STILL GOING: Seaun Stanley makes one of his many damaging runs for Macquarie against CYMS. The forward will be put to the acid test again on Sunday against Parkes Spacemen at Apex Oval.Seaun Stanley may have celebrated his 40th birthday before the start of the Tooheys New Group 11 season but the Macquarie Raiders second-rower is not about ready to pull the plug on his career.
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In fact he reckons he’s got another five years in him.

Judging by his controlled aggression and hard running against premiers Dubbo CYMS last week, Stanley can be a key element for the Raiders in their push for premiership honours in 2010.

This Sunday against Parkes at Apex Oval it’s just another game for Stanley but in reality it’s a result that could shape the face of the competition. If the Spacemen win they will be odds on to claim the minor premiership and probably get a shot at being first into the grand final on September 12.

“After 15 years away this is my second season back in Group 11 after playing with Wellington last year,” Stanley said.

“I had actually put in for the first grade captain-coach job at Macquarie for this year but missed out (to Matt Stott) but decided that the best way to show the club that I was interested down the track was to sign on and play.

“It’s been a good move. I’m happy with the way I’m playing and my fitness and enthusiasm is good.

“There’s a lot of experience in the side and Matt (Stott) has brought a lot of professionalism to the club. The other strength of ours is the young players in the side who are really going great, it’s good to be running around with them.”

There was also a touch of irony about his three-star performance that brought the Fishies undone last week: “I usually work at the Pastoral Hotel on Saturday nights and don’t finish till about three o’clock, then we’d have training Sunday morning before the game,” Stanley said.

“Last week we didn’t train so I had a sleep in and it made a lot of difference to the way I felt about four o’clock late in the game.”

Stanley admits he has been more a defensive player during his long career but now he’s keener than ever to take the ball up a couple of times in each set of six tackles.

That same work rate will be needed to shut out the Spacemen who smashed Cobar Roosters 64-0 last weekend. There’s lot of experience and weight in the scrum which means the Raiders will have to be at their best.

The last question I had for Seaun Stanley was where has he played during his career?

“How much time and paper have you got,” he said.

“I made my first grade debut with Gerard Dunn at Wellington in 1987 while still in Robbie Dunn’s under-18 side.

“Before that I got into the 18s as a 14-year-old fullback when Des Kennedy was the coach. I also played hooker and lock, then the second row and prop, but second-row is where I’m most happy now.

“I’ve also played at Dubbo Westside, CYMS and Gilgandra, went to Bathurst Railway with Bertie Gordon, won a Group 10 premiership with Bathurst Penguins and played under Ray Spurr at Orange CYMS.

“When I moved to Sydney for work in those 15 years I played with Newtown, Wentworthville, Doonside and Umina under Cliffy Lyons before coming home to Wellington last year.

“I love the game and would like to think there’s at least five years in the old body.”

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