Routine key to Matt Perri reaching century for Leitchville-Gunbower | VIDEO

Matt Perri at quarter-time of last week's win over Leitchville-Gunbower.
Matt Perri at quarter-time of last week's win over Leitchville-Gunbower.

LEITCHVILLE-Gunbower star forward Matt Perri says developing a goalkicking routine for the first time has played a major part in reaching the century mark this season.

Perri last Saturday became the first player since the formation of Leitchville-Gunbower as a merged club in 1995 to kick 100 goals in a season.

With one round left in the Heathcote District league season – and at least two finals still to come for the Bombers – Perri has booted 101 goals.

He brought up the century when he kicked his seventh goal in the final quarter of last weekend’s 126-point win over White Hills.

It’s the first time the 28-year-old has kicked the ton in a season, with the extra work put in on his goalkicking paying dividends.

“Last year I was kicking a lot of fives and sixes, but I was also kicking five or six points as well,” Perri said on Thursday.

“In the off-season I did a lot of work on my goalkicking routine. Only having moved forward the past few years, I’ve never really had a routine before.

“It’s not the most orthodox routine, but it seems to be working.”

One of Perri’s traits this season has been his accuracy, with his 101 goals coming from 136 scoring shots after kicking just 35 behinds.

Now in his third season at Leitchville-Gunbower, Perri has kicked 241 goals in 51 games for the club. 

He’s kicked at least five goals in 21 games for the Bombers, including 10 times this season.

• Perri’s round-by-round goals this season – 5, 10, 7, 4, 6, 4, 9, 7, 3, 12, 4, 13, 4, 5, 8.