Parker Ready For 200th WAFL Game
- Thursday, 17 May 2012
SUBIACO captain Aidan Parker will play his 200th WAFL game for Subiaco Football Club against archrival West Perth this weekend.
Parker debuted for Subiaco as an 18-year-old in 2001 and played two seasons of league before being drafted to Adelaide where he spent two seasons on the rookie list.
The Carine Junior Football Club product returned home in 2005 and played in Subiaco’s triple crown in 2006, ’07 and ’08 and has captained the side since 2009.
Parker said playing his 200th WAFL game was a tremendous individual honour.
“It means a lot personally because I don’t think too many players at our footy club have played over 200 games so I guess it’s just a bit of recognition for myself,” he said.
“I’ve always been loyal and committed to Subiaco.”
“I think it’s a very professional club and everyone involved is very passionate about Subiaco.”
Impressively, Parker has played all of his games for Subiaco consecutively aside from two games in his rookie season, which he missed when playing for the WA State-18s team.
He only missed one game while playing in the SANFL, which was not through injury but the result of a transfer from South Adelaide to Glenelg in search of greater opportunities at centre-half back.
Officially, since returning from State 18s duty in his debut seasons and excluding his two years in Adelaide, Parker has played 191 straight games for Subiaco in the WAFL.
The transfer week absence the only match Parker has missed in 244 games of football across 11 seasons consisting of 199 Subiaco games, 38 SANFL games, four state games, one representative game and the two WA Under 18s fixtures.
If Parker can continue his remarkable run he will take over South Fremantle ruckman Stephen Michael who holds the WAFL record of 217 consecutive league games.
Football Operations Manager Luke Sanders said Parker has been an outstanding player and leader for the club.
“His commitment and dedication to the football club has been exceptional over the past decade. Aidan is held in very high regard around the football club, both internally and externally and he deserves every accolade."
“The Subiaco Football Club congratulates Aidan on his achievement and looks forward to seeing him in the maroon and goals for many more years."
Parker was also named in the top 25 players of the past 25 years at the start of the 2012 season.