Locals show passion for sport, health

Three-time Mintaro-Manoora Eagles premiership forward Ben Kerslake was at the Adelaide Test on Friday as a part of the “Richies”, a growing tradition to celebrate the life of Australian cricketing great and commentator Richie Benaud.

He was a part of a large dedicated group in front of the famous Adelaide Oval scoreboard, along with mates; North Clare footballer Matt Ward, Sevenhill cricketer Hayden Daley and Clare Cougars batsman Lou Zanette.

Kerslake is one of great football people who played in NEFL and one of nature’s gentlemen.

In November 2014, Ben and his family’s lives were turned upside down in an instant, when he was diagnosed with multiple melanomas.

Since recovered Ben has set up the Kerslake Foundation to raise awareness of, and support fundraising towards, melanoma research and to give cancer sufferers the support they need through the Ian Gawler Cancer Retreat.

Since then it has been his mission to research and find ways to beat cancer.

His thoughts are that if he did not take a holistic approach to healing, coupled with medicinal drugs that he would not  be in the position he is today. 

It is Ben's mission to share what he has learned by educating and showing how important nutrition and meditation is to regaining health and creating an environment in your body where cancer simply cannot grow.

The Kerslake Foundation website is www.kerslakefoundation.org.au

BRODIE BACK IN OUTBACK COLOURS

Orroroo cricket champion Brodie O’Dea has been selected for his second tour with the SA Outbacks for the 2019 Australian Country Cricket Championships (ACCC) being held over the first two weeks of January, in Shepparton, Victoria.

He played in his inaugural tournament at Geraldton in January this year.

"We have 10 players returning from last champs in Geraldton, including Brodie," SA Outbacks coach Paul Pasculli said.

“With his experience in January we feel that Brodie will only be a more productive performer in Shepparton.

"On paper it is a very versatile squad and I'm confident this side can perform well.

"This group is well suited to the T20 game and I'm hopeful of really testing the big states in this version of the game.

The ACCC started in 1985 and now is one-day (50 over) and T20 tournament.

Former Gilbert Valley cricketer, now playing for Quorn, Alex Hosking returns to SA Outbacks duties after a hiatus.

MID NORTH U16 TEAM

Coached by local icon Scooter Smith, with James Lang as team manager, the Mid North side is currently playing in the annual Under 16 Country Cricket Cup in the Barossa Valley.

The squad includes the quintet of Jack Tiller, Hugh Jackson, Nick Wilsdon, Hayden Hooper and Baiden Wilsdon from Crystal Brook.

There is also Will Bowman, Ollie Dignan and Henry Slade from Orroroo and Thomas Lymburn and Jackson Schell from the Clare Cougars. Other members include Bodie McNiel from Watervale; Patrick Weckert from Brinkworth and Booborowie’s Ashton Pearce.

BATTANTYNE TO THE DEMONS

Highly touted Southern Flinders footballer Shane Ballantyne will follow his former coach Scott Brand to the South Clare Demons in the North Eastern Football League next season.

The Northern Areas and zone representative is noted has a high marking key forward, being athletic and having the ability to play a variety of other roles.

Ballantyne first played A grade football with the NAFA Tigers in 2012, and became a regular the following year.

He was a member of Southern Flinders 2013 premiership win over Ororroo.

Coach Brand also confirmed the SANFL experienced Daniel Minney will return to the Demons.