Round Eleven just got even bigger, as we congratulate James Baxter on his 100th game this weekend.

Baxter has had an illustrious career with the Eagles. Starting out in the Under 19s, and winning a Best and Fairest there, Baxter continued his impressive form all the way to the Seniors. After floating between all teams at the club, Baxter has maintained a solid spot in the Seniors through his sleek work around the ball partnered with his contested marking ability.

Where do we start with James Baxter?

Baxter is our pink-sweater-donning, Cornetto-loving, subs-avoiding mate who we all love. Bax made his debut for the mighty Eagles in 2013, fresh out of school in the Under 19s, where he was a favourite of coach Jordy Wise. With the ability to play just about any position on the field, James finished off the year winning the Best & Fairest.

From there, James has had successful stints in all levels; Thirds, Reserves and Seniors. At a young age, Jim played a lot of senior football in 2014 and 2015, before a couple of poor lifestyle choices got in the way. ANZAC Day in 2015 was when our Jim went rogue, telling senior coach Damien Theisz he was unavailable to play, as he had a mate working behind the bar at the ‘G, and he didn’t want to miss out on any free lemonades. 

Today, James is an extremely talented footballer, type of player who makes those around him walk taller. James combines outstanding athleticism with elite skills, which was highlighted in the 2017 Reserves Grand Final, where he took one of the great marks, sitting on the Caulfield ruckman’s head.

While being a terrific footballer, James is an even better bloke. He’s always one of the first to get around the young fellas at every club function, ensuring they are hydrating responsibly at all times. So, Jim, here’s to many more great games, and even more refreshments at functions to come.

– Nick Watty

We congratulate James on hitting 100 games this weekend, and we cant wait for the next 100.