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THE first division side
tried hard but in the end failed
to stop the Loxton RSL side,
which only two weeks ago
were sitting on top of the
ladder in Saturday pennant
The Loxton side proved it was
a worthy opponent by defeating
Renmark in the preliminary final
Loxton RSL will now go on to
meet the formidable Berri side
which is chasing a fifth consecu-
tive premiership pennant.
Only the Roger Davies rink
managed to win on the day: 23 to
Brian Burnett’s side led for the
majority of the day only to lose by
one shot on the last end of the day,
17 to 18.
Barry Harden’s side had the
worst start. After 13 ends the side
was trailing a massive four to 24,
but to their credit they never gave
up and fought back, eventually
losing 19 to 26.
Wayne Collins’ side fought all
day and at the halfway mark were
on level terms but faded to only
win two more ends, going down
11 to 25.
The other news is all positive
for the Waikerie bowlers with
the other three divisions all win-
ning their major semi finals and
through to the grand finals on
Second division: Waikerie
defeated Monash 55 to 52 in a close,
exciting game of bowls.
Drew Schapel with his side of
Robert Pickett, Rom Barratt and
Barry Weise led the way and in
fact were the only winners 26 to 17.
Bill Haby went down 13 to 16.
David Thompson went down 16
Monash defeated Berri on
Sunday so they will meet again
in the grand final on Saturday at
Third division: The thirds
had a somewhat more comfort-
able win over Renmark: 70 to 53.
John Mortimer’s rink of Darren
Kleemann, Jack Dolan and Ross
Nayda showed great finals form
winning 28 to 12 over a side that
boasted four Renmark players with
extensive first division experience.
Brian Oliver’s side trailed its
opponents until the 18th end and
held on for an exciting 23 to 22 win.
Fred King’s side managed a
good draw 19-all. Renmark pre-
vailed against Berri on Sunday
and so have earnt the right to take
on the Waikerie side next Saturday
at Loxton RSL in the grand final.
Fourth division: Just held on
for a 64 to 63 win over Berri Blue.
Mike Shumann’s side of Merv
Rolton, Rhonda Cain and Bob
Ebert dominated in their game
running out 33 to 18 winners.
Henry Mortimer had a dour
struggle ending in a 20- all draw.
Rob Neideck was in a lot of
trouble for the whole day going
down 11 to 25.
It’s a case of groundhog day
with the Berri Blue side winning
on Sunday to progress to the grand
final at Loxton on Saturday.
In the midweek triples competi-
tion – played last Wednesday – the
Waikerie side won the semi final
against Berri but failed in its quest
for the State Bank shield in the
grand final, going down to Loxton
Red 44 to 51.
Loxton RSL 90 d Waikerie 70.
L. Westbrook 21 lost to R. Davies 23; G.
Huppatz 18 d B. Burnett 17; J. Wright
26 d B. Harden 19; S. Roberts 25 d W.
Berri 84 d Renmark 65.
D. Treloar 16 lost to M. Howe 20; G. Butt
20 d B. Dopson 9; M. Kubank 13 lost to
S. Leesue 21; A. Hill 35 d R. Stoeckel 15.
Loxton RSL 82 d Renmark 79.
G. Huppatz 16 lost to B. Dopson 26; L.
Westbrook 18 lost to R. Stoeckel 21; S.
Roberts 32 d M. Howe 13; J. Wright 16 lost
to S. Leesue 19.
Waikerie 55 d Monash 52.
D. Thompson 16 lost to P. Brennan 19; D.
Schapel 26 d T. Verrall 17; B. Haby 13 lost
to M. Voigt 16.
Waikerie 70 d Renmark 53.
B. Oliver 23 d R. Phillips 22; F. King 19
drew with T. Schulz 19; J. Mortimer 28 d
T. Minge 12.
Waikerie 64 d Berri Blue 63.
H. Mortimer 20 drew with J. Lyons 20;
R. Neideck 11 lost to P. Tanner 25; M.
Schumann 33 d G. Meyer 18.
