MICHAEL Blomeley, Mathew Norton and Damien Compton are not only teammates … they’re great mates.
In many ways it seemed fitting that they should share the spotlight when they reached personal milestones last Saturday for the Westerns Football Netball Club.
Blomeley and Norton played their 200th club games in the Reserves contest against Sandford, while it also represented the 100th club appearance for Compton.
All milestones are special, but Blomeley’s had extra significance after he spent all of 2011 sidelined due to injury.
“The injury happened actually two years ago,” he told the Portland Observer.
“I tore a muscle off of my shoulder and had a reco last year, and missed the whole season.
“I spent the year as a runner in the Reserves.
“It was pretty hard to watch your teammates out there playing and not being a part of it.”
Understandably Blomeley could not wait to return to the playing arena when the 2012 season kicked into action.
Support from his teammates helped him get through what was the most frustrating period of his time with the club.
“At my age I started to wonder whether if it was worth trying again,” the 32-year-old said.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.