Mildura Weekly : Friday October 10 2014 Vol 8 No 49
SPORT 35 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU Every Page, Every Story, Every Week... The Mildura Weekly is also available online, visit www.digital.milduraweekly.com.auu 424 San Mateo Avenue Mildura, Victoria, 3500 T (03) 5021 1777 F (03) 5021 1733 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.milduraweekly.com.au Young Saint on the march By ADAM LUITJES IT’S fair to say that Nick Dorman, 16, was destined to play cricket for Merbein South – The Saints. His father Mark is a life mem- ber and three time First Division premiership player, and wanted nothing more than for Nick to fol- low in his footsteps. “I remember playing cricket in the backyard with dad when I was two,” Nick said. “I reckon I was eight when I played my first game for the club.” Progressing through the ju- nior and lower senior ranks of the Sunraysia Cricket Association, the talented young all-rounder finally made his firsts debut last season against Irymple. Despite having little impact on the game, Nick said the game lived up to expectations. “It was a really good experi- ence,” he said. “I didn’t get much of a go as I would have wanted, but that’s fair enough in your first game. “I did get to bat, and we won the game, so I can’t complain.” Although dropped back to the seconds for the rest of the season, Nick was determined to fight his way back into the region’s premier cricket league. With no football to occupy his time during winter, Nick worked tirelessly in the nets to iron out the kinks in his game. “I tried to get a head start on everyone else who was playing footy,” he said. “I worked on my bowling – my whole life I have been focussing on batting, but if you want to play firsts, you have to be good at both.” Nick’s big pre-season paid dividends, with selection in the firsts for last Saturday’s SCA season opener. “I was nervous the day before because it was the start of a new season, and I wanted to make an impression,” Nick said. “I have al- ways wanted to play first division cricket, but when you get there the nerves kick in. “There are good players in the seconds, but in the firsts it’s top grade, and you have to be on your game every ball.” With the Saints’ line-up featur- ing a lot of experience, Nick be- lieves he is in the perfect learning environment. “I looked up to Mark White when I was a bit younger, because he was very good a few years ago when we were winning premier- ships,” Nick said. “And Adam Thomson, who is a few years older than me, is captain, and shows good leadership. “Shannon Bowen is another who batted really well on the weekend, and has a big influence on the group.” Having started the season in the firsts, Nick is keen to keep the momentum going. “I’d like to play at least five games in the firsts,” he said. “If that’s not the case, then I’ll go down to the seconds and try my best.” • ALL-ROUND TALENT: Merbein South Cricket Club’s Nick Dorman is hoping to make an impact for the Saints’ First Division side this season. SUNRAYSIA motor racing fans have three home-grown racers to cheer for at this weekend’s Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar round, the biggest round of the year. Not only will V8 Supercar regu- lars, Nissan Motorsport team own- ers Rick and Todd Kelly be taking to the start line, they’ll be joined by Sunraysia young gun Cameron Wa- ters, who will pair up with another driver with links to the Mallee, Jack Perkins. As they’ve done for more than a decade, the Kelly brothers once again made a road trip out of the journey to Bathurst in New South Wales, this year electing to drive a rare Nissan Bluebird TRX the 800 kilometres from their Melbourne base. Each year, Todd and Rick have driven rare or different vehicles to the race, often embracing the theme of their vehicle with their attire, and this year was no different. The Nissan Bluebird they drove is one of just six cars built by Nissan Australia as promotional vehicles in 1982. They selected the car to honour the 30th anniversary of George Fu- ry’s record-breaking pole-sitting lap time in the 1984 Bathurst 1000. Fury’s turbo-powered Bluebird stunned the field at the 1984 event, breaking the lap record in Satur- day’s Top 10 Shootout with a time of 2m13.85s. It was the first time a manufacturer other than Ford or General Motors had earned pole po- sition for the race. The record-breaking lap was also the first time a turbo-charged car had taken pole for the Bathurst 1000. Fury’s lap time would not be beaten until 1991 which, coinci- dently, was by yet another Nissan, this time the mighty GT-R R32. In another reference to Fury’s ef- forts of the 1980s, the Kelly team’s number 36 Nissan, to be driven by Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore this weekend, will sport heritage livery replicating Fury’s pole-sitting Blue- bird. Speaking about his prospects this weekend, Todd said he was up- beat after a positive year so far. “There have been a few rounds that we’ve been to this year that we were expecting to be quite challeng- ing for us, but we’ve actually gone a lot better than expected. “So that’s always a good gauge of not only car handling, but where we really sit with the top line speed.” Rick meanwhile said he was pleased to be returning to ‘the Mountain’ with a more developed car than last year. “You want to be as best prepared as you can, and we are still in the midst of some of the bigger devel- opment items on our cars,” he said. “So we are heading up there obviously further progressed with the Nissan Altima compared to last time, so it’s going to be a good yard- stick to see how far we’ve come. “Looking at the Sandown 500, comparing data from that track to last year and our performance there, you can really see how much we have improved. “It’s one of those events that you get to Sunday morning and it’s the one big one, but you’re already a little bit sad because you know you have to wait another 12 months be- fore you can come back there and do it again.” Kelly brothers set for Bathurst 1000 • Rick and Todd Kelly in ‘80s attire to match the rare Nissan Bluebird TRX they drove to Bathurst this week.
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