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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Woman charged with high-range drink driving after girl injured in Eastwood crash

Police on Progress Avenue in Eastwood after a crash on Wednesday. Photo: Nine News A CareFlight helicopter was called to Eastwood to help treat the injured girl. Photo: CareFlight
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A woman has been granted conditional bail after she allegedly crashed into parked cars while driving at more than six times the legal alcohol limit on Wednesday, leaving a six-year-old girl with serious injuries.

Emergency services were called to Eastwood in Sydney’s north at 12.40pm after the 50-year-old woman allegedly reversed into two cars.

A six-year-old girl who was walking between the cars was trapped between them by the impact, police said.

She sustained serious injuries to her pelvis and was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital, where she remained in a serious condition on Wednesday night.

Police arrested the 50-year-old woman near to the accident scene and took her to Ryde Police Station.

A breath analysis allegedly found a blood alcohol reading of .303, more than six times the legal limit of 0.05.

She was charged on Wednesday night with high-range drink driving, using her mobile phone while driving and causing bodily harm by misconduct.

The woman was granted conditional bail and will face Burwood Local Court on October 24.

Progress Avenue, where the crash took place, was cordoned off as police examined the scene.

Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the events leading up to the crash, police said.

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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Architects in beauty parade for $1b Lendlease Circular Quay revamp

Architects are now making submissions for a Lendlease proposal for Circular Quay.The proposed $1.5 billion redevelopment of Lendlease’s​ Circular Quay office project has moved to the beauty parade stage with a range of Australian and international architects now putting in submissions.
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The design jury comprises three nominees each from Lendlease and the City of Sydney.

It comes as the whole of the area enters the next stage of the City of Sydney’s revamp of the city’s major water front which will include the ferry terminals.

The more than $2 billion redevelopment of the area is seen as one of the last pieces of the puzzle in the upgrade of Sydney, which extends from Haymarket at the southern end of the city, through Darling Harbour with the new International Convention Centre and Barangaroo. There is also the new light rail along George Street and the Sydney Metro.

The last area will be the Bays precinct at White Bay, Balmain, which internet giant, Google, is looking to call home once the area is repatriated, and also the proposed new Sydney fish markets.

AMP is undertaking a $1 billion redevelopment of 50 Bridge Street at the eastern end of Circular Quay, while the Chinese giant Wanda is looking to build a hotel and residential tower on the site of the Gold Fields House.

Lendlease’s site is near the planned Wanda project.

Lendlease revised its first $1 billion proposal in July to contend with the $1 billion Wanda One development next door by gaining approval for a 248 metre tower, almost 30 metres higher than the old plan.

It was suggested earlier this year that China’s Ping An Insurance and Japan’s property house Mitsubishi will help finance the Lendlease project.

Mark Menhinnitt, Lendlease’s managing director for urban regeneration, said on Wednesday that Lendlease has initiated a competitive design process for the site at Circular Quay.

“The competition is being run according to the City of Sydney’s Competitive Design Policy, and seven international and local architect teams have been invited to participate,” he said in a statement.

” A decision is expected around mid- to late-December.”

Lendlease said the competitive design process for the site comprises two competitions: one competition for the entire precinct excluding the Jacksons on George site and one competition for Jacksons on George only.

The architects vying for the Lendlease project include BVN, Hassell, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Foster and Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, HOK, and David Chipperfield Architects.

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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Western Bulldogs best and fairest award won by Marcus Bontempelli

Bontempelli celebrates with the premiership cup. Photo: AFL Media/Getty ImagesAged just 20, Marcus Bontempelli has won his club’s best and fairest in a premiership year.
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The Western Bulldogs youngster concluded a dream season by claiming the Charles Sutton Medal, easily winning Wednesday night’s count at Crown Casino. He is the youngest winner of the award since David Thorpe in 1968.

The honour is yet another feather in Bontempelli’s increasingly impressive cap.

It came after the former No.4 draft pick was last month named All-Australian for the first time.

He was also named in the AFL Players’ Association’s “22 under 22” team for the third straight year, and even briefly stepped in as the club’s captain mid-season after injuries to Bob Murphy and Easton Wood. In just his third season at the elite level, Bontempelli played all 26 games, averaging more than 24 disposals and exactly one goal.

