Enjoying their football at Jeparit Rainbow
South Australian recruits Sam Cranna and Luke Murphy have made a great start to their football with Jeparit Rainbow. In the team’s last game against the Southern Mallee Giants they were named the team’s best two players. Sam has impressed with both his ruckwork and his play around the ground. Luke has shown he is a top midfielder, who is both good in the contests and out wide. He is also dangerous around the goals having kicked eight goals in his six games.
Both Sam and Luke have played all their football in South Australia, mainly in the strong Hills Football League, which as the name suggests, is based in the Adelaide hills.
Coming to play in Victoria has been a big challenge for them. They have found the standard of football in the Horsham District League quite strong with the better teams having many good players. The main differences have been the much bigger grounds and the drier grounds. This results in a less physical, more open game resulting in much higher scoring.
For Sam, playing a kick behind the game, means much more work on the bigger ovals. He has had to also adjust to different rules regarding ruck work at the centre bounces. Having a good group of midfielders in the team has made his job easier.
Luke has also found the bigger ovals a test, having to cover a lot more distance during games. Having spent a lot of time playing against Sam in the Hills League it is a new experience playing for the same team.
Both Sam and Luke have found everyone associated with the Jeparit Rainbow Club very welcoming and supportive. The travel has not been a problem with Lyn Coughlin at Nhill doing a great job of looking after them.
Sam is a Solar Energy consultant. His partner, Heather, is playing netball in South Australia, so being apart on the weekend is not that much of a problem.
Luke is the manager of the Gray’s Inn Hotel in Mt Barker. His partner Sarah, like Heather, will be coming over later in the year to watch some games and attend some social events at the Club.