Rain puts Reh's milestone on hold

RUGBY LEAGUE - ILLAWARRA COAL LEAGUE

Parrish Park is the only training ground long-serving Wests prop Greg Reh has ever known.

It's ironic then, that Reh's beloved ground has forced him to wait for a personal milestone after wet weather washed out the Devils' clash with Corrimal on Saturday.

When Reh finally runs out for Wests this year he will become just the third player in the club's 65-year history, after Max Powell and his father Klaus Reh, to notch 200 first-grade games.

The fact he's played every one of them in the toughest position on the field makes the achievement all the more remarkable.

"I've been this shape since I was six, I've always been the fat kid," he joked.

"I've always stayed local and stayed where the heart is. I've only ever trained at this ground [Parrish Park].

"I've played with a lot of blokes from under 7s all the way through grade and the the people that have been around the club are the reason I've stayed."

Milestones include three premierships won under Paul McGregor from 2009-2011 - standout career highlights.

"[It was] By far the best side I played in," he said.

"We've had some good sides over my time but what we achieved in those three years was pretty special.

"I can't really pinpoint one of them but the first one was probably the most special one . . . a lot of emotion, a lot of feeling

"I've lost a couple along the way in a lot of years I played and we got so close in '05 so to do it in '09 was pretty big.

"The next two were just as tough if not tougher."

The Reh name is synonymous with the Devils and the milestone is made even more special as it puts him within reach of his father's club record.

"It's a big thing when you're [a junior] growing up and you achieve playing first grade so to get close to the old man's record is pretty exciting," Reh said.

"It's about 230 odd so I've got another year to go if I want to get him.

"At this stage you take it one game at a time, let alone year to year.

"It'd be nice but we'll just see what happens."

For his part, Klaus isn't clinging to his milestone.

"He should overtake me, I'll be glad when he does," Klaus said.

"I played in three-round competitions so by rights he should have beaten me years ago.

"It's a tremendous effort, particularly in the front row."

ILLAWARRA

COAL LEAGUE

Round one

Saturday

DAPTO v HELENSBURGH (3pm), Dapto Showground

Sunday

COLLEGIANS v THIRROUL (3pm), Collegians Sports Centre

Postponed: WESTS v CORRIMAL at Parrish Park

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