Home' The Bunyip : January 10th 2018 Contents Page 24 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
THE KING'S COURT
WITH MATT KNIGHT
WELL done to the Barossa & Light Crick-
et Association for calling the weekend's
cricket off early.
Another week for Leeroy Hill to rest those
hammies up, and I could only imagine some
of the alcohol that would be pouring out of
some of the blokes' sweat glands.
The King extends
With no cricket on, I thought there
would be no better time than now to let
all my fans know that my contract with
The Bunyip has been extended into the 2018
I can only imagine the joy this brings to
a few of my mates' faces, compared to my
beloved fans, having to hear me talk about
my phenomenal four disposals that I'll be
racking up every Saturday.
The King is certainly looking forward to
roaming around inside 50 this year, like Bri-
an Taylor roaming the winner's rooms on a
Hopefully, I'll snag a few goals whilst
ending some old fossil's career who was try-
ing to hold on to his playing days by hiding
in a back pocket.
Watch this space.
See you, Sean
It's a sad day having to say goodbye
to a few absolute legends from Gawl-
er Central, who have moved on to other
There's none more so than Sean 'Mr
September' Brading, who has chosen to
head up to Wallaroo to play, try and work
on his tan, and live by the philosophy
'Cash is King'.
All in all, it was a quiet weekend for the
King, but I'm looking forward to getting
stuck back into the cricket next weekend af-
ter a well-deserved break.
BLISTERING heat forced a number of
local sports to extend their breaks over
The Barossa & Light Bowling Associa-
tion was forced to cancel its games after the
weather exceeded its 38-degree limit.
Similarly, Gawler & Districts softball
and the Gawler Rangers didn't play over
the weekend due to the heat.
Barossa & Light and Para Districts crick-
et action was called off early in the week,
after the forecast exceeded the 40-degree
heat policy of both associations.
TRINITY Old Scholars will
face a challenging run chase
this weekend after conced-
ing nearly 300 runs against
Modbury in Adelaide Turf A3
cricket on Saturday.
The association's policy in A3
sees play continue in weather
41 degrees Celsius or less, and,
unfortunately for the players,
the mercury was forecast to hit
Trinity found itself on the
wrong end of the toss, and was
sent to field in the extreme con-
TOS started well, removing
Modbury opener Devin Payne
for a duck to leave the hosts 1/1
Peter Dicker was then bowled
for eight and Greg Abrey
trapped LBW for 12 as Trinity
took the early ascendency.
At 3/37 Modbury looked
shaky, and its worries only
worsened when Corey Barrett
was caught for 11, leaving the
However, Alex Wood (98)
and Brayden Nicol (99 not out)
smashed their way to a partner-
ship of 136, before the former was
caught out just shy of his century.
Wood smashed 17 fours and
a six, while Nicol smoked 15
fours and three sixes on his
way to 99, despite running out
of overs before reaching triple
At the end of its 72 overs,
Modbury had reached a formi-
Trinity's bowling attack of
Mitchell Dearing, Josh South-
well, Austin Smith and Jarryd
Furnell toiled hard in the heat,
sharing the wickets, but was
unable to assert any real domi-
nance over Modbury's batsmen.
Play will resume at Modbury
Oval on Saturday, with Trinity
needing a couple of big knocks
to give it any chance of achiev-
A3: Modbury 5/293 v Trinity Old Scholars.
Premiership defence on track
ANGASTON'S quest for a fourth succes-
sive Barossa & Light A1 cricket premier-
ship has started perfectly, with the team
sitting undefeated on seven wins at the
halfway point of the season.
The purple patch has included thrilling vic-
tories over Gilbert Valley and Sandy Creek,
showing the Blues have the capability to
snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
But Angaston A1 skipper Greg Bain said
his boys aren't getting too ahead of them-
selves, despite the dominant start.
"We've got a long way to go," he said.
"A few of the other sides are getting a lot
better, which is going to make it a real good
"But it's a good feeling, it has been for the
past couple of years.
"The depth has kept us in good stead this
year, it's good at the moment, and it helps the
top three grades."
Bain said, while his side's bowling has
been consistent throughout the past three sea-
sons, the batting quality has lifted in 2017/18.
"Our batting this year has stepped up from
last year, which has given us a good platform
most weeks," he said.
"That's from a few other younger lads
stepping up, which has helped as well.
"Jayden Antonie and Dylan Schmidt,
they're probably ones who have stepped
up, and some other guys are having better
One of those other players has been Scott
Rathjen, who has made 308 runs from just
Bain added that the Blues' consistency is
attributed to their drive for success.
"I think we work pretty hard, and I think
we're driven by success," he said.
"We're pretty hungry to create a bit of
history and getting chased after the last few
"We work pretty hard at training and push
each other a fair bit, which is why we've
been so consistent."
Angaston will resume its season on Satur-
day by hosting Kapunda.
Brett acknowledged as a home-grown hero
LIGHT Pass Cricket Club president Brett
Nitschke has been honoured as one of the
Big Bash League's home-grown heroes.
Mr Nitschke was nominated by his wife
and a friend for his work with the annual
six-a-side Heart Kids SA charity day that
the club hosts, and received the accolade
prior to Christmas.
However, the Barossa & Light junior
cricket president said he was surprised
to see himself appear on the TV screen
during the Big Bash League coverage.
"I actually didn't know anything about it
'til it came on," Mr Nitschke said.
He said the idea of the Heart Kids SA
charity day, which supports those with
congenital/childhood heart disease,
stemmed from the desire to do something
a bit different.
"I thought there was an opportunity to
do a day for a different charity -- people
still do the Pink Stumps Day, and we do as
well," Mr Nitschke said.
"In the Barossa & Light Cricket Associ-
ation there's 60 families that are affected
"We've got 50-odd teams of juniors,
borderline 500 kids playing cricket, and
with those numbers, someone, five or
eight, is affected by this.
"Our money goes to supporting the fam-
ilies, not for research, to give them vouch-
ers and help for accommodation when
they're away for surgeries."
In 2016, Light Pass raised $1500 for
Heart Kids SA, however Mr Nitschke is
hopeful that the 2017 total will exceed that.
"We want to raise as much as we can
over time," he said.
The charity day is traditionally held be-
fore the Adelaide Test match, as it was last
year, and Mr Nitschke wants to see the day
continue to grow each year.
"I'd love to be able to sit back and see,
like, 500 or 600 people there making a day
of it one day," he said.
Light Pass president Brett Nitschke was named as one of the Big
Bash League's home-grown heroes before the Christmas break.
Angaston's Greg Bain has had
another stellar season with the
Our money goes to
supporting the families,
not for research, to give
them vouchers and help for
accommodation when theyʼre
away for surgeries.
- BRETT NITSCHKE
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