Saints player marks fiftieth game with a win
SATURDAY marked a highlight for South Burnett Saints' Jordan Pressnell who became the first player in the club to play 50 games.
After three years with the Saints, Pressnell showed no signs of slowing and looked to continue the way he had started.
"As long as I am in Kingaroy I will play for the club," Pressnell said.
He crossed that landmark in style with a win over Toowoomba's Tigers on Saturday.
Pressnell said it was a tough game after they were pitted against the former first division squad from last year.
"It was good to have that challenge, it was the first time we've played a first division team since 2013," he said.
The 21-year-old moved to Kingaroy from Victoria in 2007 with his parents after they were offered work in the South Burnett.
Keen to carry on in the dominant football code of the southern states, Pressnell played for the Kingaroy-Nanango Jets in 2009.
The club folded, however, in 2009 to leave Carlton supporter Pressnell with no game time.
In 2013 the South Burnett Saints started up to allow Pressnell to get back into the sport.
"It's nice to have Aussie rules back in town," he said.
Since the Saints Australian Rules team formed, Pressnell had played in every game except for one.
"I missed one game when we played Chinchilla when we first started," he said.
In that game the Saints squeezed passed the Chinchilla Suns with a 12.20.92-14.7.91 win.
After more than three years with the club, Pressnell can still remember the opening game in the Saints' inaugural game.
"I've been here since the first meeting with the Saints. That was against Lockyer Valley," he said.
"We got a win in that game."
The Saints comfortably beat the Lockyer Valley Demons 15.9.99-9.7.61 in the opener. From that opening game the Saints had won dozens more games but also had some lows.
Pressnell said one of his toughest moments with the club was when the Saints suffered back-to-back losses in the build up to last year's grand final.
The Saints were beaten 9.11.65-8.8.56 by the Highfields Lions and 12.14.86-10.10.70 by the Dalby Swans in the semi-final.
Pressnell said the losses were testing of the team but also fired them up with the fear of another loss. The Saints bounced back with a 12.12.84-9.6.90 win over the Highfields Lions in the 2015 preliminary final to meet the Dalby Swans in the grand final.
At the Heritage Oval in Toowoomba, the Saints overcame the Swans 10.9.69-6.11.47.
Pressnell said the loss against University in the 2014 grand final propelled the Saints through.
He said the "embarrassment" of the 11.14.80-4.7.31 humbling in the Saints' first grand final was a sore note but gave him the ammunition to fire back.
With 50 games under his belt Pressnell said he would continue with the club and looked forward to the half a dozen other veterans joining him.