North Clare signs a key attacking recruit

As the North Clare Football Club commences its 2018 North Eastern Football League (NEFL) campaign, it has been given a significant boost by acquiring the services of experienced 25-year-old key forward Dallas Hill.

Hill is a former Clare junior who started with the South Demons and grew up in the district.

He is an athletic, 190cm left-footed key forward known for his marking strength and potent left foot kick.  

With key forwards seen as one of the most valuable commodities in the game currently, the acquisition of Hill will certainly enhance the Roosters chances in 2018.

North Clare coach Peter Cook said the former SANFL player would give his side a little more depth in the attacking lines.

“Dallas will add to our strength in attack,” Cook said.

“He is good mates with both our other boys from Central District that have arrived at our club in recent years, Tom Stevens and Cohen Pettit.

“Dallas has played league football at the Bulldogs and is a valuable acquisition for our squad.

“Strong marking targets are a rare commodity in country football and we’ll be looking for Dallas to straighten us up.”

Hill spent four years on the Central District senior list, making his South Australian National Football League (SANFL) league debut back in 2013.

The Bulldogs’ SANFL 2016 campaign was his last year with Central Districts.  

Hill would finish with a yield of 17 league games for the Bulldogs, kicking 29 goals.

He first played senior Adelaide Plains football for the Hummocks Watchman Eagles at the start of the decade.

He returned to the club last season, playing 14 games and kicking 24 goals, which included a best haul of five majors in the final minor round game against Hamley Bridge.  

He also played with the Eagles before venturing down to the Ponderosa.

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North will also see the return of club junior Tom Huppatz to lead the ruck department.

The two new recruits offset the Roosters’ loss of Nick Pearce and classy midfielder Jayden White.

The North Clare club starts its 2018 NEFL season on Saturday, April 14, taking on the RSMU Hawks under new coach Steve Lubcke at Riverton Oval.

Dallas has played league football at the Bulldogs and is a valuable acquisition for our squad. Strong marking targets are a rare commodity in country football and we’ll be looking for Dallas to straighten us up

North Clare coach Peter Cook