Home' The Bunyip : May 28th 2014 Contents Page 4 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A crisis meeting was held with the play-
ing group last night in a bid to get a clearer
view of the direction they want to take, with
Lockwood hopeful of resolving a number of
For A grade coach Peter McMillan, the
answer is simple.
"We need to work out what the players
want to entice them to play."
It was always going to be a tough outing
for the Owls on Saturday, with many play-
ers lining up for their second game of the
afternoon and no-one on the interchange
"We started with 18, we were down to 14
after half-time and we finished with virtu-
ally nine (fit) players," McMillan said.
"I had six players pull out before the
"We got a couple of injuries during the
game and guys had to go.
"Some of the B graders starting playing A
grade but had to go and I had a couple of
guys that helped out that work night shift
and had to go."
The Owls conceded 26 goals in the last
quarter, almost a goal a minute, with 20 of
the 21 Blackfriars' players booting a major
in the match.
It has been a dramatic fall from grace for
the Owls, who played off in the division six
grand final last year.
The majority of the 2013 senior team has
now left the club due to a variety of reasons,
including retirement and work.
-- If you are a player or can help the
AVFC, contact Peter McMillan (0412 707
564) or Bruce Lockwood (0419 807 188).
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REIGNING country champions, the
Barossa, Light & Gawler Netball Asso-
ciation, will not have a team at this year's
event, held over the June long weekend.
The BL&G, which was completely domi-
nant in taking out last year's title undefeated,
has been unable to muster enough numbers to
form a side.
"There is not enough players who are will-
ing to commit," BL&GNA secretary Deb Miles
"It's really sad.
"Quite a few of the girls (from the 2013 team)
are not available this year, through pregnancy
and other stuff."
The association is still hopeful of sending a
B grade team, while the under 13, 15 and 17
teams will be finalised this week.
TRUCK drivers and companies are
being targeted by police as part of a
state-wide heavy vehicle road safety
Operation AUSTRANS, an annual road
safety operation focusing on heavy vehicles
that has occurred for the past 25 years, is
under way again, aiming to ensure truck
drivers and trucking companies are safe on
SA Police Traffic Support Branch officer
in charge Superintendent Bob Fauser said
police were just one week into this year's
operation and had already inspected 472
"To date, we've issued 162 expiation no-
tices, 80 cautions, 145 defects and had three
positive methamphetamine tests," he said.
"We urge heavy vehicle drivers and com-
panies to ensure they are complying with
the law and their industry regulations, for
safety's sake, as well as to avoid significant
Superintendent Fauser said police were
urging truck drivers and their companies to
do the right thing on the road.
"National research shows that heavy
trucks and buses make up only three per
cent of the vehicle fleet, but are involved
in 18 per cent of all road fatalities and over
200 deaths each year," he said.
"During the 12 months to the end of
June 2013, 231 people died from 192 fatal
crashes involving heavy trucks or buses.
"Statistics show fatal crashes involving ar-
ticulated trucks have decreased by an aver-
age of 6.8 per cent in the past three years,
but in the same period, fatals (accidents)
involving heavy rigid trucks have increased
by 8.1 per cent."
Superintendent Fauser said police were
targeting a number of elements as part of
"Heavy vehicle driver fatigue is one of
the biggest contributing factors to crashes,"
"We know drivers may feel pressure to
meet strict deadlines, leading them to some-
times continue driving when they should
pull over for a rest.
"Police will be watching for fatigue and
will take action to prevent heavy vehicle
drivers suspected of suffering fatigue from
continuing their journey and endangering
themselves and other road users.
"There is no quick fix for fatigue and us-
ing drugs in an attempt to combat it makes
the situation more dangerous.
"The only way to fix fatigue is to stop
and sleep or take a long break or, better still,
manage work and rest in a way which avoids
Operation AUSTRANS will run until
Sunday, June 8, at undisclosed locations
around the state.
Lyndoch Road speed camera - pg 7
Police targeting truckies
BL&G not at
country champs Owls consider future
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Angle Vale player Ben Griggs in action earlier this season. The Owls are hoping to increase
their senior playing numbers after nishing the weekend's game with just 12 players on the
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