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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

200-gamer Reece Hain still roaring for Lions

South Newcastle Lions president Terry “Godfather” Davies has paid Reece Hain the ultimate compliment on the eve of a major milestone, labelling him a “great clubman”.

The workaholic forward will roll up his sleeves for the 200th time when the club’s third grade outfit tackles Doyalson, away from home, on Friday 9 April.

It’s a remarkable accomplishment for the front-rower, considering he’s never taken the field for Souths’ top side throughout his Newcastle Rugby League (Real NRL) career.

“What can you say about Reece?” Davies said.

South Newcastle Lions 200-gamer Reece Hain. Photo: Rod Thompson

“He is a Lion through and through.

“He’s been in our ranks from a young age.

“And, now, he is set to play his 200th match, not many guys do that.

“He’s our ‘Mr Reliable’ and always the first bloke to put his hand up to help the club.”

As for the man of the moment, himself, Hain admitted the feat meant a lot to him.

“I’ve made a lot of good friends here,” he said.

“I started with the under-19s (at senior level) after being a Lions’ junior.

“So, it’s very special [for me], especially knowing not many people have achieved it.”

But, his debut didn’t exactly go to plan.

“I think we got smashed by Wests,” Hain said.

“So, it didn’t go down well.

“However, that year, we still reached the grand final – it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

“Winning the premiership with Souths in 2015 is definitely the highlight though.

“I’ve lost a couple (of deciders) with the club as well.

“So, it was good to win one title before I hang up the boots.”

Hain said it was an easy decision to stay with the Lions all these seasons.

“I didn’t like the idea of going anywhere else,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“I’m pretty comfortable where I am; I know what’s going on.

“I have a lot of life friends at Souths.

“Plus, most of my best mates still play here.

“It’s never worried me (not playing firsts).

“I just wasn’t good enough,” he added with a laugh.

“But, I’ve played a bit of reserves, which I’m happy about.

“And, I have been very lucky injury-wise.

“That was until the past two seasons – I’m starting to get a few now; apparently it’s called getting older.

“To be honest, I wasn’t going to play this year.

“Then the club told me I was one game off 200.

“I thought I may as well do it.

“It’s a bit of an achievement for me and my family.

“They’re involved with the Lions as well; they’ll be pretty happy, too.”

The icing on the cake, however, could come as early as tomorrow evening.

“I’ve never faced Doyalson before,” Hain said.

“But, it’s going to be tough.

“We’re contesting the pub footy comp this season, so I don’t really know what to expect.

“Hopefully, we’ll get the win and a chance to celebrate.”

2021 Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League

Round two results:

NSWRL Denton Cup

  • Cessnock Goannas d Western Suburbs Rosellas 20-12
  • Central Newcastle Butcher Boys d Kurri Kurri Bulldogs 18-16
  • The Entrance Tigers d Lakes United Seagulls 54-4
  • Macquarie Scorpions d South Newcastle Lions 22-10
  • Maitland Pickers d Wyong Roos 39-6

Reserve grade

  • Western Suburbs Rosellas d Cessnock Goannas  12-4
  • Central Newcastle Butcher Boys d Kurri Kurri Bulldogs 18-6
  • Macquarie Scorpions d South Newcastle Lions 36-30
  • Northern Hawks d Maitland Pickers 8-0

Under-19s

  • Western Suburbs Rosellas d Cessnock Goannas 22-16
  • South Newcastle Lions d Macquarie Scorpions 20-0
  • Northern Hawks d Maitland Pickers 12-4

Round three draw:

NSWRL Denton Cup

Saturday 10 April

  • 4.30pm: Wyong Roos v Lakes United Seagulls (Morry Breen Oval, Central Coast)
  • 3pm: Maitland Pickers v Cessnock Goannas (Maitland Sportsground)

Sunday 11 April

  • 3pm: Western Suburbs Rosellas v Macquarie Scorpions (Harker Oval, Newcastle)
  • 3pm: The Entrance Tigers v Kurri Burri Bulldogs (EDSACC Oval, Central Coast)
  • 3pm: South Macquarie Lions v Central Newcastle Butcher Boys (Townson Oval)

Reserve grade

Saturday 10 April

  • 1.30pm: Maitland Pickers v Cessnock Goannas (Maitland Sportsground)

Sunday 11 April

  • 1.30pm: Northern Hawks v Lakes United Seagulls (Tomaree Oval)
  • 1.30pm: South Macquarie Lions v Central Newcastle Butcher Boys (Townson Oval)
  • 1.30pm: Western Suburbs Rosellas v Macquarie Scorpions (Harker Oval, Newcastle)
  • Bye: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs

Under-19s

Saturday 10 April

  • 12.15pm: Maitland Pickers v Cessnock Goannas (Maitland Sportsground)

Sunday 11 April

  • 12.15pm: Northern Hawks v Lakes United Seagulls (Tomaree Oval)
  • 12.15pm: South Macquarie Lions v Central Newcastle Butcher Boys (Townson Oval)
  • 12.15pm: Western Suburbs Rosellas v Macquarie Scorpions (Harker Oval, Newcastle)
  • Bye: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs

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