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A Tiger’s 50th season rolls around

Not done with yet: Steven Beattie is planning to play on after 50 consecutive seasons with Georges River Tigers.Picture: Jane Dyson Not done with yet: Steven Beattie is planning to play on after 50 consecutive seasons with Georges River Tigers.Picture: Jane Dyson
Nanjing Night Net

SCORING the winning goal in the inaugural 45-A competition remains a highlight for Steven Beattie, who just celebrated his 50th consecutive playing season with Georges River Tigers.

Beattie, 54, said the mateship had been the key factor in his longevity.

“It has become a bit more of a social scene,” Beattie, of Como, said.

“I play because I enjoy it. The biggest change over the years has been that more women are involved.

“It used to be that dad and son would go down to soccer, but now all the ladies get involved too.

“All the clubs have bars and it’s a bit more of a social focal point.”

A knee reconstruction 20 years ago has been Beattie’s only major setback.

He was part of the Tigers 45-A team which was knocked out just one game short of another grand final appearance this year.

“I’ve won a few premierships,” Beattie said.

“I want to keep playing until the body gives out.

“I feel like I’m still in pretty good nick.”

The playing life member said the trips away with his teammates had remained a fond memory off the pitch.

Beattie plays midfield.

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