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How have you
found your rst
year with the
Rangers so far?
Good, really good
It's a good club. I was at
Playford City Baseball Club
for the start of the year for three
games and then went to the Rangers, and
I'm really enjoying it there now.
What made you join the Rangers?
I just wanted to play baseball. I wanted to
nd a better club...so I went to play for the
What sport were you involved in before
Football, cricket, soccer; you name them, I've
What made you change into playing
baseball from other summer sports?
I wasn't that interested in (cricket); I didn't
really have the patience. So I thought "I'll go
give baseball a go" and it's worked out.
What are your best attributes as a
Catching; I'm good in the out eld. Nine times
out of 10 I take the catch.
It's been a tough start to the season so far
for the Rangers' senior sides. What does the
club need to do to turn it around in the new
More numbers out to training and get more
senior guys out (to training). Put in the hard
yards and get the rewards at the end of it.
Do you have a national baseball team that
I don't follow the baseball, really, but the New
York Yankees, they're a good team.
SIXT Y SECS
with Gawler Rangers' baseballer
Sean Flinto , who is enjoying his rst
season playing the sport.
GAWLER Rangers played a
fantastic match against reigning
premier Kensington Cardinals
in Baseball SA's division three on
Saturday, securing a nil-all draw
to notch its first premiership
point of the season.
After enduring a tough 11 games
before Christmas, the Rangers
emerged in the new year a different
team, putting together seven innings
of their best baseball to take it right
up to the Cardinals.
Gawler's main problems this sea-
son has been its fielding, with er-
rors and unearned runs proving an
insurmountable mountain to climb
But on Saturday it was a perfect
day in the field, with every player
contributing to an errorless effort,
which had the Cardinals desperately
trying to break through.
It started on the mound with 15-
year-old Thomas Norley, on the
eve of his heading to Blacktown,
New South Wales for the Australian
Norley pitched the complete game
for Gawler, throwing seven innings
for just two hits, two walks and two
The Kensington batters struggled
to combat the youngster's swinging,
slow curve ball, which was produc-
ing considerable left to right move-
ment through the air.
After completing pitching Norley
was also valuable in the field, ex-
ecuting two catches and three assists
from the mound, including a dou-
Other highlights included Josh
Mayfield's throw through short stop
Steve Vanpoorten to second base,
from leftfield, catcher Alex Skewes'
cut down throw to third base, Paul
Skelton's fielding at the hot corner
and Shaun Clark's acrobatic catch at
The result could have been even
better for Gawler if hits to Ricky
Clark, Steve Couzner and Shaun
Clark in the first inning were con-
verted on the scoreboard.
Led by division one coach Leigh
Norman, the Cardinals pitching was
a tough hurdle to overcome, with
12 strikeouts restricting any further
scoring opportunities for Gawler.
So far this season the Rangers
have played three of the top four
sides twice, yet have not faced two
of the other bottom three teams.
This will change over the next
week, with Adelaide visiting Gawler
on Saturday and Northern Districts
coming to town next Wednesday for
a night match.
In division four the Rangers
played their best game of the season,
despite a 3-13 loss to Kensington,
but an eight-run final inning by the
Cardinals broke apart the close con-
Gawler matched the Cardinals
early, with Josh Mayfield pitching
well, to trail 2-5 leading into the fi-
nal frame before the game blew out
RESULTS: Division three: Gawler
0 drew with Kensington 0 (hits -- R.
Clark, S. Couzner, S. Clark); Divi-
sion four: Kensington 13 d Gawler
3 (hits -- B. Mayfield, D. Richards,
T. Ryan, S. Flintoff, E. Jeffrey).
Next games: Saturday -- Division
three v Adelaide at home (3pm);
Division four v Adelaide at home
(12.30pm); Division seven v Cardi-
nals away (12.30pm); Wednesday --
Division three v Northern Districts
at home (6.15pm); Sunday (Feb-
ruary 1) -- Under 15 v Sturt away
(12.30pm); Little league majors v
Sturt at home (10am); Little league
minors v East Torrens away (10am);
(February 8) -- Under 17 v GGCD
at home (12.30pm).
STARPLEX personal trainer Paul Pearce
was recently recognised for his contri-
bution to the fitness industry with a
nomination at the Australian Institute
of Personal Trainers awards night.
The 'Campus Excellence Awards' cele-
brates the exemplary input to the education
and development of personal training pro-
fessionals by the AIPT campus network.
Pearce, director of the Evanston Park
campus based at STARplex, was nominated
for the rookie of the year category, having
only started in the role in October.
He, and trainer Sean Phillips, mentored
10 trainees on a fast-track course to be-
coming PTs, with their efforts catching the
watchful eye of the AIPT.
"They thought the way we ran the course,
the feedback we had from the clients and
the people from the northern community
was outstanding," Pearce said.
"It must have been so high that it got
some people's notice."
The pair were also recognised for their in-
volvement in the 'Vet in School' program,
with Trinity College, that provides year 11
and 12 students the opportunity to gain
their certificate three in fitness -- half the
qualification required to become a PT.
Pearce, 47, started personal training two
decades ago, all the while holding down
full-time employment as a teacher.
Having first started teaching in
Queensland in 1990, he taught at Trin-
ity College between 1997 and 2008, after
which he began full-time personal training.
He said the biggest benefits of the course
run by he and Phillips was the opportunity
to gain employment in the industry.
"From the 10 people we've trained, there
are people we've noticed that have got the
same sort of values that we have as a busi-
ness," Pearce said.
"That's made them really interesting and
exciting in terms of an employment oppor-
Despite the successful end to the year,
2014 could have been vastly different for
He suffered a stroke in February, but
has since fought to be back doing what he
loves -- a true testament to his character
"It's more than just a job," he said.
"All of the trainers here have got some-
one, or a number of key people, they know
they've helped and changed their lives.
"They're the things (I love about the job),
that feeling of being able to help people."
Thomas Norley res down a pitch in the Gawler Rangers game against
Kensington held at Karbeethan on Saturday.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Pearce recognised for excellence
STARplex personal trainer Paul Pearce was recently recognised for his contribution to the
tness industry with a nomination at the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers awards
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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