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AT Gawler greyhounds on
Sunday night, trainer Karen
Miegel went home with a winner
that came via a unique purchase.
Miegel's winning runner in the
second maiden event over the
400m distance was Maz's Mitzi,
which had drawn box one.
Dixie Chick, from box four, was
best away, but down the back
straight Maz's Mitzi was railing
well and had just taken the lead
before bumping with Dixie Chick.
Maz's Mitzi was travelling well
and shot away from the rest of the
field, being untroubled to win by
five lengths, from Heading My
Way (five) for Troy Murray, and
Sandy Lagoon for Sid Topp in
The winner is trained by Miegel
at Mypolonga, and is raced in
partnership with her husband, Allen.
After four race starts, the previous
owner and trainer, Colin Swain,
had been looking to pass on the
Through word of mouth, Miegel
became aware that Maz's Mitzi
was available and she became
interested in taking over the
Swain said that the price would
be "the cost of a photo when she
Mitzi was very much a puppy,
according to Miegel, and as she
also had an issue with a sore back,
the trainer gave her six weeks off
Describing Mitzi as "tiny", Miegel
said she had a problem with the
larger dogs, but was impressed
when she was able to push
Three starts later and Miegel is
very happy with the deal, having
already got that winner's photo.
Miegel only has two dogs currently
racing, together with three
youngsters which are about to start
She is looking forward to the
development of the new track
in her area, Murray Bridge,
and "loves going to the races,
particularly when you have a
chance of winning".
Meanwhile, three trainers went
home with doubles for the night.
Angaston trainer Paula Hearnden
started the ball rolling in race one
with all-the-way winner Long
Gully Leo, followed in race four
by Long Gully Helen, which
achieved the same feat.
Troy Murray followed up his
recent good run with Backpacker
and Persuader, winning in
Ben Rawlings also scored a double
with littermates Cyril Beast and
Elite Chaos, his only runners on
Racing is held at Gawler every
Tuesday afternoon and Sunday
twilight, so join us for a meal and
the racing action at our excellent
Karen Miegel poses with winning runner Maz’s Mitzi after purchasing the hound for
“the cost of a photo when she won”.
Portrait of a winner
IN a fairly one-sided affair from
start to finish, the final score line
of 3-0 doesn't quite do justice
to Kangas Grey's dominance
against Bluejays in round 13 of
Gawler & Districts division one
Kangas were almost forced to
rue missed opportunities, after
leaving plenty of runners on base
during most innings, preventing
them from capitalising on a bigger
Grey's defensive game was
good early, getting three of
Bluejays' first four batters out,
with Amanda Stuart busy at
shortstop and assisting with
one of her many outs for the
Stuart then backed it up during
Kangas' first innings at bat with a
powerful hit to centrefield.
She eventually made her way around
the diamond -- courtesy of stolen
bases and sacrificed team batting by
her team-mates -- to score their one
run for the innings.
Unfortunately, for Bluejays, their
second inning was a mirror image of
their first -- three outs from four up
Monica Roach got in on the action in
the infield for Kangas, with one put
out and a catch.
Kangas' second dig saw them
cross the plate twice, largely due
to a monster three-bagger out to
centrefield from Briellen Dunn,
which included an RBI, plus
getting home herself on the next
Despite Kangas Grey once again
leaving several runners on base
during their final batting inning of
the game, neither team managed to
trouble the scorers again for the rest
of it, as both team's pitchers and
infield got the job done.
GAWLER Rangers suffered a
heart-breaking 5-6 loss to Adelaide
to start off the second half of the
division three baseball season on
Just two plays, decided by inches in the
final inning, dictated the final result.
After the Rangers had fought back to
level the contest at 5-5, Adelaide had a
runner on third base and two out in its
final at bat.
A loose pitch saw the runner charge
home and slide under the tag for a run
-- the final out was made without further
Meanwhile, in Gawler's last at bat,
Leighton Mells walked and reached
third base with two out.
Michael Mullaney hit a 'looper'
over the first baseman's head, which
touched his glove and fell in fair
But the umpire adjudicated it a foul,
which cancelled Mells crossing the
plate, before the final out was made,
with the runner stranded.
Earlier, both sides scored two runs in
the first frame -- the Rangers on RBI
hits to Myles Cordell and Shaun Clark
-- before Adelaide worked its way to a
5-3 lead going into the fifth dig.
Clark stepped up for his third hit of the
game in the bottom of the fifth, with a
two-out, two-run single to tie the ball
Mells pitched well into the fifth frame,
while Kris Nankivell had a good
performance over the final two innings
on the mound.
But, at the end of the day, the luck ran
This week, the Rangers host East
Torrens in a game they need to win to
remain in the hunt for a possible finals
Meanwhile, the division four team
fought hard, but went down 6-11 to
Adelaide, with errors proving costly.
On Friday night, Gawler Rangers
attended the Adelaide Bite ABL
series at West Beach, as 'baseball
buddies', with players also having the
chance to play a scratch match on the
Before the restart of the junior program
next Sunday, the club held a pitchers/
catchers clinic at Karbeethan on the
weekend, with USA import Tyler
Krobetzky instructing players in the art
Krobetzky plays division one baseball
with GGCD, while his girlfriend,
USA softballer Chelsea Cohen, also
attended and ran a pitching clinic
for the Gawler & Districts Softball
DIVISION THREE: Adelaide d Gawler 6-5 (Hits: S. Clark 3,
S. Vanpoorten, Z. Allen, M. Cordell); Division four: Adelaide
d Gawler 11-6 (Hits: S. Couzner, J. Hope 2, S. Vanpoorten, R.
Gill, I. Skewes, J. Mayfeld, G. Barraclough); Division seven:
Flinders d Gawler 13-2 (Hits: M. Mullaney, I. Skewes); U15:
(Recommences January 22); U13: (Recommences January
22); U11: (Recommences January 22).
THIS WEEK'S GAMES: Saturday – Division three v East
Torrens at home (3pm); Division four v East Torrens at
home (12.30pm); Division seven v Henley & Grange
away (12.30pm); Sunday – U13 v Sturt (11.30am); U11 v
Kensington away (11am).
TOP RIGHT: Gawler Rangers’ Leighton
Mells pitched well during the ffth frame
of the side’s agonising loss to Adelaide,
RIGHT: Gawler Rangers’ Zac Allen gets
behind the ball for a big swing during
his side’s division three baseball match
against Adelaide. PHOTOS: Robert Laidlaw
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