Home' The Murray Pioneer : January 20th 2015 Contents www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, January 20, 2015 SPORT 21
WAIKERIE won a thrilling
Riverland division one men’s
basketball match against
Renmark on Thursday night.
In the first game of the
new year, Waikerie narrowly
led all night and eventually
got up by two points.
The Warriors led by three
points at the final change and
the teams traded blows in the
Mitchell White and
Shaun Steele led the way for
Waikerie, scoring 14 points
Craig Seekamp led all-
comers for Renmark with 18,
while Josh Warnock added
Berri won its first match of
the season on Thursday,
beating Barmera by 19 points.
The win kept the Blazers’
slim finals chances alive.
Mark Howie dominated
the boards and also the scor-
ing, finishing with 19 points,
while teammate Liam Hayes
Adam Grose was best for
the undermanned Barmera,
scoring nine points.
Beri moved into third spot
on the division one wom-
en’s ladder with a 16-point
win over Barmera.
The Blazers kept Barmera
scoreless in the second quar-
ter, before going on a scoring
rampage in the third, adding
Tori Brown led the way
for Berri with 10 points, with
Michelle Wenman scoring
Kelsee Kregar was best for
Barmera with seven.
Renmark moved clear
on top of the table with
a comfortable 18-point win
over second-placed Waikerie.
The Steamers led 23-8 at
half time, before Waikerie
finally got its game going in
the second half.
Reeni Leuders top scored
with 11 points for Renmark,
with Sophie Croft adding 10.
Hannah Lehmann scored
11 for Waikerie, while Mica
Lui scored eight.
Points: Berri – M . Howie 19, L.
Hayes 8, B. Clarke, R. Kunoth 6,
N. Hankin 1. Barmera – A . Grose
9, K. Coats, R. Hodgson 5, H.
Fieldhouse, N. Morrow 4.
Points: Waikerie – M. White, S.
Steele 14, L. Exton, T. Morgan 6, C.
Mibus, G. van Rooyen 4. Renmark
– C. Seekamp 18, J. Warnock 15, J.
McLeod 10, B. Pater 3.
Allstars 63 (C. Todd 23, M.
Hutchinson 15, Z. Lueth 13, D.
McCullough 8, M. Lueth, T. Smith
2) d Supercats 38 (P. Andison 9,
N. Francis 8, J. Hentschke 7, M.
Scott 6, R. Gray, J. Voigt 4).
Renmark 37 (F. Peters 17, D. Clark
8, B. Jenke 7, A. Camplin 5) d
Berri 14 (M. Voigt 6, J. Woolston, T.
Bar tsch 3, H. Trussell 2).
Barmera 43 (B. Fridd 15, N.
Morrow, H. Fieldhouse 9, D.
Scordo, R. Cosgrove 4, C. Britten
2) d Waikerie 24 (C. McCatty, L.
Schiller 5, E. Modra, J. Temple
4, T. Geehman 3, A. Lean 2, C.
Loxton 66 (L. Hentschke 18,
L. George 13, T. Eagle 12, Z.
Schubert 11, B. Schubert 7,
J. George 5) d Tigers 39 (M.
Eckermann 15, J. McKenzie 8, J.
Hampel, R. McKenzie 7, J. Searles
Barmera 33 (B. Hembling 10,
A. Sarakinis 8, E. Ramos, J.
Villanueva 4, L. Hoare 3, J.
Millington, J. Henwood 2) d Loxton
24 (S. Polymiadis, A. Redden 8, S.
Neumann 6, G. Polymiadis 2).
Supercats 36 (J. Hartley 18,
T. Kloester 8, B. Butson 5, J.
Osborne 3, W. Lehmann 2)
d Waikerie 27 (A. Lean 9, R.
Lehmann, S. Pick 5, C. McCatty, J.
Points: Renmark – R. Leuders 11,
S. Croft 10, A. Perry 9, A . James, T.
Cooper, A. Modlinski 4, J. Haynes
2. Waikerie – H . Lehmann 11, Y.
Liu 8, A. Curtis 4, T. Griffiths 2, C.
Points: Berri – T. Brown 10, M.
