Home' The Murray Pioneer : May 16th 2017 Contents 20 SPORT www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Riverland men’s
hockey team that
competed at the State
over the weekend, back
(from left): Rowan Hope
(coach), Zac Bartsch,
Nathan Bradford, Jason
Redemski, James Lange,
Joel Hampel, Briley
Gibbs, Joel Hopper, Ryan
Hentschke and Mick
Hopper (team manager).
Front: Brett Stokes,
Nick Hocking, Anthony
Segui, Dan Schmidt,
Sean Herbert and Daniel
Absent: James Smith.
THE Region 4 Champion of
Champions event was hosted by
the Renmark Bowling Club last
month, with a couple of Riverland
bowlers tasting success.
The event saw bowlers from
Silver City, Mid Murray, Barossa
& Light as well as Bowls
Riverland associations compete
for their individual Champion of
Champions, as well as the overall
Berri’s Dennis Treloar claimed
victory in the men’s singles tour-
nament, while Swan Reach’s Gail
Fromm won the women’s singles.
Treloar’s Berri teammates
Andrew Hill and Graham Elleway
won the men’s pairs competition,
while Fromm and Di Hartman
from Swan Reach won the wom-
Both the men’s and women’s
fours winners were from Silver
City Association, with Tom
Sladden, Leo Tindall, Rob Jones
and Barry Sladden winning the
men’s and Lee Johnson, Judy
White, Jenny Garnaut and Elaine
Thomas winning the women’s.
Bowls Riverland was the over-
all association winner.
Eightball wins for Lyrup teams
LYRUP Potheads and Lyrup
Wombats both scored wins in
round four of Riverland eightball
division one competition.
Hellenic Chokers won the
other division one match against
Lyrup Potheads 9 (A. McCauley, T. Rover)
d Pelicans 7 (J. Harding, R. Kuchel).
Hellenic Chokers 10 (J. Dimitrakopoulos,
G. Tsorotiotis) d Jugheads 6 (A. Hill, M.
Lyrup Wombats 9 (A. Mitton, R. Roisetter)
d Loxton RSL 6 (J. McInnes, D. Musolino).
Paringa Hotel 12 (J. Kalantzis, M.
Recchia) d Renmark Rackers 4 (P.
Albanese, M. Albanese).
Loxton Green 10 (R. Holman, S. Roberts)
d Monash Club 6 (L. Threlfall, B. Heward).
Barmera Bandits 9 (details not supplied)
d Loxton Tigers 7 (C. Bartsch, C. Schutz).
Cobby Eagles 10 (S. Verco, A . Nuske) d
Loxton Black 6 (G. Kent, R. Kent).
Loxton RSL 14 (A. Wisiniewski, J. Miatke)
d Ballbreakers 2 (A. Penola, M. Abdulla).
Pelicans 12 (L. Green, P. Ashton) d Berri
Blue 4 (J. Greenhalgh, K. Flentjar).
Minions 10 (D. Coombe, S. Pankhurst) d
Lyrup Club 6 (G. Dyer, M. Thomas).
Loxton RSL 12 (E. Walters, P. Smith) d
Hellenic 4 (L. Teague, C. Markow).
Hotshots 10 (P. Prestwood, R. Koch) d
Rascals 6 (T. Mitchell, D. Carroll).
Silver lining for hockey men
THE Riverland Hockey
Association men’s and women’s
teams performed strongly at the
State Country Championships in
Adelaide over the weekend, com-
ing home with silver and bronze
Coming off a second place
finish at the event in 2016, the
Riverland men’s side went in with
high expectations, fielding another
Due to a handful of late with-
drawals by other associations, the
men’s competition was changed
from a pool format to a round-
Day one saw the Riverland
come up against defending cham-
pion Barossa in its first match,
which ended in a tough 1-1 draw.
The other two matches on the
day saw the Riverland scrape
home with a 2-1 victory over Port
Lincoln, before suffering a 1-0
loss to Whyalla.
Sunday started well for the
men, claiming a dominant 8-0 vic-
tory over Tatiara in the morning,
followed by a 2-0 victory against
Lower South East.
Heading into its final minor-
round game, the Riverland was on
equal points with both the Barossa
and Port Lincoln, needing to win
by a margin greater than seven
goals to overtake them on goal
The Riverlanders achieved just
that, defeating Yorke Peninsula
8-0 to book a place in the grand
The grand final was an evenly
matched affair, with neither side
able to gain an upper hand.
A goal to Nick Hocking in the
first half put the Riverland ahead,
but Port Lincoln rallied in the sec-
ond and scored an early equaliser.
The Riverland men battled hard,
but fatigue began to set in and
Lincoln managed to put two more
goals away in the dying minutes to
come out eventual winners 3-1.
The women’s team played in
a four-team pool competition,
with Riverland placed in Pool A
with Sunraysia, Port Lincoln and
defending champs Lower South
Riverland had a slow start to
the tournament, losing 3-0 to
Lower South East (LSE) in the
first match, but finished the day
strongly with convincing 3-0 and
5-0 victories over Sunraysia and
Pt Lincoln respectively.
Sunday saw Riverland tak-
ing on the undefeated LSE again
for its final pool game, with the
Riverland girls making up for the
earlier result with a strong 3-1 vic-
This saw them enter the cross-
over finals against the Pool B top
Despite some good team play
and determination, the women
were unable to get over the line
and were defeated 3-1.
This placed them third over-
all for the tournament, with LSE
eventually taking out the champi-
onship for the third year running,
beating Barossa in the grand final
The Riverland women’s
hockey team that
competed at the State
over the weekend,
back (from leftt): Tara
Allister (coach), Sarah
Schiller (team manager),
Lisa Redemski, Kira
Keynes, Brooke Kelly and
Front: Ashley Baker,
Danielle Weeks, Justice
Ebert, Emma Cuteri and
Absent: Nicole Mentha,
ON TARGET: Waikerie’s Brianna Seabrook puts up
a shot in her team’s A1 clash against Renmark on
Friday night. PHOTOS: Grant Schwartzkopff
AROUND THE GROUNDS ACTION
ON THE BOOT: Action from the RFL under 13 game
between Barmera-Monash and Berri at Barmera on
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Mr Nitschke said the key issue
causing the lack of numbers was
the dimensions of the track.
“People don’t like racing
on the track here in Renmark
because it is too small and nar-
row,” he said.
“It is a problem we have faced
for a while and we have just been
told by Speedway Australia that
we can’t run open wheelers from
next season onwards unless we
put a new wall up.
“I’m not even sure what the
future of the club is because it is
going to cost $50,000 to do that
and that is money we don’t have.”
Mr Nitschke said work is
already going on behind the
scenes to solve the problem.
“We are working through it at
the moment trying to get some
grants,” he said.
“If we can come up with the
money to do it then the track will
be widened by a metre or so.
“Then we are going to
approach some local businesses
to see if they can help us out.
“We are just working through
some different deals at the
moment that we can offer them.”
Speedway track needs changes
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