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The strength and talent of Hills junior
basketball has once again been
demonstrated by the high numbers
of players selected to play for SA in
multiple national championships during
January and February.
Following a series of selection camps, trials
and training sessions, over 20 players and
five coaches from the Eastern Hills Basketball
Association (EHBA) have been chosen to
represent SA Country in the Under 15 Southern
Cross Challenge in Melbourne, the Australian
Country Cup at the NSW provincial city of Albury
featuring Under 14, Under 16 and Under
18 level – and the Australian Under 20 mens
national titles at Bendigo in Victoria.
The various tournaments represent the pinnacle
of basketball in the various age groups.
Ethan Baxter was part of the team which played
in the Southern Cross Challenge from January
12-16, with Ian Barham and Morgan Tolley
coaching teams in Melbourne.
Also representing SA Country were Ben Webster
(Murray Bridge) and Orlando Zohar (Willunga),
both whom train and play regularly in Mt Barker.
The SA Country combinations were set
to compete against the best regional and
metropolitan teams from SA, Victoria and WA.
Eastern Hills will be sending a large contingent
of 17 players and three coaches to this month’s
31st Australian Country Cup event in Albury.
The EHBA has a particularly strong
representation in the Under 14 competition with
10 players selected in the age group across three
boys and three girls teams.
Local association representatives included:
Under 18 boys: Marshall Howe, Seb Bald,
Edward Bell and Murray Bridge resident Connor
Smelt; Under 18 girls: Brittany Spooner; Under
16 boys: Tom Glover and Murray Bridge’s Riley
Smelt: Under 16 girls: Bethia Holton and Georgie
Pedlar; Under 14 boys: Daniel Wakeling, Isaac
Warhurst, Charlie Wyatt, Josh Clifton, Ben Silver
and Kade Harvey; Under 14 girls: Tiah Hough,
Maria Konidaris, Taylor Moffat and Layla Harris.
Long serving SA Country team coaches Darren
Small (Under 14 boys) and James Rattus (Under
18 girls) are again coaching in Albury, along with
Paul Harris (Under 16 boys), while Henry Weiss
will extend managing teams for over a decade in
Albury this year.
Representing Eastern Hills in the SA Under 20
mens team at Bendigo during February will be
The SA squad is one of the favorites for the
Australian national title with seven players from
the team either attending the Basketball Centre of
Excellence in Canberra (formerly the AIS) and/or
recently within the Australian Under 17 selection
which played in the World Championships
Hills court State successes
By Ben Goldfinch
The 2017 Fleurieu Districts Meyer
Shield carnival will launch into action
this Saturday with the Hills Cricket
Association gunning for three titles on
Having previous Meyer Shield triumphs in 1990,
1991, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013,
2015 and 2016, Hills will be skippered by Rohan
Reid and will confront Alexandra and Eastern
Hills Cricket Association in a tantalising opening
round stoush at Goolwa.
The annual titles will be played this year at
venues within the Great Southern region, with
two rounds of qualifying matches to be held on
Saturday and Sunday.
The two best performing teams will square off
for the prestigious Harry Meyer Shield in the final
on Thursday’s Australia Day holiday.
Hills will field a potent line up, headlined by
Meadows trio Brad Dawe, Haydn Reid and
captain Rohan Reid.
Flagstaff Hill will be well represented through
Falcons skipper Kyle Petty, along with top order
batsmen Andrew Twynstra and Lachlan Tosh.
Aldgate have two players selected, namely
Gaters skipper Kaylem Short and all rounder
Short and Clements currently reside within the
top six batsmen in the HCA A-grade competition
with 539 runs combined.
Uraidla captain Alex Heptinstall, who has been
in red hot form with 309 runs at an average of
34.33, has also been included.
Heptinstall has posted two half centuries and
Jake Turnbull (Happy Valley), Steve
Featherstone (Kangarilla), Daniel Gonzales
(Stirling) and Ben McGowan (SCIB) are also in
the mix for selection.
“We are happy with the squad we have
assembled,” outlined Hills skipper Reid.
“We have some new faces and guys who have
been together for a few years.
“Our strength would be our batting, but we also
have plenty of options with the ball.
“It’s a great opportunity to play at a higher level
and play with guys you normally play against.
