Michael Niesen – 200 game plaque
Queanbeyan Age By Andrew Johnston
QUEANBEYAN Tigers legend Michael Niesen played in no less than eight first grade grand finals, two reserve grade deciders and four premiership winning sides during his 200 game career at Dairy Farmers Park.
But amidst all the titles and trophies, the seven-time Tigers leading goal scorer still holds particularly fond memories of his very first game in Queanbeyan colours nearly two decades ago.
“I’ve actually got that game at home on tape,” he told The Queanbeyan Age.
“It was against Western Creek in March, 1994. I remember I hadn’t done a pre-season at all because I’d torn a quad muscle and I came out on the day and was lucky enough to kick 10 goals.
“So it was a nice way to start my Queanbeyan career.”
Last Sunday, Niesen was one of 10 former players inducted in the Queanbeyan Tigers Walk of Honour recognising those to have played 200 games in the black and gold strip.
The 43-year-old is regarded as the Tigers greatest ever forward, kicking 648 goals during at 11-year first-grade career at the club.
He is the only player to have tallied more than 600 goals in Queanbeyan colours.
“You never really think too much about those kinds of records and milestones when you’re actually playing,” Nielsen said. “You just go out and play and few games and kick a few goals.
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