Deano shines in SA colours
ON the artificial turf at the Ipswich Hockey Complex, Dean “Deano” Jeffrey is feared as a dangerous striker.
The Norths A-grade player is a regular goalscorer with premiership success.
However, Jeffrey showed how serious he was about bettering himself by accepting an invitation to play for South Australia at the Australian Country titles which finished on Saturday.
Jeffrey was chosen in Queensland Country sides in 2008 and 2009.
So when he missed selection in this year’s Queensland side, he made a few inquiries about other options.
South Australia welcomed a player of his calibre and he lined up for that state in Port Lincoln over the past week.
Jeffrey’s adopted state finished fourth after losing their third place playoff to Western Australia 3-0 on Saturday.
“I played every game and scored two goals,” Jeffrey said at the Adelaide airport on his way home to Yamanto.
“We were pretty competitive. We had a fairly young side but we all combined well together.
“I had a great time with all the new blokes.”
While his first loyalties are to Queensland, Jeffrey appreciated the chance to play a higher level with another team.
“We’ll see what happens next year,” he said, when asked if he’d like to represent South Australia again.
Playing as a centre midfielder, Jeffrey scored one of his goals against Queensland.
The Queenslanders won the tournament 4-3 over NSW in extra- time on Saturday. Another Ipswich player Jaden Ekert scored the winning goal (story back page).
For Jeffrey, the representative trip came at the right time.
He’s regaining peak condition after recovering from a broken right hand, suffered when he slipped over during a match seven weeks ago.
After missing three club games for Norths before heading to South Australia, he is keen to help the Devils in the Ipswich competition finals later this month.