Harwood set for milestone game
Thursday, 17th May, 2012
By Ben Sheffield
North Football Club stalwart Jason Harwood is set to pull on the guernsey for his 400th club game this weekend and shows no signs of slowing down.
Now in his 23rd season with the club, Harwood will play his milestone game against West at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.
The 41-year-old first played seniors for the Bulldogs in 1989 during his final year of high school, spending time in both the A-grade and B-grade teams.
Over his career, Harwood believes he has played roughly 260 A-grade games and 140 B-grade games.
But it is North’s 2004 A-Grade Premiership that he names as the highlight of his career.
“I was co-captain of that team so that made it pretty special,” he said.
He also listed a couple of representative games as another high point because he wasn’t selected until much later in his career.
North Football Club Vice President, Justin Hoskins, has paid tribute to Harwood’s contribution to the football club.
“Jason is an asset to the North Football Club and his 400th club game is an outstanding achievement.
“He is a massive influence on the younger players at the club; we couldn’t imagine the place without him.”
Hoskins also highlighted Harwood’s role as a Reserves assistant coach as a demonstration of his commitment to furthering North as a football club.
Harwood acknowledged the part the club had played in his time as a player.
“I’m really lucky to have played at the best club in town.
“They’re a good bunch of blokes. I’ve spent 20-odd years there and been lucky enough to have some success too.”
Harwood is pleased with the way North’s A-grade team are travelling this year, remaining undefeated after the first five rounds.
But he did lament that their B-grade team had suffered by having to fill positions in the A-grade side.
“A few of the guys have got work commitments and the As have been left a bit short,” he said.
Harwood is unsure of whether he will line up in the A-grade or B-grade this weekend but thinks there is a reasonable chance of celebrating his 400th game with a victory.
“If the lads keep playing as well as they have been we’re a fair chance,” he said.
Although it would be a number of years away, Harwood didn’t rule out the possibility of a 500th game, saying “never say never”
The North Football Club will be making a presentation for his 400th game at their club rooms at 7pm on Saturday night.