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WAIKERIE man Les Lennell
is set to compete in the 2014
Rowing SA Riverland Regatta,
which will be held on the Berri
river front this weekend.
Mr Lennell has had years of
rowing experience and is currently
the captain and coach of the Waik-
erie Rowing Club, but said this
weekend’s event would be the first
time he had rowed a single scull in a
He said he would be rowing in a
masters event, and needed to finish
in under four minutes to beat the
“The particular race I’m rowing
in is a single scull, and it’s over
1000m,” he said.
“It’s a handicap event because
I’ll be rowing against people from
“I’ll be rowing against people as
old as 70 and as young as 27.”
Mr Lennell said he had put in a
reasonable amount of practice to
prepare for the event, training for
about two nights per week for the
past six months.
He has also been doing weights
and running to improve his fitness
and cardiovascular health.
Mr Lennell said he felt nervous
about the race because he has not
competed in a rowing race since
“The biggest thing I’ve got to
have to worry about is trying to steer
a straight course,” he said.
“Because I don’t have a coxswain,
I have to steer my own boat, I’m
facing backwards and I can’t see
down the course. But if I can steer a
straight course I’ll be fine.”
Mr Lennell said anyone was
welcome to watch him compete in
his race (fifth on the program), and
he would like to see more Waikerie
competitors out on the water again.
He started rowing when he was
13, and said the sport had taught
him important life lessons, includ-
ing how hard work and commitment
Mr Lennell said he enjoyed ev-
erything rowing represented.
“It represents teamwork, com-
mitment, courage and friendship,”
“I love the sport and I’m just
trying to encourage other people to
come and have a crack at it.
“That’s one of the main reasons
why I’m having a go at this regatta,
to raise the profile of rowing in
Waikerie so people know that we’re
actually out there, we’re proactive,
and we’re trying to do something
Mr Lennell encouraged all locals
to try rowing, and said “you’re never
too young or old to get involved”.
“If you want to have crack at it,
try and get some friends together
and actually get into a dedicated
crew, because it’s a lot easier to pick
up if you are rowing with the same
people all the time, and it’s just great
fun,” he said.
Mr Lennell said rowing was also
a great way to build friendships and
to exercise most muscles.
Anyone interested in joining the
Waikerie Rowing Club can phone
Les Lennell on 0408 981 628 or can
arrive at the boat shed on Tuesday
and Thursday nights for training
Mr Lennell added that rowingwas
also held on the first Sunday of the
month and included “a bit of a social
event” with a barbecue and drinks
Les ready for Riverland Regatta
LES Lennell training for the Rowing SA Riverland Regatta, which will be held at Berri this weekend.
PHOTO: Katherine Cox
Big 101-68 loss for Waikerie
WAIKERIE’S first division Riverland
pennant bowlers travelled to Renmark on
Saturday, promising so much but in the
end providing so little as it lost to the home
A win in this game would have seen Waikerie
jump to third place on the ladder and put pres-
sure on the top two teams the side will have to
play in the next two rounds.
The inconsistent form of the team is a major
concern for the club. On their day, they can match
it with any of the other teams.
Only Dixie Lee’s rink of John Segneri, Ken
Dubrich and Richard Howell came away with their
heads up, winning 26-13 after getting into a good
early lead and increasing it as the day went on.
All other rinks recorded losses against a Ren-
mark side that was fighting to revive its season
after four losses on the trot.
Gary Pursche lost 17-29 despite winning 11 of
the 21 ends.
Roger Davies had a similar day, winning 10
ends but losing 15-27.
The Wayne Collins rink had a horror day,
It must be said that Waikerie was bowling
pretty well, but run up against a side being
skipped by Sean Leesue, who bowled brilliantly.
Because of the other results from the week-
end, the side is still not out of the running to
make the finals, and this weekend will travel to
Loxton RSL in what now is a must-win game.
