SAM Baulderstone will chalk up game No.100 as one of the premier ruckman in the competition against North Adelaide this Friday.
Baulderstone who stands at 200cm has been a vital cog in the engine room for Norwood over a number of years as he has dominated the SANFL as one of the best tap ruckman in the business.
Speaking to Baulderstone ahead of his 100th game, he mentioned how special it is to reach this milestone knowing fully how hard he’s had to work to get to this point.
“It’s pretty special to be honest,” Baulderstone said.
“It’s the first time I have reached a milestone like this at any club.
“To play 100 games at this level is a pretty special honour and can’t wait to get out there on Friday.”
The 27-year-old ruckman played all of his junior football in Whyalla, won a premiership in 2007 with Central Whyalla and then moved to Adelaide to play for North Adelaide.
Baulderstone played Reserves football for North Adelaide in 2009 then left to play country football for three years before arriving at the Parade in 2013.
Baulderstone says two of his proudest moments wearing the Norwood jumper was back when he debuted against Centrals at Elizabeth in 2013 and when the Redlegs defeated Port Adelaide in that thriller Grand Final in 2014.
“Making my debut back in 2013 was a pretty special moment for me,” Baulderstone said.
“But also the 2014 Flag is up there as one of the best memories I have had at the club.
“Winning that game against Port Adelaide, especially the way we did it was unbelievable and something I’ll cherish forever.”
Baulderstone also went onto mention that over his years playing for Norwood he has enjoyed tapping the ball down to a host of midfield stars.
“I have been lucky to play with some very good players over my six year period at the Parade,” Baulderstone said.
“Kieran McGuiness and Brett Zorzi were unbelievable to play with but obviously at the moment I can’t go past Panos and Grigg.
“Playing with both of them in the midfield is pretty special; however I have been blessed over my years to have played with really good midfield groups.”