“He's just started on his rugby journey, the next 400 he will be as soft as a blancmange”
Graeme Watson notches up 300 games
Assuming Coach Cashman selects him to play against Joondalup this weekend, Graeme Watson will notch up his 300th game for Soaks. A former Soaks junior, Graeme was captain of the 1999 Colts team, a role in which he performed with distinction by being the only Soaks Colts’ team of the 1990s not to play finals.
Not deterred by the lack of Colts success, Graeme progressed to seniors playing a number of games for 1st and 2nd grade and captained the 2nd grade premiership team in 2005 from the No8 position. A serial pest at the breakdown for Soaks and the opposition alike, it is ironic that this milestone will coincide with Graeme’s 3000th ruck penalty conceded!
With nothing left to achieve in Perth after winning the 2005 2nd Grade premiership, Graeme departed Soaks for a stint in Canada and Scotland. Upon his return, it became evident that Graeme had unfortunately became victim of the dreaded “Heathrow Injection” much to the disgust of the lineout lifters in the club.
When asked about this unfortunate situation, 2009 2nd Grade premiership Captain and front row union member Lachlan Strain said “Whilst unfortunate for Graeme, it is unfair to expect us to put in extra, or any, strength sessions at the gym to compensate for his extra lard. From now on it will be quick lineouts and option balls!”
Given the nickname “One-glove” early into his senior career at Soaks, Assistant to the Coach Cameron Webb explained its origins “It’s not 100% clear where the nickname came from, although some say it’s because Graeme perpetually has one hand on the Best & Fairest trophy, whilst others are adamant it's from always having one hand in the ruck. But for me, it is clearly a tribute to his sack-whack technique”.
Graeme’s 3rd Grade teammate T-Bag Hindmarsh summed up the milestone and Graeme best “Playing 300 games is incredible and something I aspire to do. He’s an alright bloke with a terrible rig but he works for a booze company so there is merit to keeping him around”.
Congrats on the 300 games Graeme. May there be many more!
3rd Grade Captain
In a follow up...Coach Cashman could not be drawn on his selection policy for this week. Apart from saying something about horses for courses, and Graeme has been in a good pasture
Updated 09:50 - 2 Aug 2018 by Harry Ayers