By ZAC MILBANK
North Adelaide premiership forward Mitch Harvey could have pursued one of three sports as a teenager.
And as he approached his 100th Statewide Super League game on Saturday, he doesn’t regret his decision for a second despite boasting strong family ties to basketball.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 23-year-old revealed cricket was also in the picture for him but it became obvious the oblong-shaped ball appealed to him once he started at Prospect in the Under-16s during 2010.
The former Port Adelaide tall said he has learned plenty from his basketball-playing cousins Ben and Tess Madgen, as well as Jack, who has now turned his attention to playing in the AFL with Collingwood.
Also the nephew of former Fitzroy bigman and current Collingwood recruiting scout Matt Rendell, Harvey said he was grateful to glean so much about playing professional sport from his family members.
Making his Statewide Super League debut with Port Adelaide in Round 1 of 2014, Harvey spent two seasons at Alberton which featured playing in the thrilling 2014 SANFL Grand Final against Norwood at Adelaide Oval.
The strong-marking spearhead’s next Grand Final experience at the new home of SA footy would be much more memorable after his beloved Roosters capped a remarkable run to the premiership with a 19-point win against the Redlegs.