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ANOTHER South Australian
community football club has been
penalised after being investigated for
a breach of regulations controlling the
payment of players.
The club – the identity of which the
SANFL has not revealed – has been
penalised with a fine of $1750 and the
the loss of three Approved Player Points
System (APPS) points for paying a play-
er a sign-on fee which is in breach of
Regulation 31 – the player payment cap.
The SANFL’s salary cap commis-
sioner has also imposed a suspended
penalty of four premiership points for
seasons 2017 and 2018, which will be
invoked following any further breach of
These penalties come after a full
investigation by Community Football’s
Player Payments Investigation
Committee pertaining to the payment of
a sign-on fee, which resulted in the con-
firmation of breaches committed by the
club, coach and club officials.
“The club co-operated with all
aspects of the investigation, which led
to a reduced penalty,” said SANFL
Community Football manager Matt
“However, the fact that the club and
the people involved have all been penal-
ised should serve as a warning to eve-
ryone that Community Football is very
serious about policing the issue of play-
“The majority of clubs are follow-
ing the rules and are seeing the positive
impact of the salary cap, which is help-
ing to redirect money toward spending
on facilities, junior development and
“However, those that aren’t should
understand that they will be caught and
This comes after it was released in
December of 2016 that a club was con-
firmed to have breached the salary cap.
Salary cap breached
THE Riverland Softball
Association sent two teams
to the junior state softball
championships in Port Pirie over
The under 15s had a good out-
come, moving off that bottom
rung of the ladder for the first
time in a number of years.
It lost its first game to Sturt,
and its second game against Hills
was cancelled due to heavy rain
and declared a draw.
After the extra break, it came
back and had a big win 14-0
It then took on Port Pirie and
finished the day with an exciting
On Sunday it had three games
against Walkerville Blue, Port
Adelaide and Walkerville White,
but unfortunately it could not
secure any further wins.
The under 17s were split into
two pools of five teams, with
Riverland placed in Pool B.
A round robin was played and
then the top two of each pool
became division one, and third
and fourth of each pool was divi-
sion two for finals.
Riverland made a positive
start, drawing the first game
against Glenelg 2, in an exciting
game with an impressive triple-
play in the first innings.
In the second game it went
down to Sturt by three runs
but had a two-run victory over
Gawler in the following game.
In their fourth game of the day
they came up against Seacombe
and put in a strong effort but
unfortunately could not overcome
the experience of the Seacombe
girls going down by eight.
Sunday saw the finals, and
with Riverland placing third in
its pool, it got to play off in finals
series for division two.
Riverland had to play Port
Adelaide first up and it was a
tight game, but it went down by
It came back in the next game
to take a three run win over
Glenelg 2, ending the weekend in
at junior softball carnival
RIVERLAND product Jono Beech is in the
mix to make his senior debut for the Adelaide
Crows after being named in a 29-man squad
for the club’s pre-season match against
Richmond in Melbourne tonight.
The squad will be cut to 26 today.
The 2017 season will be Beech’s second
year on the list after he was rookie listed by
the club ahead of the 2016 season.
The talented utility averaged 18 disposals
and kicked 29 goals for the Crows reserves in
the SANFL last year.
North Melbourme, Hawthorn and Essendon
will also be in action over the weekend, with
their squads yet to be named.
Kaiden Brand is looking to be selected for
his first game of the pre-season for the Hawks,
while Sam Durdin will be looking to further
impress the coaches at the Kangaroos if he is
selected for the second week in a row.
in Crows’ squad
Riverland’s Gemma Letton looks to get a hit for the under 17s during the junior
state championships in Port Pirie. PHOTOS: supplied
Continued from back page
It is designed to salute a
dedicated, often behind-the-
scenes sporting volunteer
whose efforts deserve special
Nominations for both of
these awards can be made
online (5RM.com) until Friday,
This year will also see
another round of inductees to
the Riverland Legends of Sport
The three Riverland
Sporting Legends to be
acknowledged this year will
be Jacqui Delaney (netball),
Grantley Fielke (Australian
rules football), Malcolm Hill
(Australian rules football).
The annual Peter Frankcom
Riverland Junior Sports Star
award will also be presented on
Mr Upton said sports lovers
should book their tables now
by contacting the Berri Hotel.
New look for sports award
RENMARK Auskick participant
Sophie Robertson, 7, was one of 36
girls to play Auskick footy at half-
time of the Crows vs Carlton AFLW
game at Thebarton Oval last Sunday.
About 9000 people attended the
game, with the Crows coming away
with an exciting win.
Sophie’s mum, Kerrie, said it was
her daughter’s first AFLW game
and first AFL game of any type.
Highlights for Sophie were seeing
Eddie Betts in the crowd and getting
his autograph on her guernsey and a
photograph with Eddie and his son,
She also got player Rachael
Killian’s autograph after the game.
Sophie participates in Renmark’s
Auskick program during the local
Sophie’s big day
Under 15s, back (from left): Scorer Marianne Smith, Shakaya Aitken-Glass, Sydney Gear, Lateeya
Campbell-Collard, Rachel Humble, Lily Hisgrove, Eleni Tzanos, Aimee Duncan, Coach Sue Jungfer
Front: Lara Brauer (left), Minna Abdulla, Hannah Brauer, Ebonee Pech, Deanna Campbell-Collard,
Chloe Smith. Laying: Manager Jo Mulvey
Sarah Ellis, Kia
GO CROWS: Sophie Roberston with Adelaide Crows
mascot Claude Crow.
Sophie Robertson with Adelaide Crows
superstar Eddie Betts.
of Sport inductees
and Tony Modra
at the most
Sportsperson of the
Year dinner. The
night will be held
on Friday, March
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