Late Bloomer making his mark

By Ella Watson

Corey Reichert started playing football much later than most who make it into the SANFL, having played Basketball for most of his childhood Reichert only joined his local football club Salisbury North at the age of 19.

Reichert played a year at Salisbury North before being contacted by the Central District Football Club in 2009 for a pre-season trial.

“Basketball was slowing down in the amount of training, I wanted to increase the amount of training I did so I started training at football which turned into play and I just went from there.”

After an impressive pre-season Reichert was offered a contract starting off in the clubs Reserves squad.

Reichert is a back lines man who plays mostly in the back pocket and will often help cover the oppositions tall forwards, not a very big player Reichert uses skill rather than body weight to attack his opponent.

His first league game for the Central District Football Club was in round 6 against North Adelaide at Prospect Oval in 2010.

It was a fast and aggressive paced game for Centrals who would go on to win the Premiership that year, they won Reichert's debut match - North 5.8-38 to Centrals 17.11-113.

For Reichert his first league game was a big step up from the Reserves in terms of pace and skill, but was a good learning experience and a great incentive to work and train hard.

“It was a good experience, a tough game, but we got the win.”

Two and a half years ago Reichert injured his knee in the Preliminary Final against North Adelaide, a serious enough injury to force him out of the competition for the entire 2014 season.

“I did my knee 2 and a half years ago against North in the Preliminary final and missed the whole following year.”

“And the year after is when I had my hip problems so I missed the majority of last year and this year I had the calf problems at the beginning of the year.”

Saying he has been unlucky with injury’s may be an understatement, this year Reichert played 1 game earlier before soreness in the calves forced him out of the squad.

However, since then Reichert has worked hard with the help of the clubs Physios, Trainers and Coaches in rehabilitation in the lead up to last weekend’s game. 

 “I did a lot of strength and conditioning, so reducing the running and concentrating on strength and reconditioning.”  

“It just time and rest and conditioning in terms of getting all the muscles working again.”

 In addition to his rehabilitation training and in the build up to returning to the league squad Reichert played a total of 4 reserves games this season which was valuable in rebuilding his skills and game plan.

Reichert’s first League game for this season was last weekend against North Adelaide at Prospect oval, playing his favourite position at full back.

Last weekend’s game against North at Prospect got off to a slow start for Centrals and it allowed North to get away with an early lead.

By half time Centrals had started to build some momentum and had brought their score up to be winning by 6 points.

At half time the boys disappeared into the change rooms and came back to the game fired up and ready to win kicking the first 3 goals of the 3rd term.

The final score North 12.8-80 to Centrals 15.5-95.

“We were probably just bringing it in too deep and rushing a bit, so I think when we focused on our skills and forced them to make mistakes that’s when we got it back on our terms, especially the start of the 3rd quarter when we kicked the first 3 goals.”

After a strong first game back in the League squad Reichert is expected to front up again this weekend against Glenelg at home.

Last time Centrals went up against Glenelg was in round 8 to disappointing results.

This time Centrals will have the home advantage, but with 5th spot and the chance to play finals on the line Reichert is expecting a tough and highly competitive game.

“Obviously it’s a very important game they are 1 game outside the top 5, if they win we will be on equal points so it’s important we win for our finals chances.”

“We will concentrate on winning the contested ball and our ball movement, playing on our terms and getting the spread across the ground switching it up out of defence.”

On a personal level to ensure he plays his role in defence well on Saturday Reichert is concentrating on building his defensive pressure.

“I’m continuing building my defensive pressure, pushing forward and trying to get a bit more of the ball.”

Centrals will take on Glenelg this weekend at 2.10pm on Saturday the 6th of August - home at My Money House Oval.

Reichert - official photo this season 
In posession in 2012

Laying a strong tackle on Port's Josh Thurgood
Kicking out of defence
The Poised Defender
As a youngster in 2010

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