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FOOTBALL will make a
welcome return to the area this
weekend, with round one of the
Riverland Football League (RFL)
RFL president Gary Pfeiler
said round one is always a spe-
cial time for football fans.
“It is a very exciting time for
Riverland footy,” he said.
“I am really just happy to get
football season going again and
sit back and watch how it plays
“All of the build-up is lend-
ing itself to what is going to be a
Mr Pfeiler said it was also an
exciting time for the Independent
competition, which kicks off in
“The Independent clubs are all
getting great support from their
communities,” he said.
“They are going forward with
their under 15 colts competition
and all clubs have nominated
a team which will add to the
crowds who will hang around for
the seniors as well.
“I think it will be a great way
to build atmosphere on Saturdays
at Independent games.”
Almondco has once again
come onboard to sponsor the
RFL’s interlegue teams in 2017.
The RFL’s opening round will
be headlined by the grand final
rematch between Waikerie and
The game will again be played
on the Magpies’ home ground,
with a lot of speculation build-
ing around just how strong the
defending premiers could be in
Roos coach Steve Marks will
be interested to see how his new
look line-up will fare after a high
turnover of players over summer.
Renmark will host fellow 2016
cellar dwellers Loxton tomorrow.
Both sides will be coming
out with a point to prove and a
lot of eyes will be on their new
Perennial premiership con-
tender Loxton North will make
the journey to Berri as it looks to
open its season with a win.
Terry Eleftheriadis has already
stated the Demons will be look-
ing to promote youth in 2017 and
his juniors will have a stern test
first up against the Panthers.
THE Riverland will host some of the
nation’s best young tennis players
over the coming days, with the under
12 and under 14 Australian Grasscourt
Championships being played in Berri
for the first time.
The event kicks off tomorrow at
the Berri-View Lawn Tennis Club and
will run until Thursday, April 13.
The tournament is one of only three
national junior championship events
held in Australia.
Junior tennis championships in Berri
LOXTON girl Ella Grummet is
enjoying a rich vein of success in
Ella attended Loxton Primary
School, before moving to Adelaide to
board at Walford Anglican School for
Girls, in Unley.
Now in year 11, Ella was part of
Walford’s team that won the school-
girls’ coxed eight final at the 2017
Aon Sydney International Rowing
Regatta on Sunday.
The team recovered from a slow
start to power over the top of the field
and take out the Sydney Cup.
In addition, last month Ella was
in her school’s winning boat for the
annual Head of the River rowing
Ella got her start in the sport at the
Berri Rowing Club, when she was
in year 7. She was introduced to the
sport by club members Paul Othams
and Sue Skinner.
“They were very encouraging
and patient,” recalled Ella’s mother,
Sunday’s success completed an out-
standing season for Walford’s ‘first
eight’, which only came together for
the first time in January.
The team went undefeated in its
11 SA schoolgirl eight races in 2017,
set one of the fastest schoolgirl eight
times in Australia, and won both the
under 19 women’s eight state title and
the schoolgirl eight state title.
In addition to their national school
eight championship, the girls also fin-
ished fourth in the under 19 women’s
eight in Sydney, after winning their
Walford’s director of marketing and
communications, Glen Aikman, said
Ella had become “an integral part of
the team since joining”.
Ella’s run of rowing success
Ella Grummet (fifth from left) after Walford won the schoolgirls’ coxed eight final
at the 2017 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta on Sunday.
Riverland footy makes welcome return
Wellington from the Barmera
Lakers has been selected in the
SA Country under 18 men’s
side which will compete at
the national championships
beginning tomorrow in
The selection continues
Wellington’s run of good form,
having represented SA Country
at various levels since 2012.
This year he has also been
given the honour of being vice
captain of the team.
A Barmera Laker for his
whole junior career, Wellington
showed his talent at a young
He has played for district
team Sturt for several years,
often playing there and for
Barmera during the same sea-
Wellington has represented
the Riverland at the annual SA
Country Championships on
During his time at Barmera,
Wellington has played in the
men’s division one premier-
ship winning team for the past
three seasons, while also mak-
ing the All Star 5 for the com-
petition this year and taking out
Association junior president
Karen Scordo said Wellington
is the epitome of what the asso-
ciation hopes for in its junior
“For me personally Mitch is
what we want our successful
juniors to be,” she said.
“He is dedicated, humble, a
great team player and a good kid
with no ego to speak of.
“Let’s hope his next step into
senior basketball will reap the
rewards Mitch deserves.”
Barmera’s Danny Millard is
also heading to nationals in a
coaching role with the under 18
Wellington’s star keeps rising
Barmera’s Mitch Wellington will be looking to have a big week for SA
Country at the under 18 national championships.
PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
PLEASANT sailing conditions
greeted competitors at Lake
Bonney for heat seven of
the 2016/17 Lake Bonney
Yacht Club championships on
Steve Thomas claimed vic-
tory in the division one miscel-
laneous catamarans category,
while Ellyn and Belinda Cale
won the division two miscella-
neous monohulls category.
Tomorrow’s race will be
handicap race eight, combined
with a resail of championship
The club will hold its 71st
Easter Regatta from 12.30pm on
Friday, April 14 until Sunday,
April 16, with a presentation
dinner on the Sunday evening.
The 70th yachting season
will officially close on Saturday,
April 29, with an Anzac race
and club presentation in the
Division one Misc Catamarans
1st Cat-titude Steve Thomas, 2nd
6th Element Peter Dunk and Kirsten
Division two Misc Monohulls
1st Tern Ellyn and Belinda Cale, Mr
Swag Lachlan Huser, Chienne Carol
Thomas wins championship sailing heat
will be looking
for a big year
as his team
to go back
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