In the years to come where you attend quiz nights, it may well be worth remembering why Nuriootpa sporting talent Courtney Jensen and pioneering indigenous football champion Sonny Morey have a unique sporting connection.
Fifty-five years ago a teenage Morey – a child of the stolen generation who came to the Doggies from the Gawler Central Tigers – was credited as getting Central District first kick in South Australia National Football League (SANFL).
On Friday night during the 2019 round one fixtures of SANFL Women’s competition, Courtney Jensen threw the ball onto her right foot – claiming the same honour in Central District’s women’s league footy.
The women Bulldogs team had made their SANFL W debut against West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium at Richmond.
“I started in the midfield and I just want the ball to go forward,” Jensen, 21, told Barossa Herald about the first kick.
She referred to the night as “magnificent” and was proud to see a lot of Central District supporters in the crowd cheering the team along.
“We all came together after half time and played with a real team ethos,” Jensen said.
“It certainly was a thrill to be involved in the night and there were plenty of positives to come out of it.
“Back in 2017 I played the season with North Adelaide.
“I had the 2018 season on the sidelines after injuring my ACL (playing netball), which made playing in Central District first SANFL W game more special.
“‘Ribbo’ (senior coach Shaun Ribbons) came up to me during ’18 and told me they were putting a team together at team in the SANFL W this year and thought I could play a role in the side.”
In another slice of history Abbey Scheer also put her name in the record books.
Just a minute and 14 seconds into the contest, after taking the initial mark by a Bulldogs SANFL W player, Scheer slotted the ball through the middle from 25 metres out in the South Road side, southern forward pocket at Richmond.
For the record, Don Eagle kicked the Central District first two goals in the men’s game, the only scores in the opening quarter of the first match back in 1964 at Thebarton against West Torrens.
Abbey Scheer also kicked the Bulldogs first behind in SANFL W football; 10 minutes and 28 seconds into the second term.
While the young Bulldogs were gallant in defeat, their opponents West Adelaide recorded victory, winning 6.7 (43) to 3.5 (23), but there was some bark in these young pups.
Meanwhile, The Co-op BLGW women’s football competition kicks off on Sunday, April 7.
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Once again The Barossa Co-op and Barossa Herald will sponsor the event.