At the SANFL 2018 Coaches Award dinner held at the William Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval on Friday night, November 2, local coaches from both the North Eastern and Northern Areas football leagues were honoured.
This year’s NAFA A grade premiership Crystal Brook coach, Luke Slattery, received the North Adelaide Senior Country Coach of the Year Award while across at the BBH Rams, Matthew Kellock collected the Woodville West Torrens Junior Country Coach of the Year accolade.
Kellock has coached the Rams junior colts for the past two years and was previously the mini colts mentor.
“We were a little undermanned, but still managed to make finals,” Kellock said.
“They are a good group of kids, being prepared to work at their respective games.
“A couple of the squad have played for the Eagles in underage development squads.
“‘Cher’ Waters had played for her state and nationally in a hybrid international rules game.
“I’m naturally honoured to be acknowledged in this way.”
Slattery, now 37, has handed the reins as Roosters senior coach to Steve Merkel but he will still play with the club again in 2019.
“For the club’s prolonged success, I believe it is better to have the coach living in our township,” Slattery explained.
“I loved the role, especially having good people around you, who are able delivering good advice.
“Steve was my bench coach on game days this year.
“Any coach is only as good as the people around him and the playing group.”
Slattery has been back playing for his foundation club since 2014, participating in grand finals each year and winning three flags, including this year’s triumph as a playing coach.
Also, David Cluse from the Eudunda-Robertstown Football Club secured his level two graduate certificate.
The key speaker for the evening was Alastair Clarkson's right-hand man during Hawthorn’s premiership years, David Roth, who talked about the development of the game and the new rules that will be introduced in 2019. He is the AFL coaching innovation and education manager.
ELLE IS LEADING ALLCOMERS
With three key wickets to rip through the Port Adelaide top order in Sunday's first grade contest with Port Adelaide, Clare girl Ellie Falconer is currently the leading wicket taker in the SACA women's first grade (formally A grade) competition.
After five rounds she is the competition’s most productive bowler, having taken 11 wickets at the impressive average of 12 runs per victim.
Against the Magpies, in the contest at the Henley Memorial ground, Falconer collected 3/21 from four overs.
Amazingly half of a score, 12 runs were conceded through wides. The previous weekend Faulkner took 3/42 from nine overs despite the Western Eagles lost to Northern Jets in round four.
Known for her competitive nature, Falconer is a member of the State Scorpions and Strikers squads in the BBLW league.
EAGLES BOUND FOR THE BLG
As suggested previously Steve Rusca, after a couple of productive seasons with the Mintaro-Manoora Eagles, will return to his foundation club, the Angaston Panthers in the Barossa, Light and Gawler competition.
In other news, talented young Eagles big man Daly Eichner has signed with the Gawler Central Tigers.
“Daly (Eichner) is an 18-year-old key position, who has already played two seasons of senior football with Min- Man,” Gawler Central coach Matthew Whelan explained.
“He is a big and strong lad that we feel will develop into a long term player for our club.”
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