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OWNER-trainer Ron Murch notched a win
at Gawler greyhounds last Tuesday when his
runner All Jack Black crossed the line first
in the Dinky Di Web Designs Stake over
In a tightly contested start, Dyna Wedi, from
box two, and Horizon Gold (5) vied for the lead
with All Black Jack (4) and Marita (3) just be-
Some bumping saw Marita drop out sharply
and All Black Jack forced his way through a gap
between Dyna Wedi and Horizon Gold.
Murch's charge then darted away to open up a
three-length break over his rivals, and was left un-
touched in front to go on and score a convincing
win by six lengths in the time of 22.83 seconds.
Dyna Wedi ran second for Wendy Matcott, of
Murray Bridge, while Horizon Gold finished in
third place for Kelvin Douglas, of Strathalbyn.
All Black Jack is a two-year-old black dog,
and was purchased by Murch when he was just
'Jack' won one race in Melbourne before his
trainer decided he was not up to the standard, and
sent him to Murch in Adelaide.
Murch has been involved in greyhounds for
some 30 years and, as he had some success as an
'on-and-off ' trainer, he decided to take on the
The decision has proven to be a sound one, as
Jack has blossomed under his care, racking up
four wins and four placings from eight starts.
Murch enjoys the sport from several aspects; he
is recently retired from full-time work, and is also
a football field umpire, with the training helping
him keep fit.
He described Jack as nice-natured and a good
kennel dog and, with his current racing record,
there is no reason why he should not continue to
score a few more goals.
Jarrad Murray was the only trainer to score a
double when Proven Juddy led all the way in good
time over 531m, and Cosmic Wild won a 400m
race in another good time of 22.50 seconds.
Murray's brother, Troy, was also in the winners'
circle with Kalden Kostello.
The Gawler track hosts races every Tuesday af-
ternoon and Sunday twilight, but there will also
be a special night meeting on Thursday, October
FIVE local martial arts juniors won
medals at the Monster Judo Competi-
tion held recently at the Scorpion Judo
Club in O'Sullivan Beach.
Gawler Judo Club members Adelaide
Williamson, Liam Campbell and Corey
Moss competed in three, two and four
fights, respectively, each winning gold med-
als, while Marley Wise won bronze from his
Another member, Owen Watson, man-
aged a fourth-place finish from four fights.
To compete in the junior division, each
individual must have attained the status of
yellow belt, and must know at least eight
throws and hold-downs.
Judo coach Rick Hudson said tournaments
such as the Monster Judo Competition offer
great experience for young players.
"It's actually a good experience for them
because when they start to get a bit older
they've got the experience of fighting on the
mat and how to handle it, how to control
the moves, all that type of stuff," he said.
The club allows players to progress at
their own pace, and graduate to new belts
when they feel they are capable.
"It depends on the ability of the player;
everybody's an individual so you can't really
set a time down," Mr Hudson said.
"Some people pick it up 'like that' and
other people have got to go over it with rep-
"We just leave it up to the person learning
and when we feel that they've achieved it, or
they show ambition to go for a higher belt,
then that's what we do."
Club members are always encouraging
newcomers to join and reiterate that all judo
is conducted in a fun and safe environment.
"Safety is the number-one rule," Mr
"There's a very great emphasis put on the
safety aspects of judo, it's got to be well con-
"Kids aren't there to get hurt, they're there
to learn and have fun, and, if you make the
sport fun, they enjoy it more."
The Gawler Judo Club meets Monday
and Thursday nights at the Gawler Sport
and Community Centre on Nixon Terrace,
from 6.30pm to 8pm.
The first lesson is complimentary and
judo suits can be supplied.
For more information, contact the club
(0402 353 064).
THE Gawler & Districts athletics squad
has, for the second consecutive year,
won the champion team pennant at the
Country Athletics Championships at
SA Athletics Stadium.
Gawler & Districts were victors after
excelling across a variety of track and field
events throughout the day.
Teams from 20 zones across the state com-
peted in the championships, with Gawler &
Districts edging out Riverland and Barossa
The win continues a strong run of perfor-
mances by the team, having now won four
championships in the past eight years.
The relay events were the biggest stand-
out for Gawler & Districts, with all eight
teams making it through to the finals.
