Falconer nears debut

NORTHERN AREAS SELECT A STRONG SQUAD FOR NORTH EASTERN SHIELD

The NACA side, to be captained by Burra Eagles and former SA Outback Bohdan Wall, has compiled a competitive group for the 2018 North Eastern Shield Games this year.

This is despite SA Outback Brodie O’Dea, Sam Young, Jason Schuppan, Ryan Slee, Kieran Blackwell, Zac Hutchinson and Raed Hannun being unavailable.

Wall who has garnered the nick name “Joe Root” due to the amount of half centuries he’s made this summer, converting them to hundreds, has made 512 runs at an average of 128 going into the Christmas break.

One of four Spalding-Booborowie players in the squad, left arm spinner Cameron Longbottom is the leading wicket takers in the NACA currently, with 24 scalps at an average of 8.21 runs per victim.

The squad is:

  • Boh Wall (Burra – captain)
  • Alex Morgan (Spalding-Booborowie)
  • Ryan Simpson (Belalie-Mannanarie)
  • Lachlan Wilsdon (Spalding-Booborowie)
  • Damien Smith (Booleroo/Willowie)
  • Shannon Jaeschke (Belalie-Mannanarie)
  • John Sheehan (Orroroo)
  • Matt Kuerschner (Orroroo)
  • Luke Bowman (Pekina-Carrieton)
  • Matthew Longbottom (Spalding-Booborowie)
  • Cameron Longbottom (Spalding-Booborowie)
  • Emergencies: Jon Richardson-Neate, Tom Wilsdon.

Dates and venues:

  • Sunday, February 4: Northern Areas v Stanley at Burra Oval
  • Sunday, February 11: Rocky River v Northern Areas at Gladstone Oval
  • Sunday, February 18: Stanley v Rocky River at Sevenhill Oval

Stanley is looking for their record eighth straight title.

BISHOP FINISHES IN STYLE

Abby Bishop in her return season with the Adelaide Lightning was simply outstanding and is expected to win starting five honours in the Women’s National Basketball League awards for the abridged 2017-18 season.

The Adelaide Lightning reawakened their finals race at Titanium Security Arena on December 21, upsetting the Melbourne Boomers to keep their season alive, 67-56.

Bishop with 22 points and eight rebounds performed her trademark starring role against a determined Boomers side, which included giant Liz Cambage.

She was simply outstanding in the heart breaking overtime loss to the Sydney Uni Flames, scoring 24 points, dragging down 14 rebounds and being credited with five assists and a pair of steals in this away contest on December 23

Adelaide finished fifth this year and should already be firming up its roster for next season.

Bishop finished the season averaging 15.91 points per game and 9.29 rebounds and three assists per match, along with being a superb on field leader

JETTIES WINNER

At the 2017 Bay Sports Festival’s annual 8.4 km Jetty-to-Jetty – held for the first time on Wednesday, December 27, instead of its usual Boxing Day start – long time Clare runner Allan Mayfield was an age group winner.

Mayfield, who came down from the Mid North district, won the best performed runner in the 60-69 year age bracket.

The strangely named “Fun Run” is from Glenelg to Brighton Jetty and return.

The event winner Bryn Nicholls explained that the time wasn’t a factor and the conditions certainly weren’t conducive to a fast time.

“There were high tides, northerly winds and high temperatures (the temperature was in the mid to late 30s on this day).

“It’s fair to say I was also a bit of an obstacle course out there, with the dogs and the amount of people at the beach because of how hot it was.

“The difference in the time per kilometre on the way out compared to the way back was about 30 seconds.

“It was a really strong head wind on the way back.”

ELLIE CLOSE TO DEBUT

The Adelaide Strikers broke its losing streak on Friday, January 5, against the Melbourne Stars, with Clare teenager Ellie Falconer brought into the 13-player squad, although she didn’t get her first start.

The 18-year-old earned her first contract this summer.

Fast bowler Falconer replaced off-spinner and former Sydney Sixer Rhiannon Dick, who has struggled to find form, playing just three of the first six matches in rebel WBBL|03.

The Melbourne Stars have won just a single game in the tournament and sit the foot of the ladder.

A South Clare netballer and West Torrens cricketer, Falconer has just completed schooling at Clare High.

This weekend the Lady Strikers play a pair of games in Alice Springs wearing a special indigenous designed top.