06/29/18

Blues’ strong forward line laying the groundwork for success

The Metroll under 15 Dubbo Blues took on the Parkes Boars on Saturday, and after a close first half the Blues managed to get on top and run away with a 43-5 victory.
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The Blues began well in attack with the forwards, led by Mitchell Smith, Josh Jazprizza and Hamish Fairall, dominating the ruck while prop Izaiah Raidaveta and lock Sam Hart began to make inroads into the Parkes defence, which in turn gave the backs plenty of room to move.

A centre-field bust by centre Tyler Woodrow saw him break four tackles to score out wide and the Blues were on their way.

Only two minutes later winger Lewis Foran made a break on a narrow blind side and raced away to score under the posts, and with the conversion by Jack Jones the Blues were up 12-0.

For the next 15 minutes the Parkes defence stood firm, repelling attack after attack by the Blues with Pat Berryman, Kel Rumble and Will Smith making breaks through the backs.

But right on half-time No.8 Tim Cushan crashed over in the corner, and with a magnificent sideline conversion by Jones the Blues went into oranges leading 19-0.

Parkes came out firing in the second half and dominated the early minutes.?After a high kick the Boars managed to get the score back to 19-5 with 20 minutes remaining.

The final minutes were all Dubbo though as Smith, Jazprizza, Cushan and Bill Cornish punched holes at will through the Parkes line, and tries to Jones, Cornish, Foran and Jazprizza and conversions to Cornish and Jones saw the Blues home to a comfortable victory.

A very positive improvement by the Blues on their previous performance, and the forwards continue to show great commitment to the structures they have in place, giving the fast Blues backline plenty of room to move.

Players player for the Blues was lock Josh Jazprizza, who is in a golden patch of form at present and is proving very difficult to stop. Best and fairest points for the day were three points to prop/hooker Mitchell Smith, two points went to Jazprizza, half Jack Jones and

captain Pat Berryman, while one point went to Hamish Fairall, Tyler Woodrow and Kel Rumble.

The third-placed Blues take on fourth-placed Wellington this weekend in Dubbo which should be a fantastic game of junior rugby.

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06/29/18

FWAS squad getting off on the right foot

The 2014 Far West Academy of Sport (FWAS) soccer program kicked off last weekend in Warren with the squad taking part in their first training session.
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The group of 15 athletes were selected from a training camp in July which was the second phase of selection after more than 55 players attended the initial trials in early June.

The selected players will now have the opportunity to take part in further training under the guidance of experienced coaches, participate in several games and take part in a development tour to Sydney during the next school holidays.

Brian Plummer, head coach of the program, was extremely happy with the squad and their performance at their first training session.

“For their first training session together, they went really well, and it is good to see them working as a team already,” he said.

“I, along with the coaching group, am really looking forward to working with the squad over the next three months and I am sure we will see some great results out of them.”

Mr Plummer will be assisted by Bruce Hunt (Nevertire) and Lesley Hillam (Tottenham) throughout the program.

The squad will head to Forbes on July 27 where they will test their skills against other teams from throughout NSW and the ACT at the annual Forbes Junior Soccer Gala Day.

The squad will then have another three training sessions throughout August before their next match in early September.

SQUAD: Ben Anderson (Cobar), Harrison Butcher (Gilgandra), Hamish Callander (Warren), Ben Griffiths (Cobar), Michelle Harding (Albert), Ellita Hunt (Nyngan), Lachlan Hunt (Nevertire), Jack Irving (Warren), Brock Ivory (Tottenham), Shianne Klante (Giralambone), Jared Manson (Coonamble), Conor McMullen (Cobar), Kelvin Mfoi (Cobar), Jaxson Tiffen (Bourke), Tim Walsh (Nyngan)

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06/29/18

Dubbo seven selected for ultimate NSW competition

Seven Dubbo players have been named to play in the NSW Mixed Ultimate Frisbee Championships.SEVEN players from the Dubbo Ultimate Frisbee Federation (DUFF) have been selected for a 17-strong Western NSW mixed squad bound for the NSW Mixed Championships in Sydney later in the year.
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Dan and Laura Lumby, Ashleigh Boatman, Nicole Harte, Kathryn Taylor, Tim Hosking and Alex Brouff were selected from a field of 32 players from five regional clubs who applied for a position on the team.

