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with Grady Hudd & Carl Pfeiffer
How long have you been
playing softball for? I've been
playing softball since I was
eight, so that's about 30 years.
Have you played with any
team other than the Kangas?
My rst actual club was Kangas but
then I moved onto a couple of other
clubs -- Nuriootpa Dodgers and Greenock
Steelers -- while Kangas' seniors kind of folded. Then
I restarted Kangas in the Gawler league to, hopefully,
nish out my career.
Have you been a part of all of the Kangas 11
consecutive premierships? I actually went to Cairns
for about four years, but I was always there in spirit.
Do you ever get tired of winning, having won so
many ags? No, actually, we don't. We get along very
well as a club where we're always working hard on
our culture and bringing up our div twos. Winning's
in our blood, so we certainly don't get sick of it.
Were there any close matches amongst each
of the premierships? At the beginning there was
de nitely some close ones, but we've certainly got a
ghting spirit so we don't let them slip away too easy.
What do you think drives the team to be the best
for over a decade? I think we've got a very good
friend base, we're very good friends. We just know
each other well; we know the way that we bat, the
way that we run, we're just very familiar with each
other. I think when you've got that familiarity it
makes everything a lot easier.
Have there been many big changes to the side
over the past 11 ags? We've always had a core
group, we have two or three players that come and
go. We've really tried to start focusing on our junior
base, getting those younger ones that have the drive
coming up because we're certainly not going to
last forever. But there's always a core group that are
Who are some of the most important players in
your side currently? The most important players
are our young group coming up. A couple of the
core ones we're looking at are Laura Helbig and Ellen
Bryar; I guess they're the two that came up to the As
last year and certainly showed some promise. They'll
continue to build and gain con dence this year
Do you think the team has what it takes to make it
12 in a row this season? Absolutely.
SIXT Y SECS
with Kangas' coach Amanda Unger, whose
side is striving to claim a 12th straight Gawler
& Districts Softball Association premiership.
Where's our cup holiday?
IT is heralded as 'the race that
stops a nation'; that's right, in
just six days 24 horses and their
jockeys will fight to be crowned
winner of Australia's most icon-
ic horse race -- the Melbourne
Often described as the ulti-
mate stayers' test, thousands of
people around the country will be
glued to their televisions or radios
to find out who will pass the finish-
ing post first, after a 3200m journey,
and etch their names into cup his-
Many workplaces around South
Australia will get into the spirit by
holding sweepstakes and, in some
cases, luncheons, while those who
are lucky enough to get the day off
may head down to the pub or hold
parties at home.
But in reality, SA's cup day ex-
perience pales in comparison to its
Victorian counterparts who get the
luxury of a public holiday.
That's right, for a race that 'stops a
nation', only the Victorians get to re-
ally enjoy the day to its full extent.
Surely, for a race that is embed-
ded so deeply in Australian sporting
folklore, it's about time it was made
a national holiday.
Of course, there is tradition to
contend with; Melbourne Cup day
has been a public holiday in Vic-
toria since 1877, so there is the
argument that 'after so long, why
Victorians would also argue that
South Aussies get to enjoy a public
holiday on the second Monday in
March each year for the Adelaide
Cup, so to have two would probably
This may be true, but think how
great it would be to have the whole
day to really enjoy the Melbourne
Cup day experience.
Everyone would have the oppor-
tunity to choose how they wanted
to spend it; invite a big bunch of
friends around for Champagne
luncheons and group sweeps on all
races (not just the cup); head down
screen while punting (responsibly,
of course) with mates; or even, for
the real racegoers, head to Fleming-
ton to be track side for the big oc-
Those against the idea would ar-
gue that the whole 'race that stops a
nation' line is a gross exaggeration.
No doubt, there are plenty of
Australians out there who would
never have watched a Melbourne
Cup in their lives, and probably
don't plan to in the near future.
Horse-racing likely doesn't interest
them at all.
For these reasons it's probably
logical that holding on to the hope
of Melbourne Cup day becoming a
public holiday is no more than that
However, should the unlikely
happen and -- whether it be five or
50 years from now -- cup day does
become a national holiday, it's sure
to be welcomed by many, many
Australians who love the race that
stops a nation.
