Riverton lass receives invite

Riverton High School student Katelyn Rosenzweig is among the 36 players invited to the 2018 AFL Women’s Draft Combine which will be held at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on October 2 and October 3.

Acka: Aaron Ackland playing in the (in)famous A grade  second semi final at Eudunda Oval where one goal was scored. Photo: Peter Argent.

Acka: Aaron Ackland playing in the (in)famous A grade second semi final at Eudunda Oval where one goal was scored. Photo: Peter Argent.

Draft bound: Katelyn Rosenzweig, Riverton, has been invited to participate in the AFLW Draft Combine. Photo: courtesy AFL Media.

Draft bound: Katelyn Rosenzweig, Riverton, has been invited to participate in the AFLW Draft Combine. Photo: courtesy AFL Media.

Players have been nominated by the clubs to attend the Draft Combine following the recent AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships.

Both Rosenzweig and fellow SA nominee Nikki Gore played for the Central Allies at the National titles.  

Quick hands: Aaron Ackland played his 350th game for the Eagles on Saturday. Photo: FILE PHOTO, Peter Argent.

Quick hands: Aaron Ackland played his 350th game for the Eagles on Saturday. Photo: FILE PHOTO, Peter Argent.

Like the men’s event, the Draft Combine will assess the players’ fitness and skills ahead of the AFL Women’s Draft later in October.

Clubs will also have the opportunity to interview the players.

Strong mark: Aaron Ackland has been a long-time member of the Min-Man Eagles. Photo: FILE PHOTO Peter Argent.

Strong mark: Aaron Ackland has been a long-time member of the Min-Man Eagles. Photo: FILE PHOTO Peter Argent.

“I was excited and also nervous, it’s a pretty big deal,” Rosenzweig, now 18, explained.

“I felt like it was a step up playing in the VFL W and I’m playing a second game against Collingwood this weekend, at Victoria Park.

“From a female side my hero is Chelsea Randall and from a male side it’s Rory Laird.

“Obviously the dream is to be drafted into AFLW.

“Both my uncle Ben and Brett Burgess have been strong mentors along my football journey.”  

AFL Head of Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone explained the players have been nominated from every state and territory.

“After the high standard of matches at the recent AFLW Under-18 Championships on the Gold Coast, the best 36 under-age players from throughout Australia will be in Melbourne to test,” Livingstone said.  

A member of the Crows academy, Rosenzweig made her VFL W debut at Traeger Park in Alice Springs on Saturday, July 28.

In the NT Thunder’s two goal win - (8.9 (57) to 7.3 (45)) - against Casey Scorpions, Rosenzweig kicked two goals and had five scoring shots.

SUPER LEAGUE DEBUTS

In Rounds two and three of the Bowls SA Super League last Sunday, mother and son combination Cath and Danyon Greenslade from Riverton made their respective debuts.  

Teenager Danyon started for the South East Spartans against the Northern Knights, leading in the triples.  He enjoyed a win and endured a loss.

Cath started her Super League career playing against the Central Chargers, playing second in the Triples. She had two wins to start.

The Spartans are currently top, while Cath’s Mallee Pirates are second.

MAGIC MILESTONE FOR AARON

Last Saturday in the Mintaro-Manoora reserves round 15 game against BBH, Aaron Ackland played his 350th Senior game for the Eagles.

“Apart from some underage football in Adelaide, Aaron played all his career at Min-Man,” Paul Hogben Football Director at the Eagles explained.

“He started as a wiry eight year old lad. ‘Acca’  played up forward in his younger days but found his calling as a Backman.

“He still loves a goal on the rare occasion he gets down forward.

“Having played at upwards of 300 games of NEFL A grade football, he was a part of their leadership group for a period and a triple premiership player in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

“Along the journey he made NEFL team of the year, played association football and is currently the Under 14s assistant coach and the Chairman of the Mintaro Manoora Sporting Club.

“Aaron was honoured with life membership of the club in 2016 and was the Football Director for six years.

“He has served on the executive committee, football committee and social committee just to name a few.

“A great club man along, with his family, they are always happy to help.”  

Along with his wife Kathrynn - who is and has been the Mintaro canteen convenor for a few years - they have four children Colby, Addison, Macy and Lucas, who all play for Min-Man.