Home' The Murray Pioneer : March 21st 2017 Contents www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, March 21, 2017 SPORT 21
RENMARK Olympic’s FFA Cup dream will
face a tough challenge straight off the bat
after the local club drew National Premier
League club Adelaide Blue Eagles in round
one of South Australian qualification for the
The match will be played in Renmark on
Saturday, March 25, with Barmera United
seniors and reserves side to play two curtain
raiser matches against the Adelaide Pumas
Soccer Club at 11am and 12.30pm.
Riverland Soccer Association president
Maria Sialas said it would be a big moment
for soccer in the area.
“We are very excited that a team from the
Riverland has made it this far,” she said.
“It is great that we have an NPL team
coming to town for the game, even though
it is going to make it tough for the Renmark
“I think they will be surprised with what
Renmark Olympic will put on the park.
“They played really well to beat Barmera.”
Mrs Sialas said it was important for locals
to get out in numbers on the weekend.
“We would love to see as many people out
there supporting the boys as possible,” she
“As an association, over the past three
years we have been trying really hard to
bring big events like this to the Riverland.
“We have done the country champs, we
had an NPL (National Premier League)
game last year and we have another one this
year, and with that comes a lot of bonuses
for locals such as clinics, so it is important
we get out in numbers to show the FFSA
(Football Federation of South Australia) it is
worth coming here.
“We have been working really hard with
them to get them to come down and promote
soccer and give back to our community.
“I think it would be great to see locals
support Riverland soccer and club soccer
by coming out to the game and showing
Adelaide we are interested in what they are
doing for us.”
The winner of the 32-team tournament
will partner Adelaide United in the 2017 FFA
Cup main draw of 32, which starts later this
Round two will take place over the Easter
long weekend and the competition will pro-
gress until the final on Sunday, June 24.
BARMERA won its eighth
Riverland basketball division one
men’s premiership in the past 10
years with a nail-biting four-point
win over home side Loxton in the
grand final on Saturday night.
The Lakers started well, with
Mitch Wellington hitting a couple
of early shots.
Despite not hitting the lead until
late in the game, the Supercats
never let the game get away from
them as young gun Zane Lueth did
his best to keep them in the game.
By the first break, Barmera had
managed to creep out to an impor-
tant eight-point lead.
The second term was more of
the same as the Millard brothers,
Danny and Dillon, and Wellington
controlled the game for the Lakers
to push their lead out to 15 points
at half time.
Sensing the game may be slip-
ping away, Loxton stepped it up
a gear in the third term as Adam
Proud found his way into the con-
By the final break, Loxton had
reduced the margin to just four
With the game coming down
to the wire, the class players in
both sides stood up, with Jaebyn
Drefke hitting an important three-
pointer midway through the quar-
Lueth stepped up to the plate
for the Supercats in the final term,
showing maturity well beyond his
years to help his team.
Loxton hit the front for the first
time in the game with a minute to
go but then Drefke, who was later
judged best on court, hit a three-
pointer with 29 seconds to go and
sealed victory for Barmera.
Dillon Millard said his side’s
strong start proved vital in the end.
“We got off to a really good
start,” he said.
“We were up by about 16 at
one-point in the first half and then
Loxton pegged us back really
“They changed things struc-
turally and managed to slow us
Millard said his team showed a
lot of heart to ride the momentum
swings of the match and still come
out on top.
“I was proud of how we man-
aged to hang on when they came
at us and then go again to finish
strong,” he said.
“I think we have built really
well during the year and devel-
oped good chemistry as a team.
“We have been able to knuckle
down over the past three or four
weeks and get it done.
“Jaebyn Drefke has come along
really well and capped it off with a
big performance when it counted.
“Danny (Millard) had a ripper
game as well and young Mitch
(Wellington) was just sensational.”
A member of all eight prem-
ierships over the past 10 years,
Millard said such a run of success
“It is pretty special to have been
a part of it all,” he said.
“Not many people get the
chance to do what we have done.
“We celebrated pretty well
because you never know when it
might be the last one.
“All of the teams are getting
really competitive now, so anyone
can win on their day.”
IN the division one women’s
grand final, Waikerie scored a
10-point win over Renmark to
claim the premiership.
Little separated the combatants
in the first quarter of the match, as
both teams looked to adjust to the
pressure of the grand final.
Waikerie held a one-point lead
at quarter time.
The second term was more of
the same as neither side was pre-
pared to give an inch.
At half time, the Steamers led
by a point
After being held scoreless in the
first half, Warriors star Hannah
Lehmann found her way into the
match, scoring 10 third-quarter
points to help her side jump out
to an important seven-point lead at
the final break.
