In a weekend full of milestones none are as important as Ash Viney, who plays his 200th game for the Seniors against Ormond.

By starting out winning the Under 19s Best and Fairest, and a place in the VAFA Under 19s Team of the Year, Ash propelled to Senior footy where his game continued to excel. In his long career, Ash has continued to be a vital piece in the Seniors on a weekly basis, and in 2015 his efforts were rewarded with a spot in the VAFA Premier C Team of the Year. In that same year, Ash also represented the VAFA in Ireland in their International Rules match.

This weekend, Ash Viney will pull on the Maroon, Gold and Blue jumper for the 200th time and be recognised with life membership at the Marcellin Old Collegians Football Club.

Ash’s stellar career has spanned over a dozen years, first representing the club fresh out of school in 2007 as an 18 year old. He achieved individual success soon into his journey. As well as being elected as Captain of the Under 19’s side, Ash was awarded a Club under 19’s Best & Fairest, a 2nd Runner Up Best and Fairest in the VAFA U/19 Premier Division and a spot in the VAFA U/19’s Team of the Year.

In his early 20’s, Ash persevered through a number of interrupted and frustrating seasons managing a niggling groin injury. Through a disciplined routine, he was able to get his body fit and in 2010, was rewarded with a Senior debut. Ever since, he has been one of the few regular faces in the Senior side. His body strength through the midfield has proven to be a nightmare for opposition players over the years and his innate goal sense when resting forward has seen him contribute to many winning scores.

The 2015 season was a stand-out year for Ash, where he was selected on the wing in the VAFA Premier C Team of the Year. In the same year, he earned the opportunity to travel to Ireland to represent the VAFA in an International Rules Series.

Ash is a fairly quiet character around the club, but certainly has the respect of his team mates and whether its words of encouragement, a little clip or just providing some general direction, when Ash talks, people listen. He is owed this respect for his years of service to the club and the reliably high level that he performs to. His dependable skill, ferocious attack on the ball, aggressive tackling, desire to win and on-field support makes Ash one of the most complete players in the competition and an absolute pleasure for his team-mates to run out alongside each week.

Ash comes from a great family who have supported him endlessly throughout his career. There will be none prouder than his parents, Rob and Pam, as he runs out against Ormond on the weekend.

Good luck in your 200th game, Ash. Not many people are able to achieve this significant milestone, but you have done it in style as one of the most consistent, loyal and committed players that this club has seen. You will no doubt play well this week, but let’s hope the boys can rally behind you and win to make it the memorable occasion that you deserve.

– Daniel McMahon

We congratulate Ash on his achievement and his Life Membership, and wish him the best for this weekends game against Ormond.