Holmes set to celebrate 100th game
ALLORA prop Greg Holmes paid a tribute to his parents as he prepares for his 100th game for the St. George Queensland Reds on Friday against South Africa's Sharks at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
Holmes is set to become the first "centenarian" since John Roe reached the 100-game mark against the Brumbies in 2008 while he will join Dan Crowley (124 games) and Stan Pilecki (122 games) as the third prop in Queensland Rugby history to reach the honour.
A champion schoolboy athlete, Holmes has received great support from his parents Keith and Maria who farm at Allora.
"You don't even ask if they are coming to my games, you know they will be there," Holmes said.
"They have only missed two of my games in Brisbane during my career and were away on holidays at the time.
"If you don't have the support of your parents, you won't get anywhere. I am lucky they both loved sport, drove me to sport and paid for it."
His wife Alana, who he married in November, is also a regular at Reds game and has travelled to New Zealand and Perth for Super Rugby games this season.
Holmes has signed with the Reds to the end of the 2014 season.
"I would like to think I can play another three or four seasons, my plan is to be a one-club player," he said.
"I have had offers from other states but have never looked at them too seriously."
Now in his ninth season for the Reds, he said most of his time in the front row has been at loose-head prop.
"I am playing a bit of loose head and tight head of late," he said.
After footy, there is always the chance he will have another dabble in athletics, especially the discus where he was a prolific medal winner at state and national level while at school at Allora State School and Downlands College.
His sporting career moved to team sport after he went to Downlands in year 11 and was playing some firsts rugby in his first season in the sport.
"I definitely haven't ruled a bit more athletics out," Holmes said.
While he loves heading home to the farm for a break, he sees his future away from sport as a firefighter.
"I have done some ambassador work with the fire service and reckon I would be pretty good at it," he said.
At a media conference in Brisbane yesterday, Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie congratulated Holmes on his service to Queensland Rugby.
"Since the game turned professional it has become quite common for players to mix and match their clubs, but Greg has stayed true to Queensland since he debuted and is a hugely deserving member of what is an illustrious club," McKenzie said.
"When times were tough it would have been easy for him to pack his bags and go elsewhere.
"He chose to stay, battled through the hard years and ultimately got rewarded when the Reds won the championship in 2011."