The South Eastern Times : February 12th 2015
SPORT 23 Basketball success for Magic From back page Millicent came back hard in the last minute and just failed to overtake the Lakers, missing out by one point. Sunday was finals day and with a couple of losses on the Saturday, Millicent had to play a top team from the other pool. The Millicent Magic boys were made aware by the coach that they should not let Hamilton have an early lead. They responded with their best game of the season and had a winning lead by half time with outstanding play by Kalan Shanks. The semi-final was against Warrnambool and again the boys came out strong, scores were tied at half time and the grand final place was on the line. A lapse of concentration for only four min- utes in the second half allowed Warrnambool to add 10 unanswered points which was the final margin. Meanwhile, Millicent Magic Under 14 Boys Division 2 played five games over the weekend. The first against Portland was won 25-18. Magic then took on Warrnambool Green which it had played twice previously for a close win and a close loss. This time was the boys best performance with Mitchell Varcoe and Kaleb Messenger strong on rebounding. The next game was to be the hardest after a slow start and defence was lacking, losing the game by five. Kaleb Messenger did score 17 points of the Magic’s 36 and had a good game. Sunday morning was a qualifying final played against Warrnambool White. A average game after a slow start and missed baskets but thankfully the Magic dug deep and came away with the win by only three points. The semi-final saw Millicent come up against one of its toughest opponents in Terang who were bigger and stronger and the first five minutes the boys were in shock as they scored 12-0. Sam Hayes played well at both ends of the floor and Joel Dent played his best game as he was more aggressive on the offensive end. Josh Werchon, Harry Tunkin and Jayden Polish all had a great solid weekend all round in every game with their ball pressure and running hard offensively. The Division 1 Under 14 boys had a later start on Saturday and came up against the strong Warrnambool side where it went down 37-19. After finding its feet Millicent matched up better in its second game against Mount Gambier where it fought hard to take a three point win. Sunday morning saw the boys lose the semifinal to Hamilton by two points and then go on to win its consolation final against Mount Gambier by just one. Although the Under 16 boys played in the Division 2 competition they were pushed all weekend. On Saturday the Magic side defeated Ararat by seven and Portland by two. Earning a rest in the quarter finals, Millicent was again dealt Portland in the semi where it again won and moved on to a grand final encounter against Ararat. With all players contributing the boys took the title with a 37-29 win. Under 18 boys again tasted success on the weekend. Up against the Mount first and both teams WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 12 0405am 0.8 0959am 0.9 0617pm 0.9 1009pm 0.7 Friday Mostly Sunny Chance of Rain - 30% UV: Very High Thursday Max 24°C Min 14°C Late Shower Chance of Rain - 50% UV: Extreme Friday Max 35°C Min 14°C Mostly Sunny Chance of Rain - 50% UV: Extreme Saturday Max 39°C Min 19°C Mostly Sunny Chance of Rain - 10% Sunday Max 28°C Min 18°C Mostly Sunny Chance of Rain -40% Monday Max 28°C Min 12°C Thursday Partly cloudy. Winds southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 14 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 30. Friday Hot. Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching 32 to 37. Saturday Very hot. Partly cloudy. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning then becoming northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 20 with daytime temperatures reaching around 40. Thursday Winds Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots. Seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Swell Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. Friday Winds East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending southeast to southwesterly during the afternoon then tending easterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Port MacDonnell during the evening. Swell Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres. 659473 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Saturday 14 1257am 0.9 1036am 0.4 Sunday 15 1252am 0.9 1032am 0.4 13 0110am 0.8 1017am 0.3 0806pm 0.9 1037pm 0.8 - - - - ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 12 0417am 0.8 1011am 0.3 0629pm 0.9 1021pm 0.7 Friday Saturday 14 0109am 0.9 1048am 0.4 Sunday 15 0104am 0.9 1044am 0.4 Thursday 5th Friday 6th Saturday 7th Sunday 8th 13 0122am 0.8 1029am 0.3 0818pm 0.9 1049pm 0.8 - - - - Sunrise 6:35 Sunrise 6:36 Sunrise 6:37 Sunrise 6:38 - - - - Sunset 8:10 Sunset 8:09 Sunset 8:08 Sunset 8:06 The South Eastern Times, Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 23 - - - - UP AND IN: Millicent Under 14 player Joel Dent goes to the basket in the Portland basketball tournament on the weekend. showing aggression they found themselves with technical fouls in the first several minutes. Things settled and the game was tied at half time. The Magic boys came out firing on all cylinders, pulling away to a 14 point lead. A slow start against a much taller Terang team, the boys found it hard to penetrate to the basket, making passing errors. Millicent clawed its way back in the second with Jonah Grimes finding the basket, giving the boys more confidence, but time ran out, leaving Millicent two points short. With the Stadium at its hottest the boys struggled against Warrnambool and despite every effort from coach Clint Gallio at half time, they still went down by 20. With a cooler day on Sunday and fresh legs, Millicent went into the