At Waikerie Stadium last Saturday night a resurrected Riverland Raiders put up a strong showing against a visiting Central District ABL side.
To start the day Riverland went on an urgent search for alternative uniforms after the visitors arrived with similar togs to the ones the locals had planned to wear.
All solved Riverland settled down to play the Adelaide side with its coaching bench occupied by Loxton’s Les Lange and Peter Harman and Waikerie’s Hannah Lehmann.
With the only player in the local team remaining from the ‘original’ Raiders, team captain Craig Seekamp, dominating the home team started strongly and led at quarter time. But in the second term some changes in defence by Centrals seemed to unsettle Riverland and Centrals were up by 14 at half time. Competitive to the end however the Raiders completed two consistent quarters to keep pace with the ABL side leaving the final deficit at 14.
Craig Seekamp ran into early foul trouble with that spreading to Terry Morgan and Danny Millard as the game progresed.
Les Lange said he was very happy with the effort and singled out Craig Seekamp, Dillon Millard, Jesse Will and the team’s highest points scorer Adam Proud for special mention for their performances . But he also praised the rest of the team for their efforts irrespective of the game time they received.
No doubt his thoughts would have been turning to availability for this season’s Country Championships.
This game took place through the efforts of new Waikerie Rec Centre chief
Lange also applauded the efforts of umpires Justin Dixon, Mick Trussell and 15 year old Ella Schultz.