Jardy Walter celebrates 350th game with Noradjuha-Quantong

SPECIAL MOMENT: Jardy Walter – pictured with children Jye, left, and Jenna – runs onto Quantong Recreation Reserve for his 350th game at the weekend.

SPECIAL MOMENT: Jardy Walter – pictured with children Jye, left, and Jenna – runs onto Quantong Recreation Reserve for his 350th game at the weekend.

NORADJUHA’S 1984 premiership reunion was a special day for Noradjuha-Quantong, but even more so for Jason ‘Jardy’ Walter.

Walter racked up his 350th career game in the reserves on Saturday after starting with Noradjuha as a 16-year-old and continuing on after the club merged with Quantong in 1997.

Walter has found plenty of success, including winning a reserves premiership as joint-coach in 2011.

It was one of three seasons Walter coached, twice as a joint-coach and once on his own, and stands out as the best achievement in his footballing career.

Apart from coaching and the 2011 premiership, Walter said it was the people he had met along the way that made his career special.

“You don’t play footy to achieve milestones, but it was pretty special to get it at one club,” he said. 

“You do play the game for premierships, but you make a lot of friends, and at the end of the day, the friends you make are for life.”

Walter ran onto the ground with son Jye and daughter Jenna in what he described as a special moment.

He said playing football with his son would be nice, but was unlikely to happen.

“I’d like to keep playing so I could play with Jye, but the body is starting to go downhill and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he said.

“I’ve been saying I’m going to retire for about the past five years, but the body seems to be telling me it’s nearly time now. 

“I played this year because I only had seven games left for 350, and I thought it would be a shame not to do it because you’ll never get a chance to do anything like that again.”

Walter injured his knee eight weeks ago, but said he pushed himself to be fit in time to notch the milestone on the same day as the Noradjuha reunion.

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