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CONSISTENT DOGGIES DEFENDER

By Peter Argent

A basketball convert, who only came back to our game in his late teens, Corey Reichert has been the Central District Bulldogs most consistent defenders over the 2013 campaign

, Corey Reichert has been the Central District Bulldogs most consistent defenders over the 2013 campaign. 

Now 24, his 50th SANFL league game is within reach. 

At 189 cms and 85 kgs Reichert went to Salisbury North Football Club after playing basketball through the grades at the North Adelaide Rockets. 

“I played a little when I was really young, but came to the Hawks in late 2007, when I was 18,” Reichert explained.

“Under Jamie Thomas (the father of current Bulldogs captain Paul), I played a full season of Amateur League in the A grade level in 2008. 

“We made the Grand Final but lost to Goodwood Saints. 

“Former players Daniel Healy and Justin Casserly were catalysts to me going out to the Ponderosa for the 2009 season. 

“They were also my teachers at Thomas More College. 

“Actually within a couple of weeks they were asking me to go to North Adelaide, as Healy got the senior post at the Prospect based club. 

“But I sat down and had a good chat with Roy (senior coach Laird) and reckon my decision has been the correct one.”   

After a full season in the seconds, Reichert played his first league game in round six of the 2010 season, against North at Prospect Oval. 

So far over his senior career in the red, white and blue, he has yet to kick a goal. 

“Yes, I do dream of going forward and kicking a goal,” he confirmed. 

“My mum, Julie frequently says to me go out and kick a goal, but I continue to tell her it’s pretty hard from full back. 

“Coming back to the game later than most, the biggest adjustment for me was with the kicking skills. 

“It took a good while to be a competent kick at this level. 

“My primary role is to take my opponent out of the game. 

“I like playing my role for the team.

“When I first came to the club I admired the way both (seven time premiership defender) Yves Sibenaler and Heath Lawry. 

“Especially as they have been able play their roles within a team structure. 

“My toughest opponents at league level have included Nick Gill and Ben Warren 

“Gill, who I played on in my first game, worked hard and ran even harder.

“Warren is a traditional old fashioned forward and I’ve had some interesting battles with him.”  

Reichert believes a full pre-season has been important in his excellent form over the course of this season. 

His coach at Salisbury North just a few short years ago, football journeyman and 159-game league footballer with Central District during the 1980s Jamie Thomas described Reichert as a raw talent. 

“Yes, he was pretty raw when he came to us, but was athletic and I saw attributes that suggested he was capable to go to higher levels,” Jamie Thomas continued. 

“He was a great lad and always prepared to listen and work hard on improving his game.” 

Over the course of the 2013 campaign Reichert, as a shut down defender has been in the Bulldogs best player lists on a team-high nine occasions (as at August 11.)

 
Now 24, his 50th SANFL league game is within reach. 
At 189 cms and 85 kgs Reichert went to Salisbury North Football Club after playing basketball through the grades at the North Adelaide Rockets. 
“I played a little when I was really young, but came to the Hawks in late 2007, when I was 18,” Reichert explained.
“Under Jamie Thomas (the father of current Bulldogs captain Paul), I played a full season of Amateur League in the A grade level in 2008. 
“We made the Grand Final but lost to Goodwood Saints. 
“Former players Daniel Healy and Justin Casserly were catalysts to me going out to the Ponderosa for the 2009 season. 
“They were also my teachers at Thomas More College. 
“Actually within a couple of weeks they were asking me to go to North Adelaide, as Healy got the senior post at the Prospect based club. 
“But I sat down and had a good chat with Roy (senior coach Laird) and reckon my decision has been the correct one.”   
After a full season in the seconds, Reichert played his first league game in round six of the 2010 season, against North at Prospect Oval. 
So far over his senior career in the red, white and blue, he has yet to kick a goal. 
“Yes, I do dream of going forward and kicking a goal,” he confirmed. 
“My mum, Julie frequently says to me go out and kick a goal, but I continue to tell her it’s pretty hard from full back. 
“Coming back to the game later than most, the biggest adjustment for me was with the kicking skills. 
“It took a good while to be a competent kick at this level. 
“My primary role is to take my opponent out of the game. 
“I like playing my role for the team.
“When I first came to the club I admired the way both (seven time premiership defender) Yves Sibenaler and Heath Lawry. 
“Especially as they have been able play their roles within a team structure. 
“My toughest opponents at league level have included Nick Gill and Ben Warren 
“Gill, who I played on in my first game, worked hard and ran even harder.
“Warren is a traditional old fashioned forward and I’ve had some interesting battles with him.”  
Reichert believes a full pre-season has been important in his excellent form over the course of this season. 
His coach at Salisbury North just a few short years ago, football journeyman and 159-game league footballer with Central District during the 1980s Jamie Thomas described Reichert as a raw talent. 
“Yes, he was pretty raw when he came to us, but was athletic and I saw attributes that suggested he was capable to go to higher levels,” Jamie Thomas continued. 
“He was a great lad and always prepared to listen and work hard on improving his game.” 
Over the course of the 2013 campaign Reichert, as a shut down defender has been in the Bulldogs best player lists on a team-high nine occasions (as at August 11.)

 

 

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