Barossa Boys at SANFL country talent program

Nuriootpa footballer Cooper Kalleske wins the ball during the SANFL state country players program on Saturday. Photo: Peter Argent
Nuriootpa footballer Cooper Kalleske wins the ball during the SANFL state country players program on Saturday. Photo: Peter Argent

Nuriootpa’s Cooper Kalleske and Kade Rohrlach with Tanunda’s Shay Linke and Willaston’s Saxon Evans were selected as a part of the SANFL state country players program.

The country lads had a big day on Saturday at Immanuel College, including a full range of fitness testing, measurements and athletic analysis.

There was athletic testing players would encounter at the AFL draft combine, including 20-metre sprints, an agility test, both running and standing vertical jumps, and this culminated with the “Yo-Yo” endurance test.

During the afternoon the squad, when through a training session, focused on fundamentals and game sense, before completing the “Brad Johnson inspired” AFL kicking test.

In the match at City Mazda Stadium on Sunday morning, Kalleske stood out, especially early while Linke and Rohrlach also had their moments. Sadly, Evans injured his hamstring.


Surprisingly, dropped from the Australian one day team, Travis Head returned to Strikers duties last Friday evening at Adelaide Oval and produced an important 43 in a strong win over the Melbourne Stars

The highlight of this performance was taking down English all-rounder Liam Plunkett.

Previously, in a 50-over Grand Final at Adelaide Oval for Tea Tree Gully, Head hit one of the biggest sixes in Bulls victory over Adelaide University off the bowling of Plunkett

For the strikers on Friday, Head dispatched Plunkett for three consecutive sixes before being caught on the boundary attempting a fourth a row. On Saturday afternoon in the SACA first grade T20 competition, another South Gawler junior, Mark Cosgrove went one better against West Torrens at Henley Memorial Oval. He dispatched Eagles medium pacer Ben Williams for 34 runs off a single six-ball over.

The first two delivered went for Maximums, while the third wide of leg stump was dispatched behind square leg for a boundary, travelling all the way along the ground.

The final three balled were hit in the direction of long on, with a couple clearing the boundary by huge margins. Cosgrove made 60 from 30 balls faced and the Jets won by eight runs, with Cameron Laird taking 5/16.


The Barossa and Light team, again coached by Anthony Prior collected a single victory and finished fourth overall in the 2019 SACA country under 14 Championships held in the Barossa Valley last week.

The standout performance by this group was on Tuesday at Kapunda Oval where the trio of Riley Leggett (65 not out) Walter Kinlock (55) and Light Pass lad Harrison Davies (53) all made half centuries in a massive 186-run win over Upper North

The B&L best bowling figures of the tournament was also achieved on that day when Riley Menzel from Kapunda captured 4/13 while Hayden Schiller and Will McCabe both claims two wickets each.

The Barossa and Light boys made a total of 6/151 in the opening game against the South East although that lost by seven wickets. Top scoring was Ryan Dimasi from Nuri, who remaining 42 not out and Malakye Kohlhagen reached 32.

The boys also made 153 against Murray Districts, in a losing effort with Sandy Creek’s Will O’Brien top scoring this day with 30. In the Thursday loss to Mid North Leggett led the way with the willow making 28. Tom Giles collected a pair of scalps in both the Wednesday and Thursday games.

Scoreboards - Jan 7 - South East - 3/154(cc) BJ Hosking 52 HM Fisher 26 J Ward 26* def Barossa and Light. 6/151(cc) RN Dimasi 42* M Kohlhagen 32 BJ Hosking 2/13 CB Baker 2/26, Kapunda Oval.  Jan 8 - Barossa and Light 4/239(cc) R Leggett 65* W Kinlock 55 H Davies 53 M Kohlhagen 27 def. Upper North 53  RH Menzel 4/13 H Schiller 2/5 W McCabe 2/11, Kapunda Oval. Jan 9 Barossa and Light 9/153(cc) - W Obrien 30 H Davies 28  L Zdanowicz 4/15 KT Hilton 2/18 C Wisneske 2/48 def by Murray Districts 3/155 KT Hilton 86* C Wisneske 47  T Giles 2/15, Kapunda Oval.  Jan 10 - Mid North 7/141(cc) - L Goss 29 T Giles 2/15 def Barossa and Light 107 R Leggett 28 D Murphy 3/10 P Weckert 3/16, Greenock Oval.