In a season that has yielded few highlights thus far, Saturday will see one of the most naturally skilled footballers at the Club register his 200th game.
Chris Boyes started his career with the Bombers as a fill in for the 2004 Colts during a WAFL bye round at an away game in Bassendean. Initially slatted for a bench role only to be used in an emergency, Boysie was quickly inserted into action with a few first quarter injuries and a team mate getting lost on the way to the ground.
In 2005, after his stint with the East Fremantle Colts in 2003/04, a 19-year-old Boysie was a key part of the Bombers Undefeated C Grade League Premiership, arguably the greatest team in Club history. It was fitting that the Grand Final was held at East Fremantle Oval where Boysie used his intimate knowledge of the ground to bag 4 goals in a Best On Ground performance.
After a whirlwind start to his career, Chris continued to be a key part of the club’s B Grade sides of the next 4 seasons being crowned the 2007 League Best & Fairest and then backed it up being the Clubs leading Goal Kicker in 2008.
With the club heading back to C Grade in 2010, Boysie again proved a key cog in a successful team that made it all the way to the Grand Final only to be defeated by Wanneroo on the big day and because of a quirk in the fixtures were not honored with promotion. 2011 saw another successful campaign that was derailed at the final hurdle with a Preliminary Final loss to Scarborough at Claremont Oval, Boysie again had a great season finishing Runner-Up Best & Fairest.
After two tough seasons where the Holy Grail of a Premiership was so close, the 2012 Bombers had another great season with Boysie at the centre of the action again and living up to his reputation as a big game player being honored as Player of the Finals Series in a Bombers C Grade League Premiership campaign.
A true clubman, Boysie has held many off field roles at the club including 5 years on the Committee and various coaching roles where his quirky coaching methods were well received by players.
Sitting with a career goal tally of 396 and averaging nearly 2 goals per game, it would be a nice cherry on top of a dazzling career if he could boot his 400th this weekend. Asked about his chances of reaching the 200 game 400 goal milestone, Boysie in his true witty fashion responded “With the predicted forecast, I’m not holding my breath. I’d need Peko to take 4 marks inside 30 and dish of the handball”.
Overall, Chris Boyes has produced one of the better careers wearing the Bombers Red and Black. Congratulations on a terrific milestone Boysie, we hope there are many more games to come!
- 2005 Premiership Player
- 2005 Grand Final BOG
- 2007 BLAFC League Best & Fairest
- 2008 BLAFC Leading Goal kicker
- 2011 BLAFC Runner Up Best & Fairest
- 2012 Premiership Player
- 2012 BLAFC Player of the Finals
- 396 Career Goals
- 2 Red Cards
- Knee Reconstruction 2013
- 6 Seasons of B Grade
- 6 Seasons of C Grade