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    MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

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    Matthew Boyd will play his 290th AFL game this Friday night against Geelong, which equals Dean Cox for the most games for a player who has come off the rookie list. His friend and teammate, Dale Morris, looks back at his decorated career and the pairís relationship.

    It will be a pleasure to see my long-term friend and teammate Matthew Boyd equal the record for most games off a rookie list this Friday against Geelong.

    But a personal accolade will mean very little to him, Boydy is a guy that has always had a team-first attitude although heíll probably be a little flattered and surprised.


    Whether he has the record or not, it wonít change him at all, heíll take it in his stride and continue to work as he ever has. Personally, Iím thrilled for him and he thoroughly deserves it, he can add it to the long list of achievements that he does have. Itís fitting that he has that record.


    Having come off the rookie list myself I know just how hard it can be to earn your place, which makes the record even more outstanding.

    For starters, coming off a rookie list is a tough gig ó maintaining that spot on the rookie list, doing all the work, knowing that there is a possibility that you wonít play footy. It all takes its toll.

    When Boydy started on the rookie list, it was bittersweet knowing that a teammate had to get injured for you to get onto the senior list to be able to play a game. The amount of training, the amount of work you do for the possibility of getting onto the senior list is a tough position to be in.


    I spent four years training and trying out for the Dogs before I was rookie-listed in 2005, so I got to see Boydy at the beginning of his career. One of the earliest things I remember was just how hard this guy worked, and when I did join the club my perceptions of him only strengthened.


    He was forever bettering himself on the field, and in the gym he never wasted a session. Then off the field he was always looking to develop himself as a person and a player. The amount of work he did to improve his leadership was just huge.

    Itís a big reason why he has been such a strong leader over a long period of time and has also captained the club he loves through some of its toughest times. In my eyes, he was the perfect guy to lead the club during those tough years because of all the work he had done on himself, which set an example for all of us.

    He has always tried to make this club a better place and his goal would be to try and leave it in a better position than it was in when he started, heís doing exactly that.


    Itís just not the on-field stuff where the club has improved, in terms of the obvious wins and losses. Boydy is always looking to develop and drive the culture, the standards, the expectations of the club, just overall making it better.

    Last yearís premiership was a reward for all of that. I donít think words can describe the feelings you have during that time. For him to go through what he has, heís been through the lowest of lows and now the highest of highs, itís fitting for him to have that reward, having gone through the blood, sweat and tears.

    But perhaps what stands out to me most is how Boydy has handled himself off the field.



    He was there for me in one of the darkest times of my career. After breaking my tibia and fibula against Essendon in 2011, I was taken to hospital and Boydy didnít even go home after the game, he came to see me straight away. Iíll never forget it, he didnít have to be there, he wanted to be there.


    He didnít say anything, he just sat down next to me and put his hand on my arm and just rested it there. I donít think words can describe how that made me feel, knowing that he chose to help me through this terrible time. That moment would have been a lot harder without him there, it felt special for him to care so much.


    We talk about how serious, competitive and hard-nosed Boydy is but those things a lot of people donít see. He will do anything for the players because he cares for these boys and this club so much.


    He has been able to adapt and change over the years without losing that serious side and he actually cracks gags now.

    Boydy is a non-compromising, dedicated, professional athlete, but his family always comes first. At home with Kate and the kids he loves them like you wouldnít believe. He will do anything for the people he loves and cares about.

    I still look up to him for what he has achieved at the club and as a person. That will never change.

    Well done Boydy.
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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    Two great men, I feel privileged to have seen their careers.

    Well done, Matt.
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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    A great read . Two blokes to be much admired

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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    Just sensational!!
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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    3 time B&F, 3 time All Australian - 289 games to date. Has been an unbelievable rookie.
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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    Excellent timing for the article!

    Boyd's been an absolute legend for our club. He's always been a maligned player, but a gun nonetheless.
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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    I teared up when Moz was talking about Boyd going to see him in hospital after he broke his leg.

    It's lovely to see how genuinely these two care for each other.
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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    DOTW - Have you not seen the selected team?
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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    Quote Originally Posted by jeemak View Post
    DOTW - Have you not seen the selected team?
    Derp. His shoulder.

    Told you, pulling late nights with budgets....
    Wake me up when we get to heaven, let me sleep if we're going to hell

    Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell are really there, but I wouldn't hold my breath

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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozza View Post
    3 time B&F, 3 time All Australian - 289 games to date. Has been an unbelievable rookie.
    Yep. And he still gets unfairly criticized. Didn't sulk when he was replaced as captain. One of the best ball getters we've had. I think i read once that he won five junior premierships. Would have been a nightmare to play against!

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    Re: MATTY BOYDY: FROM ROOKIE TO ROLE MODEL by Dale Morris

    Equals the rookie record tonight and his mate Morris not there.
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