The Border Watch : January 24th 2014
46 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Lakers looking for more titles THE focus in local basketball shifts this week from the talented junior Lakers to the senior men's and women's teams and under 18 men, who will compete in the annual SA Country Basketball Championships to be played at Wayville stadium this weekend. Last week the junior Lakers represented SA Country in the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury NSW and in the Southern Cross Challenge in Knox Victoria. The Lakers men, under the guidance of playing coach of Chris Mason, will be looking for a repeat title after winning the 2013 A grade title against arch rival Eastern Hills. Dynamo Simon Berkefeld and Jak CENTURIAN: West Gambier’s Jason McRae was in scintillating form against Penola Wednesday night, reaching 106 in the Twenty20 fixture. Roos go on run spree McRae makes ton in West’s T20 total of 2/267 WEST Gambier has stamped its authority on the XXXX Gold Twenty20 Cup, sending a clear message it will be the team to beat, losing just two wickets on its way to 267 runs in a mauling display against Penola Wednesday night at Malseed Park. And Penola would surely be disappointed, with 155 runs in a T20 fixture, normally a decent knock, coming nowhere near the West total. West won the toss and chose to bat, and considering the recent form of Shane Stevens, it was the obvious plan to run with. Stevens and Nick Martin immediately set about amassing a big total, causing the Penola bowling attack all kinds of grief. Boundaries came with ease from both batsmen, and when Martin was dismissed for 38, the Penola side would have breathed a collective sigh of relief. But there was little more to cheer about, with Martin's replacement proving more difficult to contain. Jason McRae joined Stevens at the crease and the runfest kicked up another notch. The pair combined for an entertaining century partnership before Stevens fell for 87. McRae went on to to make a century of his own (106) with Bray Stephenson providing support with 13 not out. With the ball West's Shane Dycer ( 2/13) and Kayne Badman (2/18) were effective and efficient to help limit the Penola batting line up to 9/155 off its full 20 overs. Stephenson, Mark De Jong, Paul Harding and Niall Easerbrook all chipped in with a wicket each. EARLY FORM: West Gambier’s Nick Martin showed early form, hitting the ball to all areas of the ground before falling for 38 in West’s mauling defeat of Penola Wednesday night. 46 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 24, 2014 GUIDANCE: Lakers men’s coach Chris Mason will be looking to another championship title to the list when his team heads to Wayville for the SA Country Basketball Championships on the weekend. ATTACKING STYLE: West Gambier’s Shane Stevens was at his attacking best Wednesday night, amassing 87 runs on the way to a team total of 2/267 in the Twenty20 fixture against Penola. Ryan will be keen to continue their solid form as shown in recent CBL matches. Underrated Jo Ferguson-Lane, Matt Parslow, Matt Berkefeld and Dellon Brown have been consistent contributors in the CBL competitions. Port Pirie, Whyalla and Murray Bridge join the Lakers in the eightteam, two-pool A grade competition. The Lakers women will be aiming for one better than 2013 when the Lakers Under 18 women finished runner-up to Yorke Valley. The 2014 team comprises several of the Under 18 players of last season – Kelly Lockwood, Malinda Markiewicz, Ebony McDiarmid and Brianna Walters. They are joined by the experienced Sonia Bawden and juniors Eilish Mckay and sister Brenna, who returns from winning the Under 16 Girls Cup at Albury and promising state player Rachael Hines. It is disappointing that state under 20 player, Georgia Green is not representing her home association, after initially being given permission to suit up for the Lakers by her state coach. The Lakers women meet Port Pirie, Whyalla and Strathalbyn Under 18s in their pool before moving into a cross-over finals series. Lakers Under 18 men's coach, Simon Berkefeld has thrown out a challenge to his players by having them suit up in the senior championships. In the past several months the team has scored effortless wins in several junior tournaments throughout the region and coach Berkefeld wants them to get a taste of senior competition in preparation for the State Country Junior Championships in March. The championships tip off on Saturday at 11am, continue through Sunday and conclude with grand finals on Monday morning. Local basketball resumes next week THE summer season of local junior and club basketball resumes Tuesday when the Under 10 and 12 boys' Division 1 and 2 competitions, followed by the men's B grade divisions take to the floor. Games in the various grades continue throughout the week and conclude with the popular Junior Training Program for six to eight year olds on Friday at 5.30pm. The South East Coast Basketball League program is at an interesting stage just five weeks out from finals. On Wednesday Panthers men, one win out of the top four, meet league leader Panthers-Wizards and Roos take on second placed Bulldogs in the tough assignments of the night. Reigning premier Cougars men travel to Millicent. In the women interest will centre on the Bulldogs/Roos contest in which Bulldogs will be looking to consolidate fourth place. League leader Cougars women travel to Millicent to play home side, who are currently in third place.
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