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LEAGUE FOOTBALLER NUMBER 499 - DEBUT FOR YOUNGSTER

 

By Peter Argent 
In the July 20 clash at Woodville Oval against the Eagles, another Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association export Jake Martin became a SANFL league footballer.
On one of the coldest days endured in Adelaide, Martin became the Central District Football Club’s 499th SANFL league player, in the 50th season of the club at the top level.
Martin was seen by 50 year servant and club CEO Kris Grant, playing A grade football with Freeling in 2011, and asked him to have a crack at the Ponderosa.
“Jake had strong form in the reserves over the previous four games,” senior coach Roy Laird said.
“His marking was terrific and he uses the ball well. He has a good vertical leap. Jake made a contest at times, by it was a tough initiation.” 
The Central District league team lost this contest by 12 points to top four side the Eagles.
With the week off after his debut, Martin went to the west coast and relaxed, dropping a line and catching a bag full of whiting. 
Martin, who played state under 20s football last year, explained the day and the conditions at Woodville Oval didn’t suit his game style, but he is keen to build on that first up effort and grow as a player. 
He played as a half forward, and if his first attack on the ball at league level when he flew for a big mark is any indication he will excite Bulldogs fans in future years.  
Now 20, Martin started his football at Hamley Bridge, before moving across to the Redlegs at under 15s level. 
“I played a season of under 15s at Freeling and then under 17s and A grade in 2010,” Martin continued. 
“In 2011 was a full season of A grade and then last year I spent a year in the reserves under Jeff Brown down here at the Bulldogs.” 
Martin’s father Clyde played with South Gawler and also in a premiership with Smithfield in 1992.

 

By Peter Argent 

 

In the July 20 clash at Woodville Oval against the Eagles, another Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association export Jake Martin became a SANFL league footballer.

On one of the coldest days endured in Adelaide, Martin became the Central District Football Club’s 499th SANFL league player, in the 50th season of the club at the top level.

Martin was seen by 50 year servant and club CEO Kris Grant, playing A grade football with Freeling in 2011, and asked him to have a crack at the Ponderosa.

“Jake had strong form in the reserves over the previous four games,” senior coach Roy Laird said.

“His marking was terrific and he uses the ball well. He has a good vertical leap. Jake made a contest at times, by it was a tough initiation.” 

The Central District league team lost this contest by 12 points to top four side the Eagles.

With the week off after his debut, Martin went to the west coast and relaxed, dropping a line and catching a bag full of whiting. 

Martin, who played state under 20s football last year, explained the day and the conditions at Woodville Oval didn’t suit his game style, but he is keen to build on that first up effort and grow as a player. 

He played as a half forward, and if his first attack on the ball at league level when he flew for a big mark is any indication he will excite Bulldogs fans in future years.  

Now 20, Martin started his football at Hamley Bridge, before moving across to the Redlegs at under 15s level. 

“I played a season of under 15s at Freeling and then under 17s and A grade in 2010,” Martin continued. 

“In 2011 was a full season of A grade and then last year I spent a year in the reserves under Jeff Brown down here at the Bulldogs.” 

Martin’s father Clyde played with South Gawler and also in a premiership with Smithfield in 1992.

 

Martin, running out onto the ground in his debut match, and later, firing off a handball during the game. Pictures by CDFC Sponsor Peter Argent/PLA Media Freelance Photojournalist.

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