DESPITE controlling the
match for the majority of the
day, Waikerie Ramco fell just
four runs short of beating
undefeated ladder leaders Loxton
in Riverland A grade cricket on
In stifling conditions, Waikerie
Ramco captain Nathan Paschke won
the toss and elected to bowl first on
pitch, offering the bowlers lots of
His decision was immediately
vindicated as he and in-form young-
ster Tristan Geehman combined to
remove Loxton’s top three batsmen
with only 28 on the board.
Geehman, new to the responsi-
bility of the new ball, has grabbed
his opportunity with both hands in
recent weeks to become the side’s
most dangerous wicket-taking
Scoring was difficult for the
Loxton batsmen as Waikerie’s bowl-
ers remained disciplined and were
well supported in the field. Loxton,
led by veteran Michael Gutsche (44)
mounted somewhat of a recovery
through the middle overs and wickets
continued to fall at regular intervals.
Gehmann (4 for 19 off 11) and
Paschke (3 for 30 off 13.5) were easily
the pick of the Waikerie bowlers,
keeping Loxton to a final total of 9
for 114 off their allotted 40 overs.
In reply, openers Paschke and Ste-
phen Taylor started well, navigating
the first 7 overs successfully before
Paschke (9) lost his wicket with the
score on 16. Tim Bevan made a good
start to his innings, before he was
dismissed for 13. That brought Ste-
phen and his dad Kym (22) together.
Stephen, having opened the bat-
ting only a handful of times in A
grade cricket, played the anchor role,
showing resolute defence and a calm-
ness beyond his years to allow the
more accomplished stroke makers
in the order the freedom to play their
natural games. When Kym lost his
wicket with Waikerie at three for 60,
in-form batsmen Chris Schutz picked
up where he left off, attacking the
Loxton bowlers and playing some
excellent shots to end up with a well-
made 36 not out.
When Stephen (12) was finally
dismissed in the 34th over, the game
was still in the balance, but Waikerie
needed to up the scoring rate. Unfor-
tunately this increased their need to
take risks, which led to a flurry of
late wickets as the Warriors hunted
Despite some late hitting from
Schutz, the pressure mounted and
Waikerie was unable to score a six
off the last ball that would have se-
cured victory, finishing with a total
of 8 for 110.
Nevertheless, it was a promising
performance from the Warriors, who
will take confidence from the match
into a finals series that begins in just
a few weeks time.
Loxton 9/114 d Waikerie-Ramco 8/110.
Loxton – J. Deren 6, R. Colls 2, J. Albrecht
13, K. Smith 8, L. Kruger 1, M. Gutsche 44,
T. Graetz 18, W. Lehmann 0, J. Norman 0, R.
Smith 0no, C. Fisher 10no.
Bowling – T. Geehman 4/19, N. Paschke
3/30, K. Taylor 0/15, A . Lean 1/20, M. Mc-
Waikerie-Ramco – N. Paschke 9, S. Taylor 12,
T. Bevan 13, K. Taylor 22, C. Schutz 36no, T.
Geehman 6, A. Borgas 0, A. Lean 0, A. Lean
0, M. Shaw 0no.
Bowling – R. Smith 0/11, C. Fisher 1/16,
J. Albrecht 1/19, T. Graetz 0/6, J. Norman
0/15, K. Smith 1/14, W. Lehmann 1/17, M.
Gerard 202 d Waikerie Gold 83.
Gerard – G. Taylor 40, G. Halls 3, K. Karpany
73, G. Abdulla 15, A. Abdulla Jr 19, A. Abdulla
Sr 3, T. Abdulla 20, J. Abdulla 0, A. Penola 0,
M. Abdulla 10, B. Plew 2no.
Bowling – L . Twigden 1/78, M. Bagguley
4/30, C. Hawke 3/42, L. Howell 1/52, K.
Waikerie Gold – C. Hawke 15, M. Bagguley
4, K. Matthews 15, D. Fridd 13, M. Fitzgerald
2, L. Twigden 4, J. Russell 3, L. Howell 11, B.
