North Clare welcomes two more to the nest

MORE ROOSTERS RECRUITS

North Clare recruiting staff have been recruiting diligently during the off season.

Added to premium recruit Tom Stevens, they have secured a further two talents.

Senior coach Peter Cook confirmed that North Clare junior and state under 18s player, Tom Huppatz, who last year played at Broadview in the amateur league competition, will return to the Roosters nest.

They have also secured a utility footballer, Anthony Simpson, who comes to North Clare from the Central Yorke Cougars last year.

Like 2018 team mates Stevens and third placed finisher in this year’s NEFL Mail Medal count Cohen Pettitt, he has previous experience at Central District.

“Anthony is a South Gawler Lions lad originally,” Cook said.

“He will be good for us, adding versatility to our group.

“He can play as a tall mobile forward, has the ability to go through the middle or play off half back.

In 13 games for the CY Cougars this year, Simpson kicked 21 goals, including bags of five against Ardrossan and Paskeville in the middle of the year.

NUMBER OF LOCALS IN SACA WOMENS CRICKET

At the Western Eagles a number of local country girls are either playing first or second grade cricket in Adelaide, showing the continued growth of the women’s game.

Veteran and former Australian player in all forms of the game Lauren Ebsary is a Snowtown Area School girl, while Clare student Ellie Falconer has been in Brisbane during October at an Australian U19 camp.

Formerly a Clare girl now living in Mount Barker, Emily Hinze has also been in Brisbane at the Centre of Excellence at a national Under 15s camp.

A fourth first grade player at the Eagles, Jess Cufone is from Mallala.

In the West Torrens SACA second grade team are Isabel Bryksy from Watervale, Clare girl Matilda Maitland, Tamsin Jones from Virginia and Lucy Meyer, the daughter of Stickmen champion Paul, from Brinkworth.

BITS AND PIECES

  • Earlier in October former Clare Combined Cricketer Joel Size was playing for his state in the national championships. In round two of the SACA competition, the 16-year-old quick made his A grade (now called first grade) debut for the East Torrens Cricket Club on Saturday, October 21 against the Kensington Browns. The Eastern Reds bowled out the Browns for 125 and won handsomely by four wickets, with 10.4 overs remaining. While Size only sent down three overs, that cost 23 runs, this wasn’t a token selection, as in the second grade game the previous week, he’d collected 2.16 from 10 frugal overs.
  • Playing the opening game of round four of the Women’s National Basketball league, the Adelaide Lightning moved clear on top of the ladder after a nail-biter at home against the UC Capitals, winning 80-77 last Wednesday. Local talent Abby Bishop was again strong early on, finishing yet another “double double” collecting 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Adelaide Lightning caused an at-home upset against the Bendigo Spirit, winning 66-79 in Bendigo on Saturday night. A hot start from the Lightning saw them lead by ten points at quarter-time and they maintained that advantage for most of the contest. Bishop was a little quieter by still had a significant impact with seven points, nine defensive rebounds and five assists, along with a pair of blocks.
  • Woodville District Cricket Club had a bye on the weekend in round three of the SACA season. It was great to see local talent and former Darren Lehmann Academy scholarships player Will Pratt return to his home club and play for Blyth-Kybunga.