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Pirates to stay switched on

April 30th, 2018 / / categories: 苏州美甲学校 /

PIRATES’ last visit to Inverell didn’t end the way they would have liked but they won’t be making the same mistake again today.

They can’t afford to, with their premiership defence on the line.

There is no margin for error and no margin to switch off like they did a month ago.

Then they had the Highlanders on the ropes but took their foot off the pedal in the last quarter of the game and had to settle for a draw.

“We’ve got to play for 80,” coach Garry Walsh said.

If they do they’re a “very good chance”. But if they don’t, they can start planning for next season.

Walsh isn’t expecting that to be a problem though.

“We won’t be shutting down or switching off,” he said.

Their goal-kicking was also “dreadful”.

They only landed one out of four conversions and struggled to land any penalty kicks.

But there were plenty of positives to weigh up against that and for most of the game they played as they have to to beat the Highlanders.

They controlled the ball and prevented the Highlanders getting the go-forward that makes them so dangerous.

“For 60 minutes they had no momentum,” Walsh said.

From there though they had all the momentum and Pirates couldn’t stop them.

It all started with one missed tackle and is a reminder of how important it is that they get the Highlanders to the deck as quickly as possible.

“If we don’t execute our tackles we’ll be in a world of pain,” Walsh said.

They only need a little sniff to get a roll-on.

Walsh isn’t expecting anything different to the physical battle last week’s major semi-final was and believes the breakdown will be where it’s won or lost.

“I still believe it’s all about the breakdown,” he said.

“We’ve got to execute there and put the numbers in.”

It’s about generating quick ball. That’s when they thrive and how they can counter the Highlanders’ physical presence.

“They’ll want to slow our ball down,” Walsh said.

“We’ve got to clean out beyond the ball.”

The Highlanders will be lying in wait and, if it’s slow coming out, it will become a bash-fest.

Pirates don’t want that.

They know they can get in behind them and cause them some problems if they can get quick ball.

“Even Walcha last weekend, when they were able to generate quick ball they found them a bit wanting,” Walsh said.

Their form had been a bit scratchy heading into the finals but they showed their finals pedigree against Gunnedah two weeks ago.

It was a finals-worthy performance and if they can reproduce that they will be hard to beat.

“I just want the blokes to replicate that intensity. We played with a real semi-final intensity,” he said.

There was a real ferociousness about their play and they controlled the tempo of the game for a lot of it.

“We’ve got to be controlled, aggressive and willing,” Walsh said.

Pirates centre Nathan Hamlin brushes off this tackle from Quirindi’s Sam Craig earlier this season. Hamlin created Pirates’ opening try in their semi-final win two weeks ago and will be out to cause more havoc against Inverell today. Photo: Barry Smith 210712BSF07

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DUDLEY Cricket Club are set to fold after the Newcastle City and Suburban team lost their right to use the redeveloped Charlestown Oval.

Lake Macquarie City Council has given the ground to Newcastle District club Charlestown, who will base their third- and fourth-grades sides at the oval.

HOMELESS: Dudley Cricket Club cricketers Shaun Partridge, Justin Tull and Heath Howard, at Charlestown Oval, Charlestown. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

In response, players have left Dudley in droves.

After 22 years and about 40 minor and major premierships in juniors and seniors, Dudley secretary Kevin Jarvis said the club would no longer exist.

“There’s that much uncertainty that blokes don’t know where to go, so the club will basically not have a side this year,” Jarvis said.

“They won AR1s last year and we were hoping to fill a side in A grade, but that’s well and truly gone now. We haven’t got a D grade either. We’ve got nothing.”

Dudley’s junior sides folded two years ago due to the delay in the redevelopment of Charlestown Oval.

Parents were initially forced to drive their children to Garden Suburb and Elermore Vale for matches, but most eventually joined neighbouring clubs Redhead and Charlestown.

Charlestown Oval finally opened in May 2001, 11 months behind schedule, and Dudley’s seniors played there from November last season.

Charlestown Bowling Club C&S side have also been moved off Charlestown Oval and are likely to be moved to Hunter Sports High, where Charlestown’s third and fourth grade previously played.

Tasmanian Sheffield Shield fast bowler Adam Maher is Dudley’s greatest product and he began his career at the club aged six. Maher’s father Ashley has been the club president for two decades.

“It’s very disappointing as the council seems like it doesn’t have any interest in cricket in general and seeing the game survive,” Maher said from Brisbane, where is he preparing for the start of the first-class season in a pre-season Tigers camp.

