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COBDOGLA Blue advanced
straight to the Riverland softball
seniors grand final with a
20-run win over Loxton Blue
Loxton Blue, which was
missing its key pitcher, seemed
to struggle on the mound, with
25 walks given for the game.
With Cobdogla ahead 18-0
after its third innings, Loxton
Blue needed to score four runs
to keep the mercy rule at bay
and it did just that, showing
Cobdogla came out and
grabbed another seven runs in
the fourth, leaving Loxton Blue
having to score 12 runs in its
fourth innings to stay in the
Unfortunately it could only
manage one across the plate,
giving Cobdogla a 20-run vic-
In the other semi-final,
Cobdogla Gold ended
Renmark’s season with a 15-run
Renmark struggled at the
plate, with Gemma Letton scor-
ing its only run.
Cobdogla Gold had no prob-
lems finding the gaps, with
Kelly Chamberlain having the
biggest hit for the day with a
This means Cobdogla Blue
is straight into the grand final,
leaving Cobdogla Gold to take
on Loxton Blue next week for a
spot in the decider.
It was another close, excit-
ing game in the C grade, with
Renmark taking a one-run win
Things looked promising
for Cobdogla early in the game
with a double play, but a cou-
ple of errors later in the game
allowed Renmark to take the
game, keeping its season alive.
In the match-up of the top
two teams, Berri won straight
into the grand final after a four-
run victory against Loxton.
Berri has advanced straight
through to the C grade grand
final, while Renmark will take
on Loxton this weekend for the
second spot in the finale.
Cobdogla Blue 25 d Loxton Blue 5.
Best players: Cobdogla Blue – J.
Gregory, B. Taylor, J. Sullivan. Loxton
Blue – H. Symens, E. Nykiel, C.
Cobdogla Gold 16 d Renmark 1.
Best players: Cobdogla Gold –
C. Passmore, D. Passmore, K.
Chamberlain. Renmark – A . McCann,
G. Letton, V. Taylor.
Renmark 16 d Cobdogla 15.
Best players: Renmark – I. Milligan,
N. Tzanos, R. Humble. Cobdogla – S.
Aitken-Glass, C. Smith, S. Gear.
Berri 14 d Loxton 10.
Best players: Berri – K . Ferguson, K.
Jesser, E. Clarke. Loxton – J. Loxton, C.
Richards, I. Edwards.
A 24-year drought may finally
be broken for a Riverland
bowls side tomorrow, though
a familiar foe lies in wait.
The Waikerie Bowling
Club will face the team it
lost to in last season’s Bowls
Riverland Saturday divi-
sion one pennant grand final,
Berri, and will be hoping for a
Waikerie skipper Andrew
Fulwood said his side was
well equipped to go all the
way tomorrow afternoon.
“Last year came down to
the last bowl of the day, we
were in a winning position
until (Berri’s) Andrew Hill
drove out the shot bowl,” he
“This season Berri defeated
us twice and we beat them
once, so it’s pretty even head-
ing into the final.
“I think overall we’re good
enough, it’s whether we bring
our A game on the day.
“Everyone is pretty upbeat.
We played well in the semi
and preliminary finals and
last year’s experience gives us
Mr Fulwood said it had
been a long time between
drinks since the club won its
last division one pennant, and
hopes to break the drought on
“We played in the grand
final last year and a couple
of years before that, but we
haven’t won a division one
pennant since 1992/1993,” he
“Gary Pursche and Barry
Harden played in that team
and are still playing now.
“It would be great to win,
we have a great group of guys
and the flag would be the
icing on the cake.
“We look forward to the
challenge as a group and we
hope we can go one step fur-
ther than last year.”
The Bowls Riverland
Saturday pennants division
one grand final will be held
at Renmark RSL tomorrow,
along with the division two
grand final, between Waikerie
The division three decider
will be played at Loxton RSL
Waikerie wait almost over?
Waikerie Bowls Club division one skipper Andrew
Fulwood is optimistic about his team’s chances in
the Bowls Riverland Saturday pennants division
one grand final against Berri tomorrow.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
Loxton Blue’s Rachel Wagner leaps for first base during her team’s
senior softball clash with Cobdogla Blue. PHOTOS: Grant Schwartzkopff
Berri to host national titles
BERRI is set to host the
Australian junior tennis Grasscourt
Championships for the first time in
Tennis SA and Tennis Australia,
in conjunction with Berri-View
Lawn Tennis Club, will host the 12
and under and 14 and under cham-
pionships from Saturday, April 8 to
Thursday, April 13.
