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Sports reports: Wanderers retain MTCA’s Remembrance Day trophy
Plus RMFL TV’s Shane Snell wins an SANFL award, and the latest in Murray Bridge golf and rifle shooting and Lower Murray bowls.
This post includes contributions from Joe Di Santo, Michael Potts, Derek Vanderzon and Daniel Irvine.
Wanderers retain MTCA’s Remembrance Day trophy
Wanderers Cricket Club has hosted Monarto in the Murray Towns Cricket Association’s A grade Remembrance Day clash at Murray Bridge Showground, where both clubs competed for the annual Remembrance Day Mateship Perpetual Trophy.
Both sides lined up to pay their respects before the game as former Wanderer and current serving Army Reservist Joe Di Santo got proceedings underway with assistance from ex-Army and current Wanderers committee member Richard Elliott, with support from Murray Bridge Community Concert Band trumpeter Roger Head.
Monarto won the toss and elected to bat.
Openers Daniel Matthews and Jarrad Kowald struggled with the Wanderers attack of Jalen Kowalick and Craig Fidge.
After six overs, Fidge decided to change things, resting himself and introducing Ash Brown into the attack.
This move paid dividends, resulting in an excellent piece of fielding from the Wanderers skipper, running out his opposite number with both batters stranded at the same end and the score at 1/12.
Josh Mildwaters was the next batter in, he and Matthews were just starting to settle, having taken the score to 39, when Matthews was dismissed for 17, caught by Ben Dawson from the bowling of Brown.
A few balls later Mildwaters was dismissed in the same fashion, caught Kowalick, bowled Joardyn Williams at 3/39.
Ethan Smith was the next batter in; he wasted no time in moving the score along to 58 before he was bowled for 19 by Cameron Cox.
Next over Carl Pfieffer was judged LBW for a duck, giving Brown his second wicket and match figures of 2/15.
The Black Caps were in trouble at 5/58 after 25 overs.
Mathew Doyle and Harry Miels started to stage a mini-comeback, sticking around for 12 overs and forming a partnership of 30 runs.
Doyle lost his wicket for eight, followed soon after by Miels’ dismissal for 17.
The Woo Hoos’ tight bowling made it very difficult for the Black Caps.
Cox (3/20) and Ben Gilgen (3/1) cleaned up the tail, taking three wickets each to dismiss Monarto in the 41st over for 90.
In reply, Wanderers only needed 13 overs to reach their target.
Batting openers Cox (48) and Ben Trenorden (31) were both given lives early and capitalised in an aggressive manner, taking the score to 60 in the eighth over before Trenorden had his stumps skittled.
Wanderers comfortably defeated Monarto by eight wickets and retained the Remembrance Day Mateship Perpetual Trophy for the third year in a row.
Cox was voted and awarded the Di Santo Medallion for his all-round effort.
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Nick Lindner hits unbeaten 181 in Murray Towns cricket
Meningie 124 lost to Mannum 4/337
Mannum best: Nick Lindner 181*, Zak Muirhead 118, Josh Boylan 3/50
Meningie best: Tyson Bradley 2/54, John Zadow 64
Tailem Bend 85 lost to Mypolonga 6/282
Mypolonga best: Stephen Mills 100, Aaron Zrim 73, Lachlan Zrim 4/8
Tailem Bend best: Brad Kleinig 3/42, Paul Agalidis 26
Wanderers 2/94 defeated Monarto 90
Monarto best: Ethan Smith 19, Jakob Bates 1/14
Wanderers best: Ben Gilgen 3/1, Cameron Cox 48
RMFL TV’s Shane Snell wins SANFL award
RMFL TV commentator and Murray Bridge News match previewer Shane Snell has been awarded the esteemed SANFL Media Award for his exceptional contributions to community football within the sporting landscape.
As a vital member of the River Murray Football League, Snell displayed unparalleled dedication and innovation in the development and execution of RMFL TV, a groundbreaking live-streaming initiative that has significantly elevated the league’s presence and engagement, in 2019.
He was instrumental in every aspect, from designing the purpose-built trailer, sourcing technology, securing sponsorships, mentoring individuals in broadcasting, to anchoring commentaries and leading the broadcasting team.
Read more: www.facebook.com/rivermurrayfl.
Corey Dahlitz wins his sponsorship money back on the golf course
Corey Dahlitz has grafted out a comfortable victory in Saturday’s, you guessed it, Corey Dahlitz Plumbing Stableford competition.
Keen to retain his sponsorship prize money for himself, he eked out a personally gratifying 39 points, which was more than enough to snatch victory in the breezy conditions and on the slick greens.
