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Lindsay - Man of Steel
EVERGREEN prop Troy Lindsay is busy rewriting records with the Emerald Group Dolphins.
Lindsay last month became only the second Dolphin to reach 250 first grade matches when he ran out on to Kougari Oval to take on Wynnum Manly in their Queensland Cup clash.
The occasion was marked by a banner from the Red and White Supporters Club plus a few words at the club's after-match function.
Only Peter Leis (261 matches) stands between Lindsay and the honour of being Redcliffe's match record-holder.
If he maintains his form and stays injury-free, Lindsay should take on Leis' mantle by the end of the second round of fixtures this season.
The only other Dolphins to have reached 200 first grade matches are Trevor Benson (237) and Tony Obst (230).
"This is a fairly good achievement," a modest Lindsay said. "Not too many players get to make 250 games.
"I haven't thought too much about Peter's 261 games because I have not got there yet. I've got to get there first.
"Greg Bourke equalled the Queensland Cup points scoring record on the same day at Kougari."
Remarkably, Lindsay is the only forward out of the quartet to break the 200-mark mark, although Obst moved into the pack late in his career.
"I've never played in the backs," a joking Lindsay quipped.
Lindsay, who has just turned 33, has overcome a knee injury to register his landmark.
"I was out for five weeks at the start of the season," he said. "I had a grade two medial tear but it was fixed and it's been good since.
"I'm still enjoying my football, even more so now than when I was younger because I realise it is coming to a close. You learn how to enjoy it more."
Lindsay has been at Dolphin Oval since 1989 when he joined the Redcliffe junior ranks.
"And I've been there ever since," he said.
Premierships, representative honours, players of the year, captaincy ... there's no honour to escape the Wamuran farmer.
Apart from running his property, he has branched out as a hay merchant and transporter.
Despite the loss of Shane Perry to the Broncos this season, Lindsay embraced the link with the NRL superpower.
"I think it's a good thing because it allows Redcliffe to keep our younger players rather than have them turn around and play us," he said.
"We could keep players like Michael Bond, Wayne Bond, Liam Georgetown with us for a couple of years before they're good enough to move up to the Broncos."
Fellow farmer Leis paid tribute to Lindsay, saying it was a testament to his fitness and enthusiasm that he was still playing so strongly.