Ex-Lion returns with skills of yesteryear

WHO IS 45 years young, kicked seven goals on Saturday, and is best remembered for the big thigh pads he wore in his VFL (AFL) football career with Fitzroy?
Michael Reeves is back playing after a nine-year lay-off, filling in for Hepburn reserves and supporting his son, Chris, who plays in the under 17.5s of the Central Highlands league.
Dad Reeves looked like he had lost none of his polish as the big man roved the ball and kicked truly on Saturday.
Reeves is also remembered for getting concussed by Hawthorn legend Robert "Dipper" DiPierdomenico during a finals match on Reeves' wedding day.
Reeves still made it to the church on time to marry Kim.
The strongly-built Reeves played initially with Hepburn in 1994 for one season, but has not put on the boots until this season in almost a decade.
He played 63 matches with Fitzroy between 1980 and 1987 including finals in 1984 and 1986.
He had 12 years in the VFL starting with North Melbourne under 19s and reserves.
He finished his metropolitan career playing with Box Hill from 1998 to 1990.
Reeves said the best two players he had played with were Malcolm Blight and Gary Wilson and best players against were Gary Ablett, Leigh Matthews and Tony Lockett.
Reeves is a senior sergeant of police at Preston.

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