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Emerging Redbacks

The Emerging Redbacks program is designed to mirror the Redbacks on a reduced scale with the states most talented un-contracted cricketers, including Grade cricketers as well as ‘above the line’ youth players, being invited to join the program.



The Emerging Program was developed by SACA to address the gap between Grade cricket and First-class cricket. It is an elite talent identification system supported by complementary competition and training systems.

Establishing the Emerging Redbacks Program is a step closer to maximising South Australia’s talent development pathway and is therefore a step closer to permanently improving the number of home-grown players in the Redbacks and Australian teams.
Based on performances in the West End Redbacks League and Premier Cricket competitions, players from the Emerging Redbacks Squad are selected into the Toyota Futures League national four-day competition comprising of six matches between the states and the ACT. This competition is the breeding ground for the state's future first-class cricketers. 


2017-18 Emerging Redbacks New Year squad:

  Name Premier Cricket Club
 1 Ben Bullimore Glenelg
 2 Brad Davis


 3 Jacob Dick Sturt
 5 Josh Hoffmann Glenelg
 6 Jacob Dickman Woodville
 7 Damon Kerr Port Adelaide
 8 Conor McInerney Woodville
 9 Elliot Opie Kensington
 10 Luke Robins East Torrens
 11 Ben Turley Woodville
 12 Austin Umpherston Port Adelaide
 13 Josh Barrett Southern District
 14 Sam Kerber Adelaide University
 15 Ben Wakim  
Adelaide University
 Added U19 players
 1 Thomas Kelly Sturt 
 2  Corey Kelly Sturt
 3 Josh Pengelley Adelaide

Tom O'Connell

 Invited bowlers
 1 Ziggy Kulesza Sturt
 2 Braedon Renshaw  West Torrens
 3 Tate Robins East Torrens
 4 Grant Stewart Adelaide University