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Hewett to debut

By Peter Argent

Following in his younger brothers footsteps, elevating himself to a level beyond country footy, Will Hewett will debut for Central District at SANFL League Level this weekend.

Hewett was recruited from the Broughton Mundoora Eagles in the Northern Area's competition. 
A 183cm, 83 kg wingman/midfielder, Hewett played a pivotal role in the Eagles last gasp one-point Northern Areas Football Association Grand Final victory against Crystal Brook at Gladstone. 
Along with his class when ball is in hand, he displayed toughness at the contest and underlying ruthless streak to get the job done.
Will played in the 2016 NAFA flag alongside his older brother Nick, a more than competent country footballer in his own right, and who also spent time with Bordertown in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara competition.
“It is a massive confidence boost for the young people at Port Broughton to have another talent from the club playing on a big stage,” current Eagles coach and 2016 premiership team mate Rian Crane said. 
“It showed you do not necessarily have to be a 17-year-old to go down and play SANFL football, there are also opportunities at 22 or 23 or 24. 
“Will’s family have strong ties to the club and a he was significant impact on Grand Final day and during the entirety of last year.” 
Now 22, he turns 23 in June, Will Hewett first played in the State Country Championships back in 2012 (at Berri) and last year was the Barrie Robran Medallist for the best player in the Northern Cities zone team at the championships in Port Lincoln. 
“It is a very good achievement to play so early in the campaign, after this is only his first pre-season with a league club,” Scott Brand, Hewett’s Northern Cities coach at the SA Country Championships said. 
“After working with him for couple years in Landmark Cup (annual tournament between the Adelaide Plains, North Eastern, Yorke Peninsula and Northern Areas competitions on the June long weekend)   Will has always had in my opinion, Will was an untapped talent. 
“In past seasons he hasn't fully committed to getting the best out of himself and his body each and every week; and I am quite confident he would agree. 
“Something really clicked for him at the start of last year season. 
“You could see his preparation, commitment and leadership on field had gone to another level and with that, his consistency week-in, week-out has become evident. 
“With his consistency the opportunity to play another level at Zone presented (again) and we all know what kind of carnival he had. 
“He was very good; I think even may have surprised himself a bit. 
“Congrats Will and all the best with your first league game, we will be watching with plenty of interest” 
Will’s father Steve or "Beaver" as his is known in the district conceded that he is the most naturally gifted footballer of his four sons.
Some 18 months younger, George Hewett, (who turned 21 last December) was a junior at North Adelaide. 
He was the first of the family to player state-league football. George had a significant apprenticeship with the Sydney Swans reserves side in the NEAFL  playing his first game at this level  back in 2014, before debuting at AFL level last year and playing in the Swans AFL Grand Final side. 
Cameron is rookie listed at the Power, and played his first SANFL league football for Port Adelaide last season. 
Note - Will's cousin and Broughton Mundoora team mate Dylan Hewett had two years on the Bulldogs list. On debut in round one of the 2013 season, he kicked a goal with his first kick in league football against West Adelaide at Richmond Oval

Hewett was recruited from the Broughton Mundoora Eagles in the Northern Area's competition. 

A 183cm, 83 kg wingman/midfielder, Hewett played a pivotal role in the Eagles last gasp one-point 2016 Northern Areas Football Association Grand Final victory against Crystal Brook at Gladstone. 

Along with his class when ball is in hand, he displayed toughness at the contest and underlying ruthless streak to get the job done.

Will played in the 2016 NAFA flag alongside his older brother Nick, a more than competent country footballer in his own right, and who also spent time with Bordertown in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara competition.

“It is a massive confidence boost for the young people at Port Broughton to have another talent from the club playing on a big stage,” current Eagles coach and 2016 premiership team mate Rian Crane said. 

“It showed you do not necessarily have to be a 17-year-old to go down and play SANFL football, there are also opportunities at 22 or 23 or 24. 

“Will’s family have strong ties to the club and a he was significant impact on Grand Final day and during the entirety of last year.” 

Now 22, he turns 23 in June, Will Hewett first played in the State Country Championships back in 2012 (at Berri) and last year was the Barrie Robran Medallist for the best player in the Northern Cities zone team at the championships in Port Lincoln. 

“It is a very good achievement to play so early in the campaign, after this is only his first pre-season with a league club,” Scott Brand, Hewett’s Northern Cities coach at the SA Country Championships said. 

“After working with him for couple years in Landmark Cup (annual tournament between the Adelaide Plains, North Eastern, Yorke Peninsula and Northern Areas competitions on the June long weekend)   Will has always had in my opinion, Will was an untapped talent. 

“In past seasons he hasn't fully committed to getting the best out of himself and his body each and every week; and I am quite confident he would agree. 

“Something really clicked for him at the start of last year season. 

“You could see his preparation, commitment and leadership on field had gone to another level and with that, his consistency week-in, week-out has become evident. 

“With his consistency the opportunity to play another level at Zone presented (again) and we all know what kind of carnival he had. 

“He was very good; I think even may have surprised himself a bit. 

“Congrats Will and all the best with your first league game, we will be watching with plenty of interest” 

Will’s father Steve or "Beaver" as his is known in the district conceded that he is the most naturally gifted footballer of his four sons.

Some 18 months younger, George Hewett, (who turned 21 last December) was a junior at North Adelaide. 

He was the first of the family to player state-league football. George had a significant apprenticeship with the Sydney Swans reserves side in the NEAFL  playing his first game at this level  back in 2014, before debuting at AFL level last year and playing in the Swans AFL Grand Final side. 

Cameron is rookie listed at the Power, and played his first SANFL league football for Port Adelaide last season. 

 

Note - Will's cousin and Broughton Mundoora team mate Dylan Hewett had two years on the Bulldogs list. On debut in round one of the 2013 season, he kicked a goal with his first kick in league football against West Adelaide at Richmond Oval

 

 
A young Hewett playing for Broughton/Mundoora against Jamestown/Peterborough
 
 
Dishing out a handball in the SA Country Footy Championships, playing for "Northern" Zone
 
Hewett, the League Debutant - ready to go!
 

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