It is a family affair for the Phin clan on the netball courts at Burra-Booborowie-Hallett.
The younger of the Phin twins, Alice, achieves the special 250-game milestone this Saturday when BBH hosts North Clare at the Burra courts. Alice’s sister Kate is also a 200-game player as is mum, Mish.
The twins started playing at junior four level in 1996 and progressed to junior one by 1999.
They enjoyed the fruits of a 15 and under BBH premiership in 2000 and made it back-to-back titles in 2001 with a C2 flag.
Alice played for Contax from 2002 to 2005 while boarding at Annesley College in Adelaide.
In the 2006 season, Alice started at A1 level with BBH and except for the 2013 campaign – which she missed with a knee reconstruction that sidelined her for 12 months – she has been a regular player for over a decade.
Alice Phin bounced back brilliantly from her injury being selected in the NENA team of the year in 2014.
Alice plays alongside twin sister Kate for BBH and older brother Mark was a member of the Rams inaugural BBH A grade football title, when they defeated Blyth-Snowtown at Riverton Oval in 2009.
KNIGHT AN IMPORTANT INCLUSION
In a critical game, the Crows won a thrilling contest against Geelong at Adelaide Oval last Thursday night.
While Rory Sloane received the biggest applause after re-signing during the week, Clare lad Riley Knight’s intensity and work rate around the contest was also important.
In the 15-point win, Knight, returning to Adelaide’s senior team, finished with 14 disposals, and seven tackles.
LANDMARK CUP TO CONTINUE in same vein
The presidents of the four Landmark Cup leagues - North Eastern, Northern Areas, Yorke Peninsula and Adelaide Plains - recently met in Renmark for the SA Country Football Championships and unanimously agreed to extend the current format of the Landmark Cup for another four years.
Central Zone regional advisory council member Graeme Wandel said each league confirmed its participation until 2022 and Landmark will continue as the major sponsor.
“It will continue as one day competition on the Saturday of the June long weekend with an under 17 and A grade competition,” Wandel said.
“After receiving expressions of interest, it was decided to reject any additional leagues wanting join the Landmark Cup competition.”
“After exploring other options, the league presidents felt that after 12 years the competition was so good and important to their leagues, that they were reluctant to change it.
“They highly valued the under 17 competition and the one day concept which would have to change if other leagues were added.”
Landmark SA Operations general manager Craig Tapsfield said that as a company Landmark valued its relationship with country football in South Australia and they are delighted to extend their sponsorship for another four years.
The current rotation of venues was also agreed to be extended.
The 2018 Landmark Cup A grade winners, North Eastern Football League, is due to host the Cup in 2019.
JACK IN THE KEN FARMER RACE
BSR Tiger Jack Hayes is currently third in the race for the prized Ken Farmer Medal as the leading goal kicker in SANFL league football.
Currently on 27 goals, he is two goals behind the leader, Glenelg’s Josh Scott and Sturt’s Mark Evans who have 29 after 13 rounds.
In between that pair and Hayes is Bays indigenous talent, Terry Milera, with 28 goals.
Hayes, who played in the SANFL senior state team this season, is in just his second year of league football.
The SANFL’s leading goal kicker award was renamed the Ken Farmer Medal in 1981.
Since that time, only once previously has the award been won with less than 50 goals, in 2015 by Clint Alleway (47 goals) at Glenelg.