He led the club in tackles, contested possessions, inside 50s and clearances, and was the Dogs’ equal leader in goal assists. The midfielder was a solid performer in his side’s unlikely finals run, most notably in the upset semi-final win over Hawthorn, in which he was arguably best afield.

Bontempelli finished with 319 votes,  clear of veteran backman Dale Morris (248) and emerging midfielder Lachie Hunter (246).

Morris, 33, was rewarded for a fine season in defence. He is one of several veterans at the club to have thrived since the arrival of coach Luke Beveridge two years ago.

Hunter, 21, had been a fringe player during his first three seasons at the Whitten Oval, but enjoyed a breakout year in 2016, averaging nearly 28 disposals as he built a reputation as one of the competition’s most consistent midfielders.

Having missed all of last season due to a serious knee injury, 2014 best and fairest Tom Liberatore bounced back to finish fourth in this year’s count with 218 votes.

Former captain Matthew Boyd came ninth after his All-Australian effort, while rebounding defender Jason Johannisen – who won the Norm Smith Medal in last Saturday’s grand final win over Sydney – finished 10th on Wednesday night, despite missing nine games during the year with a hamstring injury.

Liam Picken was rewarded for an outstanding finals series in which he averaged more than 23 disposals and kicked eight goals – named the club’s best finals player in addition to finishing fifth overall.

Josh Dunkley – overlooked by the Swans as a father-son selection in last year’s draft – won the Chris Grant best first-year player award after playing 17 games this season, including the grand final victory over the club of his father Andrew.


Charles Sutton Medal Top 10

1. Marcus Bontempelli (319 votes)

2. Dale Morris (248)

3. Lachie Hunter (246)

4. Tom Liberatore (218)

5. Liam Picken (214)

6. Luke Dahlhaus (201)

7. Jackson Macrae, Caleb Daniel (185)

9. Matthew Boyd (184)

10. Jason Johannisen (165)

Award Winners

Charles Sutton Medal (first place): Marcus Bontempelli

Doug Hawkins Medal (second place): Dale Morris

Gary Dempsey Medal (third place): Lachie Hunter

Best in Finals: Liam Picken

Chris Grant Best First Year Player: Josh Dunkley

Tony Liberatore Most Improved Player: Jordan Roughead

Brad Johnson Best Team Player: Matthew Boyd

John Van Groningen Domestique Award: Dale Morris

Scott West Most Courageous Award: Tom Liberatore

John Schultz Community Award: Marcus Bontempelli

Victoria University Education Award: Mitch Wallis

Footscray Best and Fairest: Jordan Russell

Footscray Best and Fairest runner up: Mitch Honeychurch

Footscray Best and Fairest third place: Lukas Webb

Bulldogs Taskforce VFL Coaches Award: Anthony Barry

Susan Alberti Award: Jaimee Lambert

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October 20th, 2018 by admin

Sharks start planning for 2017’s campaign

Coach Shane Glass and some members of the Biripi Sharks senior team at this year’s State knockout played in Sydney. The side made the quarter-finals.FRESH from their most successful campaign at the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, Biripi Sharks are already looking at the 2017 assault.
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The Sharks won the under 12s, were semi-finals in the 17s and quarter finalists in the seniors where they were eliminated by eventual champions, Redfern All Blacks (RAB). Sharks under 12’s victory was Biripi’s first success at the knockout. Coached by Doug Ferguson with Troy Cochrane the assistant, South defeated Kempsey 34-18 in the final.

Next year divisions will be 15s, 17s, women’s and seniors.

“We’ll be working towards fielding teams in each competition,’’ Biripi first grade manager Ralph Saunders said.

He added this year’s senior team dedicated their effort to the memory of former player Dennis Bungie, who passed away earlier this year.

“Big Den was one of the best knockout forwards to lace a boot,’’ Ralph said.

“Our coach Shane Glasssaid he wanted to do something tohonour Den. Wespoke to his family as asked if they wouldconsent to us putting his picture on the jumperforknockout.

“We went a step further by switchingback to the original South Taree colours of red green and black.’’

He said Big Den would have been proud of their efforts of all three teams at the knockout..

Biripi originally played as South Taree in the knockout. In 1981 the team under captain-coach Dave Russell made the final, where they were beaten by Redfern All Blacks.

