‘Fantastic’ Batger Hailed As An Eastwood Great

by Paul Cook - “I know I’m not known for my defence but I made a good try saving tackle that day so that’s one of my fondest memories,” laughs Ben Batger when he recalls his 1st Grade run-on debut for Eastwood against West Harbour back in 2004. “I guess back then you don’t really think you’re going to play that long but I’m really proud of it when I look at it now and it seems a bit unbelievable to be honest.” Not only has Batger been a regular fixture at TG Millner Field for the last 11 years, he’s also been one of the club’s most successful. Having racked up over 150 1st Grade games – “I played my 150th last season so I think I’ve played around 160,” he says – he forged his own slice of history a fortnight ago, his 10pts against Eastern Suburbs taking him past Dave Creagh to become Eastwood’s all-time top points scorer. At least, we’re pretty sure he has. “We have a few years missing in the club archives,” explains Eastwood General Mana
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