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FORMER local cricketer-turned household
name, Travis Head has had a huge year
since recording his match-winning ton in the
Adelaide Strikers' New Year's Eve victory
over the Sydney Sixers in BBL 05.
Head's terrific performances in the
2015/16 summer led him to his Twenty20
international debut on Australia Day against
It was just a few months later that the ex-South
Gawler batsman, who turned 23 last Thursday,
made his One Day International (ODI) debut
against the West Indies in June.
But it was recently that Head celebrated a
personal career highlight -- playing his first
ODI on home soil.
"It was fantastic... it was nice to walk out and
sing the national anthem," he said.
"I was able to do it in T20 cricket on debut in
my home state, which was very nice."
Head has barely had a moment to himself in
the past 12 months, having had to also play
for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian
Premier League and Yorkshire County Cricket
"It's been a busy 12 months, there's been some
good rewards for some hard work and, leading
on from this time last year, having some
success, and being able to keep that going for
as long as possible," Head said.
"(Playing for Australia) probably hasn't (sunk
in) because it's gone extremely quick.
"With the format our games are played, there's
15 games, it's flown past.
"It's the same as when I was first playing for
South Australia (in the Sheffield Shield) -- it's
amazing how fast things can go, and to sit back
and think of the 12 months that's been and how
fast it's progressed since."
More recently, the left-handed middle-order
batsman caught the eye of Test selectors after
back-to-back ODI half-centuries against New
Zealand last month.
Head has also added another string to his
bow -- spin bowling -- showing off his skills
with a 2/37 performance in the final match of
Despite the hype over his budding international
career, Head has continued to shine for South
Australia in the Sheffield Shield, enjoying his
time as captain and contributing some quality
knocks -- including 130 runs against Victoria in
"There's been talk (of Test selection) I guess
for 12 months, but I haven't really thought
about it a great deal," he said.
"I just want to go out and be as consistent as
possible for South Australia and I've been able
to do that."
Unfortunately, Head could not emulate his
53-ball BBL ton from last New Year's Eve,
dismissed for a premature seven runs on
However, he did chip in with a wicket,
dismissing Nic Maddinson to assist in the
Strikers' 48-run win over the Sydney Sixers.
The all-rounder belted a serviceable 24 runs
during his side's eight-wicket loss to the
Hurricanes on Monday, and once again picked
up a wicket -- one of just two in the Hurricanes'
innings -- to dismiss dangerous opener Tim
Looking forward, Head said his main goal was
to crack into the Aussie Test side and wear the
"I've had a great 12 months, but I know
there's great opportunity in that side at the
minute, and the guys who have come into the
side have taken the opportunities, and that's
what you want in an Australian cricket side, I
"It's the same in the one-day side, at the
minute -- I want to try and keep that spot in that
side, and I know I go out and perform in every
game I play, so, at the minute, that's the plan.
"The ultimate goal is to play Test cricket,
but whether it's in the near future or down
the track, I'm ready for that -- I'll just keep
working and making sure I can take that
Steady Headʼs breakthrough year
Former local cricketer-turned upcoming state and national legend, Travis Head, claimed consistency
was key to his successful year.
...thereʼs been some good
rewards for some hard
work and, leading on from this time
last year, having some success, and
being able to keep that going for as
long as possible.
- TRAVIS HEAD
FORMER Gawler identities, Stephen and Sharon
Davison, now residents in Melbourne, celebrated
a Christmas trip home with a win at the Gawler
& Barossa Jockey Club (GBJC) race meeting on
The Davisons, part-owners of Mail It In, which is
trained by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas,
were celebrating its victory in the GBJC Volunteers
Appreciation Handicap (1700m) on Saturday,
Ridden by Clare Lindop, the favoured Mail It In
scored by one-and-a-half lengths from Ustinov's
Fury, with Hasta La Thomas two lengths away
The four-year-old settled midfield on the fence before
Lindop improved to sit behind the leader on the home
Lindop came wide past the 300-metre mark and Mail
It In responded to win comfortably.
Macdonald said he would continue to look for suitable
races for the gelding.
Queensland apprentice Sairyn Fawke had to withstand
a protest before he could celebrate a win at his first
ride in South Australia.
Fawke, 26, has had his indentures transferred to
trainer Tony McEvoy, at Angaston.
Riding the well-backed favourite, Northern
Lass, Fawke had one-and-three-quarter lengths to
clear at the finish of the Goldin Farms Handicap
Second was Nipperkin, with Miss Identified a long
neck away third.
Paul Gatt, rider of Nipperkin, lodged a protest
alleging interference on the home turn when
Northern Lass drifted wide, but the objection was
Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy said Northern
Lass was a talented filly which could build on the
"We are tentatively looking to send her across to
Hobart for a Guineas race for three-year-old fillies,"
Smart sprinter Tildy Lad made it two wins from as
many starts with a good win in the Coopers Brewery
Ridden by apprentice Anna Jordsjo, Tildy Lad sat
second early before running past the leader and
favourite, Glenrowan Prince, to score by one length,
with Streetwise Savoire one-and-a-quarter lengths
away in third.
Tildy Lad is trained in Bordertown by Jeff Searle,
who said he was pleased to have the six-year-old back
Jordsjo brought up her a double on her first day riding
at a metropolitan meeting when Halayr Rothestar
sprinted to victory in the Merry Christmas Handicap
(1500m), the Star of Christmas final.
Halayr Rothestar, trained by Grant Young, powered
home to score by three-quarter of a length from Beau
Rivage, with the favourite, Tycoon Queen, a long
neck away third.
The winner is owned by well-known racing identities
Kevin and Judy Pascoe.
Mail It In scored by one and a half lengths from Ustinovʼs Fury in
the GBJC Volunteers Association Handicap (1700m).
PHOTO: Graham Fischer
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