200 Swannie Games for Daniel Bruce this Weekend
We all admire dedicated hard workers both on and off the field, but Daniel Bruce isn't just that for the Lismore Swans, he is also a dedicated family man with two young children, and works long hours often through-out the night for Essential Energy restoring power when the grid shuts down.
But there is no shutting down the bullocking rover who plays his 200th game for Lismore this weekend in Byron at the Cavanbah Centre for Indigenous Round. However the key phrase here is '200 games for Lismore'. Bruce also played 32 games for Nimbin starting in 2002 before joining Lismore in 2004. So career total, he is on 232 this weekend. Bruce explains how that transition all unfolded with a surprise visit.
"I was working at the Square in 2004 after 2 years playing with Nimbin when I had a chance meeting with Lismore Coach Ronnie, and we discussed me potentially coming over to Lismore. He was so welcoming and I’ve never looked back" explains Bruce. It was this moment that makes Bruce also believe that his favourite club person still to this day is former coach Ronnie Meldrum.
Having also seen so many players come and go, Bruce was able to share with us some of his memorable team mates he believes he was lucky to share the field with, and be part of at the Swans.
"Really lucky to have played with so many champions of the club, in particular the three Howard boys at their peak was enormous, some of my other favourite players include Ox (Jason Bevan), George Massa, Dean Webb, Josh Suffolk, Lyndon Dyson, Ben Hughes, Nick Hayward, Mitch Grivens, Philip Tsourlinis, Gus Legoe and of course the amazing club people Neil & Ros Winterbon, Trevor Foster, Mal Weight and I know I’ve failed to mention so many more who have been hugely influential to myself and the club".
Bruce has achieved some massive milestones a long the way, with not only being a on-field player, but a valued committee member, and current treasurer, Brucie has seen and done many things for Lismore, but with none bigger as an individual prize than both the Club & League Best & Fairest in 2009. To achieve something that big, proves the hard work of the 200 gamer, and does show that hard work can lead to rewards. However when it comes to Bruce's greatest moment at the Swans, nothing compares to that famous day on September 4 2011 at Oakes Oval in Lismore, when the Swans held up the Premiership Shield for the first time in 27 years. "I've had some good footy trips, but the 2011 Premiership tops them all" explains Bruce.
This weekend, Bruce takes on the tough and skilled Byron Bay at 2.20pm and as always will put in 100%, and you can be assured he will be doing his all for the red and the white of the Swans as he has done week after week for 14 years.
We wish Bruce all the best this weekend, and can not ask for a more celebrated career and hardworking clubman. Thank you Brucie, and all the best. Cheer Cheer.