Leading up to the selection process, a development grant from the national body, AFDA, was secured and two training days were organised in Cowra, with an expected attendance of 20 people

“It is great to see some of our DUFF players make the team, with a couple more only just missing out,” Hosking said.

“We are lucky in Dubbo to have some really strong women players, with four of our women named on the side. This is a great result for Dubbo Ultimate.

“The response we had was awesome, with more than 50 people travelling from all over regional NSW to attend over the two days. Some people travelled over four hours each way just to be there for the day.”

Those two training days have been a great opportunity for players to pick up some tournament-level skills, tactics and practice drills.

The group was also lucky enough to get some coaching help from Andrew Jackson, who recently took a team from Canberra to second place in the 2014 Opens Nationals Championships.

“It was great to see people from Albury, Bathurst, Wagga, Dubbo and Temora all there, and I’m sure we’ll continue to improve the reach and quality of Ultimate being played in inland NSW,” Hosking said.

“Now we’ll get down to some team training and organisation, with the aim of putting the most competitive team on the paddock in Sydney as possible.

“We’ll go up against some very strong metro club sides, but I’m sure we can put a few points on those guys and maybe even give some of them a scare.”

The NSW Mixed Championships will be held in the Hills District of Sydney on September 6-7 and will include 16 teams from across NSW.

Information about DUFF activities can be found on the DUFF website at www.duff.ultimatecentral南京夜网, the DUFF facebook page or contact Tim Hosking at [email protected]南京夜网 or on 0438 600 837.

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06/29/18

McDermott keeping a close eye on Bathurst

Penrith Panthers players Brent Kite, Peter Wallace and Dean Whare at a school event during the week. The success of tomorrow s NRL fixture at Bathurst will be keenly observed by Group 11 officials.THE game will be played outside his area but that won’t stop Group 11 president Ross McDermott from taking an active interest in the success of tomorrow’s NRL match between Penrith and Cronulla at Bathurst’s Carrington Park.
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McDermott and fellow Group 11 officials Bob Walsh and Gavin Board have been in regular contact with the Manly club in recent times, endeavouring to bring one of the Sea Eagles’ competition games to Caltex Park next year.

And while tomorrow’s clash is a showcase for Bathurst, its success will have an impact on the willingness of other NRL clubs to bring games to bush areas.

“I’ve been in contact with the fellow from Bathurst City Council that has been co-ordinating the game and we’ve shared information on hosting these big events because it’s really in our best interests for Saturday’s game to go well,” McDermott said.

“If it goes off well and they get a good crowd, then it will hopefully entice other NRL clubs to look at playing matches in country areas.

“Mudgee hosted the Parramatta v Gold Coast game last year and we’ve obviously been in contact with Manly and had Country-City this year and the success of those events all feeds into it.

“I’ve had a look at the weather forecast and it doesn’t look kind for Friday but hopefully it clears up on Saturday for them and people flock to the ground to watch it.”

Negotiations between Group 11, Dubbo City Council and Manly have been quiet in recent times as the various parties wait for word on assistance from the NRL to make the event happen, but McDermott remains confident the Sea Eagles will be in Dubbo in 2015.

“The talks have all been positive so far, and there is a push for a game to come here early in the season if possible,” he said.

“Geoff Toovey would like it to be early in the NRL competition and if it’s something that works out to be financially worthwhile for Manly I don’t see why that can’t be the case.

“As we’ve seen with what Penrith have done in Bathurst this week, they could have a camp and some clinics with kids and we could tie it in with our junior league registrations so that everyone gets something out of it.

“We’ll know more over the next few weeks hopefully but it would be nice to see a good crowd at Bathurst on Saturday to make our case to Manly more appealing.”

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06/29/18

Dragons serve Golden Googars with their first taste of defeat

DEFENDING Barwon-Darling Water Cup premiers Walgett toppled the previously undefeated Brewarrina 28-26 in the senior match-of-the-round last weekend while Enngonia surged up the table with two weekend wins in a critical round of rugby league.
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The Dragons prevailed in a two-point thriller against the Golden Googars at Geoff New Ovals, Brewarrina on Sunday.

