The Border Watch : February 3rd 2015
42 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Johnson’s indoor hockey foray Plays in under 15 boys national championships in Melbourne MOUNT Gambier teenager Finn Johnson has recently returned from playing in the Under 15 boys Indoor Hockey National Championships in Melbourne. As well as playing in the Mount Gambier competition for Redbacks Hockey Club in Division 1 and Under 15s, Johnson is no stranger to representing South Australia. His recent journey to Melbourne was not the first time he has played indoor hockey on a national level, after competing in the same tournament in January 2014. Johnson trialled well and found out in late November last year he was again part of the state team, along with nine other players, seven of which were also in the 2014 side. He travelled to Adelaide during December and early January to attend training sessions and their coach Todd Kitto was pleased with the way the boys gelled as a team. The championships were held from January 10 to 13 at the Monash University in Melbourne. Indoor hockey is different to the outdoor version, with only four field players and a goalkeeper required on the pitch. Naturally enough indoor hockey is faster and more tactical than the outdoor game. All six states and the Australian Capital Territory fielded teams in the four day championships. South Australia made vast improvements from its previous year and it won a game against Tasmania 6-3, where Johnson scored one of the six goals. When South Australia played Australian Capital Territory it was a tight tussle, however South Australia went down by one goal 3-2. The state side lost the other four games in the tournament by much smaller margins than the previous year. STATE REPRESENTATIVE: Mount Gambier’s Finn Johnson represented South Australia in the Under 15 boys Indoor Hockey Championships in Melbourne. Eight of the nine team members are eligible to play in the same age group in 2016 and the coach is hoping they will once again make great improvements and win more games. Johnson played in the midfield and defence in the fast paced and action packed game that indoor hockey is. He intends to trial again and hopes to have the trifecta and play three years in a row in the Under 15 age group. Now concentrating on his outdoor game, Johnson is preparing for the Under 15 Outdoor Hockey National Championships in Hobart in April. He has recently received his training schedule and he will be travelling to Adelaide every weekend for the next eight weeks. Johnson also has a fitness program provided by Hockey SA that he is completing during the week. He is once again looking forward to the opportunity to represent his state and play hockey with other like-minded players who are passionate and skilled. Day claims title at Phillip Island Classic MOUNT Gambier’s Levi Day has taken out the coveted Phil Irving Trophy after an almost faultless performance at the International Phillip Island Classic motorcycle race. The trophy is awarded to the rider who gains the most points from their best two rides for the weekend. Day was entered on Honda CB 72 350cc and 500cc machines, as well as a post-classic 500cc G50 engine, Seeley framed RA Special. He finished the weekend with wins on both the Hondas plus a third place on the GA, sharing the honours with Michael Dibb who also won two classes he competed in. It is the third Phil Irving Trophy Day has claimed in a race weekend that is close to his heart, having attended to watch his father race for many years before competing for the first time in 2010. He won the trophy that first year and claimed it again in 2012, both times aboard the Jerry Kooistra built Hondas, which he raced again this year, now owned by Ron Angel. After previous bad luck at the and with two races in each class on the Saturday, he managed wins on both the Hondas and third placing on the RA. Overnight rain dampened the track, but not Day’s resolve and he managed the win the first race on the 350 Honda. The weather cleared up for the remainder of the day which saw Day complete a clean sweep of both the 350 and 500 Classic classes and a credible third on the RA in the Post Classic 500 class. The trophy was presented by renowned crew chief Jeremy Burgess. “It was an honour to receive the trophy from him,” Day said. “A huge thank you to Ron Angel, Rod Tingate, my father Robert and everybody else who helped over the weekend to keep the bikes going. “Ron had four riders on about TOP PERFORMANCE: Levi Day pushes his Honda through a corner during the International Phillip Island Classic event where he was awarded the Phil Irving Trophy. event, knowing the bikes are fast, but also fragile, Day took the approach of taking it easy in the heats to ensure strong engines for the main events on Sunday. 42 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 With the RA it was a matter of competing against bikes with disk brakes, while his RA only ran drums, plus the right-hand gear change, different to the standard left-hand variant on the Hondas. Having completed limited laps in qualifying, Day still managed to qualify fastest on the 500, third on the 350 and fourth on the RA nine different bikes there, so it was a huge team effort.” As one of the only meetings Day competes at while back in Australia during the British Superbike off-season, he said it was a great way to start his 2015 campaign.
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