Centrals boys start strong

Bulldog juniors overrun

The Central District Under 16s started their 2019 campaign at “X Convenience” Oval, Elizabeth Oval, last Thursday evening, but after a number of positive signs early, their last quarter and a half was forgettable.

Woodville West Torrens kicked the last eight goals of the game to win by 20 points, after being 33 points in arrears 12 minutes into the third quarter.

Four Eagles kicked two goals each in the 12.11 (83) to 9.9 (63) win, while Tanunda footballer/sportsman and Sacred Heart College student Luca Whitelum kicked two goals for Central District.

“We had a few go down with cramp in the last term,” Bulldogs Under 16s coach Chris Gerhardy explained.

“There were some good signs, especially in the first half and the start of the third quarter.

“It was a real momentum switch in the third quarter, and we were unable to get back on even terms.

“This was a big learning experience for the group.”

Tyson Helmers captained the side and played a key role in defence, while big man 200cm Saxon Evans showed signs in ruck.

Aidan Mudge from Kapunda and Nuriootpa Rover Kai Rosenzweig displayed good outside run and carry.

Other BLG lads in this side included Tommy Hahn from Freeling, Tanunda’s Tate Manning, along with Kade Rohrlach, Shay Linke, Tyson Billing and Mitchell Doecke, who are all from the Tigers.

The Doggies Under 16s now have 10 days to regroup before a round 2 clash with Sturt at home on Sunday, March 17.

Gaelic Glory… and heart break

For new Barossa District recruit and 200-game SANFL footballer Leigh Ryswyk the signs look promising for a big season in the BLG.

This summer he played for Western Ireland in the SA Gaelic and Hurling Association Grand Final for the Western Ireland side against Onkaparinga at St Mary’s Park last Sunday, March 10.

In an uncompromising and low scoring Grand Final Western Ireland defeated Onkas by two points - 1.5 (8) to 0.6 (6).

Ryswyk in his first season in the Gaelic game, were solid in the victory.

While he enjoyed a triumph, in the inaugural 9’s Women’s Cup Grand Final match the Irish Blues were comfortably defeated by underdogs, Flinders O’Niell’s.

The Irish Blues women’s team, which has a tremendous history of success including eight of nine Tom Fin Cups since the 2010-11, including this summer’s Fin Cup competition best and fairest, Bec Roesler and a pair of All-Australian players dual-football talent Kate “Woody” Fenton and Anita Doecke.

In the next generation academy

Among the SANFL’s female youth talent which was showcased in an inaugural Adelaide versus Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy “Showdown” at Football Park last Wednesday evening were three Barossa girls, Lilly Fiebiger and Cooper Hyde from Angaston, and Maddy Lane from Barossa.

Lilly's sister Molly is also in this squad, by a shoulder injury in a game at The Parade, Norwood during February has sidelined her for the longer term.

The best under 16 female elite players from each of the eight SANFL Clubs were nominated in late 2018 for the Crows and Power academy programs, which have held training sessions since December.

Sturt, North Adelaide, Glenelg and Central District prospects form the Crows Academies Girls elite talent squad.

“It has been a good experience, and we have been training since last year,” Lilly Fiebiger, who will enter her third year of BLGW football in 2019, told In the Zone.

“We’ve also done all the AFLW combine fitness and agility testing.

“Naturally the long term dream is to play in the AFLW and I look up to Crows co-captain Chelsea Randall.”

A Faith School student Lilly Fiebiger plays netball of Angaston and basketball for Truro as well.

A third member of the Fiebiger family, Jacob is currently in the Central District Under 18s men’s program.

It is not surprising that the Fiebiger siblings are talented footballers, as they are the grandchildren of Angaston champion wingman, Darrell Hearnden.