BREAKTHROUGH PLAYER NOMINATION
Eudunda Robertstown 18-year-old Aaron Nietschke received a further accolade after his first SANFL league game by winning the SANFL Round 17 Powerade Breakthrough Player award across the competition.
He is the first Central District player to receive this honour in 2018.
This was announced during the television game between Port Adelaide and the Bulldogs on Sunday at Alberton Oval.
Nietschke also enjoyed his first win at league level in the penultimate round of the season, where Central defeated Port Adelaide by 22 points.
Nietschke added to his first game with a solid 19 possession, one-goal effort, playing predominantly off a wing.
Central District has one more minor round game to go, playing the Eagles at the Ponderosa.
NEFL/NENA MILESTONE MANIA
There seemed to be milestones everywhere across the North Eastern football and netball competitions last Saturday.
Perhaps the biggest of them was Blyth/Snowtown Cats netballer Bernie Altman (nee Keech) who played her 400th senior game across her tenure with the Cats and originally the Snowtown Netball Club.
“Her commitment to the club on a whole is amazing and simply fantastic,” her former coach and premiership team mate Maggie Hentschke said.
“Coming back from an Achilles injury last year, which occurred during July, Bernie was back playing again in April this year.”
At Manoora Oval current BSR Tigers captain Adam MacKenzie had many of his extended family at the game, including older brother Jason, as he played he played his 300th senior match.
In the same contest, hard-working stalwart of the Mintaro-Manoora Eagles Luke McDermid played his 250th game.
Down the road at Riverton Oval in the B grade Daniel Vater reached the 300-game landmark for the RSMU Hawks in a special day for the club.
Across at the netball a host of others played their 200th senior game on the weekend.
At the Riverton Courts from the LadyHawks, the tenacious Sarah Noack, Simone Miller and Ellen Callery, while at the same venue Mandy Knight played her 200th game for the Demons.
In round 15 Emma Meaney from North Clare played her 250th senior game as well.
One of the stars and most naturally gifted netballers in the NENA competition Hayley Zweck reached the 250th game landmark.
INAUGURAL CENTRAL DISTRICT WOMENS COACH
Former North Clare Team of the Year footballer and 2006 Central Zone championship winning player Shaun Ribbons has been selected as the inaugural coach of the central district SANFL W side.
“This is a unique opportunity to build a squad from the ground up,” Ribbons said.
“As a part of the agreement we will get young talents Chloe Sheer and Riverton High School student Kaitlyn Rosenzweig back from North Adelaide.”
Sean’s younger brother Dylan is currently playing for Mintaro Manoora in the NEFL competition.
RSMU’S BIG NIGHT
To celebrate the 20 years of the RSMU Hawks competing in NEFL, the club enjoyed a big night at the Saddleworth Show Pavilion.
More than 250 former and clubs players, supporters and administrators attended.
“It was a great night and our three premiership coaches John Rohde, Don Dickie and Zack Hier all spoke to the gathering,” current president Richard Noll said.
“It was a fantastic night of celebration for our club.