The Border Watch : December 11th 2013
30 SPORT SWIFT GL “Free Auto” KYRA SYKES KY kyr email@example.com WITH gold medals around their necks and smiles on their faces, Special Olympics Limestone Coast representatives Jamal Seiler and Amechai Bawden recently returned from the Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle in good spirits. Dedicated soccer players, Seiler and Bawden have trained hard to fulfi l their ultimate goal of returning to Mount Gambier with a gold medal in hand. Family, friends and coaches gathered at Sharks Soccer Club on Monday night to share stories, discuss the duo’s great success and bask in the golden glory. With special mentions from club president Vic Gentile, coach Brenton Frahn, Mount Gambier council representative Hanna Persello and supporter Keith Seiler expressing words of congratulations and pride. “We are so proud of these boys, not only for being selected to play for Australia, but also being members of the award winning side,” Gentile said. “I have experienced many glori- fi ed moments in soccer but nothing compares to having the opportunity to coach these players, watch them grow and bring home a gold medal, I am so proud,” Frahn said. Seiler and Bawden were welcomed with open arms to Newcastle where a large number of athletes and support staff from 30 countries in the Asian Pacifi c Region awaited the games to commence. On Sunday December 1 a memorable opening ceremony kicked off a surreal week to come and the following day saw Seiler and Bawden’s soccer team divided into division D along with three other Australian teams and a Pakistan team. As the team took to the pitch for the fi rst time, both Seiler, Bawden and their teammates fought hard with their eyes on the prize. Seiler’s efforts and determination rewarded him with three goals throughout the competition allowing $16,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au MAC SUZUKI 631585 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 Gold medals for special competitors AUSSIE PRIDE: The Australian Asia Pacifi c Games soccer team comprised of Amechai Bawden (third from left), Jamal Seiler (fi fth from left), Brodie Wegener, Robert O’Brian, Joshua Maddeford, Robbie Mastrogiacomo, Toby Sullivan, Rhys Baker. Australia to take out the fi rst two games which saw a tie with Pakistan on the leaderboard. Day two of competition saw a draw against Pakistan and another win, resulting in a grand fi nal showdown against Pakistan. As the whistle blew, nerves were pushed aside as the Australian team powered forward seeking an early goal. GO FOR GOLD: Special Olympics Limestone Coast athletes Jamal Seiler and Amechai Bawden recently returned from the Asia Pacifi c Games in Newcastle with gold medals in hand. Both teams consistently tried to score but it was Pakistan that went into the half time break one goal up. As the second half commenced, an extra fi ve minutes each way were given as extra time. Bawden returned to kick another goal in the fi rst half of extra time bringing the score to 2-1 and in the fi nal fi ve minutes Australia defended hard and created opportunities, resulting in Brodie Wegener kicking the fi nal goal, sealing the golden deal for Australia. Picture: KYRA SYKES Australia played hard and bounced back from the tough tackles. Bawden’s skill and speed produced the equalising goal to bring the score to one all at full time and Seiler said he never expected such an exciting result from the event and had plenty of people to thank. “I never expected to win the gold, it is very surreal,” he said. “So many people have helped us get to where we are and I would like to thank the community and everyone who has supported us.” Concordes A ends Demons A unbeaten run in district softball Results THE Mount Gambier Softball League match of the day this week saw Concordes A take a tight 3-2 victory over Demons A in perfect conditions at Blue Lake Sports Park. The undefeated Demons were looking to continue its winning run without Maggie Breen, but fi elding Michelle Lewis on the mound. And Lewis certainly stepped up to the plate, recording a dominant nine strike outs over seven innings. But Concordes knew this was its big chance to infl ict a loss on its rivals and began the game with a run in the fi rst innings thanks to an early walk. But from that point Lewis held the Concordes batters scoreless until the fourth innings when a two-base hit to Allana Jones scored Billie Jones and a safe hit to Sarah Moretti scored Allana Jones to put the score to 3-0. Demons hit back and got on the board with a solitary run in the sixth innings and followed it up with another in the seventh, but Concordes players held their nerve and went on to record the victory. fi elding, with Lewis and Cristan Smith both recording two hits for Demons and Allana Jones and Sarah Moretti managing one each for Concordes. By contrast, Warriors A completed a comprehensive 16-0 victory over the Demons B grade side in a game that saw Warriors A record 10 safe hits, including home runs to Eleanor McClintock and Tori Koop. McClintock pitched well for Warriors, only allowing one runner on base for the game and also led with the bat with three safe hits from three. Warriors U/17 recorded a good 13-0 win over Concordes B in a game which saw the Concordes girls struggle to fi nd any form with the bat. Safe hits for both sides were rare in a game dominated by great pitching and tight 30 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 After a great game against Warriors A last week Concordes B were frustrated by quality Warriors pitching. Conversely Warriors were able to string together a number of safe hits to score runs in every innings, led by Georgia Hood with three safe hits, including a home run and Taylor Wilsmore with two safe hits, including a three-bagger and a double. Wanderers dominated Concordes in the C grade, taking a solid 14-8 victory in a game dominated by the bat. Concordes amassed nine safe hits but were outdone by their big hitting opponents who managed a huge 18 hits, refl ected in the fi nal score. Best with the bat for Concordes was playing coach Codie Jones, with three from three safe hits, including two extra base hits. Tessa Moretti was the stand out for Wanderers, with four from four safe hits, as were Sonia Banks and Georgie Hatch (both three from four hits). In the other C grade match Warriors C showed Demons C why it is leading the competition, taking a 13-1 victory. Georgie Hood controlled the game from the mound, recording fi ve strike outs and only allowing one safe hit. This was recorded by Julie Chant who also managed Demons’ only run for the game. Hood was best for Warriors with the bat, with three from four hits. Warriors were always ahead but the score only blew out in the fi nal at bat, with Warriors adding seven runs to fi nish off a great display with the bat. In the Under 13’s, Warriors defeated Demons, 12-3. A/B grade: Warriors A 16 d Demons U17 0. Safe hits – Warriors: Eleanor McClintock (HR) 3, Tori Koop (HR) 2, Tanya Hood, Amber Hood, Talyssia Moretti, Georgia Hood, Imogen Walker 1. Concordes A 3 d Demons A 2. Safe hits – Concordes: Allana Jones, Sarah Moretti 1; Demons: Michelle Lewis, Cristan Smith 2, Belinda Scott 1. Concordes B v Warriors 17. Warriors U17 13 d Concordes B 0. Safe hits – Warriors: Georgia Hood (HR) 3, Jenna Burston, Taylor Willsmore, Maddi Hann 2, Nikki Howard, Eleanor McClintock 1. C grade: Warriors 13 d Demons 1. Safe hits – Warriors: Georgia Hood 3, Laura Day 2, Jenna Burston, Imogen Walker, Maddi Hann, Nicole Domaschenz, Tara Mullen 1; Demons: Julie Chant, Karen Cawthorne 1. Wanderers 14 d Concordes 8. Safe hits – Wanderers: Tessa Moretti 4, Sonia Banks, Georgie Hatch 3, Nat Gilbert 2, Teressa Hatch, Gena Davis, Kate Hommelhoff 1; Concodes: Codie Jones 3, Tammy Jones 2, Kate Griffi ths, Nicole Saunders, Ella Wearne, Linda Dodds 1. Juniors: Warriors 12 d Demons 4.
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