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Young talents to
wow this season
Shannon Slattery -- Two
GIVEN the demand for big men
in the game, Shannon Slattery is
emerging as a real key to the ongoing
success at Two Wells.
Standing at about 6ft 4 on the old
scale, the young rookie already has a
huge frame on him, basically ready-
made for senior footy.
Slattery dominated the air in the
senior colts last year and will surely
have a role to play in the Roosters
senior teams as a key tall.
A big unit with a big future.
IN exactly one month, round one of the Adelaide
Plains footy season will be upon us. While much
of the focus during the off-season is on big name
recruits, LES PEARSON has a quick look at the
up and coming players at each club likely to have
an impact at senior level this year.
Troy Algar -- Mallala
THIS one was hard to pick, given
the likes of Jake Birchmore, Ben
Martin and one or two others I may
have glossed over, all took a giant
step forward last year.
I chose Algar, mainly due to his
speed and conﬁdence to take the
He's a young game breaker
I also love how he's got a bit of
attitude about him, a certain swagger
and a bit of a mouth, the kid's got
character and a competitiveness you
love to see in young players.
Rhys Darwin -- Hamley
I WATCHED the Hamley Bridge
senior colts play a few games this
year and several of their players
showed an abundance of dash and
tenacity, Darwin showing plenty of
class as well.
I gave Darwin the nod over an
impressive Sam Collings, as while
Collings probably has him pipped for
pace, Darwin tends to be the better
They'll both be important in the
resurgence of Hamley Bridge in
Dylan Williams -- Hummocks-
PLAYED a majority of the 2012
season in the midﬁeld for the senior
colts, before earning a promotion to
the A grade side late in the year.
A good size, with a great attack on
the footy, which carried through into
his senior matches, working out of a
forward pocket. While up forward, he
was able to kick a few goals and with
these games under his belt, he should
come into strong consideration for a
regular senior game this season.
Thinly framed rookie, ChrisVeitch,
may also play an important role for
Corey Lee-Chapman -- United
INTRODUCED to A grade footy
in the middle of last year, Lee-
Chapman impressed with his will to
do the team things in the two senior
games he played.
He already has great skills but
those 'one percenters' are arguably
the most difﬁcult thing to drum into
young players at times.
Lee-Chapman is light in frame but
throws himself at the footy regardless.
Corey Sharer also played some
great reserves games and made his A
grade debut this year, showing great
promise as a 15-year-old.
Lewis Bannear -- Virginia
BANNEAR played every game
last season but really came of age in the
preliminary ﬁnal against Balaklava.
After being on the wrong side of
a huge bump from Max Doherty, the
rookie was left groggy and gasping for
air in the centre of the ground.
He got up, shook off the pain and
played a vital role in getting Virginia's
next goal, which probably proved to
be the match winner in the end.
Another promising player to
emerge was Corey Stronach, who was
a joint winner of the senior colts best
and fairest award and played ﬁve A
grade matches in 2012.
Tate Michael -- Balaklava
ANOTHER hard one to pick, as
several youngsters will feature for
the Peckers this year, including Jason
McBride, robust Josh Butterﬁeld and
chiselled forward, Luke Guy.
Michael was a joint winner of the
senior colts best and fairest last season
and played eight A grade games in a
tough year to crack the league side.
Son of Peckers life member, Ian
Michael, Tate has a far thinner frame
but all the skill the old man appar-
He's put in a big preseason on the
track and looks destined to slot nicely
into the team this year.
FINALS for the Stanley
Cricket Association start this
In the A grade, Lower North
play Long Plains in the second
semi ﬁnal at Clare, while in the
ﬁrst semi ﬁnal, Auburn-Mintaro
take on Clare Combined at
The A2 ﬁnals also begin
on Saturday, Clare Red tak-
ing on Sevenhill at Balaklava
in the second semi ﬁnal, while
Auburn-Mintaro face Lower
North at Clare High School oval
in the ﬁrst semi ﬁnal.
All senior matches start at
The colts ﬁnals will be held
on Sunday from 10am.
In Division One, Brinkworth
play Lower North at Clare town
oval and Spalding-Booborowie
take on Clare Red at Sevenhill.
Division Two has Blyth/
Kybunga playing Auburn-Mint-
aro at Clare High School, while
Clare Blue come up against
Waterhill at Balaklava.
HUMMOCKS-Watchman Eagles players, Dustin Guthberg, Justin Cicolella, Dylan Smith,
Shaun Light, Sam van Kleef and Nathan Studham at an informal training on Monday night.
BRAD Thomas, Mallala,
sends the ball ﬂying during
Barossa & Light Cricket As-
sociation match at home.
LONG Plains' Dallas Hill celebrates a wicket with teammate
Heath Pym in the match against Watervale on Saturday.
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