A SELF-confessed “battler” and “terrible kicker” hopes he can cap off a decorated football career with a premiership.
Kolora-Noorat full-back Adam Roberts will retire after today’s Warrnambool and District league grand final between the Power and Panmure at Reid Oval.
Family and farm commitments have forced the 34-year-old to call time on a career which has yielded three flags at Camperdown and Kolora-Noorat.
Roberts said he had considered hanging up the boots after his Hampden league career came to an end after season 2010.
He weighed up his playing days again at the end of last year, after his first season at the Power, before continuing in 2012.
Roberts said he had reflected on his career this week as he prepared to bow out, hopefully with another flag.
“It’d be a great way to finish up. Especially as you get older you appreciate them a bit more,” he said.
“It was 11 years in between premierships — the 2000 one at Camperdown to last year. To go again this year, when I didn’t think I was going to, it would be the icing on the cake.”
Roberts said he had few regrets from his 232-game career at Camperdown and soon-to-be 38 matches at Kolora-Noorat.
He said he believed he had played to his potential as a hard-working backman.
“I’ve pretty much got the most out of the given ability I was presented with,” he said.
“I was a terrible kicker, terrible disposer of the football and that’s why I’ve ended up at full-back.
“There have been a couple of seasons with time limitations that have limited me.
“There might’ve been a couple of seasons in my mid-20s I wish I could’ve put more time into it and got more out of myself.
“But there are a couple of seasons where I was 28, 29 where I was ending my career at Camperdown and where I was starting to play some good footy.”
Roberts, a father-of-three, will take on Panmure full-forward Gary Robinson in what shapes as a match-defining contest today.
Robinson kicked six goals on him in round five, but Roberts kept “the big show” to three in the second semi-final a fortnight ago.
“He has a strong body and leads well. He’s fairly quick off the mark, his first 10 paces,” Roberts said.
Power full-back Adam Roberts has a crucial role today.
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