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CUMMINGS DEBUT

By Peter Argent

By Peter Argent 
In a strong tradition of BLG footballers going onto senior ranks in the SANFL, Barossa District boy Ben Cummings followed this same pathway. 
He made his league debut in the Bulldogs excellent round 14?? win over the Bloods at the Ponderosa, Last Saturday, July 6. 
In a game played in trying conditions, Cummings finished with six disposals and four tackles, but most importantly he was a part of victory in his first league game.
“Yes is was a great felling to start my league football with a win,” Cummings said. 
“The conditions weren’t the best  - we endured a lot of rain, along with dark clouds – and thunder and lightning. 
“I started on the bench and got my first run about five minutes into the contest. 
“My initial touch was a ball that came over the top of a contest and as I was running at it, I knew I had to be clean. 
“I dished off a handball to Trav Schiller.” 
Cummings comes from another species of Bulldog, the Barossa District Football Club in the club country zone, the Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association. 
He started at the kennel in Mini colts and progressed to Junior Colts before moving across to the Ponderosa. 
Starting in the development programs, he played under 16s, under 18s and full season of reserves football under Jeff Brown in 2012. 
Cummings and his team mates culminated the ’12 campaign with ecstasy of a reserves flag. 
He was also a member of the SANFL under 18s academy last season. 
During his first senior appearance in the red, white and blue of the Bulldogs, was used predominately as a lead up type forward. 
Coach Roy Laird feedback at his Monday night meeting, was he was happy with Cummings forward pressure and tackling, in a game played in trying conditions. 
Cummings had his proud father Trevor watching from the sidelines, while mum, Tricia saw the game on television. 
Having just turned 19 on June 12, Cummings, with continued hard work has the capacity to become a long term league footballer at central District. 

In a strong tradition of BLG footballers from Centrals Country Zone going on to senior ranks in the SANFL, Barossa District boy Ben Cummings followed this same pathway making his league debut in the Bulldogs excellent Round 14 win over the Bloods at Richmond, Last Saturday, July 6. 

In a game played in trying conditions, Cummings finished with six disposals and four tackles, but most importantly he was a part of victory in his first League game.

“Yes is was a great felling to start my league football with a win,” Cummings said. 

“The conditions weren’t the best  - we endured a lot of rain, along with dark clouds – and thunder and lightning. 

“I started on the bench and got my first run about five minutes into the contest. 

“My initial touch was a ball that came over the top of a contest and as I was running at it, I knew I had to be clean. 

“I dished off a handball to Jarrod Schiller.” 

Cummings comes from another species of Bulldog, the Barossa District Football Club in the club country zone, the Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association. 

He started at the kennel in Mini colts and progressed to Junior Colts before moving across to the Ponderosa (CDFC). 

Starting in the development programs, he played under 16s, under 18s and full season of Reserves football under Jeff Brown in 2012. 

Cummings and his team mates culminated the ’12 campaign with ecstasy of a Reserves flag. 

He was also a member of the SANFL under 18s Academy last season. 

During his first senior appearance in the red, white and blue of the SANFL Bulldogs, Cummings was used predominately as a lead up type forward. 

Coach Roy Laird's feedback at his Monday night meeting, was that he was happy with Cummings forward pressure and tackling, in a game played in trying conditions. 

Cummings had his proud Father Trevor watching from the sidelines, while Mum, Tricia saw the game on television. 

Having just turned 19 on June 12, Cummings, with continued hard work has the capacity to become a long term League footballer at Central District. 

 
Pictures of Cummings from 2012 by Peter Agrent/PLA Media, CDFC Sponsor and Freelance Photojournalist

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