The Border Watch : May 9th 2014
44 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Junior Cup nears GEELONG will be the setting for the Australian Junior Basketball Cup in July and five juniors from the Limestone Coast will be part of the SA Country Under 16 team. Mount Gambier’s Tenille Gray, Brenna McKay and Lachlan Hunter plus Millicent’s Olivia Fuller and Alana Winter. Millicent’s Jessica Allen and Naracoorte’s Nicholas Lacey are included in the squads as reserves. Basketball Manager of the Millicent association Peter Seebohm has been appointed as assistant coach while Mount Gambier’s Melissa Rathjen will act as team manager for the girls. Gray, McKay and Fuller have just returned from a successful New Zealand tour where they won gold medals in the Pacific Rim Junior Tournament. The players and reserves will now train over weekends through May and June leading up to the championships which run from July 5-12. HIGH GRADE: Dave Grassi received his black/white belt in senjutsu jujitsu in Mount Gambier recently with many other practitioners of the sport and club members in attendance. (Back from left) Rajko Kazmanovic, Bob Johnson, Cal Thompson, Rod Bartlett, Howard Quick, David Grassi, John Beckman, Scott Cunningham, Sam Quick. (Front from left) Zac French, Arron Cunningham, Jonathan Hall, Emma Morris, John Strauss. Grassi earns new rank Jujitsu club leader awarded black/white belt MOUNT Gambier Jujitsu Club’s head instructor Davide Grassi was recently awarded the rank of black/white belt in senjutsu jujitsu. When club founder Geoff Howe passed away, Grassi took over the running of the Mount Gambier Jujitsu Club and to further his studied regularly travelled to Melbourne to study senjutsu ryu jujitsu under the guidance of 8th Dan Shihan John Beckman, president of the Australian Jujitsu Association and Shihan Howard Quick, head instructor of Shinkendo Australian and 6th Dan in senjutsu ryu jujitsu. To obtain his black/white belt Grassi carried out a vast amount of physical defensive tests resulting in a high grade in the art of jujitsu. The tests consisted of knife, machete, chain and ground defences, arresting, throwing and immobilising techniques, precise falling, unbalancing and body positioning, and more. “It was a very long grading, nearly two hours non stop,” Grassi said. “I have been working on this grading for three years and it is a relief to get it done.” Six jujitsu practitioners made the journey from Melbourne to be part of Grassi’s grading including Beckman and Quick (grading officials) and four other high ranking jujitsuka of senjutsu ryu jujitsu. The studies Grassi has undertaken to be awarded this grade plays a an important role in the development of self defence in Mount Gambier. During the time he has run the club it has continued to grow in the development of good technique, speed and accuracy of the students studying the style of senjutsu ryu. Jujitsu is a highly practical and effective art of self defence against an attacker or group of attackers who may be armed or unarmed. IN ACTION: Dave Grassi in action against Bob Johnson during his recent grading to receive his black/white belt in senjutsu ryu jujitsu. Bowlers receive badge honours MOUNT Gambier RSL and District bowlers Merna Whitehead and Bruce Holland have been congratulated after receiving their super veteran’s badges Whitehead joined the club in 1983 and was president of the women’s committee from 19931995. She has been club champion in 1988/89, 2004/5, 2007/8, 2009/10, 2011/12 and runner up in 1991/92. Whitehead also tasted success in the Mickey Barber Singles in 1985/86, 2001/02 and was runner up this season. There have been many other championships in pairs, triples 44 - The Border Watch, Friday, May 9, 2014 and fours and this year was very significant, with with Whitehead, along with Glenda Dalton and Edna Eldridge, going on to win the Regional Champion of Champion Triples. Holland joined the club in 1984 and has since participated in men’s pennant and been in the premier side several times in Division 4, playing as skipper and third. CONGRATULATIONS: Mount Gambier RSL and District Bowling club president Deane Wilkinson congratulates Merna Whitehead and Bruce Holland on receiving their super veteran’s badges. Numbers down for archery competition BLUE Lake Archers continued scheduled competitions despite the reduction in available members across the recent run of long weekends. The Perth and Holt outdoor rounds were both lightly attended while the indoor round attracted a slightly better turnout. Both outdoor rounds fell to the relentless improvement that is keeping Brendan Donovan in the box seat for the handicap adjusted scores used to determine the days winner. Garry Jacques and Graham Lock were unable to get close enough to the benchmark score for the rounds to even see which way Donovan went as his scores continue to outstrip the adjustments to reduce the handicap margin added to his off the bow scores. Life was comfortable for the archers on the indoor range on what was otherwise a miserably cold and wet Friday night. Ian Perry warmed to the thought of his first FITA 25 metre event and stole the march on the club’s newest member Tim Moyes, who was also competing in his first FITA 25. Moyes’ scores collected as a beginner had enabled him to start as a full member with a handicap rating already assessed and used it to gain a solid second place just two points behind Perry. Outdoor archery continues at Corriedale Park at 12.30pm this Sunday. Results Perth outdoor round: Brendan Donovan 957 (off-the-bow 680, personal best); Garry Jacques 871 (725). Indoor FITA 25 metres: Ian Perry 600 (off-the-bow 534); Tim Moyes 598 (498); Graham Lock 591 (544); Garry Jacques 577 (511). Holt outdoor round: Brendan Donovan 961 (637, personal best); Graham Lock 880 (781).
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