Bulldogs ready to contest the state’s best

BAROSSA District will again compete against the state’s best country football sides at the upcoming Australian Champions League (ACL), to be held at the Park 2 precinct near the Adelaide Aquatic Centre on March 24.
The Bulldogs last season became the second Barossa, Light & Gawler club, after Nuriootpa, to represent the association at the tournament, and finished runners-up to Riverland side Waikerie.
The ACL splits participating sides into two separate pools, before the top two sides in each pool play each other in the grand final.
Barossa District coach Todd Miles said the unique competition is a big benefit to his side’s preparations for the upcoming season.
“It’s a good concept, we use it as a trial game as well,” he said.
“It give us an opportunity to look at the younger kids coming through.
“We get some run into some of the more senior players as well.”
Despite using it as practice, Miles said his charges would like to go one better in this year’s competition.
“It’s always good to win, but we just play it as well to see what the other country clubs are doing around the state,” he said.
“It’s good to see what other teams winning premierships are doing and compare them against what we’re doing.”
The reigning Hurn medallist added that the ACL will be used to try players in different positions.
“It’s also about developing some of the younger blokes that played A or B grade, expose them to different positions”, he said.
“Instead of having guys like (Alan) Obst or Shilly (Darren Shillabeer), we’ll give blokes like Nathan Duncan a chance to play centre half forward.”
Additionally, in an ACL first, the competition will see netball clubs compete in their own competition.
The Bulldogs’ netball side has also been invited to participate as the Barossa, Light & Gawler champions.

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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