The 100-game milestone is one that requires persistence, commitment and durability to reach.
To play 100 games of footy at junior level is a terrific achievement, but to do so by Under 12s is simply unheard of.
But last week Byron Clarke did just that, running out for the 100th time in a Caulfield Bears jumper. However, he and the club celebrated the milestone the previous week in front of his home crowd at Koornang Park.
Byron has amassed his impressive games total in quick time by often playing two matches in the one day, underlining his strength, durability and insatiable appetite for footy.
Like most kids, Byron honed his skills at Auskick for a couple of years, before beginning his junior footy career at the Bear Cave with the Under 9s team in 2011 – the first of three seasons he played in the Under 9s.
He has since played two seasons in the Under 11 Grizzlies, winning back-to-back Best & Fairest awards, and has this year been named co-captain of the Under 12 Polars alongside Andrew Callaghan.
A big-bodied player with a long penetrating kick, Byron spends most of his time in the ruck using his height and strength to great advantage, but enjoys drifting forward occasion to snag a goal.
He is a very driven young footballer and hates to be beaten, possessing a very similar determination to Hawthorn rising star Will Langford, whose number 29 proudly adorns the back of Byron’s Hawks jumper.
Congratulations on your remarkable achievement, Byron, and hopefully there are many more great games still to come!