Bulls Stalwart Anthony Partridge marks a milestone achievement

Singleton Bulls stalwart Anthony Partridge cracked a milestone achievement over the weekend.

The experienced bulls player laced up his boots for his breakthrough 300th game against the Nelson Bay Gropers on Saturday afternoon.

300 GAMES: Experienced bulls player Anthony Partridge laced up his boots for his breakthrough 300th game against the Nelson Bay Gropers on Saturday afternoon.

300 GAMES: Experienced bulls player Anthony Partridge laced up his boots for his breakthrough 300th game against the Nelson Bay Gropers on Saturday afternoon.

"It was a big day at the Bill Strong Oval in Port Stephens," said Partridge with both first grade and second grade playing against the Gropers.

First grade copped a close defeat by the Gropers 31 to 27 however second grade came out on top, celebrating a 25 to nil win for 'Parto's' big game.

"Second grade played a great game, special mention to Nathaniel Edwards who swapped positions with me in the scrum for the pushover try which I managed to score," said Partridge.

Partridge first joined the Singleton Bulls in 1995 as the clubs 678th members when he was a fresh 18-year old. "The first year I started playing, the Bulls first grade were undefeated and it was the same year that legend Steve Merrick became a Wallaby within the club," said Partridge.

Partridge running onto the Bill Strong Oval for the big game.

Partridge running onto the Bill Strong Oval for the big game.

Since, he has been a jack of all trades at the club with taking on roles including the director of rugby for the past four years, club captain, juniors president, historian, serving on the board, coaching junior teams and most recently helping 20-odd Fijian players settle in to their new home town.

"I can remember when I trained some of my now teammates such as Nathaniel Edwards and Alex Vaughan when they first started joined the club when they were six years old."

To be playing alongside them now is rewarding and hopefully soon I will be playing alongside my own boys Will (18 years old) and Hugh (14 years old)."

FAMILY: Anthony Partridge with wife Annette and children Will, Isabelle and Hugh on the big day.

FAMILY: Anthony Partridge with wife Annette and children Will, Isabelle and Hugh on the big day.

Partridge has witnessed the club expand over the years including upgrades including the second level addition to the club in 2008 and now the new grand stand that is set to commence construction within the next month.

"Another huge success the Singleton Rugby club has had are our 'lunch with a legend' events."

"This series is going into our 18th year with hosting these events, we have put on a total of 53 lunches across the years and each and every one of them have been a huge success."

For all of his achievements, what the man known as "Parto" cherishes most are the friendships he has forged through rugby.

"The best thing about it is the people you meet along the way," Partridge said.

"We have had 1514 players who have played with the club up until this season," Partridge said.

"Steve Merrick is No.424. I am No.678. I have seen 900 people come through the club in my time. Daniel Jordan is playing first grade and I played with his dad. There are kids running around in grade now, who I remember being born."

Partridge is one of eight Bulls to have reached the milestone achievements of 300 games with the club.