With a playing demeanor just like when he’s performing another quality plumbing job for a customer – cool, calm and collected – Dahlitz is not very often off course with his shots and is regarded as one of the more consistent golfers in the club.
It was a popular win indeed.
Paul Harding, Shane Williss and “Fiery” Freddy Carter were the respective grade winners on the day.
Keith Durham won the pro comp for best back nine with a brilliant 22-point total, while Jake McIntosh took out the yabby with a sharpshooting iron on the 11th hole.
All six teams are tied after six rounds of Lower Murray bowls
Round six of the Lower Murray Bowls Association’s division one has done little to clarify who are the frontrunners for this season’s pennant, with all six teams locked at three wins and three losses apiece and all teams reversing the results of their round one encounters.
Jervois travelled to Karoonda, and although winning on just one rink, came home with a seven-shot win, 52-55.
Rodger Zarantonello, Daryl Little, Stephen Kroehn and Bob Solley led the way for Jervois with a resounding 32-15 win over Rowan Zadow, Garry Mason, Jayden Turner and Robin Burdett.
A four to Zadow on the first end was a good start for the home side, and they led for the first seven ends until a six to Zarantonello on the eighth end changed the course of the match.
He went into the break leading 18-9 and went on with the job in the second half, adding three threes on the run home for an easy win.
Josh Porker, Shaun Wood, Robyn Burdett and Bill Cornish had a tight contest against Shawn Hicks, Jeremy Scannell, Derek Vanderzon and Russell Schutz until a five right on the break gave Karoonda a three-shot lead which they never relinquished.
Although Hicks made some great conversions, Porkers’ consistency was just too good and he got his side over the line by five shots despite winning just nine ends.
Ian Symonds, Gary Zadow, Jake Venning and Malcolm Waechter also had a five-shot win, but only after a strong finish against Trevor Mann, Graham Fromm, Graham Schenke and Neil Morris.
Symonds led through the first half, but when Mann drew level and then added a six on the next end he looked to be in trouble.
He responded in great fashion, dropping just one more shot over the final eight ends to get up 21-16.
RSL at home were comfortable 12-shot winners over Tailem Bend, with two rinks up.
Jason Sipos, David Graham, Matthew Wynne and Garry Daniel took a while to warm up before dominating Rob Hales, Nathan Mammone, Ian Shepherd and Glenda Shepherd 27-14.
Both sides scored almost exclusively in singles for the first eight ends, but over the next five ends Sipos added three threes and a four to take complete control.
A four to Hales was a temporary reprieve before Sipos again responded with a five to cruise to an easy win.
David Thiele, Noel Kneebone, Neil Zander and David Newell were 16-10 winners over Merv Stevens, Kylie Slattery, Robert Parker and Bevan Jaensch in as low-scoring a contest as one could imagine.
Thiele won the first seven ends, but all were singles.
Stevens broke the drought to win four of the next five, but he also could only score singles, and a three to Thiele meant he had made no inroads in to the deficit.
Thiele stretched the lead to 10 shots before Stevens got on a roll over the last four ends, but once again could only score singles in reducing the final margin to six shots.
The two teams combined for 17 singles, three twos and one three for the match.
Tailem secured two points with Travis Schenke, Stuart Rooke, Kevin McDonald and Matthew Hogan 23-16 winners over Karen Kneebone, Kerri Bolt, James Galbraith and Allan Wooldridge.
A strong finish was required to fend off Kneebone, who strung together four ends either side of the break to lead by four shots after 13 ends, but Schenke responded with three three and a five on the run home for an easy win.
Murray Bridge seem to have recovered from a slow start to the season with an unexpectedly easy 25-shot win over Mannum, with all rinks up.
Murray Bridge Rifle Club members head to Kaniva
Members of the Murray Bridge Rifle Club have travelled to Kaniva to compete in an interclub shoot against the Bordertown Rifle Club.
Bordertown works in close partnership with their neighbours across the border, and chose Kaniva as their home range this year while theirs undergoes continued maintenance and upgrading.
The trimmings were laid out for the visitors, with a barbecue lunch provided and fresh southerly winds blowing straight up the range for the most part, occasionally squaring up and even swapping from right to left at times.
Needless to say, the former was much more appreciated than the latter; but everyone shot in same weather and so competition was still close, albeit at lower-than-hoped-for scores.
Murray Bridge’s best early were target rifle shooters Greg Traeger and Robert Paech, scoring a 49.02 and 48.03 respectively, with Jazz Irvine only a couple points further behind.
Read more: www.facebook.com/mbrifleclub.
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