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New milestones for two Eagle veterans

TWO highly respected members of the New Norfolk District Football Club’s senior team celebrated milestone games last weekend, with Josh Clifford playing his 250th senior game and Jordan Banks-Smith playing his 100th.

Josh Clifford

“Josh played his first senior game in 2007 and has now accumulated 250 senior and 13 reserve games for the mighty Eagles,” NNDFC vice president Chris Lovell said. “Josh played in the club’s premiership sides of 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. He is a former vice-captain, captain and playing coach and won the club best and fairest award in 2022.

Josh played most of his early career on the wing but now plays a more forward line role with occasional runs through the midfield. “Josh bleeds Red, White and Black, and the club is proud to have had Josh within its ranks for 15 years,” Chris said.

Jordan Banks-Smith

Playing in the same match against Brighton last Saturday was Jordan Banks-Smith, in his 100th senior game for the NNDFC. Jordan played his first senior game in 2013 and has now played 100 senior and 24 reserve games. “He is one of the club’s best utility players and can play in any position on the field,” Chris said.

“Jordan is a leader on and off the field and has held numerous leadership roles over his 124 club games. He is a former vice-captain and is part of the leadership group. Jordan is a role model for our up-and-coming junior players & has previously assisted with the Auskick Program,” Chris said.

The four teams of the NNDFC have a bye this weekend. The following round sees the Reserves play Hobart at the TCA and the Senior Women play University, both on April 29. The Senior Men and Colts will have a further bye.

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