As if a Grand Final isn’t enough, to add even more interest to the game this week Nick Petch will play his 150th senior game, only the 56th Jet to reach that milestone.
Petchy joined the Jets in 2011 as an 18 year old from Mercedes College. In his first year he played in a B Grade Premiership and followed that up playing in an A Grade Premiership in 2012 (Div 4). He then played in two further Grand Finals in 2014 (Div 3) and 2015 (Div 2) a total of 4 Grand Finals in his first 5 years of senior footy. The subsequent 3 years have yielded only one further finals game so you can bet he is very keen to again perform well on the big stage this week.
In 2018 Nick was selected at CHF in the Adelaide Footy League Division 2 Team of the Year. He arguably remains one of the best key forwards in the competition though injuries have restricted him to only 12 minor round games this season.
From a stats point of view he will become the 56th player to reach 150 games, and is rapidly moving up our all-time goal kicking list, with his current tally of 206 ranking him 18th in senior Jets history.
Parents David and Chris are also stalwarts of the club who have been on Committee for many years as our key fundraising coordinators, and watch every game with passion. They are also to be thanked and congratulated for their part in Nick’s story at The Unley Mercedes Jets. Thanks for your loyalty Nick and your amazing club family, congratulations on your milestone, and the best of luck in the game.
We can now with great pleasure confirm another Jets stalwart will celebrate a milestone in the Grand Final, with Patrick Keam taking the field this Saturday, and in doing so, will play his 100th Senior Game.
Known as “Smithy” for reasons he won’t disclose, Pat is a fabulous club man, and a past “Best Team Man” recipient. Pat comes from the from Mercedes College stable and followed his big brother Ben to the Jets in 2012.
Much kudos also to the hard working Keam family, who have supported the boys over many years and are huge contributors off field in significant support roles, Mark on committee and Angela, a key contributor to the Wing Women. Congratulations Pat, and Mark and Angela, on the milestone on Saturday. The whole club hopes you have an awesome Grand Final!
Fun fact: Incidentally we have only 8 instances in the club’s history where 2 or more brothers have both played over 100 games: Khabbaz (571), Davies (483), Moss (347), Lundberg (346), Johnston (296), Treloar (274), Marsden (250), and now Keam (220).