The final quarter was an arm
wrestle as Waikerie looked to hold
onto its lead, while Renmark put
everything on the line to try and
mount a comeback.
In the end the Warriors proved
too strong and ran away with a
Mica Liu top scored for the
Warriors with a game-high 15
points as she and Lehmann who
was judged best on court, led the
way for their side.
Reeni Leuders and Abbey
Siviour were the standouts for the
Steamers with 11 and eight points
It was a big night for young
Siviour, with the 14-year-old win-
ning the women’s division one
Most Valuable Player award for
Points: Barmera – J. Drefke 14, Danny
Millard 12, Dillon Millard 10, M. Wellington
10, S. Butterworth 3, J. Gilgen 2.
Best on court – Jaebyn Drefke (Barmera).
MVP – Nick Hankin (Berri).
MVP – Adam Proud (Loxton).
Runner up MVP – Mitch Wellington
Runner up MVP – Che Lange (Loxton).
Nick Hankin (Berri)
Adam Proud (Loxton)
Mitch Wellington (Barmera)
Che Lange (Loxton)
Dillon Millard (Barmera)
Allstars 30 (A. Kempe 9, B. Yeomans 7) d
Loxton 25 (S. Polymiadis 5, B. Beswick 4).
Best on court – Craig Todd (Allstars).
MVP – Ty Mckenzie (Supercats)
Runner up MVP – Brok Schubert (Loxton)
Runner up MVP – Mark Thiele (Steamers)
Berri 41 (T. Eleftheriadis 9, D.
Eleftheriadis 7) d Waikerie White 17 (J.
Parfitt 6, H. Dearman 3).
Best on court – Dylan Eleftheriadis (Berri).
MVP – Tomas Eleftheriadis (Berri)
Runner up MVP – Tyler Wagner (Supercats
Points: Waikerie – Y. Liu 15, H. Lehmann
12, B. Seabrook 11, T. Griffiths 8, C.
Griffiths 2. Renmark – R. Leuders 11, S.
Modlinski 8, A . Siviour 8, D. Johnson 4, J.
Haynes 4, A. Perry 3.
Best on court – Hannah Lehmann
MVP – Abbey Siviour (Renmark).
Runner up MVP – Hannah Lehmann
Abbey Siviour (Renmark)
Hannah Lehmann (Waikerie)
Portia Size (Barmera)
Indee Thiele (Berri)
Kara Phillips (Barmera)
Allstars 40 (L. Sweeney 10, S. Lange 9) d
Renmark 15 (M. Petersen 4, D. Haynes 4).
Best on court – Lyn Sweeney (Allstars).
MVP – Hollie Bullock (Loxton).
Runner up MVP – Lisa Koehne
Berri 30 (C. Eleftheriadis 10, R. Gregoric
6) d Barmera 26 (M. Gillespie 13, L.
Best on court – Chrissy Eleftheriadis
MVP – Meg Gillespie (Barmera).
MVP – Meg Schultz (Supercats).
Runner up MVP – Chelsea Hopper
Allstars 27 (S. Merkx 10, K. Milich 8) d
Barmera 24 (K. Fletcher 12, N. Kregar 6).
Best on court – Sandy Merkx (Allstars).
MVP – Sandy Merkx (Allstars).
Runner up MVP – Joanne Hondow
U12 Div 1: Renmark 26 (B. White 14, J.
Rothe 6) d Barmera 23 (A. Hodgson 10,
C. Marks 6.
Best on Court – Bailey White (Renmark).
MVP – Bailey White (Renmark).
Runner up MVP – Toby Johnson
U12 Div 2: Berri 31 (B. Pankhurst 14, M.
Cawse 7) d Barmera 11 (J. Bourton 4, R.
Best on court – Mitchell Cawse (Berri).
MVP – Nathan Kovacic (Berri).
Runner up MVP – Lucas Warnett
U14: Berri 28 (D. Minchella 10, O. Kregar
5) d Renmark 22 (A. Curtis 12, J. White 4).
Best on court – Alex Curtis (Renmark).
MVP – Alex Curtis (Renmark).
Runner up MVP – Jameson Whitbourne
U16 Div 2: Barmera 30 (K. Harkins 10,
C. Dixon 9) d Blazers 20 (D. Houston 6, T.
Best on court – Kade Harkins (Barmera).
MVP – Kade Harkins (Barmera).
Runner up MVP – Reece Lehmann
Runner up MVP – Caiden Dixon (Barmera).
Runner up MVP – Ondre Hunyadi (Berri).
