‘Moppa’ hits milestone

CRAIG ‘Moppa’ Bennett made history at the Claremont Football Club (CFC) after breaking the club games record, smashing 335 games over his football career.

Growing up in the area, Moppa always wanted to play for the Claremont Football Club.

He remembers walking to the club grounds from his house to watch the club train and play games.

Moppa’s junior football career was all played with the Claremont Junior Football Club, before commencing his senior career with the club in 1998.

His extensive career includes one reserves grand final, two reserves premierships in 2015 and 2016, and one senior’s grand final.

Moppa’s 335th record breaking game was played against Lindisfarne at ANZAC Park on 23 June.

Moppa said he knew beforehand that this game would be one of the most important moments of his football career.

“I was nervous before I played it, I knew the game was coming up,” he said.

“I’m just disappointed the team couldn’t take the win, but it was a good personal achievement for me.”

In his career, Moppa has played 42 underage games, 106 reserves games and 187 seniors games.

Moppa said his career highlights were his 2015 and 2016 reserve premierships, and that winning with his team was a good feeling.

In addition to his impressive contributions to the club, he also got to play alongside his brothers, Ashley, Shane and Shaun.

The previous record holder for most games played for Claremont Football Club was Richard Blackwell, who played 334 games across all grades.

Blackwell’s career with the club began in 1974, and he held the record for the most games played since 1990, including eight senior premierships and three reserves premierships.

Moppa now plays mostly for the reserves team and will play out the rest of the 2018 season.

Next year, he will decide whether or not to continue on with his football career.

“I’d miss it if I didn’t do it,” Moppa said.

Caption: Craig “Moppa” Bennett following his record-breaking 335th game for the Claremont Football Club.