Media roundup of coverage of Sam Pleming reaching 200 VFL games.
From the Port Phillip Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
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IT’S as if his name is rusted to the Port Melbourne results.
In the past few years, more often than not S Pleming has featured in the Borough best.
When Sam Pleming played his 150th senior VFL game a couple of years ago, Port board man Les Quarrell reckoned the defender they call “Plum’’ had been in the list of best players at least 100 times.
Year-by-year results on the VFL website go back only to 2010, but they suggest Quarrell was close to the mark.
In 2010 Pleming has 13 mentions in the top six players. In 2011 he had 10 mentions. In 2012 it was 12. Last year he got up to 15.
The numbers bear out Pleming’s consistency. He has been a remarkably productive player for Port since joining it in 2006 after spending 2004 and ’05 on Carlton’s rookie list.
The sight of him taking intercepting marks across the half back line and turning defence into attack with canny disposal has been a staple of Port games for close to a decade. He reads the game as if it’s an alphabet book for kinder kids.
Durability is another asset: he’s missed only three matches in nine seasons, two with a finger he cut at work in 2008 and one with a rolled ankle in 2010.
Honours have piled up around Pleming: Port’s 2011 premiership, state jumpers in 2012-13, best and fairests in 2010-11, team of-the-year selections from 2010-13 and VFL life membership.
Port Melbourne have also released a highlights video capturing some of the Plemings TV highlights.