Wenman 9, I. Thiele, T. Moldovan 6,
L. Hill, C. Drogemuller 3. Barmera –
K. Kregar 7, B. Stone, B. Phillips, D.
Millington 4, T. Doupis 2.
Allstars 43 (L. Trower 10, D.
Stasinowsky 8, K. Wooldridge 7,
M. Andrews, N. Jachmann 6, H.
Drake 4, J. Lange 2) d Waikerie 24
(B. Kafexholli 8, D. Haynes 5, S.
Linke, M. Wilson 4, L. Norman 2, A .
Loxton 37 (J. Barry 13, K. Haslam
10, A . Worsfold, J. Jachmann,
C. Proud 4, J. McPherson 2) d
Barmera 17 (A. Schwertfeger 6, T.
Doupis, C. Burt 4, B. Stone 2, V.
Supercats 45 (K. Hutchinson 14, T.
Fielke 9, M. George 8, S. George 6,
D. Coombs, R. Williams 4) d Lakers
17 (J. Gregory 6, A. Higgs 5, B.
Smith 4, A . Panagis 2).
Blazers 41 (N. Hall 15, E. Atze
13, C. Grigg, R. Hronopoulos 4, D.
Riddle 3, K. Westley 2) d Loxton 29
(J. Falland, S. Merkx 10, L. Hampel
5, G. Baker 4).
Supercats 24 (G. Peberdy 14, E.
Sunman 5, V. Sunman 4, J. Milich
1) d Waikerie 12 (T. Lindo 6, M.
Jenke, L. Collins, C. Hahn 2).
Renmark 58 (C. Gartery 19, B.
Bryant 12) d Waikerie 10 (J.
Kafexholli 7, S. Haese 2).
Loxton 46 (J. Inglis 12, B. Martin
8) d Barmera 28 (J. Gilgen 12, D.
UNDER 14 (div 1)
Berri 66 (E. Gregoric 24, A .
Vrastaminos 20) d Barmera 18 (C.
Dixon 15, S. Allder 2).
Renmark 37 (D. Johnson 11, C.
Blackwell 11) d Loxton 25 (B.
Boughen 6, T. Eagle 4).
UNDER 14 (div 2)
Renmark 32 (J. Pinyon 6, D. Austin
5) d Berri 13 (S. Caddy-Mitchell 7,
A. Holtham 2).
Waikerie 30 (A. Parks 10, G.
Fulwood 5) d Loxton 21 (T. Smith
11, L. Phillips 4).
Barmera 38 (J. Sullivan 18, A .
Scordo 9) d Renmark 20 (A. Curtis
8, J. Rover 8).
Loxton 38 (C. Schaefer 16, H.
Campbell 6) d Supercats 16 (K.
Fielke 7, I. Williams 4).
Berri 58 (M. Foulds 24, M.
Eleftheriadis 14) d Waikerie 18 (J.
Pillion 6, R. Turner 4).
UNDER 16 (div 1)
Supercats 31 (C. Tschirpig 14, K.
Phillips 8) d Barmera 13 (M. Britten
4, M. Kuchel 4).
Renmark 32 (L. Martin 10, T.
Venables 8) d Barmera 16 (B.
Raynor 6, T. Albrecht 6).
COMPETITORS in this year’s
Australian Multi Class National
Gliding Championships at Waikerie
had more than just their fellow
gliders to contend with last week.
While the area is normally
known for its ideal weather, condi-
tions for the competition were been
Competitors were tasked with
gliding for as far as they could go,
according to specific directions,
within a two-and-a -half-hour peri-
Waikerie Gliding Club president
Bill Mudge said Queenslander Ian
Craigie was among the opening
day’s best performers, travelling
450km with an average speed of
167km/h and reaching heights of
nine to 10 thousand feet.
Another was Adelaide man
Matthew Scutter, who made 400km
with an average speed of 147km/h.
Mr Mudge said the stand-
ard achieved by the more than 40
national competitors, including 14
who were vying for spots in the
2016 world championships, was
“out of this world”.
“It’s very intense,” he said.
Gliding was cancelled from
Thursday to Monday because of
unfavourable weather conditions,
including 26.4mm of rain on
However, the event was sched-
uled to accommodate for a few lost
days, and the championships ran
until Friday’s closing ceremony.
