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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – PAGE 13
By Judi Endersby
Stanley Snipers opened
their winter Adelaide Hills
Hotels Darts League A-grade
campaign with an 11-6 victory
over Bridgie Bullets last week.
It may have been a touch of sweet
revenge for Snipers following their
grand final loss to Bullets in the recent
A change to the order of play is being
trialled this season, with teams able
to play the team game at the end of
In the first round of singles, honors
were shared as Adam Searl was in
fine touch for Bullets in defeating Rob
Mitchell in two legs, but Mark Coburn
countered for Snipers, refusing to
concede a leg to Nathan Golley.
Kym Berra also stood firm for Snipers
in a hard fought contest with Gabe
Chiarieri, however, Chris Francis
survived a close encounter with
Charlie Berra to level the score at 2-2.
Snipers established a handy 5-3 lead
during the second singles round.
Mitchell eclipsed Golley in two legs,
Coburn was pushed to three legs by
Chiarieri, and K. Berra refused to allow
a leg to Francis.
Searl prevented the clean sweep with
victory in two legs over C. Berra.
The third round was split, with all four
games decided in two legs.
Snipers opened positively when
Mitchell and Coburn dominated their
games against Chiarieri and Francis,
but Bullets fought back grimly.
Searl once again stood firm, defeating
K. Berra, and Golley overpowered
C. Berra, however, Snipers were still
Snipers took an unassailable 10-6
lead in the final round of singles.
Mitchell eclipsed Francis in two legs
but Searl continued his unbeaten
run for Bullets with a tight tussle with
Snipers wrapped up the round
strongly when K. Berra eclipsed Golley
in two legs and C. Berra refused to
allow a leg to Ben Grey, who had
Snipers then wrapped up the
encounter when Coburn pegged the
Coburn and Searl each finished with
eight pegs from a possible nine while
Mitchell and K. Berra both nailed six
Mitchell also hit two 180s with Coburn
and Searl scoring one each.
District Sharpshooters scored a 12-5
victory over Bridgie Bullseyes.
The first round of singles was shared
when Dion Rehn eclipsed Chris Taylor
without dropping a leg before Adam
Scamoni countered for Bullseyes,
refusing to allow a leg to Craig Howlett.
Nick ‘Plugga’ Boutwell scored for
Sharpshooters in a close contest
with Phil Hards, while Jeremy Francis
overthrew Damien Dolman in two legs
to balance the ledger at 2-2.
Sharpshooters made a clean sweep of
the second round for a 6-2 advantage.
Howlett took two legs to eclipse
Taylor, Boutwell held on grimly against
Scamoni, Dolman refused to concede
a leg to Hards, and Rehn was taken
the full distance by Francis.
The third round was also dominated
by Sharpshooters, with all four games
decided in two legs.
Jason Rehn replaced Boutwell with
immediate effect, defeating Taylor,
but Scamoni stood firm for Bullseyes
The other two games went to
Sharpshooters, with D. Rehn and
Howlett successful over respective
opponents Hards and Francis, for a
The final round was split as Dolman
gave Sharpshooters an unassailable
lead when he refused to drop a leg to
Bullseyes regrouped when Scamoni
downed D. Rehn in two legs and
Hards survived a close encounter with
J. Rehn took two legs to overthrow
Francis, giving his team an 11-5
The team game went to Sharpshooters
with a peg by Howlett.
Scamoni finished with seven pegs
while D. Rehn and Howlett each hit six,
and J. Rehn nailed a 180.
In the Hahndorf Inn derby,
Steingrabbers were in scintillating
form, refusing to allow a game to
Spears & Beers in a shock 17-0 win.
Steingrabbers were favored to win the
contest but the ease of their win was a
Mark ‘Moose’ Smyth and Darren
Young both won in two legs from
respective opponents Paul Fender and
Luke Liebelt, and then Kevin Young
and Dave Malota both stood firm in
tough encounters with Rick Dew and
Chris Sheehan. Steingrabbers scored
a clean sweep of the second singles
round, winning all four games in two
Smyth accounted for Liebelt, D. Young
eclipsed Dew, K. Young overpowered
Sheehan and Malota accounted for
Steingrabbers refused to offer any
mercy during the third round, again
winning all four games in two legs.
