Rodney Ball will run out for 3rd Grade tomorrow in his 300th game for Nedlands.
Rod started at the club in the first ever Juniors team in 1986, and played until he was 12, when he was poached to the dark side of Aussie Rules.
He returned to the club in 1996 as an 18 year old Colt and worked his way into the Nedlands 1st grade 2 years later as a Blindside Flanker. Rod played in the losing 1998 Grand final and the winning 1999 Premiership team. After the 99 season, Rodney achieved his dream and joined the Front Row Club as a Hooker. He went on to play a mixture of 1st and 2nd Grade, winning 2nd Grade flags in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2006.
As the only remaining player from the 1999 Premiership team and with his Brother, Tony as Coach, he went on to win the drought breaking 2010 1st Grade Premiership. After this Rodney decided to hang up the boots, but like his Brother, Tony who has returned to coach the 1st Grade in 2017, Rod has decided to pull the boots back on for the mighty 3rd Grade.
Rod also played representative Rugby for Western Australia, Captaining the u19 and u21 sides and also playing Perth Gold in 2002 and 2003.
All the best for tomorrow Rodney!