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with Sam Agars
GWS building unstoppable for ward line
with dual Gilbert Valley
Craig 'Boof' Mullins.
Where have you
all my life. I
played at bit
and stu like that, but
more as a young fella.
The Bulls are looking pretty
good early? Yes, we're looking very
good early, but it's only early days. Our
depth is a bit thicker this year and early signs
How do you see
the rest of the
out? I think we will
go well. We are
just starting to get
sides together. With
a full-strength side
we are de nitely
going to be hard
to beat but it's a
We just have
to try and keep
everything else takes care of itself.
Who is the biggest threat? I would say
Angaston, followed closely by Sandy Creek.
Would you regard yourself as a better
batsman or a bowler? Probably a batsman, I
guess. I enjoy batting more; I'm not a big fan
of sitting in the eld all day.
Are you a better all-rounder than (Freeling
player) Sam Carmichael? That's a fact. I think
records speak for themselves.
How will your tness hold up once the
temperature gets up around 35 degrees?
I'll battle. But I've pencilled myself in at rst
slip and shortened my run-up, so I should be
What comes rst: footy or cricket? I would
have to say footy. During the footy season I
take it pretty easy on a Friday night, whereas
during cricket I'm often still a bit dusty come
lunchtime on a Saturday.
Is the body due for a rest after so many
back-to-back footy and cricket seasons?
I would say yes, but I guess everyone would
say I'm being lazy if I didn't play, so I keep
getting dragged out.
Double trouble twice over
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THE AFL draft is done and dust-
ed for another year and GWS
was the big winner, as you would
expect from a club that had the
first two picks.
The Giants took Thomas Boyd
and Josh Kelly, widely regarded as
the best two players in this year's
draft, with picks one and two.
It is exciting times for Giants' fans,
with 200cm key-forward Boyd add-
ing another dimension to an attack
line already boasting Jeremy Cam-
eron, who is well on his way to star-
With 2011 first pick Jonathon
Patton expected to play in round one
next season, the prospect of GWS
having three players over 195cm in
its forward line is very real.
There are not too many sides
in the AFL that would be able to
combat that and it seems only a mat-
ter of time before the Giants make
their way up the ladder.
Collingwood was a big winner,
trading itself into two picks inside
the top 10, despite finishing sixth
on the ladder and adding plenty
of depth to its midfield with smart
That being said, it is not always
the top players in the draft who are
the best and it is often the shrewd
recruiters that come away best in the
Many a good player has come
from a late pick, James Hird at 79
for example, and if a club can land a
gem late in proceedings it can be as
good, or better, than a top 10 pick.
Have a look at Laurence Ang-
win, who was drafted to the Crows
at their highest ever pick, number
seven, and never played a game.
Another way to cash in is to grab
a slider, someone who has slipped
through the early rounds, for some
reason or another.
Hawthorn has done this perfectly
by grabbing out-of-favour livewire
Garlett was touted as good enough
to be a top 10 pick in last year's draft
but was overlooked due to behav-
Despite this, he bounced back to
boot 45 goals in the WAFL for Swan
Districts and by all reports has his
life on track.
For the reigning premier to ef-
fectively snare a top 10 pick is sen-
sational recruiting and something
other clubs should look at.
Let's hope the Hawks are rewarded
for taking a punt.
The Brisbane Lions are another
side that seems to have taken a punt,
selecting interstate players with its
first six picks, despite recently losing
five players to the go-home factor.
Obviously, the Lions could not
have chosen simply from Victoria but
after losing such an abundance of tal-
ent one might have thought they may
have looked a little closer to home.
Locally, it seems like both SA teams
are happy with their lot.
The Crows, banned from the first
rounds as a result of the Kurt Tip-
pett saga, only picked up two players,
But they may have uncovered a
gem at pick 23, the pick they received
from the Bernie Vince trade, by se-
lecting the brother of the up-and-
coming Brad Crouch.
Crouch's brother, Matt, averaged
over 37 possessions a game at TAC
Cup level and is highly rated out at
The Power wanted speed and they
got it, selecting three lightning-quick
players, while also satisfying their
need for a key forward by grabbing
Mitchell Harvey from North Ad-
Norwood continued its recent
history of providing mature-aged re-
cruits, with 23-year-old Matt Fuller
heading to the Western Bulldogs.
