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LET THERE BE LIGHT
Miles claims gold
EVANSTON Park cycling champion Miles
Scotson turned professional just this year,
but he has already etched his name into
cycling history after taking out the National
Road Cycling Championships in Ballarat at
The national championships was Scotson's
first road race with BMC Racing Team
since signing with the Swiss-based cycling
powerhouse in 2016.
Scotson made his attack on the 183km, 18-lap
race with 1.5km to go, finishing ahead of
Simon Gerrans (ORICA-Scott) and Nathan
Haas (Team Dimension Data), and said he
did not expect to have such a great ride.
"I thought a top five or a podium in the road
race would be great, but then I like to roll the
dice sometimes," he told BMC Racing Team
after the race.
"I could have finished first or I could have
finished last, but I had good legs when I went,
and I went really hard and opened up a big gap.
"I was still moving well over the last
kilometre and that kind of effort over 1.5-2km
really suited me. It was perfect.
"I didn't expect to have a day like today, I
didn't expect that I was going to make 18 laps
of the climb, but on some of the laps, maybe
not the last two, I felt like I was one of the
strongest and everything just came together."
Scotson's achievement comes less than six
months after claiming bronze at the UCI
Road World Championships under-23 men's
time trial in Qatar, in October, 2016.
He also won the under-23 time trial and road
race at the 2015 Nationals.
The 22-year-old will wear the green and gold
jersey throughout the season, starting at next
week's Tour Down Under, where he will race
against younger brother and race debutant
"I just want to do the best I can and
starting in Adelaide in front of the home
crowd, I'm really looking forward to that,"
The first stage of the Tour Down Under
travels from Unley to Lyndoch on Tuesday,
CLASHES between cross-town
rivals South Gawler and Gawler
Central are always a mighty
spectacle, but this weekend the
spotlight will be centred on them,
The A1 top-placed Lions take on the
fiesty Tigers in the Barossa & Light
Cricket Association's second-ever
day/night match -- the first in the A1
division -- on Saturday.
Gawler Central will host the clash,
after launching the inaugural Barossa
& Light day/night match in 2015
against Mallala in the A1 reserves.
The 40-over contest, for premiership
points, will kick off at Gawler
Oval at 4pm and progress into the
evening, with a change of innings
expected at around 6.15pm, Tigers
president Mark Hermann said.
"It's a regular game for us, played
for premiership points -- it's just a
shift in the program," he said.
The clash will feature the flashing
'Zing' bails, as seen in national
day/night cricket, while once again
the match will feature the orange
'Kookaburra Jaffer' ball.
"We tested a pink ball, white ball,
yellow ball and an orange ball," Mr
"The pink ball actually creates
a shadow under our lights and,
because we don't have sight screens,
there's a fair bit of background,
which is distracting.
"The orange is actually quite
Despite South Gawler's strong
position in the A1 competition,
Gawler Central claimed the win last
time the pair met, and Mr Hermann
said he expects a good, hard contest.
"South are top, and it was a two-day
game the last time we played them,
but we had a few players out last
game," he said.
"(The day/night match) is an exciting
event for the community and Gawler
Central and South Gawler always go
hard at it."
Bragging rights are on the line, as
well as a brand-new bat for the best
player, donated by the Zorich Group.
Throughout the match, spectators
will have access to bar and barbecue
facilities, and the Tigers are hoping
to play music throughout the
South's self-proclaimed 'King of the
North' Matt Knight, said the side
is looking forward to the event and
encourages spectators to come down
and witness a unique format.
"It's a different experience, none of
us have ever done it before," he said.
"Hopefully, we can get a good crowd
and a few more people down to
The first ball will be bowled at
Gawler Oval this Saturday at 4pm.
Gawler Centralʼs president Mark Hermann (far left), Chris Bilney and captain Ben Pﬁtzner and South Gawlerʼs captain Jacob
Ahern, Matt Knight and Brodie Barker will face oﬀ in the second annual Barossa & Light day/night match on Saturday night.
PHOTO: Steph Konatar
Cycling star Miles Scotson won gold at the National Road Cycling Championships in Ballarat last
podium in the road
race would be great, but then I like
to roll the dice sometimes.
- MILES SCOTSON
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