I was absolutely thrilled to be selected to play in the first inaugural (SANFL women’s football) game of the season and being a part of history
Riverton and District High School student Jesse Allan has won selection in this year’s South Australian team for the 2017 Australian National Athletics Championships, which will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, in New South Wales, from March 26 to April 2.
He won the honour following a quartet of third place finishes in four individual events during the SA All Schools Games during October 2016, when representing the Riverton and Districts High School.
While having qualified for four events and having turned 14 in January, Allan has decided to compete in two events in the under 15 boys category, the field event, javelin and the long jump.
On Friday, March 10, the youngster displayed his pure athletic class.
At the Riverton and District High School sports day he excelled, winning nine of the 11 events in which he competed.
As expected with such a dominant performance, Allan received the under 14 boys championship medal.
The highlight of the day was his performance in the premier 100-metre dash.
He broke the 20-year-old school 100-metre sprint record, impressively by almost half a second.
Previously held by Luke Sandland back in 1997 with a time of 12.7 seconds, Jesse Allen ran the 100 metres in an outstanding 12.28 seconds.
Jesse is the younger brother of Paige Allan, who is continuing to excel for North Adelaide in the SANFL Women’s League.
The pair are among seven siblings in the Allan clan including Alisha (34), Marc (32), Leanne (31), Krystal (30) and Jamie (16).
Mum Vanessa has also been a strong support for her children.
Both Jesse and Paige’s sporting interests include swimming, football and athletics.
Still in her teens, 18-year-old Paige Allan has displayed her passion for football since a season with the RSMU Hawks back in the winter of 2014.
Since then, there have been three years of state girls football representation (under 16 and under 18) across consecutive seasons.
In 2015, Allan was a key performer in the Under 18 South Australian Women’s Football League premiership in her initial year of playing for the Salisbury club in the local women's league.
As importantly she performed at her best when it counted most, collecting Best on Ground honours in the clash against Morphettville Park at Aldi Arena (Thebarton Oval).
Paige Allan won selection in the North Adelaide SANFL women's league squad for the first season of the state-league competition.
“I was absolutely thrilled to be selected to play in the very first inaugural game of the season and being a part of history,” she said.
“My dream is certainly to play AFL women’s football.”
While the Roosters did not win the opening game under eight-time Central District premiership star Matthew Slade, Allan was one of the stronger performers in red and white.
In North’s first win against Glenelg, Allan collected 14 possessions against the Tigers at City Mazda Stadium in round two.
The following week in a big win against West Adelaide at the same venue, she kicked her first goal in SANFL Women’s football.
She is now grand final bound after the Roosters’ big 38-point win over Glenelg at Coopers Stadium on Friday night, where Allan also snaffled a pair of majors.
North will play the winner of the Bays/Norwood round six match in the inaugural SANFL women’s season decider at Peter Motley Oval, Unley on Saturday, April 1, with the expected start being at around 4.35pm.
Premiers ready for battle
Premiership winning teams from around SA have been chosen to do battle in the second annual Australian Champions League (ACL) this Saturday at Thebarton Oval.
The ACL is an event which is designed to recognise the success of local football teams as they vie for bragging rights as the best team in the state outside of the elite competition.
Taking part in this year’s ACL are Barossa Districts, Hahndorf, Moonta, Prince Alfred Old Collegians, Reynella, Waikerie and reigning NEFL premiers Riverton Saddleworth Marrabel United.
Founder Scott Rich said he was excited the concept was continuing.
‘There are quite a few opportunities to play representative footy but players want to achieve success with their mates at a club level,” he said.
“Not only that but supporters also want to see how they fare against the best from other leagues.
“In the future, we hope to introduce some interstate rivalry to the mix, to allow clubs to compare themselves against the best clubs in the country.
The ACL is supporting two charities as well, the Little Heroes Foundation and Captain Courageous Foundation, with proceeds supporting both.
On the day, which starts at 10am and finishes with the final starting at 4pm, there will be plenty of free activities for kids, including a jumping castle and face painter.
Food and drinks from the barbecue, bar and canteen will not be priced more than $5.
Tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $5 concession and kids under 12 are free.
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS
Recently married to the beautiful Hanna, perhaps Robertstown’s greatest football export Chris Schmidt enjoyed his 28th birthday on Monday, March 20.
A junior tennis star, AFL footballer with Brisbane and Adelaide, current captain of the West Adelaide Football Club, Jack Oatey Medallist and 2015 premiership skipper with the Bloods, Chris is a passionate leader.
Last Sunday, March 19, Damian Hynes, former Central District player and RSMU key position footballer also enjoyed a birthday.