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APFL board’s busy preseason finetuning off-field footy matters
By APFL president
Plains Producer, Thursday April 4, 2013
2013 Season Preview
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His playing portfolio includes
five top three finishes in the
Magarey Medal, three club cham-
pion awards with Woodville-West
Torrens, two SANFL premier-
ships and games record holder at
The significance of Cicolella’s
return is not lost on HWE, the club
using him as its ‘poster’ player on
He said the return to HWE fol-
lowing retirement from the SANFL
was a fairly straightforward deci-
“I just weighed up my options
after my retirement, which was
about finishing footy at that level
for me,” Cicolella said.
“I didn’t really take too much
notice of the offers from other
clubs and didn’t have many other
meetings with any other clubs, just
“I told them that I wasn’t inter-
ested in putting a lot of pressure on
myself or travelling very far.
“It seemed easiest to play at my
home club and also play a few years
with my brother (Dylan).”
He has enjoyed coming back to
his grassroots club.
“It’s been good so far,” Cicolella
“Obviously it’s been a bit more
relaxing at training but I’ve tried to
come back and help with stuff like
intensity at training.
“I’ve tried to lift that intensity
back here and hopefully lift our-
selves from the bottom of the ladder.
“The club has a really good his-
tory since it started and has been
“Last year fell away a bit but
I’m enjoying the process of trying
bring it back to where it should be
and that’s playing finals footy.
“We’ve worked pretty hard in the
preseason with reasonable numbers
on the track.
“There’s a lot of good young lads
out there that are willing to learn and
train hard, so I reckon improvement
is just around the corner.”
He will take on an unofficial
developmental role with the playing
group this year.
“I’m just playing but coming
back from a pretty organised footy
club, so I’ll have a little bit to do
with developing kids and stuff like
that,” Cicolella said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing
a few of the kids improve a bit and
change the way the footy club is
The change in travel demands
has taken a bulk load of pressure
from the midfield maestro.
“It’s made life a fair bit easier
at the moment, not travelling back
and forth so much but my partner
still lives in Adelaide, so I still go
back there a fair bit,” Cicolella said.
“But it has been one extreme to
the other and made life so much
The drop in standard can affect
the output of players who formerly
played at an elite level, a la Peter
Burgoyne, who never really showed
just why he was so revered with
Port Adelaide Power in his time at
United in recent years.
Cicolella had no such concerns,
citing attitude as the key ele-
ment when stepping down a level
“I hold a belief that you get out
what you put in and if you come
back and don’t want to train or
uphold the standards you’ve held
over a long time, you will slip
backwards,” he said.
“If you train harder than eve-
ryone else, stay fit, you should be
able to play at the standard you
want to play.
“I just love playing footy and
“It doesn’t matter if I’m playing
league footy in Adelaide or country
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ONCE again the season
opener is here.
Summer sports are all com-
plete and now the big action is
about to start with this week’s
Season 2013 is shaping up to
be another big one on the plains.
The board have been finetun-
ing all football matters over the
summer break and now are ready
for Saturday’s opener.
This season the umpires are
still under the command of Doug
Doug is very happy with his
numbers this year.
Recruiting has been very suc-
Doug and his team have been
successful in recruiting a few
extra umpires from different
leagues and training numbers
have been fantastic.
Unfortunately, we all love
to hate these men in white but
without them the game would be
The umpires have informed
me that they are fit and ready to
We look forward to meeting
the new and old umpires back
to the plains and wish them all a
Peter Butterfield again heads
the junior panel up.
Already this year, we have
seen some challenging issues for
the junior panel.
Some clubs are struggling
with numbers when it comes to
Under age football is very
important to the plains as these
players and parents are the back
bone for any club.
These people are the up and
coming leaders of every club and
I urge anyone who is not playing
footy or interested in playing to
contact your local club and even
bring a mate.
These lads are our up and
coming grass-roots footballers
The APFL Board has basically
remained the same as last year.
President - Brad Busch
Vice President - Rocky Mu-
Secretary - Deb Robertson
Treasurer - Cathy Lewis
Recorder/Clearence officer -
Directors - Colin Jenner, Mar-
tyn Bell and Michael Coe.
Tribunal secretary Greg
Once again the APFL will be
participating in the annual Land-
mark Cup held on the June long
This year’s event will be
hosted by the NAFA and played
Unfortunately, we didn’t make
it three in a row last year but
have finetuned the rules so we
don’t see a repeat of last year.
A special thanks to our coach,
Andy has been very successful
in his role for the last three years
and has stepped aside due to his
appointment as Central Zone
This is a marvellous achieve-
ment for Andy and the Adelaide
Plains and we are very fortunate
to have his passion and enthusi-
asm in this role.
We wish Andy every success
in this role and urge all clubs and
players to get behind him this
year and make yourselves avail-
able for the zone.
This year’s Country Cham-
pionships will be played at Port
Once again this year, we will
be holding our ANZAC round.
This will be held on April 27
at Virginia, who will be hosting
2013 will see the start of a fi-
nals rotation system for all clubs.
This will enable clubs to plan
for years to come with regards to
hosting finals and to get a better
share in proceeds generated from
This year also sees the finals
go back to the traditional four
weeks with no Saturday/Sunday
The first semi final will
be played at Hamley Bridge,
second semi final at Lochiel, pre-
liminary final at Virginia and the
grand final at Long Plains.
To all our very loyal sponsors,
a big thank you to you people.
Our major league sponsors are
BTR Excavations and Bendigo
A special thanks to you people
as you continued your generous
support, which is greatly appreci-
I would like to wish all foot-
ball and netball teams every suc-
cess and look forward to a great
year on and off the field in season
2013 and urge everyone to get
involved with your local club.
A grade Premiership:
Two Wells $3
Hamley Bridge $8
A grade runner-up:
Any other club: $4
Not to go to tribunal
(selected players only):
Joel Montgomerie (M): Refund
Joel Wilson (HWE): $1.40
Stephen Papanotis (V): $7
Hayden Walker (B): $8
Craig Taylor (HB): $10
Odds of sporting dodgiest
Tallan Leighton (TW): $1.80
Khan Leighton (TW): $2
Lee Allmond (TW): $2.50
Ryan McPharlin (B): $4
Stuart Lamond (B): $100
(centre) at HWE training.
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