Souths had to play the match almost immediately after the semi-final, while Redfern were well rested. This was South Taree’s best performance in the knockout.

There were similarities in Biripi’s campaign this year. The Sharks had to take on RAB in the quarter finaljust 35 minutes after playing their previous match. Redfern had nearly two hours break and came away comfortable winners over Biripi.

Ralph Saunders said while the Sharks can match it with the better teams in the knockout, there is still a gap to Redfern All Blacks.

“They play together week-in-week-out in a competition and that makes them even stronger,’’ he pointed out.

RAB went on to win the final played on Monday afternoon in convincing fashion. This was RAB’s second successive win in the knockout.

Redfern will host the event again next year.

Sharks won three matches to qualify for the quarter final –their best performance under the Biripi banner. Matches were played at two venues –Redfern Oval and Leichhardt Oval.

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October 20th, 2018 by admin

Close call caught on cameraVideo

Dash cam footage has captured themoment a ute almost plungedhead-on with a motorcyclist near Armidale on Wednesday afternoon.
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VIDEO | Dash cam footage captures close call Dangerous driving: Dash cam footage has captured the moment an alleged Rural Fire Service ute nearly drives head-on into a motorcyclist near Armidale on Wednesday.

The incident reportedly occurred near the Cathedral Rock National Park off the Wollomombi River bridge.

Truck driverAdrian Shortt uploaded the footage from his dash camera to Facebook, commenting on Facebookthatthe ute appeared to belong tothe Rural Fire Service.

“It was a Rural Fire Service vehicle,” Mr Shortt said.

“I was doing 102km/h, with an overtaking lane 400 metres ahead coming off the Wollomombi River bridge.

“The footage doesn’t show it but I was heavy under brakes as I weighed 48.5 tonnes.

“Managed to drop enough speed to get him around me but itdid rattle me a bit.”

Fairfax Media spoke to Rural Fire Service SuperintendentSteve Mepham on Thursday.

Mr Mephamsaid he was unable to comment on the incident.

“I’m not going to comment,” Mr Mepham said.

“We’ve got an internal process happening.”

Mr Shortt said the alleged Rural Fire Service vehicle was being followed by a second car, who apologised to the truck driver.

“Another Rural Fire Service vehicle following called me up on the UHF [speaker] and apologised for this blokes actions,” MrShortt said.

Apologies aside, Mr Shortt said it was definitely a closecall for everyone involved.

“If I hadn’t braked the guy would have collected him for sure,” Mr Shortt said.

The incident has been sparking anger online with residents commenting on the footageafter it was uploaded tosocial media.

Armidale resident Lisa Heskett said the incident was an unacceptableexample of dangerous driving.

“It may or may not have have been [an] emergency but this vehicle has no lights or sirens for the possible emergency,” Ms Heskett said.

“…No need for the complacency in this driver’s actions.”

“No wonder there are so many fatalities on our roads,” she said.

Armidale resident and motorbike enthusiastSimon Friedman said the driver should have known better.

“Shouldknow better,” Mr Friedman said.

“…Overtaking on an unbroken line as well.”

“Only a kilometre further up the road there is an overtaking lanenear the entrance to Wollomombi falls,” Mr Friedman said.

Kelly Bell also took to social media to express her concerns overthe footage.

Ms Bell saidthe driver should “lose more than just his job.”

“That’s terrifying…it’s so lucky the dude on the bike didn’t swerve right off the road,” she said.

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October 20th, 2018 by admin

LETTER: An open letter to developers

THIS is an open letter to local councils and all property developers.
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We seem to have a competition between developers to see who can put the most units on a block of land. They buy up a block with an old house on it, remove the house, and then see how many units they can fit on. Most of the units are two storeys, two bedrooms (upstairs), a bathroom and a garage.

So, who are their targeted buyers?

Is it oldies who want to downsize?Well, I hate to tell you this, but most of us oldies don’t want a two-storey house.

Most have had a three- orfour-bedroom house with a reasonable backyard where they raised their family. Now, with all our crook knees, hips, backs, eyesight, arthritis and breathing problems, we no longer want to be mowing lawns or climbing stairs, so we want to downsize.