Perennial leading pointscorer Willie Wright was at his best again, the five-eighth scoring a try and booting four decisive goals in the Dragons’ victory.

He was well supported by hard-working lock Richard Dennis in a solid team performance.

Brewarrina had a host of good performers including play makers Charlie McHughes, Duane Gordon, Jack Simpson and Edward Simpson in what is a versatile all-round side.

The Googars boast five players that have scored five tries or more during 2014, and the points were shared around again in a match that boasted 10 individual try-scorers.

Sunday’s result means the minor premiership comes down to this weekend’s final round.

Walgett hosts Collarenebri on Saturday while Brewarrina travels to Bourke to play the Warriors on Sunday.

However top spot and a home major semi-final may not be the best omen for either Brewarrina or Walgett when the two sides clash again in the major semi-final in a fortnight’s time as both have scored away wins against each other during the regular season.

The power plays of the weekend came from the Enngonia who moved rapidly up the ladder with a pair of victories against Goodooga (30-0 on forfeit) and Collarenebri (46-38).

With confirmation the Outlaws and Bourke both received one point for an abandoned round six game, it meant Enngonia picked up five competition points in the last week.

Now on 10 points, Enngonia will collect two points for the round 10 bye.

Victory against Goodooga on Sunday in a deferred match from round two could hand the Outlaws third place on the ladder and a home minor semi-final.

Enngonia made the massive trek to Collarenebri on Sunday (July 20) and did enough to hold out a tired Bulldogs outfit in a high-scoring match.

The Bulldogs were backing up from a 30-4 loss to Bourke on Saturday at Collarenebri.

The Outlaws were also meant to double up but had fresh legs after Goodooga forfeited Saturday’s clash scheduled for Enngonia Sportsground.

On Sunday, Enngonia’s Reuben Barker (three tries and two goals) and Jeremy Edwards (two tries and two goals) had big says in the outcome against the Bulldogs while another youngster in Lochlan Peters (two tries) shone for Collarenebri.

The Outlaws also benefitted from second-rower Samual Shillingsworth’s bustling surges forward.

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06/29/18

Suspended sentence over fatal car crash

A WOMAN who crashed her car, killing her young son, received a suspended jail sentence on Thursday after Newcastle District Court heard there was insufficient evidence to prove she was using her mobile phone at the time.
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The mother, who cannot be identified, sent three text messages and received two from her partner in the 10 minutes before the crash, but the prosecution was unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt that she was using the phone at the time her car crossed to the wrong side of the road, Judge Robert Toner heard.

The car, which was carrying the woman’s baby as well as the toddler, crashed into the side of a truck on Limeburners Creek Road at Twelve Mile Creek on the morning of October 3, 2010.

The truckdriver had seen the woman’s car approaching after it veered right, forcing the truckdriver to veer off the shoulder of the road, a statement of facts said.

The truck rolled after the car slammed into its side and the Holden Commodore went into a spin.

The mother emerged moments later clutching the baby and screaming ‘‘He’s going to die, he’s going to die’’.

The toddler died before the Westpac rescue helicopter was able to fly him to John Hunter Hospital.

She pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death and wept throughout much of yesterday’s sentencing hearing.

Her barrister John Fitzgerald said as well as the trauma of losing her son, she had also suffered serious stomach injuries that required a number of operations in the week after the crash.

He said she was unable to explain how the crash occurred.

Judge Toner sentenced her to a two-year suspended jail sentence while she was automatically disqualified from driving for three years.

06/29/18

Suits gear up for charity

Detective Senior Constable Robert Jackson and Dubbo MP Troy Grant battle for the ball while Detective Senior Constable Sue-Ellen Scott and Dubbo Basketball Association’s Peter Hargreaves show off the uniforms for tomorrow’s charity basketball match at Dubbo Sports World. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEIT’S not often the worlds of politics and basketball combine but that will be the case tomorrow when Dubbo State MP Troy Grant and mayor Mathew Dickerson take to the court.
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Both men are involved in a charity match which will act as a curtain-raiser to the Waratah League clash between the Dubbo Rams and Lithgow Lazers.

