Home' The Bunyip : January 7th 2015 Contents Page 24 “THE BUNYIP” GAWLER, Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Neilson’s Christmas trifecta
JOCKEY Matthew Neilson
the Christmas Eve meeting at
Gawler racecourse last fortnight,
winning all three of his races to
take the top riding honours.
Fellow jockeys Emily Finnegan
and Adrian Patterson also had a good
day, both snaring doubles, while
local trainer Lisa Ryan celebrated a
winner in what was a well-attended
meeting for the Gawler & Barossa
Neilson’s first victory came in race
two’s 2122m maiden plate when
he guided Ryan Balfour’s Sebring
The $3.50 chance was first to
begin before drifting back to last,
but had enough pace to go on and
record a three-and-a-half-length win
over John Hickmott’s Married for
Money ($9.50), with Aspoton ($9)
Neilson only had to wait until
race three to score his second win,
driving home Tony McEvoy’s Isle of
Tweed in the 1511m maiden plate.
Improving on a first-up 11th, Isle
of Tweed ($8) came from a midfield
position to score a head win over
Grant Kluske’s Downunder Prince
($4), with Scenic Grey a further
length away third.
Neilson completed his winning
trifecta in the last race of the day,
the 1511m 0-58 handicap, aboard
Ryan’s Copper Coast Raida.
The $6 shot came from a midfield
position to beat the Dion Koch-
trained Chester Downs ($8), with
Toy’s Opinion ($12) being a farther
one-and-a -quarter lengths away
third for Hickmott.
Finnegan started her day strongly
by riding White Piranha to a two-
length win in race one’s 1111m
Prepared by Finnegan’s master
Philip Stokes, White Piranha ($5)
jumped last but gradually worked
herself into the race and finished too
strongly for Andrew Beswick’s Pitch
Dark ($7) and Michael Hickmott’s
$2.50 favourite, All Ruby.
Finnegan brought up the second
leg of her double when she steered
I Got A Turbo to victory in race
seven’s 1111m 0-58 handicap.
Prepared at Morphettville by Ricky
Maund, I Got A Turbo ($3.80 equal
favourite) came with a late run to
defeat local trainer Darren Magro’s
Ontheroad For Gold ($12) with
Arrogant Cat ($5.50) being another
length away in third.
Patterson’s first leg of his double
came in race four’s 1714m class two
handicap when he guided Paula
Trenwith’s Hereford to victory.
The $3.40 equal favourite was
on the pace throughout and beat
Hickmott’s Flying Casino ($10),
with Nomis ($4) filling third place.
Patterson snared his second win
aboard Geelong trainer Andrew
Dillon’s Export Quality ($5) in race
six’s 1211m handicap.
Export Quality came from a
rearward position, and was seen
running on, when he defeated
Magro’s True Sasso ($5.50) and
local trainer Gary Searle’s long shot
After holding up race five’s start
for several minutes, due to a broken
bridle, Juicy Fruit scored its maiden
win by taking out the 1211m
Prepared at Victor Harbor by Jake
Stephens and ridden by Jamie Kah,
the $3.20 favourite was rearward
when the race took shape but
made up ground late to beat David
Halliday’s Bel Sorbet ($8) by half a
Land of the Free ($8) was another
half-length away from the pack in
TWENTY-EIGHT athletes from the
Barossa Valley Little Athletics Club
competed at the IGA state relay
championships last month, achieving
Held at the SA Athletics stadium on
December 14, the club entered field relay
teams in the under 10, 11 and 14 girls and
under 13, 14 and 16 boys.
The under 14 boys’ team of Jayten Davis
and Aiden Schenk won the gold medal, a feat
that was repeated by the under 16 boys’ team
of Jayden Fechner and Ryan Hoklas.
The club also entered four track relay teams
in the under 10, 11 and 12 boys, and under
12 girls, competing in the 4 x 100m and 4 x
The under 11 boys were the standouts,
winning gold in the 4 x 200m and bronze in
the 4 x 100m.
RunAwAy BAy RepoRt: This
Runaway Bay was Melzer Multi-sport
Racing’s most successful year.
This year we finished up with many
points and a mountain of personal
I’m so very proud of everyone who
My main message to all the athletes
was to leave nothing in the tank and
give it their best shot each and every
race and that is what they did.
We had such a great time away, we
all learnt some very valuable lessons
and I can’t wait to get back into some
I would also like to thank all the
parents who helped out in anyway
they could – I could not have got
through this weekend without you.
Results: Youth Females (13 to 15
yrs): Emily Hill - 9th B Final, 23rd
overall. Youth Males (13 to 15 yrs):
Sam Tierney - 2nd A Final, 3rd overall,
Declan Gillard-Martin - 6th B Final,
Junior Females (16 to 19 yrs): Fern
Davies - 10th A Final, 13th overall.
Junior Males (16 to 19 yrs): Ethan
Woolford - 15th B Final, 23rd overall,
Shaun Hahn - 9th C Final, 44th
CAmp RepoRt: Fern, Ethan, Jack
and myself were lucky enough to
be selected to stay on after the
racing to attend the 2014 National
This is an invitational camp, where
the best junior triathlete from
around the country stays on after
the racing, to further develop their
We had some great talks from
the AIS nutritionists, physiologist
and strength and conditioning
Also some of the best triathlon
coaches in Australia, but we were
also lucky enough to hear from a
legend of our sport, ITU Hall-of-
Fame inducted and two-time world
champion Emma Carney.
