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Not JUST the footy scores


Big wins and performances in rugby, surf life saving and basketball grabbed the headlines over a busy long weekend across South Australia.

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Basketball SA has announced the South Aussie athletes who will be competing in the upcoming Ivor Burge Championships set to be held between May 3-7. The Championships, held at the McDonalds Mackay Multi-Sport Stadium in North Queensland, will consist of two South Australia teams, named South Australia Ivor Burge Red and Blue. Taylor Renshaw will be Head Coach Ivor Burge Red, with Zac Georg-Dent the captain. Ivor Burge Blue will have Trevor Kinross as Head Coach, with Jim Taylor given captaincy duties. Across both teams, 19 players will travel to Queensland for the five-day event.

NBL1 Central Women

The Forestville Eagles continue to remain undefeated in the NBL1 Central after taking out wins in Round 3 and 4 over the weekend. The Eagles trumped North Adelaide 71-58 in their Round 3 contest on Friday night, thanks to Samantha Simons’ 35 points and 9 rebound performance. The Eagles then carried that winning form over to their Round 4 clash on Sunday, dominating the Central District Lions 81-33. Samantha Simons, Amy Cotton and Jordyn Freer all scored in double digits to ensure their side heads into Round 5 top of the NBL1 Central Women’s ladder. The Eagles will face eighth place Woodville Warriors this Saturday, 6:30pm, at St Clair Recreation Centre.

Lawn Bowls

Preliminary squads of 25 women and 25 men from across South Australia have been invited to trial for next season’s state teams. The 50 listed players will be culled for the final squads set to feature in the Australian Senior Sides Championships at Broadbeach, Queensland, from October 1 to 15. The full list showcases regional athletes from Wallaroo, McLaren Vale, Broken Hill, Moonta, Port Broughton and Keith.

State Men Pairs

Aaron Bremner and Kane Coulls took out a win in last Sunday’s State Men Pairs Final, comfortably beating Jonathan Voigt and Matthew Short 24-6 at Holdfast Bay Bowling & Croquet Club. Before their final victory, Bremner and Coulls began the day with a 17-10 Semi-Final win against Garry Smith and Brett Murdock, in what was a strong day out for the duo.

Surf Life Saving

2021 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

The 2021 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships were held at Maroochydore SLSC, Alexandra Headland SLSC and Mooloolaba SLSC over the past 10 days. The event, which started on April 16, showcased members from Australia’s 315 Surf Clubs, competing in more than 480 beach and ocean events. Multiple South Aussies clubs took part in the championships, with a strong showing in the beach sprint arena.

Grange SLC came away with silver in the beach relays. Joel Dunlop, Ryan Atkins, Kian Bird and Lachlan Sheffield combined to bring home a silver in the Open Men’s Beach Relay, while Liana Channon, Helena Schwerdt, Natassia Messent and Hayley Openshaw came second in the Open Women’s Beach Relay.

Craig Burton, Leigh Bowbridge, David Hutchinson and Malcolm Stevens were able to take out a gold medal win for Glenelg SLC in the 230yrs Male Beach Relay, relegating Queenscliff Team A to second and Mooloolaba Team A to third.


Coopers Premier

Brighton remains undefeated in the Coopers Premier after beating the Old Collegians in their Round 3 clash 26-16 on Saturday. Pita Nakarawa grabbed a game-high two tries for Brighton, with Jaden Phillips and Sebastien Stocks also getting on the score sheet with one try each. The win sees Brighton sit atop the Coopers Premier Ladder, with the outfit looking to continue their dominant start to the season this Saturday at 3:30pm when they face the Southern Suburbs—who have a loss and a win to their name.


Robert Whittaker will miss out on a Middleweight Title fight against Israel Adesanya, with the UFC confirming an Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori bout for UFC 263. The event will also include the Flyweight Title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. UFC 263 is set to take place on June 12, with reports by ESPN indicating that Robert Whittaker will face off against the winner of the Adesanya, Vettori bout, after recuperating from his five-round victory over Kelvin Gastelum on April 18.

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