Home' The Murray Pioneer : May 9th 2017 Contents www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, May 9, 2017 SPORT 17
WUNKAR chalked up a
comfortable 41-goal win over
Paringa in the leatest round of
Independents A grade netball.
Lyrup continued its strong start
to the season with a solid 17-goal
win against Ramco.
Wunkar 54 Paringa 13.
Lyrup 46 d Ramco 29.
Brown’s Well vs Sedan-Cambrai
(details not supplied.)
Cobdogla 35 d BSR 19.
Ramco 37 d Lyrup 32.
Wunkar 35 d Paringa 17.
Brown’s Well vs Sedan-Cambrai (results
with Jane Kuerschner and Joe Schwab
Tigers break the drought, but...
LOXTON defeated Berri by 62
points at Berri on Saturday in front
of a reasonably good audience
considering it was a clash of the
RFL’s two bottom sides – both
chasing their first premiership
points for 2017 and in early danger
of being left in the dust by the top
It was Loxton’s first victory
since round 11, 2016, when it also
defeated the Demons (5-11 to 4-4)
and its highest score since June 26,
2015, when Raph Liddle kicked
seven goals in a total of 17-6 (118)
Looking further, it was only the
seventh time the Tigers have hit
the double-figure goal tally in their
past 23 outings.
And with its B grade also getting
up in the dying stages of its meet-
ing with the Demons, it was the
first winning senior double for the
club since August 15, 2015, against
On the other hand this game
came at the end of a challenging
week for the Berri Football Club,
which is faced with recovering
from the loss of so many key play-
ers from 2016.
Experienced coach Terry
Eleftheriadis had stepped down and
was replaced by under 18 coach
To be brutally honest this game
was not a good advertisement for
the senior RFL grade and it will be
mostly remembered for four untidy
quarters saturated with skill errors
from both sides.
Disposal with hand and foot was
substandard and dropped marks the
order of the day. To be fair though,
these two proud clubs played ‘anx-
ious’ football and neither side
seemed loaded up with confidence.
But no one can say the effort
was not there and umpires Mick
Trussell and Jordan Wright were
kept busy with constant ball-ups
as players desperately dived into
packs for possession.
In the end Loxton resisted a cou-
ple of Berri challenges to win com-
fortably, 14-17 to 9-5, because it
had more players comfortable on
Berri had two outstanding play-
ers. Agile and surprisingly quick
big man Brody Thompson was ter-
rific in both the centre square and
around the ground and Murrayville
recruit Clayton Sporn was out-
standing whether in the key defen-
sive or attacking spots.
Peter Safralidis as usual
played for the guernsey and Clint
Ridgway, Jamie Milburn and
Martin Barber had good patches.
Big Geordie Franks at the goal
front always looked dangerous but
the Demons’ scrambled attacks
made his job difficult.
And then there was the silky-
skilled Tyson Lindsay, who looked
all class but under pressure never
had any real effect in getting his
side on the front foot.
The many rookies in the Berri
side simply lack experience and
that is where Loxton had a distinct
advantage as a number of its jun-
iors had been blooded in the same
way in 2016.
Jesse Will, Henry Wright, Drew
Kassulke, Lachlan Bradley, Jaden
Walding and others are now well
into their senior careers.
But Loxton was inspired to vic-
tory by two outstanding small play-
ers in the main action spots. Ben
Yeomans and Braden Falting not
only won the hard ball but found
time to break clear and deliver it
with planning, something of an
exception on the day.
A number of their teammates are
still persisting in launching attacks
Other Tigers prominent included
big men Ryan Smith, Craig Fisher
and promising Luke Pontt, Lachlan
Smith, Bradley Yeomans and Matt
Lidgerwood up forward, and Tyler
Oxlade, Lachlan Bradley, Lewis
Cregan and Jaden Walding.
That all adds up to the Tigers
simply having far more contribu-
tors on the day.
Swans grind out win over Bulldogs
ROUND three of the Riverland
Independent football season
included two close games, with
Paringa snatching a three-point
win against Wunkar, while
Blanchetown-Swan Reach was
made to work hard for a 24-point
victory against Cobdogla.
In a low-scoring affair, the
Swans managed to capitalise on
a poor display of goal-kicking by
the Bulldogs to take the points.
Speedy midfielder Tristan
Jackson was rewarded for a
strong showing by being named
best for the Swans, while skipper
Joel Watson was also influential
in the victory.
The talented Harley Bennell
tried hard all day for the Bulldogs
in their loss.
Looking for its first win in a
number of years, Cobdogla made
an ideal start against BSR, kick-
ing away to a 19-point lead at
Cobby eventually ran out
of legs, as BSR finished much
stronger to take the points.
A strong game from Andrew
Bajszi saw him named best on
ground for the Redbacks, while
Jayden Sheridan was their lead-
ing goal scorer with three.
Brown’s Well continued
its undefeated start to its title
defence with a 58-point victory
Despite a poor day in front
of goals, the Bombers were too
powerful across the ground.
