Campbelltown Harlequins captain prepares for 300th club game

The year was 1995. Toy Story was on the big screen and Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise was top of the pops.

It was also the year that Adam Choice made his debut for the Campbelltown Harlequins Rugby Union Club.

Choice, now 34, has enjoyed a long relationship with the Harlequins which includes being first grade captain for the past six years.

Choice will line up, as always, at number eight (prop) for his 300th club game when the Harlequins host Shoalhaven this Saturday at Campbelltown Showground at 3pm.

The Harlequins veteran told the Advertiser it was a great honour to reach the 300-game milestone in the Illawarra District Rugby Union Competition.

"I'm pretty proud, I started my junior footy at Campbelltown when I was 10," Choice said.

"I missed the next year, but came back when I was 12 and have been here a long time."

Choice said career highlights included being part of Campbelltown colt's (under-21s) premiership-winning team in 2003.

He made his first grade debut the following year and has now played more than 270 games in the grade.

"I didn't know that I would make 300 games, I would have been happy to play one game in first grade," Choice said.

"After a while, I decided that I wanted to reach at least 100 games for the club and it's gone from there."

Choice said he was very proud to have led the Harlequins for six seasons.

"You can't ask to be captain. If you're the right person, someone will tap you on the shoulder," he said.

"It's been a great honour."

Choice said he enjoyed the club's "good family element" and had played alongside his friends for many years.

He said he had no plans to hang up the boots.

"I'm coming off my third knee clean out this year, so my body will need to make the decision [when to retire]," Choice said.

"But footy is not a chore and I'm still enjoying it."

Choice thanked his wife Laura and children Evelynn (six) and Audrey (three) for their "amazing support".

"My wife has put up with me after wins and losses, whether I've been a cranky husband or sad husband," he said.

"It's been a rollercoaster for her."

Harlequins first grade vice-captain Mitch Gordon has played alongside Choice since they were 13 years old.

Gordon said Choice was a great leader and had "pretty much done it all" for the club.

"'Choicy' is a naturally gifted rugby player and bleeds for our club," he said.

"His passion for the club and its success is unrivaled by most."

Adam Choice leaves the field after another tough stint. Picture: Campbelltown Harlequins

Adam Choice leaves the field after another tough stint. Picture: Campbelltown Harlequins