Prime kicks 2000

GOALS: Chris Prime said he has a few more goals he wants to achieve past his 2000th goal.
GOALS: Chris Prime said he has a few more goals he wants to achieve past his 2000th goal.

Chris Prime has kicked his 2000th goal in country senior football in the first game for the season last week.

The well-known reserves player for Tumby Bay Football club started out in Port Neill in 1986, before playing in the SANFL for Norwood in the '90s, returning to Ports in 1996 before heading to the Tumby side in 2006.

He said over 31 years of country footy, he had averaged about 70 goals a year.

"I've been fortunate, I haven't missed a lot of games through injury," he said.

"There's been a few premierships along the way, for the first three years of A grade I won premierships playing with my brothers...2007 was the next one.

"There's been a couple of times retirement has come into the equation...last year I think I calculated I needed 109 goals for 2000, which would have closed the door quite nicely, but I ended up on 107.

"There's been a couple of times things haven't gone as you wish, and I've decided to play on...I don't know if it's a wise decision.

"I've always believed if you say you're going to play, you play."

Prime said 2000 goals hasn't been the ultimatum for retirement, and said he still has plenty of things to achieve.

"I've got a couple more goals out there....I need to kick 19 goals this year to achieve 1000 for Tumby, and sometime in the next year I want to play a game with my son," he said.

Prime said he has appreciated the support of his teams and his current side over the years.

"Not everyone is your best mate, but you walk out onto the oval, and they are," he said.

"It doesn't matter what goes on, they're there for you."

Prime was leading goalkicker for Tumby Bay for seven consecutive years, and association A grade leading goalkicker 13 times.