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Success is riding on wind

May 12th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

HISTORY will be made today in the Greenham NTFL finals series when Wynyard and Penguin play off for a spot in the grand final.
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In the 26-year existence of the competition, the two teams have never met in a finals game – an extraordinary statistic given both clubs were foundation members of the league since 1987.

Both teams have shown a fondness for kicking plenty of goals this season thanks to strong marking forwards and quality supply through their respective midfields.

However, with recent heavy rain hitting the Coast and strong winds forecast today, both coaches predicted a more low- scoring affair at Girdlestone Park.

“With 50kmh winds blowing, I predict it will be an ugly game and the winner will be whoever wants to work hardest for the two hours,” Wynyard coach Shannon Bakes said.

“Whoever uses the breeze first will have to use it well or they’ll be behind the eight ball from the outset.”

His counterpart Jason Ling, however, tipped a slightly more open affair on the bigger ground.

“I think it will be pretty free flowing game, not so much early, but later on in the game,” he said.

“It won’t be as high scoring as our previous games, but with lots of one-on-one contests, clearances from stoppages will be the key.”

Bakes will be looking to different forward set-up to help counteract the tricky conditions.

“We’ll probably go with a smaller forward line today in the conditions, which will then allow Gregg Sharman to go to Justin Cotton straight away,” he said.

Over the course of the season the teams have met four times, with Wynyard easily accounting for Penguin in their two encounters at home by an average margin of 67 points.

The Two Blues turned the tables in their round eight clash, winning by 32 points, but it is the final encounter in round 18 which resulted in a draw that sets the scene for an enthralling battle today.

Wynyard forward Nick Hall marks in front of Latrobe’s Kurt Hanson during the Cats’ heartbreaking semi-final loss last weekend. Cats coach Shannon Bakes has predicted his team will use a smaller forward line in today’s do-or-die preliminary final. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

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Woman escapes fallen tree

May 12th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

A WOMAN was trapped for a short period when a tree was uprooted and fell on a car in which she was a passenger at Wynyard yesterday.
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The car was being driven west on Goldie St by a 45-year-old man at the time of the incident, which was reported about 12.40pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded wind gusts of more than 100kmh at Wynyard airport at the time.

The man managed to escape through the driver’s side rear window but the woman had to be extracted by Ambulance Tasmania through the rear of the vehicle.

No injuries to either occupant were reported and both declined the offer of Ambulance Tasmania to escort them to hospital.

Meanwhile, a gale force wind blast blew over a trailer being towed along West Pine Rd, near Penguin, yesterday.

The upturned trailer blocked a lane of the road for a time before being cleared.

Yesterday’s incidents occurred as storm-force winds and squalls lashed the Coast again, after a “mini-tornado” hit the Don region of Devonport on Wednesday night.

Devonport City Council acting operations manager Peter Tuson said most of the debris from the fallen trees around Don had now been cleaned up, including on walking tracks in the area.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David James said the conditions were relatively normal for the spring but the North-West Coast was experiencing higher wind speeds than average.

“The North-West Coast has had a succession of low-pressure systems, which has caused the trouble,” Mr James said.

“But they’ve since moved off and there’s a high coming through.”

Mr James said to expect similar conditions over the weekend, with windy weather followed by fine conditions interspersed with showers.

“(Today) we’re going to still have a south-westerly stream,” he said. “But Sunday we have things calming down a bit.”

FURIOUS SPRING: Emergency personnel clean up after a tree trapped a woman in her car at Wynyard yesterday.

The fallen tree on Goldie St, Wynyard. Pictures: Raeyn McMillan.

The fallen tree on Goldie St, Wynyard. Pictures: Raeyn McMillan.

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A MAN who bit another man’s lip during a fight, tearing the flesh, has been found not guilty of wounding, but guilty of assault.
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The man appeared before Justice Alan Blow in the Supreme Court in Burnie yesterday.

It was a unanimous verdict.

During closing submissions crown prosecutor Allison Shand told the jury to dismiss the idea that the man could have been acting in self defence, even with knowledge that the complainant had a knife.

“This piece of evidence is a red herring,” she said.

Ms Shand pointed out that the accused man wasn’t even aware the complainant had a knife, saying the complainant didn’t show it to him.

