East Wagga-Kooringal forward Chris Jackson will turn 40 in October but has no plans of hanging up the boots.
Jackson wound back the clock with a three-goal performance in the Hawks’ elimination final win over Charles Sturt University and is hoping to continue that against Temora on Sunday.
“I love the game. It’s the thing I’ve done all my life,” Jackson said.
“I’ve played senior footy every year since 1993 and I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it.
“I love playing with the kids coming through. I’ve played in three different eras, really.”
A back injury filling in for a reserve grade game with Wodonga at the start of the season meant Jackson made a late start for the Hawks this year.
But he has strung seven consecutive games, including a season-high three goals last week.
Jackson is confident the Hawks can push deep into finals but believes consistency is the key.
“We’re confident in what we can do it’s just a matter of looking to stick to the game plan and game style,” he said.
“Our best is good enough, we’ve showed that against every side, but our worst is like we shouldn’t be in finals.
“We’ve just got to get that consistency.”
Jackson always planned to play this season and has no intention of hanging up the boots at season’s end.
“We’re one of a lot of clubs around that are short and I’m not going to let the club fold or not field a competitive side so I’ll help and do what I have to do,” he said.
“The game is always getting quicker as you get older so you’ve got to get smarter.
“I’ve got a lot of blokes around me who are very dangerous so I just try to do my job and if I can provide for them then that makes me happy.”
The Hawks take on Temora in the first semi-final at Robertson Oval on Sunday.