Milestone man

August 05, 2017

Donning the Big V: Tyler Maher is another person in favour of a State of Origin match to be played during the bye weekend before the AFL grand final, with Benalla product Tom Rockliff included in his Victorian side.

One of Benalla’s favourite footballing sons, Tom Rockliff, has 150 reasons to smile today.

On Sunday, Rockliff made his milestone 150th appearance for the Brisbane Lions against the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium in Western Australia.

The 27-year-old Lions midfielder debuted for the club in round 18, 2009, against Collingwood, and has since earned a number of awards at the club, including a Rising Star nomination, the Lions Rookie of the Year, and Lions Club Champion.

Although the result did not go the way of the Lions on Sunday night, Rockliff booted his seventh goal for the season and the 78th of his career.

He finished the match with 18 disposals, along with a team-high nine tackles.

Brisbane has a tough tail end to finish its season, with matches against the Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast Suns Melbourne and North Melbourne.

Meanwhile, congratulations have been flooding social media outlets since Rockliff made his milestone appearance.

Brisbane Lions development coach Zane Littlejohn said on Twitter what an outstanding achievement he had reached.

‘‘Great effort from (Rockliff). Can only speak volumes of him and the way he goes about it. Has proved a few wrong along the way,’’ he posted.

Club supporters also mentioned him in their tweets, saying they hope he pens a new deal with the Lions to stay on for his 200th and 250th appearances.

On the Brisbane Lions Facebook page, many congratulated the Benalla boy on his milestone achievement.

Brisbane Lions was contacted by the Ensign, but stated Rockliff was unavailable for comment.

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