Aisha joins Thomas’ soccer dynasty

by Peter Argent

Soccer genes certainly continue to flow for the Thomas family, with Aisha Thomas recently adding the best and fairest Barossa Light Gawler women to an impressive list of accolades.

Aisha, coach of the South Gawler Lions, won the award, now aptly named the Central District Football Club’s BLGW trophy, with 18 votes, two ahead of 15-year-old sensation Holly Tralaggan of the Light Football Club (a merger of Light district clubs). Freeling and Kapunda). Former U18 State Representative Madison Lane (Barossa District) claimed the third position.

The Lions team posted four wins and a tie in 13 minor round games in the 2022 season after reforming their senior women’s team in preseason. Naturally, Aisha was also selected in the BLGW Team of the Year at the exchange bank.

Aisha was also captain of the undefeated Central Zone women’s team at the Think! Road Safety SA Country Championships at Whyalla in July, playing alongside her younger sister Abbie, 18. The Thomas girls also claimed the top two spots in the Lions club’s best and fairest tally.

The development of the women’s game has been outstanding in the BLG. What began as a nine-a-side game six years ago has now blossomed into a thriving and vibrant competition with talented players across all six senior teams.

“We beat last year’s newcomers, Gawler Central, in the first round, which was unbelievable,” the 19-year-old Thomas said.

“Before the season started, we only had a couple of players and we put together a team after a day of ‘come and try’ in the preseason.”

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Winning prizes and playing Australian rules football is certainly a family affair for the Thomas clan.

Proud father Jamie had a 159-game career with the Central District after arriving at the club during the 1981 season following a string of impressive performances for the SAAFL Under 18s.

He began his training with Coolaman in the 1990 Riverina League before moving to Willaston Donnybrooks from 1991 to 1993 and then to Loxton North for the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Thomas was the captain of the Waratahs in the Northern Territory Football League. for four seasons and coached St Mary’s to the NTFL flag from 1996-97.

Paul Thomas, current head coach of the Bulldogs, is among the most decorated players in the Central District.

Along with six premierships as a player (2003, 2004, 2007-10), he was a Magarey medalist in 2004, a two-time club champion (2004 and 2009) and a club captain from 2007 to 2015.

He won the Bob Quinn medal as the best on land on ANZAC day four times and was a consistent member of the South Australian state team.

“Dad has been very important in my football life, he has been a tremendous support and the confidence he had in my ability was a big factor in earning me the accolades.

“My older brother Paul and I are very close, and he is a wonderful resource and role model from a football perspective.”

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