Ovens and Murray League Hall of Famer, the late and great Yarrawonga footballer Ken (Pascoe) Ellis was keen for his Pigeons’ record of 265 games to be broken, and by versatile star Xavier Leslie.
Pascoe passed away two years ago this Sunday, Mother’s Day, aged 82-years. His greatest mate for over 50 years, widow Margaret Ellis, is pleased the record-breaking day will arrive this Saturday when the Pigeons host the Myrtleford Saints.
“I congratulate him. He’s a very, very worthy recipient of the record,” she told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“Pascoe always said it would be Xavier, or Craig Ednie who would break his record. I’m happy Xavier’s breaking it. Pascoe loved the way he played.”
Like all games, the number 10 for Yarrawonga is looking forward to playing game number 266.
“I’m feeling good, really fresh,” the 32-year-old, O and M Morris Medallist said last Sunday. “I’ve pulled up a lot better than the previous match.”
About the record-breaking game and beyond this season, Xavier said: “I’ll give it everything, then we have the bye.
“In an ideal world I’d play on next season but will reassess it at the end of the year. I’d like to play on.”
Wife Kylie said she was “very, very proud of him”. The four-time A Grade premiership and three-time A Grade best and fairest netballer for Yarrawonga added: “Xave’s been so loyal over the years. His dedication to the club really shows.”
That’s why there will be huge acknowledgement and applause when he runs onto the J C Lowe Oval this Saturday.