The Border Watch : January 16th 2014
30 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au WBSA UNDER 19: The Western Border Soccer Association’s Under 19 development squad which will play the Para Hills Knights at Vansittart Park this Saturday (back row, from left) Karim Bilali, Austin Galli, Craig Wright, Patrick Coshan, Maxi, Josh Kourmouzis (captain), Rashidi Edward, Max Donaldson, Thomas Renzi, Tom Weedon. Front: Matt Morony, Jacob Ellis, Luke Johnson, Majaliwa Victor Kizamba, Steven Hughes, Jarod Johnson, Sam Johnson, Jayden Breuker, Dan Hough. Absent: Cody Chapman, Nick Scott and Scott Dickson (coach). WBSA takes on the Knights Big task ahead MORRIS ROD email@example.com MOUNT Gambier’s Vansittart Park has been confi rmed as the host venue for this Saturday’s twin clashes between the Western Border Soccer Association and National Premier League heavyweight, Para Hills. The WBSA will fi eld its 2013 Team-of-the- Year against the Para Hills Knights who will be coached by Simon Catanzaro, winner of the prestigious Sergio Melta Medal for best player in South Australia’s premier league competition in 2005, 2007 and 2008. International’s multi-premiership coach in the WBSA, Tony D’Agostino has been named coach of the WBSA senior team. The senior match is scheduled to start at 5pm, while a curtain raiser clash will feature the WBSA’s Under 19 development squad against the Para Hills Under 19 team and will start at 3pm. The WBSA Under 19 team will be coached by the newly appointed technical director, Scott Dickson. It will be the fi rst serious soccer match played at Vansittart Park since Adelaide United and Perth Glory played a 1-1 draw in a pre-season Cup competition on 2 August, 2008. The Knights won promotion to the National Premier League (South Australia) after winning the 2012 Division 2 title and are considered one of the strongest clubs in the state, making the task of the WBSA U19 team even tougher. The Knights, like most other NPL clubs have been in solid training for some months in preparation for the start of the 2014 season on February 22. In contrast, most WBSA players are still scraping the cobwebs off their boots. Para Hills are no strangers to Mount Gambier, having played here four times in the last two years in meaningful statewide knockout or pre-season friendlies. This will be the third time the WBSA U19s have played Para Hills and will be keen to improve on the draw and narrow loss from past results. Dickson believes his side is even more attack minded for this Saturday. “The good thing about a friendly fi xture against a top quality side is that we have nothing to fear,” he said. “We are a younger group than Para Hills and are a representative side as opposed to a side that plays week in week out. Somerfi eld and Tucker well off the pace ROD MORRIS OD MORRIS THE hot, humid and extraordinary weather played a large part in the opening qualifying round of the Australian Amateur Golf Championships, which started on Tuesday in Adelaide. The massive field of 294 male and female players includes two links with the Limestone Coast, former Mount Gambier player, Will Somerfi eld who now represents the Kooyonga Golf Club and Robe junior, Ben Tucker. Played on both the East and West courses at the Grange Golf Club, Tuesday afternoon’s heat forced tournament organisers to postpone the rounds of several players. Play was suspended till early Wednesday morning once the mercury topped 40 degrees. Earlier, play was originally suspended for 40 minutes when heavy storm clouds and lightning moved into the Grange area. Once the storm front cleared, players returned to their positions at 4.25pm but 80 minutes play was suspended for the day when a second storm front approached. Somerfi eld was able to complete his round, shooting a 3-over par 75, while Tucker was one of the players who was stranded after 9-holes. At the time of suspension of play, Tucker was four over par. From the completed rounds, there was a four way tie on 68 (4-under) with Japan’s Kazuki Higa, Mona Vale’s (NSW) Dale BrandtRichards, Englishman Ryan Evans and Victorian Geoff Drakeford (Commonwealth) equal leaders. The Australian Amateur Championship is one of the country’s oldest established golfi ng events, dating back to 1894 and past winners include Michael Clayton, Mathew Goggin, Brett Rumford, Lucas Parsons, Michael Campbell and Greg Chalmers. The titles are decided by 36-holes qualifying with the leading 32 stroke scorers advancing to knockout matchplay, which will start this morning. Entry is free for spectators. The 36-hole men’s and women’s grand finals will take place this Sunday. At the time of The Border Watch going to press yesterday, Ryan Evans had stormed to nine under par and led by four strokes from Commonwealth’s Lucas Herbert, who was three under par for the day, adding to his 2-under 70 from Tuesday. 30 - The Border Watch, Thursday, January 16, 2014 Somerfi eld was static at 3-over par through nine holes and was in a tie for 62nd, while Tucker had completed his fi rst round in 77, but had started his second round with a birdie and three pars in the fi rst four holes and was in a tie for 115th. Australian Amateur Golf Championships Completed Round 1 scores Grange Golf Club (East and West courses) Par 72 68 Kazuki Higa (Ginoza) 68 Dale Brandt-Richards (Mona Vale) 68 Ryan Evans (Wellinborough) 68 Geoff Drakeford (Commonwealth) 69 Denzel Ieremia (Hamilton) 69 Todd Sinnott (Metropolitan) Others 75 Will Somerfi eld (Kooyonga/Mount Gambier) 77 Ben Tucker (Robe) IN DOUBT: After shooting a 75 in the opening round of the Australian Amateur Golf Championships at Adelaide’s Grange course, Mount Gambier’s Will Somefi eld had dropped a further stroke late in yesterday’s second qualifying round and was unlikely to make the top 32 cut. “As such the development squad is a unique concept. “We have given the opportunity to all interested players to come and train in preparation for their club season and this year we are delighted to have had players as young as 14 on the training track. “We have also called in several overage players to support the boys and assist them in their preparation and play alongside them as mentors.” Likely to be included in the Para Hills squad is former WBSA player, Omari Didero, who played against the U19 squad last year. Dickson confi rmed that former Centrals best and fairest player, Thomas Renzi, who was back from four years in Adelaide, would be included in Saturday’s clash. “We are keen to play good football and this year, this young squad is out to impress,” Dickson said.
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