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What is your
If you could travel
anywhere in the
world where would
you go? America.
If you could elect
anyone as our Prime
Minister who would
What is your dream
job? FMX rider.
How are you dealing
with the cold?
By rugging up.
for persons aged
60 years and over.
CARL PFEIFFER REVIEWS THE LAWTON TRIBUNAL VERDICT BY THE BAROSSA, LIGHT &
GAWLER FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND WHY IT IS A GOOD THING FOR COUNTRY SPORT.
In my opinion...
THE penalty handed down to
Angaston's James Lawton for
an alleged punch off the ball
shows how far football has come over
Lawton allegedly king-hit Gawler
Central defender Corey Solly
unprovoked in an incident that
occurred around 100 metres behind
play, leaving the defender concussed
and unable to return to play after half-
Had this incident occurred in the
1970s or '80s, Lawton would have,
maybe, got off scot-free -- a slap on the
wrist, at worst.
Nowadays, things are different.
Lawton copped a five-match
suspension and is now only one week
away from being deregistered as a
footballer due to previous indiscretions.
Much like the AFL, blatantly
punching a bloke in the face in country
football is no longer tolerated.
Gawler Central president Rod Knight
made his views known following
the incident, in which Solly received
significant bruising to his face and
could not return to work on Monday as
"Deregister him, get rid of him; that's
what I'd like to see them do," he said.
"That's the sort of thing that
happened in the '70s and '80s, it doesn't
happen in 2014."
The issue reminded me of a similar
incident that occurred in my home
town of Murray Bridge, where former
Adelaide Crows player Chris Ladhams
was involved in an incident while
playing for Jervois in the River Murray
On that occasion, Ladhams elbowed
his opponent in the face off the ball,
leaving him with significant facial
Like the Lawton incident, no umpires
witnessed it, but after some eye-witness
accounts came to light, Ladhams was
reported and later suspended for eight
weeks for his conduct.
Although the penalty was eventually
reduced slightly, it goes to show that
you can no longer get away with this
sort of behaviour, even if you do it
behind the umpire's back.
Australian rules football appears
determined to clean up its image as a
family-friendly sport which anyone can
play without fear of being assaulted.
With strong action like this, it
certainly is heading in the right
Research on quad bikes
A STUDY investigating the causes
of quad bike accidents on farms will
try to reduce growing numbers of
fatalities and serious injuries to agri-
cultural workers and other users.
Commissioned by SafeWork SA,
the University of Adelaide's Centre for
Automotive Safety Research is starting
an 18-month project by looking
for quad bike users in agricultural
industries to take part in their research.
Last year, across Australia, there
were 21 deaths and at least 78 serious
injuries related to quad bike use.
"Quad bikes are important to
many agricultural industries but the
number of serious accidents is likely to
keep rising -- largely because of their
increased popularity," project manager
Dr Lisa Wundersitz said.
The research will involve face-to-face
interviews with quad bike users from
agricultural industries who are over 16
Data from hospital admissions,
coroner's files and WorkCover will also
Quad bike users in South Australia
interested in participating in the study
or wanting further information should
contact CASR (1800 043 678 or casr@
Angaston's James Lawton attempts to tackle South Gawler's Brenton Craig during a recent BL&G match
between the two sides.
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