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Pearson resignation a blow
THE resignation of Rick Pearson
is a blow to the Barossa, Light &
Gawler Football Association.
Although only in the role for a
short time, Pearson was clearly good
at what he did and, from my per-
spective, very easy to deal with.
He was approachable and open-
minded, yet very thorough in the
way he did things.
It will be an unusual time at the
BL&G over the next few months,
firstly, due to the absence of Pearson
and, secondly, as it deals with an
extended period of change.
The league has prided itself on its
stability over a long period of time,
but after the retirement of long-serv-
ing leader Robin 'Nobby' Symes and
the loss of Pearson, it will find itself
in somewhat uncharted territory.
Pearson made a big impact in his
role as a board member and vice-
president and even more so in his
short time as president.
The board thanked Pearson for
his 'time, effort and tremendous
input', while other members of the
BL&GFA family spoke glowingly of
Incoming president Len Warren
praised Pearson's work, noting he
has big shoes to fill.
"He will be a big loss, without a
doubt," Warren said.
"He was mentored into the role."
The man he replaced, Symes, ech-
oed Warren's sentiments.
"Rick will be a big loss," Symes
"The league will need to find a
Gawler Central was one of the
most active clubs during Pearson's
time at the helm, installing lights
and introducing night footy to
the BL&GFA, and president Rod
Knight said he always found Pear-
son easy to work with.
"I always found him really reason-
able to deal with," Knight said.
"He has been around a lot longer
than me and I only started dealing
with him last year.
"It was made clear that, as vice-
president, he was being groomed to
take on Nobby's role in 2014.
"During the lights project, he was
always keen to understand how we
were progressing and he gave us the
impression we had the full support
of the board.
"It will be a shame to see him
With Len Warren declaring he
will see out the year before step-
ping down, the league now faces the
tough task of finding a long-term
It will not have the luxury of
priming someone for the job, as it
did with Pearson, and it won't be
easy to find another president of his
How are you enjoying the
player-coach role? It's
di erent and challenging,
but fun at the same time.
I've got good support,
which is making it easy
for me, but knowing
when to coach and when
to play is the tough part.
You must be happy with the
side's start to the season?
It's been a pretty good
start. I can still see plenty of
room for development and
improvement, which is the
most pleasing aspect.
How have big name recruits
Ben Dowdell and Toby
Stribling tted in? They have
done a really good job. They
had a couple of friends at the club beforehand,
which has helped, but it's like they are locals already.
You wound back the clock against Hummocks-
Watchman recently, kicking nine goals. Was that
a case of clearing the forward 50 out for you and
only you? I told them to kick it to the coach or they
won't get a game next week. No, it was just one of
those games where a couple fell my way and I was
lucky to get on the end of a few.
How is your body holding up? The good part
about being coach is that I don't have to train too
much. I've been able to ease o on the training,
which is a hard balance to make sure you stay t,
but it is probably the best I have felt for a couple of
Are you pleased to see your old club Gawler
Central doing so well? It's really good. Some really
honest people have done a lot of hard work for
that club in the past and they are starting to get
rewarded, which is fantastic.
Can you see yourself back at the Tigers at some
stage down the track? Certainly. You never know
where the path is going to take you. I never thought
I'd ever leave Centrals. I'm happy I did, as Hamley is
a great club, but that doesn't mean I won't be back
there at some time in the future, whether it's for
myself or for my kids.
SIXT Y SECS
with Hamley Bridge playing coach Kirk
Heberle, who has the Bombers equal top
and travelling nicely in the Adelaide Plains
Hudson in the thick of it
IF you had any doubt that sometimes
Bunyip football writer Jack Hudson was a
passionate Port Adelaide man, then you'd
have no doubts after Saturday night.
A shot of the big fella cheering after a partic-
ularly brilliant Justin Westhoff boundary-line
tackle was featured prominently in the game
coverage, and then in a number of replays and
match reviews afterwards.
It seems likely Jack and his type will have
plenty more to cheer about as the season
A TRAIN horn has again stopped play at
Elizabeth Oval deep in the final term of
This time the umpires didn't call time in
the game against Sturt, but a rather excited
Double Blues player did hold the ball aloft in
The match went on for another couple of
minutes before the actual siren sounded on a
rare Sturt victory at the Ponderosa.
