BSR Tigers coach Liam Whitwell was honoured at the 2017 SANFL coaching awards dinner at the Ian McLachlan room at Adelaide Oval last Friday night as Woodville West Torrens’ senior country coach of the year.
In his first season after coming across from Mallala in the Adelaide Plains competition, Whitwell led Brinkworth-Spalding-Redhill to its first premiership in over a decade and a half, defeating the competition favourites RSMU in a thriller at Riverton Oval.
Whitwell quickly gained the respect of his playing group for giving honest and straightforward feedback.
The 2017 North Adelaide junior country coach of the year was awarded to Matthew Dignan from the Orroroo Football Club after he took the Roos to the 2017 Junior Colts (Under 14) Northern Areas Football Association flag this year at Broughton Oval.
A highly credentialed footballer and former NAFA Mail Medalist, Dignan also showed a great aptitude as the Roos’ colts coach as well.
Among the more than 50 level II coaching certificate graduates who were also acknowledged on the night were a pair of North Eastern Football League stewards Southern Saints Ashley Green, who also coached at the Eagles, and BSR Tigers’ long time servant Darren Longbottom.
The guest speaker for the evening was Adelaide Football Club Women’s premiership coach from the first season Bec Goddard and 11-year SANFL state under 18s coach Brenton Phillips was acknowledged for his service to junior football in this state.
Woodville-West Torrens footballer Joe Heinjus has survived a challenging journey along the Kokoda Track as the Eagles raised $18,000 for the Little Heroes Foundation.
The trip through mountainous terrain in Papua New Guinea was also made with fellow player Jared Petrenko and senior coach Michael Godden among a 10-person party.
STAKING A CLAIM
Clare bowling allrounder Ellen Falconer is certainly staking a claim for Twenty 20 opportunities with the Adelaide Strikers after performances in the SACA district A Grade women’s Twenty 20 competition.
She has played a key role in both the previous two weekends’ wins over Southern District and Sunday’s victory over fellow contender Sturt.
In the round three game against Southern Districts, batting in the prime number three position, she made 34 from just 26 deliveries faced and hit three boundaries, and then opened the bowling and took the impressive figures of 2/4 from her four-over allotment, which included one maiden.
Three of her four runs conceded came from wides and the Eagles won the game at Bice Oval by a comfortable 87-run margin.
Last Saturday in the clash with Sturt at Henley Grange Memorial Oval, Falconer made an outstanding 47 not out she came to the crease with the Eagles in early trouble with 2/26 and they made a total of 4/130. The Eagles defeated the Double Blues by 18 runs in a high-class encounter.
Local talents make an impact
Mid North cricketing talents all had an impact in Woodville U16 Red’s strong victory over East Torrens at Roma Mitchell Secondary College.
Initially they bundled East Torrens out for 69 and then made 3/1187 declared.
Opening the batting, Isaac Pierce produced an accomplished 33 while captain and keeper Lachlan McNeill compiled a solid 44.
Charlie Dinning was the star of the innings, smashing six sixes and five more fours in his 86 not out.
Sending the Eastern Reds back in, Woodville dismissed the Reds for 135 and the second innings.
Broughton Mundoora footballer and Wandearah cricketer Jamieson Murphy took 3/19 to add to his 1/5 from six overs in the first innings.
In a small run chase, Charlie Dinning remained 15 not out and the Peckers won outright by 10 wickets.