The Border Watch : January 27th 2014
30 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au The Bulldog breed is not dead yet Club legend to watch over new coach and players at East get-together MORRIS ROD firstname.lastname@example.org IT’S not an official reunion, but it is a chance to catch up with one of East Gambier Football Club’s all-time greats. Robbie Lawson’s name is etched into the annals of both East Gambier and the Western Border Football League. Lawson is a four time premiership player and in 1988 was playing coach of the East team which defeated Millicent 14.7 (91) v 5.7 (37) at Blue Lake Sports Park. It was the most recent time East has tasted senior success as the club is seeking to end a 27 year premiership drought. Tonight from 6pm Lawson, who lives in Queensland will be at McDonald Park to watch new East coach, Matthew Scanlon put his players through their paces on the training track and then to mingle in the clubrooms with former teammates and Bulldogs supporters. In 1982, Lawson started the new season with a bag of 22 goals against Imperials. It kick started one of his best ever years in the Western Border, topping the goalkicking with 136 majors in the roster series. Named in two interleague sides and the Team-of-the-Year in 1982 didn’t however influence the umpires who only gave Lawson four votes in the league’s best and fairest and he finished in a tie for 54th, well behind winner, Graeme Reichmann (Imperials) with 21 votes. Lawson’s credentials in the Western Border rate higher than most. His list of deeds include – * Eight grand finals for four premier- ships (in bold) 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986 and 1988 * Club best and fairest 1981 * Three time club best and fairest, 1978, 1982 and 1984 * League leading goalkicker in 1982 (140 goals) * Western Border interleague player four times, 1978, 1980 and 1982 (2 games) * Western Border Team-of-the-Year 1982 * Bag of 10 goals or more six times including a career high 20 v Imperials in Round 1, 1982. * East Gambier coach, 1987-88 East Gambier premiership line-up of 1988 NB: Figures in brackets indicates the players age on grand final day 1988 B: Bradley Von Duve (24) Mike Walmsley (27) Barry Slape (22) HB: Roger Long (23) Steven Telford (25) Trevor Younghusband (30) C: Dallas Lindner (23) Brenton Primmer (28) Sam Ferguson (23) HF: Shaun Graney (22) Robbie Lawson (32) Peter Dempsey (25) F: Kevin Schultz (32) Steven Gray (25) Darren Gray (23) R: Graham Harris (27) Brian Harris (22) Greg Heaver (25) Int: Derek Ferguson (24) Stan Williams (27) TIME WARP: The front cover of The Border Watch in early October 1988, signalling East Gambier’s premiership win over Millicent. Premiership coach, Rob Lawson will be back at McDonald Park tonight. Prestigious title for Roughana FORMER Mount Gambier resident Megan Roughana has stamped her authority in the calisthenics industry. Now based in Melbourne, IT’S OFFICIAL: Mount Gambier’s Pioneers have officially announced the return of Brad Hill for the 2015 South East Australian Basketball League championship defence. Brad Hill back for another season THE formalities have been now been completed and the Mount Gambier Pioneers have officially announced the return of Brad Hill for the 2015 South East Australian Basketball League season. In his third full season at Mount Gambier, Hill will remain an important part of the winning formula of the Pioneers that has seen the club claim back-to-back South Conference championships and the national title last season. Pioneers coach Richard Hill said he was pleased to have Brad Hill back with the club for another shot at the national title. “Having Brad back with the core remaining from our previous two successful seasons allows us to continue to grow and improve as a team,” he said. “This is a group of players who are still hungry for success and love representing the Pioneers and the people of Mount Gambier.” Hill has been playing with the Wollongong Hawks in the current National Basketball League season. An earlier finish to the NBL and a later (April 10) start to the SEABL season will see Hill return to the Icehouse ahead of the upcoming SEABL season in readiness for the opening game - a grand final rematch with Nunawading Spectres. In his time with the club, Hill has claimed two Allan Scott Medals, was named in the All-SEABL team for two consecutive seasons, as well as being awarded grand final MVP in the Pioneers 2014 national championship. 30 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Victoria Roughana won the most prestigious title in Australian Calisthenics in October last year, when she was announced as Royal South Streets Most Graceful Girl for 2014 in Ballarat. The 29-year-old began her calisthenics journey at three years old in Mount Gambier as a hobby. She featured on the Mount Gambier recreational team. She said neither herself or her family ever thought the sport would become such a huge part of her life. “My family hadn’t heard of the sport before, and didn’t expect it would become a lifelong passion of mine,” she said. However, Roughana has now won the Victoria State title for Most graceful girl, the Australian National Graceful competition and has achieved the highest accolade, winning Royal South Street Most Graceful girl. “This has been a life long dream and through years of dedication and perseverance, I feel privilege to have been chosen as the winner for 2014,” she said. To be eligible to compete in the Royal South Street Graceful competition, there is a lengthy elimination process. Just 26 women were selected from across Australia to participate in the 90th annual competition late last year. Roughana worked closely TALENTED: Former Mount Gambier resident Megan Roughana was awarded Royal South Streets Most Graceful Girl for 2014, which is the most prestigious title in Australia for Calisthenics. with her coach Lucinda Williams who was impressed with the result. “I have cherished the advice given to me by every coach I have worked with, they have helped me become the calisthenics performer I am today,” she said. “I look forward to being able to pass on my knowledge and experience to help other calisthenics members achieve their full potential.” As well as her recent achievements, Roughana has been renowned in the calisthenics industry for 20 years. She was selected to be a part of the Victoria State Team five times, and in 2010 won the National Graceful title and received gold with honours in 2012. She also won the CVI Graceful title in 2013 and claimed the National duo competition in 2014. “Success is so rewarding, however being part of a team that helps you grow and achieve your full potential – not only as a calisthenics participant – but also as an individual is the greatest reward of all,” she said.
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