Hawk born and bred

BIG GAME: Wangaratta Rovers skipper Tyson Hartwig will play his 100th senior match against Albury tomorrow. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

THE milestones continue in the Hawks’ nest tomorrow, with skipper Tyson Hartwig lining up for his 100th senior game when the Wangaratta Rovers take on Ovens and Murray powerhouse Albury.

Despite spending two years at Queensland club Aspley, the WJ Findlay Oval has always been home for Hartwig, whose father Leigh is in the Rovers Hall of Fame after playing 252 games with the club, including five premierships and two best and fairest awards.

The younger Hartwig’s career is already peppered with highlights, including a reserves flag in 2007, three O&M guernseys, twice representing Victoria Country, winning the Australian Country Football Championships in 2012 and earning All Australian selection, and this year being named club captain.

But he did admit to being a touch envious of his dad’s success, with Leigh being part of the Hawks’ most successful era, when they won five grand finals in six seasons from 1974-79.

“It’s pretty outstanding, that’s for sure,” Hartwig said.

“A number of his mates are in the same boat, having played in that era, and you do feel a little bit jealous.

“It’s hard to see that sort of thing happening these days, with more clubs putting so much work into their recruiting and strategies – I can’t imagine one team being that dominant now.”

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