Michael “Ox” Oxley will play his 200th game for the club this week against the Ringwood Football Club.
It’s been a long road for the soon to be 200 game veteran of The Basin Football Club who started with the club over 20 years ago. Michael played over 100 games as a junior from under 10’s all the way through to under 16’s often playing in teams that had little success.
After a stellar junior career, 200 senior club games looked to be out of reach. After suffering an injury that resulted in fractured vertebrae the doctor’s advice was to have 6 months in a back brace and at least a year off football. Michael’s determination to play football would see him back much earlier than excepted. After only half a season he was back out on Batterham Reserve playing in the green and red once again.
After the two seasons of under 18’s and one of the toughest pre-season’s in the clubs history Michael got his first senior opportunity under the hardnosed Cameron Gillett in 2004. Michael played every game that year and was set to play in a Grand Final in his first season of senior football. Unfortunately they were beaten by Heathmont by 8 points.
After a great first season, Michael became the vice-captain of the football club in 2005. Michael would go on that season to play in another losing Grand Final this time by 7 points to the Waverley blues.
Michael had begun to make a name for himself as a as a tough defender and midfielder who would give you everything he had from siren to siren.
After 8 seasons Michael would finally taste success after an injury plagued year playing in the 2012 reserves premiership team.
When asked about his biggest influences of his career Michael said “They couldn’t be more opposite! Razor (Cameron Gillett) was my first senior coach and taught me about discipline and hardness when it came to senior football and then Pickles (Michael Glassborow) taught me more about the mental side of football and the structures within the modern game”.
Over his career Michael has always given his all to the club and knows how to get the best out of himself. Michael is a great clubman, he is the first to help out around the club and vary rarely misses a function. The Basin Football club is not only part of Michael, it is people like Michael are the reason The Basin FC is what it is.
Tune into 98.1FM on Saturday morning from 8am to listen more about Michael’s career and a preview of this week’s game.