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The first round of the ladies Foursomes Championships was played
last Tuesday at the Mt Barker Hahndorf Golf Club.
Competition attracted 30 players, together with seven additional ladies who played a separate
A perfect sunny day brought Elizabeth Elliott, Kathleen Langbein, Anne Virgo and Lesley Perrin
out of hibernation, all playing the Stableford round.
Two ladies who combined extremely well and played steady and accurate golf were Gerry Cohen
and Bev Baylis, carding a 72.5 nett.
Both picked up the Angelakis Seafood ‘show bag’ vouchers for their efforts.
However, luck was on the pairs’ side when they landed on the channel wooded frame work on the
10th hole, received a free drop, and finished the hole in style.
Margie Rothenberg and Chrissy Bock came in with 76.5, winning on a countback from rivals
Susie Kerr and Mandy Hurrell.
Struck down with injury, Kerr hopped on one leg but never gave up and Hurrell thought she was
escorting a war veteran around the course, and held the pair together.
Voucher run downs went to Jan Hawes/Judy Teichert, Jane Cameron/Bernice Gatehouse and
Posie Steinhardt/Chrissy Barnwell.
Something different occurred on the 17th hole when Kathleen Langbein teed off from the red
blocks, lofted the ball over the hedge on her left and landed the ball in the 16th bunker.
Golfers may have heard of pin-high with the ball, but hedge-high may be a new terminology.
Rae Hogarth was full of tricks on the 10th hole, when she drove from the tee, and partner Anne
Meakins hit the second shot to the edge of the green.
Hogarth then displayed sheer brilliance and putted the ball off the edge into the cup for a birdie.
Simone Coonan should have been on “go pro” when her playing partners witnessed her 13th
tee shot travel some 200m.
The ball travelled so far, playing partner Jayne Baulderstone had to take a cut lunch and water
bag to reach the ball for her shot.
Coming events include the Veterans Round on September 20, the Mixed Pinehurst Championships
on September 25, Pat Page’s 60th birthday luncheon on October 6, and Pink Ball Breast Cancer
Day on October 11.
Club members have
proved a hardy bunch
in preparation for the
Despite some recent overcast
and damp conditions, regular
attendance of approximately
20 bowlers have been busy
enjoying afternoon sessions
as they work off a bit of off-
Lawn bowls continues at
Hahndorf as the club’s carpet
green provides all players
an opportunity to improve
their game in readiness for
the forthcoming season, with
competitors from other clubs
also most welcome.
The time is also right for any
person who would like to take
up the game to contact the
Hahndorf club, or arrive by
12.30pm at the Church Street
venue either for a Wednesday
or Saturday afternoon session.
With the club always keen on
recruitment, players of all ages
and genders are encouraged
to attend, with coaching
available, and bowls able to be
This season Hahndorf will
field teams in all three Hills
Bowling Association Saturday
divisions, and in Wednesday’s
Division 1 and Division 2
progams, with competition set
to commence in early October.
Bowlers in practice
Ladies go forth
By Stephen Wilkinson
Campbelltown Gold made the
trip up the freeway to face Mt
Barker’s Division 1 side in last
Monday’s State Squash League
Round 6 spring pennant clash.
The sudden withdrawal of Gold top seed
had Mt Barker captain Stephen Wilkinson
without an opponent, and yielded the easiest
of wins to the home side.
First to bring the competition to the
encounter was Barker number three Josh
Buckley who faced Gold’s David Lipschitz.
Looking to be in good touch, Buckley
drove the ball with authority around the
court forcing Lipschitz to scramble around,
desperately returning the deep drives.
Unfortunately Buckley could not capitalise
on his dominance, making too many
mistakes from winning positions and letting
Lipschitz off the hook.
To his credit, Lipschitz made the most of all
his opportunities and in a tight match, won
the contest 3-1 to even the ledger.
Barker number four Peter Moore appeared
to be evenly matched against Gold’s Ben
Parcell, but again Moore’s good depth shots
came unstuck by some simple errors.
Parcell was relentless in dispatching
anything short and did not allow Moore any
time to settle.
Moore managed to regain his composure
late in the third game but it was too little too
late and he fell 3-0 to put the pressure firmly
back on Barker.
Paul Kinlough walked onto the court with
a confidence of someone playing on their
home turf when he encountered Frank Aloi.
Kinlough’s trademark power drives were
in plentiful supply as Aloi struggled to come
to terms with the pace and line-hugging
shallowness of his court play.
Lapsing slightly in second game, Kinlough
fought his way back in a tie-break to
comfortably win 3-0 and give Barker the
overall honors by a single game.
Last Wednesday Barker’s State Open 4
team ventured into the heart of competition
leader Next Generation.
