Steane stalks 350th

Steane Kremerskothen's next two games for the Northern Bombers will put him into uncharted territory in Tasmanian football.

On Saturday at Boyer, Kremer-skothen will become the first player in 120 years of TFL-TSFL to play 300 games _ 18 ahead of the previous record, held by Clarence's Scott Wade.

In the Bombers' next match, which at this stage should be the second semi-final at York Park on September 4, Kremerskothen will be the first player to record 350 senior games, including his 49 games for Launceston in the NTFA before the Statewide League was formed.

It all seems like a perfectly judged swansong for the decorated forward, who confirmed yesterday that he would retire at the end of this season.

``Yes, this will definitely be the end. Although I haven't really aimed for these milestones it will be nice to look back and say I played over 350 senior games.''

It also appears that Football Tasmania will officially acknowledge Kremerskothen as the Tasmanian senior- games record holder, accepting that all pre- Statewide games in the NTFA, TFL and NWFU rank equally.

Several players, including Scottsdale's Greg Lethborg and Penguin's Bill Fielding, played more than 400 games for their clubs but opted to play in the second- tier NTFL when TFL Statewide was regarded as the senior competition.

Kremerskothen, 35, played with Launceston from 1982 to 1984 and Clarence from 1985 to 1987. He has played with North Launceston since 1988. The highlight of his career was in 1995 when, as North captain, he held the club's first TFL premiership cup aloft at North Hobart.

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