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AS THE YEAR NEARS ITS
END, THE BUNYIP TAKES
A LOOK BACK AT SOME
OF THE BEST SPORTING
MOMENTS FROM 2014.
Diener makes it through
FREELING'S Shane Diener defied the
elements and the odds to complete the
legendary Dakar Rally.
Diener finished the race, which consisted
of 13 stages over a two-week period, in 38th
position, the second-ranked Australian.
He finished less than an hour behind the
leading Australian, Troy O'Connor.
Jack's golden smile
EVANSTON Park's cycling speedster,
Jack Bobridge, claimed two gold medals
at this years Commonwealth Games.
Bobridge fought back from health
concerns, and a reduced preparation, to stake
a claim for a shot at gold at the Olympic
Games in Rio de Janiero in two years' time.
Bobridge notched his first gold in the men's
4000m team pursuit final before defeating
team-mate Alex Edmondson in his pet event,
the 4000m individual pursuit, to claim his
second gold a day later.
Tigers end drought
GAWLER Central claimed the ultimate
prize, the 2014 Barossa, Light & Gawler
Football Association premiership, by
defeating a courageous South Gawler
by 34 points in this year's grand final at
A stellar last-quarter effort saw the Tigers
run away with the win, which comes in the
club's 125th-anniversary year, securing their
first A-grade flag since 2001.
Nuri's ag upset
NURIOOTPA made it back-to-back
Barossa & Light Bowling Association
premierships with an unexpected three-
shot win over Tanunda in an absorbing
For the second consecutive year Nuri
entered the decider as underdog after
finishing the minor round in third spot, but
it again showed the past counts for little
come grand final day.
The Tigers snuck into the big dance with a
four-shot preliminary final win over Freeling
and it again held its nerve when it counted.
Gawler bowls premiers
GAWLER put the finishing touches on
a superb 2013/14 season with a thrilling
one-shot win over Kensington/
Marryatville in the Premier League
Division Two North grand final.
Gawler made amends for its loss in last
season's decider with a win that was well-
deserved after two dominant years.
The match itself was an absolute cliff-
hanger, with the result hinging on the final
Kangas win again
THE Kangas made it 11 Gawler &
Districts Softball Association
premierships on the trot with a win over
The Kangas entered the match raging
favourites after an undefeated season and did
not disappoint, stretching their incredible
run to an 11th season.
PLAYFORD Aquatic Club swimmers
Stefanie Scherwitzel, of Hewett, and
Joel Pearson, of One Tree Hill, broke
two long-standing records at the State
Swimming Winter Championships.
Scherwitzel smashed Olympian Anna
McVann's 30-year state 200m freestyle record
by nearly three seconds, while Pearson broke
Dunn's 14-year state 200m individual record.
Lights on at Centrals
GAWLER Central hosted the first ever
BL&GFA premiership match under
lights for its Anzac Day clash against
A sizeable crowd flocked to the
blockbuster, which the Tigers won by 35
Lockett keeps on plugging
TANUNDA footballer Blake Lockett
made a remarkable return to the field this
season after being told he would never
walk again following a freak accident in
Lockett shattered his L3 and L4 vertebrae,
and fractured his L5, when he fell five metres
after attempting to jump a fence the night
after a game for the Magpies' under 17s.
After being told he would spend the rest
of his life in a wheelchair, Lockett defied the
odds to return to football less than a year
Fairey ies to 300
NURIOOTPA striker Brad Fairey
became the first player at the club to play
300 A-grade games when he took to the
field against Angaston-Moculta United in
the Barossa Valley Hockey Association.
Fairey has been playing in the valley's
A-grade competition for 19 years, during
which time he has won 12 premierships and
represented South Australia at the country
championships four times.
WILLASTON produced a classy
performance to win the Barossa, Light &
Gawler Netball Association premiership
with a 17-goal victory over Kapunda.
It was a deserving win for the
Donnybrooks, who went undefeated all
season and were simply too strong for their
opponents on the day.
It was also a redeeming result, having lost
last year's grand final to South
Freeling's two in a row
FREELING produced stunning
performances to win back-to-back
premierships in the Barossa & Light
Cricket Association's one-day and two-
The club also took out the Country
Twenty20 Cup and South Australian
The Water Hens' one-day final win came
without bowling a ball; as the minor premier,
it was announced the winner after the game
against Angaston was called off due to a
It then defeated Gilbert Valley later in the
season to take the two-day honours, with
Raed Hannun the star of the show.
White denies Black...again
ST George's White produced a stunning
four-goal upset in the Gawler & Districts
Netball Association's grand final, to again
deny St George's Black the premiership.
Black entered the match as the form team,
having comfortably beaten White in each
of its encounters this year, and was looking
to redeem itself after last year's grand final
However, in a repeat of last season's
decider, it was White that came away from
the match as premier.
THE Gawler Strikers' A women's side
ended a 23-year premiership drought
by beating Tanunda 6-3 in the Barossa
Association grand final at Stockwell.
The Strikers produced a stunning first half
that saw them register four goals to the
Magpies' one, which put them in a strong
LOCAL para-equestrian Natalie
Mellors was awarded two gold medals at
the International Hope Cup in
The 33-year-old told The Bunyip her
performance in the Grade 1A 1B 2 novice
test was her best ever.
Prior to the competition, Mellors only had
two 30-minute practises on her borrowed
horse, Canon, before the competition
on October 11.
Doecke's day out
NURIOOTPA's Daniel Doecke took a
remarkable 12 wickets on day one of his
team's match against South Gawler in the
B&LCA in round three.
Doecke was a one-man wrecking-ball,
tearing through the Lions to take 9/51
from 16 overs in the first innings, before
continuing his charge in the second innings
to finish with 3/28 at stumps.
Six of the best
LYNDOCH batsman Ben Tanti smashed
a remarkable six sixes off a single over
against Truro in the B&LCA A1 reserves
in round four.
Tanti arrived at the crease with his side in
trouble at 5/97 and played superbly to finish
with 103 runs to his name.
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Gawler Central veteran Aaron King leads the
team song after the Tigers triumphed over
rival South Gawler to win the 2014 Barossa,
Light & Gawler Football Association A grade
Playford Aquatic Club swimmers Stefanie
Scherwitzel, of Hewett, and Joel Pearson, of
One Tree Hill, broke two long-standing state
records in October.
Willaston overcame last year's grand nal
loss to win the 2014 Barossa, Light & Gawler
Netball Association A1 premiership in
Freeling's A1 cricketers celebrate back-to-back
premierships after winning the Barossa & Light
Cricket Association grand nal in March.
Nuriootpa paceman Daniel Doecke had a day
out earlier this season, claiming 12 wickets in
one day against South Gawler.
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