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come and try day
WAIKERIE Club claimed the 2016/17 Riverland
women’s eightball title with an 8-5 win over
Monash Club DV8s in last week’s grand final at the
A determined Waikerie got the jump on DV8s to
have a handy 4-1 lead after the first round of sin-
DV8s fought back in the second round of singles
to narrow the margin to 6-4.
Waikerie steadied in the third round of singles
and won two of the first three games to claim vic-
Women’s eightball premiers
THE Riverland Junior Motorcycle
Club is holding a come and try day at
the Renmark track this Sunday from
8am to 11am.
The event will give newcomers a
chance to try the sport and join the
club if interested.
Committee member Darren Richter
said joining the club would help chil-
dren learn about safe riding.
“We are trying to encourage more
kids to come out and get taught prop-
erly,” he said.
“We have been having Josh Spanos,
who is a qualified instructor, coming
out and doing some proper training
with the kids.”
Mr Richter said it was important
for children to learn good riding hab-
its at a young age.
“I like to try and get the message
through to the kids that it is important
to always to have someone with you
when you go riding,” he said.
“Someone with a bit of knowledge
can be important to have around if
someone does get hurt.
“This way everyone can keep an
eye on each other.
“Especially when they get the train-
ing from Josh.
“He can teach them a lot of impor-
tant things and help them avoid learn-
ing bad habits.
“It is important because if they can
learn this stuff now, then they can
carry it through life with them.”
Mr Richter said the club continues
to work hard to help give children a
safe place to ride.
“We have been doing as much as
we can to help keep the kids off the
street, with stuff like getting the BMX
track upgraded,” he said.
“The more members we can get for
the club, the better.
“We have also done a lot of
upgrades to our facilities.
“We are trying to get more kids
involved rather than just riding around
out in the bush.
“You never know what else is out
there, with stuff like fallen trees or
other dangerous things.”
A practice day for licenced riders
will be held following the come and
try day, from 11am to 2pm.
For more information, head
to the club’s website www.
com.au/ or find them on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/
kids up with
the club to
THE Riverland Bowls women’s
champion of champions singles
event was held on Wednesday
at the Loxton Bowling Club,
with Renmark’s Julie Dopson
Dopson defeated Berri’s
Jenny Lyons in the first round,
before moving on to defeat
Barmera’s Carol Shugg to book
a spot in the final.
The Renmark representa-
tive then claimed a comfortable
16-5 victory over Loxton RSL’s
Heather Dreschler to clinch the
Barmera’s Gloria Burns
and Yvonne Jex took out the
women’s champion of champi-
ons pairs event which was held
on Wednesday, March 8 at the
Lyrup Bowling Club.
The Barmera duo defeated
Loxton RSL’s June Smith and
Jill Reichelt in round one, then
Berri’s Jan Grosser and Ruth
Bott in round two to move
through to the final.
Burns and Jex took on
Moorook’s Norma Battams and
Judy Rushby in the grand final,
with the pair from Barmera scor-
ing a 15-3 win.
Dopson crowned champion of champions
Paringa appoints female coach
FEMALE football coaches are
becoming a more common sight
in the Riverland, with Kelly
Salmon appointed colts coach at
the Paringa Football Club.
Salmon joins Kiara Hoffmann
who will be in charge of the
Berri Football Club under 15s
this year after coaching the
under 13s last year.
Salmon said she put her hand
up for the role to ensure the club
could field a colts side this sea-
“I applied because I felt like
the kids deserved a chance to
play footy,” she said.
“Teaching kids is one of my
favourite things to do because it
is great to encourage them and
get their confidence up.”
Salmon said she was sur-
prised by the response to the
“The feedback has been
incredible since I was appointed
in the role,” she said.
“Things like parents thanking
me for stepping up and being the
coach so the kids can play.
“Also people saying I have
been doing a good job with
trainings, teaching the kids and
helping them develop.
“They have all been really
stoked that a girl applied for the
“At the start all of the support
was very overwhelming.
“I didn’t think I would get
much feedback or that anyone
would care that much.
“But everyone has been great
Salmon said she has been
around football for as long as
she can remember.
“I have grown up around
footy my whole life,” she said.
“I even played footy growing
up and now I am involved with
the Riverland Women’s Football
League which is a lot of fun.”
When it comes to future
coaching aspirations, Salmon is
keeping it simple.
“At this stage I am just seeing
how I go with it all,” she said.
“So far I am enjoying it, so
hopefully I will be able to keep
going with it as long as Paringa
can get a team.”
Salmon predicts the flood-
gates will now open for
female football coaches in the
“I think we will start to see
more women having a go at
coaching footy,” she said.
“I think that now a couple of
girls have done it, a few more
will start applying.”
RWFL co-ordinator and Berri
Football Club’s under 15 coach
Hoffmann said she has enjoyed
her coaching experience so far.
“Last year was my first year
coaching on my own and I
thought it was great,” she said.
“I am lucky enough to have
great support from the club and
the people that I coach, which
has made it a great experience
Hoffmann said her ambi-
tion to coach came from being
around football all the time.
“I was the team manager for
my dad’s team for a couple of
years and I have always loved
footy and felt like I could do
more than just the paperwork,”
Hoffman’s future goals in the
coaching ranks are straight for-
“Ultimately I want to improve
myself and the way that I
coach,” she said.
“But whatever grade that I get
given, I just want to make sure
that the footballers I start with
are better footballers by the end
of the season.”
Hoffmann said seeing
Salmon appointed at the Paringa
Football Club was another step
in the right direction.
“It is awesome, it shows just
how progressive the Riverland
is with accepting females into a
male-dominated sport,” she said.
“There has been a lot of doubt
as to whether or not a female
can coach a sport that they
haven’t really played before.
“But so far the Riverland is
just getting on board and giving
us a chance to prove ourselves
which has been great.
“It is creating a whole new
pathway for women to both play
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