“There is pride that goes on the line and
bragging rights that come out at the end.
“We are keen to prove we are the best
association in the Fleurieu region.”
The opening round clash between Hills and
A&EH could determine the winner of the Meyer
A&EH previously won in 2014, which marked
the end of a lengthy drought at senior Fleurieu
level for A&EH, having previously won the Meyer
Shield on just two occasions – 1989 and 1997.
Prior to that, the former Mt Barker and Eastern
Hills Association won in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969,
1972 and 1974, and in the now defunct Alexandra
combination won in 1973, 1976 and 1977.
After finishing runner up to Hills in 2013, A&EH
finally broke through for a memorable victory in
the 2014 carnival final held in oppressively hot
conditions at Mypolonga Oval.
The 2017 A&EH squad will be captained by
Luke Harrowfield, who has amassed 533 runs
for Nairne this season and averages 88.83.
Ben Warren has been named vice-captain,
fresh from smashing 171 for Langhorne Creek
against Wistow last Saturday.
Warren is eagerly anticipating a return to the
Meyer Shield carnival stage, having previously
played a decade ago.
Langhorne Creek will be also well represented
by skipper Matt Tonkin, pace duo Jedd Rothe
and Jai McMurtrie.
Strathalbyn quartet Mark and Matt Abbott,
Nathan Pelle and Luke Cousins have been
selected, along with Ashbourne’s English recruit
Jason Erskine, who top scored with 87 in last
Saturday’s victory against Strathalbyn.
Shane and Brad Collins (Woodside), in form
Lobethal skipper Mitch Weeks and Dan Jenner of
Wistow complete a powerful A&EH combination.
“It should be a good clash with Hills this
Saturday,” commented Warren earlier this week.
“It’s a well balanced squad with quite a few all
“I am looking forward to having a hit with the
Adelaide Hills regional representative teams
have dominated the Meyer carnival since 2003,
with Hills winning the prestigious shield on nine
occasions, Torrens Valley four times and A&EH
Torrens Valley confront hosting Great Southern
in Saturday’s opening round at Encounter Bay,
with both keen to remain in the challenge for
Torrens Valley were competitive last season,
narrowly losing to A&EH and Hills.
Torrens Valley’s squad includes Jacob
Grieger and Scott Eichler (Cambrai), Alec
Walsh (Paracombe), Josh Smith and Jeremy
Snoad (Lenswood), Steve Kavanagh, Andrew
Mapstone and Jack Page (Gumeracha), and
Samuel Tucker, Jeremy Schultz and Tom
“The aim is to be competitive,” outlined Torrens
Valley president Mark Rewell.
“We have a few younger names in this year and
the guys are excited to be part of it.
“It has been a difficult selection with people
pulling out due to family reasons.
“We are going there with a positive mindset, we
haven’t played Great Southern recently.”
Saturday’s full opening draw of Meyer Shield
matches features Alexandra and Eastern Hills
against Hills at Goolwa, Kangaroo Island meet
Murray Towns at Port Elliot and Great Southern
taken on Torrens Valley at Encounter Bay.
Triple treat for Hills?
Strathalbyn’s Luke Cousins is a member
of a well balanced A&EH squad to
contest the upcoming senior Fleurieu
Districts annual cricket championships
to be hosted on the South Coast.
Kangarilla paceman Steve Featherstone has
been chosen as a member of a Hills Cricket
Association combination which will seek to
claim a hat-trick of Meyer Shield victories in
the 2017 Fleurieu Districts senior carnival.
Eastern Hills Basketball Asssociation players
who have selected to compete for SA Country
teams in national championship tournaments
during January and February ... (rear from
left): Daniel Wakeling, Tiah Hough, Bethia
Holton, Isaac Warhurst, Charlie Wyatt,
Ben Webster, Georgie Pedlar, Josh Clifton,
Ben Silver, Maria Konidaris, Taylor Moffat,
Kade Harvey and Layla Harris.
Front: Orlando Zohar, Marshall Howe, Connor
Smelt, Michael Harris, Riley Smelt, Tom Glover
and Ethan Baxter.
Absent: Seb Bald and Edward Bell.
Brittany Spooner will repesent SA Country at
Under 18 girls level at the Australian Country
Cup basketball event to be held in Albury.
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