Prior to this first visit of mine to the Eyre Peninsula as Talent Manager for the club I was told that the ‘people over there are warm and friendly, the footy’s fantastic and it would be a brilliant experience.’ Each of those boxes was certainly ticked! The Mortlock Shield and the PA Cup are two very long running events in Port Lincoln that bring together the whole football community from the Eyre Peninsula and showcase not only the best footballers in the region, but also the hardworking, dedicated and united attitudes of all the administrators and other volunteers that enable these events to take place. As a club that prides itself on similar values, we felt right at home.
It was great to witness some fantastic footy matches in both competitions in particular watching the talent of the U15s in the PA Cup and meeting the selected squad to represent Norwood FC at the upcoming Youth Championships in July. There is certainly a wealth of talent in the area and we as a club are very excited to be working with the local EP clubs and leagues to nurture and develop it.
Norwood was represented by CEO James Fantasia, myself and senior players Chris Olsson and Corey Di Stefano and later by U18s Coach Paul Streatfield. Chris and Corey did a particularly great job with the club’s activation and it was great to see so many Norwood footies being kicked around the ground and red and blue hats on heads.
Following the events the club also conducted an Aussie Rules clinic at local school, St Josephs as well as assisting with a local 9-a-side tournament.
On behalf of James, Chris, Corey and Paul I would like to say a special thanks to Andrew Taheny, Western Region Football Coordinator for SANFL who does so much work for our club on the EP and who was fantastic in hosting us and introducing us to so many people. I would also like to thank our sponsors EP Livestock and CPH Accounting for the ongoing financial support of our Academy on the EP.
We keenly look forward to our next trip to the region in July for the Kinlough Cup in Ceduna and then welcoming the regions U15s and U17s for the State Youth Championships later that month.