The Border Watch : February 12th 2015
SPORT NEWS TIPS email@example.com Mount Gambier 08 8723 8989 SPORT 31 ROOFING • PATIOS • SHEDS • FENCING • ambient blinds 659167 Tigers not resting on laurels with the signing of Buckley REVOR A JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org Mount Gambier 08 8723 8989 SPORT 31 ROOFING • PATIOS • SHEDS • FENCING • ambient blinds 659167 Tigers not resting on laurels with the signing of Buckley REVOR A JACKSON email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE North Gambier A grade football side has been the benchmark of the Western Border Football League for the past three years at least, with three premierships in that time. But the club is not sitting back on its laurels, with a couple of new recruitments and plenty of hype ahead of the 2015 season. Richard O’Grady and Nick Bartetzko are departing but Ciaran Buckley has returned to the Western Border (ex East Gambier) after a couple of years as assistant coach at Hatherleigh. Buckley will be taking on a mentoring role at the club, assisting the younger players to develop and to assist Brock Egan in his transition to assistant coach. Coach Justin McConnell said Buckley’s experience would be invaluable to the club moving forward. “He is good mates with a few of the lads he plays touch footy with and his partner is coming over to play netball,” McConnell said. “We needed some experience after the loss of Richard O’Grady and Nick Bartetzko. “He has a wealth of experience and comes with different ideas and because he is a teacher, his ability to transfer that knowledge to the young group has been an asset. “He also trains hard and is super-fit so will be an asset to our midfield and forward line.” Mayson Ashby will be return- ing to the club from Kongorong and McConnell said he was also hopeful of securing the services of Callum Hudson, should he return to the area from Adelaide. But McConnell said a big focus would be on developing the younger players such as Brad Stafford, Hamish Telford, Sam Egan, Matt McInerney and Jake Schutz. “We saw Brad Stafford go from a fringe player to an elite player last year and given right development and game time, we think the other young guys scope for improvement is huge,” he said. “The guys are refreshed and pretty keen. “There has been good numbers and a high intensity at training. “The guys look hungry and I think the young guys can sense opportunities with Nick and Richard leaving.” Overall McConnell said his players knew what was expected of them in the upcoming season and knew what to EXPERIENCE: North Gambier recruit Ciaran Buckley will bring a wealth of experience to the side. expect from the opposition. “We understand the competition is going to improve and every team will improve,” he said. “We have been the benchmark the last couple of years but if we don’t improve we will get taken over pretty quickly. “If we stagnate for a moment the competition will eat us up pretty quick. “Every other team is hungry for success so we just need to make sure we stay ahead of the pack if we can.” Experience the legendary performance of Mickey Thompson’s off road 4X4 tyres ... and Be Part of the Legend 660626 SOLID EFFORT: Darryl Patzel and Matthew Opperman finished fifth in the Madison. 218 Commercial St East, Mt Gambier Phone 08 8725 0855 Bucik Tyrepower www.buciktyrepower.com.au The Border Watch, Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 31 STRONG PAIRING: Mount Gambier’s Tim Koopman (left) gets a boost from Central Districts’ Craig Jones in the Madison. Junior champs Fourth title in a row for Mount Gambier MOUNT Gambier Cycling Club juniors riders have taken out the district titles for the fourth year running. The club sent 11 juniors riders and three seniors to participate in the event held at Hamilton over the weekend. The juniors were keen to defend their title of three consecutive years and claim the prestigious district titles. The GMHBA cycling classic was held over two days with races such as sprints, time trials and the spectacular 80 lap Madison event. Matthew Opperman and Darryl Patzel, who partnered each other along with Tim Koopman, who partnered Central Districts member Craig Jones, were the only MGCC Madison participants. Rain almost caused the cancellation of the Madison event but commissaries felt confident to begin the event, which proved to be a spectacle. Todd Schintler and Brendon Schultz were the eventual winners, with Patzel and Opperman coming in fifth. Junior 11/13’s were represented by Sophie Wight, Harry Opperman, newcomer Sophie Alexander, Pru Riddoch, Riley Morgan and Tess Wight. Under 15/17’s saw Brayden Burston, Jack Opperman, Amy Wight, Luke Wight and Jack Patzel compete for championship points. Results Sophie Wight: Fourth 2000 scratch race. Harry Opperman: First place in sprint championship, first C grade scratch, second 400m handicap, fourth time trial. Riley Morgan: First time trial, first 2000 scratch race, third 800m handicap. Sophie Alexander: Third 800m handicap. Pru Riddoch: First A grade scratch, third time trial, third 800m handicap, second 2000m scratch. Tess Wight: Third Under 13 sprint, first time trial, second 800m handicap, first 2000m handicap. Jack Opperman: Second Under 15 sprint, fourth B grade scratch, first Time Trial, first 4000 scratch race. Amy Wight: Fourth time trial. Brayden Burston: Fourth 4000 scratch race. Luke Wight: Second A 3000 scratch, third 200 sprint. Jack Patzel: Second 500 time trial, second 1600 handicap, third Under 17 scratch race. The juniors were awarded the title with 80 points, followed by Colac on 30, Bendigo 28 and Ararat 22.
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