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The final column of the year, as codes across the state begin to make off-field plans, setting themselves up for a busy 2021.

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Athletics

Open Day 3- Seeded Men 1500m Final

Adam Goddard set the South Australian athletics scene alight on Friday night, breaking the U18 1500m state record with a time of 3:46.98. Goddard’s performance sees him break a 40-year-old record which was set by Mark Arens, who completed the event in a time of 3:48.6.

Closing Gap

The Share a Yarn map has recently gone live, giving people the opportunity to locate and browse high-performance sporting facilities across the country, whilst educating users around the traditional owners of the land, respecting First Nations people.

Most National Team training centres are represented by ambassadors, with South Australia boasting the second most out of all states and territories currently. South Australia’s ambassadors include Amanda Reid, Chris McHugh, Michelle Wilson and Laura Hodges.

Golf

Blitz Golf Pro Series

Local stars, golf pros and legends will battle it out in next month’s Blitz Golf at the Glenelg Golf course on January 10. The ten-hole tournament will feature 32 players including big names such as Taylor Walker, Peter Senior, Steph Kyriacou and Ryan Burton. The event will consist of three rounds, with elimination occurring after each, cutting it down to four players for the third and final round.

Peter Senior, who recorded 26 international victories over his career and is the oldest ever Australian Masters winner, said that the format of the Blitz Golf made him a fan from the get-go.

“Last year I played two events, I played one at Hope Island and one at Glenelg,” he said.

“It was the first time that I played them, and I thought the concept was absolutely fantastic, a lot different to what we normally play.”

The Australian golfing great said he was expecting tough competition from all athletes set to take part, with the competitiveness carrying over from last year.

“If you’re an athlete—it doesn’t matter what you are—you are going to try to be competitive in anything, ” he said

“I played with some very competitive people last year and this will be no different.”

The event will run from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, with free entry for people under 18. Tickets are $10 for adults and are available to be purchased from the Blitz Golf website.

Football (the roundball kind)

State League 2

Adelaide University Soccer Club has appointed former Adelaide United player and ex-Adelaide city coach Michael Matricciani as its senior men’s coach and junior boy’s technical director. Matricciani will take over from former coach Raffaele Frisina who will move into a strategic role for the club, whilst resuming in a playing capacity. The appointment comes as a surprise as Frisina was recently awarded the 2020 State League 2 coach of the year after he guided Adelaide University to its first finals appearance.

Cycling

The Santos Festival of Cycling is teaming up with FulGaz to host the Virtual Challenge Tour set to be held between 21-24 January 2021. The virtual tour consists of four online stages across South Australia’s most popular cycling locations, showcasing the state’s tourism hotspots. The four stages are:

Super Series Bonus Round— Mischief Brew Criterium and points race at Pakapakanthi

Elite Women

Ashlee Ankudinoff (Cycling Australia) moved to secure second place in the general classification behind series winner Annette Edmonson (Cycling Australia), thanks to her impressive performance on Saturday night at Victoria Park which saw her win the final round’s 32-lap Points Race. Team Prochem’s Chloe Moran finished third in the series.

Elite Men

Kelland O’Brien (ACT Men’s Track Endurance) snatched the overall series for the elite men’s category in the final round of the year after his win in the points race. O’Brien’s performance saw him erase his teammate Leigh Howard’s (ACT Men’s Track Endurance) 22-point lead going into the final round, bumping him down to second. Cameron Scott (Cycling Australia Academy) finished third in the general classification.

Lawn Bowls

2020 SA Super League Finals

The Central Chargers battled it out with the Western Rogues last Friday night, looking to redeem their 79-40 loss to the Rogues in the semi-finals. The Chargers learnt from their mistakes the first time around, avenging their tough loss to beat the Rogues 57-45 and earning the coved title of “SA Super League Winner”. The Chargers very own Craig Mills was awarded the best on ground for the grand final.

The column will return on 11 January 2021.

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