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Tanunda Tennis Club’s new coach, Haydn Leo is enjoying his time
coaching on the club’s new courts.
Adam and Brad Brook have been riding as a team since 2008.
Photo by Kerry Marsh
With over 30 years’ experience in tennis,
Tanunda’s new coach, Haydn Leo hopes to spark
an interest for tennis in the Barossa.
Haydn joined the Tanunda Tennis Club in
September with the goal of becoming their
“I am currently working there three nights a
week, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday,” he said.
“The goal is to be working there five nights
Haydn has been coaching for 20 years,
starting his career in Tasmania.
“Coaching was a sort of side project before
I decided to make tennis my full time career,”
“I have a passion for tennis and have coached
juniors and seniors as well as a hot shots
programme. I have also coached the Lower
Northern Foundation Cup squad.
“I was selected to take the state Foundation
Cup team to Melbourne, effectively making me
a state coach.
“I would definitely recommend coaching to
anyone with a passion for tennis. You need to
be passionate about your chosen career if you
want to be successful.”
Four of the club’s eight new courts are ready
for action with the first game played on them
on November 8.
Brothers, Brad and Adam Brook have been
racing sidecars since 2008 and placed second in
this year’s Bulk Nutrients Official Australian Elite
Sidecar Cross Title.
Brad, 26 from Nuriootpa and Adam, 24 from
Truro grew up around motorbikes and their father,
Steven was a successful rider and passenger in
many facets of motorcycling.
“Adam and I had always wanted to race to-
gether as a team, which we’ve done for the past
six years,” said Brad.
“Adam is the rider and I am the passenger.”
Before competing in the Bulk Nutrients Official
Australian Elite Sidecar cross Title, held in
Horsham between October 18 and 19, the broth-
ers had some issues with their bike, a VMC chassis
with a Husaberg 650cc engine.
“The motor spent three months with the me-
chanic, we only got it back two weeks before the
race,” he said.
“We had very limited practice.”
Over five rounds of racing held over the two
days, teams earn points for each podium position
they win. These points are added together to
decide the overall winner.
The boys earned one first place, one second
place and three third places, which accumulated
to give them second place overall.
“We are very happy with the result, especially
competing against the best in Australia and only
having two hours of practice over the past 12
months” said Brad.
“We were the highest placed Barossa team in
an Australian title since 1991.”
The following Sunday, the team competed in
Murray Bridge for the Murray Williams Cup.
“There were three 15 minute races held during
David Hayes and training partner, Tom
Dabernig of Lindsay Park Racing have won the
inaugural Spring Racing Championships which
was sealed on Saturday with the wins of unde-
feated filly, Wawail along with Petrology winning
the Group 2 feature and Fast ‘n Rocking, taking
out the G3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes.
David said he was thrilled to come out on top
in the Spring Racing Premierships.
“It is great to be recognised as the leading
stable over the spring, and to share that success
with such a worthy charity as the Make A Wish
Foundation is icing on the cake,” Hayes said.
Both David and Tom selected the Make A Wish
foundation to be their charity of choice, which re-
New look for
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Sidecar siblings’ success
the day with the Murray Williams Cup feature race
at the end of the day which consisted of three four
lap races with a short three minute rest between
races,” explained Brad.
“About 20 bikes started the Murray Williams
Cup races and we came second overall, which is
a pretty good achievement.”
After getting so close this year, it has become
the brothers’ goal to win the Australian title.
“Winning the title is definitely our goal,” said
“This was the first Australian title in 20 years.
“Another goal of ours would be to go overseas
“A South Australian team went overseas this
year, it’s pretty big over there.
“Sidecars used to be big in Australia back in its
day and things are starting to pick up again now.
“There are a lot of young teams coming through
the ranks and a lot more solo riders are starting
to get into sidecars now as well.”
Brad said he would definitely recommend giv-
ing sidecars a go but warned it is not for the faint
“I love the sport and it’s a pretty good feeling
to be able to ride with my brother,” said Brad.
“I love the competitiveness of the event, going
over the jumps definitely gets the adrenaline going.
I certainly get a buzz out of it.”
The brothers explained how it has been a big
team effort and their family and friends have
played a major role in their success.
“Our family and friends have played a vital role
in getting us to the events and helping us get on
the track each race,” said Brad.
“Competing at this level is not without their
help and support.”
Mt Pleasant & District
Sportperson of the Year Awards
About 70 people attended the 30th annual
Mount Pleasant and Districts Sportsperson of
the Year Awards held at Talunga Park on Friday.
The guests were entertained by champion
jockey, John Letts.
John spoke about his experience with winning
two Melbourne Cups, the first on Piping Lane
in 1972 was his first time at the Flemington
John also showed some Melbourne Cup
promotional DVD’s as well as speaking of his
experience with prostate cancer, now being an
ambassador for the disease.
Monthly winners: Beth Wright (2), Josh
Harris, Naomi Schulz, Nick Seager, David Cook,
Vicki Fawcett, Ashley Fawcett, Dale Ellis, Jake
Sutton and Nikia Heaven.
Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Beth
Wright for her achievements in golf including
her 30th Mount Pleasant Ladies’ Championship.
Peter Ivey, Edna Tait, guest
speaker, John Letts (guest
speaker), Elaine Ivey and John
Tait at Mt. Pleasant Sportsperson
of the Year awards.
At left: Mt Pleasant
& District Sportsperson
of the Year 2014 Award
Winners. Back: Rebecca
Taheny, Junior winner;
Tom Woolford, Luke West and
Trevor Paech (bowling club
fours). Front: Beth Wright,
Senior winner; Rosie Vincent,
Tasha Khouzam Memorial
winner; Tommy Shepperd,
Bonnie Thomson and Nikia
Heaven (pony club junior
Haydn explained how they are a vast
improvement on the previous courts which
were not well spaced, making it hard to play a
good game of tennis.
“We had six courts crammed into a space
only meant for four courts,” he said.
“The back fence was on the boundary of the
court, not leaving much space to play a good
“The new courts are some of the highest
standard hard courts in the state.
“The lighting is now up to standard as is
the blue surface.
“We hope the new courts will add interest
to tennis in the Barossa region.
“Tanunda will certainly be the centre for
tennis in the Barossa.
“We hope to be able to host junior and senior
tournaments on the new courts.”
Now fully equipped with new courts and a
new coach, the Tanunda Tennis Club is turning
their focus to attracting more players to the
“The goal now is to see the courts being
utilised,” said Haydn.
“We want to attract both juniors and seniors
to social and competitive tennis.”
Senior Team of the Year - 2011-2012:
Mount Pleasant Bowling Club fours for their
performance in coming third in the State Fours
competition competing against metro premier
Tasha Khouzam Memorial Award: Rosie
Vincent for her effort in winning the Levi Pascoe
Memorial Ladies’ Campdraft in Victoria, beating
90 other competitors.
Monthly winners: Kane Rawlings (2), Dylan
Rowe (2), Tommy Shepperd (2), Rebecca Taheny,
Megan Taheny, Georgia Gibson, Ethan Peters,
Jason Rowe and Shaun Higgins.
Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award:
Rebecca Taheny for her tennis including being a
member of the Mount Pleasant senior A grade
Junior Team of the Year: Mount Pleasant
Pony Club for winning the State Games’
sulted in the charity receiving a $25,000 donation
on behalf of the Lindsay Park team.
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