The Border Watch : April 8th 2014
46 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au GOLD MEDAL LEGENDS: The Mount Gambier Legends Baseball Club won gold at last weekend’s South Australian Masters Games in Naracoorte. The team included (back row, from left) Darryle Hutchesson, David O’Dine, Fred Knight, Michael Summers, Wayne Cooper, Darren Pink, Dean Lane. Front: Darryl “Sid” Hosking, Peter Walter, Michael Pink (coach), David Chuck, Julie Goulter, Peter Taylor. Absent: Peter Manning. Legends strike gold at SA Masters MORRIS ROD email@example.com MOUNT Gambier’s Legends Baseball Club have struck gold in the South Australian Masters Games at Naracoorte. The four day Masters Games – for athletes aged 35 and over – wound up yesterday with events over a wide range of sports. The Legends started the Games in ordinary fashion, losing 3-13 to the Willy Rangers, but what followed was enough to ensure carnival gold. In Game 2, Mount Gambier accounted for Adelaide Aces, winning 9-5 and in the return match against the same team, won 11-3. A return game against the Willy Rangers ensued in what was basically a grand final playoff. The Legends showed they had learnt their lesson well from the opening match and this time around inflicted an 8-3 scoreline on the Rangers to clinch the gold. The Rangers team is a combination of players from Naracoorte and the inner Melbourne suburb of Williamstown and finishing with silver would have been somewhat of a bitter pill to swallow as it was the second time the Legends had defeated them for the gold medal in the SA Masters Games. Michael Pink was coach of the Legends team last week and aside of his brother, Darren, other team members included Darryle Hutchesson, David O’Dine, Fred Knight, Michael Summers, Wayne Cooper, Dean Lane, Darryl Hosking, Peter Walter, David Chuck, Julie Goulter, Peter Taylor and Peter Manning. The team will be on the road again later this year when they travel to Alice Springs in October to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first trip to the Northern Territory. The carnival in Naracoorte was a good forerunner to the Mount Gambier Baseball Masters which will be held at the Blue Lake Sports Park over the coming Anzac Day long weekend. Results – Game 1: Willy Rangers 12 d Legends 3. Safe hits – Legends: Darryle Hutchesson. CELEBRATORY DRINK: The Pink brothers, Darren (left) and Michael, were both awarded 50 game certificates by the Mount Gambier Legends Baseball Club at last weekend’s South Australian Masters Games in which their team won the gold medal. At the carnival, the Pink brothers, Darren and Michael were presented with 50 game certificates by officials of the Mount Gambier Legends Baseball Club. The brothers were both inaugural mem- bers of the Legends playing in the 2004 Alice Springs Masters. Since then they have travelled extensively with fellow Legends baseballers to other Masters Games including the Sydney World Masters in 2009, Australian Masters in Adelaide and Geelong, Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast and regional Masters in Port Pirie, Broken Hill and Naracoorte. Game 2: Legends 9 d Adelaide Aces 5. Safe hits – Legends: Peter Taylor 3, Darryl Hosking, David O’Dine, Pater Walter, Wayne Cooper, Fred Knight 2, Darryle Hutchesson. Game 3: Legends 11 d Adelaide Aces 3. Safe hits – Legends: Dean Lane, Fred Knight 2, Darryle Hutchesson, Peter Manning, David O’Dine, Peter Walter, Darren Pink. Game 4: Legends 8 d Willy Rangers 3. Safe hits – Legends: Dean Lane 2, Michael Pink, Wayne Cooper, Peter Taylor, David O’Dine, Fred Knight, Darryle Hutchesson. Premiership success to rub off on Roos ROD MORRIS TO help celebrate its 40th year playing out of Malseed Park, the West Gambier Football Club has invited one of the most recognisable names in Australian Rules. Former Melbourne and North Melbourne wingman – and St Kilda coach – Stan Alves will be the special guest speaker at West Gambier on April 14. Alves played 226 games and kicked 160 goals with Melbourne from 1965-76 and a further 40 games and 14 goals with North Melbourne from 1977-79, highlighted by being a member of the Kangaroos premiership team and playing in the famous drawn grand final against Collingwood the same year. SPECIAL GUEST: Stan Alves 46 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 He won two Melbourne best and fairest awards, won Victorian state represen- tation, was named as an emergency in Melbourne’s Team-of-the-Century, is an AFL life member and in 1975 was runner-up in the Brownlow Medal to then Footscray ruckman, Gary Dempsey. In 1994, Alves replaced Ken Sheldon as St Kilda coach and progressively lifted the Saints up the ladder culminating with a losing grand final appearance in 1997. Under Alves’ coaching, St Kilda won 55 games, lost 59, drew once, took part in two finals series and won an Ansett Cup pre-season competition, the first kind of silverware for the Saints in 30 years. In 1997, Alves was named coach of the AFL Team-of-the-Year. A respected football commentator, Alves is also a much sought after dinner speaker. The April 24 function, which is cosponsored by Gordon Refrigeration and Dycer Constructions will also feature interviews with three home grown West Gambier players to reach the pinnacle of Australian Rules, Robin White, Matthew Clarke and current Hawthorn forward, Tim O’Brien. As a foundation member of the Western Border Football League, West Gambier shared Vansittart Park with North Gambier from 1964 till the end of the 1973 season. The Kangaroos unveiled Malseed Park as their home ground on April 27, 1974, playing host to former Western Border club, Penola and winning by 22 points. Ticket cost to the West Gambier function is just $60 per person, which includes a three course meal and complimentary drink upon arrival. For more information or to book a seat, contact Dot Sheridan at the WGFC on 0400-984-941.
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