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THE 2017 Riverland
Golf Association pennant
season got under way on
Sunday, with Renmark
and Loxton scoring
big wins in the A grade
Four narrow wins
across five matches
helped Renmark open its
season with a victory.
Daniel Fechner scored
Waikerie’s only win
for the match against
In the other A grade
contest, Loxton reg-
istered a 4-1 win over
Andrew Hume, Daryl
Tyler, Ash Pfeiler and
David Unferdorben all
scored wins for Loxton,
while Rob Day claimed
Berri’s only win.
Renmark 4 d Waikerie 1.
B. Jenke lost to D. Fechner
2/1; G. Shields d C. Davis
19th; M. Modlinski d T.
Neideck 2up; G. Morrison d J.
Thomas 1up; J. Coombe d P.
Loxton 4 d. Berri 1.
A. Hume d I. McHugh 3/1;
D. Tyler d R. Dale 3/2; A.
Pfeiler d. R . Swanbury 5/4; B.
Chapman lost to R. Day 6/5; D.
Unferdorben d S. Wade 5/4.
Renmark 5 d Waikerie 0.
M. Lewan d R. Kemble 4/3; C.
Hyde d J. Myer 8/7; S. Knight
d G. Strauss 6/5; M. Yates d
C. Bee 2/1; J. Reynolds d P.
Berri 3 d Loxton 2.
R. Sully lost to S. Harris 1up;
P. Mudge d P. Cahill 4/3; M.
Jennings d H. Kara Ali 1up; W.
Thiele lost to S. Patching 3/2;
J. Rosenthal d S. Coombs 2up.
Loxton 4 d Berri 1.
W. Skinner lost to J. Robertson
19th; J. Henwood d. P. Frahn
3/2; G. MacInnes d S. Cronje
4/3; M. Maczkowiack d G.
Kellaway 2up; M. Taylor d D.
Renmark 5 vs Waikerie 0.
R. Burn d R. Burn 2up; I.
Bradshaw d M. Burney 5/4; A.
Jenke d G. Richardson 7/6; P.
Morris d J. Smith 4/3; B. Palat
d (name not supplied) 10/8.
Pennant golf tees off
REIGNING RFL A grade premier Waikerie
will go up against some of the best football
teams from across South Australia in the
second Australian Champions League at
Thebarton Oval on tomorrow.
The competition will be in round robin
format, with the final to be played at the
end of the day.
The event will be full of big names, with
former Adelaide Crows Matthew Jaensch
and Michael Doughty to pull on the boots
for Hills Football League division one
premiers Hahndorf and Southern Football
League’s Reynella respectively.
Some of the other clubs that will com-
pete in the tournament include Prince
Alfred Old Collegians, Moonta, Barossa
District and RSMU.
For more information, head
to take on
RENMARK Tintra and Cobdogla
will battle it out tomorrow for the
Riverland Lawn Tennis Association
division one premiership at the
Barmera Tennis Club from 1.30pm.
The two sides had three match-
es throughout the season, with all
three nail-biters going the way of
Renmark, each with 8-7 score lines.
Two of the key players in the
match will be Renmark’s David
Strongman and Cobdogla’s Shane
Nettle who have led their respective
sides well all season.
All 15 sets could be crucial in
this match, with Renmark looking
to cap off an undefeated season,
while Cobdogla will be looking to
beat them when it counts the most.
The other senior grand finals will
also be held at Barmera tomorrow,
with Waikerie and Renmark Gold to
compete for the division two title,
and Moorook and Paringa Swans to
face off in the division three season
Top teams to face off
in tennis grand final
THE Port Adelaide Power supporters’
country SA group will hold a meet and
greet/information session at the Riverland
Central Plaza in Berri today from 9am to
Group members will be on hand to
answer any questions and help sign up new
members for free.
There will also be a number of prizes
and giveaways throughout the day.
For more information, contact group
committee member Paolino Tomaiuolo on
0459 999 351.
event in Berri
THE 2016/17 Riverland baseball
season will come to a close tonight
with the A grade grand final
between the Berri Warriors and
Berri had the week off after a
thrilling win in the first week of the
finals, while Renmark had to go via
the preliminary final last week to
qualify for the season finale.
Berri coach Nick Kuhn said his
team is well rested after the week
“We are feeling good at the
moment,” he said.
“We are looking for another
tight battle on Friday night against
Renmark as it always is against
Having been in this situation on
a number of occasions, Kuhn said
it is just another game.
“I have been there (grand final) a
few times, so I don’t let it faze me
too much,” he said.
Kuhn knows the power that the
Angels batting line-up possesses.
“Their strength is obviously in
their batting with the expertise of
Luke and Ace Prokopec,” he said.
“We will need to make sure our
pitchers keep it tight to those two
especially and try to limit the dam-
age they can do against us on the
“We also have some handy bats
in our line-up, with Kris Taylor,
Paul Reid and Nick Morrow, and
that will be important.
“But our defence will be key to
stopping Renmark and then we can
let our offense do its work.”
Kuhn knows that even with some
individual brilliance, it will be
important to have all his men play-
“I think Kris Taylor will be one
to watch,” he said.
“He had a pretty good year so it
would be good to see him finish it
off with a big game.
“Paul Reid is another one that
has had a fantastic year that we
would like to step up and have a
big game in the grand final.
“But overall it will be important
that we get a number of contribu-
tors across the board, because it
is important for the whole team to
play well in a grand final.”
Renmark coach Dave Grenfell
said the mood among the Angels
players was positive.
“They are feeling good. They
realise it is a grand final so they are
just trying to keep calm and get the
job done,” he said.
Despite coming off a big win
over Waikerie in the preliminary
final, Grenfell said his players were
not getting ahead of themselves.
“The confidence is there but
Berri are a powerhouse side,” he
“They have the batting, field-
ing and a wide variety of pitchers,
so you have to be on your toes no
matter what against them.”
Grenfell believes his team has
what it takes to win the big game.
“Like every week, I am feeling
confident that we can get the job
done,” he said.
Grenfell said the Warriors would
be tough to beat due to their all-
“Berri is a hard side to pick
because they might have a bad
night with the bat, but then they
have an excellent night in the field
with their pitchers on song,” he
The Angels coach believes his
side has the fire-power to match it
with Berri tonight.
“You have got the talent of guys
like Luke Prokopec, Jayden Perry
and Ben Harding, who will be
important,” he said
“Obviously Luke has played
at the most elite level you can in
baseball, while Jayden and Ben
have started to step it up in the last
Renmark Blue will take on Berri
in the B grade decider at Glassey
Park from 6pm and the A grade
game will start at 8.30pm.
Berri and Renmark set for season finale
golf resumes on Monday,
March 27 at Swan Reach
Registrations are at
9.30am, with a shotgun
start at 10am.
All local golfers over
55 years old are able to
join one of the fastest-
growing sports in the
Riverland, with play-
ers from Barmera, Berri,
Loxton, Renmark, Swan
Reach and Waikerie cur-
For more information
contact Dallas Zeliff on
0431 352 161.
Veterans golf returns
Renmark’s Ace Prokopec will be
a key player for his team in the
Riverland baseball A grade grand
final against Berri tonight. PHOTO:
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