Mildura Weekly : Friday May 6 Vol 10 No 26
24 sport MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 All-round good news for Makinley FORMER local cricket all- rounder Makinley Blows says she is still in shock after being accepted as one of six changes to the 2016- 17 Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit Squad this week. The 18-year-old former Workers Gol Gol Cricket Club and Mallee Murray player will join Jake Reed as a former Mallee Murray cricketer as contracted play- ers for Victoria this season. Makinley’s achieve- ment follows standout performances for the Mal- lee Murray Heat, which reached the Under 18 State Championship final earlier this year. She also played for the Victorian Under 18 squad that went undefeated on its way to winning the na- tional title earlier this year. “I was quite shocked when I found out, and it’s still very surreal but I’m very excited,” Makinley said this week. “The application pro- cess was 10 training ses- sion for about four or five weeks, and it was good to train at a step up from the level of cricket at home.” Unsure whether she will make Victoria’s First XI, Makinley said she was excited to play alongside captain Meg Lanning – a superstar of women’s crick- et who has made a big im- pact at both domestic and international level. Outside of cricket, Mackinley is in her first year of studying teaching at Victoria University, and said the chance to train and play at an elite level will be intense but reward- ing. “The opportunity to get in and around such high quality cricketers and im- prove my own cricket will be good,” Mackinley said. Mackinley will start pre-season training with the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit Squad next month, with the season to begin in October. • EXCITED: Makinley Blows was announced as one of six changes to the 2016-17 Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit Squad this week. MILDURA Formula Vee rac- ing sensation Blaine Grills is gearing up for his next big challenge, with the sec- ond round of the Victorian Series to get under way on May 21 and 22 at Sandown. Blaine currently sits third in the Victorian Se- ries, after competing in the event’s opening round last weekend at Phillip Island. After a difficult start in qualifying – where he blew up an engine – Blaine man- aged to qualify second for the event. Race One prove a hard- fought tussle, and after an interruption for the safety car, Blaine managed to fin- ish third behind the reign- ing Victorian champion. He managed a better start in Race Two, leading most of the race before fall- ing just short – by a nose in fact – from first place. Rain interrupted the start of Race Three, result- ing in a wet and slippery track. After starting the race from the second position, Blaine quickly slipped back to fourth due to slippery conditions. He eventually recovered to take another podium finish, and an overall third place in the series. Blaine currently sits just two points behind James Dean (current Victorian champion) and Heath Col- linson, with both drivers part of the successful JRD race team. Blaine also currently leads the South Australian series. Blaine moves to third in Formula Vee State Titles • Mildura Formula Vee racer Blaine Grills, LEFT, and in action ABOVE, has moved to third place in the 2016 Victorian Formula Vee Series. Action photo courtesy of Steve Duggan from SD Pics. Trevor 0407 632 160 08 8541 0200 | www.sprintfreight.com.au EXPRESS FREIGHT SERVICE SERVICING THE RIVERLAND ADELAIDE & THE SOUTH EAST OF SA 1/50 Madden Avenue, Mildura Phone (03) 5021 3883 Mildura Solar are now proudly installing Sapphire Solar 100% Australian Owned solar panels. Talk to us today about the huge benefits of installing Sapphire Solar panels. • 100% locally owned • Australian supported products and warranties • Customized design • Finest after sales care • Lower your power bills • $0 Upfront finance available • Paybackin3–6years • Extensive experience. UNBEATABLE SERVICE UNBEATABLE PRICES Mildura solar have completed over 800 installations in excess of 2.9Mw of power.
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