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Nuri's Jolly good recruit
BAROSSA Boxing Club's Victor Odin-
do is a rising star of Australian boxing,
having won his first four fights all by
However, the 31-year-old's journey to
the ring has been unique, having been a
member of the circus as an acrobat for many
"Once I stopped working in the circus,
I moved to the Barossa, and I was looking
for something to do to keep me fit, and
I ended up finding (coach) Aaron (Smith),"
"I'd never done boxing before, but it's
fun, I love it."
The Angaston resident took up the sport
three years ago, before making his in-ring
debut in 2016, in Malvern.
"I was a bit nervous before the start of
the fight," he said.
"I took it as a performer -- normally,
when I used to work in the circus, I listened
to my music to calm me down."
Having no prior boxing experience,
Odindo said he was surprised with his first
"The first time when it (knockout) hap-
pened -- because it's something I've never
done -- I didn't even know what happened
until the referee said that was it, the fight's
over," he said.
"It was a good feeling, and the fight went
for just over a minute.
Since his Malvern debut, Odindo has
fought in Tasmania, New South Wales and
Victoria, with his last fight coming in Oc-
Odindo said that he's expecting
his next fight to be next month, but
hasn't got a set goal in mind moving
"I'm just going to keep doing what I'm
doing, and do my best," he said.
FOR most sportspeople, a
kidney transplant would put
them on the shelf for some
time, but Trinity Old Schol-
ars cricketer Nick Paget
returned to the turf just 43
days after the surgery on
The 23-year-old was
diagnosed with Alport
Syndrome in 2007, but it
didn't affect him until eight
"I have it through genetics
on Mum's side," he said.
"During 2015 and 2016,
my kidney function dropped
from 90 per cent to just five
"When they found that
out, I had to do dialysis,"
Paget started off with peri-
toneal dialysis, before he had
a uremic seizure, caused by
high blood pressure.
"I had a tube in my stom-
ach, I did it every night for
12 hours," he said.
He was on the transplant
wait list for 20 months be-
fore he heard the news that
they had found a replace-
"I was at cricket train-
ing, and I had missed a
couple of phone calls from
my girlfriend, Tash, and a
few from the doctor, as I
was out batting at the time"
"Naturally, I called Tash
back first, but then she told
me to call the doctor and
they told me that they had
a kidney for me, which
was being flown in from
From there, he went to the
Royal Adelaide Hospital,
and underwent blood tests
in preparation for surgery,
which took place 20 hours
"When I woke up, I felt
pretty average, but the kid-
ney was working straight
away," he said.
"I felt pretty fatigued the
first week after, but after a
week it was fine.
"I used to have to sleep for
at least 10 hours a day, but
now I can do a standard sev-
Despite his recent surgery,
Paget wasted no time in get-
ting back to cricket, and was
back training just 38 days af-
ter his surgery.
"I felt pretty average, not
because of the kidney, but
because we were training in
the big shed and it was hot,"
Then on Saturday, Paget
played in Trinity's win over
Athlestone, bowling five
Nick's kidney recovery
GOLF: Kapunda – Thursday compe��on – 1st – M.
Gavini (66), 2nd – R. Jones (66), 3rd – J. Jones (67).
Tanunda Pines – Saturday Par compe��on
23/12/2017 – Overall winner – B. Lees (44).
Winners – A Grade – R. Zeuner (38); S. Escri�
(37). B grade – A. Cou�e (38); N. Harris (37).
C grade – B. Lees (44); D. Krawhenbuhl (37),
Ladies – J. MacPhail (36); F. Blackwell (35). NTP
– L. Ha�am (6th), N. Giles (8th), N. Harris (11th),
A. Cou�e (16th), R. Deer (7th, second shot).
Saturday Par compe��on 30/12/2017 – Overall
winner – R. Casey (41). Winners – A grade – O.
Middleton (39); J. Farley (36). B grade – R. Casey
(41); D. Sobey (39). C grade – R. Homburg (41);
D. Kraehenbuhl (38). Ladies – J. Jeﬀries (33); F.
Blackwell (33). NTP – J. Lee (6th), S. Barnes (8th),
O. Middleton (11th), J. Farley (16th), J. Lee (7th,
VOLLEYBALL: A grade – Serves u Rite d Ball
Busters 25-23, 25-20, 17-14; Norfolk in Chance d
STAAT 25-22, 25-10, 25-21. B grade – Horndogs
d Simply Irresponsables 25-19, 25-13, 14-20;
I’d Hit That d Warmed Up 25-19, 23-25, 16-13.
C grade – Delta d Craigmore 25-14, 25-12, 25-
18, 17-12; Bunnies d Jack Rabbits 20-25, 25-20,
Trinity Old Scholars cricketer Nick Paget before and
after his surgery.
NURIOOTPA recruit and former Adelaide
Crows reserves midfielder Alex Jolly will
return to the field for the first time in two
years this coming season, following a knee
Jolly, who played his junior football at
Salisbury, said he had the chance to join the
Tigers before the 2016 season, an opportu-
nity he said he should've taken at the time.
"I had two years to think about what I
should've done, and I should've come out
here then," he said.
"It's disappointing, but I'm ready to make
the most of it now."
The 22-year-old spent some time at Cen-
tral District in its development squads, be-
fore returning to Salisbury and then even-
tually signing with the Crows ahead of the
2016 SANFL season.
However, Jolly's time at the Crows was
short-lived after his injury setback.
"I decided that I'd give SANFL footy an-
other crack with the Crows, I had a decent
pre-season," he said.
"I went back and played locally at Salis-
bury one weekend, and some bloke fell on it
and it was gone.
After injuring his knee, Jolly took the re-
mainder of 2016 season and the whole of
2017 off to spend time with his young fam-
"After I had the surgery on my knee, I
thought there was no way I could run again,
let alone play footy," he said.
"I just kept pushing through the rehab, and,
now, the desire is growing and growing.
Jolly has played most of his football in
the Adelaide Football League, but said he's
ready to take on the Barossa, Light & Gawl-
"I'm keen on just getting back out there,
it's a new league, and it's a bit of a test for
me," he said.
"Listening to what 'Slats' (Nuriootpa
coach Henry Slattery) has to say, he's a very
smart man and played top level football.
Despite the fact he hasn't played a game
for two years, Jolly hasn't ruled out giving
SANFL football another go.
"Going out to Nuri, it's a level up from
what I was playing, so if I get through this
alright, I think I'll give it another crack," he
Nuriootpa gets its season underway with
an away trip to grand finalist Kapunda in
Nuriootpa's Alex Jolly
is raring to go after two
years away from footy.
PHOTO: Jack Hudson
Barossa Boxing Club's Victor Odindo has won
his first four fights by knockout.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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