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Goodrem to play 100th

By Kym Jarman

Tomorrow (June 30) against the Eagles CDFC Premiership Player and 2009 Jack Oatey Medallist Trent Goodrem will play his 100th League Game for Centrals.

Joining the list of other milestone players at the Dogs this season (Thomas 200, Sibenaler 150, Dutschke and Williams both 100) Goodrem, a current Club Vice Captain, is along with pre-mentioned names leading the "next generation" of Bulldogs into it's next era of Success.

Although Central has maintained its SANFL 'Powerhouse' status since the year 2000, and of course the Gowans Twins are still there, it is worth noting that from the 2005 Premiership side (Central's 5th Premiership) only 4 players (Gowans Twins, Brad Symes and Yves Sibenaler) and the Coach remain. It has been a remarkable effort by the Club to introduce new players into the side each year, keep motivation high to see the Dogs participate in a record 12 consecutive SANFL Grand Finals. All in an era when alot of Clubs "re-build" and accordingly spend some "time at the bottom" before returning to Premiership contention.

Goodrem was one of many younger players to arrive at the Club in 2007 along with the likes of Spurr, Grima, Callinan, Slattery, Lawrie, and Williams. It was in this period that local Products O'Hara, Dutschke and Havelberg all started to make their names, and it was also Alan Obst 's breakthrough year. A Premiership in 2007 and a following 3 in 2008, 09 and 10 with these younger players playing important roles excites the Bulldog faithful, ensuring our 'time at the top' is far from over. 

Goodrem made is debut on ANZAC Day 2007, also against the Eagles, where he collected 15 possessions, laid 5 tackles and kicked 1 goal. Since then he has developed into a gut running type utility player who is known for his 'never give in' attitude. He is often one of Laird's current "Mr Fix Its". 

In his role as an SANFL Junior Development Officer Goodrem is stationed at CDFC during the week, co-ordinating School Football Programs, promoting CDFC in the local area, running School programs, co-ordinating the local Auskick clinic and Coaching the Clubs U13 Development side (with Luke Habel). 

Goodrem as Vice Captain, along with Captain Thomas and other Current Central senior players mentioned above are now trusted with the job of leading the next generation of younger players through their introduction - and the Club's next era. With Centrals ethos being built on "team first" and the right attitude displayed by Goodrem and instilled in the entire group by Coach Laird, there is no reason why the next generation of Central players look like yeilding to the opposition any time soon.

Tomorrow's League Match at Playford Alive Oval (Sat June 30) against Woodville West Torrens starts at 2:10pm


 Trent Goodrem Celebrates kicking a Goal from the Boundary against Port earlier this season.

Below, is congratulated by Ben Nason, Jackson O'Brien, and 'with some extra excitement' by CDFC U13 Co-Coach Luke Habel 

 Pics by Callum MacKinnon


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