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Sports reports: Tylah Clark wins a medal but United lose their battle
Plus the latest in River Murray football and netball.
This post includes a contribution from Joseph Di Santo and Daniel Irvine.
Tylah Clark wins a medal but United lose their battle
On Saturday, in division three of the SAASL, Murray Bridge United hosted their season-opening Anzac round game at Beatty Terrace, battling it out against the Northern Wolves for the Anzac Mateship Perpetual Trophy in the A Grade.
A ceremony before the game was conducted by former United player and current serving Army Reservist Joseph Di Santo, with support from United veterans Trevor Wehrman and Craig Burgmeister, plus Wolves veterans Shaun Pratt and Daniel Steel, both of whom played in the game.
United had a reasonably young and inexperienced line-up, with the noticeable absences of Dylan August, Harley Mcfee and Matty Groves; while the Wolves were desperate for a win after losing their first two games.
The Wolves looked the fitter and sharper of the two teams in the first half, and 17-year-old United goalkeeper Tylah Clark was called upon to make several brilliant saves early on.
After nine minutes, Daniel Steel made an overlapping run down the left wing to gift Nei Sang Taisun and the Wolves their first goal.
A few minutes later the Wolves scored again through striker Siang Bile Hilkhin, with Steel again providing support.
Clark was called upon several more times to do his bit to keep United in the game through what seemed like wave after wave of attacks by the wolf pack, and had he not made many vital saves, the score could have resembled a cricket score.
When the Wolves were awarded a free kick in the 39th minute, Steel found unmarked midfielder Naing Oo, who put the ball in the back of the net to make it 3-0.
In the second half United looked like a different team; they had a much better shape, seem more determined and made a few promising runs but got caught out in the 57th minute on the counter attack, with Oo making it 4-0.
After some promising play, United’s Jay Eckermann managed to put some respectability on the board in the 75th minute, making the score 4-1.
A few minutes later Eckermann earned a penalty and decided to take it himself, but Wolves keeper Daniel Ambrose made a great save.
In the end Wolves they took home the three points and won the Anzac Mateship Perpetual Trophy, but Clark was awarded the Di Santo Medallion for his outstanding efforts.
He was presented the medallion by retired Army Cadets Officer Helen Di Santo on behalf of the Di Santo family.
Earlier, in the B grade, United had also lost 4-1, with Alex Black the only scorer for the home side.
This coming Saturday United will be away to Brothers United; Bs will kick off at 1pm and As at 3pm at SAWSA Park, at the south end of Adelaide’s CBD.
River Murray football round three results
Ramblers 10.7 (67) defeat Mypolonga 9.8 (62)
Ramblers best: Alex Pfeiffer, Aaron Pratt, Andrew Holland, Cameron Schubert, Daniel Guttilla, Keynan Harradine. Mypolonga best: Jack Zadow, Riley Robinson, Regan Gotch, Jack Wilkins, Brady Wrigley.
Mannum 15.9 (99) defeat Tailem Bend 8.3 (51)
Mannum best: Aiden Holland, Jacob Stagg, Michael OMalley, Dylan Ribbons, Stephen Branson. Tailem Bend best: Brodie Edwards, Daniel Perks, Thomas Mickan, Blake Zadow, Henry Jenkin.
Imperials 11.21 (87) defeat Mallee 5.1 (31)
Imperials best: Clint Diment, Jack Penfold, Johnny Boras, Kyle Dalitz, Louis De Michele, James Clarke. Mallee best: Riley Bowles, Luke Sparks, Shane Paech, Mackenzie Pederick, Angus Pederick, Stewart Heym.
Jervois 12.13 (85) defeat Southern Mallee 9.13 (67)
Jervois best: Joshua Scott, Peter Zarantonello, Lachlan Thomas, Luke Kluske, Harry Barnett. Southern Mallee best: Josh Smithson, Rory O’Driscoll, Thomas Keough, Billy McNeilly, Thomas Wurfel.
River Murray netball round three results
Mypolonga 43 defeated Ramblers 31
Southern Mallee 62 defeated Jervois 48
Imperials 68 defeated Mallee 45
Mannum 48 defeated Tailem Bend 38
Trifle rifle result differences
After a slight rain delay starting proceedings, shooters were happy to take advantage of a gentle and steady breeze from the right this past Saturday as the Murray Bridge Rifle Club held the 27th round of its championship from 600 metres.
The small TR contingent certainly made the most of conditions with two 49s and three 50s shot, two of which were by Greg Traeger to give him a perfect 100.08 for the day, making him the winner in both the handicap and the off-rifle awards.
Close behind was Robert Paech on 99.10 and Jasamine Irvine a few points back on 96.05.
While there were no possibles shot, F-Class was also well contested, with three 59s among the top scorers.
The top off-rifle winner in F-Standard and the F-Class handicap winner for the day was Gordon Harrison, finishing on 116.07, two points ahead of the top off-rifle winner from F-Open, Ian Elston on 114.08.
The top three open shooters were only separated by a point a-piece thereafter, with David McDonald second on 113.05 and Frank Marshall third on 112.03.
The next best F-Standard score was Ian Taylor on 103.01.
Shooters hoping to improve have another go at 600 metres next week.
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