Getting the team off to a cracking start,
Barker number one Paul Thomas faced
Next Gen’s Andrew Feutrill in a battle of
endurance and timing.
Thomas was in rare form, making few
errors and forcing Fuetrill to make the play.
Fuetrill could not keep the errors out of his
own game and fell 3-1 to Thomas.
Next to enter the court, Barker second seed
Alison Skinner encountered Mathew Evans.
Skinner found the bouncy confines of the
Next Gen courts a little hard to judge as her
usual impeccable length game came out a
fraction too much, and Evans gained a little
too much time to craft his returns.
While never out of contention, Skinner
could not cause the ball to die regularly
enough to put pressure on Evans and he
took the match 3-0.
Barker number three Graham Smith
wanted nothing more than to get his first
taste of victory when he faced Next Gen’s
While not playing his best squash, Smith
played some powerful deep drives which had
Evans on the run.
Evans replied in kind, putting the pressure
back onto Smith and the match produced
some intense rallies which could have gone
In the end it was Smith who was able to
maintain his cool under pressure and he ran
out a 3-2 winner to put Barker back in the
Barker number four Luke Grindrod was
eager to obtain his first win and he threw
everything at opponent Paul Brian Finne.
Following the pattern of the previous
encounter, Grindrod played deep and
powerful drives that had Finne running about
trying to get depth on his own returns.
The match seemed to be evenly poised
as both players traded points, but it was
Grindrod who was able to string enough
points together to take the last game to win
3-2, giving the night to Barker while upsetting
the competition leader 3-1.
Court one exploded with powerful drives
as reserve Rebel Lenny Westley came
out swinging against the Empire’s Jenny
Blanchard in local Mt Barker fixtures.
Westley’s youthful exuberance had
Blanchard on the hop, but as the match
progressed Westley lost control of his
bubbling energy and began to make errors.
Contrastingly, Blanchard remained cool and
picked off anything loose to regain control
and win 3-1 in a masterful performance.
Newcomer Martin Pietsch took on
experienced campaigner in Imperial number
four Kaye Lucas.
In an outstanding effort, Pietsch adapted
his tennis skills to the confines of the squash
court, even attempting some boasts after
witnessing Lucas’ liberal use of them.
In the end, Lucas’ skill overcame the
enthusiasm of Pietsch 3-0, but his first effort
gave the rebel forces much to look forward to.
Rebel leader Joe White was all business
in his encounter with the Empire’s Glenn
Drewitt’s deceptive court strokes kept White
on his toes, but he used his reach and pace
to control the match.
Using deep rails and tight drops, White
forced Drewitt to make the pace, and
although Drewitt got close in the last two
games, White held on to win 3-0 to get the
Rebels on the board.
Rebel number two Will Fox appeared to
be blown out of the court as he trailed 9-2
against Imperial Josh Buckley.
Seemingly waking up, Fox turned on the
after-burners and drew level with Buckley,
and a war of attrition soon ensued.
Both players slammed the ball around the
court and ran down everything to the delight
of the crowd.
Thinking he needed to enter the
stratosphere to gain victory, Buckley leapt
into the air, bringing his head level with the
gallery to win a point not rightfully his.
Every point was won only by supreme effort
and games went down to the wire with tie-
breaks the order.
In the end, it was Buckley who held on to
win 3-2 in an amazing rubber.
Rebel number three Andrew Strauss battled
reserve Imperial Dave Campbell to close out
Looking to emulate the previous match, the
first game went to three tie-breaks before
Strauss managed to sneak ahead.
Changing strategy in the second stanza,
Strauss produced a series of unplayable
drops to leave Campbell stranded.
Fighting back in the third, Campbell found
his length but Strauss continued to produce
the drop when needed and won the rubber
3-0 to give the Rebels another match, but not
enough to win the night, which the Empire
claimed 3-2 .
Court two had the young guns, Sith Connor
Parkes facing Jedi Jack Kitson.
As usual, Kitson’s deceptive boasts had
Parkes guessing, but he could not string
enough together to threaten with any
Parkes’ pace and depth on his returns
always had Kitson struggling as he was often
While Kitson was able to return many deep
shots, he lifted his head too often and mis-
timed the return, where Parkes leapt upon it
to triumph 3-0.
In an epic encounter, much improved Sith
Lachlan Keen faced Jedi reserve Rowan
In an evenly matched rubber, Keen ran well
around the court, driving the ball deep into
Both players struggled to hit tight drop shots
and winning shots turned into extended
Elliot could not stop hitting cross-court
drives that enabled Keen to keep in control
of the T, from which he returned deep rails.
In the end this proved to be the difference
with Keen playing consistent drives to run
out with a 3-2 win.
