Captain Quade set to play his 200th
by Sarah Browne
Queanbeyan captain Ryan Quade will play his 200th league game when he lines up for the Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Quade has played 183 games for the black and gold, while also playing 16 games with the Swans Reserves as a rookie in 2005.
The milestone will be a relief for Quade, who’s playing future was in question after a blood clot scare in his leg earlier in the season.
Quade, who has a history of deep vein thrombosis in the same leg, was sidelined for two weeks
He was on track to play his 200th against Werribee in the clubs Foxtel Cup match at Etihad Stadium, however that wasn’t to be.
As most players, Quade played down his achievement of reaching 200 games.
“It’s a really nice milestone but it’s not something you really think about when your playing footy” Quade said
“I’ve been there a long time now at Queanbeyan ...it was always going to come up eventually, and I’ve been pretty lucky with injuries and it’s come up sooner than I would have expected”
200 League games qualifies him for League Life Membership and admittance to the prestigious 200 Club.
Quade has had a very decorated career, with premiership medallions from Queanbeyan as well as a Sydney Swans reserve premiership win back in 2005.
He has also represented both the ACT and NSW at state level, and won the Tony Wynd Medal for Queanbeyan’s first grade best and fairest back in 2011.
Quade was named co-captain of the club back in 2007, before taking on the role solo in 2010, a position he has kept ever since.
Queanbeyan will play ladder leaders Sydney Reserves this weekend, a match Quade says is a must win for the club
“We haven’t played many Sydney teams so far this year, but it will be good to get one over them before we play them again towards the end of year”
“It’s a tight competition; I think any team can beat you on the day so you have to be switched on”
Queanbeyan got their first win in over a month of football last round against Tuggeranong, hopefully signalling an end to the clubs injury problems
“It was good to get back on the winners list, I think we played close to four quarters of footy which we haven’t done for a long time” Quade said
“I think a lot of players got some form out of it and we’ll take that into the second half of the year”
Watch Quade play his 200th game on Sunday at 11.45am, Dairy Farmers Park against Sydney Uni.