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ANABEL VAN DER HOEK
STAR Renmark High School
runner Brooke Webb is set
to represent the state at the
national junior athletics titles this
Brooke, 15, will compete in
the 2014 Australian All Schools
Championship in Adelaide, fea-
turing the nation’s top under 14,
under 16 and under 18 athletes.
She will contest the 800m and
2000m steeplechase events.
“I’m not really sure how I’ll
go because it’s been my first year
competing against all of them
(from the other states),” she said.
“After (the annual state) cross
country event I know that there
are so many fast runners.
“I guess I’ll give it my best
shot and you never know.”
Brooke was introduced to the
sport by her year 4 teacher after
she showed potential in distance
running, beating all the students
in her grade and the one above.
A year later, she began rac-
ing at interschool meets. She
came second in her first race, the
800m, even after an “embarrass-
ing” fall at the beginning of the
event – though it did begin her
love of the sport.
Brooke has contested events
from 400m to 12km, but says her
favourite race is the 1500m as it
is “an in-between distance”.
In the Riverland, she has come
close to several records, but is yet
to break one.
“I’ve been really close many
times,” she said.
“At the start of the year I was
two seconds off the school record
for the 1500m race and then for
the 800m I was three seconds off.
“Hopefully after these next
couple of races I might be able to
For the past few years she has
attended the state cross country
race at Oakbank, with varying
degrees of success. It was at the
annual event where she began to
gain the attention of state selec-
Earlier this year, she was
picked to compete at a national
cross country meet, but her aim
remained to make the athletics
She then competed in the state
All Schools athletics competition,
which serves as the selection tri-
als for the state team – something
she had narrowly missed out on
in the past.
“I’ve tried out for the athletics
state team every year I’ve been
able to but I’ve always been a
reserve or the first back up,” she
“This year... I tried out the
steeplechase – which I’ve never
done before though I’ve always
wanted to – and happened to
After her state All Schools
performance, she was finally
selected for the state team.
“This was actually my first
year being in the team and we
first ran 4km in a cross country
meet in Albany, WA,” she said.
“It was quite an experience for
As a part of the state team,
Brooke is required to attend
training and meets in Adelaide.
She trains about five times a
week, on top of her hockey train-
ing, and averages 6km a session.
Brooke said if she didn’t enjoy
the sport as much as she does,
she wouldn’t be where she is
“I guess it’s with everything
you do,” she said, “if you like it
then you can be successful in it.”
Running for gold
Renmark High School athlete
Brooke Webb has been rewarded
for her persistence by being
selected in the state team for
this weekend’s 2014 Australian
All Schools Championship in
READY TO RACE: One of Australia’s most reputable dirt bike coaches Lee
Hogan hosted a two-day ‘building champions’ program at the Riverland Junior
Motorcycle Club recently. Hogan (centre) is pictured speaking with participants.
COACHES: Building Champions coaches Sam Curnow (left), Lee Hogan and
Tim Vare with participant Sam Artini. PHOTOS: Rebecca Flack
PUNISHING: Lee Hogan dishes out push-up punishment to Mark de Wall.
BARMERA Odd Bods inflicted top team
Loxton RSL’s first loss in Riverland darts last
Scores were level after the first round of sin-
gles, but Odd Bods won three of the next four
before winning the teams game to seal the vic-
In other games, Bourky’s Mob beat Barmera
Hotel 8-3, while Loxton RSL Kaos overcame
Monash Wanderers by the same margin.
Cobby Kaos had an 11-0 win over Tanya’s
The mystery doubles will be held at the
Monash Club this Thursday, with nominations
required by 7.30pm on the night.
Barmera Odd Bods 6 (D. Parfitt 140x3, 121, 100x5; R.
Roessel 140, 120, 96 peg out; D. Coombe 133, 100x3;
M. Seeby 140x2) d Loxton RSL 5 (A. Hargreaves 140, 105,
101, 100x3; S. Pankhurst 137, 125, 100x5; T. Smith 133,
121; R. Martin 125, 105, 100x2).
Bourky’s Mob 8 (M. Strother 120, 100x2; J. Bourke
119, 100x7; D. Simpson 108; A. Bourne 118 peg out)
d Barmera Hotel 3 (W. Garschagen 140, 100x2; T.
Hannaford 126, 107, 100; S. Meyers 100x5; B. Treacy
Loxton RSL Kaos 8 (A. Musolino 171, 121, 100; T. Romeo
140, 125, 100; M. Romeo 135, 121, 100x3; M. Reichelt
121, 114, 100) d Monash Wanderers 3 (D. Martin 140,
130, 123, 119, 100x3; A. Weidenhofer 120, 100; R. Tyck
Cobby Kaos 11 (J. Broekers 140, 135, 125, 121x4, 120,
110, 100x2, 112 peg out; D. Cooper 140, 125, 121, 100;
J. Morrison 140, 121, 100x3; N. Roberts 140) d Tanya’s
Terrors 0 (D. Phillips 132, D. Heinicke 127, C. Fisher 100).
Odd Bods bring
Loxton RSL down
ALI’S Angels had a big win in Riverland ladies
indoor soccer recently.
With matches from November 13 and 20 can-
celled due to heat and water on the floor of the
recreation centre, the players were fresh for last
Pirrie Weeks scored five goals and was best on
ground for the Angels, combining well with Gemma
Tuhoro to pass accurately.
The Mighty Geese beat Under 14 Boys 12-3 in
the round’s other match.
Paris Drakopoulos scored six goals for the Geese,
while Franki Marafioti nailed five.
Harrison Carney had a strong game in goals for
the Under 14 Boys.
Ali’s Angels 15 d Hot Shots 0.
Best: P. Weeks, S. Arnold, P. Fournaros-Carney.
Goals: Ali’s Angels - P. Weeks 5, S. Arnold 4, D. Jenner 3, C.
Weeks, G. Tuhoro, A . Wilson.
The Mighty Geese 12 d U14 Boys 3.
Best: P. Drakopoulos, F. Marafioti, J. Mitchell.
Goals: P. Drakopoulos 6, F. Marafioti 5, Z. Lawrence 3, J. Mitchell.
Angels’ big victory
Redway wins rifle shoot
MATT Redway was the off rifle winner of the
Renmark Small Bore Rifle Club’s latest shoot at 90
Redway led the pack for accuracy, while Mark
Cresp was the handicap winner.
M. Boyd 98.3, 98.2 (200); C. Boyd 97, 98.2 (199); M. Redway
99.4, 98.3 (199); J. Redway 99.3, 97.4 (198); B. Lacey 98.1,
98.1 (198); N. Lloyd 98.1, 98.1 (197); H. Smith 96.1, 95.1
(192); B. Ward 95, 97 (192).
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