Second division: Unlike their seniors, the
second division bowlers bounced back after last
week’s shock loss to bottom-placed Moorook
with a resounding win over Renmark. The 63-48
win also saw Waikerie regain its top spot on the
David Thompson led his side to a 20-15 win,
Bill Haby and his side had a big win over the
Gary Heywood-led Renmark team 25-15 and Grant
Hall had an 18-16 win.
The second division hosts Renmark RSL on
Saturday in a game it should win comfortably, but
will have to be careful. The side wants to avoid a
repeat of two weeks ago.
Third division: How is ‘Oliver’s Army’ going?
It took on second-placed Monash away on
Saturday, led from the front by Brian Oliver, and
came home with the spoils of a 71-48 win.
John Mortimer had a 25-9 win, Brian Oliver
had a 29-14 win and Fred King lost his rink 17-25.
The third division bowlers travel this week to
take on cellar dwellers Barmera in what should
just about wrap up a spot in the finals for the
It has been a fantastic effort so far, consider-
ing it is only halfway through the season.
Fourth division: Another good display from
the side to account for Renmark, 65-51.
Henry Mortimer won 19-15, Rob Neideck won
26-16 and Merv Rolton had a 20-all draw.
The fourth division takes on the Berri Red
side this weekend at home.
These two sides met earlier this year in round
three, and on that occasion the Berri side was
victorious by a minimal one-shot margin.
The fourth division is turning out to be a com-
petitive opponent, so a win for the second-placed
locals would be a good result.
Bowlers beat top team in
WAIKERIE’S first division
Wednesday morning pennant bowl-
ers had a good win over top-ranked
Loxton at home last week.
The win saw Waikerie move from up
from bottom position on the Riverland
Nancy Teasdale’s rink was the best
performed, with a convincing win over
Raelene Reichstein’s four.
With John Mortimer, Lorraine Wat-
kins and Gail Pursche, Teasdale’s four
had a good start, being up by seven shots
at the break, 13-6.
The side went on to win six of the last
10 ends, also picking up a five on the 15th
and a four on the 16th end to bring its
score up to 26.
After that, Teasdale’s four only
dropped two shots and picked up an-
other four to bring its score to 30. The
final score was 30-10.
Judy Strauss, Jan Gaeta, Lorna Kahl
and Wendy King drew Bernie Mattner’s
Strauss’s four also had a great start,
being up 9-0 on the fifth end, but drop-
ping a five on the sixth end gave the op-
position a boost.
Strauss’s rink continued its good form
to go into the break up by six shots, 14-8.
The bowlers went on to win five of
the last 10 ends with a few multiples
and, although the opposition picked up
some good scores, Strauss was too far
ahead and went on to win by four shots,
Dawn Boehm, Liz Thompson, Carol
Pennyfield and Barb Taylor had more
of a struggle against Marg Schutz’s four,
dropping multiple scores in the first 10
ends to be down at the break by nine
They won 10 of the 20 ends overall
but only picked up singles and doubles,
whereas the opposition was scoring well.
The home side lost 12-27.
The final scores were Waikerie 68,
This week the first division travels to
Lyrup for its match.
Second division had a bye last week
and are at home against Barmera today.
Club news: The final of the ladies
singles championships was played last
Thursday, with Judy Strauss defeating
Barb Taylor in a fairly close game, 27-16.
The championship fours start this
Thursday. Look on the board to see who
you are playing.
Good bowling to everyone.
Rivmics Dance awards its best performers at end-of-year presentations
1. Rivmics Dance junior
jazz award winners Emily
Taylor (first), Nicola
Schmidt (third), Taylah
Kuchel (fourth) and
Novalee Inwood (second).
2. Junior hip hop award
winners (from left) Reuben
Lehmann (second), Tegan
Carter (most improved),
Olivia Ebert (third) and Jade
Schmitt (first). ABSENT:
3. Novalee Inwood won the
4. Milly Wood placed first
in the intermediate jazz
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