Four Journeys to the Big Dance

FOUR JOURNEYS TO THE BIG DANCE – Barossa, Light and Gawler football and Netball Grand Finals – Saturday, September 23.


The front cover of the Grand Final BLG Barracker (official match day publication) has four action shots of players across the A grade football and the Senior One netball teams from competing clubs – Kapunda and Barossa District.


Each has a unique journey to Grand Final day.


On the left is goal shooter Emma Thomas. She’s one of two sets siblings in the Kapunda Bombers senior1 netball team, along with her sister, defender Hannah.


Back in 2003 as a teenager she played in a senior three premiership while also playing netball in town.


Last year was her first senior one flag, when the Bombers got up again South Gawler Lions.


This season she has been one of the stars of the competition, winning team of the year last Saturday night in the BLG netball association night of nights acknowledging the best players of the competition.


Next to her is Barossa District wing attack Jess Wilson.


A police officer she is now been playing BLG netball for seven years and is in her second campaign at the Barossa Bulldogs.


She is a former SA State league netballer at Garville and Oakdale. Back in 2001 Wilson actually played in a state league reserves flag under her current Bulldogs coach Roz Fraser.


The Barossa District footballer is Michael Bratton.


“Bratts’ to his mates is a former Norwood and Sturt SANFL footballer.


Bratton played just under 100 league games across both clubs before spending five years with the Waikerie Magpies in the Riverland competition.


A couple of years ago he just he moved to Cockatoo Valley and decided it was time to play with his local club.


His son’s Jack, seven and Lewis, five are in the Auskick program at the Bulldogs where Bratton has the role as the Auskick coach.


On the right is Craig ‘Disco’ Prior from one of the oldest clubs in South Australian football Kapunda Bombers.


Twelve years ago he was a member of Kapunda’s last flag under the late Mark Pitman in 2005 when they defeated Freeling.


More than a decade later this Bombers stalwart is looking for a second BLG A Grade premiership.
Prior is a hardworking defender who has strong skills and a tremendous work ethic.


Get your Barracker at the gate – at Nuriootpa Oval.

If you can’t get to the game the Barracker is available online now – www.


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