Henry Bobilak was named
best for the Bombers, while
Liam Matthews was best for the
The final match of the round
saw Lyrup chalk up a big
87-point win over Ramco.
The Lions were hardly trou-
bled as they continued their
promising start to 2017.
Dean Hill led the way for
Lyrup with five goals, while
Lincoln Hoare was named best.
Wunkar wins big against Paringa
5 Ben Yeomans
4 Braden Falting
3 Brodie Thompson B
2 Jaden Walding
1 Clayton Sporn
Loxton’s Drew Kassulke gets
a scrambled kick away under
pressure on Saturday.
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
Locals score shooting success
THREE members of the Loxton
Rifle Club were part of the
victorious South Australian team
at the National Rifle Association
of Australia (NRAA) 2017
National State team F-Class
titles held at Lower Light last
Frank DiCerbo, Christopher
DiCerbo and Michael Punturiero
were a part of the side that nar-
rowly beat New South Wales to
claim the national title at the two-
Day one saw the first 20-shot
match per shooter at 900m, with
600 points on the line in tough
NSW took the lead in the
aggregate competition on 569-
30X, while Queensland sat in
second on 567-25X, and SA was
in third on 566-33X.
Day two consisted of compe-
tition on all three ranges, with
the leaderboard remaining tight
The last 900m range of
the competition saw shooters
encounter the worst conditions of
Going in tied on points with
NSW, SA took the title by three
points for the two-day total
aggregate of 1828-92X.
Frank DiCerbo said it was a
special feeling to win a national
“(It was an) amazing effort
competing against the best in
Australia, many of whom will
compete in Canada this August
for the World Championships,
held every four years,” he said.
“This came from hard work,
practise, equipment perfection
and selection process that started
almost 18 months ago.”
Members of the Loxton Rifle Club, Michael Punturiero, Christopher
DiCerbo and Frank DiCerbo (captain Loxton Rifle Club) receiving their
awards at the recent national titles. PHOTO: supplied
Nobes eyes off ton
WAIKERIE full-forward Daniel
Nobes has set the Riverland
Football League alight this season
kicking 36 goals in just four
In his first season for the club,
Nobes comes off a 109-goal season
for Christies Beach in the Southern
Opposition teams have had
few answers for the towering for-
ward, who started off the season
with seven goals against Barmera-
His best performance was against
Berri when he scored 11 majors.
Nobes adds to an already potent
Waikerie side that is undefeated
so far in its quest for back-to-back
In another stellar performance on
the weekend, Nobes registered eight
goals against Loxton North to lead
the ’Pies to a 58-point victory.
WHILE round four of the RFL told
us a lot about the standing of the A
grade competition, for the rest of
the grades it was the same old story.
In the B grade we saw Waikerie
carry on with its winning ways, tak-
ing care of Loxton North by a com-
fortable margin of 66 points.
The Magpies shared the work-
load, with nine different goal kick-
ers on the day.
Despite the success of their
A grade so far this season, the
Panthers’ B grade has struggled, sit-
ting inside the top four on percent-
age alone with one win.
Renmark showed why it is cur-
rently on top of the ladder, defeating
Barmera-Monash by 57 points.
Hayden Twyford took his season
tally to 20 goals, after booting four
for the Rovers.
Just like its A grade side, the
Loxton B grade notched its first vic-
tory of the season in a nail-biting
two point victory against Berri.
Loxton only needed two goal
kickers for the match, with Taylor
Eagle booting six majors to help his
team get across the line.
The Demons showed a lot of
promise, with Timothy Yates
kicking three goals, while Tyson
Renshaw was judged best for Berri.
Round four of the under 18s
played out in a similar fashion to
the B grade, with Renmark and
Waikerie continuing to dominate,
while this time it was Berri scoring
its first win of the season.
The Magpies showed their
versatility in attack, with Daimon
Barrow, Dylan Hahn, Blake
Schober and Jack Parfitt each
booting two goals.
Declan Size and Zane Lueth were
named North’s best two players in
Renmark maintained its hunt for
top spot with a 22-point win against
William Stockman was a stand-
out for the Rovers in a best on
ground performance that included
Star basketballer Mitch Well-
ington again showed he can handle
himself on the football field, kick-
ing two goals and featuring in the
The final under 18 match saw
Berri clinch its first win for the year
in a tough contest against Loxton.
Berri displayed its dominance
with a 173-point win over Loxton in
the under 15s.
Isaac Woolston led the way for
Berri with four goals in a best on
Renmark maintained its spot in
first place with a 51-point win over
Barmera-Monash, while Waikerie
defeated Loxton North by 38 points.
Berri also dominated its under
13s clash against Loxton, winning
by 84 points.
The Magpies were made to work
hard for a 15-point win over the
Panthers, with Zade Wood judged
best for the winners.
The closest match of the round
came between the Rovers and the
Roos, with the Rovers claiming a
Maison Goodman starred for
Renmark with three goals in a
strong on ground performance.
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