Region’s part in footy first

ELLIE STARS

At the annual Favell-Woon game between the Favell Foundation XI and the SA Country team, Clare girl Ellie Falconer starred in her first game for the foundation.

Falconer the first woman to play in the 20 years of this annual event bowled first change on the Park 25 Number 2 Oval and collected the outstanding figures of 3/18 from her four over spell, as the country team was dismissed for 132 and the Foundation XI collected victory by seven wickets with 29 balls remaining in this Twenty/20 fixture.

Falconer, who is on the brink of Scorpions selection, is another country cricketing talent supported by this foundation which honours the late former test cricketer and South Australian captain for many years, Les Favell.

FAST FOOTY FIRSTS

A couple of Mid North lads have written themselves into a little bit of SANFL football history.

At the first ever “Fast Football” match played on Norwood Oval last Friday night when the Eagles took on Port Adelaide, Lower North cricketer and Balaklava footballer Sam Rowland will be forever credited with the first kick in this form of the game while BSR Tigers big man Jack Hayes secured the first touch, a hit out.

This inaugural game of this new concept was played across four, 10-minute quarters with 12 players on the ground and regular interchange, and players being only able to go in certain zones.

Other locals played in the competition for the Eagles included South Clare’s Daniel Minney, Jack Hayes’ older brother, Nick and Joe Heinjus.

For North Adelaide in the second game, a pair of Crystal Brook lads Jake Wohling and Brayden Kirk also tried their hands at this new “fast food” type of game of football.

If this form of the game takes off, Hayes and Rowland could become regular quiz questions in the years to come.

THE GREAT LEVELLER

Last week’s In The Zone spoke about Liam O’Dea returning to Northern Areas football in 2018.

Also an accomplished cricketer, he had a couple of overs to forget at the annual SACA country cricket championships, which was played in Adelaide from Monday, February 5, to Thursday, February 8.

Playing for the Eyre Peninsula side on Tuesday and Wednesday, noted as a batsman and usually a tight slow bowler, O’Dea endured the wide blade Of Robert Drenthan’s bat in the Tuesday game at Gliderol Oval, Glenelg.

Drenthan took him down for 21 of 22 in one over in this game, including three huge sixes, including one which went into the neighbouring tennis courts.

Not to be outdone, the following day against Fleurieu and Districts O’Dea went for 24 off a single over then Jared Marston hit him for four sixes in an over, which also had a pair of dot balls.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Eudunda born quick Kane Richardson received “man of the match” in the third Twenty20 International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Saturday night when Australia defeated England in the current series for the third consecutive time.

After receiving some early “tap”, Richardson rebounded to collect 3/33 from his four over allotment – his best at international level for his country in this form of the game.

ANOTHER WHITTLESEA WIN

When it comes to playing in grand finals Tom Whittlesea has a happy knack of being in the right place.

In the new SANFL “Fast Football” competition played on Friday and Saturday night at The Parade, Norwood, Whittlesea was a member of the undefeated Panthers side which won the inaugural title.

Whittlesea, who confirmed that he has signed with the South Adelaide Football Club for the 2018 campaign, was a member of both the 2009 and 2011 BBH Rams premierships, in the North Eastern competition as a teenager and last year played in a flag with Wangaratta.