We want single-storeys, and level blocks, three bedrooms because most of us still have grandchildren that like to visit, and a double garage, so beside their car they have a place to store their tools, suitcases, and so on, because wenow no longer have a shed up the back.

These developers can’t betargetingyoung families.There are not enough bedrooms.

Are they targeting young couples with no children? How many couples in our area would have only one car?

Most have a car each to drive to work. So a single-car unit? I don’t think so.

So who are you building these units to suit?

Personally, I would love a duplex or two villas together, as now that I am in that older bracket with health problems, my daughter would like to be near me so she can keep an eye on me.

Why not go into an over 55s community, you might ask? Well, I definitely qualify but my daughter doesn’t and she still has two daughters living at home.

So, please developers, ask your parents and grandparents what they would like to downsize to in their old age and, remember, we still want to enjoy our old age and not feel that we are compelled to be cramped up in some tiny unit where we can no longer have friends or family visit.

Actually, if there are any developers out there who are considering these suggestions and are building around the Toronto area, please contact me so I can put my name down for a duplex or perhaps two villas together.

– Robyn Lambert, Wangi Wangi

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October 20th, 2018 by admin

Young gun Campbell has twin racing duties

YOUNG GUN: Matt Campbell will race in the Carrera Cup and Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama this weekend. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOKAT 21 years old Matt Campbell will be one of the youngest drivers in action at Mount Panorama this weekend, but what he might lack in experience he certainly makes up in talent.
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Campbell will make his Bathurst 1000 debut as co-driver for Nissan’s Todd Kelly, while he will also be contesting the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia round.

He leads the Carrera Cup Series after six rounds, having amassed 856.5 points, while Alex Davison is second on 819.

Campbell has won four of the last five races contested in the all-Porsche series and if he can top Friday morning’s qualifying session, will make it six poles in succession. It would equal the series record of motor sport great Jim Richards.

On his way to placing third in the series last year, Campbell won the Bathurst round on the back of a win and a second placing. He clocked the race lap record (2:07.4299) and qualifying lap record as well (2:06.2099).

Yet Campbell does not want to look too far ahead.

“It’s been a little bit of a funny season to be honest, we’ve been a little bit up and down, but we’ve been very, very fast and had some fantastic races and hopefully we can carry that into this weekend,” he said.

“We won the round here last year and a couple of races, so I am really looking forward to the races again and hopefully we can have some great pace here.

“A the moment it is a round by round thing, you can’t think about it too much because there are so many races to come. You have just got to go into each round and try your best.”

For Campbell, who was fastest in Thursday’s opening practice session with a 2:09.3801, racing at Mount Panorama continues a family tradition.

His grandfather Bill and Aunty ‘TC’ have previously put their skills to the test at the Bathurst circuit.

“I have been coming here for a long time and watching the event, so to be taking part in it for the first time this year is something very surreal and obviously a huge challenge for myself. I am really looking forward to the opportunity and the experience,” he said.

“My family used to race in the smaller categories here, the support races. My Aunty has raced here in a 1000 support race in Group N, she has raced here in Formula Vee, my grandfather has raced here in Formula Vee and also Touring Cars.

“So they’ve raced a fair few different cars here and I’ve raced here in similar cars so, I really enjoy driving around this place.”

Balancing Carrera Cup and Supercars duties will keep Campbell busy at Bathurst, but it is also a prospect he relishes.

He is hoping that he can gain confidence from his Carrera Cup drives and helpKellyimprove on their seventh placing in last month’s Sandown 500.

“It takes a lot of concentration to drive around here, you are a lot closer to the wall, so that extra mileage transferring across tothe Supercar, having the confidence going across from the Carrera Cup car to the Supercar, I think that will be a big bonus,” he said.

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October 20th, 2018 by admin

Meet the new mayor

Top job: Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic in the mayoral robes and chains outside Campbelltown Council. Picture: Chris LaneCampbelltown’s new mayor has big plans for our city.
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Cr George Brticevic wants Campbelltown to reach its potential, to be a place its residents have no reason to leave.

The 43-year-old has spent his whole life in the area, growing up in Macquarie Fields with his parents and two brothers before marrying wife Monique at 23 and moving to Eschol Park to have his children, Claudia (16) and Andrew (14).