semi-final against Terang using its speed to play a physical game. Austin Turner hit a three pointer, but Terang came back with one of its own. A thrilling end as Terang kept chipping away, but again Millicent gained composure and looked after the ball to come away with a three point win. The team was buzzing as grand final berths have been few and far between. Players matched the opposition’s pressure on the ball with great enthusiasm. Callan Hobbs showed off his excellent ability to leap, score and draw fouls. Tanner Hutchesson took a timely steal and Jordan Gould sunk a three pointer. These highlights saw the boys up by six points at half time. Unfortunately Warrnambool made the jump early in the second 20 minutes, taking the game by 10 points and left Millicent wondering. With the local association providing lots of financial support for families that commit to town teams and an excellent facility to play and train in, senior players, parents and supporters of all Millicent basketballers are urged to get their tickets for the club’s Masquerade Ball to be held on Saturday, February 21 at the Stadium, featuring band Open House. At the Barrier Port Lincoln trip vacancies FOR the third successive year, local couple Mike and Sue Casimaty are hosting a three day trip to Port Lincoln for the annual Kimba Cup race meeting on Sunday, March 22. Last year, 38 people from all around the South East made the trip and, for once, there are actually vacancies on the tour this year. If you are looking for a sensational weekend to be pampered on Eyre Peninsula, then I can thoroughly recommend you give very serious consideration to going. This year, the de Bruin aircraft which, in the past, has taken the group directly from Mount Gambier to Port Lincoln is unavailable, and there are two options open to those pondering making the trip. You have the option of making your own way to Adelaide to catch the chartered Regional Express flight to Port Lincoln, or you can fly from Mount Gambier to Port Lincoln with a stop over to change planes in Adelaide. Cost ex-Adelaide is $680, which includes return flights to Port Lincoln, two nights accommodation at the superb Marina Hotel on the sea front in Port Lincoln, all bus transfers and the afternoon at the races (at Port Lincoln) in the function room with extensive food and beverages provided all afternoon. Such has been the hospitality of the Kimba Racing Club in the past that it has been almost dark when most of our group have meandered their way off Ravendale Park racecourse! If you wish to fly Mount GambierAdelaide-Port Lincoln and return, the cost is $1080. The trip departs on Saturday, March 21 with the flight to Port Lincoln departing Adelaide at 1.10pm for the 50 minute flight. Passengers flying from Mount Gambier that morning leave at 10.15am arriving in Adelaide at 11.25am. That gives everyone Saturday afternoon and all Sunday morning to explore in and around Port Lincoln. You will then depart Port Lincoln on Monday, March 23 at 10.10am and arrive in Adelaide at 11am. Those flying on to Mount Gambier will depart at 3.40pm, giving you time for a long lunch or shopping (3.5 hours) in Adelaide. Give Mike Casimaty (0417821354) for bookings or any inquiries for what is a superb weekend. Prizemoney boost OUT of the blue late last week came the magnificent news that South Australian racing will receive an annual boost of $4.3 million in stakemoney. Generally, a rise in stakemoney is not immediate and usually commences at the start of the following season. Holy toledo, much of the increase took effect as from last Saturday at Morphettville! Is it a late Christmas or early Easter present from Thoroughbred Racing SA? While most of the increase will affect Adelaide racing, it is also tremendous news with David Gilbert UP THE LEADER BOARD: Craig Stewart extended his lead the top of the owner/ trainers’ premiership ladder when the heavily backed Cash Job ($8-$4.60 fav.) bolted in the 1200 metre 0-62 handicap at Naracoorte. for the Limestone Coast racing fraternity in our constant battle to keep pace with Victorian stakemoney. The immediate effect for the Millicent Racing Club (as well as Bordertown, Naracoorte and Penola) is that prizemoney for non-maiden races (about five races per program) will rise from $8000 to $10,000. As from August 1, 2015, stakemoney for the Millicent, Bordertown, Naracoorte and Penola cups will rise by $5000, and the open sprint on cup days goes up by $2000. Mount Gambier, being a club of provincial status, has not fared as well as an immediate stakemoney rise will only occur when it races on a Wednesday (it has just one Wednesday meeting left this season). The Mount Gambier Gold Cup in 2016 will jump to $50,000 (up $10,000), and its open sprint on cup day to $25,000 (up $5000). A winner for Naracoorte A GREAT day for Limestone Coast racing at Naracoorte last Sunday for cup day. Perfect conditions saw a crowd in excess of 1400 attend, slightly down on 2013, as were the on course totalisator holdings. Patrons got a shock at the gate to see a sign advising that race books for the day were free. right! Free, on cup day, surely that cannot be However, there was one small glitch in that the race books had an Irish flavour as the contents were completely back to front, with race one at the back and race eight at the front! Seen enjoying the day much more after the 2000 metre 0-62 handicap were locals “Arch” Bowman and Andy Varcoe, who had bred the winner, the up and coming fouryear-old mare Letmedowngently. Local, Craig Stewart extended his lead the top of the owner/trainer’s premiership ladder board when the heavily backed Cash Job ($8-$4.60 fav.) bolted in the 1200 metre 0-62 handicap. Mid week racing returns next week with Penola racing on Thursday, February 19.
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