Hahn 1, B. Howell 17, J. Smigh 2no.
Redbacks v Strikers
Innings Strikers: M.Whittington-Arnold 20
ret., K.Hilton 20 ret., K.Rayner 17 ret.,
J.Mackereth 3, Z.Wood 6 ret., W.Campbell
5, S.Liebich 6, C.Langdown 1, M.Waanders
6, E.Rayner 0, J.Morgan 0 n.o. Extras 12,
Bowling - N.Hyde 1/7, J.Simpfendorfer 1/10,
M.Carter 1/14, M.Rayner 1/7, T.Waanders
0/2, B.Burgemiester 0/16, L.Hilton 0/5,
R.Singh 0/8, W.Moxham 0/10, A .Liebich 1/7,
Innings Redbacks: A.Liebich 0, R.Singh 0,
J.Simpfendorfer 4 ret., M.Carter 15 ret.,
M.Rayner 12, T.Waanders 6 ret., N.Hyde 0,
B.Burgemiester 9 ret., L.Hilton 6, T.Uppal 4
n.o., W.Moxham 11, Extras 19. Total 86.
Bowling - K.Hilton 0/3, M.Whittington-Arnold
1/5, K.Rayner 2/5, J.Mackereth 1/9, Z.Wood
W.Campbell 0/1, S.Liebich 0/5, C.Langdown
0/6, M.Waanders 0/6, E.Rayner 0/9,
Match won by Strikers.
RIVERLAND DARTS ASSOCIATION
IN an excellent and entertaining
grand final, Loxton RSL defeated
reigning summer premiers Waikerie
Club in a nail biter.
Both teams won a doubles game going
into the first round of singles.
Waikerie won three of these singles
to lead 4-2 going into the second round of
RSL then won three of the second
round to tie the match at five-all.
In the teams game, RSL got a small
jump on Waikerie and was on a peg out
before them, but struggled to hit their
doubles allowing Waikerie to catch up.
With pressure coming into play, both
teams then struggled on doubles until RSL
finally pegged out to claim the win 6-5.
Players are reminded that the trophies
will be presented on February 26 at Loxton
RSL at 7.30pm with a mystery doubles to
follow. Everyone is welcome to play.
Grand final: Loxton RSL 6 (S.Pankhurst 180,
140x3, 1121, 100x3, A . Lovegrove 140, 100x5,
R. Martin 123, 121, 100x5, J. Willett 100x2) d
Waikerie Club 5 (E. Walters 140x3, 100 x 7, V. King
140 x 2, 100 x 9, 5. Mckinnon 140, 118, 100x3, W.
Schwatzkopff 125, 100x3).
Warriors fall short of win
The Final of the
Summer Cup was
played on Saturday in
In A grade Troy
Daniel Fechner 2/1
B grade Rob Thomp-
son defeated Hans Van-
dermeyden 5/4, with John
Docherty the winner of C
grade over Harry Moyle
2/1. D grade was won by
Joe Schober defeating
Graham Walters 4/3.
Wednesday, February 18
Winner: P. Stringer 39pts, runner-
up: G. Johns 38pts, third: A.
Pearson 38pts, Oxford Landing
long drive: G. Johns, Noble Road
Wines nearest to the pin: H.
Moyle, Ladies winner: S. Schultz
Saturday, February 21
Division one winner: C. Robinson
43pts, runner-up: G. Johns 40pts.
Division two winner: D. Dearman
39pts, runner-up: David Broome
38pts, ladies winner: S. Schultz
30pts, Oxford Landing long drive:
C. Bee, M. Chidlow, Noble Road
NTP: C. Bee, P. Haines.
Lehmann wins Summer Cup
WAIKERIE’S Brian Rogers playing in the semi final against Loxton RSL. PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
JACK Simpfendorfer, Michael Whittington-Arnold and Kade Hilton playing
in a junior cricket game on the weekend. PHOTO: Jodie Simpfendorfer
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