“Campbelltown is immensely important to me, it’s my world,” he told the Advertiser.

“I’m part of the community and I think it’s a fantastic community –it hasso much potential.”

Cr Brticevic has two pet projects he wants to get off the ground as soon as possible.

The first is transforming the “dilapidated” tennis courts at Rosemeadow into a thriving youth multi-purpose sporting complex, the like of which can be found in Macquarie Fields.

The second is introducing free wi-fi to those complexes and possibly the Campbelltown and Ingleburn CBDs.

“Parents say they don’t want theirkids to be on the phone and online all the time, they want them to be outside,” the mayor said.

“Well, as a father of a teenage girl and a teenage boy, I knowthe reality is they do not live without that phone, they do not go to bed until it is pried out of their hands.

“They live in a social world and if we can get them out socially, person to person, out in those basketball facilities or skate parks, they’re not chewing up their own data.

“If they hang out for three or four hours in a safe place, doing physical activity and socialising, using wi-fi the council and the rate-payers are supplying, I think it’s a win-win and I think parents will see the benefit in the hip pocket.”

Cr Brticevic, unlike his recent predecessors, will have plenty of time to see his plans come to fruition.

Changes to local government legislation will allow him to serve back-to-back two-year terms in the top job.

He has the support of his six fellow Labor councillors and independent Paul Lake to carry out four years of mayorship.

“I’d like to think if I can perform and do a good job then all the other councillors will elect me unopposed as they did on this occasion,” Cr Brticevic said.

“You speak to past mayors including Cr Lake and they say they only get going at the 12-month mark, they’re in full swing, fourth or fifth gear, and then they’ve got to hand the chains over, literally.

“To have two years, that’s fantastic, but to have four years, potentially, will give that stability and continuity to the general manager, to the council and to the community as well.

“I’ll be listening to the people and working for the people –I am very excited to be given this opportunity, it is such a privilege and an honour to be the mayor of this great city.”

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September 19th, 2018 by admin

Bathurst 1000 transporter parade from above | Photos, video

Bathurst 1000 transporter parade from above | Photos, video SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21
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SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

SKY HIGH: Supercars driver and transporter parade. Photo: DAVID CARROLL 100516parade1-21

TweetFacebookWestern Advocate reader David Carroll took to the air.

The Bathurst pilot flew his Bristellplane over the city as he took photographs capturing the parade snaking its way up William Street towards Mount Panorama.

September 19th, 2018 by admin

Hold my hand: Little Blue Dinosaur road safety campaign roars into the Shoalhaven

New signage has been installed at prominent holiday destinations across the Shoalhaven as part of the Hold my Hand road safety campaign from the Little Blue Dinosaur foundation.
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The Little Blue Dinosaur foundation was established after thetragic loss of Thomas McLaughlinin a pedestrian road accident on the Central Coast in 2014. The foundation has beendesigned to promotechild road safetyand education.

“It’s a pedestrian program thatstarted aftera little boy was killed at Macmasters Beach when he was away on holiday,” Shoalhaven City Council roads education officer Kathy Wisehamsaid.

“Itwas an unfamiliar area, he was unaware of the road rules and that the traffic there was different from at home.”

The campaign has seen more than 70 new signs emblazonedwith the words ‘Hold my Hand’installed at seven peak tourist locations across the Shoalhaven.

The areas were selected after consultation with theCouncil’s Community Consultative Bodies (CCBs) to identify high traffic pedestrian locations.

“We have signs at all these little coastal villages and we have said (to the CCBs) toput them up at the long weekend in October and take them down after Easter,” Kathy said.

“Signs have been installed at Bendalong, Wandandian, Lake Tabourie, Hyams Beach, Basin Villages, Sussex Inlet and Cambewarra; and we have interest fromBawley Point and Kioloa in putting them up too.

“The Shoalhaven goes from 98,000 people to over 300,000 in holiday time. We have all these people coming down herewho might be unfamiliar with the roads and roadrules.It’s about keeping safe during the holiday season, reminding pedestrians and drivers alike.”

Shoalhaven City Council is one of 10 council bodies across New South Wales topart inthe scheme.