The Rams annual charity night will once again raise funds for local cancer charity Pink Angels, with the pollies lining up on teams featuring representatives from local police and ambulance crews.

While Grant is a former police officer he will link with the ambulance team while Dickerson will join with the constabulary for the fixture.

The mayor was strangely absent from yesterday’s photo opportunity, however Grant had a theory as to his rival’s whereabouts that is sure to add to tomorrow’s hostilities.

“I’ve got no doubt Mathew is down trying to get some tips from the Sydney Kings,” he said.

“Mathew does this all the time. We had an art competition where we had to do painting and he went and got two weeks of lessons and now he’s off probably getting some instructions from the Kings.

“He always tries to get an advantage and I rely on my natural talent and usually beat him anyway.”

In Dickerson’s absence, Detective Senior Constable Robert Jackson and Detective Senior Constable Sue-Ellen Scott stepped in for the photo and Grant admits he is looking forward to taking on some of his former colleagues.

“I’m used to battling in the bearpit of parliament but taking on the likes of ‘Jacko’ will be daunting, you just have to look at the size of the man,” he said.

“But it’s all in the name of a good cause, the Pink Angels, and congratulations to the Dubbo Rams for putting it on. It’s a pleasure to be involved.

“I’m not good at dribbling a basketball but my political opponents would say I’m good at dribbling in parliament.”

The charity match, which will be accompanied by various raffles and auctions on the night, will be a curtain-raiser to the main game between the high-flying Lazers and a Rams side looking to rebound from a loss against Wagga last weekend.

Grant Cole will coach the Dubbo side in the absence of Jay Forrester, who will front a NSW Basketball hearing on August 6 after being charged by a referee following a verbal altercation in a recent match.

Tomorrow’s charity match will commence at 3pm at Dubbo Sports World, with the main game to tip off at 5pm.

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06/29/18

Carroll’s triple ton

EXCITED: Arna Carroll is all smiles ahead of dad Brad’s 300th game for their beloved Tyntynder.FOR the best part of two decades, Alan Garden Memorial Reserve has remained Brad Carroll’s footballing home.
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Only when the big-time came knocking in 2000 when Carroll played 21 reserves games for Carlton and when a change of scenery netted a Golden Rivers Football League flag with Ultima did Tyntynder’s favourite son wear another club’s jumper.

Carroll’s loyalty will be rewarded tomorrow when he plays his 300th game for the Bulldogs.

The big Bulldog’s career has been littered with highlights.

Most notably Carroll has spearheaded four senior premierships, with the Golden Rivers’ Roos in 2003 and at his beloved Bulldogs in 1997/98/99.

The four flags are complemented by junior success as captain and best and fairest of the Dogs’ under 13s side in 1991 and as a member of Tyntynder’s under 15s flag in 1993.

By 1995, his potential was being noticed, with Carroll awarded the then Mid Murray Football League’s under 17s best and fairest.

For more on Brad Carroll’s extraordinary career see Friday’s edition of The Guardian (July 25, 2014).

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06/29/18

Riverina angst at supercharged street light costs

Riverina councils are preparing to fight supercharged street lighting costs they say are certain to short-circuit their budgets.RIVERINA councils are preparing to fight supercharged street lighting costs they say are certain to short-circuit their budgets.
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An Essential Energy submission to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) reveals Wagga City Council is set for an 86 per cent cost jump, for its 6500 street lights, in the 2015/16 financial year.

For other councils, the increase is more than 100 per cent.

Council will consider “more substantial measures” to reduce its energy costs at Monday night’s meeting.

In a notice of motion, Councillor Greg Conkey says about $2 million was currently being spent on energy costs and stressed that figure would rise significantly.

“Street lighting is a classic example,” Cr Conkey said.

“There’s an opportunity now to up the ante and implement policy to save some electricity costs.”

Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) executive officer Julie Briggs said the figures were of “enormous concern”.

“We take it (street lighting) a bit for granted, but it’s about public safety,” Ms Briggs said.

“Every community has to have street lighting.

“This is about maintenance charges … the servicing is not what it was, but we pay a lot for the service.”

Ms Briggs’s sentiments were echoed by Wagga mayor Rod Kendall.

