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Howard’s milestone

Saturday, 18th July, 2015

Codie Howard will play his 200th A-Grade game this weekend with the Bulldog midfielder set to continue on his impressive form. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Codie Howard will play his 200th A-Grade game this weekend with the Bulldog midfielder set to continue on his impressive form. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Patrick Reincke

North A-Grade Co-Captain Codie Howard will hit a double tonne of games this weekend as he leads his side against West at Jubilee Oval.

The 200 gamer has been exceptional so far this season and throughout his career and has been one of the top performers for the Bulldogs.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” he said. “It’s fallen on North old-timers weekend so it’s pretty good timing, and I’m very happy about that.”

In his ninth year as a captain, the 27-year-old said he has been relatively calm in the lead up to the big game.

“I haven’t been too bad,” he said.

“Training on Thursday night I started getting a little bit nervous but you just look at it like any other game.

“It’s starting to get down to the real nitty gritty so it’s just another step towards finals.”

As North gears up for yet another finals appearance, Howard boats a stellar conversion rate from Grand Final appearances.

From the eight times he’s played for North in a GF, he has turned six of those appearances into silverware.

A-Grade coach David Ruddock said he highly regards Howard as one of the best.

“He’s an absolute gun.

“Without a doubt, he’s the best player I’ve coached.

“He’s got the natural talent, he leads by example and he’s well respected around the club.”

Having played all his games for the blue and white, the two-time Lionel Johnston Medallist and North Best and Fairest winner spoke about why he plays for the Bulldogs.

“It’s the loyalty and the camaraderie of the whole club.

“It’s a great club to be around, everyone gets behind each other whether you’re down or you’re up.

“It’s a great family to be a part of.”

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