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Our SANFL stars

Friday, 25th March, 2016

Cohen Pettit Cohen Pettit

By Peter Argent

Four Silver City talents will play senior SANFL league football in round one this year, across a weekend of football that started last night, Easter Thursday and will be completed on Monday.

Today, in the inaugural Good Friday game between Central District and the Roosters, Mitch Clisby will lead North Adelaide into battle as captain for the first time, while in the early game, at the same venue now called My Money House Oval, Elizabeth, Cohen Pettit will be donning the Bulldogs tri-colours in the reserves match.

Clisby is excited about the first game arriving and leading his troops into battle.  

“It is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Clisby explained to the BDT. 

“I’m pretty excited and looking forward to the challenge. 

“Things looked pretty positive during the trial games and I’m confident we’re in a good position to have a strong season at North.

“It is good to have our game on Good Friday; mum (Sandra) and dad (Wayne) will be at the game. 

“This gives me the rest of the weekend to catch up and spend time with them.” 

Pettit participated in a full season of SANFL reserves in 2015, playing 18 games, with a trio of mentions on best player lists.

“Cohen played in the first league trial against the Eagles,” Central District Reserves coach Jeff Brown said. 

“His football is developing out here at the Ponderosa.

“He’ll start on the footy tomorrow and can also play a small defender’s role.”   

Small forward at Woodville West Torrens Lachlan McGregor is now in his third year at Oval Avenue, being a member of the Eagles Grand Final side last season.  

“He has generally started well over the past two seasons with us,” Senior Coach of the Eagles, Michael Godden said. 

“It would be nice for him to extend it for the full season, but I’m not worried.  

“He’ll adapt as he has matured and has played more football at this level.

“I’d expect that he’ll play a bit more through the middle this year, adding another dimension to his game.”

At Norwood in the Easter Thursday evening round opening, Tom Derham donned the Norwood jumper in the reserves clash with Port Adelaide. 

He played with the Redlegs at this level last winter, and also played 12 games at Under 18s level with the Port Adelaide Magpies in 2011, being a member of the flag-winning side at that level five years ago. 

Derham, who missed out on playing in the first league trial; through illness, and after 15 reserves games in ‘15 is vying for a senior berth as a medium forward. 

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