The Hon. G.G. BROCK (Frome) (16:10): Today, I take the opportunity to talk about The Sporting Association of Port Pirie’s 2020 awards last Sunday. Baylin Crouch won for cricket. Baylin had a successful 2019-20 cricket season. Locally, Baylin captained Wandearah under 13s to a premiership, winning the Kevin Smith Medal for the best under 13 player across the season. Baylin played in the Mega Courts Indoor Courts-R66T Academy Super League Carnival in Adelaide and was selected in the team of the carnival. He was then picked to represent Mega Courts again in their under 13 team to compete in Brisbane in the 2020 Brisbane Grammar Cricket Carnival where he took seven wickets at nine runs per wicket.
Khaliah Anderson plays in the Port Pirie Darts Association and, in January, she competed in the Australian Darts Championships held in Perth. She played in the Roy Christopher Fours, which South Australia won undefeated. Then with her partner, Abbey Morrison, Khaliah won the girls’ doubles, making them the girls’ champions. They then played in the teams event and won that as well.
Patrick Weckert competed for South Australia in the under 15 cricket national championship held in Ballarat. He is a fast bowler and all-round cricketer who excels in his trade. Patrick was chosen in the under 15 All Australian Cricket Squad, the only South Australian representative. He was to go to Brisbane in July to attend a training camp with the potential to play in the under 15 Australian team to compete in the under 17 national championships later this year.
Deakin Murphy competed in the under 15 national cricket championships for South Australia in Ballarat. Deakin is a left-arm orthodox spinner and was sixth-highest wicket taker for the series. He was instrumental in all South Australia’s wins during the carnival. Greg Player was awarded the South Australian Compound Archer of the Year at the recent archery awards dinner in Adelaide. He finished seventh in the Australian open mixed matchplay competition.
Neve Adams has had a fantastic start to 2020. She was awarded the most valuable player for her outstanding performance in the under 16 national softball championships in January in Melbourne in which her team won third place. Neve played in the under 18 national softball championships in Sydney and again put in another strong performance.
After two strong performances at the Australian nationals, Neve was selected in the Travelodge Junior Australian Spirit team, which is supposed to compete in the under 18 Softball World Cup in Lima, Peru, in August 2020. However, that was changed and has been deferred until next year. This is the highest team Neve has ever been selected for and to be selected as a bottom age player when she will still be eligible for the Worlds team in 2022 is a fantastic achievement. Neve is one of three players from South Australia who was picked in the 16-player side and is the only player who will return in 2022.
Wayne Forrest played in the men’s Nyrstar North Western Golf Tournament with around 42 other golfers. He has always been a champion for Port Pirie. Kalan Caputo’s achievements in Aussie Rules in the 2020 season are: Port under 15 captain; SGL under 15 medallist, winning the Nobbs Medal, with 15 votes out of a possible 18 votes; player of the carnival for the North Adelaide country zone under 15 carnival; and player of the carnival for the undefeated under 15 SGL team. Kalan is a very unassuming player who confidently goes about his business with very little fuss.
Campbell Coombe won honours for the SANFL’s fairest and most brilliant individual player which was awarded to a North Adelaide player for the first time in 10 years. Campbell, playing in the midfield, received the 2020 Magarey Medal. A left footer, Campbell polled 19 umpire votes ahead of the runner up at 17 votes. Coombe is the first North Adelaide player to win the medal since James Allan won his third in 2011. From a farming family in Crystal Brook, Coombe first joined the league in 2014 where he played 12 senior games before going back to work on the farm the following year. He played for the Crystal Brook Roosters from 2016 to 2018, winning three consecutive Northern Areas Medal Association Mail medals before returning to Prospect in 2019.
Will Coombe, his brother, played across half forward for North Adelaide in the SANFL. Will averaged 15.6 disposals, four marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and kicked 18 goals. He played in all North Adelaide’s league matches and was awarded SANFL’s Powerade Breakthrough Player Award for best emerging talent. That award was introduced in 2017 to recognise the best emerging talent in the SANFL Statewide Super League.
In soccer, Daniel Cox is the skipper of the Northern Demons soccer team. He has played 250 games for the club and was named the player of the year and was awarded the Reds Best and Fairest. I congratulate the Port Pirie Sporting Association on the great work they do. It is great to see a lot of the young ones coming up who are competing not only statewide but also nationally.