Rikki and Glenn Stewart prepare to celebrate 100th, 250th game milestones for East Warrnambool

FAMILY TRADITION: East Warrnambool's Rikki Stewart will play his 100th game alongside his father, Glenn, who is playing his 250th. Picture: Christine Ansorge

FAMILY TRADITION: East Warrnambool's Rikki Stewart will play his 100th game alongside his father, Glenn, who is playing his 250th. Picture: Christine Ansorge

THIRTY-YEAR Bomber Glenn Stewart has tried to hang up the boots “three or four times”.

But the lure of reaching a 250-game milestone, which has fallen on the same round as his son Rikki’s 100th, was too strong to resist.

The father-and-son duo, albeit in different grades, will both celebrate milestone matches against Nirranda on Saturday.

“I have retired three or four times, but giving it up is something that is very hard to do when you love it so much,” Glenn said.

“To make the milestone with Rikki, it’s really good.”

Rikki, a senior player under Danny Chatfield who also coaches the Bombers’ reserves, said he was honoured to share the 100-game milestone with his father.

Rikki began his career at East Warrnambool, before dabbling in football with Hampden league powerhouse South Warrnambool and Dennington.

“It’s pretty special to be able to run out there with my dad,” he said.

“Obviously we aren’t going to well (on-field) in the seniors at the moment but hopefully this week against a top side in Nirranda we can do it in our milestone games.

Glenn, who was at East Warrnambool during the Reid Oval club’s glory days of the mid 1990s, said his greatest memory was playing alongside his son.

“When you’re out there in the duration of the game, someone will rough (Rikki) up,” he said.

“I’ll run over and say ‘that’s my son’.”

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