The Northern team for the 2019 South Australian Cricket Championships, which is currently being held across suburban Adelaide, is being coached again by Laz Kovacevic, with Central Whyalla cricketer Scott Collison as team skipper.
Two essentially local products, batsman–keeper Alex Hosking, now playing for Quorn and Pekina-Carrieton’s “batting Bradman” Brodie O’Dea, are both filling the vice captaincy roles.
The Northern side has now expanded from the Upper North team, and now includes the Northern Areas Association and the Stanley Cricket Association uniquely, except for Lower North.
The changing boundaries and name was due to the Barossa and Light Association putting in a team as a single entity.
Hosking, O"Dea take on South Australia's best
Captain of the Upper North’s last title win, Ben Brown, suggested this Northern team has a good balance of bowling and batting strength, along with a side full of strong fieldsmen.
The Northern side for 2019 includes three current SA Outbacks – O’Dea, Hosking - and Roopena quick Nathan Van Eekeren.
The Northern side played its first game as a new entity against the Barossa and Light Association on the Park 25 Number 2 ground on Monday, February 4.
On Tuesday, they played the Eyre Peninsula at Glandore Oval before a second clash at the venue against Fleurieu and Districts.
The winners in each pool play the grand final on Karen Rolton Oval.
The hard hitting Zac Fielding has been a form batsmen in the Northern Areas competition since moving across this season, in a summer which included a double century during January.
BACK IN THE BIG LEAGUE
Booleroo Centre woman Courtney Gum has started her second season of AFLW football with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
The Giants took on last year’s grand finalists, Brisbane Lions on Sunday, February 2.
Gum played a strong game in the first round of the season – she had a telling impact on the match, across the centre, and was mentioned as one of the club’s best players with 15 disposals and four tackles.
In a thrilling contest the Giants went down by two points, Brisbane 4.5 (29) to the Giants 4.3 (27).
Gum took out the title of club best and fairest in her first year with the club after taking out the SANFLW league best and fairest in 2017.
IN THE SPIRIT OF COUNTRY FOOTY
This Saturday, February 9, a special opportunity exists for the country football community of South Australia to get behind the Nangwarry Football Club, which has suffered the heartbreaking tragedy of having its clubrooms burnt to the ground by a deliberately lit fire.
At the Hotel Richmond in Adelaide, the Southern Slugs Masters Football Club has planned a fundraiser with the proceeds from ticket sales going to the Nangwarry club.
The event will include Darren Middleton, former Powderfinger guitarist, performing along with other acts, with a dinner being held beforehand.
“There will be an auction and raffle to raise money for the Nangwarry club rooms to be rebuild,” Southern Slugs president Peter Oldfield said.
“With this comes a great sense of responsibility, as we really need to get a large attendance to this event.
“We like to show our support for these fellow South Australian footballers - to achieve something special for the Nangwarry Saints.
“There will be key figures from the football club attending.”
The Darren Middleton concert and Nangwarry Football Club rebuilding fundraiser will start at 9.30pm.
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