North Ballarat City players celebrate their games

August 05, 2011, 09:56 AM AEST



05 Aug, 2011 12:18 AM

A TON of games at the same club — just not necessarily in the same league.

Scott Howard has worn black and white in the Bendigo Football League, the VFL, and now the Ballarat league.

Tomorrow, when North Ballarat City takes on Bacchus Marsh at Eureka Stadium, the 24-year-old will clock up 100 senior games at the club.

“I did play a year of VFL but most of them would be Ballarat and Bendigo, and there’s a couple of reserves game in that as well,” Howard says.

“So I’ve been at the one club but three different leagues. It is a bit surreal.” Since leaving the North Ballarat juniors, Howard has been at North City during its remarkable transformation from an extension of the juniors travelling to Bendigo every other week, to a likely finalist in the BFL this season.

“I reckon this is the most exciting (year),” he says. “We have been winning some games but also winning really good games, like against Lake Wendouree, Redan and Ballarat.”

Howard will share the 100 game milestone with reserves player Danny Hay, also 24.

Having been at North City for much the same time as Howard, Hay admits he didn’t mind being part of the Bendigo league era.

“It feels awesome to get 100 games with the one club, especially starting out in the Bendigo Football League and coming across to Ballarat,” Hay says.

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