The final round also proved a disaster
for Spears & Beers.
Cunningham for Malota and again
scored a clean sweep, with Fender the
only player able to claim a leg in his
game against K. Young.
Steingrabbers wrapped up the
encounter when Cunningham pegged
the team game.
Smyth, D. Young and K. Young all
finished with eight pegs out of a
possible nine, while Malota hit six, and
Smyth also nailed a 180.
The B/C-grade teams will commence
the winter season this week.
Round 1 results: A-grade: Hahndorf
Steingrabbers d Hahndorf Spears &
Beers 17-0, District Sharpshooters
d Bridgie Bullseyes 12-5, Stanley
Snipers d Bridgie Bullets 11-6.
Snipers dodge Bullets
ADELAIDE HILLS HOTELS DARTS LEAGUE
This year’s Scouts Rally SA is set
to break new ground as the event
celebrates its 15th anniversary.
The event will be staged at its latest date
ever, being scheduled over a three-day
program from October 23-25.
In another 2015 innovation, Scouts Rally
SA will also be the final round of the
Australian Rally Championship, meaning
for the first time, the title winners will be
crowned in SA.
A further change will provide competitors
with a vastly different course which has
been also designed to delight spectators.
The new route is more compact, reducing
time in transport mode between stages,
which in turn maximises time spent in the
competitive stages, while also introducing
new tests, longer stages and more flowing
A highlight of the new course through Mt
Crawford Forest in the northern Adelaide
Hills is sure to test some of the nation’s top
crews – the introduction of a 21km stage
at night, featuring tracks previously used in
Scouts Rally SA competition.
The revamped course will also feature nine
new spectator points, including a relocated
viewing area within Mt Crawford.
The 2015 Scouts Rally SA will feature five
different categories racing for championship
honors, including the outright category for
two-wheel drive and 4WD rally cars, the
classic rally challenge for retro cars, the SA
title round for local drivers, and the side by
Ivar Stanelis, the clerk of the course, is
enthusiastic that the changes will add
further appeal to the iconic event, which
was first staged as the Coopers Pale Ale
Rally SA in 2001.
“We had a good look at the route after
last year’s event, and have redesigned the
course to make best use of the available
roads,” remarked Stanelis.
“These are some of the best roads in the
Australian Rally Championship, and have
equally given spectators some of the best
views they’ve ever had.
“October can’t come fast enough, that’s for
This Sunday the roar of engines will return to the Collingrove Hillclimb
venue on the edge of the Barossa Valley.
The meeting will feature the opening round for 2015 of the Collingrove Challenge Trophy,
the motorsport hillclimb trophy for Multi Club competition.
The hotly contested speed competition is open to all classes and categories of cars from
road registered daily drives to the lightest, most powerful hillclimb special.
Hillclimb is a fine amateur event where a car and driver competes against the hill and
Cars in the competition are divided into classes to give each driver/car combination an
even chance of succeeding.
Competition ranges from daily drivers through modified sedans and sports cars, to highly
developed hillclimb specials and outright racing cars.
The Collingrove venue features 685m of a tight and twisty technical track giving a
supreme test to the driver.
The track width is 3.3m and it climbs and dips, rising 64m over its length.
Sunday’s program commences at 9.30am and will run until 4pm, with admission $10 per
adult or a maximum of $20 per car load, with free car parking.
Spectators can pack a picnic lunch and barbecue or sample some Barossa-style on-site
catering, and are also able to wander through the pit paddock and mingle with competitors.
The Collingrove track can be found at 71 Hillclimb Road at Mt McKenzie, just north of
Mt Lofty League mens assault on the 2015
State Volleyball League Title is back on ... and
with a bang.
That was the strong measured delivered by the team after
downing the Henley Hawks 25-22, 25-19 and 25-16 last
Saturday at Heathfield.
The match marked Jake McIntyre’s 100th game for the
club and his League mens debut ... and as captain, for
It couldn’t have gone much better for McIntyre and the
boys, with their passing and serving of the highest quality,
backed by good, structured blocking and some very nice
and smart hitting.
