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with Sam Agars & Grady Hudd
Never-say-die attitude inspires
I HAVEN'T watched a soccer
game since the last World Cup,
and once this year's winner is
crowned on July 14 there's a fair
chance it will be another four
years before I see another.
The most invested you'll ever see
me in a game of soccer is with Xbox
controller in hand, battling it out
against a mate in a fight for video-
game bragging rights.
It's not that I think ill of the sport;
it's just that my love for Aussie rules
doesn't really leave much room for
anything else and, probably, never
Yet, despite my disinterest in a game
considered a religion to so many peo-
ple around the world, I couldn't help
feel a sense of pride watching the Soc-
ceroos stick it to Chile in their World
Cup opener on Saturday.
When Timmy Cahill's header hit
home in the 35th minute, Australians
all over the nation felt a slight glim-
mer of hope creep back into a game
they no doubt thought was dead and
buried only 13 minutes earlier.
Admittedly, I hadn't planned to get
up at 7am on a Saturday morning to
watch the match.
The odds of Australia even escap-
ing with a draw were so long that the
prospect of a nice sleep-in seemed far
more inviting, and had I not made
plans to be in Adelaide that morn-
ing, that's exactly what I would have
Instead, I rose early and watched
as Chile rammed home two goals in
two minutes in what looked to be a
However, what happened next was
surprising; instead of conceding de-
feat, as would have been understand-
able given the mammoth task they
now faced, the Socceroos, on the back
of inspired performances by Mathew
Leckie and Tim Cahill, clawed their
way back into the match.
With every cross, you felt Australia
was gaining momentum; with every
shot on goal you sensed the Chileans
feeling a little hotter under the col-
lar.And when Mark Bresciano's volley
was parried away by a diving effort
from the Chilean goalkeeper, there
was true belief that the underdogs
were only one more shot away from
levelling the match.
A moment earlier, that dream be-
came reality; Cahill buried a second
header into the back of the net, only
to have the goal disallowed after be-
ing adjudged off side in the narrow-
est of calls.
In that moment, the Aussies
sniffed victory and fans right around
the country sniffed it too.
Their team, which 90 minutes
before was given next to no hope of
winning, was on the verge of pulling
off the unthinkable.
Sadly, it wasn't to be; Chile ran out
eventual 3-1 winners, their late goal
coming as a result of Australia's ag-
gressive push for the equaliser.
But, in the end, it was Austral-
ia's competitiveness that impressed
The Socceroos showed a never-say-
die attitude that typifies Australian
They gave hope that, despite the
odds stacked against them, they can
be competitive on the world stage.
Tomorrow we face Netherlands; it's
unlikely I'll rise for the 1.30am start,
and the odds of winning are even less
likely, but I sure hope I wake to find
that we've sent a scare through one of
Twigg's branching out
for basketball fame
BUDDING young local
basketballer Leon Twigg
will meet reigning NBA
MVP Kevin Durant as
part of a two-week tour
of the United States in
November this year.
The tour, led by former
NBL star Al Green, will
see the Trinity student
and 19 other young South
travel to the States to play
a range of games against
American high schools.
The trip will involve
stints in Oklahoma City,
Los Angeles and San Di-
ego, with the highlight a
meeting with Oklahoma
City Thunder star Du-
The group will have
lunch with Durant, with
whom Green has family
connections, and Twigg
is eagerly awaiting the op-
portunity to chat with one
of his heroes.
vourite players in the NBA
and I follow Oklahoma as
well," Twigg said.
The 18-year-old, who
plays for the Woodville
Warriors under 18s, was
identified by Green as a
good fit for the trip at a
camp earlier in the year.
He is hoping the ex-
posure he gains during
the trip will help him to
achieve his dream of play-
ing college basketball.
"I'm looking to go to
college in 2016," Twigg
"College coaches and
scouts will be watching
us and I might get looked
at."The touring party will
play eight matches across
two different tournaments
and Twigg is looking for-
ward to testing himself
against different opposi-
"The teams will be tal-
ented, for sure," Twigg
"I think it will help me
realise what I need to im-
prove on and to see what I
need to overcome to be a
Evanston Park resident
Twigg will also attend
two NBA matches, one in
Oklahoma and the other
in Los Angeles, while the
squad will train with a col-
lege in San Diego.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity," Twigg said.
Where have you played
your netball? I started
playing for Virginia in
the Gawler & District
Association. I then played
a few years at junior and
state league for Garville, before
moving to Oakdale, where I
played state league for six years.
What has it been like to be part of such
a successful Willaston side? Every year the
competition gets tougher so it has made the
wins even more enjoyable.
Is it an easy side to captain? I don't need to
do much when I am surrounded by talented,
hard-working team-mates. I just get to toss the
Where does this year's team rate when
compared to those of previous years? The
versatility and depth that we have this year has
probably been the di erence.
Is last year's grand nal loss spurring the
girls on? We have learnt a lot from 2013. We
have rebuilt and moved on as a stronger unit.
It's never easy to lose a grand nal and we
will be hungry for redemption if we get the
It looks to be a close competition this year,
who do you think will be your main rivals?
Kapunda, South and Centrals are always 50/50
games but we have been pushed at di erent
stages by all the clubs. Tanunda is a team to
keep an eye on, as well.
What motivates you to front up each week?
I love the club, I love my team-mates, I love
playing and I love winning.
When you retire, how would you like to be
remembered as a player? Hopefully, as a
very successful one, but mainly as a great club
SIXT Y SECS
with Willaston captain Jess Wilson who has
led the Donnybrooks to an undefeated
start seven matches into the season.
Colquhoun signs on
ANGASTON lad Sam Colquhoun has
just signed a two-year contract extension
with Port Adelaide, ensuring he will stay
at the club until at least the end of 2016.
Currently recovering from a knee recon-
struction, Port hopes Colquhoun will be able
to complete a full pre-season heading into
2015 and has high hopes for the elite runner.
THE Gawler Eagles must have taken heart
out of the Socceroos' gallant defeat at the
hands of Chile on Saturday morning.
Just hours later, the Eagles took to Kar-
beethan Reserve and won their first match
since March, knocking off Cove 1-0.
Maybe the exploits of Timmy Cahill got the
boys up and about.
STILL on soccer and the Gawler Ea-
gles' women continued their remarkable
season on the weekend.
The team booted 15 goals on the way to a
big win over Flinders Flames Red and have
now kicked 73 goals in seven games.
The Eagles are undefeated after nine match-
es and sit top of the table.
Good Friday footy
THE AFL Commission has approved the
scheduling of football on Good Friday
and it is now up to the AFL Executive to
decide who will play and where it will be
Unlike Anzac Day, when the same teams al-
ways play (although it is developing into a bit
of a free-for-all), Good Friday should feature
the two teams that played off in the previous
year's grand final.
That way, every team gets a chance to play
and clubs have to earn the right to feature in
the stand-alone fixture, rather than the likes
of Collingwood and Essendon getting handed
Big round of netball
THE scene is set for a bumper round in
the BL&GNA this weekend, with top two
sides Willaston and South Gawler going
head to head in the grand final re-match.
If the Donnybrooks can win they will go
two games clear on top of the ladder and a loss
for South will see it in danger of dropping out
of the top two.
The other match sees third-placed Kapunda
take on fourth-ranked Gawler Central in what
is sure to be a belter.
THE BALL'S UP!
Leon Twigg has been
hand picked by former
NBL star Al Green to go
on a two-week tour of
the United States and
he is hopeful it will help
him in his quest to get a
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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