KICKING more than a 1000 goals for a football club sets a record that only three other footballers have been able to achieve. South Mandurah Football Club full forward Rod Tregenza (31) has reached this phenomenal milestone in less than six seasons.
Tregenza only started playing football when he was 17.
The 193cm footballer kicked his 1001st goal for the South Mandurah Football Club in the Peel Football League last weekend when the team played against Baldivis – unfortunately Mandurah lost – but that did not take the shine off the achievement for Tregenza and his family.
As a youngster, Tregenza was unable to play football, he had “bad knees” and had to concentrate on golf and volleyball instead to strengthen them.
“I did play the odd school game of footy, but began playing seriously at 17, playing for South Mandurah and the State team,” he said.
He graduated to Peel Thunder during its initial two seasons, although injury forced him out of the game for a year.
From there, he went to East Fremantle, becoming the WAFL's leading goal-kicker and winning the Bernie Naylor Medal.
During 1998 and 1999, he played two State games and in the process won the prestigious Simpson Medal.
His long history of kicking goals continued when Tregenza was put on the rookie list at North Melbourne, but it was there he “did his knee in” and was off for a year recovering.
He kicked 58 goals during that time and went on to play for the Victorian State team; from there it was to South Adelaide, from 2003 to 2004, where he scored 115 goals.
Tregenza returned to WA to East Fremantle for a year, but he broke his hand during a game, an injury still evident when he tries to straighten his hand.
For the past six years, Tregenza has enjoyed playing for the South Mandurah team.
He said the goal tally was racked up from when he played for South Mandurah as a teenager and also included finals games.
His wife, Jasmine Cashell, is proud of his achievement and said only three other people in the history of Australian Rules Football have kicked more than 1000 goals for a club.
“They were Gordon Coventry, for Collingwood, Gary Ablett Sr, for Geelong, and Jason Dunstall, for Hawthorn,” Jasmine said.