Locals succeed in SANFL

Cleve locals Cole Gerloff and Cameron Taheny have finished their 2019 football seasons off in style.

Both players played for Norwood in the SANFL this year.

The SANFL season came to a conclusion on the weekend with Tumby Bay's 2019 Margarey Medallist Luke Partington helping Glenelg to a grand final victory over Port Adelaide.

On Monday, Cole Gerloff was announced as the Breakthrough Player award winner for 2019 as the best emerging talent in the league under 23 years old.

The 20-year-old is the first Norwood player to win the award.

He has won a $2000 cash prize, a trophy and another tick on his resume as he heads to the state draft combine in October.

After making his senior debut in 2018, Gerloff stepped up in the midfield in 2019 and has taken great strides in his development as a footballer.

The 185 centimetre midfielder averaged 19 disposals, four marks, six tackles and three clearances for the season while also presenting well up forward to kick 21 goals in his 19 games.

While Norwood's senior side made an early exit in the 2019 finals series, their reserves team made it all the way to the grand final with Cameron Taheny starring in the club's first reserves premiership since 1998.

Taheny, who has played seven senior matches this year and represented South Australia in the national U18 championships, was a major presence up forward in Norwood's 19 point victory.

The 18-year-old was instrumental up forward as the leading goalkicker for the day with four majors.

Taheny will be heading to Melbourne next week for the national AFL Draft Combine.

Pictured is Cameron Taheny with the SANFL reserves premiership cup at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.


Photo: Hannah Rex

Photo: Hannah Rex