Get your scores in!
THE Ball's Up noticed a few absent scores
from the varying cricket associations
in which matches were played over the
Yes, you may have made next to no runs
(writers of The Ball's Up are no exception), or
perhaps got hit for more runs than you care
to count, but burying the score sheets in the
bottom of the kit bag isn't the way to deal with
Sharing is caring, and The Ball's Up great-
ly appreciates having online access to all the
Help us out by getting those scores up be-
fore Monday -- it's greatly appreciated.
Oh dear, Aussies
IT was a tough pill to swallow; Australia's
huge loss to Pakistan cut to the core of
every cricketing fan out there.
In a second innings shambles the Aussies
lost four wickets in 23 balls to all but seal their
But keep the faith, cricket fans -- there were
parts to like about Australia's performance.
Namely, David Warner, who became just
the second Aussie batsman since Bradman to
score three consecutive Test hundreds.
Not a bad accolade to have on the resume.
But in all seriousness, the second Test is a
new game and there's no doubt the Aussies
will emerge full of fire for round two (well,
TRINITY Old Scholars' fielders had
front row seats to an epic send-off during
Saturday's heated clash with Golden
Having been heaved, unconvincingly, over
midwicket a number of times by the Grove's
opening batsman, Trinity's unnamed paceman
was more than delighted to have said batsman
sky a ball to mid-on and begin the slow trudge
back to the shed.
Let's just say the batsman was quite aware
of the bowler's displeasure regarding the shot
selection shown during his brief innings.
Fill the boots, Ian!
FREELING skipper Ian McMillan pro-
duced a fantastic knock of 101 to guide
his side to victory against Nuriootpa on
Being the ultimate team player, he retired
on reaching the milestone, giving the likes of
Bart Ryan (86) and Ben Parish (36) the chance
to smash some runs.
When you're seeing them like watermelons,
Ian, cash in!
Hundreds are a rare feat (The
Ball's Up writers know this too well), so
when you've got one under the belt with
plenty of overs to play, it's time to be a little
Congratulations on the knock, and even
more so on the decision to share the runs --
it's not something you see too many batsmen
THE BALL'S UP!
Sky's the limit for Kyle
CRICKET prodigy Kyle Giniotis has been recognised as
one of the brightest prospects in the state after receiving a
Les Favell Scholarship from the South Australian Cricket
The Two Wells all-rounder was one of nine young players
across South Australia to receive the scholarship, which will
go towards reimbursing his family for costs associated with
travelling long distances to training and matches.
Giniotis said he was surprised to receive the scholarship,
which will help his quest to take his cricket to the highest level
"I just want to keep pushing myself and see how far I can
get," he said.
Despite being just 15, Giniotis has already achieved plenty
during his short career.
He has represented South Australia at under 12 and under 15
level and is currently in the SA under 17 squad, despite being
Giniotis was part of the Australian School Boys under 16
side that toured Sri Lanka earlier this year and he said it was a
"It was a good experience, the team went well," he said.
"It was tough playing against them in their home conditions."
The young gun has already been earmarked for success at his
local district club, the Northern Jets.
In 2012/13, he smashed 1000 runs in a season at under 14
and under 17 level, including a double century, while the next
season in 2013/14, at just 14 years old, he won the Sid Daly
Medal for the most outstanding player in the C grade district
Giniotis has now been promoted to B grade and started off
the season strongly two weeks ago, scoring 32 opening the
batting and snaring 2/41 with his crafty leg spin.
Dad Michael Giniotis said Kyle was "hitting the ball pretty
well" at just nine years old, promoting him to invest in building
a training net on their Two Wells property and purchasing a
"Dad pushes me pretty hard," Kyle said.
It seems the sky is the limit for the right-hand opener, who
said he was aiming to break into the Jets' A grade side this
"I want to play at the highest possible level I can," he said.
"Playing for Australia one day would be nice."
It is no surprise the rising star has been modelling his game
on dashing Australian batsman David Warner, who is also an
opening batsman and leg spinner.
Two Wells all-rounder Kyle Giniotis has a bright future on the
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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