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Mr Mudge said the standard achieved
by the more than 40 national competitors,
including 14 who were vying for spots in
the 2016 world championships, was "out of
"It's very intense," he said.
Gliding was cancelled from last Thurs-
day to Sunday and also yesterday because of
unfavourable weather conditions, including
26.4mm of rain on Saturday.
However, the competition only requires
three days of gliding as a minimum, and
the championships are still running until a
closing ceremony this Friday.
Mr Mudge said competitors were able to
launch on Monday, but none of them landed
back at the airport.
He said this was the first national cham-
pionships in 25 years that such a situation
"They went out ahead of the rain in good
conditions," he said.
"But of course on their way home from
the east it closed in and blocked them off."
Competitor Adam Woolley, of Kingaroy
Soaring Club in Queensland, is among those
hoping to secure a place on the Australian
gliding team -- an achievement he has al-
ready made twice before.
Woolley, who has been involved with
gliding for more than 20 years, placed third
in the racing class last Wednesday and is
hoping to improve on the result this week.
"It was a good day to start off on," he told
The River News on Monday.
Woolley said weather complications
were always a possibility, as gliders relied
on naturally occurring 'thermals' to elevate
them high enough to travel long distances.
"Normally two days are just outstand-
ing and the rest of the days are just nice,"
Fellow championships entrant Marta Na-
jfeld, of Horsham, Victoria, agreed that the
weather had been challenging so far.
"But I'm not disappointed -- I still had
fun, so that's what it's all about," she said.
Najfeld has been gliding for the past 15
years and said this year's championships
were her fifth or sixth visit to Waikerie.
"I've never seen such (poor) weather
before," she said.
Najfeld said varying weather conditions
allowed for a different gliding experience
each time she went up in the air.
"It never gets boring," she added.
DESPITE hopes that BSR and East Murray
would enter teams in the Riverland Independent
Netball Association this season, both clubs will go
into recess -- along with their footballers -- in 2015.
Although it would have created an anomaly in
the draw, the association was hopeful one or both
would continue in the Independent competition.
However, association president Jane Evans said
it was unlikely to happen.
"As far as I know they won't be entering
teams," Mrs Evans said.
"East Murray have lost a few of their netballers
with their footballers not putting a team in.
"Some of them were girls who came out with
the footballers for Saturdays and don't want to do
"And I've had an email from BSR saying the
netballers will be going into recess along with the
Despite the association being keen to retain
both clubs, it might have avoided a fixture head-
ache, trying to accommodate extra teams to fit in
with the football draw.
"We've never had netball teams where there's
no football before," Mrs Evans said.
"There is one spot available because there is
a bye, so there's a possibility that if they want to
they could fill that gap."
Mrs Evans is confident the remaining seven
teams will be competitive in 2015.
"We're having a meeting in February and have
a chat to all the teams then and see where they're
at," she said.
"I haven't had much contact with them, but I
think most will be similar to last year."
NEARLY 50 competitors have converged on Waikerie's airport for the 2015 Australian Multi Class National Gliding Championships.
PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
Gliders work around poor weather
WAIKERIE'S first di-
vision sent an emphatic
message to the rest of the
Riverland pennant bowls
competition last Saturday.
The side won 110-61, dishing
out Barmera's worst defeat of
When these teams met ear-
lier in the year it was a narrow
win for the lakesiders.
However, as has been a
common event with Waikerie,
the consistency of the team has
been in question.
There has been a position-
al shuffling of players, and it
seemed to pay dividends on the
weekend, with Barry Harden
moving to skipper and recording
the biggest win, 35-10.
Wayne Collins continued his
winning streak with a solid 23-14
win, Roger Davies got his side
back on the winners list with a
29-17 victory and Brian Burnett
survived a tough encounter with
Barmera's John Morena, hold-
ing out for a 23-20 win.
This has put the top side
only just into the top four with
only four rounds to go, and the
club knows that if it wants to
stay there, it must get some win-
ning consistency going against
bottom-placed Renmark RSL
The remainder of the games
are against top three sides Berri,
Loxton RSL and Renmark.
Second division: With a
side that had been depleted by
players being unavailable for
different reasons, the second
division bowlers managed to
stay on top with a 69-58 win over
This was mainly owing to a
big effort by David Thompson
with his patched up rink of
Mark and Dawn Boehm and
Derek Brown. Their winning
score of 38-15 carried the day.
