For 199 games, Mulwala’s Sean Robinson has let his football do the talking.
Quietly spoken and incredibly humble, he goes about his business with little fanfare or fuss. However, through his character and his actions on the field, he sets an example for all players at the Mulwala Football Netball Club and ensures every opposition coach and player knows his name.
Sean’s ascension to Mulwala Football legend has its origins in 2003 when as a skinny 17 year old with bright red hair he made his debut and went on to play every game in his first season.
Even then there was breathtaking speed, agility and a left foot that penetrated with precision.
In the 13 seasons that have followed, his consistency has become his trademark with an unbelievable run that puts him only behind club legend Phillip “Tea Pot” Beams as Mulwala’s best player in the modern era.
After returning from a season playing county cricket in England in 2008, Sean began a seven year dominance of Mulwala’s Best and Fairest that is still yet to subside.
Third in 2009 behind twin brother Dylan, he went to another level in 2010, winning his first Best and Fairest and driving Mulwala to a grand final appearance.
Nick O’Bryan relegated him to second in 2011, pipping him by three votes, before the hat trick, three consecutive Best and Fairest wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Even last year with a Mulwala team that once again dominated the regular season, Sean only narrowly missed his fourth in a row, coming second to Jackson Powell by a handful of votes.
When you ask Sean about this incredible consistency, there is a sense of pride in his voice but he quickly dismisses his achievements in typical understated fashion “when you’re playing in the midfield then you’re expected to poll well”.
Sean also represented the Murray League on four occasions and has twice gone on to play for NSW in the National Country Football Championships.
Spectators can often be heard asking for a little bit of Robo magic when Mulwala are down and out and on so many occasions he has delivered.
It’s a regular sight to see him side step through a stoppage or emerge from a pile of bodies, bounce to his feet and launch a torp 60m.
Current Captain Josh Hammond agrees.
“Robbo has picked us up and carried us on his shoulders in so many games that I’ve lost count,” Hammond said.
Among his greatest admirers is football manager and former team mate, Dan McKee.
“I have pretty much seen Sean do everything and anything on the field,” McKee said.
“There was the day at Barooga where, with the last kick of the day, he snatched the game with a piece of genius from the boundary line or the time he was moved forward after straining his knee and kicked two set shots from 40m using his opposite foot.”
Loyal and committed Sean has never seriously entertained the many offers to change clubs, and of course the big money that has been attached.
Instead Sean has committed himself to every coach who has taken the reigns and delivered for every one of them.
Sean’s football journey is by no means over but a win over Numurkah this Saturday and another tilt at premiership glory in 2016 would be a fitting reward for one of Mulwala’s finest.