Whittlesea ponders future

Dual BBH Rams premiership player Tom Whittlesea, a state under 16s footballer and 25-game Woodville West Torrens SANFL league footballer, is contemplating his football future.

“I’m currently training with South Adelaide, I’ll make a call over the next couple of weeks after I see how I fit into the program,” Tom Whittlesea told the Northern Argus.

“If I sign at South it is really my last chance to prove I’m capable of being a consistent SANFL footballer.

“South’s new coach Jarrad Wright is the major reason I’m training with the Panthers.

“If I don’t sign with them I’ll play community or country football.

“I really enjoyed my time at Wangaratta last year and, naturally, it helped winning a flag.”

Currently 23, turning 24 in March, Whittlesea is a 192cm, 88kg key marking forward.

He made his SANFL debut back in 2014, but over the past four seasons the most games he played in a season was eight.

Whittlesea’s record when it comes to premiership success is simply outstanding.

Since 2009 he has played it a minimum in Grand Finals’ every season, a record that is the envy of many.

As a 15-year-old, Whittlesea played a strong role in the Burra-Booborowie-Hallett inaugural premiership in the North Eastern Football League, when they defeated Blyth-Snowtown at Riverton Oval.

The following year at Prince Alfred College he was a member of the prestigious All Schools knock out title alongside AFL footballers, Jack Viney and Sam Day.

When seven-time Central District premiership player Daniel Schell coached the BBB Rams to a title in 2011 he played at full forward in this win.

The following year, he was a member of the Woodville West Torrens under 18 premiership.

In 2013 and 2014 he enjoyed success under current South Adelaide coach Jarrad Wright.

In 2015 at league level, Whittlesea played in the Eagles’ Grand Final side against West Adelaide.

He played in the 2016 SANFL reserves Grand Final against North Adelaide as well.

After starting the year with the Eagles at SANFL level he moved across to the Wangaratta Magpies a third of the way into the season and again enjoyed premiership success at the Magpies.

They beat the Albury Tigers side which was laden with AFL football talent by 21 points, playing alongside Norwood premiership player Michael “Juice” Newton.

The Wangaratta Magpies are also the club that Tom’s father Peter was the underage coach and president of.

Peter - who with his wife Margie, a former NEFL treasurer, now live on a property in the far north of the state - was the Rams’ inaugural NEFL premiership coach back in 2009.