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by Stephanie Gropler
A local duo is proving that darts is more
than just a pub sport, with the pair a force
to be reckoned with in this year's Riverland
Loxton RSL's Jason Willett and Shaun Pankhurst
have been right on target this year, winning the Derek
Ray Riverland Doubles, while Willett took out the
Audrey Strother Riverland Singles Trophy.
"We were pretty happy to win the Riverland doubles
again. I have a good partner in Shaun and that helps,"
"We have won the Derek Ray Riverland Doubles
three times out of the last four years."
After 21 years of playing darts, this was Willett's
first year of winning the singles event.
"It has taken me a long time to get where I have got
to," he said.
Pankhurst is no stranger to the singles title, after
winning the trophy in 2011, while this year saw him
win the Geoff Knight Top Flight Award.
Pankhurst first picked up a dart at the age of 12 and
has not looked back.
The duo are currently competing in the Riverland
Darts summer competition and Willett said there were
"many reasons" the sport was enjoyable.
"It is quite a social sport," he said.
"The summer competition is about fun and catching
up with everyone, plus it is a lot more relaxed than the
winter one, which is the one that most of the players
take more serious."
Willett said darts was a sport that "anybody could
"It is one of those sports you can keep continuing
with," he said.
"Even with little niggling injuries, you can still keep
playing darts because you are not running around or
jumping up and down.
"We have had players from 16 years of age through
"We also have a lot of females involved. We actu-
ally have an all girls team in the summer competition
With the summer competition $3 a night for each
player, Willett said the sport was "very affordable".
"It is really only the cost of a set of darts, which can
range from $20 up to $200," he said.
"It is quite an affordable sport to get into. There is
no special footwear, clothing or anything you need."
Willett said the Riverland competition had seen a
"resurgence" in interest.
"The summer competition went into hibernation for
a while because there just weren't enough teams to
make it worthwhile," he said.
"But, numbers have been a little better this sum-
"We have a couple of new teams this summer,
which is nice to see.
"Some of them come from eightball, wanting to try
Willett said there were "a few" factors needed to be
a successful darts player.
of hand-eye co-ordination helps," he said.
Anyone interested in playing darts competitively is
urged to call Riverland Darts publicity officer Darrell
Hayes on 8588 3138.
Charlie Rogers scored 14 points as
Loxton beat Barmera by 23 points
in division one men's basketball.
Rogers was fouled off late in the game,
but it mattered little, with the Supercats
already in a commanding position.
Che Lange (nine points) was also pivot-
al for Loxton, along with Andrew Tullett
Adam Grose scored nine points for the
Abustling first half from Josh Warnock
helped Renmark to an 11-point win
Warnock scored seven points in the first
quarter and finished the half with 15.
Brandan Tregeagle's good form contin-
ued, with the youngster nailing three from
outside the arc on his way to 13 points,
while Craig Seekamp dominated the final
term to finish with 13.
Nick Hankin was Berri's best player,
scoring six points, while Mark Howie
topped the Blazers' scorers with nine.
Loxton cruised to an easy 19-point win
over Barmera in Thursday's Riverland
division one women's basketball game.
The Supercats led by six at half time,
with Jackie Dahlitz dominant.
Dahlitz continued to press in the third
term, helping her side set up a match-win-
ning 13-point lead at the final change.
She finished the game with 11 points
and was well supported by Sharona
Ashlee Wutke led the way for Barmera
with eight points, while Portia Size added
Berri brought Renmark's undefeated
run to an end on Thursday night.
The Blazers led by seven points heading
into the final quarter and a brilliant term
by Michelle Wenman helped guide them
Wenman scored the opening four points
of the quarter and, despite a three to Reeni
Leuders, Berri got home comfortably.
Wenman and teammate Indee Thiele
each scored nine points for the Blazers,
while Sophie Croft added 11 for
Loxton 46 (C. Rogers 14, T. Lange 10, C. Lange
9, J. Will 6, A. Tullett 5, A. Size 2) d Barmera
23 (A. Grose 9, K. Coats 4, M. Wellington 3,
S. Butterworth, D. Millard, G. Hennigan 2, K.
Renmark 49 (J. Warnock 15, C. Seekamp 14,
B. Tregeagle 13, C. Warnock 4, B. Pater 3) d
Berri 38 (M. Howie 9, L. Francis 7, N. Hankin,
S. Smith, L. Hayes 6, H. Trussell 4).
Supercats 61 d Renmark 36; Loxton 55 d
Waikerie 37; Tigers 46 d Berri 40.