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September 19th, 2018 by admin

Tremain strong, Miller stronger in series win | Photos, video

REV IT UP: Chris Tremain, pictured playing for Australia A, was one of his side’s best on Wednesday night, taking another wicket. South Africa still scored a record-breaking win. Photo: GETTY IMAGESFormer Orange tearaway Chris Tremain was one of his side’s best bowlers on Wednesday night (ADST) in Durban, but it wasn’t enough to stop South Africa recording the second highest run chase in history as they ran down the Australians’ score of 6-371 with four balls and four wickets to spare.
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The hosts claimed the victory and a 3-0 series lead –and series win, with two games to spare –on the back of a stunning David Miller ton, the burly left hander smashed 118 not out from 79 balls to lead his side to victory.

Miller was hampered by an injurytoo, and was superbly aided by Quinton de Kock (70) , Hashim Amla (45) and Andile Phehlukwayo (42 not out).

Outside Mitch Marsh (1-61) Tremain was easily Australia’s best bowler, snaring the wicket of de Kock to finish with 1-65 from his 10 overs. He should’ve had another scalp too whenPhehlukwayo edged behind late in the hosts’ dig.

He was given not out though, and with no reviews left the former Kinross quickand hisAustralians were forced to watch the young all-rounder reverse sweep his side to victory from Adam Zampa’s final over.

“I’m pretty sure [Phehlukwayo]did (hit it) but that’s the game of cricket, those things happen and you have to try and move on from that and try and get him out. We weren’t able to do that today,” Australian skipper Steve Smith said.

“It’sa pretty hard pill to swallow …you don’t lose too many games with 370 on the boardbut obviously Davey Miller played a phenomenal innings at the back end.

“He took the game away from us.”

Smith said while Australia’s selection of three uncapped quicks on the tour, letting their more recognised fast bowlers have a break,“hasn’t gone to plan” he’s sure Tremain, Dan Worrall and Joe Mennie will take plenty from the series.

Tremain has, quite comfortably, been the best of the three rookies.

“It hasn’t gone to plan so far, but I’m sure the guys will be able to take a lot out of playing against the South Africans,” Smith said.

“There’s some quality batsmen in this line-up and you’ve got to learn to play against the best if you want to play international cricket and I’m sure they’ll take a lot out of this series.”

VIDEO: Watch the highlights of Australia’s record-breaking loss to South Africa on Wednesday night.

David Warner (117) and Aaron Finch (53) went ballistic after Smith won the toss and batted, putting on 110 in the first 13 overs before the latter was dismissed having faced just 34 balls.

That brought Smith (108) inand he and Warner proceeded to pile on another 124 in the next 21 overs to catapult the Australians to an enviable position at 2-234 with 16 overs left whenWarner was dismissed.

From there George Bailey (28) and Travis Head (35) pushed their sides score to 6-371, the highest One-Day International score at the ground. That record stayed in place for about three hours.

In a performance reminiscent of South Africa’s 2006 showing at the Wanderers when they ran down Australia’s 4-434, Miller led the hosts to another record-breaking win.

“I said at the toss I wanted our top four to score the bulk of our runs and I wanted one of them to score a hundred, we had two guys do that [on Wednesday] which is a positive,” Smith said.

“It’s a very tough loss but it was a pretty good batting display to be fair. Davey was oustanding at the end,Quinton played really well again.”

MATCH WINNER: David Miller celebrates his stunning hundred on Wednesday night, which won his side the game. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The fourth game of the series is on Sunday, at Port Elizabeth, before the fifth and final game at Cape Town next Wednesday.

“Hopefully the guys can come back and we can win the last two games,” Smith said.

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September 19th, 2018 by admin

Junior cricket lift

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After some initial concerns, the Grampians Cricket Association junior competition looks set for a big season with the inclusion of late teams.

The competition looks likely of having eight or nine teams in the under 16 competition with Willaura the most recent team to express interest.

The position of junior co-ordinator is yet to be filled so the associations leading men and women are doing their best to get the season started by October 22, but the seniors remain a priority.

The under 13 competition boasts similar numbers to the under 16 competition however Stawell based club Youth club have had to withdraw their team.

Grampians Cricket Association president David Turner said the growing numbers of junior cricket were a great result for cricket in the region.“We are very happy with our junior competition at present,” hesaid.

