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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – PAGE 7
Mt Barker United Soccer Club Collegiate
teams are facing the end of an era following
the retirement of head coach Steve Handley.
Handley has been at the club for the past five years
and has been an integral part of the Crusaders
stellar growth, not only bringing the club its first piece
of silverware in a long time, but also the growth in
participation of seniors at the club.
Since arriving at the club, Handley was able to instill
a level of professionalism and integrity which allowed
players to flourish under his guidance.
In recent years the club has been promoted to top
division ranks, been runner up and winner of the
Collegiate Soccer League Cup – played in the same
format as the FFA Cup – and won the inaugural
Division 5 league.
During what has been a truly stellar past few years for
Mt Barker United, success on the pitch is not all that
the club and coach have held as a core value, with
the numbers of players swelling from one team to six
senior teams, vindicating the high standards Handley
has instilled into not only his teams, but also the entire
During Handley’s tenure the club has grown from
strength to strength and has incorporated the most
successful seasons the Crusaders have experienced.
From humble beginnings to a transition into the
Football Federation of SA affiliated Collegiate Soccer
League (CSL), Handley has been at the forefront of
all of the club’s ambitious adventures, and without his
enthusiasm and approach to enhancing the ability
of the players, Mt Barker United would not be in the
position it is now with teams competing in the semi-
professional State League and Junior Premier League.
Having chosen to step down from the role, Handley
delivered a touching parting address during the last
season’s club presentations function.
“This great club is successful because the passion
and discipline the players have offered,” outlined the
“To succeed, you must lead your players on a journey
of continuous improvement and the desire to a ‘can-
do’ attitude for all involved.
“I have had the privilege to work in a passionate club
with many great players who all complement each
other no matter at what level, and I am very grateful
for the past five years and wish everyone the best for
Mt Barker United are now seeking any parties
interested in taking the club along its next journey in
Division 1 CSL ranks for the 2018 season.
Anyone interested is encouraged to contact the club
Pre-season activities for United’s senior team are set
to commence tonight (Wednesday) at Cornerstone
College from 6pm.
Contributed by Brendan Stone.
New era for
Although the teams enjoyed being back on the
diamond, a number of players from each side
were heard complaining that their uniforms
seemed to have shrunk in the wash – maybe
something to do with over-indulgence during
the Christmas break.
Pirates lead-off batter Andrew Kirkley was
immediately hit by a pitch and enjoyed an early
trip to first base.
The following two batters Jake Short and Mark
Chilton, both had a keen eye and managed to
pick up walks.
However, David Nitschke wasn’t so lucky and
was struck out by Redsox/Strathalbyn pitcher
Graham Klenke, before Mark Naylor knocked a
hit to rightfield and reached base.
Leigh Hooper was up next and put bat on ball,
however, sharp fielding by Steve ‘The Pirate’
Latham at second retired Hooper at first and
ended the dig with two runs on the board.
Redsox/Strathalbyn came out swinging,
with lead-off batter Alex Eglitis bunting safely,
followed by Marty Rist knocking a hit into
Brayden Gray joined in the fun by hitting to
second and also reaching base.
Buddy Hauwai then hit to shortstop, but his
veteran legs just weren’t quick enough as he
was thrown out at first on an accurate play by
The runs were starting to trickle in for Redsox/
Strathalbyn when Klenke hit to centrefield and
Jaiden Crane was walked.
Pirates pitcher Nitschke then found his groove
and made quick work of both Tom Megson and
Latham to limit the damage at only three runs.
During the second innings, Ryder Taylor
reached base on a walk, Peter Marsh was
retired at first after hitting straight to the pitcher,
while Jay Lambe and Kirkley were both unlucky
and struck out as the dig ended scoreless.
Redsox/Strathalbyn then gained runners on
base, with a walk to Rob MacGregor, a hit to
Eglitis and a further walk to Hauwai, however,
the runners could not be converted into runs
and the team was forced to settle for a 3-2 lead.
Pirates then found a sense of urgency and put
bat on ball with a hit by Short, a home run to
Nitschke and a hit by M. Taylor.
Walks to Hooper and R. Taylor then followed,
before the Redsox/Strathalbyn shortstop
snared a special catch to end the innings at
The combined team then replied with a flurry
of runs as the entire line-up produced hits in
This led to a surge of eight runs, with the
highlight being a triple and home run to Crane.
Last Saturday night featured a clash of not
only skill, but a rivalry like no other.
The Echunga ‘Baby Blue’ Demons went head
to head with the Echunga ‘Red’ Demons in
the match of the season for these two teams,
which pitted fathers against sons, brothers
against brothers and friends against friends.
To commence the contest, the ‘Baby Blues’
scored just one run against strong hurling
from amateur pitcher Gavin Richardson, who
recorded three outs by way of a catch and two
plays at first.
