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Berri Football Club
THE recent coverage of Berri
Football Club’s A grade plight is
of high community interest and
as the editor of a regional news-
paper myself, I can understand
its prominence in recent editions
of the Murray Pioneer.
I played 50 games for the
Demons over three seasons,
2008 to 2010.
In this time, I also served on
the club’s senior committee as a
We endured two tough sea-
sons in 2008 and 2009, but
despite only picking up four
wins and finishing fifth in 2009,
the Demons smashed Loxton
North, which finished bottom,
by almost 200 points in one
The fifth-placed club beating
the sixth-placed club by a har-
rowing margin garnered little
negative attention on Loxton
Rightly so, as the Panthers
have since turned things around
to be regular flag contenders.
That’s all a long time ago, but
it is relevant to Berri’s current
For two years of struggles, the
club put in huge amounts of time
into its local kids.
In 2010, those kids came of
age, and coupled with two or
three key recruits and some luck
with blokes moving to the area,
we suddenly had an incredibly
good senior team, which won the
The following year, the
Demons lost 10 of those players,
including myself, not due to
culture, coach discontent, or any
The transient nature of the
town’s workforce, largely young
professionals, means this hap-
pens sporadically and what the
club faces this year is the perfect
storm of mass senior departures/
Any country footy club is
ultimately vulnerable when this
happens and recruiting to cover
those losses doesn’t happen in
Developing kids to step up
into those vacancies also takes
So when you combine those
elements and then take on a
very healthy senior side, such as
Waikerie, you get these lop-sid-
ed results and on paper, it can
We’re looking at the gap
between top and bottom this
year, but in 2009, we were look-
ing at the gap between fifth and
Gary Pfeiler’s comments
about ‘culture’ are interesting,
as I never felt the club had an
undercurrent of drinking or drug
If anything, it was building its
family-orientated culture long
before I left, installing a new
playground, hosting family days
at the river, junior coaching clin-
This direction was instigated
by the good people behind the
scenes who are still, by and
large, there today.
It borders on offensive to sug-
gest the club’s culture is respon-
sible for its current predicament.
Yes, getting the right recruits
to the club helps, but there are
elements of luck surrounding
that too, as any club will attest.
Often it’s not the big-name
recruit who makes a team great.
It’s the two or three guys who
come across on their own voli-
tion and the local kids who step
up that takes a club from bottom
Sure, some things may need
to change before all that work
is realised but I have the utmost
faith the many good people at
the Demons will get through it
and the club will once again be
competitive for a long time to
Time running out
ANZAC Day gave us time to
reflect on the futile hideousness
And on how – human nature
being basically good – peace
will overcome evil if we try
hard to copy the courage of the
Anzacs. Unfortunately, this sec-
ond reflection isn’t true.
Today’s world has reached a
point where wishful thinking can
no longer keep us dumbed-down
Meanness, lying, bullying,
hatred – these dominate both our
personal lives and our interna-
What to do?
There are many options, for
example, pre-emptively blow
North Korea apart, teach chil-
dren promiscuous gender-flu-
idity, adopt various postures
towards Islam, or impose sanc-
tions on certain nation-states.
None of these measures are
The one thing that is practical
is to pray. How about an extra
hour of praying per day? No
On the contrary, if you don’t
do it, I think you won’t have any
time at all. None of us will.
Time, for humans, will be no
Nichols Point, Victoria
in new TV series
I AM writing on behalf of
headspace to address growing
concerns raised by schools, par-
ents and young people across
Australia about some content
featured in US Netflix series 13
The series – which debuted
in Australia in late March and is
currently streaming on Netflix –
depicts a young woman who sui-
cides. It presents the viewer with
very confronting and graphic
messaging and imagery inclusive
of suicide method and means.
Since its debut both the
national headspace School
Support Program, which sup-
ports school communities in
the aftermath of a suicide, and
eheadspace, the national online
and over-the-phone counselling
service, have received a grow-
ing number of calls and emails
directly related to the program.
The show exposes viewers to
risky suicide content and may
lead to a distressing reaction
by the viewer particularly if the
audience is children and young
National and international
research clearly indicates the
very real impact and risk to
harmful suicide exposure, lead-
ing to increased risk and possi-
ble suicide contagion.
