By ZAC MILBANK
He may be reaching his 150th Statewide Super League game on Saturday but West Adelaide premiership defender Logan Hill is far from a spent force.
The 30-year-old is a teacher by trade at Mercedes College and he is embracing his role as an on-field teacher with the Bloods’ youthful line-up in 2019.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Hill holds fond memories from when he was first taught to play in the tiny Victorian country town of Catani, which is home to less than 300 people south-east of Melbourne.
It was there he learned the valuable principle of being a team player by contributing for all of Catani FC’s grades across each Saturday afternoon whether it be as a player, boundary umpire or water runner.
So it is no surprise that doing his bit for the team has been a hallmark of Hill’s 149 matches in the red and black since making his Statewide Super League debut in Round 2 of 2008.
Having ridden the ups and downs at Richmond, the reliable backman will always cherish playing in West’s drought-breaking 2015 premiership victory.
And he holds fond memories of warning team-mate Kaine Stevens not to celebrate too early in the Grand Final win against the Eagles, moments after he was told the same thing by fellow defender Adam Hartlett in the final quarter.