By ZAC MILBANK
South Australia has named Zac Georg-Dent and Jesse Goodman as co-captains for the 2019 AFL National Inclusion Carnival to be played in Sydney from July 15 to 20.
Captain of the All-Australian side last year, Georg-Dent will form a formidable leadership pairing for the week-long tournament in Blacktown with Goodman, who was the Croweaters’ skipper in 2018.
Multi-talented Georg-Dent is also one of five SA players – along with Heath Anderson, Sam Crease, Harrison Mallard and Jordan Palmer – who were also part of the gold medal-winning Ivor Burge National Basketball Championship team in Feburary.
SA’s star duo will be joined by several new faces this year, with selection trials held in regional areas such as the Riverland and Mount Gambier for the first time.
One of the beneficiaries of the inaugural road selection process is promising Barmera teenager Codie Josephs, who will be making his debut in the cherished red guernsey.
SA will once again be coached by Don Miranda, who will be assisted by Peter Diamandopoulos with the entire Croweaters’ squad receiving invaluable support from Inclusive Sport SA and APM Employment Services.
Entering its sixth year, the AFL National Inclusion Carnival – which is for players with an intellectual impairment – includes eight teams, with NSW/ACT, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria Metro and Victoria Country all competing.
After an opening ceremony on July 15, round-robin matches will be conducted in Lightning Carnival format for the majority of the week ahead of the finals taking place on July 19.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCORES
Thursday July 18
Victoria Metro 6.4 (40) d SA 4.3 (27)
Goals: D. Johnston 2, Z. Georg-Dent, J. Goodman
Best: Z. Georg-Dent, S. Crease, D. Johnston
Victoria Country 4.8 (32) d SA 2.8 (20)
Goals: H. Mallard, J. Goodman
Best: Z. Georg-Dent, F. Theodore, J. Goodman
Wednesday July 17
SA 4.3 (27) d Qld 2.0 (12)
Goals: C. Josephs, J. Palmer, L. Goodman, J. Goodman
Best: J. Goodman, Z. Georg-Dent, L. Goodman
SA 2.0 (12) d Victoria Country 1.3 (9)
Goals: 2 J. Goodman
Best: J. Goodman, Z. Georg-Dent, R. Baker
Victoria Metro 5.4 (34) d SA 0.0 (0)
Best: H. Anderson, Z. Georg-Dent, J. Goodman
Lightning Carnival – Tuesday July 16
SA 1.2 (8) d WA 0.0 (0)
Goals: Z. Georg-Dent
Best: R. Baker, Z. Georg-Dent, L. Goodman
SA 3.5 (23) d Tas 0.0 (0)
Goals: Z. Georg-Dent, S. Hall, T. Sutherland
Best: J. Goodman, H. Anderson, S. Crease
SA 3.4 (22) d NSW/ACT 1.2 (8)
Goals: 2 F. Theodore, J. Goodman
Best: J. Palmer, A. Doecke, F. Theodore
NT 4.3 (27) d SA 0.1 (1)
Best: R. Baker, J. Goodman, Z. Georg-Dent
Zac Georg-Dent (c)
Jesse Goodman (c)
Head Coach: Don Miranda
Assistant Coach: Peter Diamandopoulos
Team Manager: Paul Eichner
Program Manager: Nathan Pepper
Team Support: Geoff Riddle