Region's best cricketers make their mark

On Monday morning at Adelaide Oval was the launch of the 2019 SANFL women's season, the third year of the state based elite competition.

This year the Woodville West Torrens Eagles and the Central Districts football clubs will have teams in the competition which elevated it to an eight-team league.

Former North Clare footballer Shaun Ribbons will etch his name into football history by being the inaugural coach of the Central District side when they take on West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium Richmond this Friday night starting at 7.45 pm.

Long Plains’ sporting talent Leah Tynan is one of the co-captains for the North Adelaide team that will play in the first game against arch-rivals Norwood at the same venue, starting at 6pm.

Tynan is now in her third year as a North Adelaide Roosters player.

The game to start the round and the women’s season is between the Eagles and Glenelg at Flinders University Stadium, Noarlunga commencing at 5.20pm.

One of the leaders at the Bays is former Farrell Flat sporting talent Ellie Kellock.

Her new coach Jason Fairall said the 2018 Glenelg best and fairest, Kellock has had a strong injury-free pre-season and he is looking forward to a big year from his vice captain.

Kellock, now 21, is in her third season with the Tigers. A midfielder/half back with Glenelg, she works full time with the Hurley group and is remedial massage therapist.

A student at Marymount College playing knockout women’s football, she progressed to the Morphettville Park Roos in the SAWFL, before receiving a call up to Brighton Oval.

Both brothers Sam and Matt Kellock are still playing with the BBH Rams.  

WOMEN'S CRICKET EXHIBITION MATCH

Corresponding with the final day of the 2019 Men's Country Cricket Championships last Thursday, February 7 the inaugural Women's Country Cricket exhibition match was played, with the cream of South Australian’s country cricketing talents displaying their acumen.   

The greater Mid North component in the game included West Torrens Eagles cricketing talents Lucy Meyer, Chloe Smith, Issy Bryksy, Ellie Falconer and Matilda Maitland, along with Northern Jets cricketers Emma Faint and Tegan McPharlin.

The Country Red side was captained by Scorpions and Strikers keeper-batman Tegan McPharlin, while Broken Hill girl Samantha Betts skippered the yellow side.

Batting first Country Red made a competitive total of 120. Leading the way, Balaklava export McPharlin made 30 and Clare quick Ellie Falconer produced an aggressive 27.

The best of the bowlers was Brinkworth’s Lucy Meyer who collected 2/12 from four overs, while Betts and 15-year-old Darcie Brown from Kapunda, both took 1/21.

Chasing that total the Yellow side fell 18 run short, making 102.

Katie Rowe made 23 in the middle order, while Kelly Armstrong was run out for 19, opening the innings.

Shae Daly was the pick of the bowlers with 1/8 from three overs, former Clare girl Emily Hinze collected 1/11 from three overs, Watervale cricketer Matilda Maitland claimed 1/18 from two overs, while Alice Springs girl Tabby Saville took 1/2.

The SACA management plans to have a country women's championship for the 2019-20 season to run concurrently with the men's event.

GIANTS ENDURE SECOND LOSS

Mid North export Courtney Gum and her Greater Western Sydney Giants team suffered a frustrating night in round two of the AFLW against North Melbourne with the game enduring a couple weather delays.

Also after losing three light towers in the second quarter the game eventually restarted.

Only eight points down at three quarter time they would eventually lose 7.6 (48) to 2.11 (23) in front of a moderate crowd of 1365.

Gum, the inaugural Bays SANFLW best and fairest in 2017, had 11 possessions and six tackles for the Giants.