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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – PAGE 13
A large contingent of Adelaide Hills based competitors took part in the
second historic racing meeting held in near perfect weather over April
23-24 at MallaIa Motorsport Park.
In excess of 150 classic cars from various racing categories, together with a strong
attendance over both days, which has been moved in recent years from its previous
schedule over Easter.
Special guest of honor at the event was 1975 Australian Touring Car Champion Colin
Bond, while a vast static display of past racing cars also proved a popular element.
Group N touring cars once again proved a crowd-pleaser with Meadows resident Stuart
Barnes and well-known Hills racer Graham Jarrett placing their respective Mustang and
Camaro within the top five during the category’s races.
Stirling’s Rory O’Neal also competed in a Porsche, running midfield.
Troy Ryan of Upper Sturt was impressive in his Austin Healy Sprite, taking it up some
of more powerful cars in his category, including the Cobra of Strathalbyn resident Sean
While there were no major incidents, a few competitors – including a couple from the Hills
– endured some mechanical gremlins over the weekend.
Mt Barker’s John Bryant had issues with his ex Paul Newman Indy Lola which slowed
his usual fast pace, while regular Dunlop V8 Seriers driver Josh Kean was frustatingly
sidelined after a short stint at the wheel of the ex Gerhard Berger Benetton Formula 1,
owned by his father.
– Jeff Pistola.
History speeds up
Some sizzling results were recorded during
the second qualifying round of the ladies
championships conducted last Tuesday at
the Mt Barker Hahndorf Golf Club.
Finishing well ahead of the field and taking out the
overall winner of the round was Susie Kerr, who had
an 87 off the stick and 69 nett while playing off an 18
The result entitled Kerr to pick up the Angelakis ‘fish and
The winner in A-grade ranks was Mandy Hurrell on nett
72, slightly ahead of runner up Sharon Phoenix’s nett 74,
while B-grade honors went to Anne Henesey-Smith who
had a 97 off the stick, giving her a 72 nett, a stroke ahead
of Tina Gambrell who came home with 73 nett.
A surprised Sandra King emerged as the C-grade
winner, taking the spoils on a countback from Pauline
Hancock, after both carded a nett 75.
The second shot on the eighth hole award went to
Kathleen Langbein, the sole player to hit the green in
Kay Gale played out of the hazard on the fifth hole to
score a gobbler, Jody Jezukaitis was pleased with her
exceptionally long drive on the 13th fairway and C-grade
winner King chipped in on the 12th hole, par three, for
her maiden birdie.
Meredith Stokes boosted her score along when she had
four Stableford points for four shots on the 16th hole, and
Cheryl Brooks was rather pleased with her four for four
on the first hole, sinking a gobbler from off the green.
A trio of three particular players may have thought there
was a prize for the highest score on the sixth water
hazard hole, as they totalled up massive strokes.
Chrissy Barnwell had a nine, Maria Rich went one better
with a 10 and Helen Dennis hit her ball twice into the
water to top score for the hole with 11 shots.
Sadly the ladies field farewelled a well respected and
valued club member in Janelle Marcus who is off to take
up residency in Darwin, leaving behind her Melbourne
Cup hat collection with caretaker Anne Meakins.
Marcus will no doubt notice different climatic playing
conditions in the NT.
Contrastingly, the group welcomed back Lesley Perrin,
who is currently in rehab from hip surgery, while Anne
Virgo returned from a holiday in Canberra, no doubt
helping to sort out the Federal Budget.
The annual general meeting is set to be held on May
9, the third round of the ladies championships will be
played on May 10, and the ladies pennant finals are to
be held at the Fleurieu course on May 16.
“While I’m a shooter, you get to be part of
the biggest showcase of sporting stars on
the planet, and it’s just amazing to mix with
all types of athletes.
“It was funny to sit in the games village
dining room and check out all the various
body shapes, from seven foot Chinese
basketballers through to petite gymnasts
and the bulky weightlifters.”
During the London air rifle event,
competitors shot at a bullseye target of
.05mm in diameter from 10m – leaving little
margin for error.
“We were allowed 60 shots and with 10
points per shot up for grabs, the ultimate
score was 600,” said Godward, who settled
on his Nairne rural property late last year.
“While a medal is of course the ultimate,
I was satisfied with my score of 588, just
missing the 596 cut off point from which
they take the top eight shooters to contest
the medal rounds.
“I set myself the goal to qualify again for an
Olympics and hopefully get through to the
business end of things.”
Following yet another gruelling qualifying
process over the past four years, Godward
has earned a berth for a second consecutive
He will be one of two Australian team
representatives in Rio contesting 3P with
.22 rifles, firing at a 10mm diameter bullseye
over a distance of 50m.
“The event is commonly referred to as the
‘test match’ of shooting, given the differing
elements over a lengthy period,” assessed
“Competition is based around 120 shots
with 40 from each of the three designated
“You are allocated around two and three-
quarter hours to complete all your shots,
with around a minute of so between shots
in the various positions.
“So in between re-loading, you are also
in the process of focusing and mentally
preparing for the next shot.
“It is a true test of marksmanship, as there
will be 70 competitors all shooting alongside
each other on the firing line, on the same
range and in the same conditions.
“The competition is held over the one
day, qualifying in the morning will proceed
the knock-out medal round later in the
afternoon, so there is the spectre of
changing conditions in regards to wind etc.”
Having qualified with further success in the
2015 Oceania Championships, Godward
has been honing his Olympic preparations
with regular training sessions at the
A member of the Morialta Target Shooters
Club, he shoots at least four practice
sessions of four hours each week, likely
to fire off some 250 rounds from his $8000
custom-made German rifle.
Last month Godward also attended a major
event in Bangkok where he finished in 26th
place, which he rated as a good pointer
towards his Rio aspirations.
A practising pianist who has played at the
Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, and
also a keen student of astromony, Godward
enjoys the challenge that the sport of
“It certainly is not the type of activity which
gives you an adrenalin rush, that’s for sure,”
“You have to really switch off the emotions,
and set yourself each and every shot, given
it’s such a fine line between a great score
and a bad shot.
“The rifle virtually becomes part of you and
as such, you control it ... concentration and
a settled approach is the key.
“I am certainly looking forward to testing
myself against the world’s best, but just to
be part of an Olympic Games once again is
fantastic and a great honor.
“It may be an obvious cliché, but I’ll
certainly be giving it my best shot.”
Taking aim at
Continued from Sport 1
Popular member Janelle Marcus (front row fourth from right holding flowers) received a fond
farewell from Mt Barker Hahndorf Golf Club female colleagues as she played her final round at
the club last Tuesday before her departure to live in Darwin.
Image courtesy Marg Bessen.
Aldgate resident Michael Shearer put his vintage Ford Special through its paces during an event at
the historic racing meeting held by the Sporting Car Club of SA at Mallala Motorsport Park over the
recent Anzac long weekend. Over 150 classic cares from various categories competed at the two-day
meeting which drew a large crowd.
Images courtesy Bob Taylor.
John Bryant of
Mt Barker contested
the Formula 5000
historic category in the
ex Paul Newman Indy
Lola during the recent
historic racing meeting.
Stuart Barnes from
Meadows tinkers with
his 302 Boss Mustang
in the pits during a
break from Group N
touring car events at
the historic racing
meeting conducted at
Park on April 23-24.
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