“You might think if (the complainant) was the aggressor then the knife would have been out,” she said.

Ms Shand said that while the complainant may not be “as pure as the driven snow” he was an honest witness.

Defence counsel Natalie Everett argued that the fact the complainant bit the accused man on the nose, whether before or after the man bit the complainant’s lip, meant the accused man’s actions were not excessive.

She said that if the lip bite had happened before the complainant bit him, then it couldn’t be excessive because it didn’t stop the fight, and if it occurred after then it was no different to what was happening to him, and therefore not excessive.

Ms Everett also reminded the jury the man had told police “I didn’t expect to bite a chunk out of his lip”.

The man was bailed to reappear for sentencing on September 13.

Guilty of assault

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MINOR premier Motton Preston only has to look back 12 months for inspiration to win today’s NWFA grand final against Sheffield.
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What was supposed to be the crowning glory of a 17-game winning streak turned to disaster when the Demons were upset by Spreyton in last season’s decider.

In contrast, it’s been a remarkable comeback for Sheffield, which has struggled in recent years and not long ago was staring down the barrel of not being able to field two teams.

“At the start of the year it didn’t look like we would fill a side, and (now) we are playing a grand final,” Sheffield coach Brett Smith said.

Both sides have strong family ties.

This week The Advocate spoke to Smith, who will be playing alongside his son Jade today.

“It’s been just great to play with him and to get to a grand final is even better,” Smith Sr said.

Motton Preston siblings Jai and Jade Wells are also in the hunt for some family glory.

Both are in their first year at the club and haven’t had the heartache of losing big finals.

They joined the club when family friend and Demons reserves coach Davic Jacobson recruited their dad, Dwayne, to the club.

Dwayne’s reserves were eliminated last week but the boys can still earn the club some silverware.

“It’s a really good family club with no idiots, and that was part of the reason we came here,” Jai said.

Brett and Jade Smith

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Smithton
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It’s hard to see the Saints repeating the heroics which saw them have four players in the Baldock Medal’s top five last season. Just six wins for the year will make three-vote games rare. They were also beaten by more than 60 points on six occasions, with no players likely to pick up votes on those matches.

Tips –

Most Votes: Clint Riley: Another great season but the question will be whether he can secure enough three-vote games to secure back-to- back medals.

Dark Horse: Tyrone Morrison: A couple of eye-catching performances, but injury robbed him of consistency.

Draw a line through: Tyson Armstrong: Hasn’t been able to recapture the form which took him to equal fifth in last year’s count.

Wynyard

Zac Smith enters the count as one of the favourites. However, his team- mates may be the biggest problem to him becoming the first Cat since Tony Flint in 1987 to win the medal. The Cats have had an even spread of contributors all year, with votes likely to be spread.

Tips –

Most Votes: Zac Smith: A great second half of the year, look for a four-game streak of possible best- on-ground performances between rounds 11 and 14.

Dark Horse: Sam Douglas: His ruckwork and contested marking made him the most dominant big man in the competition.

Draw a line through: Gregg Sharman: Will poll votes, but key talls rarely get the credit they deserve in what have become known as “midfielders awards.”

Penguin

The only team to have beaten both Latrobe and Wynyard this season has some genuine medal chances. Chris McDonald polled all 18 of his votes in The Advocate-Boag’s-Dowling McCarthy Tyres in three-vote games.

Tips –

Most Votes: Chris McDonald: When he dominated his team dominated. The simplest formula to poll votes.

Dark Horse: Elijah Taylor: Underrated centreman who is always in the game, even if his side is down.

Draw a line through: Brad McDonald: A hamstring injury interrupted the second half of his season and his chances of a second consecutive top-three finish.

East Devonport

Despite only winning eight games for the year, the Swans had six games where they lost by 20 points or less. Given that in most of these games they were ahead at some stage, their players are very likely to attract some minor votes. Rodney Coghlan led the way in The Advocate-Boag’s-Dowling McCarthy Tyres award with 13 votes.

Tips –

Most Votes: Rodney Coghlan: The first-year player has the key ingredients for polling votes – bald head, midfielder and a ball magnet.

