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WAIKERIE continued its charge
up the Riverland division one
tennis ladder with a 10-2 victory
over fellow finals aspirant Loxton
After losing to Berri-view and
Barmera at the start of the season,
Waikerie has won three of its past six
matches, drawn one and lost the other
two by just one game.
On Saturday, the combination of
Troy Lehmann and Shaun Steele proved
too much for Loxton at top double, with
Steven Braun combining with Luke Mc-
Waters to also win comfortably.
Waikerie's Sonia Adamczyk had
a comfortable 6-2 win over Delaney
Lueth, while all four Waikerie men
Brianna Smith won Loxton's only
single rubber, beating Tianna Adam-
Renmark Tintra survived a strong
challenge from Berri-view to win 5-3
Cobdogla will head into the Christ-
mas break on top of the table after
beating Barmera 10-3.
Riverland tennis will resume on
Saturday, January 31.
Waikerie 10-77 d Loxton 2-33.
Doubles: T. Lehmann/S. Steele d P. Smith/D.
Stirling 6-1, 6-0; S. Braun/L. McWaters d
S. Gillett/J. Smith 6-1, 6-2; S. Adamczyk/T.
Adamczyk d D. Lueth/B. Smith 3-6, 6-2.
Singles: Lehmann d Smith 9-4; Steele d Stirling
9-4; Braun d Gillett 9-3; McWaters d Smith 9-6;
S. Adamczyk d Lueth 6-2; T. Adamczyk lost to
Cobdogla 10-83 d Barmera 2-33.
Doubles: S. Nettle/L. Hampshire d M.
Horsman/P. Jericho 6-0, 6-0; B. Kollmann/B.
Fridd d J. Wright/J. Bannear 6-3; B. Kollmann/B.
Fridd lost to J. Bannear/B. Koskinas 6-7; K.
Saville/B. Dillon d E. Marks/K. Bannear 6-4, 6-3.
Singles: Nettle d J. Bannear 9-0; Fridd d Jericho
9-6; Kollmann d Wright 9-1; Hampshire lost to
Koskinas 8-9; Saville d B. Penney 6-0; Dillon d S.
Renmark Tintra 7-72 d Berri-view 5-55.
Doubles: J. Pick/D. Schumann d A.
Drogemuller/D. Nelsson 6-2, 7-5; J. van der
Hoek/M. Roy d P. Reid/R. Day 6-4, 6-2; S.
Rucioch/R. Luethke drew with G. Tzanavaras/M.
Stewart 6-4, 4-6.
Singles: Pick lost to Drogemuller 8-9; Schumann
d Nelsson 9-1; van der Hoek lost to Reid 5-9;
Roy d Day 9-0; Rucioch lost to Tzanavaras 5-7;
Luethke lost to Stewart 1-6.
Renmark Tintra 5 3 1 52 56 11
Wilson retains world ironman ranking
LOCAL Ironman Craig Wilson has
defeated more than 1800 Australian and
international athletes to retain his world
ranking after placing in the top 100 of the
Western Australian SunSmart Ironman
Wilson is ranked in the top 10 per cent of
Ironman athletes in the world.
The event was held at Busselton on Saturday,
December 6, and had 1900 participants, includ-
ing 500 international athletes.
Wilson said he was pleased to finish in the
"It went really well," he said.
"It was a big day, but I got through it in the
"I always try and place in the top 10 per cent
of any race, and for this race I finished the com-
petition in the top 100 out of 1900 competitors.
"It was a really good result."
The event included an 180km bike ride in
which Wilson averaged 37km/h. He also swam
3.8km and completed a 42.2km run.
Mr Wilson said the running component of
the competition became tough after he sustained
"I was going really well in the run," he said.
"I was making really good time, but then suf-
fered a bit of cramp and had a few issues that
made me stop and rest for a few minutes.
"But I pushed along and got through it be-
cause I had come too far to give up.
"The last 10km was fairly painful."
Wilson said the distances of the course were
similar to other events he had been in before,
but the conditions were harder.
"It was fairly warm during the run," he said.
