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Jarrod reaches his Century

By Peter Argent

The older brother of one the few pairs of siblings playing in the SANFL, Jarrod Schiller will rack up his 100th league game in the Bulldogs crucial round 19 clash against South Adelaide at Hinkinbotham Oval.
Along with his younger sibling Travis, the Schiller brothers hail from the Barossa town of Nuriootpa and have been all the way through the Bulldogs junior program.
Jarrod Schiller made his league debut July 7, 2010 verses Norwood at Elizabeth Oval, just after he played for South Australia the Under 18s national carnival. 
A Physiotherapist in Burton, Schiller has been an achiever since the early days of his football life.
Before coming down to the Ponderosa, Schiller won two junior Grand Finals at the Nuriootpa Tigers. 
Back in 2007 at Under 15s level and the following September in the Under 17s  Schiller was best on ground on both victories against Gawler Central.
“Along with my junior footy at Nuriootpa, I was involved in Under 14 and 15 development squads at Central District,” Schiller confirmed.
“There was some Under 17 and 19s football with the Doggies along with about 20 games of reserves
“It is a proud moment to get my name on a locker at the club.
“It is one of the things you can’t be taken away.
“Roy has been my number one mentor – he’s the one that initially gave me a shot – and has continued to back me. 
“He’s been my coach through the entire 100 league games. 
“Assistant coach Jeff Brown is also important – he coached me both at junior and reserves level. 
“Definitely the biggest characters at the club has been the twins (James and Chris Gowans).
“I remember standing guys like Nathan Eagleton, James Ezard and Jimmy Allan at the start of my career
Now 23, Schiller called the 2011 Grand Final a highlight and the most devastating days for his football life all in one. 
“The one (accolade) that I want now is a league premiership,” Schiller said.
Schiller has achieved plenty in his first 100 games wearing the number 38 red, white and blue jumper.
These have included the SANFL’s 2011 Star Search Award and the 2014 Norm Russell Medal (Central District Best and fairest award).   
Back in 2012 Schiller played state representative football against WA at Glenelg Oval and last year another highlight was when he was a part of the Croweaters team that beat Victoria at North Port Oval in Melbourne.
“Jarrod is a die in the wool clubman, of good character and he is the type of footballer you build a successful team aground,” Central District seven-time premiership coach Roy Laird said.
“He’s tough, brave and team orientated.
“His strengths are he can stick a tackle and on the other side, his ability to get of one is strong as well.
“A good clearance player, Jarrod is a consistent contributor for our club.”
Behind each footballers success is strong family support, and this could be no truer for the Jarrod Schiller. 
Both mum, Sherree and dad, John, as they have done over the entire journey, they will do the pie and water trip to Noarlunga, to support him and his brother, as the Bulldogs attempt to secure a place in the major round and a game on Adelaide Oval on Elimination Final day.  

 
Schiller in 2015
 
AAMI Stadium SANFL League Finals Series 2012
 
2011 Finals Series Second Semi v Norwood
 
ANZAC Day 2011 v Norwood at Adelaide Oval
 
An emerging young talent at the turn of the decade
 
Schiller with last year's Daniel Hulm Memorial Trophy for the Club's most Courageous Player 
 
With the 2014 Norm Russell Medal (CDFC League Best and Fairest)
 
U18 State Duties in 2011
Jarrod Schiller and Josh Waldhute at Skilled Stadium Image Peter Argent
With Centrals Teammate Josh Waldhuter
 
Jarrod Schiller and Josh Waldhute at Skilled Stadium Image Peter Argent
Playing for Nuriootpa as a Junior - with the Dean Tobitt Medal (pictured with Dean Tobitt)
 
Jarrod Schiller and Josh Waldhute at Skilled Stadium Image Peter Argent
With former Centrals teammate Ashley Fry (Schiller pictured at rear). 
 
Jarrod Schiller and Josh Waldhute at Skilled Stadium Image Peter Argent
A now customary Schiller move - breaking clear
 
All pictures by Peter Argent #anotherargentimage

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