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THE Loxton Oval is being
prepared to host the 16th Nippy’s
Loxton Gift athletics carnival on
Saturday, February 25.
Competitors will compete
over distances ranging from 70m
through to 1000m.
The twilight meeting will boast
some of the largest junior entries
seen at an SA athletics meeting,
with the largest fields being in the
under 18 age group, including 30
entries in the 120m sprint and 28
entries in the 300m event.
The blue ribbon event of the
evening, the Nippy’s Loxton Gift,
will feature five previous Bay
Sheffield finalists, along with the
recent Camden Classic winner.
National 400m finalist, and pre-
vious Loxton Gift winner Clay
Watkins will be the classy back-
marker of the field, and with a
recent 400m opener of 47.63, he
will be a chance to win this event
for the second time.
The Paul-Young trained
17-year-old John Evans was a
recent surprise winner of the
Camden Classic (400m), and
has been on fire since day one
of entering SA Athletic League
He comes to Loxton in blister-
ing shape, and could leave with
another classic win in the local
gift to add to his quality February
The women’s 120m gift will
be spearheaded by Adelaide’s
14-year-old sprinting sensation
One of the most talented junior
sprinters the state has seen, the
teen has already achieved wins in
the 70m Women’s Bay Sheffield in
December and the Women’s 120m
Maryborough Gift in Victoria on
New Year’s Day.
“Molly has a bright future, and
has already won a junior 300m
race at Loxton,” said Nippy’s Gift
spokesperson Michael Nitschke.
“It will be worth going to the
Loxton Oval just to see this tal-
ented athlete run.
“However, she will not have it
all her own way. After all this is
handicap running, and with other
talented juniors like Rose Pittman
(national under 16, 800m cham-
pion), multiple state champion
over 100 and 200 metres Lynette
Viney, and former Bay Sheffield
runner-up Ali Trewartha, it is an
While the straight sprints are
historically the main interest,
the most thrilling for spectators
remain the circle events.
“Loxton’s fantastically pre-
pared grass track is a pleasure for
the runners to race on,” said Mr
“Some of the best performanc-
es have historically been seen in
Loxton’s 300m event, and who
could forget when Mark Ormrod
(2004 Olympic silver medallist in
the 4×400m) won the 300m off 12
metres in under 33 seconds?
“Mark was only outdone min-
utes later by a former national
1500m medallist, Michael Hane,
who won Australia’s richest
1000m event from the backmark
in what still remains one of the
top highlights of Loxton Gift
carnival history. The 1000m still
remains the richest 1km event in
“Perhaps we will see former
800m national finalist Bryce
Watkins take this race by the horns
and claim another big sash.”
Mr Nitschke said with only a
couple of weeks to go until SA’s
biggest country athletics carni-
val, many athletes are timing their
preparation, aiming to make their
names part of the carnival’s rich
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TWO young Riverland boxers had
a successful time at Boxing South
Australia’s presentation night on
Saturday, January 21.
Jakob Peace (pictured left) from
the Renmark Boxing Club won
the 2016 Boxing South Australia
under 15 boxer of the year award.
Peace is the current 57kg,
under 15 champion and he repre-
sented SA at last year’s Australian
Championships, where he won sil-
Bradon Dunning (pictured
right) from the Riverland Boxing
Club won the 2016 Boxing South
Australia youth boxer of the year
for South Australia.
He is also the current youth
60kg state champion and also
represented SA at the Australian
During last year he also com-
peted against some of Australia’s
top boxers and is currently com-
peting in Samoa.
Both boys will represent SA
again at this year’s nationals in
Saturday – Summer Medal - B.
Chapman 80/69. A Grade: S. Patching
84/69, P. Harman 78/71. B Grade: P.
Moller 89/71, D. Pfeiler 94/71. Ball
competition: M. Maczkowiack 88/72,
G. Schultz 90/72, D. Sunman 88/74,
B. Rollbusch 101/74, A. Golding 98/74.
Women: C. Petch 102/73, S. Grein
93/76, C. Cahill 110/76. Ntp: P. Moller
128 cm (2nd), J. Henwood 151 cm
(5th), M. Maczkowiack 308 cm (15th).
Birdies: P. Moller (2nd), P. Proud (12th),
T. Edwards (15th).
Stableford, Wednesday, February 1 - P.
Moller 44, B. Rollbusch 42, D. Sunman
39, P. Cahill 38, G. Roberts 38, A. Hucks
38. Birdies: D. Sunman, A. Hume (15th).
Women: M. Tyler 40, J. Fogden 36. Ntp:
M. Tyler. Birdies: M. Tyler (15th).
Stroke, Saturday – Division one: S.
Quinn 69 net, M. Burnell 71, Russell
Watkins 71. Division two: G. Smith 69,
Ron Watkins 72, G. Walters 73. Women:
K. Watkins 77, G. Strauss 78. Long drive:
J. Thomas, B. Wilson. Ntp: D. Fechner,
Stableford, Wednesday, February 1 –
S. Quinn 40, J. Hill 39, J. Schober 38.
Women: C. Fridd 36, G. Wolfe 33. Ntp: S.
Quinn, S. Brock.
Stroke, Saturday - P. Butterworth
66 net, C. Clarke 68, S. Stavrou 68,
R. Formiatti 69, C. Neilson 70,
L. Fragomeni 72, C. Gladwin 72,
I. Girdler 72, G. Denton 73, R.
Stableford, Wednesday, February 1 - K .
Sampson 41, R. Chabrel 40, C. Clarke
40, K. Moore 39, C. Gladwin 39, R.
Minns 38, R. Ward 37, D. Marrett 37,
N. McPherson 37, R. Wurth 37, P.
Butterworth 37, R. Formiatti 36.
BERRI’S Dennis Treloar won the 2017 Bowls
Riverland men’s championship singles tournament
which was hosted by Loxton RSL on Sunday,
After a bye in the first round, Treloar came up
against Waikerie’s Gary Pursche in the semi-finals
and beat him by 14 shots.
Renmark’s Bill Cropper awaited Treloar in the
Treloar beat Cropper by eight shots.
Treloar’s success at singles champs
A NUMBER of
sporting events have
been cancelled this
week across the
Riverland due to the
hot weather, while
other events planned
for today and the
weekend are set to
suffer the same fate.
scheduled for this
weekend has been can-
celled, while tonight’s
Renmark High School
swimming carnival has
Due to the forecast
of 42C for tomorrow,
the Riverland Turf
will likely be forced
to cancel its games,
while Riverland soft-
ball organisers will
today decide the fate
of the weekend’s
scheduling of games
during February to be
on Friday nights, this
week’s games are in
doubt as a result of the
Junior tennis sched-
uled for tomorrow
afternoon is also set to
Saturday pennants will
start earlier than nor-
mal to try and beat the
heat, while this week’s
competition was can-
celled on Wednesday.
Not all sports have
been cancelled, with
games going ahead
during the week, while
the South Australian
titles, which are being
held in Renmark this
weekend, will go
ahead, organisers say.
The fourth points
swim meet will go
ahead tonight at
Waikerie, as well
as the Loxton Open
Riverland success at
Boxing SA awards
Bumper entry numbers for
Loxton athletics carnival
Preparations are well and truly under way for the 16th Nippy’s Loxton Gift athletics carnival on Saturday,
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