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GAWLER Racing Club president Dom
Shepley has dispelled rumours that he
might be in line for the recently vacated
chief executive position at the Adelaide
With chief Steven Trigg moving on to take
over at Carlton, there has been much specula-
tion as to who will fill the role.
Having previously held the CEO position
at the Norwood Football Club, and the coin-
cidental timing of his resignation at the race
club, Mr Shepley said he had received “about
30 phone calls” from people over the past week
asking if he would be applying for the Crows
role, or even the SANFL chief ’s role vacated
by Chris Davies.
He has since categorically said he isn’t in the
running for the job.
GAWLER Central young gun Kyle Wurst
received a good ribbing from his team-
mates after kicking the ball the wrong way
in the Tigers’ rivalry match against South
Gawler on the weekend.
Having roved the pack perfectly late in the
third quarter Wurst delivered a lovely look-
ing, 50m drop punt down the outer wing -
the only problem was that it was in the wrong
Unluckily for him, the match fell on the
weekend of the club’s 125-year anniversary
so there were plenty of people to remind him
about the blunder at the celebration dinner
later that night.
Williams in front
WILLASTON forward Jamie Williams
has overtaken Gawler Central’s injured
star Brad Mercer as the league’s leading
Williams booted six goals against Tanunda
to see him move five goals clear at the top of
With Mercer set to miss at least the remain-
ing minor round games, you would think the
Donnybrook big man has it sewn up.
However, with Angaston’s James Lawton sit-
ting just 12 goals behind in third on 44 there
could still be enough games remaining to see
the Panther star make a late dash.
Keeping in mind that Lawton has slotted
16 majors in his last two outings, having not
played on the weekend, all it would take is one
more big haul to see him back in the mix.
Boof ’s spot on
AUSTRALIAN cricket coach, and for-
mer Gawler Central gun, Darren Lehm-
ann formed part of the Tigers’ 125-year
anniversary celebrations at STARplex on
‘Boof ’ recorded a video message that played
to the 250-strong crowd, reflecting on some of
his most memorable moments at the club.
The former Tiger fittingly predicted the
team’s win over rival South Gawler, with his
only advice being that the boys need to kick
straighter in front of goal.
WILLASTON forward Brad Tosold was
forced to wait for over an hour-and-a-half
for an ambulance to arrive after suffering
a horrific broken leg in Saturday’s BL&G
clash with Tanunda.
Tosold suffered the injury after an innocu-
ous incident in the second quarter, and was
aided by medical staff from both teams, but
was forced to lie in pain in the rooms until the
end of the match as an ambulance apparently
came from Adelaide.
After the Donnybrooks beat Tanunda,
Tosold waited to sing the song with his team-
mates before being loaded into the ambulance
in a true display of mateship.
Willaston coach Steve O’Connor described
the scene as one of the most emotional he has
“THE BUNYIP” GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Page 3
with Grady Hudd
Give us more coverage
Where have you played your
soccer? I’ve played at Enfield
City and Campbelltown City.
What position do you play?
Centre back and right mid.
How have you viewed the
team’s performance this year? An
improvement, to say the least. There’s
a lot of work to do; we’ve definitely done
better than last year but we just need to keep
What are some of the things coach Ray Deeley has
been trying to implement this year? A lot of team
bonding; he wants us to get rid of our arrogance and our
own attitude and come together so we can play as a team.
Also, just to do the simple things, I think we try to do a bit
too much and he just wants us to get back to basics.
How have the players responded to that? I think, quite
well, at times. Sometimes we do go back to our own little
attitude and selfish ways but I think most of the time
we’re doing quite well, we’re bonding as a team.
Do you think that inexperience has been a factor in
the team’s performance? The team is way too young
as it is, but I guess we’re short of players, so as long as
we stick together and maybe bring in a few more older
players with a bit more experience, we can definitely
move forward and have a better season next year.
John Kaminski returned to play this weekend,
what does he bring to the team? He brings just
a real solid performance in the middle. In the past
few weeks we’ve been lacking players in the middle,
and he provides a real solid position there, so it’s
definitely a strength for him to come back in for us.
Who have been some of the standouts this year?
