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A Loxton man has grown
an impressive tomato this
summer, the locally grown
product weighing in at a
Peter Johinke has grown vegeta-
bles from his backyard all his life
and picked the biggest tomato he
has ever harvested recently.
“I did have a lot of big tomatoes
this year, but that one was the big-
gest,” he said.
Mr Johinke usually plants
between 100 and 150 tomatoes each
year, with family and friends giving
him the seeds to do so.
The tomatoes in Mr Johinke’s
backyard differ in varieties and he
believes the large tomato was an
“The seeds were given to me last
year,” he said.
“There were only two tomatoes
on that vine. It is only a small vine
“It is only a skinny, scrawny, little
Mr Johinke said leading up to the
tomato being harvested, he kept a
“close eye” on it.
“I was watching it a couple times
a day,” he said.
Mr Johinke said he usual-
ly gave away his tomatoes,
while many made their way into
Loxton man Peter Johinke harvested this large tomato, which he grew in
his backyard, last week.
PHOTO: Stephanie Thompson
Now that is a tomato
“The last three years, we have
dealt with a lack of players as
most country football clubs do by
importing players from outside of
town,” he said.
“Doing that... has got us some
on-field success and it has kept
the club going...
“Because the reality is, having
not done that, we would have
been finished up three years ago
as opposed to not fielding a team
Despite the club openly admit-
ting to paying a large number of
recruits, Mr Knispel said a num-
ber of “underlying pressures” led
to the dire financial situation.
“We haven’t had a colts team
for a few years now and (that) cer-
tainly reduces the opportunity to
get income from people coming
through the gate and also revenue
through the canteen and over the
bar,” he said.
“We have seen a drop away in
those two vital sources of income
over the last few years...”
Mr Knispel said the team was
also disadvantaged due to its loca-
“Focusing on the A grade team,
Moorook and Kingston-On-
Murray are small towns and the
team we fielded in 2015 con-
tained only two players that really
live in Moorook,” he said.
However, while player numbers
were a problem for the club, Mr
Knispel said a lack of leadership
and helping hands was also a
“Players are very important in
fielding a team, but you need peo-
ple around clubs,” he said.
“You need all sorts of things on
the day, from people on the score-
board to goal umpires, bound-
ary umpires, a team manager...
there are all sorts of jobs that are
“Because the pool of willing
volunteers is diminished, you
are calling on the same few for
favours all the time.”
al from the Independent compe-
tition follows in the footsteps of
Lyrup, East Murray and BSR.
Lyrup and BSR have returned
to the competition, while Sedan-
Cambrai will join the league for
the 2016 season, bringing it back
to eight teams.
Mr Knispel said a large num-
ber of Moorook-Kingston players
retired this season, however the
Warriors’ remaining players may
bolster other clubs that are also
struggling for numbers.
Mr Knispel said the caretaker
committee, which consists of 10
people, would work hard through-
out the year to give the club a
better chance in 2017.
“There was enough enthusiasm
to have a caretaker committee be
set up and there was some pos-
itive talk about what the role of
that committee would be through-
out the course of this year,” he
“What comes in 2017? I really
don’t know. I am imagining that it
is up to the caretaker committee
to let the enthusiasm that they
showed the other night really play
out throughout the year.”
Mr Knispel said talks to con-
tinue the social atmosphere of the
club had already taken place.
“We are going to try and keep
some of those positive communi-
ty gatherings going on,” he added.
In its history,
Club has had a
number of on-field
throughout the past
50 plus years.
began in 1963 with a
B grade team in the
Upper Murray Football
League competition and
moved to the Riverland
League in 1971.
The switch to the
tion saw the side win
its first premiership,
defeating Brown’s Well
by four points.
The Warriors – previ-
ously called the Beetles
went on to win pre-
mierships in 1977 and
1983. However, the club
really shone in the early
’90s, winning three con-
between 1992 and 1994.
Local man Rod Koch
was the coach and
captain of the 1994
premiership side and said
it was “disappointing”
to see the club go into
“It is sad, but unfor-
tunately that is a sign of
the times,” he said.
“I did enjoy my time
there at Moorook, that is
Corey Gilgen led the
team, as coach, to a pre-
miership flag in 2014
and is expected to return
to Barmera-Monash as
a player for the 2016
Club has had a number
of long-term coaches
in its history, includ-
ing Paul Mitchell and
Kevin Madden. Current
Loxton North A grade
coach Shane Uren led
the side in 2000.
Fallen Moorook-Kingston Warriors
Footy club’s rich history
The Moorook-Kingston Football Club has a rich history in the area, starting from when it was formed in
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
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