One of the league's most popular players will rack up a milestone on Sunday.
Wangaratta powerhouse Matt Kelly celebrates 200 games in Yarrawonga's annual Easter blockbuster at Mulwala's Lonsdale Reserve.
"There's not a lot of 200 gamers at 'Wang', it's a pretty good achievement I guess, being there so long," he said.
Kelly is one of the league's shortest players at 170cms, but the rugged midfielder is also one of the most powerful, bullocking his stocky 82kg frame through packs and launching the ball 50m.
The 31-year-old is in his 13th season with the Pies.
He debuted in 2005, just as the club was rebuilding after a long period out of finals, and apart from a two-year stint with his home town Bright, has been there ever since.
"There hasn't been a lot of change really, it's been more about building a culture to team success," he said.
"(Former coach) Judd and (current player) Daine Porter have been big drivers of that culture and setting standards.
'It's the same sort of messages and principles, it's just been adding people that suit the culture and not just anyone we can get our hands on."
Unfortunately for Kelly, he missed the Pies drought-breaking premiership in 2007 and also missed the flag the following year.
However, he was an integral part of the upset win over Albury in 2017, where Michael Newton kicked eight goals.
Albury returned the favour in last year's decider, but on the back of four star recruits the Pies started this year as flag fancies and there's been nothing in their first three games to indicate otherwise.
Yarrawonga stumbled to Wodonga Raiders in an upset by 37 points, but it's a proud club, chasing a 14th successive finals campaign.
"I don't think they'll put in two performances (like that) in a row," Kelly said.
"I haven't seen either of their games, but in front of their home crowd at Easter, they'll certainly be up for the contest."
Kelly is one of two inclusions, with classy defender Ben Douthie unavailable last week.
Defender Dylan Van Berlo and Harry Smart (unavailable) will miss the game.
Pigeons' under 18 player Alex Byrne will debut.
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