BLG footballers honoured on book cover

Current Barossa District playing coach and 2017 Hurn Medallist (best on ground BLG A Grade grand final) Todd Miles, champion Willaston junior James Moss, long-time Kapunda stalwart Mark Cussadia, along with Angaston icon Matthew Doecke and dual Mail Medallist Jason MacKenzie are among the 32 players honoured on the front and back cover of Peter Lines’ new publication South Australian Country Football Digest volume II.

Miles originally played his football at Hamley Bridge and moved up to Mintaro-Manoora where he won a premiership in 2008 and won the inaugural NEFL Barracker Coaches “Footballer of the Year”, before a significant SANFL career with Woodville West Torrens and North Adelaide.

This included captaining the Roosters to a SANFL Grand Final in 2013.

James Moss was a superstar junior a Willaston, playing in underage premierships with the Donnybrooks in ‘06 and ’07, before moving down to the Ponderosa and being a member of the 2008 Central District league premiership.

He was on the Crows list for a couple of years as a rookie although injuries prove to be a frustrating during this period.

Moss would go on to produce a legendary country footballer feat kicking 12 goals in the CMS Crows’ flag of 2012 in the Yorke Peninsula competition and this year at Mypolonga being a key in their premiership success in the River Murray.

Matthew Doecke is an iconic figure at the Angaston Panthers playing his 400th A grade game in 2015 (yet to play B grade footy) and being one of the inaugural playing life members of the Barossa, Light and Gawler competition

Nicknamed ‘Buckets’, Jason MacKenzie has a handsome list of country and SANFL football achievements, including senior premiership with his foundation club, BSR Tigers, six league flags with the Bulldogs and All Australian country honours.

Lines, who played country football and still umpires, resides at Cowell on the West Coast.

“The South Australian Country Football Digest – Volume II is an update of my 2012 book, which has received a complete reworking of the original format,” Lines said.

“The Volume II edition includes all new photographs and profiles including those of a number of past and present AFL players. 

“All of the records have been updated with both recent and newly discovered materiel added.

“Interspersed throughout the book are more than 50 profiles of footballers, coaches, administrators and umpires.

“Wingard, Sam Jacobs, Tyson Edwards, Neil Kerley, Trengove and Enright are just a few of the well-known champions of the past and present to be profiled. 

“There are over 100 team photographs and in depth statistical records.”

This publication was officially launched last Sunday morning, December 3, in Cowell at the monthly Lions Street Market.

Peter’s wife Leanne was diagnosed with Breast Cancer five years ago.  Following surgery, chemotherapy and a long period of uncertainty she has now fully recovered. 

Extremely grateful for the care and support given, Peter is donating $5 from the sale of each book to Cancer Council SA. 

The books can also be ordered directly by emailing Lines at bplines@bigpond.com or by phone 0438 819 391.

Footnote: The front and back covers were created by Barossa Herald columnist Peter Argent – in many cases the images are from Argent’s photographic archives.