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HAMLEY Bridge’s star midﬁeld
recruit, Toby Stribling, collected the
Plains Producer Medal on Saturday
night, holding off Balaklava ball-
getter, Lachy Michael, 22 votes to 19.
Stribling was the ﬁrst Bomber to
win the award since Craig Young’s
win in 2005.
He came to the club after leaving
SouthAdelaide’s League side midway
through last season to play a handful
of games for South Gambier in the
Western Border competition.
The talented centreman started his
football as a junior at Pooraka, before
heading across to Greenacres and
eventually arriving at NorthAdelaide’s
under 17 and under 19 sides.
Stribling was drafted to Fremantle
with pick 23 in the 2005 rookie draft
but was delisted at the end of the 2006
season without playing a senior game.
His signing with Hamley Bridge
for the 2014 season was a huge get
for the Bombers.
He arrived with two other friends,
equally handy footballers, in Ben Dow-
dell and Ash Duncan, who ﬁnished
with 16 and 13 votes respectively.
The three of them had links with
Valor Thach, who had been at the
Bombers for two years prior.
Stribling said he had enjoyed the
season, playing with his close mates.
“At the start of the year, even with
the trial games, it only took us a few
games to gel together and work out
how each other plays,” he said.
“It also helped having four close
mates together, with myself, Ben Dow-
dell,Ash Duncan and Valor Thach, now
we’ve won six or seven on the trot and
really starting to hit our straps.”
The medal was his ﬁrst league in-
dividual award but he is also chasing
another ﬁrst this weekend in Saturday’s
grand ﬁnal against Mallala, having
never won a premiership at any level.
“Obviously they’re extremely hard
to come by,” Stribling said.
“I haven’t got one, even in junior
footy, so my eyes are solely focussed
on getting that premiership medallion
around my neck.
“I want it more than anything.”
The 27-year-old added winning the
medal was an honour, thanking the club
and his family.
“The Hamley Bridge Football Club
has been terriﬁc and very welcoming,”
“The players have been great as
“The support of my family has
been pretty important, and they’ve
continued to support me through, no
matter what level I’ve been playing.”
HUMMOCKS Netball Club’s
star centre, Sarah Young, complet-
ed a hat-trick of Plains Producer
Medal wins, taking the award for
the third time in as many years on
She said the competition had
strengthened considerably this
season and felt there were a num-
ber of chances to win it.
“Bonnie Nicholls from Hum-
mocks, she’s had a stellar year,
Michelle Harwood from Mallala,
Nicole Darling from Two Wells,
they’re always around the mark
as well,” Sarah said.
“I would have been interested to
know the votes for Mallala’s Laura
Jarmyn, as a young girl stepping
up to the A1s and shooting every
week, I thought she would have
been a chance too.”
While part of a Hummocks
team that continually battles for
the A1 premiership, year in, year
out, Young is yet to win a senior
netball ﬂag, missing the 2011
premiership through pregnancy
and playing in two losing deciders
against Hamley Bridge in 2012
“In 2011, I played until I was
22 weeks pregnant and we had
won seven games undefeated to
that point, so I contributed in the
set up of it but I delivered about
two weeks after the grand ﬁnal,”
Her career started at age seven,
playing for GASC and Gumnuts
netball clubs in Gawler.
She moved up to State League
club, Tango, in the junior grades
and eventually progressed through
the ranks to play State League for
almost 10 years.
Sarah then arrived at national
side, Adelaide Ravens, playing a
handful of senior matches includ-
ing a game against Australian
centre, Rebecca Sanders.
She arrived at Hummocks
through love, meeting her hus-
band, Nathan, and coming to ﬁll
in when she wasn’t playing state
league netball in Adelaide.
“I had always missed the at-
mosphere at local sport, and the
social side of it, which we didn’t
have with all the seriousness play-
ing netball in town,” Sarah said.
After playing one ﬁnal year in
Adelaide with Woods Panthers,
Sarah retired to Hummocks, where
she has been since.
The group of girls she has
played with in that time is a special
generation of talented players.
“It deﬁnitely is a great bunch
of girls and now we’re all settled
in it should be better in years to
come,” Sarah said.
With a ﬁrst senior premiership
up for grabs this weekend, she is
trying to not let the gravity of the
occasion get to her.
“I just hope for a really keen,
close contest and it’s great for the
spectators to watch,” Sarah said.
Stribling chases elusive flag
Triple title for Young but
ABOVE: Plains Producer Medallists, Sarah Young (left) and Toby Stribling (right) won the highest
individual award in their respective local sports on Saturday night. PHOTO: Andrew Manuel
GUN: Despite playing netball at an advanced level for several
years, Hummocks' Sarah Young is yet to taste the ultimate
Les Pearson reports:
TOBY Stribling waits on the ball
from teammate, Luke Slok.
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