Home' The Bunyip : July 16th 2014 Contents MUCH-loved South Gawler Football
Club jack-of-all-trades Keith Barker
passed away recently.
Barker was loved by all at the club,
where his son Garry is the current presi-
dent and his grandsons Riley and Brodie
play in the reserves.
He was an avid follower of the Lions
in both football and cricket and held a
number of roles throughout the football
club over a 40-year period.
Born in Gawler in 1932, Barker grew
up on a 120-acre farm at Penfield.
After moving to Willaston at the age of
10, he studied at Gawler Primary School
until grade seven and then at Thebarton
Boys Technical High School, before com-
pleting a mechanical apprenticeship.
Two of his life-long passions were breed-
ing greyhounds and motorbikes, while he
was also an avid bowler for the Gawler
Bowling Club, where he took a lot of joy
out of helping and playing with younger
In 1953, Barker met his future wife
Eileen and the pair went on to have four
children, Robyn, Garry, Craig and David.
The family initially lived at Willaston
before purchasing a property at Gawler
River, where Barker bred and milked dairy
cows and later ran beef cattle.
Barker was renowned for his industrious
nature and his "make what you don't have,
rather than buying it" attitude.
While his work on the farm and as a me-
chanic was his main priority, Barker had
a short career at the Willaston Football
Club, where his brother Leon coached.
His involvement with South Gawler be-
gan in 1972 when Garry began playing for
Between 1972 and 1978 Barker was the
goal umpire and timekeeper for the colts,
while also setting up and pulling down the
portable interchange huts and coaches'
boxes (that he had built) each week at the
club's base at Gawler Oval.
In the period be-
tween 1978 and
1983, after the Lions
relocated to Eldred Riggs Reserve, Bark-
er acted as goal umpire and interchange
steward for the A grade, while also assist-
ing Len Clarke in repairing lawn-mowers
and other equipment.
He was a catalyst behind the perimeter
fencing at the oval and was also involved
in the oval extension.
From 1983 until 2007, Barker took on
lesser roles as his three boys moved into
senior football, but was always doing odd
jobs around the club.
It was during this time that he was play-
ing division one and two bowls and was
on the Gawler Bowling Club selection
In 1996, after 16 years as service man-
ager and bus driver at Harris Bus Service,
The period from 2007 to 2014 saw
Barker involved at South as a grounds-
keeper and in managing the general up-
keep of facilities.
During his later years, he enjoyed time
away on the Yorke Peninsula, loved host-
ing his family at the farm for lunch and
enjoyed a beer or two and a meal at the
Until the end, Barker was passion-
ate about the SGFC and never missed a
He was an avid supporter of all sport at
South Gawler and loved watching his sons
and grandsons playing cricket and footy.
THE Gawler Eagles snared their second
successive victory in State League soccer
at Port Pirie on the weekend, defeating
the Northern Demons 2-1.
The win was the Eagles' fifth of the season
and was an indication that there is light at the
end of the tunnel for the struggling side.
"We are going the right way," coach Ray
"We are starting to show a bit."
The Eagles' preparation for the hit-out was
not ideal, with the team bus breaking down in
Lochiel, about an hour out of Port Pirie.
Measures were put in place to start the
match later, but the bus was repaired and the
players arrived at the ground just in time.
The hiccup seemed a distant memory once
the game started, with Gawler lively early, cre-
ating a number of scoring opportunities.
After several missed chances, Armstrong
Gaye found the back of the net to give the
Eagles the lead at the 20-minute mark.
The remainder of the first half was a
tough battle, with neither side reaching great
With captain Ahmed Yakoub leading by
example at sweeper, the Eagles searched for
another goal throughout the second half but
could not come up with the goods.
With 10 minutes to play, Gawler failed to
effectively clear a ball, allowing the Demons
Then, when all looked lost, youngster
Michael Stefanidis capitalised on some good
work from Gaye to score the winning goal,
much to Deeley's delight.
"We ground the result out, which we haven't
done before," Deeley said.
"We didn't give it away, we kept working."
Hamed Mohammadi was also good for the
Eagles and Michael Gliese delivered a typically
The reserves suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat,
while the under 18s were super impressive in
a 4-0 victory.
In division five, the women again won con-
vincingly, defeating Para Hills United 5-0.
Alicia McLean scored twice and Lauren
Stavely, Melissa Chomik and Azalea Graham
all notched singles.
The Eagles remain undefeated after 12
matches and are clear on top of the table.
The under 15 girls knocked off Adelaide
City White 3-0 on the back of goals to Kim
Shipway, Jordyn Lewellyn and Danielle Lov-
They are 7-2 and sit second.
-- Sam Agars
WITH development under way on the Gawl-
er Greyhound Racing Club's new $2.5-mil-
lion complex, Gawler's racing has been shifted
to Angle Park and Strathalbyn for a week.
Cairnlea Layla, one of the stars at the Gawler
track over the past three weeks, made the move to
Angle Park for Thursday night racing.
She notched an impressive six-length win from
box one in a blistering time of 29.66 seconds, mak-
ing it her fourth win from her past four starts.
Her runs at the Gawler track over the past three
weeks have certainly given her the confidence
trainer Robyn Mackellar was looking for and,
should she continue on this rich vein of form, she
will certainly challenge her interstate rivals in the
prestigious Group 1 Adelaide Cup to be run on
Cairnlea Layla is owned by a syndicate of Port
Adelaide players that includes coach Ken Hin-
With the new development taking place at
Gawler, now is a great time to get involved in the
sport, from a participant or volunteer capacity.
The new development is expected to provide an
enormous boost for local greyhound racing train-
ers and breeders.
Greyhound Racing SA is offering interested
punters a fantastic way to become involved in the
sport with a free tipping competition, where the
public can win their very own racing greyhound
for a year.
All costs associated with this greyhound will be
covered and all that is required is to get a team
of four or more together, sign up at grsa.com.
au/greyhounds and tip your favourite greyhounds
each Thursday night for five weeks.
The winners can sit back and enjoy the thrill
of watching their greyhound run around tracks
throughout South Australia.
renowned for his industrious
nature and his "make what
you don't have, rather than
buying it" attitude.
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SPORTEagles win two straight
Cairnlea Layla has been in top form of late and is
pictured here winning again last week.
A power of
Club remembers Barker
(From left) Garry, Riley, Brodie and Keith Barker
after South Gawler won the 2012/13 Barossa &
Light A1 reserves cricket premiership.
Whether it was
football or cricket,
Keith Barker, pictured
here with the
2012/13 A1 reserves
was an avid South
and Rowan Pumpa
in action during
the 24-hour trial
that was held
on the weekend.
-- page 33
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