Sam Robertson- 200 games
One of the great things about the St Pauls Football Club is the great people it has both on and off the field.
The weekend’s reserves match against Clayton marked an important milestone for one of the genuine club people of the St Pauls Football Club.
Sam Robertson, who started at the club as a junior in 1987, has overcome injuries such as his cursed hamstrings to run out on to the park and play his 200th game for his beloved Doggies which to everyone’s delight, managed to end with a 13 point win to celebrate the occasion.
His career to date has had many great highlights; but his two premierships are the standout. When reflecting, Sammy says “Winning the 07 and 09 premierships were two of the greatest moments. If we count juniors, I’ve played for 25 years for 2 flags. They are hard to come by and I feel extremely lucky to have those two medals. After so much heartbreak in the 2000’s, watching Sheppo’s boys take home the 2008 flag was amazing. Just seeing the joy in all the supporters was something else. So much hard work on and off the field has finally paid off and I think we celebrated non-stop for a whole week!”
Over the years, He has seen many great players come through the club, with Robbie Prew and Heath Barnes being two that he lists as the greatest players he has seen and looked up to. During his earlier senior days, Dave Barnes and Sean Millane were also two that Sam admired. His Junior coach, Shane Foots was also a big influence on his career.
Like any young Footballer, His dad has been a major influence on his career, “Dad (Sam) never missed a game and is a life member of both the juniors and seniors. It was always a funny sight seeing dad as our trainer wearing baseball pants with a dart hanging out of his mouth! My mum (Pam) has always been there too, also a life member and she is still there managing the team and has been a great support”
After the buildup to the big game, Sam was pleased to get his 200th out of the way and come out with a win saying “I was a bit nervous on the weekend and at half time we were down by four goals and I hardly had a kick. I thought that was it for me, but after seeing the boys fight back to win, it was truly a memorable moment”. “I must admit, I got a bit emotional being chaired off the ground and talking to the guys after the game left a lump in my throat.There is nothing better than sharing a beer after and after a win like that, I don’t think I’m done just yet and I want to thank everyone who made it the special day it was”
When asked about what the St Pauls Football Club means to him, Sam said “The footy club means a great deal to me. Not only on the field but off it. I’ve made some great friends at this club and been offered some great business opportunist that have helped my career. It’s a community club that will always be there for you whether you’re the captain of the firsts or the waterboy. I’ve been here for most of my life and I have so much to thank for it”
As usual, he is very modest about his contribution to the club, in particular his efforts off the field, saying “Some people say that I put a lot of time and effort in to this place but I have to say whatever I have given has returned twice as much back”
Sammy Robertson is an all round great bloke and one of those guys who would give anything for the club. He bleeds Red, Blue and White and is often seen working behind the bar, setting up and packing down functions, and doing so many extra things behind the scenes to help the St Pauls footy club and it’s blokes like Sammy that mean so much to his teammates and all the people around the club and we congratulate him on a fantastic achievement of 200 games.
And the final word from Sammy? “I think I will always be involved with this place in some form and I encourage everyone to get involved because it can be extremely rewarding”