North Clare farewells passionate clubman

TOMMY TO NORTH

In a recruiting coup by the North Clare Roosters, they have acquired the services of former Central District league footballer and originally NSW/ACT Rams national Under 18s player, the 185cm, 80kg midfielder/utility Tom Stevens for the 2018 campaign.

“Tom will give us more quality and depth in the midfield group and add to our options up forward,” North Clare coach Peter Cook said.

“His key assets are his fitness base and running power which should allow him to accumulate plenty of ball.

“Tommy’s ability to use the footy well will help us increase our scoring ability.”

Since moving across from the east coast – he is from Echuca on the Victorian/NCW border – Stevens played three seasons with the Bulldogs, finishing with 18 league games, including a pair in 2017.

CONDOLENCES TO THE PRITCHARD FAMILY

On Monday local sporting identity Dave Pritchard was laid to rest.

A long and passion servant of football in the local Mid North district Dave lost his battle last week, after long fights with various health issues.

“Dave was a strong servant of the North Clare Football Club and advocate for football in our district,” North Clare president Ian Pearce said.

“He’ll be sorely missed on a number of levels.

“A tremendous worker and a passionate Port Adelaide man, he’ll be remembered for his commitment to sport in the district.”

Most recently, Dave was involved with the Watervale Bowling Club.

“David was only with us a short time but his impact on the club and its members was immediate and great,” a club statement said.

Our condolences go out to his wife, Anne and the entire Pritchard family.

BRILLIANT BISHOP

In last week’s edition,we praised Abby Bishop’s return to the Adelaide Lightning in the Womens’ National Basketball League competition for the 2017-18 season.

Last Thursday, October 12, in a true leaders game, this Melrose/Laura girl was the catalyst to a brilliant come from behind victory by Adelaide at Titanium Arena in their home clash with Perth Lynx.

Following an even opening term, the Lightning, after a poor second quarter, were 10 points down at half time (36-46) and looked like they were out of the contest.

This group turned that around in the second half to record a stunning – 89 to 81 – eight point victory, gaining some much needed early-season confidence and belief from this triumph.

Bishop was superb producing a brilliant “double-double” in an outstanding all round game, which included 35 points – 17 the first half and 18 in the second, along with 10 rebounds, three assists, a trio of steals and three blocks, in what could only be called a complete game.

CAREY TO CATS

Blyth-Snowtown has announced the appointment of Carey Payne from Craigmore as the club’s senior coach for season 2018.

“He has previously coached at Central Yorke Cougars in the Yorke Valley League as well as Metropolitan teams,” Cats president Dave Pratt said.

“He met with Kerrin Rowan, Gareth Ottens, Ben Pratt and yours truly on Sunday as we officially welcomed him to the Cats.

“The general committee were very impressed with his passion for the game when we interviewed him and he is an experienced coach who comes highly recommended.”

An outstanding junior with the Salisbury Magpies, Payne won four Junior Association Best and Fairest along with playing development football with North Adelaide and SAMBOY Cup with Port.

He had a 194-game career as a crafty and clever rover with Eastern Park and also won an association SAAFL best and fairest with Paralowie.

Back in 2008 he spent the first years as a playing coach at Brahma Lodge, before taking over in an off-field role from 2010.

Payne also coached SMOSH-West Lakes and last year took the Central Yorke Cougars to fourth place on the Yorke Peninsula.

“My philosophies on the game are pretty simple,” Payne said.

“It is about everyone buying in from day one and there is no place for individuals in our team-first focused brand.

“I believe we will play an attacking game style and to me our conduct on and off the field is important along with a respect for the committee and volunteers that make the club run.”

The Cats have a meet the coach day on October 29 and Payne will be looking for a couple of pre-season runs prior to Christmas

Payne, 43, has four children with his wife Kerryanne and they are proud grandparents to three.