Home' The Bunyip : August 13th 2014 Contents VIRGINIAN karate talents
Michelle Wilson and Florina
Gules will aim to qualify for
the World Games when they
compete at the Oceania Karate
Championships in Fiji next
It will be a case of 'the master
and the apprentice' for the pair
from JFK Gojukai Virginia Karate
Club. Wilson, 33, has represented
Australia more than 30 times since
starting the sport in 1993, being
named Australian national cham-
pion eight times, while Gules, 20,
is in the early stages of her career.
"It's good that we've got some-
body like Florina that's up and
coming and will, hopefully, take
on that role when I do retire," she
"It's also good for the area that
we've got people that are repre-
senting Australia, as it gives kids
something to aspire to."
The Oceania Karate Champion-
ships will be held from September
11 to 13 at the Vodaphone Arena
in Laucala, Suva.
Wilson and Gules will be com-
peting in the Kumite, or sparring,
sections where they can qualify for
the World Games, which are an
international multi-sport event for
sports not contested at the Olym-
The pair has had a solid prepa-
ration leading into Fiji, having re-
cently returned from competition
at the Australian Karate Federa-
tion National Championship in
The Virginia Karate Club was
well represented at the event, with
nine of its members making up
the 30-person squad to represent
SA won three silver and nine
bronze medals, with members
from Virginia claiming five medals
(three silver and two bronze).
Head instructor Matt Johnson,
who has been involved with karate
for 27 years, said the result reflects
the great talent at the club.
"Because we've got a good envi-
ronment there, kids can come in
there and they step into it straight
away," he said.
"The talent is good, but they're
young so you just have to be pa-
tient with them.
"But they definitely show some
promise, that's for sure."
THE Central Districts Lions
men's team lost their opening
round Central Australian Bas-
ketball League finals match to
the Norwood Flames 84-65 on
After finishing the season third
with a 12-6 record, the Lions fin-
ished with a double chance heading
into the finals, and will need to beat
Woodville this week to remain in
Lions' coach Scott Whitmore said
his team struggled to contain Nor-
"If we play them again this finals,
we will do a lot of things different-
ly," he said.
"Our team is still in good spirits,
they've earned the right to a bad
game because they've earned the
double chance and I'm sure they'll
bounce back strongly."
The match proved to be a strong
test for Centrals, which had twice
been defeated by the Flames in the
Facing Norwood at its home
court also meant the Lions had to
contend with a vocal home crowd,
who matched the enthusiasm of
their players for every second of the
Norwood took control of the
game from the outset, setting a blaz-
ing pace at both ends of the floor.
The speed proved too much for
the Lions at times, turning the ball
over 18 times to Norwood's seven.
Going into the locker room at the
half the Lions were down by 17.
Centrals fans who travelled to the
game did their best to spur on their
players, beating drums and yelling
support through a megaphone.
Norwood would not let up going
into the final half, answering basket
for basket with the Lions.
Norwood guard Todd Matthews
provided the bulk of the scoring for
the home team with 24 points.
The impact of Norwood's Matt
Lycett proved to be a challenge
for Centrals, as the athletic guard
grabbed 12 rebounds to go with
nine points and six assists.
For the Lions, Chris Clausen and
Kyle Miller were the only two play-
ers with double-figure contributions,
with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Centrals will face West Adelaide in
an elimination knockout at STAR-
plex this weekend.
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Lions lose first final
Karate stars kick on
Quick on the draw
GUNSLINGER Girl has
stormed home to win the Maid-
en over 531m at the Gawler track
for Lewiston owner and trainer
Natasha Isaacson last Tuesday.
In the first race of the program
Jetset Rebel, out of box three, nar-
rowly led Ranee Reason (2) and
Allen Operate (8).
Some bumping and jostling for
position on the first corner saw the
order change behind the leader,
with Gunslinger Girl (1) pushing
up on the rails as they entered the
Gunslinger Girl got to the front
and opened up a five-length break
on the field and was untouched to
win by over six lengths in a very
good maiden time of 30.97 sec-
Allen Operate ran second for
Tony Rasmussen, of Murray Bridge,
and Jetset Rebel was third for Peter
Smith, of Evanston South.
Gunslinger Girl, or 'Kendall' to
her trainer, is by Spring Gun from
Widgy's Woman, and was bred by
Isaacson's father, Bob.
Isaacson prefers to race bitches
and this one appealed to her, as she
is completely black apart from one
spot of white.
Kendall has only had the five pre-
vious starts for three placings, and
Isaacson said that last week she had
led all the way except at the finish
line, and had run into trouble at her
What pleased her most this week
was that Kendall had been pres-
sured during the run but had fought
"It is nice to have another consist-
ent runner," said Isaacson, who has
a team of about 10 greyhounds of
all ages in her care.
Troy Murray was the only trainer
to score a double for the day when
Cash In Looper and Aston Odin
Not to be outdone, Murray's fa-
ther, Ray, had a notable win with
Aston Kane, who led all the way
and finished just 0.01 of a second
outside the 400m track record.
That makes the black dog's record
at the track over this distance the
perfect score of four wins from the
same number of starts.
Racing will continue every Tues-
day afternoon and Sunday twilight
until a slight break for the Gawler
Dates can be viewed at gawler-
RIGHT: Central Districts' star and US
import Kyle Miller puts up a shot
in his teams nals loss to Norwood
PHOTO: Tanya Fielding
Owner and trainer Natasha Isaacson with her winning greyhound Gunslinger
It's good that
we've got somebody
like Florina that's up
and coming and will,
hopefully, take on that
role when I do retire.
Florina Gules (left) and Michelle Wilson are attempting to qualify for the
World Games by competing at the Oceania Karate Championships next
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