Fuller follows the likes of Paul Puo-
polo, Matt Duigan, Sam Rowe and
Dean Terlich from the Parade to the
At the end of the day, there is no
doubt that every club would be pretty
chuffed with what they landed last
Thursday night, but only time will
tell if they got it right.
CRICKET took over the
show during the Gawler &
Barossa Jockey Club's lunch
featuring Sam Newman last
With the Aussies taking the
Poms apart in the Test match,
much of the crowd's attention
was focused on the televisions.
At one point, jockey club
chief Dominic Shepley was
forced to stop mid-auction
so that everyone could watch
former Redback Nathan Lyon
bowl his hat-trick ball.
As it turned out, Lyon bowled
it wide and the auction contin-
ued shortly after.
take a trick
FOR former Trinity College
student Travis Head, the past
month has been somewhat of
a bitter-sweet experience.
The 19-year-old has been
one of the form batsmen of the
Sheffield Shield competition,
scoring 394 runs at an average
of 65.67, the second most runs
of any batsman in the competi-
The only downside to all of
this is that Head has been un-
able to break the magical three-
To make matters worse, he
has been dismissed for 96, 98
and 98 in his past three digs and
is still chasing his maiden first-
class century, having reached
the 90s on two other occasions
(including a not out).
Let's hope his inability to
crack the ton does not affect
his chances of breaking into the
Moss a Striker
FORMER Willaston junior
footballer James Moss has
won himself a community
rookie contract with the Ad-
elaide Strikers ahead of the
upcoming Big Bash League.
Moss, who spent time on the
Adelaide Crows' rookie list, was
a star junior cricketer before his
football took over.
He was a member of the South
Australian under 19 side and has
recently returned from a summer
playing cricket in the UK.
The community rookie con-
tracts are an initiative of Cricket
Australia and are designed to
provide opportunities for players
under 21 that may have slipped
through the net.
Each Big Bash team can select
Barmby to Nuri
RUMOUR has it Chad Bar-
mby, the brother of Central
District player Luke, is set
to follow Darren Reeves to
Barmby was coached by
Reeves at Salisbury this season
and won the team's best and
A midfield type, Barmby will
be a handy player for a Tigers'
side looking to climb up the
ladder in 2014.
THE BALL'S UP!
AS a coach, having a set of identical
twins on your team would be more than
enough to keep you guessing, so one
can only imagine how much trouble
two sets can cause.
Giants Aussie T-ball coach Robyn Wheel-
er deals with this on a weekly basis with six-
year-old sisters Kaya and Zaida Polain and
Mikayla and Jaylee Geraghty.
Officially, Mikayla and Jaylee are not
identical but they look so much alike that
even their own mother, Tori, has trouble
telling them apart.
As for Kaya and Zaida, it is near-on im-
possible for Wheeler to separate them.
"These kids, I am forever getting them
mixed up," Wheeler said.
"You really can't tell them apart, especially
when they have their uniforms on.
"I have to ask them all the time and they
tell me off if I get it wrong."
Both sets of sisters have followed their
mothers into the game, with Kaya and Zai-
da's mum, Toni, a Giants' superstar.
She has won both a Giants' and a Gawler
& District Softball Association best and
fairest during her career as a catcher, while
Geraghty senior is into her second season of
the sport after taking up softball last year.
It is the first year that Aussie T-ball has
been played on a Saturday and, for Tori,
signing her daughters up was a no-brainer.
"Ever since I joined up they (Mikayla and
Jaylee) have been to every game I've played,"
"They have loved it (playing Aussie T-
Toni echoed these thoughts, outlining
how great it is to see her girls follow in her
"That's the best thing, it's awesome,"
"They practise in the backyard all the
Kaya and Zaida attend Angle Vale Primary
School, while Mikayla and Jaylee are Evan-
ston Gardens Primary School students.
For Wheeler, the trouble caused is noth-
ing compared to seeing the enjoyment the
girls get out of the game.
"I love coaching the kids," Wheeler said.
"It's a lot of fun and they love it.
"I hope they continue on with the game,
like their mothers."
and Kaya and
in the Giants
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