Dark Horse: Nick Milbourne: Single-handedly kept his team in some games with his strong overhead marking and straight kicking.

Draw a line through: Sam Rundle: Potentially a very strong vote-getter, but injury prevented him from stringing together consistent games.

Latrobe

The premiership favourites had 18 players poll votes in The Advocate- Boag’s-Dowling McCarthy Tyres award, the most of any club. With 10 wins by 10 goals or more, expect the Demons to sweep the card on multiple occasions.

Tips –

Most Votes: Josh Holland: How he hasn’t won the medal in the past is anyone’s guess, but surely Holland has served his apprenticeship and can confirm his standing as one of the most dominant players in the game.

Dark Horse: Brodie Deverell: You don’t kick 106 goals by being an average player. Kicked five or more goals on 13 occasions this year, which is sure to attract a vote or two.

Draw a line through: James Wescombe: Injuries restricted the usually silky Wescombe to 13 games this year and he failed to register a vote in The Advocate-Boag’s-Dowling McCarthy Tyres award.

Ulverstone

The Robins started the year with a bang by beating reigning premier Latrobe. But from there it was slim pickings for Scott Blair’s men with only two more wins, both at home against Smithton, for the remainder of the year.

Tips –

Most Votes: Josh Walmsley: Showed his sporting prowess was not only limited to the cricket field, with a breakout year for the Robins. Will poll well in the two wins against the Saints.

Dark Horse: Cameron Upton: Started the season well with a best- on-ground performance against the Demons and a strong showing against Smithton.

Draw a line through: The rest of the squad: Unfortunately for the Robins, it was a year they had to have, as they look to rebuild the playing list from the ground up.

Zac Smith

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IT’S GAME ON

May 12th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

STATEWIDE football’s greatest modern rivalry enters its next chapter tomorrow and the stakes couldn’t be much higher.
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It will be the ninth time the sides have played in two seasons thanks to the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League’s schedule and the clubs’ September presence, with Launceston holding a 5-3 edge.

Wins today and possibly in the grand final, should they cross paths again, would give the Dockers the chance to square the ledger.

The sides know one another’s style, playing stocks and tactics intimately and have a healthy respect for each other.

“We play three times every year, we know each club’s players and game plans inside out,” Launceston coach Anthony Taylor said.

“Because both sides are very strong you tend to generate a bit of a rivalry.”

Launceston travelled south last weekend and made Clarence look second rate in the qualifying final.

The Dockers cooled their heels for a week – something they have experience doing after a disjointed TSL schedule – and come in fresh from the week off.

Taylor said this weekend’s trip to West Park posed no fears for his group, which is hitting its straps at the right time of the season – it has lost just once since a 42-point loss to the Dockers on June 16.

And Taylor hinted that all the talk of a Dockers home final will have been irrelevant if the Blues take the win tomorrow.

“Everyone has talked for the last five weeks about Burnie hosting a grand final,” he said.

“But it’s never been mentioned that they may get beat and have to play in a prelim final.

“But we know we have to play a good brand of footy for four quarters or we won’t win.”

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DEVONPORT Golf Club professional Nathan Stubbs is optimistic that the sport is still in a healthy position despite falling membership numbers.
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In an attempt to convert the thousands of casual players into members, the club is holding an open day tomorrow for keen golfers to get a taste of what the club has to offer.

“All across the country golf memberships are in decline, but actual golf numbers are quite strong,” Stubbs said.

“We’re trying to get people aware of what we are doing here at Woodrising and give the place an official opening.

“A lot of changes have been happening – we’ve renovated the pro shop and the driving range is up and running again and open to the public.”

Now two months into the job since taking over from long-time club professional Ron Garwood, Stubbs and his wife, Jacqui, are not finished with the projects yet.

A qualified club fitter, Stubbs will introduce computerised technology to fit golfers with the highest quality brands to suit their requirements.

“It’s all about providing the highest level of service and giving everyone that full experience,” he said

An indoor centre is also close to being completed at the club, which will allow Stubbs to teach and fit players all-year round, regardless of the weather.

The open day will be held tomorrow at the Devonport Golf Club from 10am-4pm with a sausage sizzle provided. For further inquiries contact the pro shop on 64272068.

