BASKETBALL PROWESS GROWING
While the abridged Women’s National Basketball League season finished during the Christmas holiday period, a special mention should go to the developing forward Chelsea Brook who has a huge family heritage at Angaston.
The 19-year-old in her second season on the Adelaide Lightning roster is starting to develop her game.
While playing just cameo roles Brook in the final handful of matches started to get all significant minutes and was playing on a number of the elite players in the competition, showing she was more than capable of handling the step up.
With her size, composure in traffic and presence you get the impression that Brook could enjoy a long and successful WNBL career.
BL UNDER 12s FINISH WITH THREE WINS
In the 2018 Under 12 SACA cricket carnival, which returned this summer the roster and light again hosted these developing young cricketers playing all the games on reduce size pitches at Stockwell, Eudunda and Angaston.
Barossa and Light started with a strong win against the Yorke Peninsula then defeated the Mid North in an impressive run-chase in going to before going down to eventual winners Murray District at Angaston Oval on Wednesday, January 10.
They rebounded on the Thursday to beat South East by seven wickets.
Team captain Lachlan Bode impressed with the bat and ball he made an important 25 in the first game and took four wickets for 12 in the win over Mid North.
Harrison Davies averaged 59 and was only dismissed once to be Barossa and Light’s leading run getter.
Liam Falkenberg finished with four wickets including a haul of 3/14 Charles Nicholls also claims four wickets with his best of 2/10.
BAROSSA AND LIGHT BOYS IN SANFL COUNTRY CUP PROGRAM
The trio of Samuel Falland from Nuriootpa, Joshua Riggs from South Gawler and Willaston lad Lachlan Kirk all participated in the SA State Under 16 Country Football Talent program which included a trial on Sunday, January 14, at City Mazda Stadium
Their weekend also included fitness testing similar to what is seen at the AFL draft combine along with injury rehab and recovery sessions news state under 16s coach Julian Farkas who is also talent pathway manager was impressed with the number of performances across the group and is confident of a strong showing in 2018.
QUARTET AT THE NATIONAL UNDER 15 CRICKET CHAMPS
The growth of the women’s cricket game is further seen by the quality of performances by local products in the national championships being held in Adelaide from Wednesday, January 17.
While the girls have endured oppressive conditions the team captained by Gawler girl Steph Beazleigh and including other local products Darcy Brown, Jess Cufone and diminutive spinner Tamsin Jones secured two wins from the first three fixtures.
Beazleigh had superb starts at the tournament having an impact in both the first two wins she took 5/6 including a hat trick in the opening game against Tasmania at Sacred Heart College then backed up with an unbeaten 56, which included nine fours, in super oppressive conditions at Adelaide Oval number two ground last Thursday.
She was unable to play game three and Kapunda all round sporting talent Darcie Brown took over the role as skipper for this clash against ACT-NSW Country at Rostrevor College.
This game was called off after 10 overs for the NSW-ACT innings due to the extreme heat (and should have been called off earlier) with the visiting ACT-NSW girls winning under the Duckworth-Lewis system.
A true fast bowling all-rounder, Brown top-scored for the SA girls in this contest, with 20.
In the win over Western Australia off spinner Tamsin Jones from Freeling collected 3/20 from 5 overs and collected the only wickets in the shortened game against NSW-ACT
She also collected two wickets for seven runs from three overs and in the opening win against Tassie.
Jessica Cufone made a handy cameo of nine not out in the opening game and took a nice catching the field against WA.