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Moorook-Kingston footballer Sam Hirschi proposed to girlfriend Nikki Harwood immediately after
Saturday's RFL Independent grand final victory at Brown's Well.
-- Grant Schwartzkopff photo
by Paul Mitchell
Footballer Sam Hirschi
had planned his proposal to
girlfriend Nikki Harwood
for weeks, but it all hinged
winning Saturday's grand
During the presentations fol-
lowing Moorook's 26-point vic-
tory over BSR, Sam stunned
the crowd by calling Nikki up
to the podium and popping the
"I got down on one knee,
and she started crying and shak-
ing her head because she didn't
believe it was happening," Sam
"Then I pulled the ring out
of my sock, and said, 'Will you
marry me?', and luckily she said
yes. I actually had it planned for
about a month, but it all came
down to whether we won the
grand final or not."
While the proposal shocked
Nikki, several of Sam's team-
mates were aware of the plan.
"I told a few of the lads, includ-
ing the coach (Corey Gilgen),
but not many people knew," he
"So once Gilgs called me up
to the microphone, the boys
were like, 'What's Sam gonna
say?', but as soon as I called
my partner up, that's when they
"And it was good to hear a
cheer from the crowd after she
Already on a high follow-
ing Moorook-Kingston's first
RFL Independent premiership
in 20 years, Sam's teammates
got plenty of mileage from the
proposal during the post-match
"A few of them kept calling
me 'fiance' for the rest of the
night," he said.
"Most of them, at one point
or another, got down on one
knee and asked me if I'd marry
"But I had a lot of support
from the boys and they were
really happy for me."
Sam, 22, and Nikki, 19, have
been together for four years and
while a proposal was on the
cards "soon", Saturday's events
clearly caught Nikki off guard.
"We'd talked about it and she
thought I was going to propose
to her in the Flinders Ranges
in the next few months," Sam
"She had no idea what was
coming at the footy."
For Sam, landing a premier-
ship medallion and a fiancee
within minutes on Saturday will
be hard to top.
"Nothing will beat it, except
maybe the day I marry my 'mis-
sus'," he said.
"But up until now, it's the best
day I've ever had."
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WARRIOR LAND: PAGE 19
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"We often find things like enve-
lopes with names and addresses on
them amongst the rubbish. But, there
are obviously other times where we
aren't so lucky in being able to deter-
mine who it is who's doing this," Mrs
"Many other councils, especially in
the metro area, have installed cameras
in 'hot spots'.
"This is very difficult for us as
there are numerous back roads and
areas.... putting in the surveillance in
one area can easily shift the problem
Mrs Firstbrook urged locals to keep
an eye out for suspicious vehicles or
activity and report any instances of
dumped rubbish to council as soon as
"Our local residents are our best
asset," she said.
"A number of incidents that have
been reported to date, have been by
residents who have spotted something
out of the ordinary.
"It's thanks to their 'eagle eyes' that
we can be aware of what's happening
across our council district."
The issue of illegal dumping in other
Riverland council areas has been the
subject of several recent media reports
Berri residents expressed their frus-
tration last month, when the Berri
riverfront trail was littered with old
tyres, galvanised iron and over 90
Mrs Firstbrook said Loxton Waikerie
Council was keen to work with the
Berri Barmera and Renmark Paringa
councils as a "collaborative approach"
on the issue.
"Whilst we are monitoring and
investigating individual occurrences,
it is very clear that this is something
that council will need to have a plan
for future management of.
"We are not immune to the problem
of illegal dumping and this is some-
thing that I feel we can work together
Roadside rubbish can be reported by
contacting council on 8586 8000.
EDITORIAL OPINION: PAGE 6
Works committee in town
The State Government's Public
Works Committee is currently
touring the Riverland to inspect
several major local projects.
Committee members arrived yester-
day and will continue their visit today,
to gain an understanding of issues
affecting regional projects, said presid-
ing member Annabel Dignance.
"We are fortunate to have regional
parliamentarians as members of our
committee including the Member for
Chaffey (Tim Whetstone) whose elec-
torate contains the projects we will be
visiting," she said.
"They are vital in highlighting region-
al perspectives and provide an essential
link to the views of South Australians
The Public Works Committee is
responsible for reviewing public works
projects worth more than $4 million
before they begin construction.
The committee will visit a number of
water-related projects, including sev-
eral of the Riverine Recovery projects
and the recently redeveloped Riverland
General Hospital in Berri.
"This is also a great opportunity
for the committee members to see the
progress of these projects and gain
a first-hand understanding of some
of their more technical aspects," Ms
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
has welcomed the committee's visit to
"I think it is a great opportunity for
the committee to look at some major
projects in the Riverland" he said.
The committee will also meet
with local government representa-
tives from several councils and the
Regional Development Board for the
Murraylands and Riverland.
AFL stars Riverland visit
AFL players Dom
Cassisi and Daniel
Talia will host a free
skills clinic in Berri
The Riverland visit is
part of the Telstra On
The Ball tour, which will
also see the football duo
chaperoning the official
Telstra Community Ball.
The aim is to collect
signatures and messages
of support from football
fans throughout Western
Telstra area general
manager for SA south,
Mark Bolton encouraged
Riverlanders to take part
in the fun and share their
messages of support.
"...The tour is a way
for Riverland fans to
experience some of the
MCG's magic and share
their messages of support
with the finals teams,"
The skills clinic will
be held at Berri oval
tomorrow from 4pm to
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