PRAHRAN Assumption captain Jack Matherson played his 150th game v Therry Penola at Toorak Park on Saturday August 9.
Matherson, 26, played his first senior game at 16 and is still a young veteran who belies his age with a maturity far beyond his years.
Better known as a key defender at full-back or centre half-back, Matherson has shown his versatility by also playing key roles at centre half-forard and full-forward earlier in his career.
His career highlight came in 2011 when he was a member of the premier and champion team of Division 3 in 2011.
Joint captain with Adam Sleight in 2013, and the sole captain this year, Matherson is the consummate leader.
His committment has been fully tested as he has missed two seasons with injury and this season he missed nine games with a shoulder dislocation v Old Mentonians in round three and has played under difficulties since his return.
Fearless in his attack on the ball, his marking and spoiling are first class.
But just as impressive is his off field manner embracing all the qualities of a good skipper.
Inclusive, respectful, forthright- Matherson is widely admired by his teammates, officials and supporters.
Matherson continues a family tradition as his father Kevin was a Southbank premiership player, 1986 best and fairest and life member and current football director, his mother Tracey is former secretary and best clubman at Southbank, while his brother Tom also plays for the Two Blues.