“I would have played my first 150 games of cricket with Dudley juniors and the C&S side as well. It’s getting people out of the game by forcing clubs like this to fall.”

The council said in a statement that the decision was made according to its procedure for allocating sporting fields, “which was developed to ensure local sports facilities are utilised to optimum levels and are relevant and accessible to as many residents as possible”.

Charlestown captain Steve Mace said Hunter Sports High was offered to Dudley and their players were welcome to play for the Magpies this season.

FIVE months ago Hamilton captain Mat Austin was losing his biggest fan, his mother Jennifer, to motor neurone disease.

Running out again for Olympic, in any game, was the furthest thing from his mind.

GRAND FINAL: State League grand final captains John Bennis, of Broadmeadow Magic, and Mat Austin, of Hamilton Olympic. Picture: Peter Stoop

But tomorrow he will continue to respect the wishes of his late mother when he leads Olympic for the last time, chasing a grand final win against Broadmeadow to end his playing days and an 18-year stint at the club.

“At the beginning of the year I was missing a lot of training sessions and I missed the first few games because of it,” Austin said of supporting his mother in her 10-month battle with MND.

“Then I wasn’t too keen to go back, but mum and me had a talk and she said, ‘Just keep going, just play.’ “

The 36-year-old did just that, returning to the field for Olympic’s under 23s side on April 14. Three days later, Jennifer Austin died, aged 60.

Five days later, Mat played in Hamilton’s first-grade side for the round-three 1-all draw with Valentine and earned players’ player honours.

He was players’ player in Hamilton’s next two matches and played a key role as they dominated their rivals to clinch the club’s first Northern NSW State League top-grade minor premiership with a round to play.

“It’s amazing to finish with the minor premiership after so long with the club and never having won one,” he said.

“Every game’s been different, a different player steps up each time.”

Austin racked up 300 first-grade games for Olympic in the final round last year and the club celebrated by naming the stand at Darling Street Oval in his honour.

He has played in five of Hamilton’s six grand final wins but was determined to finish with another victory to honour his mum’s memory.

“It would have been good for her to be here for the grand final,” he said. “Last time I played in one she was on the field with us after the game celebrating.

“It would have been nice, but we’ll do it for her.”

And win or lose tomorrow, Austin said the time was right to retire.

“It’s been a tough year,” he said. “When mum passed away, that was sort of keeping me out there.

“She loved going to games and watching. She didn’t miss a game, watching me and my brothers, from when we were little kids. But now that she’s passed, it’s time.”

Coach Michael Bolch said Austin had been an inspiration to his teammates this year.

“After he came into the side five days after his mum passed away, he’s been outstanding,” Bolch said.

“He’s really the fabric of the club, he’s the one all the younger players look up to.

“He’s just a great bloke with a great character.

“A lot of other blokes wouldn’t have handled it as well as he has, and it’s a testament to the sort of person he is.”

Bolch said Jennifer Austin was a mother-figure to many at the club, where Mat’s brother Trent was also a key player in their golden era of six grand final wins between 1998 and 2009.

“All the young mothers sat with her at the games, she was always back at the pub with us after the games,” he said.

“She was always there and she’s been missed by everyone at the club.”


Results sooner with fast count

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Electronic counting of the Tamworth Regional Council local government election should provide for an early indication of which way the poll is heading from late tonight.

Tamworth returning officer Karen Barany says the 24 polling places across the council region will open at 8am and close at 6pm and the Electoral Commission websites will have continuous updates from then.

The Tamworth office will input votes by computer and she expects the first preference count on the candidates to be completed tonight.

A check count will be taken tomorrow and while she admits that might not all be completed Sunday, she agrees that a preliminary picture might be available to work out leading candidates for election.

According to poll analysts, there should be some trends emerging from the early count, with at least three or four candidates looking like they will get over the line early.

The preliminary results will also give some idea of the fight for the rest of the nine spots.

The results will be based on a voting quota, which in the Tamworth Regional Council poll probably means a candidate has to get a minimum number of votes. This is based on the number of formal votes, divided by the number of candidates, plus one vote (to get them over the line).

In this 2012 poll that quota will be at least 3500, given that there are 40,150 voters enrolled, although going on past ballots, up to 5000 might not even bother turning up to vote.

The Tamworth returning office will also handle the count for the Liverpool Plains Shire Council. The electoral team will undertake the shire count on Monday and Tuesday, including inputting all votes andalso handling the flow of secondpreferences.

There are 12 electoral staff engaged to enter voting data and Mrs Barany says their skills in fast and accurate inputting will make it a quick process.

