Milestone moment for Scott Lewis

Nick Hayes on debut for Woodville-West Torrens in round 1 of the 2015 season against West Adelaide.
Nick Hayes on debut for Woodville-West Torrens in round 1 of the 2015 season against West Adelaide.
Quick hands: Nick Hayes attempts to get a handball away on his debut for the Eagles. Photos: Peter Argent Photography.

Quick hands: Nick Hayes attempts to get a handball away on his debut for the Eagles. Photos: Peter Argent Photography.

Scott Lewis celebrates a major with an Eagles teammate.

Scott Lewis celebrates a major with an Eagles teammate.

In the Woodville West Torrens Eagles heartbreaking round two six-point loss to Sturt on Saturday at Unley, Scott Lewis played his milestone 200th SANFL league game.

Playing for the South Clare Demons in 2009, Lewis has gone on to win a SANFL Reserve Magarey Medal in the SANFL. 

Scott Lewis' fan club cheers him on from the stands at Adelaide Oval.

Scott Lewis' fan club cheers him on from the stands at Adelaide Oval.

"My dad played and coached in Clare and I went up to play as season with my brother Richard, who is six years older than me," Lewis explained.

"I actually saw a fair bit of league footy through 2009 and was convinced I wasn't done at 23.

'Goddsy' (Michael Godden - who has been Lewis's SANFL reserves coach at the Bays) suggested I give the Panthers a yell.

"I did a tour of Noarlunga with the then South Adelaide coach Clay Sampson, but during that year he was sacked.

Lewis said the Souths reserves coach at the time went on to suggest that he did not fit into the club's plans because of his age.

"After that 'Goddsy' got the job at the Eagles and offered that I do a pre-season with them, but with no promises.

"The 2011 (league) flag was the highlight and the desire to enjoy that same premiership euphoria is the driving force currently.

"There are so many people at our club that deserve this."

Lewis first debuted at SANFL league level back in round one of the 2005 season with the Bloods, under Shaun Rehn.

He paid a special tribute to his parents Paul and Jenny who drove him down from the Riverland twice a week during his junior days from the development squads at the Bloods through under 17 and under 19.

They have continued to travel down each week to watch their son compete at SANFL level.

With flags at under 17 and under 19 level with the Bloods, Lewis is one of the unique footballers who has won a premiership in each of the four levels of SANFL football.

He also was captain of the South Australian Under 20 side which played in a "one off" fixture at Adelaide Oval as well.

"They (his parents) have worn out a few cars along way," Scott chuckled.

"I hope achieving this milestone repays them a little for all they did for me."

Lewis was named best and fairest in his season at South Clare.

Sadly he has endured losses in each of his four milestone games - 50th, 100th, 150th (a SANFL grand final) and now his 200th.

A new dad, with his lovely wife Kate, he has a three-week-old daughter, Hazel Irene, so it been a big last month for the Lewis family.

His sister Kirsty is still playing netball for the Demons.

LONG RUN COMES TO A CLOSE

Previous to his round one hand injury which sent him to hospital, Nick Hayes has played 81 consecutive games with the Woodville West Torrens Eagles at league level since his return from the Brisbane Lions, where he was on the rookie list for two years.

In The Zone's Peter Argent, who was writing about Hayes for another project, takes some blame for the injury, talking about Nick's durability and defying the "football gods".

Younger brother Jack Hayes, who has been in strong form over the opening two weeks of the 2019  football campaign, has also played every game since he debuted at SANFL league at the start of the 2017 season,  which  also includes a state game at senior level for South Australia.

The longevity gene is in the family as Jack and Nick's father, Frank, played upwards of 380 games for Redhill-Gulnare and then the BSR Tigers, missing just a handful of game over that epoch.

Three of those games were because he endeavoured to cut down a branch of a tree with a chainsaw while standing on it.