with week-on-week that have stuck with him.

“Me and Rocky (Caruso) have pretty much played our careers together from under 12s right through to league and now back to reserves,” he said.

“I have a lot of mentors that have come through the footy club and left, but the guys I’ve played juniors with right the way through to seniors and actually won the flag with, they are not only teammates, they are really good friends as well.”

Despite already clocking up a impressive milestone for the club, there still appears to be plenty of gas in the tank for the lifelong Demon.

He hopes to make it to 450 games, and potential even crack the 500-game milestone if his body lets him.

“I enjoy my football so I don’t really want to give it up, because once you give it up — that’s it.”

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