Port Augusta shooters at Nationals

SHOOTERS: Port Augusta trio Lachlan Mullan, Bradley Podger and Jonathan Webb made up the majority of the state under 23 shooting team.

SHOOTERS: Port Augusta trio Lachlan Mullan, Bradley Podger and Jonathan Webb made up the majority of the state under 23 shooting team.

SHOOTING: THREE Port Augusta shooters represented the state at the National Rifle Championships in Sydney recently.

Lachlan Mullan, Bradley Podger and Jonathan Webb were among a group of five shooters representing the South Australian under 25 squad over three grueling days of competition.

The trio flew the flag for SA and Port Augusta with class, despite missing out on finishing among the winners.

Mullen said he and his fellow competitors got gained experience shooting over 300, 600, 700 and 800 metres in a new setting, which he says bodes well for him and the other locals in a potential return to the competition in the future.

BASKETBALL: Basketball begins again for all grades – except mens and under nines - from Monday, September 26 with a record number of teams.

Nominations saw team numbers top 150 for the first time, with the A grade men’s competition providing another potential highlight for the 2016/17 season.

Eagles Basketball Club returns to top-flight Port Augusta basketball, resuming one of the most successful A grade clubs in local history.

They will compete with Cobras, a revamped Titans and reining premier Souths.

In the A grade women’s competition, reigning premiers Spartans and two Falcons teams will ensure another competitive season.

At the other end of the competition, the under nines also have record numbers with 26 teams across both boys and girls. 

There are a total of 42 women’s teams playing across seven divisions compared with 24 men’s teams playing across four divisions in 2016-17.

All details for the season including association fees, games schedule and event dates can be found at the Port Augusta Basketball Association Facebook page or its website.

Basketball will be played from the Hancock Stadium during the first three weeks of November to enable the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience National Tour to be based from the Central Oval Complex.

FOOTBALL: CENTRAL Augusta is on track to claim the premiership double this weekend when it takes on Port for the SGL under 15 premiership on Saturday morning.

The Bloods recently took out the Port Augusta Colts Football League title, and remain in the hunt to finish the entire 2016 season undefeated.

Led by league best and fairest Karl Finlay, Central goes into the contest against a Port side it brushed aside by 10 goals during the second semi final.

The clash kicks off SGL grand final day at Central Oval this Saturday at 9am.

TABLE TENNIS: HAWKS moved into the Port Augusta Table Tennis grand final after a comfortable win over top team Eagles recently. 

Eagles had three of their top players out and were defeated 11 rubbers 33 sets to 4 rubbers 13 sets in a one sided affair. 

Best for the Hawks were Karl Chamberlain, Bruce Molinuex and Andy Couzner with three wins, and Dakota Warren Carlton and Adrian Holden had one win for the losers.

The best match was when Couzner and Josh were defeated by Adam Swan and Adrian Holden in five sets 11-8 in the final epic doubles match.

The other senior match was also one sided with Crows moving into the preliminary final with a 14 rubbers to 5 rubbers win over Bulldogs.

For the Crows Wes Yates and Phil Morphett had two wins and the much improved Sonya Smart had three. 

Bulldogs had a few winners on the night with Adrian Christie( two wins) and Rhys Bavington (three). 

One of the longest matches for the night was Mark Shirley defeating Christie 12-10 in the fifth set.

In the juniors the match, fancied Crows were also defeated in the first semi-final with Eagles 4 rubbers 11 sets to 1 rubber 5 sets. 

Wade Fielding had two wins in a much improved performance with a big win against Tyson Darley 12-10.

Karl Finlay.

Karl Finlay.

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