PORT Fairy stalwart Shaun Ploenges is keen to crack back into the Pirates’ division one side.
On the eve of his 200th game, the 37-year-old is enjoying good form in division two, despite a few niggles, having made 213 runs at an average of 35.5 this season.
I just enjoy playing with a bunch of mates.
Ploenges, who won premierships with the Pirates in 2004-05 and 2010-11 when their division two side was their first XI, wants to add another flag to the tally.
“Probably playing in a division one flag (is the goal),” he said.
“I’ve started in a lower grade this year, been struck with a couple of little niggles, but at the moment I’m trying to get into the runs. I’ve started the year off well.”
Ploenges describes himself as a “fill-in” with the bat, able to slot in anywhere into the order from opener to number 11. He has made 2698 career runs at an average of 14.51 and taken 176 wickets with his medium pace bowling.
Ploenges said the friendships formed at the club he has called home for the past 21 seasons played a key role in his longevity at Port Fairy.
“I just enjoy playing with a bunch of mates,” he said.
Division three pirate Sean Peterson is set to play his 100th game for the club on Saturday.