Harvey to join 200 club
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IN the long history of the Woolgoolga Seahorses, it's doubtful that there has been a more popular clubman than Lee Harvey.
The giant prop has probably made more hard yards than any Seahorse before him and the way he wears his heart on his sleeve each time he runs out for his beloved club has endeared him to all at the Woopi Sportsground.
Tomorrow, Harvey reaches a milestone that many at the club believe couldn't be reached by a more deserving man.
In the top-of-the-table clash against Port Macquarie, Harvey plays his 200th first grade match.
Most coaches try to play down these issues as they feel it takes teammates concentration away from the all too valuable process.
John Cross is not one of those coaches.
He's celebrating Harvey's milestone as if he's played every one of those 200 games alongside him.
"To play 200 games at any level in any sport is a great achievement," he said
"It's great that's it happened to 'Harvs' as he had a tough time of it when the team was out of the competition and he helped to bring them back."
Cross, like so many of Harvey's teammates before him has no shame in announcing that he's a Lee Harvey fan and he can't wait to run out beside him tomorrow.
"To have a top-of-the-table clash for your 200th game, at home, it's great,"
"I'm just stoked for him after all the hard times he went through and this a great reward for all that effort."
When Port Macquarie coach Tony Pascoe was told of the importance of tomorrow's match to Woolgoolga it's fair to say there was some disappointment in his voice.
"That's all we need," he joked.
"Beating them is hard enough, then 'Crossy' says he's stepping down to make it harder and now this."
The winner of the top of the table fixture in first grade is likely top be given the title of premiership favourite and Woolgoolga can't wait for the kick-off.
"I pray that it's going to be a good day because it's going to be choc-a-bloc crowd out here," the captain-coach predicted.
"We're really looking forward to it because it's not often you get to play in a top-of-the-table clash at any level."
All three grades tomorrow promise to put on a huge show as it looks like each team from both clubs is bound for semi-final action this year.
The real show though will be the outpouring of affection toward Harvey for his big milestone.