Mildura Weekly : Friday March 14 2014 VOL 8 No 19
Mildura Weekly – 14/03/14 73 www.milduraphonebook.com.au By ADAM LUITJES IT was celebrations all round for Nichols Point women’s cricket team last Friday as they claimed their first Sunraysia Cricket Asso- ciation premiership. Facing an undefeated Workers- Gol Gol, the Pointers caused the upset of the season winning by four runs in an exhilarating contest. Batting first, Nichols Point fin- ished their 20 overs with a score of 5/98, with captain Teoi Kirirua-Gill top scoring with 24. Workers-Gol Gol came out swinging with Teagan Parker (30) and Lauren McLean (29) their team’s best performers. With six needed off the final over, strike bowler Jasmine Kirirua was trusted to lead her team to vic- tory. And Jasmine was up to the task, bowling Workers-Gol Gol’s Kristen Gregory with the final ball of the match. After bowing out in the last four semi-finals, Teoi was “extreme- ly proud” of her team for breaking the club’s premiership drought. “It’s a massive moment in the club’s five year history,” she said. “We have always played finals, but never a grand final. “This season we set ourselves to make the grand final, and the girls were determined to achieve that goal. “This wouldn’t have been pos- sible without Akama Kirirua, who has coached us well all season. “Winning a premiership means so much for our family, supporters and the whole community.” Playing in front of more than 200 spectators, Teoi said the game was the biggest highlight of her ca- reer. “The atmosphere was crazy,” she said. “Our supporters were banging on the fence and making plenty of noise. “The last over my heart was beating really fast, but I had faith in Jasmine to bring us home. “Workers-Gol Gol were disap- pointed, but to their credit they made an effort to congratulate us. “After the game we celebrated at the club with our families, which was a moment I’ll never forget.” Team Baldwin claims ‘Roll of the Dice’ title Partnership gives local athletes a lift By ADAM LUITJES SUNRAYSIA Academy of Sport athletes have been given a boost with Chaffey Secondary College opening the doors to its gymnasium and circuit room. The partnership – which was announced re- cently – will give SAS athletes access to a variety of fitness equipment including exercise bikes, boxing bags, weights and ergo machines. The facilities are offered to SAS team athletes, with individual athletes already supplied with a Club Aquarius gym membership. Golf, tennis and netball will be the first sports to utilise the facilities under the guidance of quali- fied strength and conditioning coaches. SAS co-ordinator Deanna Kennedy said she ap- proached Chaffey last year after consultation with Barwon Sports Academy. “I’m always looking for best practice,” she said. “Barwon has a similar model in place, and they shared the idea with us. “I thought it was something that suited our needs, so I sent a proposal to Chaffey and they were happy to come on board.” Along with offering a structured training envi- ronment for athletes, Deanna said the partnership also gave local fitness coaches an opportunity to get practical experience. “It’s a win-win situation,” she said. “Our ath- letes will have fitness programs tailored to their needs by qualified fitness coaches, while local coaches will have the chance to gain experience. “Mitch Brown and Jane Watts are the first fit- ness coaches to be involved in the program, but more will join in the future.” SAS volleyballer Montana Beruldsen, 15, is looking forward to using the new facilities. “I’m excited to use this equipment as part of my academy training,” she said. “Training with qualified coaches will be a good way to stay moti- vated, and learn correct exercise techniques. “The volleyball team used to train at Lock 11, but we missed a lot of sessions because of the heat, so it’s awesome we can now train inside. “State teams require certain fitness standards, so this will help me achieve my goals.” In her first year in the SAS volleyball program, Montana has been selected in the Victoria West and Western Phantoms Victoria State League teams. • BIG HIT: Sunraysia Academy of Sport athletes April Golding, Hayden Carroll (centre front), Anthony Carroll (top) and Montana Beruldsen build up a sweat in the Chaffey Secondary College circuit room. Pointers celebrate in style • HISTORICAL: Nichols Point Cricket Club captain Teoi Kirirua-Gill, Nancy Kirirua-Gill and Tania Kirirua-Gill celebrate the club’s first-ever SCA premiership. Photo: DARREN SEILER MORE than 50 riders have taken part in the Mountainless Bike Club’s ‘Hodgo’s Roll of the Dice’ event, with Steve and Genelle Baldwin named the overall winners. In its third year, the event sees teams of two take it in turns to complete as many laps of the two kilometre course as possible in 75 minutes. At the end of each lap riders had to roll two, 12-sided dice to achieve a ‘lap score,’ with the winning team the one with the highest total score at the end of the allotted time. The event was designed to cater for both experienced and beginner riders, presenting an ‘even playing field’ for all competitors. Rohin Hollis and Kevin Laird went on to complete the most number of laps (12) in the allotted timeframe, while the overall high- est score went to the Baldwins, who completed 11 laps and scored 198 with the dice. Club Promotions Officer Grant Brooks said the club had been hap- py with the event. “Hodgo’s Bike Hub has been a great sponsor of the event for the last three years, and the prizemoney was an incentive to have a go,” he said. “We were really pleased with the turnout this year, with a bigger field than last year. “We had a nice spread of ages, and a really good number of female riders – which shows that our plan of getting more women involved in the sport is starting to pay off. “This event was really about par- ticipation and having a bit of fun, and by the smiles on everyone’s fac- es and the amount of laughing and good-natured banter it was mission accomplished.” The Mountainless Bike Club will host its next event on Sunday, March 23.
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