"There was no shade and the sun was beam-
ing down. But everyone has to deal with the
WAIKERIE'S Craig Wilson participating in the Western Australian SunSmart Ironman
competition earlier this month.
Berri two bites back at Waikerie Black Sox
WAIKERIE made the
journey to Glassey Park
last Friday to take on a
determined Berri Two side
looking to atone for the loss
at Waikerie earlier in the
The game began with Waik-
erie in the field, where Damian
Stevens made his second appear-
ance on the mound this year.
Stevens made a solid start,
but the Berri batsmen were in
fine form with nine safe hits
and six runs scored in the first
They were aided by a few
spilled catches by Black Sox
Stevens put the brakes on
Berri in the third innings, keep-
ing them scoreless.
Glen Schreiber was brought
on to pitch the next two innings
and kept Berri to only four
safe hits and two runs over the
fourth and fifth innings.
Aaron Best put in an excel-
lent performance as catcher,
assuring the pitchers were
focused and keeping base run-
ners honest at first and second
The Black Sox improved
their efforts in the field this
Mick Wallace returned at
second base to settle the infield,
and played a part in a double
play with Stefan Best at short
stop. The highlight of the game
was the spectacular catching
that has come to be expected
from Schreiber in centre field.
The ball came rocketing off
a solid hit from the bat of Berri
and most were sure it would be
a home run or at least a safe hit.
From the moment the ball
left the bat it was curving to-
wards left field, away from Sch-
He picked up the flight of the
ball instantly and made ground
to cover the distance, but the
ball kept curving further away.
After making the long run
to near where the ball would
land, he dived to his right and
caught the ball backhanded and
in mid air.
Waikerie's batting has
become one of the strongest
aspects of its game, but unfor-
tunately not enough hits went
to safe areas, allowing Berri
to complete eight plays to first
base, denying the Black Sox any
chance of scoring.
There were safe hits to Wal-
lace, Stevens, Gavin Brisco, Best
and Gavin Wilson.
There was also a sacrifice
bunt by Wallace and a bunt
by Anton Barrow, which ad-
vanced Phil Valentine and
moved Barrow to first base, and
started a streak of four runs by
the Black Sox.
Waikerie stole four bases
over the course of the game, but
Berri was too strong with solid
hitting, accurate pitching and
The final score saw Berri
take home the win, 8-4.
Meanwhile the Waikerie
Black Sox baseball team hosted
the Lyrup Lions at home on
Friday, December 12.
The atmosphere was fantas-
tic with the music and support
from the local community that
has become synonymous with
baseball games at Waikerie.
The game was the final for
founding president Billy Vin-
cent, who is moving because of
The club wished him all the
best and would like to thank
him for bringing baseball to
The Black Sox lost their pre-
vious two games and were with-
out experienced players Glen
Schreiber and Mick Wallace,
which meant the game would be
a challenge for the developing
side. Waikerie made a convinc-
ing start in the first innings,
keeping Lyrup scoreless, and
made two runs at the bottom of
However, the second innings
took a dark turn for the home
side. Strong hitting from the
Lions and untidy fielding from
Waikerie resulted in seven runs
for Lyrup, with Waikerie scor-
ing just three in return.
The two teams tussled for the
lead in the following innings,
with Waikerie missing scoring
opportunities and leaving run-
ners stranded on the second and
Stefan Best ended the night
with three safe hits, while
Gavin Wilson, Billy Vincent,
Aaron Best, Damian Stevens,
Mitchell White, Shaun Steele
and Phil Valentine all had one.
The final score saw Lyrup defeat
Waikerie's next home game
will be on Friday, January 9,
Friday, December 19
Safe hits: Berri Two -- K. Taylor, T.
Halupka, B. Rosenzweig 2, A. Cook,
A. Rogers, J. Bowers, B. Rogers, T.
Renshaw. Waikerie -- M. Wallace, D.
Stevens, G. Brisco, S. Best, A. Best.
Safe hits: Berri Three -- D. Christian, J.
