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MT BARKER SQUASH
By Peter Moore
Last Friday night’s lethal line-ups at the Adelaide Hills
Recreation Centre were skilfully designed to cause
maximum damage to all four squash teams present.
Bodycounts mounted and other wounds of a grievous nature
were suffered in Round 11 of the autumn pennant season.
The hooded Sith, architects of chaos and psychopathy, looked
down upon the destruction they had wrought, and were macabrely
On Court 1, their ancient adversaries The Jedi had been
ostracised, decimated and cornered, awaiting their fate at the
hands of the in-form and full-strength Rebels.
On Court 2, the Bounty Hunters had been betrayed; framed for
the Carbonite Incident and the Strange Disappearance of Wookie
Buckley, the Hunters had swiftly become the Hunted.
As the ever-growing audience of the Friday night squash series
arrived and hurriedly parked their vehicles, each one of them
could be forgiven for checking the validity of their time pieces.
The unmistakable dulcet tones of a hotly-contested, high
calibre squash match were already evident and it was not yet the
Emerging onto the terraces overlooking the arenas it was
immediately clear from the raucous of the crowds gathered that
a couple of match favorites were already locked in a tense battle
on Court 1.
Jedi Steve Wilkinson and Rebel Enforcer Peter Moore had taken
the law into their own hands.
Both players pushed each other through longer rallies, with a
resurgent Moore choosing difficult ball placement over kill-shot
accuracy to extend each point and keep Wilkinson continuously
on the edge of his balance.
Many points were resuscitated by both players and a lapse of
concentration by Wilkinson in the fourth game and Moore in the
fifth were the deciding factors.
In what had probably been the best match between these
players, Wilkinson was lucky to make it out alive, defeating Moore
15-13, 17-19, 15-12, 11-15, 15-8.
The Jedi had been attacked mercilessly in this campaign and
their ranks had thinned.
Forced to defend yet another vicious onslaught, the Jedi had no
choice but to blood two of their younger padawans raised in a
galaxy far, far away.
Newly appointed Jedi Gary Scott did not have time to celebrate
his ascension as Rebel Andrew Strauss treated Scott as an
intruder in his court and immediately attacked with confidence.
Scott started slowly but improved his shot placement with each
game, sending Strauss a clear message that he would need to
fight tooth and nail to hold onto any perceived advantage.
Strauss crucially kept his head and took promising Scott’s as a
match trophy, winning a tight match 15-11, 16-14, 15-13.
Freshly blooded Jedi Marilyn Finlay displayed no fear against the
Rebel ‘Master Raice’ Kincaid in a match where the final score did
not reflect the true nature of a fascinating struggle.
At least a third of all the points awarded to both players were
won on the receive of serve ... a surreal spectacle made all the
more incredible by the astounding quality of serve which was
Kincaid executed her loopy serve technique perfectly, but Finlay
had correct answers to a great many of them, backing up with a
fine loopy serving technique of her own.
Kincaid was also adept at replying to such a serve, but more
importantly, if Kincaid was handed control of a rally, the Rebel
offered no leniency and crushed the point each time.
This was the difference which explained the brutality of the final
score with Kincaid victorious 15-8, 15-6, 15-8 .
Jedi Master Paul Kinlough had narrowly escaped death at the
hands of Rebel Leader Matt Peterson in Round 10.
Peterson had won on a countback which was simply not good
enough for the Rebel Leader.
His mission was to eradicate Jedi Kinlough, and having just
cornered the Master Jedi, Peterson used his finely honed classic-
style methodology to unerringly win the initial two games in
However, Kinlough was known to practice Squash-Jitsu, which
encompassed all orthodox and unorthodox disciplines.
While it seemed to be his weakness in the opening two games,
it became his strength in games three and four, levelling the game
score and tying the point scores.
Unfortunately for the Master Jedi, some errant wall strikes in the
deciding game proved costly, and whilst escaping alive, Kinlough
was eventually defeated by Peterson 15-10, 15-6, 6-15, 10-15, 15-
10 in a five-set master class.
The Rebels triumphed 3-1, unceremoniously leaving the fallen
Jedi where they lay.
On the other side of the complex the Wookies had stepped over
and gone completely berserk.
Wookie captain Joe White used his expert nasal-tracking
technique to be the first to find his Bounty Hunter and with heavy
relish, attacked Hunter Alison Skinner, hungry for a win.
With both playing tightly down the walls and investing in long
rallies, challenges and counter-challenges, it took White a little
longer to control his growling appetite and Skinner prevailed in
the first two courses.
A delicious tie-breaking encounter in the third game gave White
an exquisite reprieve, and with the taste of a victory lingering,
White then devored the fourth game whole, skin and all, earning a
look at the dessert menu.
