24 July, 2021
Joely makes 100-game milestone
by Stephen Thompson JOEL Ramsdale joined the 100 club with the Moranbah Bulldogs over the weekend in the U-7s against the Whitsunday Sea Eagles on Saturday. 100 club games is an awesome milestone, Joel has been a household name at the Bulldogs since his arrival always giving his best for his mates and the club week in week out.
JOEL Ramsdale joined the 100 club with the Moranbah Bulldogs over the weekend in the U-7s against the Whitsunday Sea Eagles on Saturday. 100 club games is an awesome milestone, Joel has been a household name at the Bulldogs since his arrival always giving his best for his mates and the club week in week out.
Joel moved up from Victoria with his family and after settling into town, like many at the time, had no homegrown opportunity to play the game he loves. He began by training with the Women’s team in 2016 and then joined in on the Friday night commute to Mackay with the Thompsons and the Coldreys to play with the Magpies and didn’t he look good in Black and White?
But then again they all do! When opportunity arose to play for the Bulldogs with the entry of the U-12s back into the comp, he jumped on board and never looked back. He was and is a pleasure to coach, initially a timid yet hungry little left footer running off half forward and through the midfield. He has grown in these roles as his body matured and has become a very reliable player and leader in the U-17s and Senior footy teams with pace to burn and skills to match.
Like a handful of other players in the U-17s, he pioneered the U-14s team and now the U-17s, paving the way for all of our junior boys and girls that have somewhere to ply their trade on Saturdays in matches with the Bulldogs. Joel rose through the ranks and has been involved in many representative squads including the Mackay Crows, Capricornia School Sport and the Gold Coast Suns Academy where he has excelled and is admired by his peers and inspired young footballers wanting be just like Joely!
He has won countless awards, including an Mackay AFL Runner up League medal in the Under 14’s and earned a long-awaited premiership medal to hang around his neck in 2020. As the club has grown he has been able to play senior football and I’m sure this would be one of his fondest memories in his footy career to date. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for a mature young man and a fantastic footballer.
Joel is lucky to be part of such an incredible family full of love and support for his love of Aussie Rules. Nat and Sean are fantastic role models for Joel to do life with, Mum with her tireless work ethic leading by example playing footy in the mighty Women’s team and running the Netball club, creating wonderful opportunities for Nel and all girls in Moranbah to take part in programs normally only offered in bigger regional or metro centres.
And Sean throws all of his support behind both his kids in whatever they choose to do. Joel is also super lucky to have football pedigree in his family with his grandfather Peter Chisnall playing on a wing for his mighty Kangaroos in the 1975 VFL premiership.
We are grateful for the time and knowledge Peter has given and passed onto our junior players when he has been able to travel and visit Joel and his family.