Next on court, Sith top seed Luke Grindrod
encountered Jedi Stephen Wilkinson.
The first game was characterised by
scrambling play by both players with some
long rallies and too many errors from both.
Both players lost focus for the next two
games respectively, Wilkinson’s lapse the
greater but still yielded long spectacular
The fourth game again became an arm
wrestle with more intense rallies, but in spite
of some desperate dives, Wilkinson fell 3-1
to the less error-prone Grindrod.
In his second game of the evening, reserve
Sith Joe White faced Jedi number two John
Trigge showed his racquet skills by placing
the ball just out of White’s reach, but White
would not be denied and used his impressive
reach and pace to fight back.
Continuing the pattern in the second game,
some thrilling rallies again yielded White the
win and seemed to sap Trigge’s energy.
Dominating the third White produced some
perfect lobs and equally tight drops to grab
the match 3-0.
Finally, Sith number three Michael Buckley
faced Jedi Shane Patterson to close out the
In an odd duel, Patterson oscillated
between good and bad timing while Buckley
remained consistent throughout.
Even during single games, Patterson came
in and out of focus and with a four-point tie-
break, was lucky to win the first stanza.
Games fluctuated between the two,
Buckley lethal to any short mid-court balls,
while Patterson displayed his dominance
when his serve was on song.
In a focused last game, Patterson held on
3-2 to give the Jedi their only match of the
night, but still losing 4-1 to an irresistible Sith.
State joy for Barker teams
STATE SQUASH LEAGUE
Done, dusted and deflated pretty much
summed up the mood around the Mt Lofty
League men team after the minor premier
lost last Saturday’s State Volleyball League
The Rangers were eclipsed by USC Lion 25-27, 25-27, 18-25 – and
that after a blistering 15 wins and one solitary loss throughout the
In the end, Lofty had the chances but failed to convert when it
Despite a valiant effort from the boys at training in the lead-up and
throughout the game itself, a combination of a switched-on Lion
outfit and a string of Lofty unforced errors told the tale.
There’s little more the team can do than learn from the pain, digest
the feelings and re-emerge ready to have a red-hot crack at it again
While the statistics this week were a big improvement on the
semifinal effort against Norwood seven days earlier, it didn’t show
where it really mattered – on the scoreboard.
Lofty delivered 16 team aces, 42 kills, passed at a respectable
2:35, registered 37 defensive digs and just two kills blocks – one to
Jack Phelan and the other to Rory Welsh.
Individually, Phelan served seven aces, with four from Jake
McIntyre, two from Wyatt Green and one each from the Welsh
brothers – Jack and Rory – and Tom Bettison.
R. Welsh led in kills with 10, followed closely by Phelan (9), Beau
Neale (8), J. Welsh (7), Bettison (5), and one each to Henry Breen,
McIntyre and Green.
There was also a pleasing improvement in passing, where Ben
Williamson passed at 2:52, J. Welsh at 2:38, Phelan at 2:36, Breen
at 2:25 and R. Welsh at 2:20.
On reflection, being without top guns Malachi Murch and Patty
Rogers left Lofty wanting at crucial moments during the finals
However, the club can also reflect on a bright future, given the
experience it enjoys and, perhaps even more importantly, the
impressive development learning curve of some of the new blood.
Some now move to bigger volleyball pastures, with R. Welsh off
to the Czech Republic and Murch and Mike Chemny joining the
Volleyroos as player and coach respectively when the team jets out
next week for the Asian Volleyball Cup in Thailand.
Murch will then proceed to Holland on a professional contract.
Rogers’ healing will continue while guns Green, Williamson, Neale,
Breen, Phelan, J. Welsh, Bettison and McIntyre, along with Josh
Willcocks, Lucas Mark-Seymour, Tommi Kabelitz, Jesse Nichols,
Andrew Smith, Marc Phillis, Matt Costanzo and Todd O’Brien, will
hit the gym to get more power and size.
With a couple a huge recruits in the pipeline, and the return of
some international weaponry such as Sam Boehm, Lofty can again
be a force to be reckoned with come 2017.
Congratulations are in order to Breen, Phelan, Williamson, R.
Welsh and Murch for winning prestigious awards at Volleyball
League 2016 State Awards Dinner on September 10, recognising
their outstanding play across the season.
Bev Baylis (left) and playing partner Gerry Cohen took victory in last
Tuesday’s first round of the ladies Foursomes Championship at the
Mt Barker Hahndorf Golf Club.
Image courtesy Marg Bessen.
Chris Rowe (left) prepares to deliver as Bill Robertson watches on during
a recent afternoon practice session at the Hahndorf Bowling Club. New
recruits are being offered the opportunity to join the club for the upcoming
Hills Bowling Association season.
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