McIntyre’s setting and leadership must be commended
and his spot on the team is thoroughly earned.
The entire Lofty team turned up, negating Henley’s big
hitting from Hamish Moore and Ben Lane with some solid
defensive pick-ups and delivering some serious hitting
themselves, where big paddles Simon Gray was a standout
with 67 percent for 10 kills.
In turn, Brandon Long had 75 percent for nine kills, Patty
Rogers 77 percent for seven kills and Aaron Potts 67
percent for four kills.
Additionally, Josh Lowrie recorded three kills and Rory
Welsh two, while McIntyre had three of the best setting tip
Mt Lofty also delivered nine aces from 74 serves, with only
Tony Scott, Welsh, Lowrie and Long led the passing
discipline with some great stats – an overall 2.48 out of
three – with Scott at 2.65, Welsh at 2.5 and Lowrie and
Long at 2.4.
The quartet also made 17 out of 19 great defensive pick
ups, with Potts and Rogers also contributing.
Lofty’s blocking was again highly organised, with Gray
responsible for three kill blocks, Potts two and McIntyre and
Rogers one apiece, but it was ultimately the good touches
and channelling that allowed the team to stay in more
points – and for longer.
Mt Lofty now face South Adelaide this Saturday.
Mt Lofty Reserve mens clash with reigning premier Henley
Hawks was expected to be a real ding-dong battle – and
that’s the way it played out during the opening set, after
which the Lofty boys stamped authority and ran away in
straight sets, 25-23, 25-8 and 25-18.
While Lofty had added depth with the return of Marc ‘Ultra
Phil’ Phillis and the emergence of promising young libero
Henry Ambagtsheer freed up Ben Williamson to play a
dominant utility role, the team nonetheless appeared out
of sorts early.
Henley had clearly come to play and some big points
established a 12-7 lead before Wyatt Green stepped up to
get Lofty back into the match with a strong run of serves.
It remained a tight opener throughout before Phillis and
Tom Bettison wrestled the initiative late in the set with two
Ambagtsheer rallied well to save some points in the back
court and Lofty stole the set 25-23.
Henley’s resolve broken, the second set was one-way
traffic, with setter Matt Costanzo at his brilliant best,
isolating single blocks outside and finding some power
through the middle.
Williamson was also in a destructive mood in the front row
and in scintillating form when in the back court.
Green, Bettison and power hitter Jack Phelan also featured
prominently as Lofty smashed any hint of opposition from
the opposition, taking the second set 25-8.
Lofty retained its dominance early in the third, and with a
comfortable cushion, introduced its substitutes to round out
the match 25-18.
Mt Lofty’s second successive 3-0 victory cements its
standing at the top of the Reserves ladder and the team
will go into Saturday’s clash with Austral full of confidence
and in fine form.
Mt Lofty Division 1 women continued an impressive start
to the season, building on last week’s Round 1 win over
the Henley Hawks with a straight sets victory over a more
fancied Adelaide University side.
Great composure throughout allowed Lofty to control the
tempo of the game for long spells and eventually cruise to
a 25-11, 25-16 and 25-14 victory.
Lofty’s win was built on solid hitting from Brooke Neale,
Chelsea Grace and Tahlie Jones, backed up by a great
serving display from, in particular, Emma Robinson, Jones
and Jaz Ferguson.
Collectively, these efforts placed the Uni opposition under
constant pressure and denied the team the opportunity to
develop any kind of attack.
New recruits from the Mt Lofty Reds program Molly
Spalding and Laetitia Milner ably supported an unwell Molly
McDonald, and all had significant contributions at pivotal
times throughout the match.
Lofty will get a better feel for where it stands in the
competition when it comes up against a very strong
Norwood outfit in the next round.
Men volleyballers display form
Past national champion Barry Lowe spectacularly negoitates a creek crossing in his Commodore in
the classic category during last year’s Scouts Rally SA event. The 2015 edition in October will feature
several format changes.
Image courtesy Bob Taylor.
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