Milestone men

DEDICATED: Weeroona Bay Football Club players Christian Hines (left) and Brenton Cabban holding the Bay's first Premiership Cup from the year 1985.

DEDICATED: Weeroona Bay Football Club players Christian Hines (left) and Brenton Cabban holding the Bay's first Premiership Cup from the year 1985.

Two players regarded as being the 'heart and soul' of the Weeroona Bay Football Club have marked impressive milestones.

Forward Brenton Cabban will play his 500th game against Roopena while midfielder Christian Hines made it 400 games when he walked out for the Bays clash with West Whyalla.

Mr Cabban says footy is the most enjoyable part of his life and that he loves the comradeship he's formed with teammates over the years.

"Being able to walk into the club and have people know you is great...you have the old people at the bar who you have a chat with...that's the best part of it all," he said.

"We have a blend of younger lads who are coming through, we have a good bunch in A Grade...they all listen to you and they all show you respect."

Looking back, Mr Cabban says one of the his favourite moments during his time with the club was winning the 1995 Whyalla Football League Grand Final over the highly favoured West Whyalla.

"Every win is always great, but that was a very special moment," he said.

Asked whether he is looking forward to playing his 400th game, Mr Hines said 'I look forward to playing football full stop, period'.

"Getting a milestone like this is a good thing, hopefully we can get a win on the day," he said.

Mr Hines' contribution to the club goes beyond the playing field, having coached every grade except A Grade.

"I get out and help the juniors and umpire them as well, so I'm still doing a fair bit to help the club out," he said.

Like Mr Cabban, Mr Hines enjoys the social aspect of playing for a regional footy club.

"It's good to get together with mates after the game...that bond is something you cherish for the rest of your life," he said.

The duo have played together for several years and have formed a close bond both inside and outside of football.

"I find Brenton to be one of the most genuine people going around, not just in football but in general. When he's on the oval he's a real good mentor," Mr Hines said.

"I've had a lot of good times with Christian including outside of football," Mr Cabban said.

The milestones also mean that Weeroona Bay are the only local club with two active 400+ game players. The Bays also have the most active 350+ game players with 11.

Club Chairman Kevin Moore said Brenton and Christian 'bleed black and gold' and had made a huge contribution to the club.

"They are the heart and soul of the club, people look up to them, especially the young fellas," he said.