By ZAC MILBANK
He’s one of the longest kicks in the Statewide Super League and now Sturt premiership defender Tom Harms is preparing to launch himself into his 100th game against Adelaide at Peter Motley Oval on Saturday.
Having started his career at Unley in the Under-14s, Harms’ feeling for the Double Blues is immense given he has progressed through the ranks with the likes of Fraser Evans, Jack Stephens, John Greenslade and Ben Hansen.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 27-year-old said he had developed a special bond with those players, which has been enhanced by playing in the 2016 and 2017 League premierships with them.
Winning last year’s P.T Morton Medal as Sturt’s best-and-fairest was some consolation for Harms, who is eager to experience the thrill of holding aloft the Thomas Seymour Hill trophy again in the wake of the 2018 finals exit.
A high school teacher specialising in Maths and Science, Harms made his League debut for the Double Blues in Round 21 of 2011, booting two goals – including one with his first kick – in the win against the Roosters at Unley.
Currently on paternity leave for the birth of his second child – another boy – Harms is eager for a victory against a strong-looking Crows outfit at Oxford Terrace in Round 1.
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