One week only
TANUNDA had a welcome inclusion
on the weekend, with four-time premier-
ship ruckman Luke Wells slotting into the
With Albury having a bye, Wells returned
home for the weekend and took the chance to
line up with his mates.
It could not have come at a better time for
Tanunda, with the Magpies facing arch-rival
Nuri in a must-win game, and Wells relished
being back in the black and white.
"I love playing for Tanunda with all my
mates and there is nothing better than taking
on the arch-enemies down the road," Wells
"My blood is black and white."
Tigers' fadeouts a worry
GAWLER Central experienced another
second-half fadeout on the weekend, in a
trend that must be starting to worry coach
After leading Freeling by 98 points at the
main break, the Tigers only won by 92, con-
ceding five unanswered goals in the third
Last week it threw away a healthy lead to
draw with South and in round four it led Nuri
by 70 points at half-time before winning by
Although the Tigers are still undefeated,
they look a lot more beatable than six weeks
Owls ght on
DESPITE the fact it lost by over 400
points and conceded the biggest score
in SAAFL history, credit must go to the
Angle Vale players who stuck around until
the end of the match for their willingness
to fight on.
Reduced to 12 men, the fourth quarter was
the Owls' highest scoring of the match as they
booted three of their five goals.
The score was an amateur league record, but
is not the highest in SA history -- with Kers-
brook's win over Callington in 2009 still hold-
ing that record.
The Brookers kicked 80.22, with current
Barossa District coach Roger James kicking
THE BALL'S UP!
Jack back after big year
WILLIAMSTOWN'S Jack Madgen
recently returned to Australia after a
successful season playing basketball for
Delta State University in Cleveland in
the United States.
It was Madgen's second season playing
for Delta State, a division two college, and
he has embraced the US lifestyle.
"I'm in the south and it's a little bit dif-
ferent from the rest of America," Madgen
"It's definitely somewhere worth a visit
and it is a very unique part of the world,
Madgen is two years into a four-year
stint at Delta State, with his junior and
senior years to come, and will return to
Cleveland in August, but for now he is en-
joying his time at home.
"I'm living in Williamstown with my
parents," Madgen said.
"It's great to be home and to catch up
with family and mates."
After a mediocre season in Madgen's
freshman year, Delta State improved mark-
edly in 2013/14 to win its conference and
make it to the final of the NCAA South
"We really wanted to win that (the south
region tournament final), because then you
go into a national tournament with only
eight teams left playing," Madgen said.
"But it was a good season on the whole.
"There was a really good feel around the
Madgen himself had an impressive year,
shooting a career-high 330 points.
"I was pretty happy with how I played,"
"My role was a little downsized from the
year before, because our team was a lot bet-
"My job was to knock down open shots,
make good decisions, feed the ball inside
to our big guys, play good defence and
play a solid all-round game."
Madgen played the back half of the sea-
son with a sore wrist, which turned out
to be a broken scaphoid, and is currently
sporting a cast as a result.
He is spending his time doing
some part-time child-care work
at his mum Deborah's school,
St Pius X, at Windsor Gar-
dens, and catching up on a
bit of Australian Rules foot-
"I miss the footy," Madgen
"I've been able to watch a
bit of AFL and Barossa Dis-
Madgen has played junior
and senior footy at the Bull-
dogs, but is unlikely to don
the red, white and blue again
any time soon.
"If I got injured, the
(Delta State) coach would
kill me," Madgen said.
"I would love to,
"I might go out to
a few practise sessions
when my wrist gets
Madgen is not the
first in his family
basketball world, with
brother Ben currently
playing for the Sydney
Kings in the NBL and sis-
ter Tess for Melbourne in the
He has high hopes of making
a career out of basketball, pos-
sibly even alongside Ben.
"I would love to come back and
play in the NBL," Madgen said.
"To play with Benny would be
great but, whoever wants to pick me up, it
would be awesome to come back and play
"To play for Adelaide would be a dream
Madgen is taking a
break in Australia
after a big year in
the United States.
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