Armstrong Gaye’s had a pretty good year; I think he’s third
top goal-scorer in the league. For a team that’s third to
bottom, we’ve got the third top goal-scorer; so I think it
definitely shows we can do some damage if we try. Also
Michael Gliese; over the past five matches he’s really done
probably the best I’ve seen, he’s done really well.
What will the team be looking to achieve for the rest
of the year? We want to finish strong; we always look to
get a win, get a result, but we don’t like getting beaten
10-or-so-nil so we want to get a result, hold strong, stick
together and go into next season with a positive.
SIXT Y SECS
with Gawler Eagles men’s soccer captain Ahmed Yakoub.
AFTER having only just caught
up on the sleep lost during the
FIFA World Cup, Australians
right around the country are en-
during more sleepless nights with
the commencement of the Com-
monwealth Games in Glasgow.
Locals have already had plenty to
cheer about with Evanston Park cy-
cling superstar Jack Bobridge claim-
ing gold in the 4000m team and
individual pursuit events.
But while it’s great to see the Aus-
sies tearing up the velodrome and
pool (these are two of our most
successful sports at the games), it’s
nothing I haven’t seen before.
Every time the games come around
viewers are bombarded by coverage
of the swimming and cycling.
The games only last for 11 days,
yet it feels like all I have watched are
the swimming and cycling events.
There are only so many Anna
Meares stories I can take - yes, her
story is one of true grit and determi-
nation, and, yes, she deserves all the
praise and accolades she has worked
so hard to achieve.
But you can only whip a dead
horse for so long (especially given
the coverage of our boy Bobridge
has been so considerably under-
whelming, as opposed to Meares).
The same goes for James Magnus-
The self-proclaimed ‘Missile’ was
at the forefront of media hype at
the 2012 London Olympics and
again at this year’s Commonwealth
Yes, it’s great to see an Aussie do-
ing so well, especially at age 23, and
good on him for being such a suc-
But like Meares, I’ve heard it all
What I want to see is the sports
that have somehow been left out of
the prime-time viewing slots.
Where is the weightlifting? Or
judo? Or shooting?
I recently saw highlights of an in-
triguing shooting event which turns
out was the 25m rapid fire pistol
Until I looked up the event online,
I had no idea such a sport existed.
And there lies the problem; all the
big sports like swimming, cycling
and athletics get the airtime, but it is
the niche events that I find the most
Yes, the broadcasters have to cater
to the Australian public by showing
Australian athletes competing.
But for me, I would rather see all
of the unique sports of the games,
regardless of the nations competing
It’s unlikely I’ll get my wish, but
hopefully in future games we will
start to see a wider coverage of the
After all, the athletes in those
events are representing their country
too; so why shouldn’t they get the
Will’s a state side staple
Hockey Club A grade
men’s goalkeeper Will
Stapleton will represent
South Australia for the
second consecutive year
at the Australian Country
which starts this Saturday.
Stapleton, who has been
playing for Burnside in the
Premier League in Adelaide
due to Gawler not having a
men’s team this year, has also
previously represented SA at
state country level in the under
14 and under 15 age groups.
He said the team, which
didn’t perform overly well last
year, will be out to improve this
“We didn’t do too well, but
we had a lot of new players so
it was a development stage,”
“This year should be better,
but there’s still quite a few new
players coming in.”
The 20-year-old, who hopes
to be more of a leader for the
younger players in the team
this year, said he is looking
forward to competing against
opponents from last year’s
“There are always surprise
elements, you don’t always
know what other states will
be like, but you kind of get a
rough idea,” he said.
“Queensland and NSW
are very tough teams to play
Josh Dutschke and midfielder
Josh Hancock have also been
selected in the 18-man team as
the only current representatives
from the Barossa Valley Hockey
The trio has grown up
playing with and against each
other, which Stapleton said is
an advantage to have going into
the country championships.
“That’s probably the
best thing about our
state team; all of
the country boys
get around each
other and by
the end of
we’re all best
Victoria and the Australian
Kim Blatchford and Gawler
defender Laura Kingsmill will
also travel to Toowoomba to
represent SA in the women’s
Former Gawler Hockey Club
goalkeeper Will Stapleton is
set to represent Australia for
the second consecutive year,
in the Australian Country
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