Big ‘bashing’ in Barossa

Adding depth: Former Glenelg and Langhorne Creek footballer Lachlan Earl has signed with the Tanunda Magpies for next year's campaign. Photo: Peter Argent.
Adding depth: Former Glenelg and Langhorne Creek footballer Lachlan Earl has signed with the Tanunda Magpies for next year's campaign. Photo: Peter Argent.

Current BBL champions, the Adelaide Strikers, are coming to Nuriootpa Oval on Sunday, December 16.

The Strikers will play an internal trial at the venue as they prepare to defend their Big Bash League title.

Daniel Steinborner, the president of the Nuri Tigers Cricket Club, believes it's fantastic the Strikers were going out to rural cricket communities.

"It give the players a chance to connect with country cricket," Steinborner said.

"It also gives us an opportunity to showcase our oval and facilities.

"We encourage cricketers of all ages to enjoy what should be a wonderful day’s entertainment.  

"This is a great fillip for country cricket.

"For all cricket lovers it gives the supporters of our game, especially the younger ones, a chance to see their heroes live in a rural setting."

Players expected to feature for the Strikers includes Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Jake Lehmann, Ben Laughlin and South African import Colin Ingram.

Some emerging Redbacks will help fill the teams.

Entry will be free and play will start at 2pm and be followed by an autograph session at the oval from about 5pm.

There will also be activities for children on Hoffman Oval (the second oval) during the game. Coach Jason Gillespie said he was keen to repeat the success of last year’s trial match in the Adelaide Hills.

“Our game at Strathalbyn last December was a great warm-up for the squad but it was also a really good event for the community,” Gillespie said.

“We’ve been told Nuriootpa also has impressive facilities so it will be perfect for a final hit-out before we start another season.”

The Nuriootpa match will be only three days before the Strikers play their first game of the BBL season against Brisbane Heat at the Gabba, on Wednesday December 19.

EARL SIGNS UP WITH TANUNDA MAGPIES

After a 60-game SANFL league career with Glenelg and playing in a Great Southern Football League premiership at Langhorne Creek in 2018, 184cm, 85kg half back/midfielder Lachlan Earl has signed with the Tanunda Magpies for next year's campaign.

“I have two great mates in Riley McFarlane and Josh Trembath already playing at Tanunda and I'd love to help them take that next step and help them win a flag next year,” Earl said.

“Playing alongside those guys was my primary motivation for coming up to the Barossa.

“I went and watched them play a game against Kapunda this season just completed and loved the big gum trees around the venue and the environment that they play in.

“This year after the first five weeks with Glenelg, due to a lack of opportunities, I went down to Langhorne Creek, to play alongside old Bays mates James Stellar and Ben Moore.”

A Sacred College First XVIII footballer, Earl started with the Glenelg Tigers development squads from under 13 level and played his entire career at the Bay before opportunities dried up during the early part of the 2018 season, under new coach Mark Stone.

Now 26, Earl will add elite outside run, skill and creativity to an already potent Magpies midfield contingent.

FROM NURIOOTPA TIGERS TO NT THUNDER

Darren Reeves, the Nuriootpa premiership coach in the BLG four years ago, (2015), has accepted a high profile position in the Northern Territory, as the senior coach of the NT Thunder side.

He has been appointed as head coach of the NT Thunder program for the next two seasons, working with former AFLW Crows assistant coach Andrew Hodges.

“Since I started coaching this is the type of role I have been aspiring too,” Reeves told the Herald.

“To get this opportunity gives me a chance to progress in elite coaching ranks.

“I will just need to find a way to make it work.

“It is such an exciting opportunity.”

Reeves said his desire was to take his coaching to the next level by being part of an elite environment.

He said the exciting style of footy he had witnessed NT Thunder play is what drew him to the role.