Aker has a gallop for the Maine: May 2012
By Richard Jones
Jason Akermanis told reporters he’d been impressed by the standard of footy in the BFL after turning out for Castlemaine eight years ago.
It was in a May 2012 fixture that Aker lined up for the Magpies in front of a huge Camp Reserve crowd.
Unfortunately for the Magpie faithful, not to mention the Castlemaine senior players, the home team couldn’t get over the line against Kangaroo Flat.
It was a one-off appearance for Aker who belied his 35 years by racking up 19 possessions – 14 kicks and five handballs – also pulling in four marks and nailing a goal.
Aker kicked his six-pointer from a first quarter set shot.
His appearance was something for Castlemaine players and followers to jot down in their on-line and hard-copy diaries.
Not too many footballers get to play with a three-time AFL premiership player (all flags with the Brisbane Lions) and someone who’s also taken home a Brownlow Medal.
Aker started off in the centre square and then rotated further downfield as a mid, playing forward. His only rest on the pine came midway through the third term.
Akermanis’ presence jolted the home side into action early and they had five goals on the board to the Roos four by the first break.
It could have been an even bigger lead as the Maine led 4.3 to 1.1 after 17 minutes.
Aker had landed the third major of that quartet from a free kick, awarded 40m out from goal.
Full-forward Jason Cordy had started strongly grabbing three marks but his kicking was off-line. Cordy had kicked 1.2 by quarter-time although he ended the match with four majors.
The inaccurate Magpies were still on top at half-time leading 7.10 to 7.5, before the Roos stormed home with seven majors to two in the second half to win by 29 points.
Nick Lang, Tyson Mihocek and Andrew Devereaux all drilled three goals for the Flat with coach Tyrone Downie and Jarryd ‘Whizza’ Wiegard (now at Mitiamo) adding two each.
Devereaux and Lachlan Ford (Cm) were their club’s best in the list of six on the day. Final scores: Flat 14.12 def. C’maine 9.13.