Sydney Uni Hockey Club (SUHC) representative Mike ‘Bott’ Irby ran onto the pitch for an incredible 500th time, as Sydney University 4th grade thrashed Glebe 6-0 on Saturday.
That short jog made him just the third player ever to play 500 games for SUHC Men, spread over 24 years.
Bott has already set a different all-time record.
His 500th game for the Men’s club over the weekend was his 651st game for the club, which puts him in a league of his own.
The additional 151 games have been played for SUHC’s Masters teams.
Bott was in SUHC’s first-ever Masters team in 2001.
Bott has shown produced plenty of quality performances that more than match his longevity.
He is the vice-captain of the NSW Over 50s team, a member of the Australian Over 50s team and a fantastic mentor for the younger SUHC players fortunate enough to play with him.
Interestingly, the other two legends who achieved the feat of playing 500 games for the men’s club were Len Smith and Brett Radcliffe, and Brett, the clubs indestructible statistician, was also on the pitch in another men’s game that took place later that day.