The 2018 SA Outbacks cricket side, which will play in Geraldton, WA, during the first week of January, played a pair of lead up trials last weekend.
The team under the watchful eye of Paul Pasculli has a number of Barossa and Light cricketers in the mix for selection. The side had a pair of victories in their trial games against SACA district clubs West Torrens on Saturday and against Tea Tree Gully on Sunday.
Mallala’s Jake Birchmore produced a classy cameo of 27 in the Saturday victory at Henley High Oval. Looking to find a position among the tweakers for the trip, South Gawler left arm orthodox spinner is Dave Golder took four wickets for the Outbacks on Sunday while South Gawler recruit this year Chris Graser produced a very handy 30 on Sunday as well.
Kapunda all round sporting talent Joey Brown played in the Sunday game while Ben Parish was unavailable because of work commitments. All are seen as good chances of pushing for selection. Tea Tree Gully spinner Sean Nottle back from studies in Britain is another South Gawler Lion. He played for the Bulls on Sunday but with his experience and previous All-Australian country honours expect him to be in the mix as well.
This year’s Central District Football Club league and reserves best and fairest awards was held last Saturday, October 7. Tigers export Travis Schiller was third in the league best and fairest trophy after another consistent season with 156 votes, while after his season with Willaston, Josh Glenn finished fifth in the count.
As expected Nick Holman was the 2017 Norm Russell medal as the club’s fairest and most brilliant player.
Nuriootpa’s tough nut Jarrod Schiller won the prestigious Daniel Hulm Memorial Trophy for the Most Courageous League Player.
The 2017 League Development Award (Les Stevens Memorial Trophy) was secured by indigenous talent from the BLG Isaya McKenzie.
This season’s League Incentive Award was collected by South Gawler export Marcus Barreau, who made his SANFL debut this year, after just a single season of senior football in the BLG.
Reserves Incentive Award was collected by young Angaston talent Ben Antonie, while the runner-up best and fairest at this level was won by former Tanunda premiership defender, Matthew Prior with 43 votes. Dylan Weaver won the reserves’ top nod.
Son of first-class cricketer Chris and a SACA district player already Oscar Harms was a member of the SA Redbacks Under 17 state team for the national titles held in Brisbane, which culminated last week. The side finished a creditable fourth making the semi-final against NSW Metro. This was after a thrilling tie against WA in the qualifying match.
Harms, a leg spinner and middle order batsman, finished with the best figures of 2/13 against the Cricket Australia XI over the course of the week and his top score with the bat was 23 in the match against WA, where he had a strong all round game, taking 2/53 from his 10 over allotment with the ball.
Last summer Harms was a key member of the potent Barossa and Light side which won the SA country championships in the Barossa. Harms is a precocious young talent with plenty of ability and it will be interesting to watch his development.
The inaugural Darren Lehmann 12 and Under Super League Cricket Carnival was played at West Beach last week, with a handful of Barossa talents in the North East Energy side, coached by Mark Cosgrove.
The team included Jonah Pyman (Sandy Creek), Darcy Thompson and Jack Underwood (Tanunda), Tom Giles (Nuriootpa), Walter Kinlock (Lyndoch), Thomas Mosey (Eudunda) and Kyle Butler (Nuriootpa). They played a series of T20 fixtures and Energy finished third overall.
Butler received team of the championships selection.