Meanwhile Hunter Skinner had done well to keep her head
throughout the entire game, and this allowed Skinner to overcome
White’s brimming confidence, finally arresting the rabid Wookie
15-11, 15-11, 16-14, 11-15, 15-12.
The Wookies had lost sight of reality in a blood-lust haze, and
Jedi Wilkinson realised that they were in danger of losing more
than just the tournament.
Bounty Hunter Keith Bridgman was about to declare an
undisputed victory – Gods only knew what had happened to
Bridgman’s original Wookie.
In a strange moment of clarity that Wilkinson seized upon without
thinking, he quickly donned a Wookie outfit and strode out to face
Aghast, Bridgman repelled the Wookie abomination using
his cunning and guile to get a lead in the first game, but like a
nightmare, The Thing That Should Not Be inexorably caught up to
Bridgman and overhauled him to take the fist stanza.
Clearly unsettled, Bridgman dropped a few points early, and
despite playing a superior second half, could not catch Wilkinson
in game two.
With Bridgman’s own sanity slipping away and the Wilkinkie’s
abilities tightening, the match was taken away from Bridgman in
straight games – 15-10, 15-12, 15-4 .
Wide-eyed Wookie Shane Paterson had at last found Bounty
Hunter Dave ‘Longshanks’ Campbell and charged toward him with
the inertia of a juggernaut.
Luckily Campbell did not retain any memory of Berserker-Wookie
behavior, for if he did even the mighty Campbell would surely have
been rooted to the spot in abject terror.
A casual side step from the mighty Campbell buried Paterson
into the wall, and from there a perfect round then ensued.
Campbell knew where Paterson was at all times, and with clear
headed precision, dispatched ball after ball on a variety of vectors.
When required, Campbell was able to call on his ability to drive
good lengths and this made him unstoppable.
The first game was quickly awarded to the Hunter, but then the
inexplicable happened ... Hunter Campbell locked eyes with a
frenzied Paterson and in a later interview Campbell described this
as his only mistake, for what he saw drained the confidence out
A subdued Campbell then took to game two but the twitchy, all-
seeing Paterson pounced on any mistakes and it was Campbell
who was now out of place, struggling to cope.
The second game was quickly awarded to Paterson, and whilst
the match scores reflected that the final two games were close, it
was Paterson winning the mental battle earlier on that had sealed
Getting more and more excitable, Paterson even started to
unnerve the spectators with his unpredictable behavior, until his
3-15, 15-8, 15-13 15-11 win finally snapped something vital in his
brain, and Paterson ran from the court, and was gone.
It seemed that Sith Rowan Elliott had had the same inclination
as Wilkinson, and taking advantage of the confusion, donned his
own Wookie costume to influence the proceedings further.
Elliott waited in the arena until the door burst open and the Sith
went into shock – Wookie Paterson stood in the doorway, wearing
an armoured thong only ... and declared himself protector of the
Anyone who detected Paterson’s acute case of pink-eye knew
that he had lost his mind and gone mental, but the ancient rules
he had evoked were clear ... now Paterson must fight against his
Elliott knew this was his chance to prove his abilities against a
superior opponent, and attacked with depth and power to keep
the ball out of Paterson’s reach. Paterson on the other hand was
thinking on another level that could not be fathomed ... incredibly
tight drop shots were mixed in with cross-court mania.
Both Semi-Nasal Wookies conceded points a little too regularly,
and this revelation was not lost on Paterson, who quickly switched
his technique to match that of Elliott.
Paterson was then able to maintain control of the match with a
higher degree of accuracy, victorious again 15-13, 15-9, 15-10,
which were awarded to the Bounty Hunters.
It took the referees a long time in conference, but eventually it
was determined that despite Paterson playing for both sides, he
had not affected the major outcome of an 8-7 win for the Wookies.
Emotionally charged and coming down hard, the Wookies
wandered the hallways, and stumbled across the fallen Jedi.
Saddened, a procession of Wookies carried them out into the
night sky and stood in the empty car park, moaning and wailing
at the moon.
Wookies stand tall
The Adelaide Hills Hockey Club
Division 4 women played a new and
unknown Adelaide University team
The Hornets started strongly with a run to the
circle and a cross to April Summers – faithfully
manning the post – who deflected the ball over the
Full backs Caitlin Christian and Sally Garvie then
turned Adelaide Uni’s advantage around and the
midfield held the ball in the attacking half.
Sally Fisher intercepted a pass and ran down the
centre unopposed to put the ball in between the
goal keeper’s legs.
Holding the intensity, Catherine Christian
controlled play in the centre and angled into attack,
finding a line through to Helen Case, who found
the unprotected goal corner for a 3-0 advantage
to Hills at half-time.
