Home' The Bunyip : January 5th 2017 Contents "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Thursday, January 5, 2017 Page 35
Who has the BL&G netted for 2017?
IT'S still early days in the Barossa, Light & Gawler
netball off-season, but there has already been
reasonable movement within the association.
South Gawler is pushing to go one better this season
after falling at the final hurdle to 2016 senior one
The Lions' summer has been eventful, regaining
three-time association best and fairest Karina Cook,
who returns after taking a year off due to pregnancy.
However, they also lose association team-of-the-
year goalkeeper Kayla Schultz, who will have the
upcoming season off for the same reason.
Coach Tara Gallarello, who will continue in 2017,
said the club will look to keep building and working
towards a premiership.
Willaston welcomes newly appointed senior one
coach Kimberly Walker for the upcoming season.
Walker, fresh from an A1 premiership with Long
Plains, will bring team-mate Danica Earle to the
Donnybrooks, and said a number of others have
shown interest in joining.
Barossa District is not expecting any departures
and also welcomes Contax's Tegan Lang, who
joins boyfriend, and 2016 Hurn Medallist, Darren
Shillabeer, at the Dogs.
But, in a cruel twist of fate, Lang may miss the 2017
season after suffering a ruptured Achilles during a
social summer netball match with Barossa.
Reigning premier Kapunda is expecting little change,
but may have a new coach as Sarah Johnson has
expressed her desire to step aside in 2017.
The Bombers also welcome back goal-scoring
machine Tab Mackenzie, who had most of last season
off due to pregnancy.
Meanwhile, Nuriootpa welcomes Sallyann Vivian
as playing-coach for the upcoming season, replacing
Unfortunately, the side has already suffered an early
blow, with winger Emily Koch ruled out for the
season after undergoing a knee reconstruction.
Similarly, Freeling has already copped two major
setbacks, as the Heinrich sisters are out for the 2017
Key defender Megan Heinrich is moving to Brisbane
for work, while mid-courter Ashleigh Heinrich will
play for Riverton next year.
Coach Susie O'Brien said the loss of the pair is a
huge blow, but is hopeful pre-season trials can breathe
some life back into the side.
Angaston coach Lee-Anne Cummings said her team
hopes to have goalie Lilly Miles back from a stint at
Oakdale, and should retain other key personnel.
Gawler Central's 2016 coach Kelly Assender will
this year share co-coaching responsibilities with her
assistant coach, Phil Hendy.
Hendy advised that goalie Nicole Shepherd and senior
two's Rachael Songer will not play this year, as they
will be in the United States, and said the majority of
the team has recommitted to 2017.
Finally, Tanunda has not reported any movement in
the off-season as yet, but coach Amy Hart said the
club will be looking to keep its existing players and
focus on local talent returning. That time will tell after
next month's trials.
LEFT: Regaining three-time association
best and fairest, Karina Cook will return
from pregnancy to play for South
Freeling key defender Megan Heinrich
will be moving interstate for work and
unavailable for 2017.
Kimberly Walker will coach the Donnybrooks this
season, fresh from an APNA A1 premiership with
Of with a bang
TWO local trainers kicked off the new year
with a great start at Gawler greyhounds, on
the first day of 2017.
The first race on Sunday's program was a
maiden event over 400m, which ended in a
pleasing result for Angaston trainer Paula
Zanthea from box one was a clear leader at the
start, but was quickly headed down the back
straight by Hearnden's pair of runners, Long
Gully Pete (three) and Long Gully Josh (six).
The two were never in danger of losing from
there, as they had opened up a sizeable break
on the opposition.
Long Gully Pete recorded an excellent first-up
time of 22.99 seconds to win by nearly three
lengths over Long Gully Josh, with the Adam
Manton-trained Rip It Ralph (two) running on
Hearnden thought the quinella was an
"awesome" result, as the littermates had
their first race start after winning a double
with other littermates at Angle Park the
The litter of 12 was bred by Hearnden from
her good racing female, Long Gully Libby,
from a US sire, KC And All.
Hearnden said she was looking for some early
speed with the outcross breeding and was
"rapt" in the performance of the first four runs
by the litter.
From this early success, it seems Hearnden
will enjoy a lot of satisfaction from a litter that
she said had taken a lot of hard work.
At the other end of the night, Reeves Plains
trainer Ray Murray pulled off an exceptional
training feat by landing the last four winners.
Not only were Von Dousa, Bluestone, Oh No
Beta and Armalite winners, but they were also
the only runners Murray brought to the track.
To add to the result, Murray owns littermates
Bluestone and Armalite, who are sired by
Kalden Komoto, a dog that he previously
After the holiday break, racing will move
back to its regular racing times on a Tuesday
afternoon and Sunday twilight.
Paula Hearnden with Long Gully Pete.
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