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The exciting and popular format
of Fast Fives Golf is set to be
introduced at the Mt Barker
The new and innovative golf concept is
quick and cheap to play, flexible as to when
it can be played, and is made for groups out
to have fun, regardless of ability.
Playable in the evening of any weeknight
of each week of a proposed nine-week
season, teams of five can play together
with generous handicaps for beginners,
over a select five hole section of the golf
The best four of the scores each week will
count toward an end of season team final,
scheduled for Sunday, April 2.
Commencing on Monday, February 1,
participants will play hole 1, and then holes
6 through to 9, which should take just over
Beginners can have a handicap of up to
25, which will be reduced as their scores
become lower, and can play as many times
per week as they like between Monday
and Friday, with their best score to count,
while the maximum score on any hole is 10
The cost will be $7 for each round, with
a social membership of $20 at the start
of the season for those not already club
There will also be weekly prizes as well as
the end of season final with prizes.
The introduction of the Fast Fives format
has won the praise and support of Mt
Barker Hahndorf club president Gary
“This is a new concept in social golf,
aimed specifically at getting new players to
try the game in a group of their friends, with
fun being the prime motivator,” Leverington
“Golf is sometimes seen in a poor light
by today’s time poor and cost conscious
people, so our club decided to try a radical
change to the usual format.”
“The course is in amazing condition at the
moment, and sitting under the clubhouse
patio looking out over the course after play,
is a great way to finish the evening.
“I certainly encourage existing players as
well as beginners to take part in this unique
and brand new concept, and have some
fun in a group of their friends.”
Anyone wishing to find out further
information can contact club professional
Ben Traeger on 8391 0088, or club
manager Peter Kennedy on 8391 0547.
The Mt Barker Hahndorf Golf
Club ladies have been active on
the course over the Christmas/
New Year holiday period with fields
swelling in numbers as players
return from seaside vacations.
One of the recent Tuesday fields featured
28 players contesting a Stableford round,
and Sharon Phoenix won the day with 37
points, backing up her previous round of 35
Phoenix, who always dresses to impress,
has been playing very consistent golf, and
displays promise for 2017.
Ladies can play any day of the week
according to their membership entitlements
and a regular steady group play each
Sunday morning, including Chrissy Bock,
Denise Knape, Judy Teichert, Chrissy
Barnwell and Kay Gale.
Nicki Dunn won a recent Sunday
competition with 35 Stableford points,
playing off a 21 handicap.
Two lady golfers who played over the
festive season were Dianne Meyer and
Hazel Bond, and it is hoped they can be
viewed around the course more often.
Libby Timmins is becoming a regular
media-noted figure as she develops into a
skilled, keen and talented player.
The newly created Central Ranges Regional
Netball Academy (CRRNA) have announced
that registration is now open for trials.
Curriculum is based on Netball Australia’s Develop a
Diamond Academy program which is based around three
core components, namely technical and tactical skills
development, physical preparation and athlete well-being.
The program emphasises the building of fitness and
specific sports skills that will improve a participant’s game.
This is coupled with information to provide a balance
between training, sport and life in general.
Participants will need to be prepared to commit to training,
to working hard, to a positive attitude and to their own fitness
and skills improvement.
Academy head coach Felicity Duffield is looking forward to
working with up and coming players.
A skills-focused coach, Duffield views the program as an
opportunity to enhance the game of all participants, engage
them in the training process and for them to drive their own
success and improvement.
“If you want to be a better player, you have to do the work,
there are no shortcuts,” suggested Duffield.
“Every exercise, drill and game play situation is an
opportunity to improve, it’s about how you look at it.
“If you’re ready to step out of your netball comfort zone,
then this program is for you.”
Following changes by Netball SA, the program is targeted
at the 14-16 year-old age group.
Participants are eligible for selection if their date of birth
is between 01/11/2000-30/09/2003, meaning prospective
nominess must have turned turned 14 before September
30, 2017, and cannot turn 17 before November 1, 2017.
Trials are scheduled for February 5 and 12, at Cedar
College, Northgate, with registration online and closing
Friday, February 3.
For further information visit the CRRNA Facebook page
and follow the link, or email program manager Lauren
The Adelaide Hills Hawks will
commence their pre-season
campaign for the 2017 soccer
season with a local derby.
After last season’s exciting conclusion
when the club avoided relegation by
overturning a three-goal deficit with a
memorable 5-0 victory over Gawler Eagles,
the Hills Hawks will ramp up preparations
with a series of trial games over the coming
New senior coach, former Adelaide City
and Socceroo champion Charlie Villani,
has been busy with his coaching staff
preparing a new-look squad for 2017.