“We had a few teams pull out early, but some late entries have allowed kids to settle in new teams.”

With the competition of other sports an issue, as well as the senior grades wanting to play 50 over cricket, the junior competition will run on Friday nights with the occasional Saturday morning game.

“It is a bit of a compromise so the juniors don’t have to start too early and the seniors get closer to what they want,” Turner said.“The seniors play 45 overs so we are kind of meeting in the middle.”

The junior competition is yet to have adraw finalised.

The rain around the district will come in to play with the grounds that are available early in the season.

“We have had 22 inches of rain since May and that obviously plays havoc with pitches,” Turner said.

“It is all a working progress though, but we are desperate for a junior co-ordinator.”

Turner had been in talks with some candidates, but an appointment was yet to be made.The association is in the process of getting a list of coaches together to discuss the fixture.

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September 19th, 2018 by admin

Golf course recovering from flooding

Golf course recoveringby Short Putt
Nanjing Night Net

Over recent weeks the rainfall and the river floods have combined to disrupt the lives of many people. The resilience of the Forbes community will see it recover, albeit with a few water stains on the memories.

Obviously with the golf course covered in water to varying depths there has been no opportunity for any play. A number of major events have had to be cancelled, including the Juniors Golf Camp, scheduled forSeptember 28-29, and the NSW Open Regional Qualifier scheduled forOctober 8-9.

But the course is recovering, as the photos show. From the weekend of the floods with water everywhere, and now one week later the levels have subsided enough to see some features returning. As with many facilities around town and the surrounding districts, volunteer assistance will be needed to help get things into shape on the golf course once we can move around it.

The Course committee is looking to re-establishing activity as soon as possible, and quite probably initially on a composite arrangement of holes to avoid the “excessive water hazard” (will they be marked with striped yellow and black pegs – we shall see!).

Looking to some upcoming events, there will need to be some re-scheduling undertaken, so do not plan your holidays yet. Many Committees have put their heads together to see what could be done.

Additionally, both Cowra and Parkes Golf Clubs have offered the use of their courses for Forbes events. Depending on what happens, you may be travelling to a different course for some familiar events.

The 2016-17 Summer Sixes were due to commence competition in the week commencingOctober 10. Now it is hoped to get underway in the week commencingOctober 17.

Any commencement will depend on the condition and recovery of the course so keep an eye on the notice board at the Pro Shop to see how things progress.

Nevertheless, please get your team entries into the Pro Shop as soon as you can, and also your name if you are looking for a vacant spot somewhere. Daniel will be able to work something for you. Getting an early idea of the number of teams will enable the Sixes committee to better plan the whole event.

In order to encourage players to get their fill, the Sixes committee have instigated a discount for secondand subsequent cards. This means that an individual player can enter more than one card each week with the intention of improving their score, and pay less for the extra games.

For those who want to get off to a flying start, you may want to avail yourselves of the special offer that Daniel has on Sixes Team coaching sessions. A mere $10 each will secure a focused and rewarding session, from which you will emerge invigorated and full of potential. Or maybe you just want to be able to swing the club with a higher probability of contacting the ball. Let Daniel be your “Fixit Doctor” so you can really enjoy your game. It may be possible to get some practice in before the comp starts.

The Mens Championships were due to be played on the weekends of October 15-16 and 22-23. This should be played over four rounds across 18-holes on consecutive weekends, so it is quite probable that this will be delayed also.

It is possible this may be played in November, with the Presentation Night re-scheduled to December. Some dynamic shuffling is needed to squeeze this event in somewhere, so please be patient.

Here is the news:A team from the Lachlan Valley Districts Golf will contest the NSW Country Championships, which this year will be held at Goulburn. The team, chosen on current form, comprises Steve and John Betland and Lee Grierson from Forbes, and three players from Parkes. Players from other Lachlan Valley clubs were considered but unfortunately were ineligible. We wish them well, and hope they will improve on the Lachlan Valley’s previous best performance of seventhoverall.

A group of players ventured to Parkes last weekend, endeavouring to swing a club and shake out some creases. They participated in the Stableford event, which was an Individual and Pairs competition.

The Pairs competition was won by Ian Bown/Steve Grallelis, who were both unaware that they were contenders. This victory was sweetened by virtue of winning the Keno from their playing partners, Todd and Alby Callaghan.