U16 Div 1: Loxton 44 (R. Stasinowsky 14,
J. Obst 12) d Berri 26 (E. Gregoric 12, I.
Best on court – Will Schultz (Loxton).
MVP – Evan Gregoric (Berri).
MVP – Riley Stasinowsky (Loxton).
Runner up MVP – Connor Blackwell
U18: Loxton 47 (Z. Lueth 28, D. Size 7) d
Barmera 45 (M. Wellington 22, J. Charlton
Best on court – Mitch Wellington
MVP – Zane Lueth (Loxton).
Runner up MVP – Mitch Wellington
U12: Renmark 37 (Z. Siviour 24, A .
Koumbarakos 6) d Loxton 30 (P. Roberts
23, B. Hahn 4).
Best on court – Zoe Siviour (Renmark).
MVP – Sienna Lehmann (Waikerie).
Runner up MVP – Paige Roberts (Loxton).
U14: Renmark 32 (A. Lodge 12, K. Nikou
8) d Barmera 30 (T. Dillon 19, C. Doupis
Best on court – Tahlia Dillon (Barmera).
MVP – Tahlia Dillon (Barmera).
Runner up MVP – Kassie Nikou
U16 Div 2: Loxton 37 (B. Stasinowsky
15, T. Dahlitz 9) d Renmark 19 (J.
Alexandropoulos 5, B. Disalvio 4).
MVP – Tia Dahlitz (Loxton).
Runner up MVP – Bianca Stasinowsky
Best on court – Tia Dahlitz (Loxton).
U16 Div 1: Berri 36 (L. Gregoric 13, C.
Burton 10) d Loxton 28 (E. Hughes 9, J.
Best on court – Tekira Hoffmann (Berri).
MVP – Lana Gregoric (Berri).
Runner up MVP – Charli Burton (Berri).
U18: Barmera 21 (P. Size 9, A . Wutke 5) d
Loxton 17 (S. Lange 8, E. Schultz 5).
Best on court – Katri Stavrou (Barmera).
MVP - Abbey Siviour (Renmark).
Runner up MVP - Ashlee Wutke (Barmera).
Senior Preliminary Final Results from
Div 1 Men: Loxton 63 (A. Proud 23, Z.
Lueth 15) d Renmark 37 (C. Seekamp 16,
R. Garrett 13).
Div 1 Women: Waikerie 31 (B. Seabrook
8, M. Liu 6) d Barmera 30 (L. Millard 10,
P. Size 9).
Div 2 Men: Loxton 39 d Supercats 24.
Div 2 Women: Renmark 24 d Supercats
Div 3 Men: Waikerie White 37 d Barmera
Div 3 Women: Berri 38 d Renmark 34 Div
4 Women: Barmera 24 d Loxton 22.
Junior Preliminary Final Results from
March 17 and 18:
U12 Boys Div 1: Renmark 23 (T. Johnson
17, B. Pitman 2) d Loxton 18 (J. Koehne 6,
H. Campbell 4).
U12 Boys Div 2: Barmera 17 (L. Warnett
7, K. Liddell 4) d Loxton 12 (K. Serafin 4,
W. Simes 4)
U12 Girls: Loxton 41 (P. Roberts 28, S.
Smith 6) d Barmera 22 (J. Priest 12, R.
U14 Boys: Renmark 43 (A. Curtis 29, M.
Goodman 8) d Barmera 31 (J. Whitbourne
15, L. Dixon 7).
U14 Girls: Barmera 27 (K. Makris 18,
P. Lawrie 4) d Berri 20 (A. Cawse 7, M.
U16 Boys Div 1: Berri 43 (E. Gregoric 21, I.
Woolston 6) d Waikerie 31 (C. Mackereth
14, S. Parfitt 8).
U16 Boys Div 2: Blazers 45 (D. Houston
12, R. Lehmann 10) d Renmark 21 (S.
Morey 7, K. Camilleri 4).
U16 Girls Div 1: Loxton 41 (J. Wooldridge
12, E. Fielke 8) d Renmark 33 (T.
Venables 10, T. Lowe 8).
U16 Girls Div 2: Renmark 22 (M. Knight 6,
T. Eckermann 5) d Berri 16 (K. Hayes 6, Z.
U18 Boys: Barmera 59 (M. Wellington 20,
D. Vandergiessen 13) d Renmark 42 (B.
Rover 19, S. Kavlakoglu 11).
U18 Girls: Barmera 57 (P. Size 18, A.
Wutke 13) d Renmark 29 (A. Siviour 11, D.
Barmera does it again
to make it eight in 10
Barmera’s Dillon Millard goes for a layup during the Riverland basketball
men’s division one grand final against Loxton on Saturday night.
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
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