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ATHLETE FINDS HOME AT THE PONDEROSA

 

By Peter Argent 
Articulate and with  a sense of humour, big Seb Guilhaus worn many jumpers since he started playing football at Mercedes College in Year 12, but now he feels at home in the red, white and blue of Central District. 
Born in Australia, the son of a German father, Fred and a Dutch mother, Carmen, Guilhaus played a number of different sports in his youth, along with representing South Australian at national levels in the pure athletic pursuits of triple and long jump.     
“Greg Mellor, the former West Adelaide footballer was my first coach at Mercedes, getting me interested in the game and then I went across to the Glenelg under 19s,” the 200cm, 106 kgs Guilhaus explained. 
“I played about 10 games at that level and then was promoted to the reserves. 
“But I didn’t know the rules of the game. 
 “After about 40 games and a quick education I played my first league game in round 14 of 2007 season under Mark Mickan. 
“It was a match against West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium 
“‘Rubbers’ (Mickan) instructions to me were to handball at all times. 
 “It’s fair to say I mark like a crocodile snapping his jaws and still drop the ball with two hands when I kick.”
In 2009 Guilhaus returned to amateur football with the Morphettville Park Roos. His season included a Country Championship title with the Southern Districts Zone, SA Country Team of the Carnival honours and finally a Mail Medal (association best and fairest) in the Southern League. 
“I always had a joke with the umpires and never make an enemy of them,” he laughed 
“They may explain why I got over the line in the medal count.”
After that season he went across to the Woodville West Torrens Eagles after a chat with new senior coach Michael Godden.
“Craig Parry came back from injury and took my place after I played the first seven games of the season,” Guilhaus confirmed. 
There was another year with the Roos in 2011, before a campaign  with the Kaniva –Leeor Cougars just over the Victorian border in the large and expansive Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League, where they lost the Grand Final to local rivals Bordertown by seven points, before this year’s break out season with Central District. 
“Yes I had to sacrifice a bit of coin to have another crack at SANFL football,” Guilhaus, now 25, continued. 
“I had a meeting with (coach) Roy Laird and (CEO) Kris Grant before Christmas but was only ‘lukewarm’ on the idea. 
“Then James Boyd convince me to come out to pre-season. 
“I have really enjoyed my winter so much at the Bulldogs.” 
After seven games with the Eagles and a further seven with Glenelg, this year Guilhaus has played all 20 minor round games and will lead the Central District ruck division into the major round. 
His mentors along the way have included 2006 Magarey Medallist Brett Backwell, Michael Godden and Glenelg ruckman Trev Cranston 
“I’m overwhelmed with what has happened this year and comfortable in this environment,” he continued. 
“I always knew I was capable of playing SANFL footy, I just had a lot of catching up to do.
“My consistent really equals managing my body and Roy is pretty understanding. 
“It is also very important to be in the right head space.”
Strong and athletic and with a relatively short time in the game, Guilhaus is prospect leaders the rucks at the Ponderosa for the next six to eight years. 

 

By Peter Argent 

Articulate and with  a sense of humour, big Seb Guilhaus worn many jumpers since he started playing football at Mercedes College in Year 12, but now he feels at home in the red, white and blue of Central District. 

Born in Australia, the son of a German father, Fred and a Dutch mother, Carmen, Guilhaus played a number of different sports in his youth, along with representing South Australian at national levels in the pure athletic pursuits of triple and long jump.     

“Greg Mellor, the former West Adelaide footballer was my first coach at Mercedes, getting me interested in the game and then I went across to the Glenelg under 19s,” the 200cm, 106 kgs Guilhaus explained. 

“I played about 10 games at that level and then was promoted to the reserves. 

“But I didn’t know the rules of the game. 

 “After about 40 games and a quick education I played my first league game in round 14 of 2007 season under Mark Mickan. 

“It was a match against West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium 

“‘Rubbers’ (Mickan) instructions to me were to handball at all times. 

 “It’s fair to say I mark like a crocodile snapping his jaws and still drop the ball with two hands when I kick.”

In 2009 Guilhaus returned to amateur football with the Morphettville Park Roos. His season included a Country Championship title with the Southern Districts Zone, SA Country Team of the Carnival honours and finally a Mail Medal (association best and fairest) in the Southern League. 

“I always had a joke with the umpires and never make an enemy of them,” he laughed 

“They may explain why I got over the line in the medal count.”

After that season he went across to the Woodville West Torrens Eagles after a chat with new senior coach Michael Godden.

“Craig Parry came back from injury and took my place after I played the first seven games of the season,” Guilhaus confirmed. 

There was another year with the Roos in 2011, before a campaign  with the Kaniva –Leeor Cougars just over the Victorian border in the large and expansive Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League, where they lost the Grand Final to local rivals Bordertown by seven points, before this year’s break out season with Central District. 

“Yes I had to sacrifice a bit of coin to have another crack at SANFL football,” Guilhaus, now 25, continued. 

“I had a meeting with (coach) Roy Laird and (CEO) Kris Grant before Christmas but was only ‘lukewarm’ on the idea. 

“Then James Boyd convince me to come out to pre-season. 

“I have really enjoyed my winter so much at the Bulldogs.” 

After seven games with the Eagles and a further seven with Glenelg, this year Guilhaus has played all 20 minor round games and will lead the Central District ruck division into the major round. 

His mentors along the way have included 2006 Magarey Medallist Brett Backwell, Michael Godden and Glenelg ruckman Trev Cranston 

“I’m overwhelmed with what has happened this year and comfortable in this environment,” he continued. 

“I always knew I was capable of playing SANFL footy, I just had a lot of catching up to do.

“My consistent really equals managing my body and Roy is pretty understanding. 

“It is also very important to be in the right head space.”

Strong and athletic and with a relatively short time in the game, Guilhaus is prospect leaders the rucks at the Ponderosa for the next six to eight years. 

 
Big Seb in action at Unley last weekend. Picture by CDFC Sponsor and Freelance Photojournalist Peter Argent/PLA Media

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