Claire Stephenson and Amber Blanchard forced
the opposition into a panic with their ability to trap
the ball and carry it for a penalty hit in the attacking
quarter. One such penalty gave Hills a short
corner and the sneaky hit from Case tipped off the
keeper’s pads for another goal.
Hills goal keeper Kiri Chinnock cleared the few
answering attacks from Adelaide Uni to Alix Verdon,
who fought her way into the attacking circle for a
The final two goals were a deflection from Anna
Christian on the post and Case once again after a
scramble around the Uni defenders.
The Hills women attributed their stinging 6-0 win
to the deeply imprinted teachings of their absent
The Division 6 men also played against Adelaide
University, while the Hillside Masters Men lost 2-0
The Foresthills Under 18 girls were pressured
from the start of their match against a skilful
It seemed the Peckers had superior game plays
as they scored in the first few minutes, but tireless
work from full back Caitlin Christian and half back
Amber Blanchard stalled the attacks.
Running along the wing, April Summers and Anna
Christian formed opportunities for Foresthills to
approach its attacking circle, and at half-time the
score remained 1-0 .
Teamwork prevailed over talent for Foresthills,
earning several penalty corners.
At the turnover, goal keeper Emma Crossing
covered the shots and provided the push needed
Bess Thompson was then able to capitalise in the
dying minutes after hard work, breaking into the
attacking circle and bring the result to a 1-1 draw.
The Under 18 Boys won 2-0 against Burnside, the
Under 14 boys defeated Adelaide Blue 3-1 and the
Under 14 girls toppled North East 1-0.
In muddy conditions, Adelaide Red had a strong
attacking start against the Under 11 mixed Adelaide
Hills team, quickly scoring the first goal.
Hills ‘keeper Sophie Medlin tried her best to fend
off the unpredictable shots, while Oscar Phillips
contributed with a fantastic intercept, frustrating
Adelaide Red’s progress, during a stand-out
performance in his debut game.
Two further goals to Adelaide Red slipped through
quickly as both teams churned the pitch into slush.
In the second half Alex Ollson and Oliver Percy
joined the Hills side and the Hornets kept the play
in their attack for almost the entire half.
They were awarded two short corners, after hard
work and fine passing.
Jayden Donohue took to the lead several times,
chasing down the ball and staying strong in his
With a much more controlled second half, Hills
had a good start to the season, losing only 3-0 to
one of Adelaide’s strongest teams.
The Hornets mixed Under 9 team registered a
victory against Adelaide.
– Anna Christian
Major sting by Hornets
By Graham Davis
The Hills Districts Athletic Club
held its annual general meeting and
presentation evening on Sunday,
May 3, at the Edinburgh Hotel in
Olympic marathon runner Jess Trengove was
named club athlete of the year for a second
Trengove finished third in the marathon at the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and
was an Australian representative at the recent
World Cross Country Championships in China.
On the track she narrowly finished fourth in the
Zatopec 10,000m in Melbourne, running a time of
33.06 .48 minutes to break her existing Hills club
After recently temporarily moving to Melbourne
to train alongside Australian distance great Craig
Mottram, Trengove improved even further to reduce
her 10km time to 32.17.67 against the some of the
world’s top athletes in last week’s Payton Jordan
International at Stanford University in California.
Brayden Davidson was recognised for his
achievements on the track.
Davidson, a Cerebral Palsy T/F36 athlete, was
awarded the president’s award for outstanding
achievement after he produced a jump of 5.51m
to break the existing world record for the T/
F36 Ambulant category at the Australian Senior
Athletics Championships in Brisbane.
Gold medals in the Under 20 T/F36 Ambulant
Long jump, 100m and 400m and gold medal in the
Open T/F36 Ambulant long jump at the Australian
Track and Field Championships also contributed to
him being awarded the most outstanding summer
senior male athlete.
The most outstanding summer senior female
athlete went to Sophie Eckel, after winning the gold
medal in the Under 20, 5km event at the Australian
Athletics Championships and setting a new club
record of 16.56.71.
Jenna Kelley took out the most outstanding junior
female with gold in the 2km Under 17 steeplechase
at the Australian Junior Championships, while Matt
Gluyas took out the junior male award following
his success at both the State and Australian
Championships in the distance events.
The recipient of the inaugural Over 35 most
outstanding summer athlete was Shane McGregor.
Elise Pollard took out the prestigious Troy
Broadbridge Hurdles Memorial Trophy for her good
performances over the obstacles.
First-year athletes Morgan Miller and Caleb
Farnworth were named joint rookies of the year
after it became too difficult to split them.
