Now 34, a former Gawler Central senior one netballer and Australian Gaelic footballer Kate Fenton made her SANFL league debut in the round one fixture of the competition, which is in its second season.
Fenton was a member of Norwood round one victory over North Adelaide where the Redlegs got up by four goals, with the final score being Norwood 6.7 (43) to North Adelaide 2.7 (19).
Fenton who played with Adelaide University in the SAWFL premierships on debut had 17 possessions – nine kicks and eight handballs, along pulling down five marks, laid four tackles and kicked 1.1, playing across half forward.
“It was satisfying to get a win first up and it was a great experience. I’m really happy I made the commitment to have a crack at SANFL,” Fenton told In The Zone.
“It is fair to say it has been a little hard balancing children and training and footy but equally very rewarding.
“The coaching staff has been fantastic and what I have learnt at Norwood has improved my knowledge of the contest.”
There were a number of local products in the North Adelaide side as well including SA Outbacks cricketer Britt Perry who was the Roosters leading possession winner with 11 disposals.
Kaitlin Rosenzweig was one of the better performers for the well beaten Roosters.
CDFC TO BACK BABY BULLDOGS
Roy Laird is keen to give this new, hard-working generation of teenage footballers, opportunities at SANFL league level this season.
Central District is poised to unleashed a group of “Baby Bulldogs” from the kennel this season including a trio Barossa, Light and Gawler talents Tanunda’s Jez McLennan, Trinity college lad Jackson Hately and Nuriootpa 2015 premiership player Cooper Dahms, along with indigenous talent Brandon Watts.
Laird is bullish about these four players at the minute and believes they will all play roles at league level this season.
“Jez (McLennan) is classy defender who ready the game well and a strong decision making under pressure,” Laird, as seven-time league premiership coach at the Poderosa said.
“Jackson Hately plays as an athletic tall midfielder and is a high possession winner. He’s good in traffic and has strong hands.
“Close to debuting late last year Cooper Dahms is tough as nails. He has a good vertical leap; is a left footer who delivers high pressure around the contest and his tackling is strength in his game.
“Aboriginal talent Brandon Watts is speed machine, with strong aerobic capabilities – who delivers forward pressure – he is small forward who is a smart and strong, ‘front and square’ player.”