Supercats 39 d Loxton 19; Berri 62 d Waikerie
Loxton 44 (J. Dahlitz 11, S. Edwards 8, L.
Sweeney, H. Bullock, E. Thomas 6, L. Uren
5, H. Vowles 2) d Barmera 25 (A. Wutke 8, P.
Size 6, A. O'Dea, H. Learhinan, K. Kregar 3, B.
Berri 40 (M. Wenman, I. Thiele 9, T. Brown 7, T.
Moldovan 5, C. Drogemuller, L. Hill 4, A. Krollig
2) d Renmark 32 (S. Croft 11, T. Cooper 6, A.
Perry 5, R. Leuders, J. Haynes 4, A. James 2).
Supercats 45 d Loxton 18; Waikerie 30 drew
with Barmera 30; Lakers 32 d Allstars 25.
Loxton 26 d Waikerie 18; Barmera 33 d Loxton
24; Berri 41 d Renmark 33.
U18: Supercats 48 d Berri 15.
U16 (division one): Supercats 49 d Berri 5.
U16 (division two): Waikerie 45 d Blazers 37.
U12: Berri 35 d Waikerie 11.
U18: Berri 69 d Waikerie 22.
U14 (division one): Berri 54 d Renmark 20.
U12: Berri 52 d Waikerie 13.
Supercats dominate the court
LEFT: Loxton's Angus Size takes a shot during the division one men's basketball match against Barmera. RIGHT: Tyler Lange
attempts to get past his Barmera opponent during Thursday's clash.
-- Andrew Williss photos
Lidgerwood leads Strikers home to claim win
Loxton B won a thrilling
game of Riverland A/B grade
softball against Cobdogla Blue
at Glassey Park on Saturday.
The Strikers trailed by a run
with one innings remaining. Deb
Lidgerwood then stole home, start-
ing her side on a five-run stretch.
With two down and a runner on
first, Cobdogla Blue had its chanc-
es, but an infield catch to Sarah
Peltz ended its hopes.
Earlier, a fantastic double play to
Cobdogla Blue's Jesse Passmore
kept the Eagles in the game.
Pitcher Kathy Johnson and catcher
Hayley Watkins led the way for the
Strikers, while Charlotte Stavrou
and Passmore were best for the
Loxton A won the final game
convincingly against Renmark,
Hayley Symens and Emma Nykiel
led the way for the Strikers, while
Cindy Le and Gemma Letton battled
hard all game for the Angels.
Cobdogla Gold easily accounted
for Berri 15-2.
The Redsox got runners on base,
but failed to bring them home, scor-
ing their only two runs in the third
Colleen Smith, Jo Gregory and Bron
Smith played well for Cobdogla Gold.
Niecy Stewart and Naomi Taylor
were Berri's best.
Loxton A 15 (H. Symens, E. Nykiel, K.
Loxton) d Renmark 0 (C. Le, G. Letton,
Loxton B 17 (K. Johnson, H. Watkins,
L. Johnson) d Cobdogla Blue 13 (C.
Stavrou, J. Passmore, R. Harrow).
Cobdogla Gold 15 (C. Smith, J. Gregory,
B. Smith) d Berri 2 (N. Stewart, N. Taylor,
Berri 17 (N. Stewart, L. Ayling, K.
Ferguson) d Loxton Green 12 (K.
Bradtke, T. Watkins, M. Reilly).
Renmark 19 (H. McDonald, G. Letton,
A. McCann) d Loxton Blue 9 (C.
Hammerstein, J. Meredith, T. Steicke).
Waikerie 20 d Cobdogla.
Berri 12 (C. Hawker, L. Aylin, N. Milne)
d Loxton 10 (C. Sharrad, C. Koehne, J.
Monash 11 d Waikerie.
Renmark Blue 12 d Renmark White 4 .
Johnson in action
Riverland A/B grade
softball match against
-- Grant Schwartzkopff
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