THERE is no doubt Chris Lynch bleeds the green of Forest Killarney Football Club.
The 40-year-old has remarkably been either in the AL/1s or MWFA Premier League for just under two decades at Melwood Oval, making a mockery of his age.
“I just love the game, the sense of team spirit always brings me back each year,” he said.
“These days I’m happy to play Reserve Grade and mentor the younger guys, but my competitive spirit remains.
“I’m taking it year by year, but as long as I’m enjoying my football and contributing, I’ll hang around.”
Lynch felt the club winning the men’s AL/1s ‘double double’ in 2006 was his highlight to date.
“To have first grade and also the Ressies win the league and grand final was unbelievable,” he said.
“Winning trophies with your mates, what else could you ask for.”
Lynch also pointed out just how tolerant his wife Jodie is when it comes to her husband’s passion for the world game.
“She often refers to herself as a football widow, I can’t thank her enough,” he said.
“With our two little boys (Ben and Levi)it is getting harder each winter, but Jodie knows how much it all means to me.”
Away from football, Lynch works for Optus.
He has been on their books 22 years, making him loyal on and off the pitch.
So when will Lynch finally play against blokes his own age?
“Over 35s can wait,” he said.
“I was fortunate to play in the FFA Cup recently which was great, it was on my bucket list.
“We are still alive in that competition and if we hold or own in the AL/1s over the next few months, it will be another successful season.”
Lynch should achieve his 300 game milestone this year and ‘would absolutely love’ to one day be a life member at the club he joined 19 years ago.
“I guess we will see what happens,” he said.
“I love the club, I’ll be involved in some capacity for a while yet.”