CASEY IN CHARGE
One of the biggest roles in the sporting community is transferring from one dedicated Burra-Booborowie-Hallett Rams servant to another.
After two years as the senior coach of the Rams, Boh Wall has put family first and relinquished the role as season coach of the BBH Rams.
Wall suggested he would consider doing the job again in the future, but felt it time he put other priorities first.
Another stalwart Casey Cooper, a former captain of the club and dual premiership player, who is also a local identity in the town of Burra, running the local butchers shop, will be the new Rams coach in 2018.
“(I) will be looking for us to play the game in the traditional manner,” Cooper said.
“I’m a motivated person and I hope I can motivate the group to play the type of football that can build and bring success.
“My preferred mode is to let my actions rather than words do the talking.
“For me having been a former captain of the club, being the coach is the next step.
“Instead of talking about the role, I prefer to get on with the job.
“We have a meet the coach day this Sunday, December 3, and have half a dozen candidates coming up to see what the club has to offer and vice-versa.
“I’ve learnt a lot from all of my coaches over the journey but naturally our premiership coaches Peter Whittlesea and Daniel Schell have been important mentors.
“They gave a blueprint to run with for building success.
“One of the other aspects of a community club is getting everyone on the same page but having been involved in a couple of successes under ‘Pete’ and ‘Schelly’ we know what it takes to achieve ultimate result.”
Cooper has played 215 A Grade games for the Rams after coming to the club in 2002 and was vice captain to Stephen Tohl in the breakthrough 2009 flag and also deputy to Schell in the 2011 premiership success.
He played his milestone 200th game in the final game of the 2015 campaign.
LEADING FROM THE FRONT
Clare lad Lachie McNiel continued to lead from the front for the Woodville Under 16s in the prestigious SACA Red competition.
The accomplished top order batsman and keeper produced a brilliant boundary-laden 59, which included nine fours in the Peckers’ round four win over Port Adelaide at Eric Sutton Oval last Saturday
The Peckers made 6/227 in their 40-over allotment with Broughton-Mundoora footballer Jamison Murphy adding 68 (9 x 4s, 1 x 6) in the middle order.
They then bowled the Magpies out for 105, with Murphy ripping through the tail, collected four wickets at the cost of just eight runs.
The Peckers and Tea Tree Gully are vying for top position going into the weekend break for the test.
The trio of skipper McNiel, Murphy and Charlie Dinning (who didn’t play in this match) are expected to play key roles in the Peckers charge to glory this summer.
BISHOP KEEPS DELIVERING
At the State Basketball Centre in Victoria last Saturday, November 25, the Adelaide Lightning arrested a two game losing run with a brilliant away win.
Adelaide Lightning won every quarter to take care of Dandenong Rangers in convincing fashion, winning by 21 points, 70 to 49.
While not as effective offensively, Abby Bishop collected six points, to go with 12 rebounds and four assists.
After that win the Lightning are just inside the top four with a 57 per cent winning average, having played two games more than the Melbourne Boomers, but having one less win.
STARTS OF TOMMORROW
The SAPSASA cricketers were in town last week. For many of these young men this is their first opportunity to play on turf wickets.
The North Eastern side covers roughly the same areas as Northern Areas footy, while the Mid North side is predominantly from around the Clare district.