Veterans sought to pad up for Tassie

L-R: Patrick Henry (who has represented Australia), current captain Kelvyn Anderson and Spencer Woolley

Veterans Cricket Tasmania is seeking over 60s cricketers to join our squads for upcoming National Carnivals to be held in November.

Their over 70s teams will be playing against all states in Launceston from November 10 to 15. The over 60s will play in the Geelong region from 26 November to 1 December with four matches over five days. Over 40 teams representing all states across five divisions will compete, with most matches played on turf pitches. Tasmania will be aiming to field three sides in divisions 1, 3 and 5.

Over 60s coordinator, Spencer Woolley shared, “We’re inviting players of all abilities to nominate for our teams. Whilst there are still plenty of ‘veterans’ playing in regular competitions, we also encourage those who have been out of the game for a while to give it a go! We’re also keen for new players to join our regular summer roster.”

For further information, contact:

Over 70s – Rod Headlam 0439256378 or rod.headlam@gmail.com

Over 60s – Spencer Woolley 0409254812 or spencer.woolley55@gmail.com

Athlete Lacey Tilyard making Tassie proud

In March this year, local resident Lacey Tilyard travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian Track and Field Championships.

Lacey in action at the Nationals

Two years ago, at the age of 11, Lacey joined the Little Athletics program. “She’s always been interested in sport, whether it be football, basketball, or distance running,” said Renee, Lacey’s mum. “She asked my husband and me if she could join the program for quite a few years, but initially I said no, as we knew it would involve a lot of time and effort. But she just did so well. She’s a natural.”

As the largest annual athletics event in Australia, over 3500 athletes of all ages competed over eight days. “I think it was a bit overwhelming for her to see
how amazingly talented Australian athletes are,” said Renee.

At Hobart Airport, on the way to Nationals

Nevertheless, Lacey placed fifth in U15 High Jump, third in the U15 400m, and recorded a new personal best in the U15 200m. Only two days after returning
from Nationals, Lacey competed at her school carnival. Despite being still tired from Nationals, she wound up the Year 8 champion, placing first in 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, and high jump. She even broke school records in both high jump (1.5m) and 400m (1:01.92)!

Lacey has represented her school at every interschool athletics carnival, cross country carnival and swimming carnival since she became eligible to compete. Lacey trains with her performance coach Joshua Mason two to three times a week. Earlier this year, Lacey competed in the State Little Athletics Championships in Penguin and broke a 10-year record in 400m with a time of 59.84. She also won triple jump, placed 2nd in high jump, and 4th in 200m. Lacey also won two gold medals at the Tasmanian Athletics Age Championships, and is currently ranked number one in Tasmania for U15 400m and number two in high jump. She is ranked number six in Australia
for U15 400m. In December this year, Lacey hopes to compete at the All Schools Track and Field Championships in Adelaide. Congratulations to Lacey on all her hard work paying off when it counts!

DOSA Soccer Club embarks on a new sporting chapter at Weily Park

The DOSA Soccer Club (Dominic Old Scholars Association) was formed in 1989 after a group of friends from Dominic College had been playing in the Sunday afternoon ‘churches’ competition and doing well. They decided to field a team in the 11-a-side league with Soccer Tasmania.

In their first season, the team won Division 4 and was promoted to Division 3. The following season, the club fielded teams in both Divisions 3 and 4, winning both, and being promoted again – this time to Divisions 2 and 3. Two years later the club won Division 2 and was promoted to Division 1. The club competed at this level throughout the 90s, adding a third men’s team and a women’s team. In 2000 the men’s team was promoted to the Premier League and the women’s team won the Division 1 league.

At the end of 2003 the club was relegated from Premier League back to Division 1, winning the Division 1 Knockout Cup in extra time in an exciting final against Hobart United. In 2011 the club struck financial difficulties and was only able to sustain one team in the men’s social league. Their home ground was originally at Bell Street in New Town and training at Guilford Young College gym, before moving to Seymour Street in Brighton.

By 2018 the club had erased all debts and worked themselves into a strong financial position. With recruitment from Guilford Young College, a second men’s team was added and the club moved to a larger ground and facilities at Weily Park. It’s here that DOSA have been able to finally establish a “home” at which they can train and play. The facilities were recently upgraded at Weily Park, and the statistics have shown that the club achieves better results at Weily Park than at ‘away’ games. The club has really made Weily Park their home. The club currently enjoys a membership base of around 60, which includes players, coaches and committee members. Players don’t have to be a current or past Dominic College student, and the fees are among the cheapest of any southern club. The club’s plan has always been to build back up to multiple men’s, women’s and junior teams. This process hasn’t been rushed in order to remain financially viable. For this reason, it has taken until now to establish a women’s team.

It has also taken some time to attract a quality coach for the women’s team of the calibre of Cassie Rosenzweig. It was recognised that for the first season of the women’s team, a knowledgeable, experienced and patient coach would be essential to ensure players enjoyed their season enough to return the following year. A lot of work has also gone into the development of junior teams which we’re confident will eventuate in 2023.

Many younger players are attracted to the club’s egalitarian culture. All players are given equal game time, regardless of ability, as long as they conduct themselves in a respectful way. The club provides a relaxed atmosphere, recognising that people have important priorities in their lives outside of soccer.

