For the fourth time this season, the Western Bulldogs will welcome yet another member in Naomi Ferres to the 50-game club.
It’s a dream achievement for the childhood Dogs supporter – one she never thought would even be possible.
“It’s a bit surreal to be playing 50 games for the Bulldogs,” Ferres told westernbulldogs.com.au this week.
“Growing up, I didn’t think we’d play one game at all – so to play 50 is so cool.”
Ferres has been as consistent as ever across her 49 games thus far, averaging 12 disposals, four intercepts and three tackles this season alone.
As one of the more senior players in the Bulldogs’ backline, her experience and input is not underestimated on-field.
Fearless. Friendly. Fierce.
Those are just some of the words that teammates have used to describe the 25-year-old.
Ferres is a Bulldog through and through.
Drafted via the VU Western Spurs with the Club’s first rookie selection in 2017, Ferres featured in every match of her debut season – including the ground-breaking 2018 flag.
She played a special role on the big stage too, taking a late game-saving mark in defensive 50m to deny Brisbane the chance to level the score.
Since then, Ferres has grown to become one of the team’s most reliable, underrated and much-loved players.
“Fez is a special girl – she’s one of the quietest I’ve ever met, but she’s fearless on the footy field and will put her body on the line every week,” fellow premiership teammate De Berry said.
“We’ll get around her this week – we’re absolutely rapt for her to play 50 games.”
Congratulations to this quintessential defender. Hard, reliable and goes about it in her own dedicated way! Love what you do Fezzy! 💙 https://t.co/UqSxK7B720— Melissa Hickey (@melissahickey18) November 3, 2022
The Dogs have had more success than not in milestone games this season.
Ellie Blackburn and Kirsty Lamb enjoyed wins in their 50 games, while the team fell one-point short in Rocky Cranston’s.
Hopefully there’ll be more than one reason to celebrate against the Pies in this Sunday’s do-or-die final at Victoria Park.
But whatever happens, here’s to Naomi Ferres – fifty games down in the red, white and blue, and plenty more to come.