The Border Watch : January 3rd 2014
32 SPORT (August 16) CHERYL Bird works as a strapper for successful Mount Gambier thoroughbred trainer, Michael O’Leary and in early August, one of her tasks was to drive two horses from Mount Gambier to Morphettville. It wasn’t till she’d reached Penola did she get a phone call, informing her that she’d left the horses behind and the fl oat was empty. 5 – You can’t be serious (October 11) FORMER South Gambier Football Club secretary, Darren Hooper now lives in Renmark in the Riverland but quite often visits the Limestone Coast to catch up with family and friends. In October, Hooper shouted he and his wife, Di a trip back to Mount Gambier and was quite pleased with himself that he had managed to book a swish motel at an unbelievably cheap rate. GOOD PARTNERSHIP: Brian Hall (left), owner of the Halls Motorsport with his No. 1 driver, Mount Gambier’s Steve Lines. Lines Speedweek champion From back page WSS veteran, Robbie Farr actually leads the WSS rankings after fi ve rounds, but his points tally was boosted by his decision to use his Joker card at Avalon on Monday night. All WSS drivers have been issued with one Joker car throughout the summer, but can only use them once, nominated in advance to double whatever points they earn from an individual round. Lines is second on the WSS rankings, but is the new Speedweek Trophy champion, a title he has won for the fi rst time. “You can use the Joker for your series points,” WSS competition director, Paul Trengove said. “But they don’t have an effect on Speedweek standings.” Lines totalled 1140 points for the week and won comfortably from Brooke Tatnell on 1052, while the remainder of the top fi ve drivers, included James McFadden 984, Brad Keller 962 and Robbie Farr 961. “Obviously it’s a disappointing way to win,” Lines conceded, in reference to Warrnambool being washed out. “But let’s face it, we’re going to take the win.” While two wins and a second from four completed rounds was an excellent result for Lines, his one disappointment was being disqualifi ed in Round 3, which happened to be on his home track in Mount Gambier, Borderline Speedway. “Now we’ll focus on heading to Brisbane and the next two weekends there,” Lines said. Lines and his crew are preparing for Round 6 at Archerfi eld Speedway tomorrow and then the following weekend will see Round 7 coincide with the Australian Sprintcar Open over two nights at the same track. Lines, who now drives for the Western Australian based Halls Motorsport team has enjoyed a fantastic 2013-14 season so far. From 16 completed races around the country, Lines has qualifi ed for 14 A-Main fi nals, won nine of them and fi nished on the podium 12 times. His wins have included the $10,000 Toowoomba Speedbowl, the Wigzell Battle of the Bridge (Murray Bridge), Sprintcar Jackpot (Avalon), three victories in the SRA Eureka Series (Borderline, Warrnambool and Avalon) and the two previously mentioned WSS rounds. Speedweek Trophy 2013-14 top 10 Pos. 1 Steven Lines It wasn’t till the Hoopers arrived in Mount Gambier did they discover the booking was a low budget motel on the other side of town. Apparently Hooper is still buying chocolates and fl owers in search of forgiveness. 4 – Boys’ week out (October 11) MOUNT Gambier duo, Graham “Stretch” Patzel and Noel Gosden had accommodation booked and plans were well underway to attend a series of race meetings in country Victoria en route to the Caulfi eld Cup on October 19. Pity all the bookings were a week early. 3 – Calling all passengers (November 15) Points 1140 2 Brooke Tatnell 1052 3 James McFadden 984 4 Brad Keller 5 Robbie Farr 6 Luke Dillon 7 David Murcott 8 Shane Stewart 9 Kyle Hirst 10 Jamie Veal 962 961 931 871 845 801 769 AN over 60s cricketer, identifi ed only as “BA” booked and paid for a airline ticket to go to the Australian championships in Maroochydore earlier this year. But when he went to board his plane, there was no record of booking. Turns out, “BA” paid for a ticket at the time of his booking...two months earlier! 2 – What GPS really stands for (May 3) FORMER North Gambier – now Glencoe – footballer, Michael McRae trusted his GPS to get him to the TUESDAY NIGHT HARNESS RACING ACTION GREENWALD PACEWAY Tuesday 7th January - First Race 6.30pm Great Family Entertainment • Pony Races • Members Draw Gambier Hotel Pick 6 $300 • Full Catering • Betting • Bar 637419 Admission only $8.00 Adults, Concession $4.00 32 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 3, 2014 AND THE WINNER IS: Doug Mullen is the inaugural winner of the Hey Sport Golden Gaffe award. He was one of a handful of dual nominees. 1 – Tales of the Punt No. 839 (January 3) AN old adage in the punting game is never cancelling a mistakenly completed ticket. Noted Mount Gambier accountant, Doug Mullen tasted the best of both worlds while enjoying an afternoon watching the races last weekend. Mullen, or Turk as he is also known as, wanted to back Imply (Race 7, No. 4) at the Warrnambool meeting, but managed to back Oregon Spirit (Race 7, No. 4) at Mornington instead. He saw his error and cancelled the ticket, only to watch on as Imply could do no better than fourth, while Oregon Spirit romped home and paid $10.70 for the win and $2.80 for the place. Later that same afternoon, Mullen was keen to back Chicago Miss in the last race at Warrnambool, but not reading the form guide closely enough, didn’t realise it was scratched. His second choice was No. 3, Silbar, but he inadvertently wrote No. 13 on his ticket, which gave him the rank outsider of the race, Church Lane. This time it was too late to cancel his ticket but his luck turned for the better as Church Lane danced across the fi nish line fi rst place, paying a whopping $43.20 for the win and $9.10 the place. Too sheepish to admit he’d backed Church Lane by mistake, Mullen claimed it was an omen bet because his mother’s maiden was Lane and she was married in a church. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au The best of Hey Sport 6 – Hey boss, I’m taking the scratchings Glencoe ground one night earlier this year, but his faith in electronics took a battering when his car ended up in mud to its door handles. And the winner is . . .
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