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Sports reports: Nikita Grosser does her country proud but falls short of Paralympics
Plus the latest in River Murray netball and football and Murray Bridge horse racing, golf, soccer and rifle shooting.
This post includes contributions from Nikita Grosser, Michael Potts and Daniel Irvine.
Nikita Grosser does her country proud but falls short of Paralympics
During August, Nikita Grosser and her team competed at the 2023 IBSA World Games to try to qualify for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
Over the two weeks, they competed against the best in the world.
Unfortunately they were not able to secure a win during the round robin games, meaning they were knocked out before the quarter finals.
In saying this, their pool was extremely tough, with three of their five pool teams making it to the medal games and one, China, qualifying for Paris.
“Although we did not achieve the goal we were hoping for, we did play a really good competition and are now back to training as we prepare for our final chance to qualify for the 2024 Paris Paralympics – during November this year at the Asia Pacific Championships in China,” Grosser said.
“In the meantime, we have camps every fortnight and the Australian National Goalball Championships over the October long weekend in Perth to look forward to as well.
“Thank you for all your support along my journey so far – it’s greatly appreciated.”
Young stars recognised at RMNA’s junior presentation night
Mallee netballers Zoe Hawkes, Jessica Kerr and Ruby Pfeiffer are among the young netballers who have won accolades at the River Murray Netball Association’s junior presentation night.
Mypolonga was named the best junior club, while Kerr won the Mandy Snell Memorial Trophy, Hawkes the Bob Tanner Perpetual Trophy and Pfeiffer the Shirley Stephenson Perpetual Trophy as the best players in their respective grades.
Other vote-getters included:
Reagan Martin, Mypolonga (intermediate two)
Zoe Harrington, Mypolonga (junior one)
Azalea Baker, Mypolonga (sub-junior one)
Hannah Burdett, Mypolonga (sub-junior two)
The association’s senior presentation night will be held at the Bridgeport Hotel on Monday.
New feature race to be run on Gold Cup day
The Murray Bridge Racing Club has announced a new $50,000 feature for Murray Bridge Gold Cup day: the Moorundi.
The $50,000 race will be run over the 900-metre short course at Gifford Hill and will be the opening two-year-old race of the 2023-24 racing season in South Australia.
In addition, Magic Millions will provide the winning trainer with an additional $10,000 voucher to spend at any Magic Millions bloodstock sale around Australia in 2024.
Read more: racingsa.com.au.
Jeff has the Wright stuff on the golf course
Totally unpredictable B-grader Jeff Wright has kept his game under control for the whole round for once, ensuring he emerged top dog in Saturday’s Stroke competition at Murray Bridge Golf Club.
Reeling off a stunning nett 63, he tipped out brilliant A-grader Matt Kowald by a single shot for the day’s honours after Kowald had earlier carded an outstanding nett 64, which ended up giving him the A grade win.
Damian Dolman tooķ out the B grade with a nett 67, while Echunga’s Sean Rowell edged local super veteran Bryan Squires in C grade with each player scoring excellent nett 65s.
Close competition at Murray Bridge Rifle Club
A dozen competitors have turned out to enjoy a pleasant spring day and shoot the eighth stage of the Murray Bridge Rifle Club’s annual championship.
The weather was mild and the winds reasonably gentle to start out with, swinging from left to right over the course of the afternoon while also gaining strength.
Greg Traeger had the best read of the weather early in TR, scoring a possible 50.05 in the first round, while Adrian Conlon led the F-class field with a 59.03.
Read more: www.facebook.com/mbrifleclub.
Coorong Cats knocked out of RMFL finals
Jervois 12.10 (82) defeated Imperials 9.5 (59)
Jervois best: Dylan Barry, Bienfait Bigazi, Taite Silverlock, Mackenzie Hansen, Mitchell Noye, Peter Zarantonello
Imperials best: Louis DeMichele, Ben Gogel, Jack Penfold, Lucas Young, Jack McKay, Luke Harrowfield
Mypolonga 11.10 (76) defeated Coorong 4.4 (28)
Coorong best: Alexander Stidiford, Lachlan Mill, Clint Richardson, Jack Holliday, Chad Kennett
Mypolonga best: Patrick Davies, Riley Robinson, Jack Kluske, Mitchell Bowley, Charlie Kirchner
Storm beat Roos in A grade netball finals
Imperials defeated Mypolonga 46-43
Mallee defeated Mannum 53-30
United rise to fifth in SAASL division three
Murray Bridge United defeated ADFC 4-3
Goals: Graham Alympic 2, Will Baker, Jay Eckermann
Murray Bridge United reserves drew with ADFC reserves 4-4
Goals: Aubrey Mawere 2, Shem James 2
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