Disappointingly the club has lost several
key players, including Hayden Walter,
Danny Pauli and Jake Forrester to NPL club
Birkalla Eagles, Declan Gray to NPL’s Blue
Eagles, while brothers Jared and Mitch
Daly have switched to rival State League
clubs Noarlunga and South Adelaide
On a positive note, the club have retained
the talents of Dan Hosking, Nathan
Elliott, Luke Smith, Connor Hudson, Sam
Bowman, Aboma Kelly, Jake Loechel,
James Lenzi, Craig Smith and Max Caon.
Their commitment to the club and
experience have been a massive boost in
the arm for a club rebuilding for the future.
It will also give loyal youngsters Abel
Thomas-Hy, Nick Walker, Jarrah Gardiner,
Jack Daly and Jake Pollard an opportunity
to establish themselves as senior players
Coach Villani has also been busy recruiting
talented youngsters from various NPL and
State League clubs keen on establishing
themselves as first team players, so the
upcoming trials will provide an excellent
opportunity to make a close assessment of
the talented group.
The trials program commence this
Saturday (January 21), with a local derby
against Mt Barker United, about to enter its
second year as a member of the Football
It will be the first time both Hills based
clubs have met, so there will be a great
deal of interest in the matches to be held
An Under 18 clash will kick off the program
at 3pm, followed by Reserves from 5pm
and the senior trial at 7pm.
Canteen and bar facilities will be available
and entry is free into the ground.
Other Hawks trials coming up at Woodside
will be against Playford on January 28, and
South Adelaide on February 11.
A small but resolute field lined up on the
start line on January 8 for the Adelaide Hills
Masters Cycling Club’s initial race for 2017.
The field’s aim appeared to be getting the jump on those
cyclists still lounging about at beaches or by the pool, and
to get themselves ready for some big upcoming races.
Starting from Flaxley, the two-lap course didn’t offer
much in the way of climbs as it passed through Echunga
and then to Meadows.
While the climb out of Meadows caused some heavy
breathing, it was allayed on the long descent to
The gradual climb from Macclesfield to the finish line was
just enough to identify those riders who had succumbed
to an excess of festive indulgence.
Recently crowned 2016 club member of the year Tony
Simes was not only able to cling to the B-grade riders on
the climbs, but displayed tactical superiority in the sprint
finish to edge out new member Ray Scheuboeck and
Less than 0.05 seconds separated the A-grade riders
at the finish.
Cliff Grant tried to dislodge the field on the final climb
from Macclesfield but to no avail, as Dave Cullen had
what it took at the finish, and Mike Hoile and Grant
finished with less than 0.03 between them in his wake.
The C-grade field was reduced to just four riders at the
Dave Barrett set a fast initial pace but was found wanting
on the Meadows Hill, while Suzie Gray paid the price for
her recent non-cycling holiday on the final climb.
Gray dropped off the pace, leaving Ian Lett , Sarah
Rawlinson, Jason Langbein and Ron Baker to play cat
and mouse up the last slope.
Searching for a clear line to the finish, Baker sprinted
from a long way out, however, the other three riders
slowly wore him down, with Lett being the strongest.
Rawlinson and Langbein filled the minor placings.
John Antonio’s strong training performances carried
through into the D-grade race, but he had to call on all his
hard work to catch John Toshach.
Pedal into year
Toshach watched what appeared certain victory
evaporate as Antonio surged past him within metres of
the finish, while new Hills club member Michael finished
third in his first race start.
The event was a good precursor for the races to be
held during the Tour Down Under week, as riders from
interstate join locals to contest the Classic Adelaide
Memorable holiday shots
A round last week featured Timmins
winning the Thursday competition with an
outstanding 39 Stableford points and now
has her playing off a 32 handicap.
With natural talent shining through and
with the aid of expert golf lessons from
resident club professional Ben Traeger,
Timmins is one to watch on the course.
Margie Rothenberg appeared not to be
fazed by the heat when she carded a great
38 points off an 11 handicap and Valerie
Deeble shone in the recent Par round, with
a -1 ahead of playing associates Bernie
Gatehouse and Jane Cameron.
Susie Kerr celebrated another candle on
her birthday cake while Margie Secomb
also made a return from holidays.
The Australian Womens Open is fast
approaching and will take place at the
Royal Adelaide Golf Club between
Mt Barker Hahndorf captain Ros Basey
encourages all lady members to try and
attend to witness some of the best lady
golfers in the world.
Fast Fives arrives
John Toshach set the early pace in D-grade
ranks at the Adelaide Hills Masters cycling race
on January 8.
Event winner Dave Cullen (right) heads fellow A-grade riders Mike Hoile and Cliff Grant during
the Adelaide Hills Masters Cycling Club’s opening race for 2017.
Images courtesy Robert Rawlinson.
Julie Choat (left) and Cheryl Brooks
were among lady members enjoying
competition over the holiday period
at the Mt Barker Hahndorf Golf
Sharon Phoenix celebrated victory
during last week’s Stableford
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