Brothers at the Bulldogs
By Peter Argent
With Travis Schiller joining his older brother Jarrod in the Central District League side for the 2014 round one clash against Woodville West Torrens, last Saturday, the pair joined a unique club of siblings who have played in the Bulldogs red, blue and white at the top level.
Perhaps our most famous brothers over the years has between “the Twins” from east of the border, James and Chris Gowans, who have in their possession an equal SANFL record nine premierships each, and had a huge impact on the club.
Others that have a long history at the club includes defenders from the 1970s Richard and his younger brother Bill Cochrane, and Richard senior’s sons, Richard and Stuart, who enjoyed premiership success together in 2004 and 2005.
The Norsworthy siblings, rovers Barry and Mark, both played upward of 150 league games for the club, with Barry being the club best and fairest in consecutive years of 1975 and 1976, while Mark collected the clubs top individual honour in 1980.
Stephen Schwerdt had a 200-plus game career at the Ponderosa and 25 matches in Crows colours, before he being a guru in the fitness industry and being a conditioning coach in elite sport, while older brother Patrick (known to everybody at ‘Potty’) should have played more games than the 23 he finished with over four seasons of SANFL League football.
In the same 80s era was the athletic Peter Bubner and his younger brother David, who played 199 and 19 games respectively for the club.
Graeme Krieg played 85 games over six seasons at Central District, while his younger brother the baby-faced left footer Peter, first played junior football at 13 at the club, went on to play 206 games and captain Central District.
Both sons of early 1980’s coach Darryl Hicks, Damian (91-02 -181 games) and Joe (99-00 - 38 games) are in this special club.
Magarey Medallist with an aboriginal heritage, Gilbert McAdam actually had a season (eight games) with older brother Greg in 1989.
Legend John Platten played finished with 113 games and the 1985 Magarey Medal at the Bulldogs, before he became a superstar at the Hawks, while his youngest sibling Chris (know to his mates as ‘Scully’), finished with 32 in four years.
At the very beginning of the Clubs venture into League football Brian and John Kennedy played, while brothers from Pooraka, Alan and Ray Price were at the club in the early 1970s.
Inaugural premiership player from Long Plains, Sam McCardle (2001-02) and his older brother Scott made the trip down the highway, while Victorians Robert and Trent Cummings were also at the club in the early 1990s.
2011 club champion Eddie Sansbury played in premierships either side of his tenure at North Melbourne, while older brother Derek was at the club in 1999 and 2001.
Nuriootpa export Jarrod Schiller’s first played senior football in 2011.
He had been involved in the 2010 SA under 18s state program under Brenton Phillips as was Travis in 2012.
Jarrod was the first of three Central District recipient of the SANFL rookie of the year awards, followed by Paul Marshall and last year, Josh Glenn.
Along with that, he played in the thrilling and ultimately frustrating Grand Final loss of 2011, when we were defeated by the Eagles by three points, despite a heroic comeback.
Travis Schiller also went away with state underage sides, and last year won the SANFL reserves Magarey Medal, as well as being a member of the ’12 reserves premiership side.
Taking his first step at SANFL League level, Travis displayed signs he will be a long time servant of the club, snapping an important goal in the third quarter.
The boy’s parents, mum, Sherree and dad, John were on hand to see the historic initial League game in which their son participated together.
On reflection there was an amusing incident when Travis Schiller was travelling to Woodville Oval from his home in the Barossa for his debut match.
“My car was running out of petrol and I stopped at a BP service station, but the pumps weren’t working,” he explained.
“Because I was on empty I just had to wait.
“I was a little stressed about getting to the (pre-game team) meeting on time, but I still made it.”
Jarrod Schiller suggested it was good to see his little brother finally get an opportunity at league level.
“He’s played some good footy over the last year or so,” Jarrod continues.
“Hopefully that was the first of many and we’re able to have some success together, like we did in juniors at Nuriootpa.”
|Jarrod Schiller #38 against Glenelg in Trial Game 1|
|Travis Schiller #28 celebrating his first goal in IGA League Footy last week against the Eagles|
|photos by Peter Argent phatsnaps.photoshelter.com|