By ZAC MILBANK
When Sturt’s Fraser Evans lists his toughest opponents during his 149 Statewide Super League games, it reads like a who’s who of SANFL royalty.
Norwood premiership captain Kieran McGuinness, Ken Farmer Medallists Michael Wundke and Bretty Eddy, together with No.2 AFL Draft pick Jack Lukosius have all given Evans plenty of grief during his nine-season League career.
But such is the esteem Evans – preparing for his 150th match against the Eagles on Sunday – is held in at Unley, his mentors haven’t hesitated to give him the task of quelling such talented players.
Making his Statewide Super League debut in Round 6 2011, Evans – who measures in at 190cm and 93kg – said he was soundly beaten by Central half-back Lee Spurr, who went on to be drafted by AFL club Fremantle later that year.
The 28-year-old is well aware it is all about an education process at the start of a League career, something he is relishing with the newest members rotating through the Double Blues’ back six this year.
Players like Luke Edmonds, Will Coomblas and Rory Illman have all had a crack in defence for Sturt, which Evans is pleased about given he senses he won’t quite make it into the SANFL’s 200 Club.