Home' The Bunyip : August 27th 2014 Contents Foldesdy's fortune
MATT Foldesdy played an important mid-
field role in his side's upset over Willaston,
but earlier in the week he and the club were
still waiting to see whether he would face
the tribunal on charges laid the week prior.
Foldesdy was cited by the umpire in his side's
victory over Barossa District, and expected to
appear before the tribunal last Wednesday.
Luckily for him, and the club, the umpire
later withdrew his report before the hearing,
leaving Foldesdy free to play.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Couches a no-go
IF you were thinking about putting a couch
on the back of the ute for this year's BL&G
finals series, you may want to rethink your
The league has issued a statement saying that
no couches will be permitted into any grounds
for the 2014 finals.
Security personnel will be at all
entrances to monitor and inspect vehicles
as they drive into the ground, and have
authorisation to confiscate any illegal parapher-
Looks like it's deck-chairs, or nothing.
Blast from the past
IT has been brought to the attention of
The Bunyip that the photo of Angaston
football coach Matt Herrmann used in the
August 13 story 'Counting oval cost of wet
weather' is rather dated.
We have been told that the photo is from
Matt's tennis days, many years ago.
The Bunyip will endeavour to get a more
up-to-date photo prior to the next football sea-
Brian cracks 400
NURIOOTPA hockey veteran Brian
'Packa' Ivkovic will play his 400th senior
game for the club this Saturday when
Nuri Gold takes on Tanunda Black in the
Barossa Valley Hockey Association B grade
'Packa' arrived at the club and, memorably, he
was once tricked into wearing fancy dress to the
association medal count, receiving the award
dressed as Spider-Man, which has since sparked
a passion to dress up for club functions.
Along with being a league medallist, Ivkovic
has coached A-grade men's premierships and re-
mains an important figure at the club.
"THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Page 3
with Grady Hudd
Tanunda's race against time
How happy were you with the
season overall? Last year we
made the play-o s for the rst
time in 20-odd years; the rst
thing that had to be done was
make sure that everybody
understood that that wasn't a
given from now on. The most pleasing
thing was the hunger was there, the
work ethic was there, the desire was there to
go again and make it happen.
What were some of the goals you set at the
beginning of the year? The goal we set ourselves
was not just to make the play-o s, but to achieve a
double chance, which we did. I have a group that has
a great work ethic, no egos; they do everything for the
betterment of the team, so you tick all those boxes and
you're pretty happy.
What do think went wrong in nals? Norwood
outplayed us; they jumped us early, we didn't recover
and our game plan probably didn't follow through
best as we'd want it to. For the West Adelaide game I
wouldn't say we were clearly the better team for three
quarters, but certainly if you had to guess at three-
quarter-time, if you took a poll of the crowd at who was
going to win, 75-80 per cent would have said us. They
closed the game out a lot better than we did; if you've
got a double chance, losing two games and going out
in straight sets is not something to be proud of.
The bench was outscored considerably by West
Adelaide. Is that something you'll address in the o
season? Our bench got outscored 30-to- ve in that
game. I need to strengthen the bench a little bit or
need to re-jig my starting group so that there is some
scoring that comes o the bench.
Star import Kyle Miller won't be playing in 2015
after returning to the United States. Have you
started looking at recruiting a new import? I do
have a guy that's at the top of that list for my liking. It's
not a big guy, but it's not someone that would have to
wear two hats; the two hats being 'you need to run the
team and make things happen', and 'you need to be a
leading scorer and create your own shots'.
Will the team work to become less reliant on its
American imports? We didn't adjust very well for the
two games that we played when (Kyle) went home.
When your leading scorer is the person that has the
ball in their hands as much as he does, you do tend to
rely on that position pretty heavily. It's us putting more
responsibility at this point on the Australian guys that
we have, but also bringing in an American that can
score and create his own looks as well.
THE BALL'S UP!
I, LIKE, I'm sure, the majority of
football fans, would much rather
see the Barossa, Light & Gawler
football and netball finals played
in dry, sunny conditions.
