Hill dominates Northern squad
Wednesday, 10th July, 2019
By Peter Argent
Sixteen members of the 24-woman Northern Zone squad for the 2019 South Australian Country Football Championships come out of the prosperous Broken Hill women’s football league, which is one of the longest running women’s competitions in rural areas.
They will be among 150 elite female regional footballers on show in Port Pirie this weekend for the 2019 Country Championships, the second time there has been a women’s competition at this event.
The Northern Zone will be coached in 2019 by North Broken Hill women’s coach Brendon Martin.
“Our competition in Broken Hill is now in its eighth season,” Martin explained.
“Natural leaders among this group include Paige Guy from the West Robins - an on-ball/wing type player and the gritty Shae Nevill, a half back with a physical presence, from the South Roos.
“Quick and skilful midfielder Rebecca Deer from the North Bulldogs is expected to excite.
“Orana Reynolds from the Central Magpies is a forward that will give us a focus point and a target in attack.
“Also watch out for the lightning quick Shelby Raven, another Central Magpie noted for her skilfulness and powerful kick.”
Others to keep eye on include Indiana Paul from the Robins, in a small goal kicking forward role, along with defender Natalie McMahon and Britt Tangey, who will have a presence in attack.
Martin is confident his troops will give a good showing.
SANFL Community Football Manager Matt Duldig said about 5,000 footy fans were expected to attend the round 13 SANFL clash at Port Pirie’s Memorial Oval and Country Championships matches across the weekend.
“The SANFL showdown has been played in a regional location for the past few years, but to have it programmed as part of the championships weekend is a new initiative which gives locals and everyone involved an opportunity to experience SANFL footy up close,” Duldig said.
About $24 million has been spent on redeveloping Memorial Oval with support from the Spencer Gulf Football League and Port Pirie Regional Council, as well as the adjacent Port Pirie West Oval, which will be used during the carnival.
Port Pirie Regional Council Mayor Leon Stephens said hosting the championships was expected to result in an economic boost of at least $500,000 for the local community, with much accommodation in the town booked out months in advance.
“We’re really keen as a community to support these high-level events so people from the city and other areas can experience what it’s like to be in our region,” Mayor Stephens said.
“And we also give the local people an opportunity to have access to this higher level of sport.”
In recent years the SA Country Championships has been held in Kadina, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta and Renmark.
It is now time for Broken Hill to look at hosting this event.
The Northern Zone Squad
North Broken Hill:
Rebecca Deer, Natalie McMahon, Nelle Stoltenberg, Britt Tangey, Ebony Watson
Central Broken Hill:
Teagan Coombes, Shelby Raven, Orana Reynolds, Emma Camilleri
South Broken Hill:
Shae Nevill, Frankee Baldwin
Indianna Paul, Erin Buttriss, Phoebe Knell, Paris Barret, Paige Cuy
Northern region players:
Tamika Reid, Jess Allen, Amelia Etchells, Marlee Biddell, Renae Kretschmer, Katie Lindner, Kate Case, Brianna Taylor