Pallot, R. Coote, J. Thompson, P. Spilios,
J. Markow. Renmark Two -- D. Beer,
S. Healy 2, W. Beer, K. McDonald, M.
Owen, J. Perry.
ABOVE: Waikerie's Aaron Best prepares for a hit in
his side's loss to Berri Two on Friday night. BELOW:
Phil Valentine mans a base in Friday night's baseball
PHOTOS: Grant Schwartzkopff
WAIKERIE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
Tuesday, December 16
Winner J. Pearson 36,
runner-up R. Cullen 31.
Wednesday, December 17
Winner D. Broome 40,
runner-up R. Watkins 40,
third P. Haines 39.
Noble Road Wines
nearest to the pin: J.
Oxford Landing longest
drive: C. Bee.
Saturday, December 20
Agri business sponsor day.
Division one: Winner
P. Haines 40, runner-up
D. Fechner 40, third P.
Division two: Winner J.
Quinn 43, runner-up B.
Lane 41, third D. Wheeler
Ladies winner: C. Fridd
Longest drive: D.
Fechner, C. Fechner.
Straightest drive: L.
NTP: C. Fridd, C. Davis.
Stableford team winners:
M. Burnell/D. Fechner/P.
Isaacson 52 (Oxford
Landing Magic team).
RIVERLAND SOFTBALL LEAGUE
No games played.
Waikerie 24 (no details supplied) d Loxton Green 6 (M.
Walmsley-Cotham, C. Hammerstein, M. Reilly).
Renmark 17 (R. Hodge, G. Letton, K. Leckie-Hefford) d
Berri 0 (K. Ferguson, T. Healy, R. Tieste).
Loxton Blue 17 (D. Lidgerwood, K. Hopper, C.
Hammerstein) d Cobdogla 10 (J. Petch, J. Mulvey, C.
RIVERLAND BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Supercats 36 d Waikerie
27; Barmera 33 drew with
Berri 37 (C. Drogemuller, L.
Hill 8, A. Krollig 6, I. Thiele
5, T. Brown, K. Krollig 4,
T. Moldovan 2) drew with
Renmark 37 (A. Perry 11,
R. Leuders 8, A. Modlinski
6, T. Cooper 5, M. Pitman
4, S. Rucioch 3).
Loxton 45 (E. Thomas 9,
J. Dahlitz, J. Miller 8, H.
Bullock 7, L. Uren 4, J.
Drake 3, L. Sweeney 2) d
Barmera 27 (L. Millard 10,
A. O'Dea 7, A. Wutke 4,
M. Britten, B. Phillips, H.
Allstars 43 d Waikerie 24;
Loxton 37 d Barmera 17.
RIVERLAND TURF CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Waikerie Gold 149 d Renmark 48.
Waikerie Gold -- no details supplied.
Bowling -- R. Boon 2/24, M. Hussain 0/21, C. Jarrett 1/22,
S. Topperwien 1/13, D. Thompson 6/33, D. Mills 0/19.
Renmark -- S. Topperwien 13, N. Arbon 1, D. Mills 0, J.
Przibilla 5, R. Boon 0, D. Thompson 16, C. Jarrett 0, S.
Przibilla 0, S. Walker 0, H. Thiel 2, M. Hussain 0no.
Bowling -- no details supplied.
Gerard 2/113 d Brown's Well 9/100.
Brown's Well -- M. Hampel 2, J. Patterson 22, D. Wall 5, C.
van der Merwe 8, L. Patterson 4, C. Patterson 1, T. Victor
3, L. Hampel 30no, A. Flavel 1, B. Hoffmann 16, G. Parry
Bowling -- K. Karpany 1/11, A. Abdulla Sr 1/16, S. Sumner
0/12, A. Abdulla Jr 5/14, T. Abdulla 1/14, G. Taylor 0/17,
G. Abdulla 0/11, M. Abdulla 1/2.
Gerard -- G. Taylor 9, T. Abdulla 45, A. Abdulla Jr 21no, S.
Bowling -- L. Patterson 0/29, A. Flavel 2/30, T. Victor
0/21, C. Patterson 0/33.
Big victory to division one tennis team
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