Schrodes and George 100 Senior games

30 May 2013

In St Bernards history only sixty odd players have played 100 senior games. Congrats to Ryan Schroder and George Garth who chalked up that honoured milestone together on Saturday.

While bitterly disappointed in not getting a win over Xavs both played their usual roles with Schrodes leading the tackle count and George holding Xavs captain Matt Ball to only two kicks.

A highlight for both boys was the 2011 Prelim Final where they were instrumental in the game that returned St Bernards to A Grade. Schrodes and George led the disposal count and attacked the talented St Kevins midfield with four quarters of relentless aggression.

The pair racked up a remarkable 27 tackles while shutting down St Kevins State Reps Ben Dowd and Tom Simpson in a memorable day for both boys and the club.

Ryan Schroder took out the Under 19 Most Determined award in 2005 before his Senior debut in round 7, 2006. He won the Seniors Most Improved award in 2007 and has been a regular fixture in the Senior side ever since.

Despite a number of injuries Schrodes has stamped his name in VAFA circles as an aggressive and fearless competitor who never concedes an inch to his usually taller opponents. In addition to his on-field deeds, it has been great to see Schrodes step up into leadership positions within the senior group in recent seasons.

George Garth made his senior debut against Old Xavs in 2004, he won the club’s Under 19 Premier Best and Fairest that year before playing in the club’s last A Grade finals campaign. A tough competitor, George has regularly been given the task of blanketing the VAFA’s best.

His ‘hard at it’ approach has resulted in a few injuries and with a year off overseas in 2009 and an injury riddled 2012 it’s taken a while for George to rack up the 100.  George’s leadership qualities and passion for Bernards have made him a popular club man and of course he spices up Thursday night’s with his ‘Libba Lookalikes’


Well done George and Schrodes

Paul Garth