In the SA Country fixture at Fremantle Oval in Perth on Saturday evening, new Nuriootpa recruit Aisea William “Magic” Raikiwasa Junior was the stand-out in the clash against WA State Country.
“Magic” was awarded the Barry Stringer Medal as best on ground for South Australia in the annual fixture with the Sandgropers.
His coach, Luke Duncan, confirmed that “Magic”, who hails from the West Coast and played a handful of league games with the Glenelg Tigers, was the leading performer from a South Australian perspective.
“Along with his run and carry from defence, Raikiwasa also gave a great contest against a bigger and stronger opponent,” Duncan said.
“He was one of a few outright winners we had on the evening.”
In tough and uncompromising conditions, SA kicked six goals in the second term to lead by nine points at the long break.
The WA state country boys kicked a goal after the half-time siren, and then in a blitzkreig during the third, kicked eight unanswered goals, setting up a strong 39-point victory for the hosts.
Since the concept started in 2011, it is Western Australia’s first win.
Two other players with a BLG connection played in the contest.
They were Kapunda outside wingman Joey Brown and one of a pair of East Gambier players from the Western Border League in the game, key forward Mark Rumbelow who was a member of the 2015 Tigers BLG flag.
SANFL commissioner David Shipway confirmed the annual match between SA Country and WA Country will continue for at least another four years at the post game presentations.
It seems that anything that her older brother Joey can do, Darcie Brown is matching.
At the South Australian Secondary Schools Under 15 national Football Championships in Perth during last week, Darcie was honoured at the post grand final presentations.
She was one of four South Australian girls who gained All-Australian honours when the team was announced at the conclusion of the tournament.
The youngest of Rodney and Kerry’s three children, Darcie has already played district SACA A grade cricket and has represented the junior Scorpions had national cricket titles.
This was her second trip away with the SA Secondary Schools girl football team and she still has another year to play at this level.
Brown is also a quality netballer who has already represented Kapunda at senior one level.
There is no doubt this Kapunda High School students is a true all round sporting talent.
Fellow student at Kapunda High, Zoe Perry from Freeling, was also in the side that lost the bronze medal game and finished fourth overall at the national champs.
South Australian coach Scott Patching said Darcie's ability to read the play across half back and her deadly left foot kick were among her noted strengths.
“Darcie, along with the other three All-Australians was high among our best players in each game,” Patching said.
“She played a key role in ensuring we were in the bronze medal play-off match.
“Zoe (Perry) was used both as a small forward and small defender and would have learnt a lot from her first trip away.
Brown and Perry are expected to be key components when South Australia host the 2018 Secondary Schools football competition.
This Saturday at Angaston Oval, the 1977 A grade and junior colts premiership sides will be heralded as the players and coaching staff enjoy a 40th anniversary reunion.
The Angaston A grade team defeated Kapunda in a grand final replay at Freeling. Their journey to the 1977 premiership is one of club legend.
The team was captain-coached by Darryl Beale Manhattan and included Tim Jackson, home grown product Kym Reid, Trevor Smitham and Lindsay Stevens.
The under 15 side, which also defeated the Bombers was captained by Shannon Hurn’s father, William and that was the start of an impressive period of junior football at the Panthers where they won four consecutive flags.