Grant Hall went down 18-20,
and Bill Haby lost 13-23.
The second division is at
home this week to the fast-ris-
ing, second-placed Berri side
this week in what may well be a
prelude to this year's finals.
Third division: If an excuse
can be made, it can be made for
The third division bowlers
lost their second game for the
year, 58-63, with Berri taking
advantage of the fact that Waik-
erie had a few players out.
Nev Taylor had a strong 26-11
win, but John Mortimer lost
12-27 and Brian Oliver lost 20-25,
including the dropping of 11
shots in two ends.
Oliver's mantra for next
week, when the second division
will be away to Renmark RSL, is
"I'll be back".
Fourth division: A strong
display by all three rinks ---
skipped by Henry Mortimer,
Mike Schumann and Rob Nei-
deck --- saw the fourth division
side record an 87-2 win over
This consolidated Waikerie's
second position on the fourth
division bowls ladder.
The bowlers are at home this
week against top team Berri
Blue in what may be another
Mid week triples: No games
were held last week because
of the heat, but this week the
second-placed Waikerie is at
home to fourth-placed Loxton
White, and this game will be a
State singles: A section-
al was played at Lyndoch on
Sunday, January 11.
A strong representation of
Waikerie players took part in
this, with Barry Harden win-
ning his section and making it
through to the knockouts this
Zone competition: The zone
four men's round robin team
was chosen last week, and once
again there is a good representa-
tion of Waikerie players with
Barry Harden, Brian Burnett,
Wayne Collins and Gary Pur-
sche making the side.
They travel to Adelaide in
the second week of February to
take on other country zones in
the annual event.
Zone four consists of Broken
Hill and the Barossa, Riverland
and Mid Murray regions.
Loxton Blue 99 d Loxton Yellow 75.
B. Schubert 18 lost to M. Nugent 19; B.
Semmler 27 d B. Bullock 17; J. Vaughan
18 lost to N. Thiele 25; T. Thurston 36 d
D. Schliebs 14.
Berri 93 d Renmark RSL 58.
D. Treloar 28 d K. Knight 12; G. Butt 20
d J. van der Wyst 12; M. Kubank 16 lost
to R. Adam 20; A. Hill 29 d M. Inglis 14.
Waikerie 110 d Barmera 61.
B. Harden 36 d D. Wutke 10; R. Davies
29 d R. Kuchel 17; W. Collins 23 d P.
Ashton 14; B. Burnett 23 d J. Morena
Loxton RSL 86 d Renmark 79.
L. Westbrook 27 d B. Dopson 17; G.
Huppatz 14 lost to M. Howe; J. Wright
25 d R. Stoeckel 14; S. Roberts 20 lost
to S. Leesue 29.
Berri................... 10 3 1 151 272
Loxton RSL......... 9 4 1 108 255
Renmark ............ 8 6 0 116 220
Waikerie ............. 7 7 0 79 193
Loxton Blue ........ 7 7 0 -46 190
Barmera ............. 5 9 0 -110 158
Loxton Yellow ..... 5 9 0 -83 157
Renmark RSL..... 4 10 0 -215 123
Waikerie 69 d Loxton RSL 58.
G. Hall 18 lost to R. Bedson 20; B. Haby
13 lost to R. Ray 23; D. Thompson 38 d
T. Harrison 15.
Berri 63 d Waikerie 58.
L. Seltitzas 25 d B. Oliver 20; J.
Centofanti 11 lost to N. Taylor 26; B.
Bishop 27 d J. Mortimer 12.
Waikerie 87 d Barmera 32.
H. Mortimer 23 d R. Macro 11; M.
Schumann 29 d M. Szabo 11; R.
Neideck 35 d M. Hallam 10.
Waikerie ends Barmera's chance in Saturday bowls
WAIKERIE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
Wednesday, January 7
Winner R. Rigby 41,
runner-up H. Vandermey-
den 37, third R. Wilson 37.
Oxford Landing longest
drive: P. Green.
Noble Road Wines
nearest to the pin: G.
Saturday, January 10
Winner J. Sullivan 38,
runner-up V. King 37pts.
Longest drive: V. King.
NTP: J. Meyer.
Riverland softball was cancelled because
rain washed out the grounds.
Renmark forfeited last Friday's Riverland
baseball match against Waikerie.
BSR will not enter teams into this year's Riverland
Independent Netball Association, despite the club
making the A grade grand final last year against
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
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