Other Forbes players to collect prizes included Max Haley and Cameron McMillan.

Once again Forbes has elected to participate in the Australia Golf Month during October, when the community at large are invited to ‘give golf a go’. Any participation events will depend on the condition of the course, but you can still enquire about – membership offers, ‘Introduction to Golf’ lessons, and the possibility of ‘Free’ lessons for new players on Sunday,October 30. More to come on these things.

Daniel will be participating in a Holden Scramble event next weekend. He will be leading the winning team from the Forbes Holden Scramble, who were a group from Mudgee. Unfortunately the Forbes players were not able to score well on the qualifying day so Daniel must fly the Forbes flag alone. We wish him well.

It is crystal ball time:The ball (both the crystal and the golf) is pretty muddy at present so I cannot say what is going to be played when.But as soon as I hear, I shall let you know.

Eight Green: September 26 the flood waters covering the eighth green. You will need more then your wellies.

Bowls: Don Drabsch with his grandchildren Alice, Isabelle, Ben, Kate and Sarah.

Bogan Gate Golf Ark Need: 8th Green on October 3. This is taken a week later and shows the 8th green having emerged from the flood water. The flag stick is still there, but still water all around.

With the weather so bad over the last couple of months, and the course flooded for an indefinite period there has been little golf played.

Saturday, September17the Men braved the elements and played an 18 hole Stableford , winner on the day was Graham Hunter with 33 points, runner-up was Ron Boness on a count-back also 33 points.

Nearest the pin on the thirdand12thGraham Hunter.

Next Sunday,October 9weather permitting is the Mens 27 hole Foursomes Championships.

Coming events are the re-scheduled Bogan Gate Open to be held on theOctober 16 commencing 8.30amstart.

The “Inaugarel Jim Nutley Memorial Trophy Day “ this is a Mixed 4BBB Stableford to be held on theOctober 30commencing11am Draw for partners also a high tea. Visitors are most welcome please come along and make this a great day.

Cup winner chases more gloryDUBBO Cup winner Any Blinkin’ Day will get a chance to add another country feature to his tally on Sunday when he lines up in the $45,000 Coonamble Cup (1600m).

Prepared at Dubbo by Clint Lundholm, the five-year-old gelding hasn’t raced since his all-the-way win in the Dubbo race on September 20.

Lundholm has been able to retain the services of Sydney rider Anthony Cavallo for Sunday’s event, which has drawn together a handy field.

In fact, the top three over the line in the Dubbo race will all line up at Coonamble, with Justin Stanley’s gelding Something Borrowed and Dar Lunn’s mare Playing Game also set to contest.

Lunn has engaged champion hoop Greg Ryan for the mount on Playing Game, while Mathew Cahill will be aboard Something Borrowed.​

CRICKETDESTRUCTIVE Parkes, Lachlanand Western Zone opening batsman Anthony Heraghty will line-up for defending Whitney Cup premiers Macquarie in 2016-17.

Heraghty’s 11thhour arrival at the defending Dubbo District Cricket Association first grade champions –the season starts on Saturday –became official mid-week, with the gun batsman’s transfer from Parkes club Cambridge secured on Tuesday.

Parkes’ representative team and Macquarie have a strong tie thanks largely toShane Skinner, with the two sides annually taking part in a pre-season clash in honour of the former Parkes junior and Macquarie captain and club president, who passed away in 2011.

Heraghty said Skinner attempted to lure a then 19-year-old opening bat and part-time off-spin bowler to the Dubbo club in 2006.

“I ummed and ahhed then,” Heraghty said of his initial wooing a decade ago.

“The Parkes competition has formed one grade this summer, so a chance to play against some strong sides each week will be good for my cricket.”

The move will also enhance one of the zone’s premier batsmen’s chance at higher honours.

Heraghty, since Mycricket stats started in 2013-14, averages 64 at a rep level with Parkes –his 502 runs at 125 in five innings three seasons ago one to remember.

The 29-year-old said making the move to Dubbowas as much about having a crack at a Bush Blues cap as it was playing with “a few mates at Macquarie”.

“That’s the goal. Every cricketer wants to test themselves,” he said.

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