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THE Riverland could
play host to a SANFL minor
round league match in 2015.
The SANFL has tentatively
named the Riverland for West
Adelaide's round 10 clash with
Port Adelaide on Saturday, June
13. The last SANFL match to be
played in the Riverland was in
2009 when West Adelaide hosted
Sturt at Waikerie.
Clare played host to a match
between Adelaide and Port Ad-
elaide's SANFL teams during
However, West Adelaide
Football Club football manager
Andrew Marks said there were
still a lot of "hurdles to jump"
before the match was approved.
"It's been put in the fixture
as 'to be confirmed', but the
funding is the important part,"
"If we don't get funded for it,
it will difficult for us to justify
giving up a home game.
"Also, a lot of Port's players
are AFL players, so we have
the issue of making sure the
ground is up to AFL standard.
"There's a lot of hurdles to
jump before we get to the stage
of it actually happening."
Despite the potentially
rough road ahead, Marks said
the Bloods were pushing hard
for the match to go ahead.
"Mark Mickan and Rus-
sell Ebert and a whole heap of
Riverland identities have sug-
gested it," he said.
"The SANFL wants a coun-
try game at least once a year
and we're the first SANFL club
"We want to get it happen-
ing and support the Riverland
because of their support for us.
"You could even play a ju-
niors game beforehand or some-
thing. There's plenty of oppor-
tunities to showcase Riverland
Renmark and Berri could
be in the box seat to host the
match, after successfully host-
ing AFL NAB Challenge games
in recent years.
Tristan Geehman put his hand
up for a shot with West Adelaide
during a recent trial match.
Geehman, who had im-
pressed at the recent academy
trainings in the Riverland, was
invited by coach Mark Mickan
to play against Woodville-West
Torrens in a trial match on Fri-
He played two and a half
quarters and from all reports
The news was not as good
for Berri's Brad Dolling, who
ruptured his spleen during the
match and is currently in hos-
Other Riverlanders to play
in the match were former
Richmond player Brad Helbig,
Aaron Fielke, Lachie Jennings,
Kane Pedler and Kale Trussell.
COMPETITORS from across the
Riverland gathered for the Waikerie
Open swimming carnival on Saturday.
The home side entered 80 swimmers, with
seven collecting medals for their club.
Darren Brewer had a particularly suc-
cessful day with four gold medals, while
Brayden Rigby took home two golds, one sil-
ver and two bronzes.
Joel Fillmore earned himself two silvers
and one bronze, Joseph Whitehead had one
silver and two bronzes and Chris Tyler took
home one silver and three bronzes.
Also earning bronze medals were Alla-
nah Woollatt with two and Chanidu Fernan-
do and Keelan Johnson with one each.
OTHER MEDAL WINNERS
Renmark: Lauren Anderson (three gold, one sil-
ver, two bronze), Courtney Donaldson (three gold, one
silver), Layla Anderson (one silver), Sophie Hoffmann
Loxton: Lauren Reichelt (two gold, two silver), Amy
Ballard (one gold, four silver), Joe Catalano (one gold,
one bronze), Renzo Catalano (one gold, two silver),
Brooke Reichelt (one gold, two silver, one bronze), Tia
Dahlitz (one silver).
Berri: Helena Millar (two gold, one silver), Am-
ity Kassebaum (one bronze), Sarah Kassebaum (one
bronze), Emily Kassebaum (two gold, three silver, two
bronze), Brock Verrall (three gold, two silver), Tim Tre-
wren (six gold, three silver), Teagan Nourse (one gold,
two bronze), Ella Kassebaum (two bronze), Jack Dufﬁn
(three gold, one silver), Matthew Nourse (four gold, one
silver, one bronze), Jake Millar (one silver, four bronze),
Jack Nelsson (one bronze). Relay: one gold, one silver.
Brewer, Rigby swim well at Open
ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Chloe Sawell in action for the home side at Saturday's Waikerie Open swimming carnival; Waikerie's Rachel Fillmore
in action; fellow club member Titus Whitehead also competed on the day.
WAIKERIE Rowing Club captain Les
Lennell says he will enter at least three
masters events next year.
The commitment comes after Lennell, 53,
participated in the Rowing SA Riverland Regatta
earlier this month, when he placed last in a race
of six competitors for the masters men's single
"I was in the younger division, where the
youngest was 32," he said.
"Three of us went on 'go', then the rest went
after nine seconds.
"It was pretty rough and windy conditions,
and I was at a bit of a disadvantage because of my
(older) boat, but it was all just a bit of fun."
Fellow rowing club member Katrina Webber
also competed in the regatta in a composite
sweep four with Renmark Rowing Club members.
Lennell said the ladies placed last in the masters
women's coxed four 1000m event, which attracted
"She enjoyed it, though," he said.
Lennell said he and Webber planned on
entering a mixed doubles masters event at
Mannum in April, when Lennell will also enter
the masters men's single competition.
He also hopes to compete in the same single
event at Murray Bridge in February.
"I think we'll do all right," Lennell said.
"I'll just have another crack at it and see how
Waikerie Rowing Club welcomes new members
and holds training on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 5.30pm at its river front boat shed.
Rower will 'have
SANFL considers return to Riverland
SIX-YEAR-OLD Rivmics Dance stu-
dent Olivia Ebert took home two awards
at this year's presentations.
The young dancer graced the stage
for eight different performances in The
Nutcracker All Jazzed Up, along with the
Ebert has been learning classical
ballet and tap (taught by Jan Cerlienco)
for the past year -- along with jazz (with
Carole Walker), for which she earned
first place in the junior class, and hip hop
(with Kira Mader), for which she earned
Ms Cerlienco also taught Ebert at age
three before recommending Rivmics.
"This is a lot for a little tacker to take
in, and she nailed all of it," added her
mother, Robby Ebert.
High kicks at six
WAIKERIE Little Athletics
held its last meet for the year
with 33 participants on Friday
The club's committee members
wished everyone a Merry Christ-
mas and a happy New Year.
They said they looked forward
to seeing everyone again at the
first meet for 2015 on Friday, Janu-
One personal best: Bailey Lofﬂer,
Kosta Pipikos, Angelos Myer, Theo Pipikos,
Ethan Rayner, Malachi Lloyd, Blake Loff-
ler, Isabella Pipikos, Owen Kroehn, Jacob
Mackereth, Nathan Schmidt and Thomas
Two personal bests: Sarah Campbell,
Ella Pick and Angus Liebich.
Three personal bests: Jarvis and Olivia
Last athletics meet
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