The Border Watch : January 23rd 2014
SPORT NEWS TIPS email@example.com SPORT 29 Millicent Footballers CC primed for T20 success REVOR A of performing and winning there is just as big." While Facey said he knew JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org SPORT 29 Millicent Footballers CC primed for T20 success REVOR A of performing and winning there is just as big." While Facey said he knew JACKSON email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE Millicent Footballers Cricket Club is still coming to terms with the fact it will be representing the region on the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval on February 16. IMPACT: Mount Gambier IMPACT Practical Shooting League member Nicholas Glenn is looking forward to a big weekend of action when the club hosts the South Australian IPSC State Handgun Championships of the weekend. Top shooters competing Some of Australia’s best here for SA ISPC State Handgun Championships MOUNT Gambier's IMPACT Practical Shooting League is hosting the 2014 South Australian IPSC State Handgun Championships over the Australia Day Long weekend. Some of Australia's top shooters from the sport will be in attendance due to the event having World Level 3 classification. It will also be one of the last chances for shooters to qualify for the Australian national team to attend the World Shoot in Florida USA later this year. Club member Nicholas Glenn said it was a great opportunity to showcase what the club can offer. "For us it is a really big deal to be able to grab hold of one of these events," he said. "We have held two state titles here before and with a lot of other clubs based around Adelaide, the beauty of our club being half way between Adelaide and Melbourne is we will have a lot of Victorian shooters competing." Glenn said the event would be the largest South Australian title ever held with over 180 competitors currently registered with visiting shooters coming from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Territory, including many of the top 10 shooters in the country. He said the Mount Gambier club was the second largest in the state with the facilities and experienced members to host the event successfully. "We have a small crew within the club who are dedicated to the sport and design and make the courses," Glenn said. "Being a World Level 3 event we have had to design the courses and send them off to the world body to be accepted. “All the work is done in-house.” Glenn said members of the community were quite welcome to head out to the club to see what the sport involves and enjoy the action with a top-class field in attendance. "The sport is very much spectator friendly so people can come along and have a look," he said. "The only requirement is hearing protection and eye protection but people are welcome to come along and see a fast, dynamic sport. "People can see all the shooting ranges clearly apart from two and they can chat to the competitors and officials on the day." Glenn said there would be quite a lot of variety over the course of the competition, with five different types of hand gun used and various classes within each division. Competition begins around 8am on both Saturday and Sunday. The course is located on Mitchell Road just past the McNamara Park motor racing circuit. ADELAIDE BOUND: Millicent Footballers cricket team captain John Facey will be looking to take his big-hitting style to the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval when the team faces Freeling for the Country Twenty20 grand final next month. The Border Watch, Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 29 The team won its round games in the Country Living Homes Twenty20 Champions Cup on the weekend, beating Loxton and Monarto in the semi-finals to advance to the Country grand final where it will face Freeling. A win will advance the team one step further to tackle the metropolitan champions for the overall title. Captain John Facey said it was an amazing experience leading up to the final weekend of the competition and something he didn't expect would happen. "I think it's still sinking in," he said. "We have a few blokes in the team who, to play on Adelaide Oval, was probably past them. "The thought of being able to play there was huge – now we are playing there, the thought little about its opposition, he said the team would approach the game as it had the others in the competition. "I know Freeling has a young bloke who used to play for Beachport – Ben Parish," he said. "He is a fairly good batsman and a good bowler. "We have played a fair bit against him and I imagine he is as good as he was. "The rest of the team I would imagine would be handy as well. "They have beaten some good teams to get where they are, but they'd be similar to us – we have got where we are playing some handy teams. "And Twenty20 is a funny game – you can get lucky here and there." But lucky or not, the team has made the grand final and Facey said the players are now focused on one goal. "As soon as we walk on the field we want to win," he said. "No one on the team wants to lose. "We don't talk it up a lot but I suppose there are six of us who have played together for 20 years – we know what we can do without really saying it. "We don't know what Freeling is like but we haven't known the other teams either. "We have batsmen who can score runs quickly and a lot of variation in our bowling. "We will be looking to win for sure." Facey said this would be the highlight for the team since its inception 50 years ago, and as a bonus it will coincide with the club's anniversary celebrations, with a win being the icing on the cake. "We have our 50th the week before we go so we'll try to get a few of the old boys up to Adelaide to support us," he said. And while team members need to organise more time off work to make the match, Facey said he doesn't see that as a major hurdle. "This is big – it could never have got this big for the club before because we were not playing at this level," he said. "The ultimate before this was the grand final in our actual league. "I don't think anyone will miss out – I would be very surprised if anyone says they can't get time off work to go."
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