Clinicians working for ehead-
space have been dealing with a
steady stream of concerned par-
ents and young people since the
show first aired.
Headspace School Support
and eheadspace is urging school
communities, parents, and men-
tal health services to be aware of
the dangers and risks associated
for children and young people
who have been exposed to this
The national suicide media
initiative, Mindframe, also has
significant concerns and warn-
ings related to this content.
Please see the following
links for helpful information for
schools, mental health services,
and parents if they are aware that
children or young people have
been exposed to the content and
have expressed concerns around
their own mental health, distress,
or suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Managing social media fol-
lowing a suicide:
Grief – How a young person
might respond to a suicide:
How to talk about suicide
with a young person:
having a tough time, visit your
local centre or contact ehead-
space on 1800 650 890 or www.
headspace School Support
DEBATING housing affordability can often
be a tale of two generations.
It’s a popular conception, though
not necessarily inaccurate, to say older
generations swear that times were tougher
‘back then’, and that today’s young folk live
better than their parents and grandparents
That statement surely has some truth.
We’ve all heard of the sacrifices home
owners of past generations had to make to
pay for their first houses.
And the often humble nature of these first
homes. Ask your parents or grandparents
about the first post-marriage home they
bought, and how difficult it was living week
It’s often said today’s young wage earners
want everything, and they want it now.
A new car, an expensive trip and – most
importantly – a new home, fitted out with
quality furniture, accessories and the like.
This generation is often linked with their
ability or otherwise to afford a house in the
‘median’ price range.
At first glance, that seems a sensible
However, shouldn’t first-home owners –
by their very nature – be purchasing houses
below the median price range?
If they’re not occupying that bracket, then
who should be?
Start small, make sacrifices, realise you
can’t have everything, then grow – that
would be the sensible advice from past
generations who have done the hard yards to
buy their own houses.
But before we go galloping down that
path, one factor must be considered: the
price of houses.
Real estate prices in Australia have been
escalating for years. Sure, the most acute
examples of high-priced real estate are
in capital cities, particularly Melbourne
and Sydney, but in built-up areas, land
and houses are expensive, by anyone’s
The reality may be that ‘affordable
houses’ won’t be a purchaser’s number one
pick, and won’t be in their most desired
Why do Riverland drivers do
20km/h under the speed limit?
The worst patch seems to be
between Cobdogla and Berri. I’m
not in a hurry to get anywhere,
but I do the speed limit. It adds
10 minutes to my journey. Look
in your rear-vision mirror and if
there is a trail of cars behind
you, check your speed, please.
Well said by the Berri Football
Club in the letters to the editor
(‘Some facts about our football
club’, Pioneer, 28/4/17). The
RFL spokesperson sounds very
political in his comments and
while he states the RFL will
work hard with the struggling
clubs, the cynical side of me
says I’m not sure if he cares.
It appears to me the rules that
the RFL is bound by have been
decided by people who have
no idea on grass-roots football.
They do not understand the
lack of numbers available both
on and off the field. It’s not
only players, it’s volunteers.
If your club is struggling it is
difficult to get people through
the gate. I would like to see
the RFL stand up to the people
who make these rules and say
they are detrimental to our
league. Paying players is the
biggest problem the RFL has.
Remember when an RFL game
was played for the club colours,
your mates and supporters?
OMG there is a crisis in
Riverland footbrawl. Really, who
cares? It’s a sport in a regional
area where sports teams win
some and lose some. It goes
around in circles and in five
or 10 years Berri will be back
flogging some other club. A
‘rescue package’, seriously?
Get a life. There are many other
sporting codes that need a hand
to survive, but you don’t see
them carrying on like it’s the end
of the world.
I agree with what the Berri
Football Club committee
members said in the Pioneer,
except for one thing: Anzac Day
was on the front of that paper
Rob, that road safety ad you
refer to (Text Line, 28/4/17) is
good for children and us adults.
It’s not too hard to understand.
Come on Rob, listen closer.
The young girl does a good ad.
I understood the ad the first
time. You need to turn it off if it
Beware complete change in road
rules. Backpackers back in town.
Enjoying the Pioneer’s footy news
and reports this year, including
Graham Charlton’s last week.
more or less
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