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with Grady Hudd
How does it feel to be the
club’s first life member?
I feel quite good because
I didn’t know who
How long have you been
at the club for now? I’ve
been up there for 17 years.
What has kept you involved in the
club for such a long time? I like going
up there and doing things...there’s a lot of
people coming in and asking about archery, which is
good. I’ve been the groundsman there since I’ve been
there. I advertise on my car with magnet signs and get
around Gawler with my club shirt on that says ‘Barossa
When did you first take up archery? I’ve been going
for 25 years. I started out at Northern Districts out at
Salisbury, at the university campus there, then they
kicked us out...so I ended up going up to Archery Road
and that’s where I’ve stayed.
What made you take up the sport in the first place?
My father actually did archery before he died. There was
somebody in Gawler...that did archery and they wanted
to know if mum wanted to sell dad’s gear. So I got in
touch with them and they took the bow...and also talked
me into doing a beginner’s course. So I did the beginner’s
course...and then went on from there.
What do you enjoy most about archery? You can shoot
any bow you like; you can shoot a long bow, a recurve
bow, a compound bow – I’ve done the lot. And getting
older now, I’ve got a crossbow.
Can anyone join the Barossa Archery Club? (It doesn’t
matter) whether they’re juniors or seniors because we do
beginner’s classes up there which go for three weeks, and
then you can join if you want to. What we do up there is,
they say what kind of bow they would like to get and we
try to help them out to send them to the right place to
get it. Then they can join us and we can try and look after
them – if you don’t help them out, then they walk away.
You’ve got to make sure they’re shooting better...but
they’ve got to get up there and enjoy themselves.
SIXT Y SECS
with Barossa Archery Club stalwart
Dennis Rothe, who recently became
the club’s first ever life member.
Draf t, a make or break
FINALLY, after months of ru-
moured player movements, fi-
nalised trades, and the national,
pre-season and rookie drafts,
each of the 16 AFL playing lists
are locked and loaded for season
It ends the tumultuous period fit-
tingly known as ‘the silly season’ that
ultimately decides a player’s future.
Some sign new contracts with
their existing club, others are traded
elsewhere (either at their request,
or the club’s request) to start next
season in new colours, while the un-
lucky ones face the chopping block
and are delisted.
At times delisted players are
gifted second chances – discarded
Crows’ ruckman Shaun McKernan
was thrown a lifeline by Essendon
in Wednesday’s rookie draft, while
the Eagles picked up Carlton’s Kane
For the nation’s best young talent,
it is also a time of great excitement
or bitter disappointment.
For those who have their names
called out on draft day, whether it is
at the national, pre-season or rookie
format, it signals the beginning of an
exciting new period of life; a chance
to realise their boyhood dreams of
making it at football’s highest level.
Central District’s Josh Glenn was
one of the rookie draft’s success sto-
ries, selected with pick seven by the
Gold Coast, while fellow Bulldog
Connor McLean wasn’t so lucky,
For fans, it can also be a time
of sheer jubilation or unruly divi-
Not all supporters will agree on
their club’s selections – as a Geelong
supporter I have a growing scepti-
cism that the club is becoming some
sort of Melbourne Demons refuge
after picking up Mitch Clark and
Sam Blease, in addition to hunting
James Frawley during the early trade
The draft, in particular, can be an
exciting time for struggling clubs.
For teams like St Kilda it could
potentially be the difference be-
tween ascending the ladder in the
coming years, or remaining at rock
bottom – a realisation its support-
ers are all too aware of (just ask one
of my co-workers here at The
For this reason there is no wonder
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse said
clubs often refer to draft day as their
For many supporters, picking up
some star draftees may be the only
thing they have had to cheer about
All we can do now as fans is wait
with baited breath and hope the re-
cruiters are on the money.
Has your club unearthed the next
Dean Cox or Ben Rutten in the
Maybe they’ve just unknowingly
burnt your top 10 pick through
unlucky recruiting? (Cale Morton,
No-one knows for sure how
these players will transition into the
highest level, and that’s the beauty
Glenn goes Gold
CENTRAL District’s Josh Glenn will start
his AFL career on the Gold Coast after be-
ing selected by the Suns with pick seven of
last Thursday’s rookie draft.
