Home' The Bunyip : October 15th 2014 Contents THE North Vikings Hockey
Club will introduce a new 'mini
pucks' division for its upcom-
ing summer season as a way to
develop its junior players.
Mini pucks is a program
branching from the club's un-
der-10 division, and will feature
players under the age of 10 new
to inline hockey.
As part of the scheme, players
will participate in non-competi-
tive games, while having an ac-
credited coach in the rink to help
guide and teach them.
Club co-ordinator Peter King
said having a coach on the rink,
as opposed to a team manager
on the sideline that simply ro-
tates the players during games,
will allow the young players to be
mentored more closely, while in a
"We've found that this is the
best way to coach players into
getting into the game the quick-
est way, and picking up the skills
to be competitive rather quickly,"
"This is something we're fol-
lowing, that we've got from over-
seas hockey leagues."
Mini pucks was devised by the
North Vikings after seeing junior
competitions in the United States
and Finland using a similar for-
Another advantage is that play-
ers will practise with kids of their
own age groups, rather than com-
ing up against bigger, stronger
opponents straight away.
"It allows young players, like
four-year-olds and five-year-olds,
to enter the sport and not be up
against nine-year-olds who have
been playing the sport for a cou-
ple of years already," King said.
"So it just helps us to separate
them a little bit more, and allow
them to get more game time with
the puck, and just really enjoy the
The North Vikings' summer
season is right around the cor-
ner, with the club expected to
have around 150 players compete
across the mini pucks, under 10,
under 14, under 17, division one
and two, and premier grades.
Registration day will be on
October 18, with competition
set to commence the following
Due to the increase in numbers,
the Vikings have expanded their
competition days to be played
across Saturdays and Sundays.
-- Grady Hudd
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Monday 20 October 5.45pm sharp.
We offer beginner training, through to competition swimming.
Our club has trained, supportive coaches.
If you can't make this date contact our
Registrar, Julie-Ann Arriola on 0408 643 052
Time to dust off those bathers and get yourself down to the
Gawler Aquatic Centre, Victoria Terrace, Gawler.
Anthony Skewes pitching for Gawler Rangers on
GAWLER Rangers' A grade had a tough ini-
tiation to start the 2014/15 SA Baseball di-
vision three season, going down to West
Torrens by 10 runs, but showed enough to
indicate plenty of positives for the summer
Played at Lockleys, a seven-run second inning by
the Eagles set up their 10-0 win, as Gawler fought
the game out to the end.
Pitchers Liam Holland, Steve Vanpoorten and
Thomas Norley shared the load throughout the
match, but battled to restrict West Torrens from
Gawler's batters failed to collect a hit, although
new recruit Steve Couzner hit a shot to right field
but was retired at first base.
The team is under the guidance of coach, and
former player, Shaun Clark, who has returned to
This week Gawler hosts Golden Grove Central
Districts at Karbeethan Reserve at 3pm.
The B grade also suffered a heavy loss to West
Torrens in division four, going down 2-18.
Rob Gill scored both of the Rangers' runs in,
while Anthony Skewes toiled hard on the mound
In the under 15s, Gawler had a meritorious 8-5
win over Glenelg, with Michael O'Connor pitching
RESULTS: Division three: West Torrens d Gawler
10-0; Division four: West Torrens d Gawler 18-2 (hits
-- A. Skewes, R. Gill); Division seven: Port Adelaide
d Gawler 9-0; Under 15: Gawler d Glenelg 8-5 (hits
-- G. Barraclough, B. Flaherty 2, M. O'Connor, C.
Borchard); Little league majors: Sturt d Gawler 13-
4 (hits -- B. Worden 2, J. Gill); Little league minors:
Gawler d Port Adelaide 9-0.
This week: Saturday -- Division three v GGCD
at home (3pm); Division four v GGCD at home
(12.30pm); Division seven v East Torrens at home
(10am); Sunday -- Under 17 bye; Under 15-2 v GGCD
away (12.30pm); Little league majors v Hawks
at home (12.30pm); Little league minors v H&G
Maroon at home (10am).
Can Kangas be conquered?
THE Gawler & Districts Soft-
ball Association 2014/15 season
will kick off this Saturday, with
the division one teams tasked
with the imposing challenge of
finding a way to beat the all-
Kangas have been a juggernaut
in the association in recent times,
and will look to notch their 12th
straight premiership this season.
Grand finalist Two Wells was un-
able to get the job done in last sea-
son's decider, but coach Sally Green
is optimistic her side can make it
through again this year and have
another crack at Kangas.
"Certainly, the score didn't reflect
the game (in the grand final); we've
been kicking along over a few years
trying to get it over them," Green
"They're just very combative;
we've just got to place our field well,
and, I think, we did that last year.
"They only got a couple of runs
each innings, it was just that we
weren't coming back with the bat
"We've got to get those runs on
the board as soon as we can and,
hopefully, hold them down."
Giants, who were denied a place
in last season's decider after a nar-
row loss to Two Wells, will also be
taking its best shot at taking down
the top team.
Club secretary Brooke Skewes
said, while it stands as a big chal-
lenge, the best way to defeat the
Kangas would be to get runs on the
"It would just have to be our bat-
ting, we'd have to bat better than
they do," Skewes said.
"They're a very strong batting
"They make a lot of hits that
are safe, even if they got one base
at a time, they were hitting to ar-
eas where there wasn't a fielder and
moving their runners around."
Like last season, the remaining
division one position will be filled
by the All-Stars, which is a com-
bined team of players from within
Division two will also remain
unchanged, with five teams set to
compete this season.
The association has confirmed
the return of a handful of night
games on Tuesdays, with division
one and, for the first time, division
two teams participating.
The decision follows the success
of introducing the night fixture last
season, in an effort to maximise
The junior competition is likely
to follow a different format this sea-
son, with the association negotiat-
ing a player reduction.
Green, who is also the associa-
tion secretary, said decisions were
still being made about how to ap-
proach the issue.
"We're still actually in the midst
of working out how we're going to
play that and how we're going to
get them playing together, rather
than playing the same team each
week and whether we can combine
it all together," Green said.
"We'll be getting onto it, hope-
fully, very soon."
Kangas will be looking for its 12th-straight premiership in the
Gawler & District Softball Association 2014/15 season, which
begins this Saturday.
ready to hit
Gawler -- too lovely to litter
It allows young players, like four-year-
olds and ﬁve-year-olds, to enter the sport and
not be up against nine-year-olds who have
been playing the sport for a couple of years
We’ve got to get those runs on the
board as soon as we can and hopefully hold
North Vikings' young inline
hockey players are excited
to be part of the club's new
'mini pucks division'. Front
(L-R): Jett Petz, Lily Evers
Wyatt and Emilia Johnson;
Back (L-R): Saxon Coppen,
Cloe Slapp-Paterson and
coordinator Peter King.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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