Dedicated Barossa coaches rewarded

Dedication: Freeling Football Club junior coach David Taylor received the Central District Junior Country Coach of the Year Award fro the SANFL. Photo Peter Argent.

Dedication: Freeling Football Club junior coach David Taylor received the Central District Junior Country Coach of the Year Award fro the SANFL. Photo Peter Argent.

At the 2018 SANFL Coaches Award dinner held in the Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval  on Friday night,  a number of Barossa Light and Gawler coaches were among the men and women heralded for their roles of nurturing football talent.

From the Freeling Football Club, David Taylor collected the Central District’s Junior Country Coach of the Year award while Henry Slattery was the Senior Country Coach of the Year, after taking the Tigers to a flag.

Mathew Booth (Angaston), David Cluse (Eudunda Robertstown), Matthew Whelan (Gawler Central) and former Barossa Bulldogs mentor Rian Nelson collected their level two coaching certificates.


Over the corresponding weekends of Barossa and Light cricket - October 29 and November 5, 1938 - the Angaston and Truro cricket clubs played at Truro Oval in a match that has historic significance.

On the first Saturday Truro were bowled out for 105 with Peter Hearl collecting for 4/21 from five overs while Morgan Hurn chimed in with 3/14 from his four-over spell.  

Openers Lacy Hurn collected 1/33 from six overs and are R Chinner claimed 1/8 from two overs, while William (Bill) Bockman chimed in with a wicket from the single ball he delivered to finish Truro’s innings.

The Angaston side of the epoch batted and lost their first wicket at 84 when Ross Hurn was dismissed for 19.

What was significant about this Angaston team total of 503 was that three members of the top order ER ‘Peter’ Hearl produced 147 opening the batting, while Lacy Hurn in the number four position made 109 and Hedley (Ned) Chinner also reached the century mark before retiring on 111.

Morgan Hurn then smashed a cavalier 66 which included no less than four maximums and another four boundaries.

Some of the bowling figures were stark, headlined by Truro champion Ron Schilling conceding 93 runs from five, eight-ball overs.

With Angaston leading by 398 runs in the first innings, Truro was again in trouble at 2/3 and 4/5 and then 5/36 in its second dig.

Just to add to the intrigue of the contest, batting at number seven for Truro Roy Scholz then produced a brilliant game high 152.

Truro was bowled out for 245 and still lost the game by more than 100 runs, but the brilliant counter attack by Scholz must be etched in the Truro Rams Cricket Club’s history.


BLG football superstar Darren Shillabeer, who lives in Williamstown, has signed as an assistant coach to Scott McMahon at the Murray Bridge Imperials Football Club.

Originally from Port Augusta and having played SANFL league football for North Adelaide, Shillabeer was a key player in the Barossa Districts Bulldogs 2016 and 2017 flags.  

In 2016, he kicked six goals to secure the Hurn Medal as best on ground in the Bulldogs grand final victory against Gawler Central.

Shillabeer also travelled to the Northern Territory and played as a fly-in footballer for the Darwin Buffaloes for the past two years.

At the Gawler Central Tigers, the club has signed three more players.

They include Daly Eichner, an 18-year-old key position player and ruck, who has played two seasons of senior football at Mintaro-Manoora, along with Rob Long, and the returning on-ball talent of Matt Good.

“Daly is a big strong lad that we feel will developed into a long term player for our club,” Tiger coach Matthew Whelan said.

“Rob is now 28 and a strong key position player with plenty of experience … he is a premiership player from Kilburn in 2015.

“Matt is now 22 and returning to our club.

“A strong ball winning midfielder, Matt had grand final experience with Kapunda in 2017.”

A couple of the current BLG competition champions, Aseri “Bobby” and Aisea “Magic” Raikiwasa, despite godfather offers to play football in rural Victoria, have signed with the reigning premiers, Nuriootpa Tigers for 2019 .

As previously confirmed, former SA state under 18 player Steve Rusca is returning to the Angaston Panthers. Rusca has just played in the NT for the Southern Districts Crocs.