After a horrid and wet winter,
surely it would be rude of the footy
and netball gods not to deliver a
sunny, spring finals campaign when
the season's climax begins this week-
There is nothing better than head-
ing down to the footy with mates to
enjoy a beer in the spring weather
and watch the league's best do battle
for a shot at premiership glory.
Not only does sunny, dry weather
make the spectacle far better for
patrons, but it would certainly al-
leviate any concerns that organisers
might have should the skies part and
dump more rain in the lead-up to
the premiership decider.
Currently, the grand final is
scheduled for Tanunda Oval but
there are still concerns within the
association as to whether it will re-
BL&G acting president Len War-
ren said last fortnight that while he's
reasonably confident of the oval be-
ing ready (there will be no games
played at Tanunda for the five weeks
leading up to the grand final), he
still has concerns about the netball
courts being ready in time.
Initially, new courts were to be
constructed, however due to delays
the existing courts will be resurfaced
Association netball president
Bridey Lewis is confident the re-
surfacing will be finished in time,
a view backed by Tanunda netball
chief Bec Terwel.
Hopefully, the rain will hold out
and the courts can be completed.
If, however, there was a rain dump
over the next month and the league
opted to relocate the grand final, the
most likely alternative would have
to be Nuriootpa.
The league has already ruled out
Kapunda as an option, as the club
has brought forward the time at
which contractors will be upgrad-
ing its turf pitches for the cricket
Nuri is only a short drive down
the road, and footy coaches around
the league have said the oval has held
up pretty well over the wet weeks in
the middle of the year.
Angaston was also suggested by
Mr Warren as a potential alterna-
tive, however with the first semi-
final being held there, the preference
would surely be to move the grand
final to a ground that has been left
untouched since the home and away
Willaston, Gawler Central
and South Gawler were also
flagged by coaches as suitable grand
final locations, however being 20
minutes from town makes them less
appealing for Tanunda to relocate
to.Willaston would have also just
hosted the preliminary final the
If the sky stays clear, which I hope
it does, Tanunda will have no prob-
lems getting everything ready for
the grand final.
However, if it were to be located,
Nuriootpa would have to be leading
the race as the most likely alterna-
SIXT Y SECS
with Central Districts Lions basketball coach
Scott Whitmore, whose side was recently
knocked out of nals in straight sets.
Marshall aims high
GAWLER BMX rider Shane
Marshall is proving that
anything is possible if you
set your mind to it.
The 17-year-old has only
been riding BMX for around
18 months and already has his
sights set on a top-eight finish
at the 2015 state titles, to be
held in Gawler next February.
While this would be an
enormous achievement in its
own right, Marshall's goal is
further compounded by having
less than 10 per cent vision in
his right eye.
Furthermore, he also suffers
from Asperger syndrome, a
condition which inhibits a
person's ability to interact
within social norms.
Marshall suffered the eye
injury after a schoolyard
accident which saw a stick
rupturing blood vessels in his
eye, damaging the retina.
"When I first started riding
bikes again I, sort of, rode with
my head turned to the side
so I could get a better field of
vision," he said.
"So I rode like that for a little
bit, but then I just got used to
it and now I don't take much
He learned about the sport
of BMX while surfing online,
which sparked his interest.
"I was looking on YouTube
and I came across a BMX
racing video, and I thought it
looked pretty interesting, so
I asked mum if I could join a
club and found Gawler on the
internet straight away," he said.
Marshall now races every
weekend, along with training at
Cross Keys every Monday and
He also practises around 90
minutes a day, involving up
and downhill sessions, spin
classes and weights.
By his own assessment,
Marshall has been riding well
but knows he needs to be
stronger to compete with the
"I'm not going too bad now,
I feel that I can just make it to
top eight but it's quite a hard
class that I'm in because I race
in 17 to 24 men (age group),"
"So they're a lot older, bigger,
stronger guys, which makes it
Marshall said he gets great
support from the Gawler BMX
Club, where he rides, and cited
Raymond Rowe and Grant
Robinson as people who have
"I'd like to thank Gawler
BMX Club for being so
supportive to me; they have
always helped me out if I've
had a problem," he said.
Gawler BMX rider Shane Marshall will be
pushing for a top eight nish at the state
titles to be held in Gawler this coming
PHOTO: Grady Hudd
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