You just can’t picture certain players playing for another club.

Gormandale Football-Netball Club’s Rebecca Gardiner and Jodie Mills have been the personification of loyalty, dedication and commitment to one club, continuing a family tradition of involvement with Gormandale.

Last weekend, the duo will celebrate the incredible achievement of 400 games for their beloved Tigers.

Gardiner (nee Bayley) was born into the club more-or-less, starting her career as a 10-year-old way back in 1988.

From there, she progressed through the ranks, ticking off milestones and achievements along the way.

A premiership came in 2008, while there has been no shortage of individual awards, such as five best-and-fairests and interleague representation.

Gardiner was bestowed with life membership in 2006, following in the footsteps of parents Pauline and Gordon.

More recently, she had the satisfaction of playing as the same time as her children.
Off the field, Gardiner has spent time on various committees, and coached teams within the club Speaking in the lead-up to her 400th, Gardiner said she was carrying a mixture of nerves and excitement.

The Tigers veteran said she intended to keep adding to the tally.

“I’ll always play here, I’m going to keep playing until I can’t,” she said.

“I’m not sure how many years I have left in me, but it’s something I’ll keep doing.”

For Mills (nee Callanan), it has not only been Gormandale the club, but rather Gormandale the town that has made up a large part of her life.

Mills moved to Gormandale when she was just three-years-old. After tagging along with her sister to the Tiger courts, she was eventually given the chance to play once she was old enough.

Little was anyone to know it would be the start of a 400-game journey.

Premiership success has come for Mills on four occasions. The year 2005 was arguably her greatest individually, as she claimed a NGFNL best-and-fairest.

Game number 200 saw Mills inducted as a life member in 2009. Also an active club member off the court, Mills served for a number of years helping the social club and as the club’s assistant secretary.

Her family is synonymous with Gormandale FNC.

Sister Casey has also played and is currently doing a volume of work off the field in the canteen.

Father Bob and mother Linda are both life members, while brother Toby played over 200 games.

Understandably, it is little wonder Mills has never played anywhere else.

“This place is my home, it always has been, and I don’t think I could leave, even if you paid me to,” she said.

“You meet so many different people that come to the club and make some beautiful friendships.”

While their milestones and career highlights are etched in the memory, there is perhaps one detail that will never be known.

With Gardiner and Mills both playing as shooters, it would be anyone’s guess as to how many goals they have scored across 400 games.