Almanac (Footy) Life: Old Dog to play his 700th game of footy


Congratulations to Matt Zurbo (Old Dog) who plays his 700th game of football on Saturday 5 August. Matt is a stalwart of the Footy Almanac community and one who absolutely epitomises the ethos of the group and all it stands for. He has been a regular contributor to the site over many years publishing nearly 400 stories about everything that is of interest to him from footy to the ferns in the Otways. From all at the Footy Almanac, congratulations on a wonderful footy career – good luck, go well, and go hard in your 700th game Matt. 



Image courtesy of Great Ocean Road Photography


On 5 August I play my 700th at the Irrewillipe Recreation Reserve when my beloved Otway Districts take on the Western Eagles. After, we will go back to the Gellibrand pub for a rocking band, the Monaros, to celebrate life, footy and raise the roof. All Knackers welcome! Of course.


Thank you for being such a huge part of my journey.



Player Profile


Name: Old Dog


Favourite food: Carbs


Favorite food in the off season: Anything but carbs.


Favourite drink: Yes.


Best highlight: Every teammate, every handball, every kick with them, every shitstir. Every adventure. The drive to every game. The beer after. With them. The kids running around our feet. The locals. The feel of a good footy. The oil drum fire near the small outdoor bar.


Favourite part of footy: Training on a wet winter Tuesday night. Just the true believers, and you.


Favourite player: Sam Harriot Lennie Perkins.


AFL team: What’s an AFL?


Favourite AFL player: Jimmy Jess.


Favourite person: John Harms.


See you there!



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  1. Peter Fuller says

    Great stuff Matt. Congratulations on a wonderful career. Long may he play.

  2. Daryl Schramm says

    I hope the day and the night is a roaring success. Passion with a giant capital ‘P’.

  3. Rick Kane says

    Wow and wow again! 700 games. That’s either an incredible achievement or a black hole of absurditiness! I’ll go with a jaw dropping achievement playing footy but so much more. Your Player Profile Highlight comment sums it up. Truly remarkable, and seriously, your body has held together through it all? Keep on pushin Old Dog and here’s a charge from Bruce, as if you need it!: Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend/No retreat, baby, no surrender.

  4. Congratulations Matt, 700 games is a great effort

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