South Australia’s Belinda White, Georgia Hood and Chelsea Robinson have made the 34-player national squad set to attend the Australian Institute of Sport from February 18 to March 3. The camp will be an opportunity for athletes to impress selectors in the hope of securing a spot for the Tokyo Olympics. It’s the last chance many have at Olympic glory because the Paris Olympics in 2024 will not include softball.
2020 Gridiron SA Senior Mens
The Adelaide University Hogs are the 2020 Gridiron SA Senior Mens champions after beating the Port Adelaide Spartans in last Saturday’s “Great Southern Bowl”. It came down to the wire, with the Spartans grabbing the first touchdown of the day and extending that lead to 12 points in the second quarter. Yet, they couldn’t capitalise on the lead with the Hogs bringing it back to 12-12 heading into the final quarter. The Hogs stepped up when it mattered, allowing the Spartans to only score two points in the last quarter, to win the Grand Final 20-14.
Football (the roundball kind)
Campbelltown City are the 2020 NPLSA Champions, making it their third successive NPLSA League title and pulling off the coveted ‘3-peat’ in front of 3,212 spectators on Friday at Coopers Stadium. Experience proved the key, as Campbelltown took a convincing 3-0 lead shortly after half time and never looked back, riding their strong performance to a 3-1 win over the Adelaide Comets. The Comets will be disappointed that they were unable to complete the double in the league, having been crowned NPLSA minor premiers earlier in the year.
2020 SA Super League Finals
The Western Rogues have booked their spot in the Grand Final after beating the Central Chargers convincingly 79-40 in Friday’s semi-finals. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Chargers, however, as they had a second chance shortly after against the Eastern Raiders in the Preliminaries. The Chargers made the most of it, beating the Raiders 63-55 and giving them a shot at revenge against the Rogues in the Grand Final this Friday night at the Salisbury Bowling Club.
Brock Jarvis has earned the IBF Pan Pacific and WBO Global featherweight belts through his impressive fifth round knockout victory against Mark Schleibs on Friday night in Canberra. The 23-year-old’s victory sees his overall record move to 18-0, backing up plaudits and fans who are pinning him to be “Australian boxing’s next big thing”.
The League Women’s Open, League Men’s Open and League Mixed Open Grand Finals were all played on Sunday.
The Central Scorpions had a terrible day at the office as all three of their finalists finished second best. Vipers Women’s grabbed a solid 7-4 win against runners up Central Scorpions Women’s. The mixed open saw good fortune return to Vipers again, as they snuck to a 6-5 win against the Central Scorpions.
It was a breath of fresh air in the men’s, with the Eastern Stingrays taking out an impressive win against the Central Scorpions, with the game finishing 8-4.
Brighton Athletics Carnival
Athletes geared up for an entertaining carnival yesterday, in preparation for the upcoming Bay Sheffield which will be held between December 27-28. The Brighton event showcased many impressive performances but arguably none better than in the 70m Men’s Final.
Hudson Siegfried and James Bayliss battled it out for first place, with it coming down to the wire. Siegfried just had enough, finishing the sprint in an adjusted time of 7.588, just ahead of Bayliss who had to settle for second with an adjusted time of 7.608.
The 2020 triathlon season ended on a high with more than 300 athletes competing in yesterday’s Moana Triathlon. The sprint event took athletes on a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Steven Mckenna showed a strong performance, finishing with an unofficial time of 00:57:45, which was quickest in both the male and overall categories.
Chloe Lane was the only female to finish in the top ten in the overall category in a time of 01:03:27, just under seven minutes quicker than Paige Cranage, who was the second quickest in the female category with a time of 01:10:18.
The Raptors put on a show last Friday night, comfortably beating the second bottom Sea Devils 14-3. Nathan Twisk starred for the Raptors scoring five goals and bagging one assist. The Raptors will have the odds stacked against them when the SAILL returns after the holiday break, as they have a bye when round seven returns on January 14. Their next appearance will be in round eight on January 21 – a long period without a competitive match.
Local News Matters
Media diversity is under threat in Australia – nowhere more so than in South Australia. The state needs more than one voice to guide it forward and you can help with a donation of any size to InDaily. Your contribution goes directly to helping our journalists uncover the facts. Please click below to contribute to InDaily.