COROWA will have an added incentive to finish its season on a positive note tomorrow, with veteran Shane Norman playing his 300th club game.
The opening batsman will play his 225th A-grade match in the last-round clash against Greta at Ball Park, which will otherwise be a dead rubber as neither club can make finals.
Norman, who has played 74 second-grade and one C-grade game, said he was unsure if the two-day clash would be his last in the top division.
“My wife doesn’t want me to play on but I’ll have to wait and see,” the 40-year-old said.
“We’ve got a pretty young side.
“I’ll see how the body holds up.
“I haven’t made a run and the enjoyment goes out when you do that.
“I was enjoying it up until the last four innings, put it that way.”
Norman has been part of the furniture at Ball Park since making his club debut as a 15-year-old.
He started as a leg-spinner before forcing his way into A-grade as a batsman.
He went on to become a key component of a star-studded Roos outfit that also included the likes of Rod Lane, Paul Lavis and Paul Miegel.
He also went on six Country Week tours with the WDCA.
Norman has not missed a season despite finger surgery restricting him to a handful of games in 2005-06.
He has played in four A-grade premierships and two in B-grade, with one of his greatest partnerships the 172 he put on with Lee Schmidt for the second wicket against Greta at Ball Park in 2006-07.
To his disappointment, Norman has made only one century — 117 away to Whorouly-Gapsted in 1998-99 — in a career that has amassed more than 3000 A-grade runs.
Norman’s career highlight was saving the Roos from grand final defeat in 1997-98 with 74no against Wangaratta Magpies.