The innings was almost ended sooner with
young catcher Tallis Richardson’s insane
pickup almost cutting down his older brother
The ‘Old Reds’ pressed on in their opening
innings, scoring one run against up-and-
coming pitcher Caleb Richardson, who caused
three outs of his own including two ground-outs
and a catch at centrefield.
The second innings led to another two runs
being scored by the Blues, before holding the
Reds scoreless for their half of the frame.
During the third innings, eight runs crossed
the plate, highlighted by a massive home run
by Sam Nelson which helped to keep the ‘Baby
In their half of the third, the ‘Old Reds’ recorded
a run via Vernon Groom, before a third out sent
the Blues back in.
During the fourth dig, the Blues tore apart the
Reds defensive plays with runs being scored
on a Cameron Rule home run hit which helped
reach the maximum of 10 runs for the dig.
The ‘Old Reds’ tried their hardest to come
back from the slump, by scoring another run
from G. Richardson.
The play of the game arrived when C.
Richardson pitched a ball to his little
brother Tallis, who belted the ball out to
leftfield, where it was caught by the eldest
Richardson son Aiden, who was manning third
base whilst father Gavin watched on from the
During their final innings, the Blues again
displayed their batting strength with a 10-run
side away ruling, after superb batting from
Riley Karayiannis and great base running by
Kobi Grocke, after a change in pitcher to Randy
The final innings for the Reds ended in a four-
pitch frame from C. Richardson, with three outs
recorded within five minutes.
The final score was 31-13, well in favor of the
Back on base at Anembo
Onkaparinga Swimming Club have
once again emerged with title honors
at the 2018 SwimmingSA Country
The annual titles were staged from January
5-8 at the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre
and featured the best of regional swimming
The country teams travelling to Broken Hill
competed under extreme heat which led to an
altered racing format.
Racing started on Friday evening amid 39C
heat and the temperature continued to rise
to 43c on Saturday, with both Sunday and
Monday reaching 39C.
All evenings were cancelled and all events
were swam as straight finals over the four days.
Despite fielding one of its smallest team
numbers in many years, the Woodside based
Onkaparinga club excelled and cemented
its name once again in history with a 17th
consecutive win under the guidance of female
head coach Pat Wheeler.
Onkaparinga amassed 1400 points over the
weekend and finished 600 points ahead of the
Blue Lake Y team from Mt Gambier which had
a tussle for points with the opposing Barossa
and Mountain Pool teams.
Male swimmer of the championships was
James Kemp who returned home with gold,
silver and bronze medals, and a total of 170
Over the weekend Kemp demonstrated his
versatility in all strokes and distances and was
an inspiration to all his team-mates and fittingly
won the shield in the 14-15 year age group.
Georgia Weir recorded the highest female
point score total of 89 points, with the 19-year-
old a strong competitor across all distances in
breaststoke in the 19 and Over category.
She was also selected in five relays where
she attained medals in each one.
Classified swimmer Samuel Morley received
gold medals in both the 50m and 100m
breaststoke events and also a relay.
Morley won silver in the 50m breaststroke
during December at the Australian Schools
National competition held in Adelaide, and
continued to set new personal best times over
the Country Championship weekend.
Jordy Martin broke three individual Country
records and was part of the boys 14/Under
relay which also broke the 4x50m free relay
record during the weekend and claimed the
age group shield in the 11/Under age group.
Members of the record breaking 14-year boys
team were Jack Cafarella, Jody Martin, Morley
Other Onkaparinga competitors to return
home with medals included Samuel and Craig
Kemp, Keely Rayson, siblings Amber, Ben and
Sophie Barrow, Mikaela and Matylda Jasko,
Jack Vonow, Cameron Weir, Brad Cafarella,
Aidan Obligado, Jack Filmore, Kiah Connolly,
Lucy Burley, Charlotte Smith and Noah Bell.
Setting personal best times over the Broken
Hill titles were Fox Roberts, Gemma Burley,
Charlotte and Samuel Muffet, Emma Reavey,
Caitlin and Michaela Colla and Elka Jasko,
while Masters swimmers Stuart Colla, Joanne
Weir and Richard Jasko competed in relays
and individual events.
Contributed by Pat Wheeler.
Onkas maintain title
MT BARKER SOCCER
FOR ALL YOUR SUMMER
Continued from Sport 6
Onkaparinga Swimming Club representatives celebrate claiming the SwimmingSA Country Championship shield for a
17th successive occasion at the recent 2018 titles staged in Broken Hill.
Rebecca Sims swings at a pitch as she
attempts to increase Strathalbyn’s run
advantage against United in Saturday’s
B-grade clash, which marked the
commencement of Hills Softball Association
competition for 2018.
Departing Mt Barker United Soccer Club head
coach Steve Handley (right) celebrating the
Crusaders victory in the 2014 CSL Cup with
key player Leo Santangelo.
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