Football (the roundball kind)
The local footballing community is mourning the loss of Adelaide Olympic coach Pavlos Vaggelis, after a short battle with an aggressive form of cancer. Adelaide Olympic issued a statement last Thursday night saying Vaggelis passed away surrounded by family and loved ones in Greece. The news comes as a shock, as many people within the soccer community were unaware of his health problems.
The 2021 Statewide Super League Fixtures have been announced, with Norwood and Port Adelaide kicking off the 2021 season when they meet on April 1, at Coopers Stadium. Reigning premiers Woodville-West Torrens will begin their campaign to defend the flag against Sturt at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval on April 2. The Grand Final is scheduled to make its usual appearance at Adelaide Oval on September 19.
Matthew Dellavedova has denied reports by the Athletic that retirement was an option due to “problematic symptoms” from a concussion suffered on December 12. The Australian was reportedly unable to ramp up workouts since his injury, prompting sources to tell the Athletic that “retirement was on the table, if not likely”. Dellavedova responded with a tweet saying “Retirement is not on my mind at all right now… injuries are frustrating but it’s a temporary setback and I’m looking forward to coming back from this better than before.” Boomer selectors will be breathing a sigh of relief, as they are relying on the NBA point-guard to help with their chances of a gold medal at the upcoming Olympic Games.
Interclub Week 9
Tricky weather conditions last Saturday didn’t prevent athletes from giving it their all in their respective events. Many high-class battles were fought, including the men 18-34 100m seeded. Achie Joseph displayed an impressive performance, grabbing first place with a time of 11.00 seconds, just ahead of second-place Joshua Love, who finished within 11.07 seconds. Luke Houlihan wrapped up the top three with a time of 11.17 seconds.
The Camden Classic made its return to the refurbished Camden Oval yesterday. Athletes were keen to perform in the classic, with many close contests throughout. One example was the 120m Women- Final, where Isabel Ross narrowly edged out second-placed Amelie Burge to finish in an adjusted time of 14.094. Burge finished right behind first placed Ross with an adjusted time of 14.217. Cloe Griffiths rounded out the top three, just behind both athletes, with an adjusted time of 14.366.
2021 MGA Men’s Country Carnival – Pairs knockouts
The MGA Men’s Country Carnival will continue today at the Marion Bowling Club, with the semi-final and finals held across three disciplines. The semi-finals, for the pair’s knockouts, kicked off this morning at 9:30am, with Glenn Wright and Strawb Masters battling it out against Matti Wilson and John Freebairn.
Mal Squire and Ray Dienelt will play Craig Norgren and Steve Eichenberger in the other semi. The winners of both games will meet in the final at 12:30 pm today.
2021 school premiership series #2 regatta
A total of 62 individual races were held at the Alex Ramsay Regatta Course on Saturday. A highlight was the schoolboy Yr 9/10 A Coxed Quad. Prince Alfred College put on a comfortable performance, finishing just over 10 seconds ahead of the second-placed Scotch College Adelaide. Prince Alfred College finished the 1500 metre event in a time of 8:14.47, with Scotch College Adelaide grabbing a time of 8:24.76. St Peter’s College wrapped up the top three with a time of 8:25.74.
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