All the athletes and myself got a lot
out of this camp.
Thank you to Keiren Barry for
organising this fantastic camp.
I look forward to implementing
what I learnt into our home
Athlete of the month: Again
this month I will be naming a Zorich
Group ‘best on ground’ award for
each month. This person will win a
$25 Zorich Group gift voucher that
they can use at SportsPower, JT Surf
This award will be given to the
athlete who is consistent at training,
who always brings a positive
vibe to the group, who has great
communication skills and always
gives it their all.
This month the Zorich Group best
on ground goes to Lauren Schroeder.
Your training has been
very consistent, great health
management and outstanding
whAt’s on the hoRizon: It is not
long now until we will be in Penrith
competing at the next round of the
junior development series (January
11-12), then the SA schools triathlon,
Devonport, Twin Waters and the
Golf: Perfect weather conditions
greeted a full field of 72 players for
the stableford round last week at
With a bit of extra Christmas cheer
around the girth it was a great
opportunity to get some exercise
and work off a few kilos.
It seems some coped better than
others and found it easier to swing
the club around the excess ham,
turkey, prawns and crayfish.
The best of the bunch, by the
narrowest of margins, was Cougar
who backed up his great round a
couple of weeks ago with another
par round off the stick equating to
The flat stick worked well with
some great putts rolling into the
centre of the cup.
A couple of other A graders gave
him a run for his money with Burgo
finding some form with 42 points
and Kiwi on 41.
Southpaws Dave Carson, Mick
McCarthy and Diamond Jim all
racked up 38 points.
Tim Scheer was next best in the
grade with 37
Another leftie, Milton Martin, had
his slice under control to clinch the
B grade with a pretty good score of
Con Haargmans finished on 38 and
Stephen Watson, David Waters, Gary
Maynard and PP Craig Sutherland
all had 37 points and settled for a
In the C grade Ross Jones was best
with 40 points, Ronald Hill 39 and
Lindsay Payne knocked up 38.
There were seven fillies up for a
bash and Kristen Masters must
have been in relaxed holiday mode
playing some steady golf with her
Jan Owen was just a shot back on
35 with “hole in one” Julie Holland
There were more than a couple of
players who struggled on occasions
with Troy Sires taking home the Hi-
Chick encouragement award of a
tray of eggs.
The monthly medal round last
week was played in tough, hot and
windy conditions and the 42 players
in the field were more than happy to
have teed off before 8am.
Being the monthly medal round it
was almost a given that Boo Menzel
would figure in the top scores of the
Once again he blitzed the field with
his personal best score around the
course to finish with a 78/62 and a
very comfortable seven-shot buffer.
A great effort and he is certainly
improving his chances in the Paul
McCarthy Gold Medal playoff by
winning several Monthly Medals,
thereby reducing the number of
opponents in the playoff.
In the A grade Cougar continued
his purple patch with another fine
77/71 and a one-shot win over Kiwi,
who also followed up a fantastic
round in the Thursday comp.
Jamie Lindeblad also played to his
handicap with 72.
They were followed closely with
73 by the consistent Jarrad Hughes
and Mark “Mingy” Mickan included a
couple of eights in his round.
The B grade came down to
a countback with summer-
member from Two Wells, Paul
Shields, equalling Graham Black’s
Despite “Blackie” chipping in
several times during the round he
was unable to win the countback.
Joe Ryan and a fatigued Mick
Hennessey both finished up with
Seems players from other “scrapes”
clubs like our course, as Simon
Goode from Riverton also had a 69
and comfortably won the C grade
from the Hills, Peter and Ron on
71 and Ross Jones and Stephen D.
Waters on 73.
The weather was obviously a little
too severe for the fillies with all
of them too smart to be out in 42
degrees with a north wind.
It was unusual to see a couple
of the A graders take home the
encouragement awards and if the
president and vice-captain continue
with those sorts of scores it will be
only a matter of time until they are
back with the B graders.
New Year’s Day attracted a pretty
healthy number of 21 players and
once again there was an incredible
score at the top of the leader board.
The “chocolate man” Mario Siciliano
had an amazing 46 points to knock
off a couple of blokes who I would
think thought they were in with a
Les Grafton and Kiwi both ended
up with 42 points apiece and another
three had 41.
This week Mrs Murray’s son Harv is
putting up his usual fantastic trophy
when members battle out another
Going for gold
Melzer Multisport Racing tri-athletes Emily Hill, Fern Davies, Jack
Tierney, Ethan Woolford, Shaun Hahn, Sam Tierney and Declan
Gillard-Martin after completing round one of the Australian junior
triathlon series in Queensland’s Runaway Bay recently.
The under 11 boys track team of Ashton Schenk,
Austin McDonald, Finn Reed and Fynn Manning
after winning the silver medal in the 4 x 200m
Jockey Adrian Patterson (right) pushes Hereford past the winning post in race four’s 1714m class two handicap, with
Jason Holder and Flying Casino close behind in second.
photo: Alec urquhart
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