They will then return to the original Tamworth scrutiny and undertake the second preference counts, and complete the poll.

This should be done by about Thursday or Friday.

Voting results will be at and follow the links.

Computers mean quicker results

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Horror start for reigning champs

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FORMER Inverell local Mark Berghofer was pleased to be back in the north west for the start of the NSW Inter-Zone Sides Championship in Tamworth yesterday but his Zone 12 team had a day toforget.

The reigning champions will need a lot to go their way if they are any hope of defending the title after copping a hiding at South Tamworth in the first sectional game against Zone 10.

The side from Sydney’s North West won the replay of last year’s state final 96-58.

Berghofer said his side was a “bit flat”.

“We’ve played one game and we’re relying on other results already,” he said.

“But we’re not too fussed.

“We’ll just enjoy the weekend.

“It’s not all about winning.”

Berghofer has been playing for one of Sydney’s biggest and best clubs, St John’s Park, since 2006.

Before that the 27-year-old was a member at Inverell East and represented Zone 3 before moving to Sydney and becoming a regular for the Sydney South West side.

“I played for Zone 3 for two or three years,” Berghofer said.

“There’s also a couple of former clubmates here, which is nice.”

Conditions were difficult yesterday as the windy weather tested the bowlers.

Not that it was used as an excuse for losing.

“It’s not too bad because the greens are quick,” Berghofer said.

“It does make it tricky but it’s the same for everybody.”

After just one game and without seeing any of the teams in the other three sections it takes a bit of guts to predict a winner.

But Berghofer said there were two or three teams that would be among the favourites.

“The way Zone 10 played they’ll be hard to beat,” he said.

“If the conditions stay the same Zone 13 might be a chance.

“They’re from the southern part of Sydney – Cronulla area.

“And Zone 13 from Illawarra has a good side as well and will be more used to playing on quick greens and in windy conditions.

“I think even the locals will perform in Tamworth.

“They’ll be pretty pumped up.”

By chance the local Zone 3 side is also in section three at South and took on Hunter Manning (Zone 6) in its first match yesterday.

It was a much closer affair, with only one shot between them going into the last end of the last rink.

But Zone 6 picked up two on that last end and won it 81-78 and Zone 3 will now have to win its last two matches and hope it sneaks into the semis.

The other three sections are at Tamworth City, West Tamworth and Kootingal.

Sectional play continues today with the semi-finals and final held at South tomorrow.

Zone 12’s Mark Berghofer plays his last bowl in yesterday’s sectional loss to Zone 10 at the state championships in Tamworth. Photo: Grant Robertson 070912GRA02

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TELSTRA Store Olympians will take some heart from their last match-up with Services but know they’re going to have to step it up again to make the grand final.

Services aren’t the minor premiers for no reason and will take some beatingtomorrow.

For Olympians, the key will be scoring goals. The last few weeks their defence has been in pretty good order.

“We need to score goals,” Olympians coach Andrew Farmilo said.

“We had our chances against them last time but we couldn’t convert them.”

Apart from once.

The 2-1 result was the closest they’ve got to them but even in that game they were on the back foot, which is something they need to change.

“We don’t seem to put pressure on them with early goals,” Farmilo said.

“I think we’ve been on the back foot every game.”

The midfield battle will also be imperative.

“If we can minimise what they do in the midfield and hopefully shut down what they’ve got up front that will help us,” Farmilo said.

He said last game Services didn’t have Michelle Aslin and with her up front more questions will be asked of Olympians’ defence.

For them, Alice Arnott returns after missing last weekend’s semi-final due to state training.

“That’ll be good for us up front,” Farmilo said.

By making the final they have already gone one step further than last year but they are keen to go another step, and Farmilo believes they can.

“If the girls play to their potential they could possibly win it,” he said.

Services were forced to take the preliminary final route after being beaten by Flames last week and coach Andrew Davy is expecting it to be tough to earn another crack at them.

“I’ve said to the girls we’re really going to have to earn a place in the grand final,” he said.

“If we’re to get there we’ll have to play very well.”

He again pinpointed the midfield as to where it would be determined.

“They have a talented group of players in the middle,” he said.

They have to limit their opportunities, much as they did against Flames last week.

One way they can do that is through their press.

Last week they couldn’t quite get it to work effectively.

“We didn’t have players in the right position to deny their players an outlet,” Davy said.

“We need to put pressure on them coming out of defence to deny opportunities for their midfield.”

He’ll also be looking to his team to finish better.

