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Two Wells Echo, October 2014
Winter sports may have just
finished, but it’s time to dust off the
softball bat, tennis racquet, bowls
and cricket bats and shove the foot-
ball, netball and soccer boots to the
back of the cupboard.
Yep, summer is upon us! Apart
from warmer days and cool drinks,
summer sports are here.
Here is a snapshot of what is hap-
pening in the local summer sports
clubs which are always looking for
new members, coaches and support.
The Two Wells ‘T-Birds” Soft-
ball club season will commence its
season in the Gawler and Districts
League on October 18. Although
training has already commenced,
everyone is more than welcome to
come out. All games are played in
the same spot (no long drives!) at
Karbeethan Reserve on Angle Vale
road, Evanston Gardens.
T-ball is first up on a Saturday
morning starting at 8.30am, fol-
lowed by juniors at 9.15am and
11am, then seniors at 1pm and 3pm.
Baseball also takes place on Sat-
urdays at Karbeethan, so bring the
whole family along for a fun day out.
For more information, contact
the new president, Karin Farrugia,
on 0413 628 202.
The Two Wells Tennis club will
begin its summer season with school
holiday Tennis Fun Days on October
1 and 8 from 2-4pm and everyone is
welcome. Free junior coaching will
be available for a gold coin donation.
Beginner coaching and Hot
Shots Tennis will start on October
15 for children aged four to 13. The
Saturday teams will begin competi-
tion on October 18 in the Gawler
The club will also be holding
coaching clinics by Grant Daniel
who is accredited with Tennis Aus-
tralia. They will take place once a
month starting Wednesday, October
22, at 4.30pm. Grant has been coach-
ing for more than 20 years and has
played in the highest level of tennis
representing the state.
There are many levels of com-
petitive and non-competitive teams
available so if you have a child aged
4 – 17 years, of any ability, who
would like to play in a team, please
contact Marie on 0419 838 929.
The Two Wells Bowling club
began its season 2014/2015 with an
Open Day on September 28.
Starting on Tuesday, October 28,
there will be a mixed Come ‘N’ Try
social night competition for every-
one. Everyone, including beginners,
is welcome, whether you are on your
own or with a group. Bowls are sup-
plied, and entry fee is $5, which also
Pennants is held every Wednes-
day for men, Thursday for ladies,
and Saturdays is open gender. For
any enquiries phone Irene on 0417
The Two Wells Cricket club will
start on October 11 at Two Wells
The club will be entering a men’s
senior side, two women’s sides
and an under 10s side in the Para
District Cricket association. The
senior men’s competition starts
on Saturday, October 11, with the
women’s team kicking off on Mon-
day, October 13.
All women’s matches are played
on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm
and men compete on Saturdays from
1pm. Training is Thursday nights
from 5pm at the Two Wells oval.
Contact the new club president,
Devon Hardiman, on 0402 775 952
for more information.
Send in your results: Clubs can
send their results to editor@twow-
ellsecho.com.au for publication.
Sport heats up on the Adelaide Plains
Melissa Karutz was born into
the saddle it would seem.
The 25-year-old Two Wells resi-
dent has been riding horses since
before she could walk and had her
own pony by the age of four.
Her mum, Joanne, was an ac-
complished eventer and her grand-
father Barry Ewen trained gallopers
and trotters, so Melissa’s love of
horses’s is almost a genetic thing.
Even her fiancé, Michael Hard-
ing, has an equine link – he trains
A student at Angle Vale Primary
School before heading to Balaklava
High School and then on to Gawler
High School to complete Year 11
and 12, Melissa was originally on
track to follow a career in childcare
but had always dreamed of working
with horses full time.
Teaching children to ride was
something she did on the side and
in her free time.
But it soon became apparent
the battle between working to ride
and riding for work was a battle
no more, and just over a year ago
Melissa took a big risk and decided
to give her passion all of her focus.
Her future lay with the horses.
“My passion is horses; it’s in
the blood you could say,” Melissa
“I worked to pay for my horses
and initially started giving lessons
to a few friends.
“It’s just grown from there
During school holidays, Melissa
runs two-day horse camps at her
property, Melbrock Park, just out-
side Two Wells.
With a lifelong passion for riding, Two Wells’ Melissa Karutz is...
N Two Wells rider Melissa
Karutz was this year named
Champion Rider at Grand
National level in the 21-30
year old category. Melissa
has been involved with
horses since before she
could walk and has made
her passion her life, offering
riding instruction and training
at her local property. She is
pictured above on Dicavalli
Dandy after winning champion
rider at the Australian Grand
earlier this year.
Kids bring along their ponies
and horses, or Melissa can supply
one, camp together and participate
in fun, daily riding lessons and
It is an opportunity for the
crowned Champion Rider at the
Australian Grand Nationals in
the 21-30 year old category on a
horse she borrowed from interstate,
which she had never ridden before.
“I’ve been going to the Grand
National every year since I was
seven,” she said.
“But this year was the first time
I’ve actually won, so that’s pretty
A top-ten place-getter over the
years, Melissa says this victory is a
personal highlight in a long riding
career, particularly after suffering
a broken leg 12 months ago which
needed a rod, bolts and metal plate
to put it back together.
“My next big thing that I’d love
to do is the Garryowen,” she said.
“It’s a turnout class at the Mel-
bourne Royal (Show).
“I’d be judged on presentation,
riding ability, manners and paces
of the horse.
“It’s a big thing in the horse
So, what is it about horses that
keeps Melissa going back for more?
In a world that’s seemingly
sapping at your energy, money,
time and patience, it’s the special
relationship between horse and
rider that has her hooked.
For her, every horse is unique.
“The partnership you develop
with a horse is what gets me.
“I like the challenge of having to
work with them, they’re beautiful
Melissa credits her success to the
support of her family, particularly
her mum, Joanne, who has backed
her passion from a very young age.
budding riders to improve their
skills, develop broader relation-
ships with like-minded youngsters
and strengthen the bond with their
During the week Melissa trains
horses for shows, teaches horse-
manship and gives weekly riding
lessons for children.
Two Wells youngsters, Chelsea
Nelson, 11, and Jazmin Phillips, 13,
come as often as they can to help
out with the horses and even show
some of Melissa’s horses for her.
“I really like to aim things at the
kids,” Melissa said.
“I think the kids are going to be
the ones coming through.
“I’ve done eventing, show
jumping, dressage, and even
“I’ve done a bit of everything
but showing is my first love.”
This love doesn’t come cheap,
with Melissa saying she’s spent tens
of thousands of dollars preparing,
transporting horses to and from, and
competing in show events around
It’s a love that has seen her take
part in the esteemed Grand National
event since she was a young child.
Earlier this year Melissa was
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