“They charge us for the public lighting, but there is no guarantee they’re even working,” Councillor Kendall said.

“An 86 per cent increase just means there’s another essential service that needs to be looked at or cut.

“It will affect council’s ability to provide things … everything that makes Wagga what it is.

“We’ve got to fight it with all our energy … it just can’t be allowed.”

Essential Energy’s proposal aims to provide a cost recovery model for services defined under “alternative control”.

“In the past, the cost of these services has been under-recovered,” a spokeswoman said.

Council will work with REROC to examine the changes in detail before a submission is made by the August 8 deadline.

The AER is expected to make a draft determination on the proposal in November, with a final outcome due on April 30.

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06/29/18

Asbestos report sparks action in Donnybrook

A report highlighting 120 WA schools containing asbestos has sparked action to ensure the safety of schools and students at Donnybrook District High School.A REPORT highlighting 120 WA schools containing asbestos has sparked action to ensure the safety of schools and students at Donnybrook District High School.
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The 2013 Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) Audit highlighted 35 of those schools as having asbestos back in 2010. The report was released recently under freedom of information.

“The Barnett Government has failed to keep up with maintenance at our schools and some of these health risks have been known since 2010,” Labor spokesman for the South West Mick Murray said.

Donnybrook District High School was listed in the report as being at the highest risk level. However, this referred to one particular site and not the whole school.

Donnybrook District High School Principal Peter Fitzgerald said as he understood the issue, and he had not been advised to the contrary, the asbestos was in a situation where it was stable and not a risk. It was also in one area of the school and not throughout.

“Where there is risk, we act to the extent that we are enabled to act. I am not enabled to act to remove asbestos. That is managed through other agencies who act on behalf of the department,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“The professionals who do the assessment have deemed it to be safe. The requirement is for us to do nothing; at some future time they may remove it, that’s not a school decision, that’s a decision of the department’s agents.

“My understanding is that it is not a risk in its current state to the health or to the integrity and safety of everyone here.”

Mr Fitzgerald met on Thursday July 24 with a representative of the BMW, an arm of the Department of Treasury and Finance, who are responsible for managing all government buildings.

“He inspected a section of screening at Bentley Street which has attracted a high risk rating and is recommending that action be taken to remove the asbestos product in the screens and that these be replaced with a colourbond type product,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“Once this is approved, and I expect this will happen quickly, then he will put in place a plan to remove the asbestos product.

“This process is done in accordance with industry protocols which involve appropriate notifications, the employment of licensed specialists and adherence to laws relating to disposal. The work itself will happen at a time outside school hours, probably over a weekend.”

Education Minister Peter Collier assured parents statewide following the release of the report that the state government was taking every precaution with children’s health in managing asbestos in schools.

Mr Collier said the Western Australian Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances had advised that exposure to asbestos cement material in WA public schools represented very little risk to health.

“Environmental health experts advise that undisturbed asbestos poses an extremely low risk to health, and where it is located in areas that are unlikely to be disturbed, there is no urgent need to remove it,” Mr Collier said.

“That said, the state government has an ongoing program of asbestos removal in schools where it presents a possible risk, and last financial year we spent approximately $2million on associated repairs and maintenance.”

Further, he said all asbestos roofing on Western Australian schools had long since been removed and replaced.

Mr Collier said the thorough Building Condition Assessment reports carried out at every school provided a clear picture of where asbestos was located, and identified those spots where there could be a greater chance of the material being disturbed.

“Out of nearly 800 schools, there were only 14 schools where inspectors found one or two spots in the school where the risk rating was 1, meaning the asbestos is probably weathered and has a higher chance of being disturbed and exposed,” he said.

“Let me stress, this does not mean the whole school is at high risk.

“In those cases, the Department of Education acts quickly and assesses the best way to minimise any hazard.

“That may involve removing the asbestos altogether, which is done under controlled conditions and when no students or staff are present, or it may involve other work such as cutting off a tree branch that is brushing up against an asbestos panel, or sealing and enclosing the asbestos.

“Schools are in regular contact with the department if they have any health and safety concerns about their facilities, and experts can be dispatched quickly to assess the issue and fix it if necessary.”

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