Both finished in the top eight in their respective
events at the Australian Athletics Championships,
broke a club record and won medals at the State
The Adam Lane Encouragement male award was
presented to Sam Paech, a T/F37 athlete who made
big improvements over the summer season in the
throwing events, and won a silver medal in the F37
Javelin at the Australian Junior Championships.
Liana Wesselingh won the female Encouragement
award after her fifth placing and personal best in
the Under 20 Triple Jump at the Australian Junior
Club person of the year went to Lynn Larsen in
recognition of the commitment and dedication she
has demonstrated in helping Hills athletes reach
Recognition awards went to club coaches Lynn
Larsen, Gary Zeuner and Adam Didyk, while
dedicated official Jan Mattingly was awarded life
membership after 15 years continuous service to
The club’s first life member and sole remaining
athlete from when the club was first formed in 1993,
Lisa Davis, was acknowledged as the first Hills
athlete to pass the 500-meeting attendance mark.
Also, 50-meeting attendance medals were
accepted by Max Stevens, William McCann and
Paech, while Demi Axford reached 100 attendances.
Overall 18 club records were broken during the
summer campaign with highlights being the Open
men, Under 14 men and Under 16 girl 4x800m
relays, where long standing records were smashed.
Individual accolades went to McCann who broke
both the existing Under 18 and Under 20 1500m
and 800m records, and Trengove, who established
three new records in the Open 3000m, 10km and
Newcomer Caleb Farnworth broke the Under 14
3000m record which was set back in 1995, with a
time of 9.50.63, and also produced a new record in
the 2km Under 14 steeplechase.
Records for ambulant athletes were also
introduced by the club for the first time.
Several athletes were rewarded for their success
on the road and for their participation in cross
country running during the 2014 winter season.
The most outstanding winter senior male went
to Andy Axford following his success at the Fitzy’s
Five and the State long course cross country
Senior female athlete went to Trengove after an
outstanding season, in which she represented
Australian twice and brought home a bronze medal
from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Junior male honors went to Dante Afnan for
his 11th place in the Australian Cross Country
Championships and his contribution to SA’s silver
medal in the Under 14 teams event and relay.
The Junior female award was awarded to Eckel
for her gold medal wins in the long course cross
country and road championships and her selection
in the Australian Junior cross country team,
which competed at the World Cross Country
Championships in China.
Davis won the inaugural Over 35 most outstanding
winter athlete after placing eighth in the Australian
marathon championships at the Gold Coast, being
the third SA female resident to cross the line at the
CityBay Fun Run, and winning gold medals in the
State short course cross country, road and half
Brooke McGregor was the recipient of the female
winter encouragement award after receiving a silver
medal and a bronze medal at the State road and
short course cross country titles respectively, and
being the first 13-year-old female home in the 6km
City-Bay Fun Run.
Daniel Canala took out the male winter
encouragement award for his silver in the Under 20
State short course cross country championship and
first 17-year-old over the line in the 12km City-Bay
There will be some interesting times ahead for the
Hills Districts Athletic Club with Kate Didyk stepping
down as president after several years service and
first-year club athlete Brett Fisk taking up the
Stevens was happy to be returned as the club’s
vice-president for another year, while Kirsty Sideris
took over from Sarah Chinner as club secretary.
Current treasurer Damien McCann stepped down,
with a new Treasurer yet to be nominated.
Other committee members include Lynn Larsen,
Gary and Cheryl Zeuner, Ruby Turner and Matt and
Hills Districts Athletic Club had some success at
the recent Athletics SA 2014-15 awards night.
Hills claimed the Under 20/18 men, Open and
Under 18 women winter premierships and were
awarded the best female club 2014 State road,
cross country and walks champions, and best
female club 2014-2015 Junior State Champions.
Trengove was the State’s 2014 Open road, cross
country and walks female athlete of the year, while
the equivalent Under 18 female and Under 20
female awards went to Caitlin Adams and Eckel,
Sam Tierney was also successful winning the
Under 14 road, cross country and walks male
category for 2014.
Davidson took out both the 2014-2015 Under 20
track and field male athlete of the year and the
junior athlete of the year.
Special awards were awarded to Trengove,
who won the Keith Faulkner Trophy for the best
performance in distance running, and James
Liccardi, who was the recipient of the Iversen Award
for the best high jumper following his gold medal
winning performance at the State Championships.
Larsen accepted the much sought coach of the
Top Hills athletes honored
Among the award recipients at the presentation evening for the Hills Districts Athletic Club held
earlier this month were (rear from left) Max Stevens, Craig Knowles, Shane McGregor, Daniel
Canala, Andy Axford, Sam Paech, Will McCann and Brayden Davidson.
Front: Sophie Eckel, Brooke McGregor and Lisa Davis.
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