The DOSA Soccer Club currently has three men’s social teams and one women’s team but they hope to expand in the coming seasons to include a junior team from season 2023. Pre-season training sessions are currently held at Dominic College (Tolosa St) on Thursday evenings from 6pm but will be moving back to Weily Park from 10 February. Games are usually played on Sunday.

Sports complex up and running

THE new Brighton Regional Sports Pavilion, funded by a $6 million Federal Government grantwith support from the Brighton Council., was officially opened by Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler

A NEW $6 million-plus, multi-purpose sports facility has opened at Pontville, and it promises to revitalise sport and recreation in the Brighton Municipality

The new Brighton Regional Sports Pavilion, funded by a $6 million Federal Government grant with support from the Brighton Council., was officially opened by Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler 

Located between the two main ovals at Pontville, the pavilion provides headquarters for the local cricket and football clubs. It will become a high-standard regional hub for sporting and recreational activity, meeting the AFL-preferred facility guidelines for a regional facility and Cricket Tasmania’s guidelines for a premier facility.

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Foursomes’ fun tests the friendship

THE Tea Tree Golf Club recently held its Foursomes championship, one of our major competitions of the year played over 54 holes and two weekends. For those who do not play golf, Foursomes is a team golf competition format, in which a team is comprised of two golfers.

By MATT SHAW*

THE Tea Tree Golf Club recently held its Foursomes championship, one of our major competitions of the year played over 54 holes and two weekends. For those who do not play golf, Foursomes is a team golf competition format, in which a team is comprised of two golfers. 

Those two golfers alternate hitting the same golf ball until the ball is holed. Foursomes is a competition that can test friendships within the team and but often results in some hilarious stories.

The event attracted a large field and resulted in tight competition across two divisions. 

From left, Paul Howard Club president with Kyedon Grueber, Dylan Backhouse and David Manning,  Foursomes captain.
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Get your ticket to play sport

Under the 2020 Tasmanian Government’s Ticket to Play program, parents of eligible children can now apply for two vouchers of up to $I00 each to go towards the cost of sporting club membership.

THE Tasmanian Government is urging Brighton Municipality parents and carers to take part in its Ticket to Play sports voucher program. After a successful pilot program in 2019 and early in 2020, the Tasmanian Government has committed $1 million a year to Ticket to Play for a further four years.

Minister for Sport Jane Howlett said cost was one of the major barriers to children participating in organised sport. 

The key objective of Ticket to Play is to increase the number of young Tasmanians playing sport by addressing the cost barrier to joining a club.
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Medal winners our belles of the bowls

The Club’s AGM elected Doug Holloway, president; Elizabeth Downward, secretary; Tony Bartninkaitis, treasurer; Judy Holloway, David Holmes, Glenda Rubock, Louise Cooper, Simon Hartgrove, as board members. Keith Roberts has since re-joined the board.

THE Brighton Bowls & Community Club’s AGM was a fitting opportunity for members to recognise the outstanding achievement of the Division 5 ladies team.

Team members proudly received their Division 5 premiership medallions, Bowls Tasmania South perpetual trophy and premiership plaque from retiring president, Van Ransley, to acknowledge their success which was the Club’s only premiership for the season. As a result of the win, the team has been promoted to Division 4 for the coming season.

Special congratulations on the success of new bowlers Pat Seabourne in her first year and Elizabeth Downward in just her second.

Division 5 ladies from left, Pat Seabourne, Maz Wiltshire, Jeanette Holmes, Connie Gilmour, Elizabeth Downward, Di Higgins, Louise Cooper. Absent: Pat Mitchelmore and Lorna Silvestor.
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Ground broken for regional Sports Centre Facility

In welcoming the funding and the start of works, Mayor Foster said the redevelopment would provide modern, upgraded facilities for the Brighton Football and Cricket Clubs, and the wider community.

WORKS are about to start for the redevelopment of the Brighton Regional Sports Centre to create a new and improved sporting facility at Pontville.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster was recently joined by council members and Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler to officially break ground on the redevelopment.

Senator Chandler said the new facility would create a revitalised multi-purpose facility to cater for the needs of local sports clubs and the community and will provide a significant economic boost for the Brighton municipality and surrounding regions.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster with Senator Claire Chandler and Council’s project engineer Anna Wilson.
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Green he may be but Riley’s on a roll

BY VAN RANSLEY*

RILEY Davie is proving that lawn bowls is certainly not just the province of senior citizens.

Riley began his association with bowls a couple of years ago when he and twin sister Grace tried barefoot bowls at the Brighton Bowls and Community Club.

While bowls wasn’t to be for Grace, Riley took to it like the proverbial ‘duck to water’ and hasn’t looked back.

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Riley Davie with his pop and mentor, Kevin Booth.

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Local duo boasts bowling arms state champions

By ROB MCGUIRE*

BRIGHTON Bowls and Community Club’s Geoff Munro and Kevin Booth are on top of the world following the recent Tasmanian Bowling Arms Pairs championship played in the north of the state mid last month.

Playing at Launceston’s Trevallyn Club, the final saw the two Brighton representatives take on local players, Joe Reissig and Ian Morley, who leapt to an eight-shot lead after just four ends.

Geoff Monroe left with bowls partner, Kevin Booth after winning the Tasmanian Bowling Arms Pairs Championship.
Geoff Monroe left with bowls partner, Kevin Booth after winning the Tasmanian Bowling Arms Pairs Championship.

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