Devonport Golf Club professional Nathan Stubbs and his wife, Jacqui, prepare for tomorrow’s open day. Picture: Tony Cross.

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SCHOOL holidays this month will be all about respect when the Devonport RSL, in conjunction with The Advocate’s Show Some Respect campaign hosts a blue light disco on Tuesday.
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Organiser Jacqui Lambie said the idea arose from wanting to provide a place for students to come and hang out in a safe and secure environment.

“I just thought there isn’t a lot of things going on (for students) in the community,” Ms Lambie said.

“And I wanted a place for kids to socialise and have some fun.”

The blue light disco will be held for two different age groups, from 9-12 and from 13-17.

In true blue light disco style, the event will also include a police presence.

“They (police) will just come in and out during the night, do their walk around and talk with some kids,” Ms Lambie said.

Ms Lambie said the idea around inviting a police presence to the event was to help show children that not all interactions with police had to be negative.

“They (police) are just human like the rest of us,” Ms Lambie said.

Ms Lambie said she had wanted to continue to enforce the RSL’s theme, loyalty, honour and respect but to manifest it in a more contemporary way.

“We (at the RSL) are all about respect and things like that,” she said.

“So I just really wanted to continue that motto.”

Ms Lambie said it was a great time to be promoting respect due to the timeliness of The Advocate’s own Show Some Respect campaign.

The Devonport RSL blue light disco will be held on September 11 at the RSL. There are two sessions, the 9-12 year olds will be held from 4.30-6pm and the 13-17 year olds will be held from 7-9.30pm.

Devonport blue light disco organiser Jacqui Lambie tests that the music volume for the event will go loud enough. Picture: Jason Hollister.

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THE Coastal Senior Cycling Club is gearing up for another season.
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And whether you are a world champion or a weekend warrior, club publicity officer Greg Wilson said there is a race for you.

“The club is open to riders over 25, no matter if you are a new or experienced rider,” Wilson said.

“All you need is a bike and a helmet.”

The club’s 2012-2013 calendar gets underway today with a handicap race starting at Wynyard.

Races will continue to be held on a fortnightly basis, with distances varying between 25km and 44km.

The majority of races are handicaps, with some graded scratch races, time trials and point scores thrown in for good measure.

“You can treat it as serious as you like,” Wilson said.

“The great thing about handicaps is you are riding with riders your own ability, no matter how old or experienced you are.

“There are also age group championships, where you compete solely against riders your age group over three races, with an overall winner crowned.”

The club will again use circuits and out-and-back courses at Elliot, Yolla, Stowport, West Pine, Forth and West Ridgley, with a race also being held at Strahan for the first time.

The annual membership fee is , with entry fee per race. Prizes are on offer for all placegetters.

Today’s race starts behind the Wynyard airport, along Reservoir Dr.

Entries open at 1pm, with the race beginning at 1.30pm.

Training hard for the Coastal Senior Cycling Club’s new season are (from left) Jess Hardy, Dale and Sally Atkinson. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

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Mining industry challenges

May 11th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

AUSTRALIAN laws and the industrial relations system are making things harder for miners and working against the national interest, a mining employers’ group says.
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“Australia is currently one of the most expensive places in the world to do business,” Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) senior workplace policy adviser Lisa Matthews said yesterday.

“Now is the time to ensure that our national legislation and regulation, including our industrial relations framework, does not continue to make things more difficult and get in the way of the national interest.”

Ms Matthews was one of the speakers at an AMMA mining conference in Hobart.

The conference was held against a backdrop of big miners deferring projects, falling iron ore prices and uncertainty about China’s economic direction.

“The resource industry has been responsible for the greatest creation and transfer of wealth and skills in Australia’s history over the past decade, but we can’t afford to take the resources boom for granted any longer,” Ms Matthews said.

“… it is important that Australia continue to be seen as a great place to invest and work.

“We must remember that Australia has only 2% of the world’s natural resources and large companies have many options in terms of investment.”

She said Tasmanian mining industry jobs had increased by nearly 30% in the past two years.

“More than 4000 people are now directly employed in Tasmanian resource operations and further significant investment opportunities exist in exploration, extraction and downstream processing of minerals.”

The conference also discussed workforce challenges in the industry.

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