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A DETAIL in the article ‘Berri does it again’
in Tuesday’s Murray Pioneer was incorrect.
It was stated that Dennis Treloar, Ken
Stokes and Andrew Hill were the only mem-
bers of Berri’s Bowls Riverland Saturday
Pennant side to have played in the eight con-
In fact seven have played in all eight:
Dennis Treloar, Andy Hill, Ken Stokes,
Graham Butt, Graham Elleway, Kerry Treloar
and Andy Gapco.
Dennis Treloar, Stokes, Hill and Gapco have
played in all 14 premierships for Berri over the
past two decades.
Pennant bowls correction:
FORMER Australian fast bowler
Jason Gillespie will be the guest
speaker at the Riverland Turf Cricket
Association’s (RTCA) presentation
night at the Loxton Sporting Club on
Wednesday, March 15.
Locals are invited to attend the
Tickets for the presentation night
can be purchased by calling RTCA
secretary Peter Roberts on 0403 435
THE Kassebaum family name
is synonymous with swimming
in the Riverland and that trend
looks set to continue with Ella
going on a record-breaking
Eleven-year-old Ella recently
broke six records in nine swims
at the SAPSASA and Berri club
championship swimming meets.
Ella’s father Michael
Kassebaum said it had been an
exciting few weeks.
“We are all very proud of
her,” he said.
“She is a very handy little
Mr Kassebaum said like most
kids Ella isn’t a big fan of train-
ing, but she is a talented athlete
who enjoys to race.
“She is one of those kids
that has a lot of natural ability
and that is a big thing in swim-
ming,” she said.
“We like to help her train as
much as we can, but we don’t
force her to do it either.
“If she had it her way she
would just rock up and com-
Mr Kassebaum said it is
pleasing to see his kids enjoy-
ing their swimming.
“I have certainly put a lot of
years into my involvement with
swimming and achieved a fairly
high level,” he said, “and for
the kids to follow suit and be
involved in swimming is great
Ella’s record breaking swimming spree
Ella Kassebaum in action at the Vitor Renmark Country Swimming Championships earlier this year.
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
THE local speedway season will resume
in Renmark tomorrow night at Riverland
The annual ‘King of the Riverland’ V6
sprints series will get under way.
A strong field of cars have entered, with
defending ‘King’ Nick Hall and Chris James
the ones to watch out for after being quick all
The event will also include juniors aiming
to score points towards the Riverland Cup.
Also in support on Sunday night will be
Super Sedans, Street Stocks and Modlites,
along with some classic speedway cars.
The action will then move to Sunline
Speedway in Waikerie on Sunday night,
with the second and final round of the ‘King
of the Riverland’ series, while the juniors
will also compete in the final round of the
Gates open in Renmark at 5pm tomorrow
night and racing will start from 6pm.
Local speedway action returns
THE Riverland Hockey
Association will unveil a newly
upgraded turf pitch at Alan Glassey
Park in Berri on Sunday, March 26.
The event will feature exhibition
matches between the Team of the
Year players from the Riverland
Hockey Association and close
associates, Barossa Valley Hockey
A come and try session for
younger children will be held early
in the day and the official open-
ing of the turf will take place at
12.45pm, followed by senior team
of the year matches.
Former association president
and project manager of the upgrade
Danial Shawyer said it is exciting
to finally unveil the new pitch.
“It is nice to be getting towards
the end of it all,” he said.
“Personally there was so much
administration work that had to be
done with the grants and getting
the funding so seeing the hockey
community able to be out there
using the facility is quite reward-
Mr Shawyer said while most of
the work is done, there is still a bit
“In April we are getting the fenc-
es done, and we will be getting a
replacement pump for the turf ’s
irrigation system at some point
within the next two months, and
then we have to close off the grant
admin wise before September,” he
“So it’s not quite finished but it’s
pleasing to be making such great
progress and not have any major
According to Mr Shawyer, the
association will be looking to get
a longer life span out of the new
pitch compared to the old one.
“We managed to get 12 years
out of the old pitch and we are hop-
ing to get 14 out of this one,” he
“With time comes better materi-
als and better technology when it
comes to putting it together.”
Mr Shawyer said the state gov-
ernment funding through the Office
for Recreation and Sport via the
Community Recreation and Sport
Facilities Program made the pro-
cess much less stressful.
“We are really thankful for the
government funding and the posi-
tion it put us in to make these
upgrades,” he said.
“It made things much easier
when it came to allocating funds
for each part of the process.
“Heading into it we felt as if we
were going to be behind on budg-
et because the projected cost of a
worst case scenario to replace the
turf was around $450,000 and that
would have made it tough to reach
50% contribution with the original
funds that we had.
“So getting the government
grant helped us complete all of the
work we wanted and get our facili-
ties to the point they should be and
leaves us in a really strong finan-
cial position after completing the
“The remaining 50% costs of
the turf upgrades were funded via
the Berri Barmera Council through
the Federal Government National
Stronger Regions Funds.
“The Riverland Hockey
Association is very grateful for all
the efforts of David Beaton and his
team at the Berri Barmera Council
with securing the funding and help-
ing make the project as successful
as it has been.”
Mr Shawyer said the association
will now be encouraging clubs to
use the facilities.
“We will be trying to attract
all of the clubs to use the facili-
ties week in and week out as their
home base, rather than their indi-
vidual home bases at the moment,”
Mr Shawyer also forecast a
strong focus on winning the host-
ing rights for a national tourna-
“We are really strongly pushing
to attract a national tournament,”
“We had one in 2005 when the
previous pitch was quite young.
“So we will be looking to really
push hard to bring a big event here
and we are really confident that it
will happen within the next three
years if things go to plan.”
New hockey pitch to be unveiled in Berri
BOWLS Riverland women’s Champion of
Champions events are in full swing, with the
triples and fours events taking place over the
In the triples event that was held at Waikerie
on Monday it was Berri that came away win-
ners, with Kerry Treloar skippering a rink that
included Jane Price and Di Brown to victory.
Loxton took victory in the fours event in
Berri on Friday.
The rink that was skippered by Margaret
Schutz and included Lorraine Lee, Sue
Coombs and Bernie Mattner, defeated
Renmark RSL, Barmera and Berri on its way
to winning the title.
The women’s Champion of Champions sin-
gles event will be held on Wednesday, March
15 at Loxton.
Bowls Riverland also sent a team to com-
pete against Sunraysia in the annual McKay
Day at the Mildura Bowling Club on Tuesday.
Sunraysia scored a 220-178 win over
It’s champion of
The newly laid hockey pitch at Glassey Park. PHOTO: supplied
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