Of those teams, five had podium finishes
with gold won by the 12-year boys, 13-year
girls and 13-year boys, who all won con-
The best individual performance came
from Abbey Supple in the 13-year girls'
discus, throwing 40.43 metres to smash the
record by six metres and win gold.
Supple also won gold in the shot-put,
while team-mates Lauren Smith, Paris Mez-
zino-Campion, Ashleigh Schulz and Hayley
Goode also went home with gold medals.
RESULTS: Top 10 zones - Gawler & Districts
(231 points), Riverland (219), Barossa & Light
(193), Southern (180), Upper South East (177),
Mid North (151), Murraylands (150), Hills (146),
Lower Eyre Peninsula (145), Barker (140).
Individual medallists -- Gold: L. Smith: 10-year
discus, shot-put; A. Schulz: 11-year high jump;
H. Goode: 12-year 200m; A. Supple: 13-year
discus, shot-put; P. Mezzino-Campion: 13-year
high jump; Silver: I. Nitschke: 10-year long jump;
A. Schulz: 11-year 800m; H. Goode: 12-year long
jump; K. Wing: 13-year long jump; C. Lawson:
13-year discus; Bronze- I. Nitschke: 10-year
discus; C. Marley-Duncan: 10-year long jump;
J. Gibbons: 11-year shot-put; R. Briggs: 12-year
800m; K. Wing: 13-year 200m.
Relay medallists - Gold: (12-year boys) Z.
Greenham, N. Holmes, Z. Mumford, H. Mosey;
(13-year girls) I. Tiddy, P. Mezzino-Campion,
O. Matters, C. Hanson; (13-year boys) J. Darby,
B. Fischer, O. Riggs, M. Grimson; Bronze: (11-
year girls) A. Schulz, C. Tipping, M. O'Brien, J.
Johnson; (10-year boys) H. Cole, S. Harnas, A.
Cozzitorto, C. Marley-Duncan.
The club will now focus its atten-
tion on re-signing players for next
There has been speculation that
prime movers Charlie Molyneux
and Daniel Stanley could be mak-
ing a move to the SANFL Adelaide
Crows, however the future of the
playing list will be determined at
sit-down meetings this week.
Grand finalist South Gawler will
retain the services of coach Scott
Lee for next year, as the Lions look
to build on what was an impressive
The Lions fell 34 points short in
this year's decider, but played some
scintillating football, particularly
in the latter half of the season, that
should give its supporters great op-
timism heading into 2015.
Kapunda will be in search of a
new coach after Jason Mackenzie
announced he would not reprise
the top job next year following his
retirement from the game.
Mackenzie coached the Bomb-
ers for the past two seasons, while
also playing, however a foot injury
restricted him to the sidelines for
much of this year.
He retires as a dual association
best and fairest player, winning the
medal in 2001 and 2012, and hav-
ing played five seasons at Kapunda
in 2000/01 and 2012-14.
"He's been fantastic as a coach
and a player," Kapunda club presi-
dent Matt Ryan said.
"We're obviously disappointed
to let him go, but he just needs a
break from footy," he said.
Tanunda will also have a new
coach next year after Mathew
Booth resigned from the position
around a fortnight ago, citing work
and family commitments.
Booth, who assumed the senior
role at the Magpies in mid-October
last year, will relinquish his duties
following the club's presentations
in the coming weeks.
"For me, it's more about fam-
ily time and work commitments,"
"I've got some changes com-
ing for work and stuff like that, so
I'm not going to have the time to
be able to commit and be 100 per
cent honest and truthful with the
"I had the opportunity to con-
tinue but, look, in all honesty, I've
got to do the right thing by the club
as well as myself."
Willaston, Barossa District, An-
gaston and Nuriootpa have all con-
firmed their current coaches will
stay on next season, while Freeling
has appointed Beau Jarman to the
senior coaching position for 2015.
Continued from page 44
Premiership coach reappointed, 'Buckets' steps aside
Local judo success
Gawler's athletics triumph
Gawler Judo Club's star players show o the medals they won at the Monster Judo
competition recently. Back (from left): Owen Watson, Liam Campbell, Corey Moss; Front (from
left): Adelaide Williamson, Marley Wise.
PHOTO: Grady Hudd
Gawler and Districts' athlete Abbey Supple
shows o the medals she won for discus
and shot put at the Country Athletics
Championships recently. PHOTO: Supplied
Owner-trainer Ron Murch with All Jack Black
following his win at Gawler last Tuesday.
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