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McLaughlin Park work continues

2015-01-19 19.37.11by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The roar of machines filled the air over the weekend as the aging trees on the McLaughlin Park border were removed due to safety concerns.

Trees have already been removed on the Williams Road boundary and replaced with a mix of coloured leaf trees and the removal of the aging trees on the Plunkett Tce boundary at the weekend is a continuation of  the boundary work in the upgrade of the sporting facilities.

Plunkett Tce was closed for much of Sunday afternoon while a band of volunteers, sporting organisation representatives and local businesses carried out the work.



Cricketer Phillip Hughes dies from injuries

Minister Leon Bignell Minister for Recreation and Sport released this statement a short time ago:-

“All South Australians would be shocked to learn of the passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes.

On behalf of the South Australian Government, our thoughts are with his family and friends, the South Australian Cricket Association and players, the New South Wales Sheffield Shield team, and cricket fans throughout the nation.

Since moving to Adelaide in 2012, Phil had become an important and popular member of the South Australian Sheffield Shield, one-day and T20 teams.

His committed and determined efforts to force his way back into the Australian Test team saw him win great respect locally and around the country. It was in his character to fight back when the chips were down.

Phil was a remarkable talent.

Just 25 years of age, Phil had played 26 tests, making three centuries – including back-to-back centuries in only his second test. He was the youngest player to achieve this.

He played 114 first class matches, scoring more than 9,000 runs at an average of 46.5.

South Australia has lost a great ambassador for cricket and the state.”

Locals are winners in the SE Sports Awards


Kye Todd and Chelsea Brooks with Awards at Sunday’s presentation

Successful SportSE Sports Star Awards 2014

Former SANFL star Gavin Colville visited Mount Gambier last Sunday to pay tribute to and present awards that recognise the dedication and commitment of country people to sport and community in the Limestone Coast in the 2014 SportSE Sports Star of the Year Awards.

Chelsea Brooks has been crowned Secondary School student ‘Athlete of the Year’. Millicent Taekwondo -Chelsea is 16 years old and her achievements in Taekwondo include 2014 World Championships, Italy, Australian team member, 1 gold, 1 bronze medal, 2014 Victorian Junior Championships, 1 gold, 2 silver medals, 2014 Victorian Championships- 1 gold, 2 bronze medals, 2014 South Australian Championships, 1 silver, 1 bronze medal, 2013 Australian Championships – triple gold medal winner, National Champion, age 15 

Kye Todd was voted Male Athlete of the Year and also nominated for Coach of the Year. Millicent Taekwondo – Kye has been selected to represent Australia three times at an international level, 2014 Member Australian Team for the World Titles in Italy, 2012 Member Australian Team World Titles in Canada, 2010 Korean World Titles Seoul- Silver.He is currently training for the World Titles in England in 2016. Kye has a passion for Taekwondo and believes its philosophy and teachings will make him a better person. His role is to encourage others to be the best they can be and proud of their achievements. Taekwondo is his way of life.

1 David Marcus WINNER

David Marcus

David Marcus from the Penola Badminton Club has been recognised as “Volunteer of the Year’ in the SportSE Sports Star of the year Awards 2014. Penola Badminton Club and Radiatia Badminton Club.

 David’s achievements include -Member Penola Badminton Club – 47 years, Juniors coach – 35 years, President Penola Badminton Club – 25 years, Currently Secretary/Treasurer Radiata Badminton Association, Previously President Radiata Badminton Association which included Casterton, Grant, Millicent and Penola Clubs, Organiser of Veteran’s Tournaments in Penola, and State Junior Tournaments including in Adelaide and Melbourne, Radiata Teams tournaments, Played in 25 Country Carnivals in Adelaide, Radiata teams and as an individual in Warrnambool Tournaments, and Veterans Tournaments in Bendigo, Geelong and Adelaide.

Athletes, volunteers, coaches and event organisers from across the region celebrated their involvement in sport. Those who give so much of their time and effort during the year were acknowledged.

Colville, who played over 200 SANFL games and was a past club captain of the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles, was the guest speaker and the ‘Awards’ Ceremony.

Awards coordinator and South East Local Government Association Star Club Field Officer Josephine Duigan said that a ‘Sports Awards’ celebration was a great opportunity for nominees to gather with like-minded athletes and volunteers from other clubs.

There are some amazing stories – many still untold about people living in regional areas; this  was a fantastic achievement for those living in a small community in a country region.” Ms Duigan said.

For all local finalists see:- https://wattlerangenow.com.au/2014/10/18/an-impressive-…ar-awards-2014/