Competitor Adam Woolley,
of Kingaroy Soaring Club in
Queensland, is among those hoping
to secure a place on the Australian
gliding team – an achievement he
has already made twice before.
Woolley, who has been involved
with gliding for more than 20
years, placed third in the racing
class and was hoping to improve on
“It was a good day to start off
on,” he said.
Woolley said weather compli-
cations were always a possibility,
as gliders rely on naturally occur-
ring ‘thermals’ to elevate them high
enough to travel long distances.
“Normally two days are just out-
standing and the rest of the days are
just nice,” he said.
Fellow championships entrant
Marta Najfeld, of Horsham,
Victoria, agreed that the weather
had been challenging.
“But I’m not disappointed – I
still had fun, so that’s what it’s all
about,” she said.
Najfeld has been gliding for the
past 15 years and said this year’s
championships were her fifth or
sixth visit to Waikerie.
“I’ve never seen such (poor)
weather before,” she said.
Najfeld said varying weather
conditions allowed for a different
gliding experience each time she
went up in the air.
“It never gets boring,” she added.
Gliders work around poor weather
Gliding Australia executive officer Terry Cubley (left) with national
championship competitors Adam Woolley, of Kingaroy, Queensland, and
Marta Najfeld, of Horsham, Victoria. PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
Warriors sneak home
THE Riverland softball teams for the
State Championships have been selected.
The Riverland will send two teams to
the event to compete in B grade and D
Loxton players dominate the make-up
of the B grade team, while the D grade
side is mostly Cobdogla players.
The teams will compete over four days
starting on Friday.
Meanwhile, Berri drew with Loxton B
in A/B grade softball on Saturday.
Some great pitching from Loxton B’s
Kathy Johnson helped the Strikers, along
with a terrific catch in centre field by
Regan Tieste picked up a four-bag-
ger in the second innings, while Austin
Karpany recorded two during the match.
Loxton A easily defeated Cobdogla
Blue 17-0 on Saturday.
Cara Venning and Haylee Symens both
scored four-baggers, while the Strikers
picked up a double play in the third
Cobdogla Gold defeated Renmark
13-2 in the final game of the round.
Chloe Passmore and Jo Gregory led
the way for the Eagles, while Sharon and
Gemma Letton were best for the Angels.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
Haylee Symens, Cara Venning, Chelsea Hopper,
Kylie Loxton, Emma Nykiel, Jess Voigt, Mikayla
Hammerstein, Sarah Peltz, Amy Lidgerwood
(Loxton); Tam Benham, Naomi Taylor (Berri); Jade
Pech, Chloe Passmore (Cobdogla); Amy Selfe
Cheri Healy, Codie Tilbrook, Kerri Miles (Berri);
Gloria Dyer, Rachel Harrow, Monica Haaja,
Michelle Hayes, Toni Hayes (Cobdogla); Mel
Bristow, Hayley Watkins; Michelle Bradtke
(Loxton); Sharon Letton (Renmark).
Cobdogla Gold 13 (C. Passmore, J. Gregory,
J. Cook) d Renmark 2 (S. Letton, G. Letton, L.
Berri 11 (A. Karpany, K. Rosenthal, R. Tieste) drew
with Loxton B 11 (K. Johnson, E. Richardson, M.
Loxton A 17 (H. Symens, C. Venning, E. Nykiel) d
Cobdogla Blue 0 (no details supplied).
Waikerie 16 (B. Taylor, J. Ebert, L. Surfield) d
Renmark 3 (G. Letton, S. Ellis, J. Mates).
Loxton Blue 21 (J. Meredith, C. Hammerstein,
T. Pantic) d Berri 6 (R. Tieste, S. Hauptmann, T.
Loxton Green 17 (M. Reilly, J. Garvie, T. Watkins) d
Cobdogla 11 (A. Sutton, K. McLeod, J. Passmore).
Softball teams off to Adelaide
Loxton A’s Emma Nykiel in action against Cobdogla Blue in Riverland A/B grade softball
on Saturday. Nykiel will represent the Riverland this weekend. PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
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