Team of Championship honour

Despite the Lower North side playing in the grand final on the 2018 SACA Country Cricket Championship, only one of the playing group was rewarded with team of the championship honours.

This years’ skipper and off spinner from Tanunda Trent Goers was the Mid North only representative in the team of the championships.

Chris Graser after making 170 including a pair of half centuries, making his runs at a baller than a-run-a-ball across the carnival, was unlucky to miss out averaging 56, as was playing coach Riley Barker.

Andy Kokot, a previous winner of this award, was runner up to former Gilbert Valley and Tea Tree Gully cricketer Alex Hosking for the keeping trophy.

Hurn’s contract extension

Perhaps the Barossa Valley greatest football export Shannon Hum will continue with the West Coast Eagles until at least at least the end of 2019 after signing an extended deal with the club he began his career with in 2006.

Hurn would have been a free agent at the end of this year, but the natural leader of men never looked like leaving.

“I always enjoy playing football, the body feels pretty good and the club was happy to so it’s exciting,” Hurn said.

“You need to make sure you can still contribute and that the body is going well.

“Also that the club is happy to have you, that’s the number one thing.

“It’s always an easy decision.”

The ever-reliable defender, who possesses one of the most penetrating kicks in the competition, was recently reappointed captain for a fourth successive season. 

Hurn’s leadership and dependability in defence will be important as West Coast transitions from the AFL’s oldest list into a new era which is beckoning.

Impressively, the 30-year-old veteran Hurn has missed just one game in the past three years.

The super-boot has made 223 appearances in blue and gold since he was drafted with pick 13 in 2005.

“Shannon has great respect right across the club and that was demonstrated through this process,” General Manager – Football Craig Vozzo said.

“He leads by example and enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2017.

“He has an important role in a squad that is in transition and has really embraced that responsibility during the pre-season.”

Hurn was the Eagles skipper when they played in the 2015 AFL grand final.

Superdraft of 2108

At City Mazda Stadium last Saturday morning, February 17, we had the first look at the South Australian candidates for the AFL super draft of 2018 in the annual SA under 18s Academy match.

Among the local contingent were Angaston lad, 188cm key forward Rhett Montgomerie, Tanunda running defender Jez McLennan, Eudunda-Robertstown utility Aaron Nietschke and expected top 20 draft selection, Trinity college’s Jackson Hately.

The Peter Fitzgerald and Ben Kane coached Yellow side dominated for the first three quarters and despite a late comeback from the Blue team, still won comfortably.

While Jack Lukosius and Mihail Lochowiak were the stars of the contest across half back for the Yellow state team, Jackson Hatley, with his strong work rate was the Blue teams best.

Both Jez McLennan and Aaron Nietschke were serviceable contributors, without having a huge bearing on the contest.

Poor Rhett Montgomerie received a series of stitchers in the back of his head from mark contest in the opening minutes of the game and then after having medical attention, returned to the ground only to have Lukosius open the wound again, when he completed a screamer over the top of Montgomerie in the third term, finishing the robust Panthers’ day.

Special reunion for Ben

Freeling Waterfowls and SA Outbacks cricketer Ben Parish has a special reunion this Sunday.

Back in 2006 he was a member of the 2006 Yorke Peninsula side which won its first title in 43 years, playing

a key role with both bat and ball.

During the Sheffield Shield Match at Adelaide Oval between the Redbacks and Queensland, a special reunion has been organized all and any players and officiated that have participated in the annual SACA Country Cricket Carnival for the Yorke Peninsula.

This will be held at the Phil Ridings Bar in the Member’s area of Adelaide Oval, commencing at 10.30am.

In the drought-breaking ‘06 side, Parish batted at number three and took 12 wickets, winning team of the championships honours.