Improved showing for Central

CENTRAL Zone finished as runners-up at the South Australian Zone Country Football Championships in Renmark this past weekend – its highest position since 2013.
Central Zone, which boasted a large contingent of Barossa, Light & Gawler players, started the competition with a victory over last year’s champions, Murray South East, in game one.
MSE got off to a good start, holding Central scoreless in the first half, but fluffed chances to have 1.6 to half-time.
Willaston’s Michael Howson kicked two majors in the second half to help secure a confidence-boosting win.
Central Zone then sealed its spot atop the group ladder with an 18-point win over Eastern.
Former Kapunda player Dom Costanzo, Barossa District’s Jack Schuurmans and Howson got on the scoresheet for the victors, while Todd Miles secured back-to-back best-on-ground awards.
In the grand final against Western, Central Zone looked as if it might win the title as it took a nine-point lead into quarter-time.
However, it was restricted to just three goals to nine after the first change, and succumbed to a five-goal loss.
Barossa District power forward Darren Shillabeer booted three majors, while Miles again featured among the best.
Miles, who captained Central Zone, said all the lads played their role across the two days.
“Both the Raikiwasa boys from Nuriootpa played well,” he said.
“Darren Shillabeer and Brae McConnell from Barossa were good…Brad Hoepner was great as well.
“Damien Hynes from RSMU was good, they all played their role.”
Unfortunately, for his BL&G side, Barossa District, Miles confirmed that Nathan Casboult was the only casualty out of the tournament, with a small hamstring strain.

Jack Hudson

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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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