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with Sam Agars & Grady Hudd
Gawler, hockey's big improvers
A NEW outlook on training
and some returned players has
seen Gawler the big improver
in the Barossa Valley Hockey
Association's A grade women's
competition this season.
With the club not fielding a team
in the men's A-grade competition
this year, the women have stepped
their game up a level, much to the
delight of club president Karen Wil-
"The mood's pretty good (around
the club)...it's definitely a better
vibe to be winning than being belt-
ed every week, a much better vibe,"
"The club did have a strategic plan
that they put together...trying to
put in a competitive team and win
was definitely one of those things."
The team has also been bolstered
by the return of a number of players
who had previously left to play for
clubs in the city, adding more depth
to the line-up.
"Some of them had been required
to go off and play in school comps
but they've come back to the club,
which is really brilliant," Wilson
"We've got a lot of depth in the
squad...there's no one person (do-
ing all the work); I think they're
very much playing team hockey and
there's good depth right across the
A-grade coach Lisa Johnson agrees
that there has been overall progress
made as a team, rather than just a
"It's not one or two players that
are strong; all players have stepped
up and improved across the board
so it's more of a team improvement
than any individual improvement,"
Johnson also said that the team
has shown more commitment to
training than in previous years,
which is making a big difference to
its performance on game day.
"When everyone comes out to
training you can obviously work
on those deficiencies each week so,
I guess, that's the main difference
from the last couple of years," she
With the team suffering a few in-
juries of late, Johnson hopes that,
come the end of the season, the
team will be back at full strength.
"We've probably got the strong-
est team in the competition when
everyone is fit and healthy, but that
seems to be a bit of a problem at the
moment," she said.
"We'll have to wait and see down
the track and, hopefully, come finals,
we'll get back to full strength."
Where have you played
your footy? Mostly at
Broadview and I just
nished up playing at
Olympic Dam. I grew
up in Roxby and then
I played at school at
What brought you to
Freeling? A lot of my mates that I
have played footy with are out there (Scott
Williams, Beau Jarman, Joel Vaneveld, Trav
Have you enjoyed your time there so far?
Yeah, it's been good. It's pretty down to
earth and everyone is easy to get along with.
It must have been good to get a win
on the board against Kapunda, do you
think the team can build on that? It was,
de nitely. There are a few things that have
taken a little bit to click but, hopefully, after
the win everyone is a bit more relaxed and a
bit more con dent heading into the rest of
Which of your team-mates have impressed
you so far? Apart from, obviously, the likes
of Beau Jarman and 'Willy' (Scott Williams),
some of the local Freeling guys have. Young
'Robbo' (Hayden Robinson) on the wing has
been pretty impressive.
What has been your role in the team? I
am playing in the back lines, which is a bit
di erent. I'm also trying to help the young
guys along and I'm trying to be a bit of a
leader, I guess, and teach them a few things.
How does the BL&G compare to division
one of the SAAFL? It's a good standard of
football. You have got to be at the top of
your game every week.
What has been the highlight of your
career so far? The (division two) ag we
won at Broadview in 2009 and just that
SIXT Y SECS
with Freeling recruit Rian Hornhardt
after the Redlegs notched their rst win
of the season recently.
continues to impress
2013 MALLALA premiership player
Angus Bruggemann is revelling in the step
up to SANFL level with Port Adelaide and
has played every game this year for the
top-of-the table Magpies.
Bruggemann, who has spent the majority of
his career as a forward, showed he is not a one-
trick pony with a successful stint in the ruck
against Central District on the weekend.
He had 26 hit-outs to go with his 14 dispos-
als and was named the side's third best player
in its 13-point win.
THE Adelaide Plains Football League
under 17 side made it to the final of the
Landmark Cup on the weekend, before
falling at the final hurdle.
In its qualifying match, the APFL comfort-
ably accounted for Northern Areas, winning
by 17 points.
Lachlan Speissegger was named best.
In the final, the APFL went down to North
Eastern by 20 points, despite a strong effort by
South to go top
SOUTH Gawler will draw level on
points with Gawler Central this weekend
if it can, as expected, knock off Barossa
Although the Lions will likely stay in
second spot, unless they have a huge win, just
the fact that they will be on equal points is
something not too many would have expect-
Drift Squid in Hong Kong
WILLASTON'S Jake Jones has landed his
dream job driving for a Hong Kong-based
He is currently in Hong Kong competing
in the immensely popular Red Bull Drift Se-
ries and, while he is still based in Australia,
Jones will be making regular trips to Asia to
United on the improve
ANGASTON-MOCULTA United let a
golden opportunity slip in Barossa Val-
ley hockey on Monday night, going down
to Nuriootpa 2-3 after leading 2-0 at
It is not often a team has Nuri on the ropes
and United will be disappointed it could not
finish the job.
On a more positive note, the result shows
it is on the improve after a slow start to the
THE BALL'S UP!
Scotson follows Games dream
THE Australian Commonwealth Games
cycling squad will have a very strong Gawler
flavour, with two locals named for Glasgow
later this year.
Evanston Park pair Jack Bobridge and Miles
Scotson (pictured) have both been selected in the
41-member team announced on Tuesday.
For Bobridge, selection would have been expected,
but for 20-year-old Scotson, a games debut follows
impressive recent form.
"It is very exciting," Scotson's mother Donna said.
"He was in the long team and then final selection
was based on their performance on the road in
"We were kind of getting hopeful because he
has been riding very consistently over the past few
"He is very relieved."
Remarkably, Scotson and Bobridge grew up on
the same street in Evanston Park, with Bobridge
having a big influence on Scotson's career.
Scotson is one of 32 debutants in a young
Australian team that is expected to do well in
The honour is Scotson's biggest so far on an
increasingly impressive resume that includes a
team pursuit gold medal at the UCI Track World
Championships earlier in the year.
He is the youngest member of the six-man
track endurance team that was cut back from
an initial squad of nine.
The team is similar to the gold-medal
winning team from the world championships,
with Luke Davison, Glenn O'Shea and Alex
Edmondson also selected.
Superstar Bobridge and Scott Sunderland
round out a strong outfit.
Scotson is currently in Arizona on a three-
week altitude-training block and, once that is
completed, the team will fly to Wales for
its final lead-up camp before heading to
For Scotson, the selection is another stepping-
stone in his journey to the top of the sport and
Mrs Scotson believes that it shows he is well and
truly on target.
"It shows that he has got the ability to be up
there with the best in the world," Mrs Scotson said.
"The Australian track endurance team is neck
and neck with Great Britain (as the best in the
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