After two decades, three children and six premiership involvements, Golden Square goal shooter Jody Richards will play her 300th game of netball for the Bulldogs on Saturday.
The loyal veteran will line up for the club’s A-Reserve side, of which she is also coach, when they take on South Bendigo on her home court at Fur Life Vet Oval.
The milestone match will earn Richards life membership of the Bendigo Football Netball League, complementing the similar honour Golden Square bestowed on her in 2012.
Richards first donned the blue and gold in 1997, after moving to Bendigo from South Australia, where she had played State League Reserves for the Adelaide Cougars.
She says Golden Square became her surrogate family in her new home city, but she has repaid that favour many times over with her efforts both on and off the court.
More than 200 of her total matches were played in A-grade and she was a member of the Bulldogs’ grand final-winning A-grade team in 2008.
She also captained the A-Reserves to a three-peat from 2014-2016 and was assistant coach when the A-grade side won flags in 2011 and 2015.
On a personal level, the sharpshooter finished runner-up in the league’s A-Reserve best and fairest award in 2015 and has served Golden Square as a committee member, netball liaison officer and sponsor.
The 41-year-old is supported by husband Chris, who she met through the club, and daughters Olivia, Elise and Ava. The elder two play junior netball for Golden Square and Olivia was this month called up to sit on the bench for the 17-unders.
Her mum and dad are making the trip from Adelaide to watch her 300th game.
Golden Square would like to congratulate Jody Richards for reaching this wonderful milestone and wish her all the best for the match.