As if this week’s reserves final wasn’t important enough, it will be extra special with James Robertson celebrating 250 games for the club.
Having been a part of the Bentleigh pathway since starting out in the Bentleigh Juniors in 1993, James went on to become one of the most decorated players in the club’s history.
He captained for 4 years and was the best and fairest of the 2002 Under 19s team, Robbo went on to make his senior debut that same year in the same game as long-time teammates and friends Ryan Murphy and Andy Lee. He became co-captain while still one of the younger members of the team and shared the captaincy duties for years thereafter, in the meantime leading the club to a premiership win in 2009 and playing a key role in a second premiership four years later.
His spectacular high marking and exquisite ambidextrous skills single-handedly have the ability to make a match and have seen him win multiple club and league best and fairests as Bentleigh has moved up from D3 Amateurs to Division 1 in the SFNL.
Identified as a leader from an early age, he is now a genuine statesman and a proud life member of the club as well as a member of the team of the decade from 2000-2010. With one League B&F Under his belt it’s impossible not to respect the legend this man has become.
While his on-field deeds have been lauded for years, off-field he has been a key part of forging a genuine family feel at the club with partner Dominique and the tribe of Sienna, Mitchell and Nicholas all regular fixtures at Arthur St.
Congratulations Jim from all of your red and blue family. Here’s to celebrating 250 of the finest games the club ever saw with another Grand Final berth.