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Strathalbyn to Play Host in the Annual Association Round Against the Southern Football League

May 6, 2023

Welcome to round 4 of the 2023 GSFL Centenary season.

My name is Scott Bevan, and I am the Vice-President of the Great Southern Football League. I have previously been involved with Yankalilla Football Club for
about 13 years in various roles from the junior committee to Club President to Reserves coach and have enjoyed every minute.

Firstly I would like to thank the GSFL and all clubs for the chance to play a role as an executive in one of, if not the strongest association outside of Adelaide.

One of my roles this year is to help with the Men’s GSFL Association team and as a selector for the Southern District Zone team.

This year the Association Round of games will be held at Strathalbyn on Saturday 10th June against Southern Football League.

Gianni Petrucci will again this year be leading the charge as Head coach with a good young group of assistants in Curtis Perry (Langhorne Creek), Andrew Cook (McLaren Districts), Damien Cross (Victor Harbor), Runner/Assistant Adam Hunter (Mt Compass), Team Manager/ Opposition Analysis Justin Richardson (Myponga).

Nomination forms have been sent to all clubs to fill out and we will also be sending a list of players to each club who we would like to be available for the first training session with a date to be announced.

At our final training session on Thursday 8th June, FPAG have kindly sponsored Mark Bickley and Ebony Marinoff to have a chat to everyone involved with the Association teams.

The SA Country Championships this year are to be held in the Barossa and again the Southern Districts team will be coached by Gianni and his team of
coaches from the SFL and GSFL.

Its going to be an exciting 2023 and judging by the results so far, it’s going to go right down to the wire to see which teams make up the top five at the end of the season.

In closing I would like to wish all clubs the best for the rest of the 2023 season.

Below is a quick word from Gianni Petrucci…

SCOTT BEVAN

GSFL Vice-President

Given that this year is the Centenary year of the GSFL we are excited to continue the momentum built in 2022 with the Senior Association team.

Last year the players bought in really well and were rewarded with a fantastic performance against the SFL which saw us regain the Pilmore Cup.

This year we are hoping to get strong representation from around the league by the clubs to ensure that we put as good a team on the park as we can to represent the talent and quality throughout the GSFL.

Long time GSFL representatives Curtis Perrey and Adam Hunter have joined the coaching team and both are keen to work on showcasing the quality of our league.

Nominations will be received from clubs in the coming week, and continuous consultation will be had with club coaches to ensure all of those that deserve the opportunity to train the week of Association and put their hand up for selection will be given that opportunity.

I would like to encourage all players to put their hand up as it is not only the opportunity to test yourself with the best players in the league but also an
opportunity to take your footy to the next level by being eligible for zone selection which could then lead to State selection.

Last year there were many examples where players were able to build confidence from their selection and performances in the Association side and take this confidence and form back to their clubs and have strong, consistent form in the back half of the season.

GIANNI PETRUCCI

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Photo above: The GSFL Men’s Association team will be hoping to emulate last year’s success after dominating SFL in 2022 and claiming the Pilmore Cup.

Photos courtesy Fleurieu Sun.

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