Affectionately known as 'Ice Man' - Richard Wenham will play his 100th senior game for the Western Magpies on Saturday when they take on Wilston Grange at Yeronga in the QAFL qualifying final this Saturday.,
Wenham joined the Western Magpies Senior Footy ranks in 2007after joining the club from UQ U/18's after playing his junior footy with Wests Juniors when living in St Lucia and for Kenmore when his family moved out there.
He started playing Australian Rules in Cairns when his football mad mother enrolled him and his brother in Auskick. He says his mother was a Western Districts supporter in her younger days but there is no other AFL connection in his family.
Wenham, now 27 years old, joined the Magpies to play in a higher standard competition and has become an integral part of the club, also using his expertise as a physiotherapist to help on match day and with player rehabilitation.
He played in the 2008 premiership and had a brilliant season which resulted in him being runner-up in the Bill Peirce Medal to Val Pope.
He has had his share of injuries with significant hamstring issues, including suffering a heartbreaking injury in the 2012 Qualifying Final, resulting in missing out on the 2012 Premiership after an excellent season.
Wenham carved a reputation as a devastating runner with a turn of speed which he used to great effect to break away and launch the Pies into attack.
He has re-invented himself as a running half back but also spending some time in the middle of the ground. He won a Syd Guildford Momination in Round 10 this season after laying 20 tackles in the win over Morningside. This showcased his typically ferocious attack on the football and tenacity at the contest.
Wenham would be the first to admit it has taken a little longer to reach his milestone game than he would have liked but after a couple of weeks off he is raring to go in Magpies finals campaign and thinks the Pies are a big chance for a breakthrough QAFL premiership.
Part of a nucleus of long serving, dedicated and loyal players at the club who have been together for 7-8 years, Wenham's milestone will be well received by teammates and supporters. This group of players are central to the fabric of the club and ensure Magpie players have a well deserved reputation of being fine people both on and off the field and the club's culture is one that all players and supporters should be proud.
Richard Wenham is front and centre when it comes to playing the game hard but fair and then contributing to the life of the club off the field.
Congratulations to Ice Man on reaching a significant milestone of 100 senior games. He is playing outstanding football in 2015 and will be a key player in the Magpies push towards a 2015 Premiership.
The Western Magpies are pleased to welcome Metis Wealth Management - as a proud 2015 community partner and financial sponsor.
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Daniel will be holding a seminar on Wed 9th of September at the club, so don't miss out and make sure you attend to take the first steps to securing your future.