WITH one round to spare in the home and away season, Tathra Sea Eagle Mitch May has made club history.
During the game against the Eden Whalers on Saturday Mitch first equalled, then surpassed his father’s goal kicking record, which has stood for the last 20 years.
Mitch bagged eight goals in total against the Eden line-up in what many thought would be the biggest scoring game of the season.
Mitch’s tally now stands at 131 goals for the season, with the team travelling to Narooma this Saturday ahead of the finals.
With Mitch bagging an average of 10 goals per game, he might clock up the total of 140 or more that his father Kevin predicted a month ago.
Mitch is still placed equal sixth in the overall goal kickers across Australia in 2013.
Playing-coach Luke Taylor said the players had an inkling May had gotten past the record, but weren’t sure until after the game.
“Eden was putting up a strong fight so we had that in the forefront of our minds,” Taylor said.
“But afterwards we congratulated him, it’s a terrific effort.”
Kevin said he was watching the game on the day and couldn’t be more pleased with his son’s performance this season.
“The Tathra team wasn’t at its peak on Saturday,” Kevin said.
“But Mitch did enough to make it count on the day.
“Now he can just concentrate on the finals.”
Kevin said they didn’t hold any elaborate celebrations after Mitch reached the milestone, but the club made an event of Mitch’s 100 at the 30-year reunion last weekend.
“We acknowledged the 100 at the reunion,” Kevin said.
“Luke has really got them concentrating on the job at hand and playing finals footy.
“Can’t take it away from him though, I am rapt with his efforts.”
Kevin said Mitch seemed a little disappointed with the nine behinds he fired on the day, but even top level players can’t do it all the time.
“You watch footy on the weekends and see the AFL players miss it from right in front.
“So you can’t be too concerned about something like that,” he said.
“Mitch is part and parcel of a pretty good outfit, he still came away with eight goals.”
Kevin said not only had the club’s record now fallen, it was the first time a player had kicked more than 100 goals in the home and away season since 1999.
“It’s been 14 years since anyone kicked more than 100 in the home and away season.
“Andrew Kenny did it in 1999 for the Marlins I think,” he said.
Kevin said Ryan “Reggie” O’Loghlin had bagged 100 goals, but reached his total during the finals which wasn’t recognised by the state assocation.
He said Narooma would be a contest this weekend, but expected Mitch could score 10 or more if the conditions were good.
“I reckon he’ll be on target to get at least another 10.
“If he has a good day out he might make it to the high 140s,” Kevin said.
Kevin said Mitch has really enjoyed his football this year and was proud to be grounded at the Sea Eagles, but Mitch’s options were open and he wasn’t sure what next year will bring.
“He’s not getting too far ahead of himself.”
“Who knows where he could end up next year ,” he said.