“I thought we created enough opportunities on the weekend but we didn’t finish well,” he said.

The final will be played at 1pm.

Olympian’s Georgia Cooper reaches in to spoil Services’ Tessa Pennefather’s run. The two sides will do battle tomorrow for the remaining spot in the women’s grand final. Photo: Barry Smith 220712BSB18

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POLICE have charged six youths in the past six weeks with 360 graffiti offences in Launceston.

Police said yesterday that the Northern Graffiti Taskforce had charged the teenagers, aged between 17 and 19, over offences committed throughout the city since February.

Acting Sergeant Scott McKinnell said that one individual was charged with more than 140 counts.

“We think it is having a significant impact on the perception of safety in the city; Launceston is a safe city compared to other regional centres this size, but when the place looks like a ghetto people feel less safe,” Acting Sergeant McKinnell said.

“Some of the offenders that we have caught have been part of organised groups known and crews and we have identified three distinct crews that the offenders belong to but others act independently.”

Two of those charged are allegedly responsible for several publicised graffiti attacks in January including the “F— Kony” graffiti on the corner of Brisbane and Wellington streets, above Harris Scarfe and on the side of Myer.

Acting Sergeant McKinnell said that graffiti was expensive to remove, with small tags costing $50 and big pieces like the Harris Scarfe incident costing up to $8000.

The teenagers will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court on September 19.

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Resurrected champion steals show

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BEAUTIFUL and full of life, you wouldn’t know that Gail Kelly’s champion iris was rescued withered and ailing from a relative’s backyard just a few short months ago.

Crowned overall champion flower at this year’s Quirindi Show, Gail said she had a habit of turning around ailing plants with her green thumb.

“It was half-dead when I saw it, just a throw-away, but I loved it back to life,” she said.

It’s not the only magic touch Gail has, as the pavillion at the Quirindi showground is full of the 62-year-old’s craftwork and baking, many of which are prizewinners.

“I’m very passionate about a good country show,” she said.

It’s not all prizewinners and glory for the CWA cookery officer though, as Gail had baked three banana cakes for the competition and not one was up to scratch.

“They were an absolute flop this year. Lucky I can get rid of them on the girls at morning tea,” Gail said.

A gentleman baker has taken the show’s resident baking ladies by storm this year, creating controversy by embracing “reverse feminism” by entering against the girls.

“I’m putting myself up against the big guns,” laughed Caroona farmer Derek Blomfield, who was busily baking scones and anzac biscuits last week.

Derek was so busy in the kitchen, he used all the baking powder, leaving wife Kirrily without her cooking staple for her own entries.

The week before show week is like MasterChef in the Blomfield household, with Derek, Kirrily and boys Patrick, 9 and Reilly, 7, fighting for oven space, all baking winners in previous years.

Derek, who entered last year’s baking competition for the first time, said he believed patience and skill were the key to good cooking, and he didn’t believe he had either.

Rating his chances as “pretty slim,” Derek said he’d cleared a spot on the mantelpiece for his ribbons, hoping he’ll come home with the goods.

“You’re not a real man until you enter some scones in the show,” Derek said.

Derek said the whole family looks forward to the show and this year was no different, with organisers aiming for a revamp in efforts to return the show to its glory days.

Featuring attractions such as farmers’ markets and a celebrity cook-off, they will go hand-in-hand with old classics sideshow alley and traditional animal showing.

A new Showgirl will be crowned today by NSW Farmers’ president Fiona Simson at the official opening at 1pm. The contenders are local girls Courtney Steele, Alyssa Dart and Rebecca Cope.

LOVED BACK TO LIFE: Quirindi Show vice-president Gail Kelly with her champion iris, which she rescued from a relative’s backyard. Photo: Barry Smith 070912BSB05

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Jazz icon honoured at opening

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THE late Australian jazz icon Graeme Bell has been honoured on what would have been his 98th birthday when the Wagga Jazz and Blues Festival kicked off last night.

In honour of Mr Bell and his close friendships with musicians in Wagga, the 2012 festival will pay tribute to the man who gave so much of himself to music and sharing his musical passions.

As an official guest of the festival, his widow Dorothy Bell said she was touched when told of the plans to honour Graeme’s memory.

“I immediately said ‘That’s his birthday’. He would have been 98 today,” Mrs Bell said yesterday.

While emotional to be without Mr Bell for the first birthday since his passing, she said there was no better way to honour the day then kicking off an entire weekend of jazz.

“I’ve very glad to be doing this on his birthday,” she said.

