Former Saint completes NY Marathon


Former Southern Saints footballer, now back on the family farm at Pekina, Tom Moten completed on of the most famous marathon around the world, the prestigious New York Marathon on November 5.

“I pulled up well, just really sore quads but no injuries thankfully,” Moten said.

“That was my first marathon.

“I was a bit ambitious aiming for a time of two hours and 55 minutes.

“It wasn’t quite my day and I finished six minutes off.

“I was on track for 2:55:00 all race until the last five kilometres when I ran out of glycogen and hit the wall. It was a frustrating way to finish because I slipped from that sub three hour time by one minute.

“Going up the stairs is okay but getting down is another story – slow and painful!

“But to get around New York you’ve got no other choice to go up and down the subway. 

“I was among 10 Australians running for Team Black Dog.

“We have all committed to raise money and awareness for the Black Dog Institute which does an incredible amount of work for Mental Health in Australia.

“Also, Competing against runners from all over the globe was a huge highlight.”

For a first marathon Moten ran a simply outstanding time of three hours, one minute and 13 seconds and on top of that he has so far raised upwards of $17,850 for the Black Dog Institute.

Moten has set himself the mental and physical challenge of training for a marathon and travelled half way around the world to conquer the 42 kilometres through New York City.

This race has been run every year since 1970, with the exception of 2012, starts on Staten Island and the course weaves through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and finishes in Central Park.

Moten explained the support he had received was overwhelming and the satisfaction of finishing, one of the best experienced in his sporting life.

By connecting with Tom on Facebook you can still donate to this important and worthwhile cause.


One of the North Eastern Football League’s and most dynamic footballers and a twice winner of the Barracker/Clare Financial Services Coaches Footballer of the Year Josh Vater will play with the Renmark Rovers in 2018.

Vater, a teacher by teacher by trade, has been travelling from the Riverland for the past couple of seasons back home to the RSMU Hawks to don the club’s navy and white jumper.

A former league footballer at Central District Vater is noted for his powerful running and ability to hit the scoreboard as a goal kicking midfielder.

He was a key member of the three consecutive flags under Zack Hier from 2014 and is one of the premier players from the district over the past decade.

The wide open spaces of the Riverland ovals will further enhance Vater’s style of play.

At the SANFL Doggies he played 13 league and 92 reserves matches.


Brodie O’Dea is in a rich vein of form with the willow currently, making three hundreds from four trips to the batting crease so far this summer, but still has caught his dad yet.

His century on Saturday was his 26th overall, with the 257 back in the 2010-11 against Spalding, when he made 1023 runs for the summer, being his highest score.

Nineteen of his centuries have been for the Pekina-Carrieton Bushrangers, while the other seven have been in country carnivals and veracious other matches including T20 fixtures.

Brodie is still a fair way behind his father, Kevin, who compiled 42 centuries.