Family footsteps ... Edendale Rugby Club co-captain Bram Fodie keeps his eye on the ball during his 100th game for the club on Saturday. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

For Bram Fodie, Edendale Rugby Club has always been a family affair.

His father, John Fodie, played for Edendale before coaching the former division one side to two championships in 2012 and 2017.

His mother, Denise Fodie, was made a life member of the club in 2016 and his two uncles played for Edendale as well.

His brother, Jeroe Fodie, played his 150th game for the club last season.

There was never a doubt in his mind which club Bram would play 100 games for.

“I’ve never thought about ever leaving or going anywhere else,” Fodie said.

Leading his side out on to Newman Park in Gore on Saturday was a special moment.

“It’s a real accomplishment, especially to be running out in front of a lot of family and friends.”

Fodie (26) debuted for Edendale in 2011, fresh out of Menzies College in Wyndham.

“I can’t remember much from back them but I remember it was a really tough grade [division one] and Mataura were very strong – it was a big eye-opener.”

The first five-eighth and fullback had a career full of highlights but could not look past winning two division one titles.

“Those titles were definitely the best moments that stand out but also just playing with a really great bunch of guys throughout the years,” he said.

When a knee reconstruction ruled him out of the 2016 season, Fodie became the team manager.

“I just really wanted to keep involved even though I couldn’t be playing.”

Last season, Fodie was named co-captain alongside hooker Luke Muir who would play his 150th game for the club this season.

Fodie enjoyed the challenge of the role which he retained this year.

“It’s been a real change being more of a leader to those younger fellas coming through – I’m really enjoying it.”

The club moved into the premier grade this year.

“It’s been a real challenge but one we’re really enjoying.”

At the roots of the Edendale club was the importance of family, he said.

“It’s just the family environment that gets you. Everybody knows everybody and then you know all of their family members as well – it’s really good.”

Edendale coach Mike Cunningham spoke highly of Fodie, who happens to be his nephew.

“Bram is certainly a very good player. He’s very professional in what he does.

“For Edendale, he brings a lot of enthusiasm. His demeanour when playing is strong for us, too – he trains really hard,” Cunningham said.

“It’s always a proud moment for a club to watch a player make 100 games or more.”short url linkBoots