After 40 years ‘Rudds’ is Top Dog
Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011
The North Football Club has bestowed its top honour on senior coach David Ruddock, naming him Top Dog for 2011.
The Top Dog award recognises dedicated individuals who have made a significant contribution to the club both on and off the field.
Ruddock certainly fits that description, having been involved with the Bulldogs since he began playing with North Mosquito Fleet juniors in 1970.
He made his A-Grade debut in 1982, and went on to play 226 games as an on-baller and forward, booting 329 goals in the process.
Ruddock played in senior flags in 1986, 1988, 1992 and 1994, held the position of co-captain in 1997, and played 11 representative games for Broken Hill.
His career came to an end in 1998 after suffering an injury while working on the mine, however he continued to serve his club in various coaching roles from juniors through to A-Grade, and coached the club to a flag in 2004.
Ruddock received the Top Dog award at North’s past players reunion on Saturday, and said it was an honour to be placed alongside previous winners.
“I was a bit surprised by it really,” he said.
“I actually thought there were a few other people who deserved it, but I’m very honoured.”
Ruddock said North’s past players reunion had been a great success, and commended the club’s organising committee.
“It was very good, (guest speaker) Kim Koster was excellent, as was (MC) Andrew Schmidt, he always makes it a very good day.
“The North old timers is always very professionally run.”