Mr Bell was born in Melbourne in 1914 and was originally a classical piano player.

However, his younger brother, Roger, influenced his conversion to jazz and they played together at Melbourne dances and clubs from 1935.

He was an influential musician who contributed to Melbourne’s 1940s traditional jazz boom and his band went on to have great success internationally following a performance at the World Youth Festival, in Prague.

He became a household name in Australia for his concert tours.

He received the order of Australia in 1990 and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997 as “Australia’s foremost jazz musician”.

During his concert tours he would always ensure a trip to Wagga to visit with the late John Ansell, of Riverina Jazz Band fame, with their friendship spanning many decades over the love of music.

MUSICAL GROUP: Heather Harper, Wagga Jazz and Blues Festival patron Shirley Ansell, the wife of the honoured Jazz great Graeme Bell Dorothy Bell and Mildred Anderson stole a moment together before making their way into the first official function of the Jazz and Blues Festival. Picture: Les Smith

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MORE than 120,000 voters will visit polling booths in 13 different local government areas across the north today to nominate their preferred candidates in the 2012 local government elections.

Forty thousand of them are in the Tamworth Regional Council area.

Incumbent Tamworth mayor Col Murray took time to reflect yesterday on a number of achievements of the council and its councillors over the past four years.

He said highlights over thepast four years included the Barraba pipeline, the Tamworth Waste Water Treatment Plan, discussions with the community and State Water surrounding the augmentation and safety upgrade of Chaffey Dam and the development of the 10-year community strategic plan.

“Through that process we have been able to put intoperspective the community’s expectations for the future,”Cr Murray said.

“Over the past four years there has been a lot of development and investment in capital infrastructure but moving forward the council will need to be focused on maintaining what we have in terms of that infrastructure, roads and bridges.”

Cr Murray attributed some of the council’s success over the past four-year term to the cohesive relationship of its councillors.

“We have over the four years enjoyed something many other councils across the state don’t,” Cr Murray said.

“There haven’t been any fractions politically or otherwise, the goal and purpose of the council has been to do what’s best for the region and each councillor has done that by making informed and focused decisions on the job at hand.”

All nine of Tamworth’s current councillors: Col Murray, Russell Webb, Warren Woodley, Helen Tickle, Ray Tait, James Treloar, Juanita Wilson, Paul Durant and Phil Betts are standing for re-election, as well as seven new candidates: Sandy Allan, Danny Ballard, Barry Biffen, Tim Coates, Judith Edmunds, Mark Rodda, and Kimberley Sherwood.

Cr Murray said he felt the achievements and successes of the current team of councillors was a result of their collaboration and communal goal of working for the Tamworth region’s greater good.

Today’s trip to the polls marks a significant change in the make-up of some of the north’s councils too.

When elections were called in June, a number of long-term councillors indicated they had chosen not to stand for re-election in the next term, among them Armidale mayor Peter Ducat and Gunnedah mayor Adam Marshall.

Mr Ducat announced he would not stand for re-election in June.

Now 65, Mr Ducat said he did not intend to pursue any other political callings but would instead “wind down”.

He served as a councillor since 2000, served as deputy mayor from 2001 to 2005 and the city’s mayor since 2005.

Armidale’s election result is likely to be an interesting one.

A total of 31 candidates have nominated for the nine available seats in Armidale and a number of the candidates have been endorsed by political parties; five by the Liberal Party; five Greens; and six independents.

The remaining candidates did not indicate their party affiliation.

Of the 10 incumbents at Armidale six nominated for re-election: Rob Richardson, Colin Gadd, Chris Halligan, Jim Maher, Dorothy Robinson and Herman Beyersdorf.

There will be a change of the guard at Gunnedah too, following today’s vote.

While current mayor Adam Marshall will undertake a “caretaker” role as Gunnedah Shire mayor until another is elected at the first council meeting after elections, he announced in June he would not stand for re-election, instead choosing to move to Armidale to pursue further studies.

A record eight women are among the 16 nominees to stand in Gunnedah.

Among them former mayor Gae Swain who retired in 2008 – when Mr Marshall came to the helm – after 17 years on council.

In addition to Mr Marshall, Gunnedah councillors Steve Benham, Kevin Martin and Leon Mills also chose not to seek re-election.

Gunnedah’s incumbents Steve Smith, Tim Duddy, Gwen Griffen and Hans Allgayer are all on today’s ballot, along with 10 new nominees.

HEADING TO THE POLLS: More than 124,000 voters are expected to indicate their preferences when they head to the local government election polling booths today. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 070912GOG01

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