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Redbacks Pathway Academy

The Redback’s Pathway Academy program has been established to assist cricketers transition from underage State teams & Premier cricket into senior State squads and beyond. Selected players will be provided with an opportunity to prepare and progress to a higher level of cricket. The aim is for players to successfully transition from Premier cricket into First Class cricket and to contribute to South Australia winning games of First Class & List A cricket.


Applications for season 22/23 have now closed
. To register your interest for season 23/24 please be aware of the following process.

A selection criteria for the Redbacks Pathway Academy program has been established as follows;


Selection Criteria

The selection of players into the Redbacks Pathway Academy program considers the following criteria:

1.     A maximum of six (6) players are to be selected each year.

2.     To be eligible for selection, players must be eligible to be selected for a State Rookie contract (as mandated by Cricket Australia) for the following season. For example, to be included i as of 30/06/2023 a selected player must be under 23 years of age.

3.     Selected players must be able to demonstrate performance and character traits required to enable them to have the best chance of developing into future first-class players capable of contributing to South Australia winning games of cricket.


Application Process:

·       Please complete the attached Redbacks Pathway Academy application form.

·       Ask a coach who is familiar with you / coached you (the player) to provide a written reference and return it to the SACA Talent Manager (

·       Submit the application form and references before the due date.

·       The applications will be reviewed and successful applicants only will be contacted by the SACA Talent Manager.

·       Players who have applied and are overlooked for selection in the Redbacks Pathway Academy can seek feedback by contacting the SACA Talent Manager directly should they wish.


Final selection decisions will be at the discretion of the State Selection panel.

For further information, please see Redbacks Pathway Academy Overview

2022-23 Redbacks Pathway Academy Members:

  Name Premier Cricket Club
 1                Will Bowering               Glenelg CC
 2  Thomas Draca TBC
 3 Seamus Keogh Port Adelaide CC
 4 Sam Rahaley Kensington CC
 5 Zac Worden Tea Tree Gully CC