Natte stalwarts, Brent Mortlock, Stephen Ross and Chris Jardine mark match milestones

Natte Bealiba has celebrated three of its most loyal footballers with Brent Mortlock, Chris Jardine and Stephen Ross all playing milestone games within weeks of each other. Mortlock and Ross have now passed 300 senior games each for the Swans while Jardine has pulled on the red and white jumper more than 250 times.

The Natte Bealiba Football Netball Club has celebrated three major milestones in recent rounds, with a trio of loyal Swans notching a combined 850 games between them over more than two decades of football.

Brent Mortlock, Stephen Ross and Chris Jardine all played milestone games just a few rounds apart, with Jardine playing his 250th game in the red and white and Mortlock and Ross joining the exclusive 300 senior game list and being just the third and fourth players to do so in club history.

All three milestone players started senior football with Natte, took a spell at other local clubs and have returned back to the pond to finish off the job.

Mortlock has played in two successful flags for the club, but outlined the most recent premiership in 2011 as his biggest career highlight, having captained the side to a momentous grand final win over Navarre.

“When we won the 2011 grand final it was really special. The 1995 one, I guess I was a bit younger and I don’t think I realised just how hard premierships are to win,” he said.

“I was lucky enough to captain the 2011 side and fulfil a childhood dream and hold that cup up.

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