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It’s hard being top dog

Wednesday, 28th March, 2012

PREMIERS: The Bulldogs celebrate their victory in 2011. PREMIERS: The Bulldogs celebrate their victory in 2011.

The new footy season is about to begin with the Lightning Cup this weekend heralding the start of the season proper. Before what is shaping up as an exciting year of footy, the BDT spoke to each of the four clubs about the season ahead. Today sports writer Graham Ball looks at North.

The Bulldogs will head into the 2012 season not only as the reigning premiers, but with the expectations of its supporters to claim its 36th premiership and go back to back, a task that is difficult at the best of times. 

The off season has been a little rocky for the Bulldogs. After claiming the 2011 premiership coach David Ruddock tended his resignation due to work commitments and the search was on for a new coach.

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No more excuses

Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

NEW ATTITUDE: West coach Dale Tonkin has brought in a performance-based culture to the club. NEW ATTITUDE: West coach Dale Tonkin has brought in a performance-based culture to the club.

New motto and attitude for West

By Balldock

The Robins head into the 2012 season with a brand new attitude and club motto, which will bring a smile to the supporters of the Robins.

And if that brings success in any shape or form it will be a step in the right direction. The new-found enthusiasm is due to senior coach Dale Tonkin. The direction he sees for the club is up, and now is the time. Tonkin has introduced a performance-based culture which he believes will serve the club well going into 2012 along with its new motto “No Excuses”, which means everybody is accountable for their actions. The changes have already swept through the club like a breath of fresh air.

Tonkin, who in his second year as senior coach, has been quietly impressed with the attitude of his playing group throughout the pre-season with numbers between 30 and 35. The fitness base is pretty good and now the cricket has finished the numbers should increase further with a good mix of juniors and senior players. While the Robins have struggled for many years, Tonkin feels that consistency is the big key; if the players as individuals can play at a more consistent level week in and week out, the consistency as a team will improve. If that can happen the players’ confidence will rise and the Robins will be a more competitive side, which will lead to more on field success and comes back to the performance based culture.

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Renmark swim success

Tuesday, 28th February, 2012

SUCCESS: SC Swim Club produced a number of great results in Renmark. SUCCESS: SC Swim Club produced a number of great results in Renmark.

Twenty young swimmers from the Silver City Swim Club (SCSC) achieved outstanding success at the Renmark Open Two Day Swim Meet held on the weekend. In scorching conditions, the team won 19 medals - 10 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze. They also attained 34 Australian Junior Excellence (JX) times right up to the highest level of gold star, 3 Australian Youth Performance Squad (YPS) standards, and 5 national qualifying times. Despite the extreme weather and tough competition from Adelaide based swimming clubs, SCSC rose to the challenge, recording 41 personal best times (PBs).

Six year old Emerson Chesterfield was the teamís youngest swimmer and competed very well in the 8 years and under 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke events. Kalyce Pressler, at just 7 years of age, achieved 2 excellent green JX times for 9 years in 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. 

Kalyce recorded 2 PBs and finished 5th in the 8 years and under 50m freestyle. Isaac Stokes (7) also placed 5th in the 8 years & under 50m backstroke. Isaac was rewarded for his dedication to training with 3 large PBs, including 8.42 seconds in the 50m breaststroke, and a 6.10 second time improvement in the 50m freestyle. Seven year old Elkie Philp also achieved 3 great PBs, including a break of 4.08 seconds in the 50m breaststroke.

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Central into final

Monday, 27th February, 2012

ANOTHER ONE: Central celebrate after another North wicket falls in Saturday’s elimination final. ANOTHER ONE: Central celebrate after another North wicket falls in Saturday’s elimination final.

Magpies prove too strong for North

By Andrew Robertson

A devastating bowling display by Paul Rosenbaum has catapulted reigning premiers Central into another Barrier District Cricket League final.

The Magpies dominated Saturday’s elimination final at the Alma Oval, knocking over North for just 63 runs before chasing down the total with the loss of just one wicket.

Rosenbaum was the destroyer for Central, the left arm medium pacer ripping through a brittle North batting order which featured a top score of 29 from Jake Napier.

Rosenbaum, who finish with the impressive figures of 7/23 from eight overs which included a hat-trick, received support from spinner Adam Armstrong (2/4).

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Girls join All Star cast

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012

ALL STARS: Taunoa Bugmy (left) and Tameka O’Donnell will share time with some of Australia’s best Rugby League players next week. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt ALL STARS: Taunoa Bugmy (left) and Tameka O’Donnell will share time with some of Australia’s best Rugby League players next week. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 BH teenagers Taunoa Bugmy and Tameka O’Donnell will be rubbing shoulders with some of Australia’s best Rugby League players next week after being selected to represent their Indigenous community.

The 17-year-old cousins who attend BH High School have been rewarded with the once in a lifetime opportunity because of their outstanding commitment to their local community.

“We are both really excited because we are huge Rugby League fans and will have the chance of sharing time with some of the biggest names in the game,” Taunoa said.

“I’m a fan of the Bulldogs in the NRL and locally my family and I do a lot of work with the Geebungs club,” she added.

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