South Adelaide ruckman Daniel Bass will net his 100th Macca’s League match on Saturday, despite ot picking up a football until the age of 23.
Recruited to Port Adelaide’s AFL Rookie List at the end of 2009, Bass was allocated to the Panthers via the SANFL Mini Draft.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 30-year-old said he decided to switch sports after returning to Australia from a four-year US college basketball stint in Denver.
Opportunities were limited in Australia’s NBL at the time, prompting Bass to try his hand at football after being asked by the Power to trial kicking a football.
Hailing from Melbourne, Bass said his initial period in Adelaide was challenging having to adjust to a new city as well as a new sport.
The giant – who measures in 198cm and 102kg – made his Macca’s League debut for South in Round 20, 2010 and now has a genuine affinity for the Noarlunga-based club.
And the importance of his milestone match certainly isn’t lost on Bass, who is well aware South must defeat Sturt at Peter Motley Oval to enhance its chances of playing in September.