Home' The Bunyip : July 9th 2014 Contents The Recruit
CENTRAL District player Johann Wag-
ner will be one of 12 amateur footballers
fighting it out for an AFL contract on
Foxtel's upcoming program The Recruit.
The winner receives an automatic rookie
spot at a yet-to-be-named top-line club.
Wagner, who came to the Bulldogs from
Port Lincoln at the start of the season, has
only played four games for the year due to
commitments with the show.
Schmidt on Dogs' radar
STILL on Centrals and rumour has it that
the Bulldogs have been keeping a close eye
on Tanunda captain Nick Schmidt.
Schmidt has been in stellar form
again this season and was named in the
team of the carnival at the weekend's
However, with his brother Chris, the cap-
tain of Westies, it is hard to see Schmidt play-
ing for a rival club.
RUMOUR has it one or more BL&G
clubs were not too happy when not every
team had a representative in the weekend's
Although there was a player from every
club in the initial 28-man squad, when it was
cut back to 25 late last week, a couple missed
A club (or clubs) threatened to pull out their
players, forcing an amendment to the side to
ensure every team was represented.
As a result, Tanunda's Matt Westhoff, who
was super keen to play, missed out.
Just another example of how much is wrong
with the current zone set-up in the BL&G.
Freeling on the rise
WITH coach Richard Foster gone, change
is afoot at Freeling and one would have to
think Dominic Shepley is the perfect man
to be leading the way.
With his management skills, as well as his
vast array of contacts garnered through his
time at Norwood and in footy, in general, it
might not take too long for Shepley to get the
Redlegs back on track.
One way or another, the club is in good
South loses one, gains one
CHRIS Musolino played his first game
of the season for South Gawler on the
weekend, a far cry from the clearance to
Virginia that was lodged last week which
Musolino apparently had no knowledge
He will be an important cog for the Lions as
they head towards the finals.
On the other hand, word has it that the
Lions will be without gun midfielder Daniel
Goulding come finals time as he will be over-
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with Sam Agars & Grady Hudd
'Ugly' football is actually not bad
Have you played all your
footy at Kapunda? I didn't
start playing footy until
the back half of under 17s
and played for Kapunda
from about 2003 to 2008
Eudunda. Then I had a couple of
years back at Kapunda and a very
brief stint at Hummocks-Watchman Eagles.
With just the one A grade win for the season,
what is the mood like around the club? It's still
pretty positive. We're in a good position, I think,
where a lot of our guys are local so everyone has
grown up with each other; there's a big friendship
base within our club. The mood's still good,
everyone pretty positive and that's all you can be,
you can't get too down on it.
What do you think the team has been lacking
this year? I think experience is one, we got hit by
injuries early, but I think what we've lacked as a
group is ght; once we're down we seem to stay
down. So, I think, for us to move forward we need
How have you been handling the solo ruck
duties? The plan anyway was for me to do 90
per cent and 'Buckets' (Jason Mackenzie) to play
as permanent forward. I actually enjoy it; I tend
to play better footy when I take that majority as
Who do you think have been the standout
performers this year? Brad Valentine has been
one that's had a really good year. 'Posty' (Mark
Cussadia) has been away from the game for two
and a half years and he's come back and made
the zone team in his rst year back. Our vice-
captain Brad Williams is only 21 and he plays a lot
more mature than what he is.
Who are some of the up-and-comers at the
club? We've got a lot of kids down at Centrals
but, in saying that, we've got Kade Muir playing
A grade and he's had a couple of games where
he's kicked three goals. We do have a fairly young
group and he's probably one that's been a bit of
SIXT Y SECS
with Kapunda Bombers' ruckman
Adam Turrell, who has been shouldering
the ruck load in the absence of
player/coach Jason Mackenzie.
THE BALL'S UP!
TOO many times this year I've
heard the phrase "ugly football".
AFL commentators and media
personalities, in particular Gerard
Healy, are constantly bleating about
the state of the game and how mod-
ern football is a horrible spectacle.
These same commentators keep
delving into the past, whether it's
to keep what little hold they have
left on their glory days or are simply
too archaic to accept change, to talk
about how fast- and free-flowing
football was in the 1980s and '90s.
