Sports reports: RMFL's best on show

Plus a close day of shooting with the Murray Bridge Rifle Club and all the sport back on this coming week after a school holiday break.

This post was contributed by River Murray Football League, SANFL and Murray Bridge Rifle Club’s Daniel Irvine.

Trainer Roger Jarmyn, along with playing representatives Sam DeMichele, Zane Barry, Blake Tabe and James Clarke, pose with assistant coach Wayne Knowles ahead of the Victor Harbour matches. Photo: RMFL.

Some of the RMFL’s brightest stars - and those that may one day be senior stars themselves - have been on show across the weekend.

In a joint team with South East football leagues, the RMFL had 4 playing and 2 staff representatives competing at the SA Country Championships in Victor Harbour.

Playing two shortened games on the same day, Murray South East were seen too by Meningie trainer Roger Jarmyn and led by Mannum coach Wayne Knowles who acted as assistant coach for the side.

James Clarke and Sam DeMichele from Imperials were joined by Mannum’s Blake Tabe and Jervois’ Zane Barry in a team that came up short against Central and Southern Districts.

Central and Southern Districts would go on to play in the grand final, proving how tough a draw Murray South East came up against.

Southern Districts 4.7 (31) def Murray South East 3.5 (23)

Murray South East 4.4 (28) def by Central Zone 6.4 (40)

While the current stars were unable to come away with a win, some future ones had their time in the sun.

Jervois Bluds juniors participated in an exhibition match at half time of the SANFL game between Sturt and Glenelg at Unley Oval on Saturday July 10.

While scores were not recorded, we’re sure that football was the real winner.

A close day of shooting

A fine Winter’s Day greeted shooters this past Saturday at the Deed Range in Monarto as 19 members and a visitor came out to test their abilities from 700 metres.

As a welcome change from last week the conditions were mild and dry with a firm breeze from the left that most shooters found easy enough to read, a fact evidenced by the 11 possibles shot on the day!

This included the tremendous feat of a double possible from Rob Paech and Jasamine Irvine in Target Rifle, and from Adrian Conlon in F-Open. 

In a close competition in Target Rifle, Rob managed to just edge out Jasamine for the off-rifle award with 11 centre-bulls to her 10, but Jasamine’s performance easily secured her the handicap win.

Greg Traeger also managed a possible on the day and Andrew Heard came tantalizingly close in his first round with a 49.07.

In the F-Classes Adrian’s lone double meant that he claimed the F-Open off rifle prize, but only by the barest of margins from David McDonald and Mark Nesti, who were breathing down his neck with each scoring 119 with possibles in their second rounds.

There was no such trouble in F-Standard where the top off-rifle award was convincingly won by Dave Hindmarsh, who kept up with the Open shooters, scoring 119.08, also including a possible in his second round.

Nicole Edwards was the top shooter in FTR, also scoring a possible in her second round but slightly further adrift in her first with a 56. 

The handicap award for F-Class, however, went once more to David McDonald, whose handicap of 7.2 gave him the edge over Adrian Conlon and Mark Nesti, whose handicaps are only 3.9 when added together, a point that was not overlooked on the day, and narrowly ahead of Standard shooter Dave Hindmarsh.

David’s continued success means his handicap will continue to plummet as he finds his new home in the Open discipline. 

On another note of newfound success, father and son combination of David and Oscar Neumann shot their first championship scores this week uncoached, both with notable results.

Oscar registered an impressive 112.01, narrowly behind David who managed a 113.01.

New shooter Mark Bracken in FTR also scored a very respectable 108.04, while club stalwart Gordon Harrison completed his first full round since returning from surgery with a convincing 110.03.

In other, less sought-after awards, Daniel Irvine and Peter Byass continued their winning ways claiming the Magpie Prizes in their respective disciplines, with Daniel registering three birds and Peter just the one. 

Next week there will be no competition shoot to avoid clashing with the South Australian Rifle Association Invitational Shoot at the State Range in Lower Light.

The range will be open for practice for those who can’t make it to Lower Light and a distance will be agreed upon Saturday morning with competition resuming the following week.

Sports back on after holiday hiatus

With many sports taking a break due to school holidays, why not take the opportunity to get along to some local sport this week:

Murray Bridge & District Table Tennis Association

  • 13/07/2021, 7.30PM at The Showgrounds

  • Monteith v Eagles

  • Blue Balls v Titans

  • Avengers v Power

  • Turtles v Tigers

Doubles competitions for the Lower Murray Darts Association

  • 14/07/2021, 7.30PM at Imperials Football Club

Round 15 of the River Murray Football League / River Murray Netball Association 

  • 17/07/2021

  • Ramblers v Imperials

  • Mannum v Mypolonga

  • Jervois V Tailem Bend

Murray Bridge United Soccer Club

  • 17/07/2021 games from Under 8 - Seniors

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