WHEN Wangaratta Rovers champion Ross Hill runs out onto the field for his 300th senior match tomorrow, he will be fulfilling a childhood dream.
Hill has been a Hawk through and through since birth, spending his childhood at the WJ Findlay Oval with dad Kevin and grandfather Len and worshipping the club’s greats throughout the 1980s and early ’90s.
He made his senior debut in 1995 as a 17 year old, and said it was a surreal feeling taking to the field with Ovens and Murray royalty.
“My first memories are of going to the footy, following Dad, so the progression to playing footy here was a straightforward one in a sense,” Hill said.
“It was a thrill to start back in ’95 – I’ve come into the senior side and effectively was playing with my idols.
“The Walkers, the Pasqualis, the Wilsons and Tossols – these sorts of guys were my idols over and above AFL players.
“They were the guys I really looked up to.”