The tournament is one of only
three national junior championship
events in Australia and gives the top
32 players in both age groups from
around Australia the opportunity to
play for national titles and earn val-
uable Australian ranking points.
President of the Berri-view
Tennis Club, Robert Day, said it is
an exciting time for the club and
tennis in the Riverland.
“We’re very excited about it, it’s
just terrific,” he said.
“All these things have a flow-on
effect to the Riverland community
Mr Day said everything came
together at the right time for the
club to land the hosting rights for
“It was through a contact that
Garry Pinnington had, the past pres-
ident of the club,” he said.
“He’s only very recently relin-
quished that role, so he’s still very
“They needed a venue to host 128
players, on good grass courts, with
“It was fortuitous, but we’ve put
our toe in the water over many years
for these tournaments, so it’s not
“Gary and Lyn Pinnington are the
ones to thank for it.”
Mr Day said the event would
benefit local businesses.
“They estimate there’ll be 350 to
500 people staying in the Riverland
for about seven days,” he said.
“So it’ll be a significant impact
for the local economy.”
Mr Day said competitors can
expect top notch playing facilities
for the tournament.
“The courts will be fantastic,” he
“The curators are doing a good
job now, but they’ll have help from
“TA people will be coming up, so
it will look very professional.”
Mr Day said that any local tennis
fans should plan to head to Berri
and watch the action.
“There will be matches on 15
courts pretty much all the time,
because once the kids are knocked
out there are doubles tournaments,
and they play off for positions as
well,” he said.
“If people want to come and
watch some tennis, it’ll be a good
Live results will be available
via TwitteR @oztennisresults and
you can join the conversation using
For more information on the
Junior Tour visit tennis.com.au/tour-
THE 2017 AFL season is quickly
approaching and the Power
supporters’ country SA group is
looking to sign more members and
lift its profile here in the Riverland.
Committee member Paolino
Tomaiuolo said the group was origi-
nally formed as the Power support-
ers’ cavalcade group 12 months ago,
but has grown quickly.
“It was based on the formation
of what we do during our marches
and to further enhance the game-day
experience,” he said.
“It was just a little idea between
a few of us and it has then taken off
“The reception we were getting
“So I went out and started look-
ing for some sponsors to support us
with goods and services and it just
grew from there.
“What we decided to do two
months ago is to separate it so
the cavalcade is one event and the
Power supporters’ country SA group
is a long-term thing.”
Mr Tomaiuolo said the group is
run by supporters, for supporters.
“We are here to look after our
country supporters because they
are the ones that are missing out on
all the home games, whether it be
transport or cost or any of the other
reasons,” he said.
“We have three representatives
based in the Riverland, in Lyrup,
Loxton, and Berri and they all do a
Mr Tomaiuolo said the number of
members in the group is growing by
“We are building, we are now
holding events at various shopping
centres to help raise the profile of
the group,” he said.
“We have signed up over 500
members and we are aiming for 500
in the Mallee as well.
“We want people to know we are
According to Mr Tomaiuolo, the
group will hold an event in Berri
“We are hoping to do an event at
the Berri Shopping Centre around
the middle of this month,” he said.
“It will be a great chance for peo-
ple in the Riverland to stop in and
have a chat and see what the group
is all about.
“A lot of people think, ‘what is
it going to cost?’, but joining the
group is free.”
Mr Tomaiuolo said the group
offers plenty of benefits to those
“What happens is you sign up
with us to become a member, and
you then get access to all of the ben-
efits,” he said.
“These include reduced parking
in the city on game day, reduced
prices on meals at the Duke of
Yorke Hotel and many other fea-
tures and benefits.”
Mr Tomaiuolo said he has been a
Port Adelaide supporter his whole
“That club is a passion for me,”
“I have a background at the club.
“I was a junior at the Magpies at
under 19s level and I will never for-
get that time.”
For more information about
the group, head to https://www.
Powering up country SA supporters
Renmark’s Gemma Letton sending down a pitch in her team’s
seniors softball semi-final clash with Cobdogla Gold on the
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