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26 June, 2021

Johnstone plays 100 games

PATRICK Johnstone played his 100th club game with the Moranbah Bulldogs at the weekend, running on the field to face the Bakers Creek Tigers. By Stephen Thompson

This is a fantastic milestone for a young man who has been a great leader at our footy club in helping to build what we all enjoy together today.

Pat came to us a pup with his amazing family and was a big part of the start of the junior club progression that we have seen over the past 5 years.

He along with many kids his age still playing together in the U17s, started out with Ross Branch in the Junior Match Program, with a handful of kids playing at the Kennel on Saturdays and in various carnivals at Mirani and Mackay.

It has been a pleasure to coach him and his group in the compe- tition rebuild for our U12s team.

As the club began to rise, Pat and Callum spent many weekends traveling to Mackay to play many games with Sarina and Bakers Creek as a Moranbah player.

This very much helped with his development and should be also credited for the player Pat is today and for the opportunity they provided him.

Pat and his mates then pioneered the U14s team and now the U17s paving the way for all of our junior boys and girls to have somewhere to ply their trade on Saturdays, in competition home and away matches with the Bulldogs.

Credit should also go to his old fella, Andrew Johnstone who provides Pat and all his kids with every opportunity in sport and life and Pat is a very lucky man to have a mentor like Johnno and a fantastic product of one of the most energetic, generous, motivated and loving mums that you will find in Veronica.

As Pat rose through the ranks, he has been involved in many representative squads - including the Mackay Crows, Capricornia School Sport and the Gold Coast Suns Academy - where he has excelled and is admired by his peers and inspired young footballers, who wanted to be just like Patty Johnstone.

He has won countless Best and Fairest awards, Team Player awards, a Mackay AFL League medal in the U14s, and he earned a long-awaited premiership medal to hang around his neck in 2020.

He has coached the U10s, is always available for volunteering on game day and fundraising days, with credit to his family work ethic being driven into him from such an early age.

As the club has grown, he has been able to play senior football and I’m sure this would be one of his fondest memories in his footy career to date.

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for an incredible young man and a fantastic foot- baller.

We wish you all the best Pat, and congratulations on the mile- stone, I must say it got a little dusty when I was putting pen to paper for this write up, which isn’t uncommon for those that know me.

We are all super proud of you.

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