The Bombers will meet the Raptors in the SAILL Grand Final series, after the Bombers narrowly beat the Sea Devils 9-7 and the Raptors comfortably disposed of the Grizzlies 12-6 in the semi-finals.
The three-game grand final series, starting with game one this Friday, will be held at Blackwood Recreation Centre at 8:00 pm. The Raptors and Bombers will meet for a third time, with both teams winning a game a piece earlier in the season.
Silver Sands Triathlon
The annual Silver Sands Triathlon was held on Sunday. The sprint race featured a 750m swim, 20km ride and a 5km run on and around the popular beach. Patrick Goodwin won the Open Male category, finishing in a time of 01:00:24.4, just ahead of Sam Tebeck, who came second in a time of 01:01:03.3.
Paige Cranage won the Open Female in a time of 01:07:54.0. Emily Steven put the pressure on Cranage, but finished just short with a time of 01:09:43.7.
The 2021 NBL1 Central season fixtures were recently announced. The opening game on 10 April will see the Forestville Eagles play the Eastern Mavericks at the Wayville Sports Centre. The women’s game will tip off at 6:15 pm, followed by the men’s at 8:00 pm. The season will consist of 18 rounds, with a four-week conference finals series beginning on August 14. The NBL1 Central Conference finals will be held on 4 September.
Additionally, NBL1 will feature a Pink Round across Mother’s Day Weekend on 7-9 May, Indigenous Round during NAIDOC week on 9-11 July, and Mental Health Round on 18-20 June.
The Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles tied his career-high 27-points on Saturday, helping his team beat the championship contender Milwaukee Bucks 129-115. Ingles added three rebounds and five assists to his sweet shooting night, as he shot 72.7% from the field.
The 33-year-old Australian cooled off yesterday when the Jazz met the Miami Heat in the second game of a back-to-back. The Australian added only eight points but saw his team win 112-94, taking them to 22-5 on the season – currently the best record in the NBA.
Ingles will meet fellow Aussie Ben Simmons tomorrow when Utah play the Philadelphia 76ers.
West End One Day Cup Grand Final
Kensington’s Alex Ross helped his side to a win over Adelaide University in the West End One Day Cup Grand Final yesterday, with a performance which saw him go for 114 runs off 112 balls. Kensington won the match by five wickets, finishing with a score of 5/281, beating out Adelaide University’s 10/280.
State Relay Championships
The state relay championships were held last Saturday, showcasing club vs club relay action. While there were many close battles none, arguably, came closer than in the Open Men 4x200m Relay Final-Heat 1.
Pembroke Athletic Club finished first with a time of 1:27.62, inches ahead of the Saints Athletics Club who settled for second with a time of 1:27.82. The Western Athletics Club rounded out the top three with a time of 1:31.86.
Local Codes rally to support causes …
The Breakthrough Community Round was held over the weekend, with sporting codes around South Australia encouraged to take part and raise funds for the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation.
To show support in the battle against mental health, registered teams taking part were given purple and blue armband tape for officials and players to wear during the weekends matches. Clubs, as well, were given fundraising tools and resources.
As of writing this, $25,098 has been raised of the $30,000 goal. The Para Hills football Club is the top fundraising team registered, donating $10,844 and smashing their goal of $1,000.
Softball South Australia also supported a cause in their inaugural Pride Round celebration, with the marque game featuring West Torrens playing Walkerville on Saturday. The softball community, in support of the LGBTQI+, were encouraged to dress in colour when attending the Pride Round matches to spread the message of diversity and acceptance. Along with the fans, both teams added colour to their usual match day kits.
The match finished 6-1 in West Torrens’ favour.
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