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Disc golf a flying success
THE Australian disc golf two-
day event held at Clonlea Park
in Gawler over the weekend was
well attended, with around 70
people present across both days.
Disc golf is similar to regular golf,
with the aim to reach the end target
in as few shots as possible -- the only
difference is that instead of using a
golf ball and club, players use a disc,
similar to a frisbee.
Participants were invited to the
park to learn the basics of disc golf
and enjoy some fun games on Satur-
day, and were encouraged to return
on Sunday to play four nine-hole
SA disc golf representative Luke
Turnbull was extremely pleased with
the participation level during Satur-
day's practise day, which saw around
60 people partake.
"It was almost overwhelming, I
would have to say," Mr Turnbull
"It was probably a lot more than
we expected in one go."
There was a much lesser turn-
out for the competition rounds on
Sunday -- just under 10 people were
involved -- but Mr Turnbull be-
lieves there has been enough inter-
est shown to look into establishing
a more permanent fixture in Gawler
in the future.
"I think we've got a lot of
supporters, possibly more than
we had a week ago," Mr Turnbull
"I think we've definitely made the
right steps and the national body is
definitely keen to branch out into
South Australia, as well."
Currently, the disc golf national
tour involves A-tier events across
venues in New South Wales, Victo-
ria, Queensland and Western Aus-
With the organisation continually
looking to expand, particularly into
South Australia, Gawler shapes as an
"It would be good to get one here
in SA, and here in Gawler, specifi-
cally," Mr Turnbull said.
"It's a slowly growing sport, there's
been a bit of an explosion over the
last six months; there's been four
new, permanent courses that have
gone in this calendar year.
"Its profile is definitely growing."
WHEN your greyhound wins a
race by 10 lengths, it is an amaz-
ing feeling -- but when it happens
at its first start, it is even better.
At Gawler last Tuesday, in The Bu-
nyip Maiden over 400m, Grouben,
out of box three, led the field with
Tauriel (4) and Park Glory (6) were
also away well, but that was the clos-
est they were to get to Grouben.
The black and white dog careened
away, going on to win by exactly 10
lengths in a particularly good time of
22.88 seconds for a maiden winner.
Park Glory ran second for Todd
Kelly, of Two Wells, and Boss Happy
Grot (1) made up some ground to
finish third for John Hancock, of Nu-
Grouben is trained locally, at Gawl-
er River, by experienced mentor An-
'Stewie', as he is known around the
kennel, was also bred by Modra from
her champion, Silver Saul, and well-
performed bitch, Atta Lady.
This is Atta Lady's first litter and
Stewie is the fifth member of that lit-
ter to win, with one more yet to race.
Stewie was regarded as the slowest
of the litter, and therefore got under
the guard of punters, starting at the
good odds of $6 for the win -- being
the slowest in the litter shows how
good the rest are.
Modra has been in the greyhound
industry for some 50 years, and par-
ticularly likes the breeding and rear-
ing side, something at which she has
shown to be adept.
Grouben is owned in partnership
with Jack Waleck, who Modra said
keeps the kennel in great order.
At the track, help is always needed
and Modra relies on Doreen Farrell
Two Wells trainer Karen Bearpark
was one of two trainers who provided
a double on the day.
Perro Garaje scored an all-the-way
win, while Cowboy Jury put in a
strong performance to win by a head.
Ben Rawlings also landed a double
with Shamus' Entity, which was chal-
lenged in the lead several times, and
She's Chaos, which led all the way.
Racing at Gawler continues every
Tuesday afternoon and Sunday twi-
DRIFT racing prodigy Jake Jones tasted suc-
cess at the Red Bull China Drift Series recently,
snaring first place in the third, and final, round
The 25-year-old dominated qualifying at the
Zhuhai International Circuit, in front of a crowd
of 3000, scoring a perfect round, despite not hav-
ing any practise runs leading into the event.
He then reproduced his form in the battle rounds
to be adjudged the winner.
Jones, of Willaston, had already competed in
round two of the series earlier in the year, with his
two combined scores placing him second in the
In a funny turn of events, he wasn't aware of his
championship placing until attending a dinner
later that night -- where he was presented with an
"They randomly started pulling me up to the
stage, so I went up there and got given this trophy
and no-one told me what it was," Jones said.
"I asked my boss later and said 'what's this for?'
and he said 'oh, you got second in the champion-
Despite his success in the final round, Jones' trip
wasn't all smooth sailing.
On his first day of practise driving his team's
Toyota Altezza is300, he accidentally collided with
another car, which put the Altezza out of action un-
The language barrier between he and his team
was another testing scenario.
"That was the hardest thing, only one or two
people can speak fluent English over there and the
rest is just sort of hand signals and hoping they un-
derstand you," Jones said.
"Half of the time you're nodding your head just
to say 'yeah, I understand' but you've got no idea
what they're talking about."
He encountered the same problem when trying
to determine the judges' expectations during quali-
"(The judges) are obviously pretty brief in what
they want, they've got to tell you where you've got
to run in qualifying," Jones said.
"All I did was just go by the diagrams they gave
us and made up my own idea of what they wanted
and it turned out to be right."
The star racer, who goes by the alias 'DriftSquid',
will head to Sydney this week to compete in the
third round of the Formula Drift Asia Series, the
only event held on Australian soil.
He hopes to perform well at the competition, be-
fore returning to China next year with an end goal
of breaking into the American drift scene in 2016.
"That's where I want to get," Jones said.
"(These competitions) definitely help, you obvi-
ously get noticed.
"I think it's going to be hard to get into the Amer-
ican scene, but I'll do what it takes to get there."
Another drifting triumph
A promising start
SUNDAY COMPETITION RESULTS
Boys junior champion -- Aidan Jones
Men's advanced champion -- Ryan Rosner
Men's rec champion -- Andy Cameron
Men's rec runner-up -- Andrew Simpson
Men's grandmaster champion -- Mark Powers
Youngsters Brock Bayle and Baylee Larner, and SA ADG representative Luke Turnbull get ready to re their discs towards the basket while Myles, Kaelei, Jesse
and Bailey watch on in anticipation.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
Willaston drift racer Jake Jones recently returned
from the Red Bull China Drift series, where he won
the nal round of competition and placed second in
the overall championship.
Assistant Doreen Farrell and Gawler
trainer Angela Modra with Grouben,
who bounded home to a huge win at
the Gawler track last Tuesday.
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