Every community club has them, the lifeblood of the organisation. And North Beach is no exception.

To function, the grass roots footy clubs rely totally on their volunteer work force. The people who, regardless of the enormity of the challenge confronted, thrust their hand in the air, take a step forward and make it happen.

One of those people is Ian “Slimy” Tester, a stalwart of the club, who just keeps on playing.

The North Beach answer to the Energiser Bunny, he may not be as nimble as he once was, but he has lost none of his zest for the game. When the Hybrid Linings D1-Reserves take on University at McGillivray Oval, he will play his 350th game for the club.

“Slimy” might not be the most flattering of nicknames, but it is not a reflection of the esteem in which one of the club’s most revered characters is held.

Slimy, we salute you!      

While Tester will play his milestone game today, two other key North Beach stalwarts – Jamie Sajich and Matt Power – played their 100th game last Saturday celebrating with victories in the O’Rourke Realty A-Grade and the Credent Financial Services A-Reserves matches respectively against University.