Recruited from Elizabeth Football Club, the
20-year-old progressed through the Bulldogs’
ranks, playing under 18s and reserves and then
a season in division five amateurs with the Ea-
gles, before stepping into the league team in
2013, playing 21 games.
The left-foot midfielder had an impres-
sive season in 2014, averaging 20 disposals
and four clearances from 16 games, where he
kicked 13 goals.
McLean not selected
CENTRAL District’s other draft hopeful,
Kapunda’s Connor McLean, didn’t have
the same fairy tale ending to the rookie
draft as his clubmate, missing out after his
name was not called.
The 18-year-old key position player was
listed as a ‘smokie’ for this year’s draft, and,
unfortunately, he wasn’t drafted.
However at 193cm, and with plenty of
wraps on his footballing ability from people at
the club, it’s likely this won’t be the last we’ll
hear of the talented youngster.
Polec eats out
PORT Adelaide speedster Jared Polec
recently showed that even elite athletes
enjoy the occasional ‘cheat meal’.
The 22-year-old was spotted at Gawler
KFC last Monday tucking into some deep-
While The Ball’s Up writers are sceptical of
whether KFC features on players’ meal plans
down at Alberton, the club must be onto
The Power had a stunning 2014 season that
saw it narrowly miss a grand final berth.
Perhaps the Colonel’s secret herbs and spices
are the key to the club’s rapid success.
Stranded one short
FREELING’S Ben Parish suffered ev-
ery batsman’s nightmare on the weekend
stranded on 99.
While most batsmen would be stoked to
have even gotten so close to a century, the
worst part is that he wasn’t dismissed – he
simply ran out of balls to face.
You would hope the scorers double, triple
and quadruple checked his runs tally to make
sure they didn’t overlook a single; after all, you
don’t score hundreds everyday.
Hurn’s selection a good one
BAROSSA boy Shannon Hurn’s recent
appointment as the West Coast Eagles’
new captain is a great choice.
The club has, obviously, been toying over
whom to make captain since Darren Glass’ re-
tirement, and Hurn’s selection may come as a
surprise to many footy followers.
However, The Ball’s Up thinks it’s a sound
Hurn, having played 151 games by age 27,
has the right amount of experience and youth
to lead the Eagles into their next phase.
His booming right foot also has the ability
to change the course of a match, which is a
trait every captain should possess.
Gawler’s triple treat
NOT many sporting organisations
can boast having three generations
of a single family competing among
its ranks each week – the Gawler
Bowling Club can.
Peter McConnell, 62, his son Ross
McConnell, 32, and Ross’ nephew James
Hammill, 20, represent three generations
of their family who take to the greens for
Gawler each Saturday.
Their love for bowls originated 17 years
ago at the Freeling Bowling Club with
Peter, who happened to take up the sport
“I was just at the family hotel and I got
asked to fill in for night owls one night,
and that’s what started me off,” Peter
Peter spent his Saturdays at Freeling
for around six years before Ross, like his
father, was asked to fill in one weekend,
igniting his passion for the sport.
“I was, probably, 17 (when I started),”
“I got sick of standing in the outfield at
cricket, so I thought I’d come and stand
out here instead.”
The pair made the move to the Gawler
Bowling Club around seven years ago,
where they have been playing ever since.
For James, his first taste of bowls came
during primary school where he was good
enough to make the SAPSASA team for
two consecutive years, winning a bronze
After a lengthy break from the game,
James returned to the greens at Gawler
last year and hasn’t looked back.
“I wasn’t really good at cricket,” he said.
“I was a good fielder, but my batting
wasn’t too good; I got two duck trophies
in a row.
“Since I’ve been in the second side
(metro one north) for Gawler I’ve found
it really good there.”
On Saturday Peter and Ross play
for Gawler’s premier one team, facing
off against the best bowlers in South
While it has been a tough start to the
season for the premier one side – its first
win for the season came on Saturday
Ross said the players still relish the
opportunity to play at the state’s top level.
“You always want to win, you don’t
want to come in and lose week to week,”
“Last year we won every game up until
“So, it’s on both sides of the coin;
you’ve got to take the ups with the
Gawler Bowling Club’s three generations, Peter McConnell, Ross McConnell and James
Hammill, send down bowls at the greens last week.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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