Aussie Rules season begins to ramp up

​Riley Knight was one of the handful of over-agers, playing in the Crows under 23 side in a Showdown trial against Port Adelaide at Thebarton Oval on Saturday.

Knight was one of the standout players for the Adelaide side despite its 11-point loss to the Power, in hot and tough conditions.

Adelaide dominated the first half and were up by 23 points at half-time, but the Power charged home and won the game 15.8 (98) to 13.9 (87).

Knight, who is entering an important phase of his career, turns 24 on March 27.  

He has played 39 senior games for the Crows, debuting back in the tumultuous season of 2015, but only played eight matches in injury-ravaged 2018 season.

This South Clare Demons export was a member of the Crows 2017 AFL grand final side which went down to Richmond.

A 181-cm running midfielder, Knight will be looking for a big season and again cement his place in the first XXII.  

With a good run, he should play his milestone 50th AFL game in the middle of this season.

The Crows have a pre-season JLT Cup Showdown this Saturday at Port Pirie at the newly refurbished Memorial Oval.

SANFLW ROUND 2

With play across Friday evening at three different venues, a number of Mid North girls took to the field in round two of the 2019 SANFL Women’s season.

In the first women’s game at X Convenience Oval (Elizabeth), Glenelg started well and had a strong 17-point win against Central District.

Bays midfielder Ellie Kellock was amongst the leading performers in the match with 18 disposals, while Katelyn Rosenzweig kicked two of the Bulldogs three goals.

In the early game at Cooper Stadium at Norwood, North Adelaide held on to defeat Sturt by seven points in an entertaining fixture.

Roosters co-captain Leah Tynan was outstanding with nine disposals and a match high 12 tackles, while team-mate Paige Allan had a strong game with 16 disposals, including 11 kicks, along with three marks and a tackle.

In the late game at The Parade, Norwood had a breakthrough 12-point win over South Adelaide  with Matilda Zander a solid contributor with 10 disposals and a tackle.

BREAKTHROUGH WIN FOR GIANTS

Mid North evergreen veteran Courtney Gum played a key role in the Greater Western Sydney Giants' breakthrough first win of the 2019 AFLW campaign, against Collingwood at Morwell Recreational Park, in rural Victoria last Sunday, February 24.

The Giants thrust themselves into finals contention in the wide open Conference B premiership table with a nine point defeat of Collingwood. Having kicked four unanswered first quarter goals with the strong wind, the Giants won the game 5.6 (36) to 4.3 (27).

Both creative and skillful, Gum gave the Giants plenty of drive through the middle, having 17 possessions (nine kicks and eight handballs), along with three handballs.

LOCAL TALENT IN REDBACKS LEAGUE

There are four Mid North Under 14 cricketers in the Country Red side, coached by Anthony Prior, playing for the 2019 Redbacks League Cup at the end of March.

The selected squad includes Patrick Weckert, from Brinkworth Koolunga, all round sporting talent Jed Dignan, from Orroroo and left arm spinner Deakin Murphy and Charlie Jones, from Crystal Brook.  

They will be playing against the best cricketers across the state in this age group.

There are four teams made up of SACA district clubs - Eastern Edge, Northern Mavericks, Southern Force and Western Grit, along with two country squads, Red and Black.

Country Red starts with a game against Eastern Edge on Saturday, March 30, and then takes on the Northern Mavericks the next day.

The following Saturday they face off against Country Black, with all games played in the Karen Rolton Oval/Park 25 precinct.