NTFA milestone men contest Harper-Williams Cup

EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE HUNDRED: Old Scotch 100-gamer Nic d'Emden is flanked by Perth's 300-gamer Matty Williams and 200-gamer Scott Furley. Picture: Hamish Geale
EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE HUNDRED: Old Scotch 100-gamer Nic d'Emden is flanked by Perth's 300-gamer Matty Williams and 200-gamer Scott Furley. Picture: Hamish Geale

Four players will play milestone games when Perth and Old Scotch compete for the Harper-Williams Cup on Saturday.

Magpies duo Matty Williams and Scott Furley will play their 300th and 200th games respectively, while Old Scotch pair Nic d’Emden and James Dennis will both line up for game 100.

The game holds special significance for Williams – the cup is named in honour of his father Cliff – and the 40-year-old said he was looking forward to helping his side make finals.

The midfielder-forward began senior footy at 16 and could return for another season next year.

“It’s a great achievement,” Williams said.

“It’s taken me a few years to get it though because I left Perth for five years and played at different clubs but then went back just to finish it up.”

Furley joined the Magpies in 2006 as a 33-year-old and captained the side for a number of years. 

“I was only planning on playing a couple of years to help them out but I’ve enjoyed my time,” Furley said.

“They’re a good bunch of blokes and now I’m having a kick with my 19-year-old (Jordan) which pretty stoked about.”

Saturday’s clash will be d’Emden’s fourth senior game of the season and despite the Thistles almost certainly being out of final contention, the former president said his sides was determined to keep its stranglehold on the cup. 

“It’s been something that we’ve had a good mortgage on, but this week will be a bloody close game I reckon,” d’Emden said.