We Love Footy
Playing Australian Football is more than just kicking a ball around on an oval. It is about forming relationships with team-mates, staying healthy and building self-confidence which translates into other facets of life.
And that is exactly what SANFL has captured in its We Love Footy campaign.
Over the next few months, the South Australian public will notice several players – from junior to senior level and from Community Football to Macca’s League – featured on buses, trams and billboards.
Their heart-warming stories are also portrayed by SANFL in a series of short videos – with South Adelaide’s Nikki Gore the first player unveiled.
We Love Turbo Nikki
SANFL is playing its role in helping Nikki ‘’Turbo’’ Gore reach her dream of playing in the AFLW.
The first South Australian selected in the AFL Women’s Academy, the 17-year-old showed great maturity while playing at senior level in 2018.
This year, Nikki played a key role in South Adelaide’s SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League premiership while playing through the midfield.
Originally from Christies Beach, Nikki was named in The Advertiser SANFL Women’s Team of the Year while also winning the Powerade Breakthrough Player Award as the competition’s best emerging talent.
Now, the Panthers’ onballer has been performing strongly for the Statewide Super SA Under-18 girls team against the Northern Territory before aiming for her name to be called in this year’s AFLW National Draft later this year.
We Love Playmaker Mihail
It all started with SANFL’s Under-15 Indigenous Kickstart team for Mihail Lochowiak.
Now the promising Sturt teenager is rising up through the ranks at Unley as he chases his AFL dream.
The oldest of three siblings, Mihail is joined by his younger brothers Anzac and Jacob, who are also developing their craft with the Double Blues.
Also a member of this year’s McDonald’s SA Under-18 team, Mihail is an exciting prospect who uses his athleticism to his advantage when playing off half-back or the wing.
Possessing great pace and a spring-heeled leap, Mihail will be hoping to have his name called at this year’s AFL National Draft.
We Love Hurricane Maya
Maya Sayagha’s passion for Australian Football stemmed from watching her brother play.
Now, the budding teenager is thriving by taking up the sport herself.
Starting with North Adelaide’s Under-15 squad, Maya progressed up into a leadership role where she helped educate her team-mates on how to play the game.
It culminated in a berth with the South Australian All-Nations team, an experience Maya says she will never forget after having the chance to rub shoulders with like-minded footballers.
We Love High Flying Beechy
West Adelaide has always been in Jono Beech’s blood.
As a fresh-faced teenager, Beech would travel down from his home club of Barmera-Monash FC to play in the Bloods’ junior development program.
Soon, this would cause the high-flying forward to leave his Riverland base to pursue his dream of playing in the Macca’s League in the red-and-black.
This culminated in playing in Westies’ 2015 Macca’s League premiership before achieving his ultimate goal of playing in the AFL with Adelaide.
Now, Beech has returned ‘’home’’ to his beloved Bloods to help usher through the next generation of stars at City Mazda Stadium.
We Love Sharpshooting Tyler
Playing Australian Football isn’t just about winning and losing on the field, it’s also about what happens on the other side of the fence.
And there’s no better example than Hectorville FC’s father-son combination in Dean and Tyler Evans.
As Tyler’s coach, Dean has noticed considerable development in Tyler’s character and building positive off-field habits.
Plus, he gets the added bonus of spending quality time with his son by guiding him and his mates as coach.
That’s why SANFL is passionate about providing the platform for people of all ages to build life-long experiences and relationships… because We Love Footy.
We Love Mad Keen Matty
It’s more than just kicking around the football on a Saturday for Angaston’s Matt Doecke.
Appearing in more than 300 games for his beloved Panthers, Matt loves the camaraderie which comes with going into battle alongside and against his mates from the close-knit Barossa Valley community.
After sharing this feeling with his circle of friends when he was at school, Matt is still lapping it up more than a decade later and it doesn’t look like he will be giving it up anytime soon.