JAMIE Beattie will become the first Murray Magpie to rack up 200 games when he runs out against Lockhart at the weekend.
Beattie, 43, has played 195 senior and four reserves matches since joining the club in 2001. He earlier played for Finley and Cootamundra.
He recently was forced to miss 100th birthday celebrations in Canberra for the great uncle of his wife, Sue, so he could achieve the milestone this season.
“Unfortunately, it’s only 200 club games because I have played four games in the seconds,” Beattie said.
“But I don’t think I will be going around next year just to try and get 200 senior games.
“Ted Miller (president) told me last week it was only going to be 199 games but I checked the records when we got home and its definitely 200 this week.
“I had to miss Sue’s great uncle’s 100th the other week because I knew I needed three more games to get to 200.
“Lucky it is, otherwise Sue would have been going off because I missed the party for nothing.”
Beattie has played almost 400 senior games and is a dual Magpie best and fairest winner — in 2003 and 2005.
The wiry defender was assistant coach under Steve Hetherton in 2001 when the Magpies won their one and only premiership since forming in 1998.