Another Edendale player to mark 200th game

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Edendale can thank plenty of seasoned campaigners for its table-topping tilt at a division 1 title this year.
When the club plays away against Tokanui this Saturday, another player will achieve 200 games with the club’s senior team, the second of the year.
Carey Bryson is a handy player for the side with his utility used to full extent for the side.
Bryson is playing lock for the side this year but has experience across the front row, mainly as a hooker.
Bryson said he was happy to finally make the 200 club.
‘‘It has taken a few years after I was pulled out of retirement three or four years ago after there were a few injuries and the side was a bit short on numbers,’’ he said.
Bryson is 39 years old, with his 40th birthday in October.
He is unsure when he will stop playing rugby.
‘‘It’s a year-by-year thing really. I have to take each game as it comes. I will have tosee if I make it through this year yet before looking at the next.’’
Bryson grew up in Southland and attended Edendale School before going to Menzies College and has always played for the club apart from some years away.
When he moved to Christchurch, he played for the University of Canterbury and he spent a year in Scotland in 2001-2002 where he played as well.
In 2003, he returned to Southland and decided it was time to settle and start farming.
‘‘I have always played with Edendale when in Southland as I grew up here. I will end up coaching as well when my kids come through.’’
He said it was the side’s mixture of members, all willing to push each other, that created a good environment at the club.
‘‘Some look to get their 50, some their 100 and it’s about all the guys in the club helping each other to get there.’’
Herbert’s Transport Edendale takes on Titiroa Transport Tokanui this Saturday from 1pm in Tokanui.
Tokanui might be at the opposite end of the table but Bryson believed that meant nothing in relation to the outcome of the game.
‘‘It is always a tough battle when you’re up there on their turf, regardless of where they are on the table.’’
Edendale captain Matt Medley also picked up his 200th game with the club this season and said hewas looking forward to celebrating with Bryson on Saturday.
Medley’s achievement came on the Thursday before the opening duck-shooting weekend so the celebration was a bit quieter for the occasion.
‘‘The club gives you a blazer for getting your hundred, among many other things,’’ Medley said.
Medley said he had played under coach John Fodie since he was 16, playing about 60% of his games under the coach.
Medley said he had had many highlights in his matches.
‘‘I love the local derbies against teams like Wyndham and Mataura. It’s hard to beat division 1 [teams] with the standard of rugby,’’ he said