Footy's Back

March 29th, 2018
Footy's Back
Families all around Australia will soon begin their weekend routines of scraping off mud from the bottom of boots, strapping up dodgy knees and cutting up batches of orange slices as the local footy season takes hold.

The Hills Football League will have its first bounce when division two teams square off on Saturday, April 7.

Torrens Valley, who opted for voluntary relegation after finishing fifth on last year’s division one ladder, will square off against the Bridgewater in their first division two match.

But you will have to wait until round four to see the division one grand final rematch between Hahndorf and Blackwood.

Blackwood disrupted Hahndorf’s premiership streak in the final game of the 2017 season.

Hahndorf’s David Hankin had a shot after to win after the siren but failed to make the most of the dream scenario, gifting the Woods a four point win in the grand final and their first division one premiership in 26 years.

Coach Damien Salevick couldn’t watch as the fate of his team’s year’s effort rested in the hands of the opposition.

“I had my head in my hands until I heard the roar of our supporters,” he said.

“It was a great game.”

Damien is confident the Woods can back up their premiership success despite having a few personnel changes.

“We’re looking to promote from within the club so hopefully that will hold us in good stead for this year,” he said.

“There’s a bit more of a challenge this year with only eight teams and fewer breaks so we’ll just have to see how we go.”

Echunga has been busy in the off season by recruiting two former SANFL players and are hoping for an improvement on last year’s efforts when they finished sixth on the ladder.

While Mail Medal winner Nick Amato has left Uraidla Districts to play for Glenelg in the SANFL.

This year’s South Australian Women’s Football League is also set to be a ripper with six Hills teams featuring in the competition that formed in 1991 – the same year as Blackwood’s last first division premiership.

Bridgewater and Murray Bridge will be fielding teams for the first time, while women’s teams from Mount Barker, Mount Lofty, Kangarilla, Ironbank and Nairne will look to build on the experience of previous years.

Mount Lofty were the Hills team to make it furthest in the 2017 SAWFL, reaching the second division preliminary final before taking a ten goal hiding by Christies Beach who went on to win the flag.

President of the Hills Football League Malcolm Williams is excited by the surge of women’s football.

“Participation growth in women’s footy last year was 800 per cent,” he said.

“There’s a lot of demand for more women’s footy and we’re doing our best to cater for it and hopefully help it grow.”

The Hills Football League will be running its own under 16s women’s football competition and that is set to run alongside the SAWFL.

Damien Salevick said the growth in women’s football has been great at Blackwood.

“We’ve been really active with regards to junior women’s teams,” he said.

“Numbers are growing and we’ve having daughters of past players and coaches coming back so hopefully we can build through the juniors and establish a senior women’s team as well.”

If all this isn’t enough Hills football for you, there is a special inter-league event between the Adelaide Hills and River Murray Football Leagues over the June long weekend.

“We haven’t played against them for a while,” said Malcolm Williams.

“But it’s always good to play against your neighbours.”

“Both leagues will pick their best teams to play against each other and see who comes out on top.”

The Hills inter-league will be helmed by Blackwood coach Damien Salevick, but despite the possible injury concerns mid-year extra-league events can carry, he is sure they will put their best boots forward.

“Hopefully all players do make themselves available,” he said.

“The Hills is a great competition and we reckon the inter-league matches will reflect that.”

There is heaps of action to look forward to at ovals all around the Hills this football season.

Division two matches start on Saturday, April 7 with division one getting going the following week while the SAWFL and Hills u/16s women’s competition beginning not long after.

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