I'm not sure what they have been
watching this year, but there is plen-
ty of evidence to suggest that AFL
footy is well and truly alive, and at
its exciting best.
Two weeks ago, Adelaide upset
Showdown rival Port Adelaide in
front of a capacity crowd at Adelaide
Are these same commentators,
who criticise and moan about the
way football is played, trying to tell
us that 50,000 fans flocked to Ad-
elaide Oval just to eat the $8 Vienna
While the hot dogs are delicious,
it's obvious that the supporters were
at the ground to witness what was a
hard, enthralling game of football.
This is only one of dozens of fan-
tastic games of football that have
been played this year.
Brisbane beating North Mel-
bourne for Jonathan Brown's fare-
well was moving, while the under-
dog Melbourne overcoming a rattled
Essendon was football theatre at its
Hardly ugly, Gerard.
Yes, there are aspects of the game
that are flawed -- the review system
will remain a blight on the game un-
til the AFL actually decides to fork
out the money and do it properly
-- but many of these flaws are actu-
ally created by the same people now
whinging about footy's 'ugliness'.
Only recently, ex-Eagles' coach
John Worsfold floated the introduc-
tion of 'zones' to decongest play.
All it takes is an idea like this to
take seed in the brains of the AFL
rules committee and football will be
damaged beyond repair.
Since 1994 the AFL has intro-
duced a new rule every single year,
with 2010 being the only exception,
and this has only added to increased
confusion around what is legal and
The hands in the back, rather
push in the back, was the begin-
ning and since then we've seen some
corkers brought in, like intentional
staging (or the 'Kane Cornes rule')
and contact below the knees, which
is rarely adjudicated correctly.
And whatever happened to paying
holding the ball?
It's apparent that you can dispose
of the ball any way you wish whilst
being tackled and not incur a free
I raise these examples because the
more people in the media, in par-
ticular past players or coaches, moan
and kick up a fuss about the state of
the game, the more likely the game
will continue to deteriorate.
I love the way AFL is played to-
day; I've lost count of the number
of amazing games I've witnessed
this year, and I have no doubts I'll
see plenty more before the year is
Yes, there will be some unattrac-
tive games -- but that's footy.
Let's just appreciate the game for
what it is and stop the bleating.
-- Grady Hudd
Eagles' girls flying high
THE Gawler Eagles women's soccer team is
smashing opposition clubs, proving it should
be competing in the higher grades of its
Since being put in division five of the South
Australian Women's Soccer Association Premier
League at the start of the year, the team has kicked 85
goals in 11 matches and conceded only three.
In multiple matches the Eagles have scored more
than seven goals, including a 15-0 domination of
Flinders Flames Red.
Coach Ron Chomik said being put in the wrong
division has allowed the team to spend more time
perfecting its game play in preparation for its
inevitable elevation into the higher divisions.
"Because they're playing lesser teams, you don't have
to concentrate on the fitness aspect, you can more
teach them how to play and bring that knowledge
into it," he said.
"What I'm trying to do is get them to use the
entire pitch; you don't necessarily have to go forward,
sometimes it's best to go back and have the other team
follow the ball back to create that space forward.
"So when you knock the ball forward you've got
that space to work with, and that's why we're bagging
so many goals because we're starting to do that."
Chomik's three daughters, Melissa, 19, Shannon,
18, and Ashleigh, 14, have played a big part in their
team's success this year and have given opposition
defenders plenty of headaches.
Currently, Melissa sits atop the division's
goal-kickers with 22, followed by Ashleigh, 16, with
Shannon sitting equal third on 13.
Team-mate Azalea Graham is also sitting sixth with
Melissa, who took up the game at age 12, said the
team had requested to be put in a higher division at
the start of the season.
"At the end of the day, we were put down at
division five because they wouldn't move us up, being
a new team," she said.
"We asked to be in a higher div and it just didn't
happen, so we're now in div five playing out the year."
Gawler Eagles women's soccer sisters Ashleigh and Melissa Chomik are proving
a handful for the opposition this year, and are sitting atop the division ve
PHOTO: Gary Hogarth
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