Seven players from the North Eastern footy were selected as members of the Woodville West Torrens Under 15 Country side for the annual State Championships at this level.
The competition was held last Tuesday July 17, to Thursday July 19, across suburban grounds in Adelaide.
The team was coached local pair Ashley Green and Darren Longbottom, and included playing personnel, BSR Tiger Jackson Moller, the Southern Saints pair of Dustin Launer and Ethan Pfitzner, Blyth Snowtown Cat Joel Bertelsmeier, Clare lad Henry Hawker, RSMU Hawk Cody Schiller and Min-Man’s Sam Nicholls.
The team manager was Tanya Bertelsmeier and Zac Green fulfilled the role as runner.
“What was pleasing for the development of the Under 15 age group was every lad showed determination and improvement over the course of the week”
The Eagles started with a handy victory against West Adelaide in their opening game at Oval Avenue.
Beginning slowly against eventually title winners, South, at Noarlunga on Wednesday, they fell agonizingly short – less than a straight kick from victory on day two.
On Thursday against Norwood in the rain and very testing conditions at Woodville Oval, the Eagles struggled to finish the tournament the way they would have liked.
Eagles country coach Ashley Green said the team had shown determination.
“What was pleasing for the development of the group was every lad showed improvement over the course of the week,” Green said.
“They were a pretty even group this year with a lot of different contributors.
“Our win on day one was their best performance.
“In our second game against South we were terrible early, but we played two and a half quarters of really good football and fell just the two points short.
“It was a pretty ordinary day on Thursday at all levels.
“Jackson (Moller) played in defence and on the ball while Dustin Launer was our best player on Thursday and used the ball pretty well.
“Cody Schiller is still just 14 and a key position player while Joel Bertelsmeier showed some signs playing on a wing and across half forward.
“Sam Nicholls was hard at the contest is an small on-baller and Henry Hawker played as one of our ruckmen, while Ethan Pfitzner played on a wing and across half forward.”
SANFL league debut
A premiership player as a teenager with Crystal Brook in 2015, and also representing the Northern Zone in the SA Country Championships at Port Augusta that year, Jake Wohling’s football has continued to develop at North Adelaide over the past three seasons.
On Saturday in the South Australian National Football League round 15 clash at Noarlunga Oval, Wohling made his SANFL league debut in a clash with South Adelaide.
The 20-year-old was happy to be able to join his team-mates at league level.
“It was a good feeling, getting my opportunity at league level,” Wohling said.
“Obviously you wanted to win but to tick off my first league game is a real plus.
“My Mum and Dad, Kathy and Tim came down to watch along with my older sisters, Nicole and Aimee and their partners.
“This is my third year down at Prospect and my second year on the senior list.
“Jake Wohling is a product from our country zone who has developed nicely”
“You noticed that there was a real step up in intensity at league level and you needed to be switched on for the entire game.
In the changerooms preceding the game, Wohling was presented with his jumper by former North Adelaide captain and Melbourne footballer Mitch Clisby and is now keen to add to his initial league appearance.
After being within striking distance of three quarter time, North Adelaide lost the game 15.11 (101) to 9.6 (60)
Wohling, was one of three Roosters to debut on the day, along with Boyd Woodcock from Yorke Peninsula and indigenous talent Keanu Miller.
He finished with five possessions, (two kicks and three handballs) along with a mark and a couple of tackles playing in defence.
Roosters football manager Darryl Wintle said Wohling had continued to develop since coming from the Mid North.
“Jake Wohling is a product from our country zone who has developed nicely since coming down to Adelaide,” Wintle said.
“Jake is a hard working mid-sized defender, with a strong skill base, who can push up through the midfield.”
RUSCA TO REPRESENT SA COUNTRY
SA Country football is pride will be on the line again when the SA Country Football team take on their Western Australian counterparts on Adelaide Oval this Saturday afternoon at 4.10pm, in what has been an annual state country clash for the past five years.
The clash is the curtain raiser to the important Adelaide Crows versus Melbourne Demons AFL match.
Last year the Sandgropers, at the famous Fremantle Oval, won the Cup for the first time and the SA management is keen to see it back.
Former Angaston lad and a SA under 18 player, Mintaro-Manoora’s form midfielder Steve Rusca, will don the SA country jumper in the clash.