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September 20th, 2019 by admin

Rewards given to race’s best dressed

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What you wear to the Burra Picnic Races might garner you a prize.

The event is hosting a Fashion on the Field competition, where people can strut their stuff and show off their threads.Categories for the competition are best dressed male and best dressed female.

Two hampers valued at $50 each,kindly donated by Pretty Rustic,will be given as prizes.

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Top Crop Seed CleanersCMV Truck SalesSolar Water PumpsBurra Discount TyresBullrush Clothing CompanyA panel of judges will cast their eyes over the candidates. On the panel will beJodie Quinn from Pretty Rustic, and Burra Picnic Race Club committee members Emily McLeod, Jess Henderson and Sam Quinn.

The judges will select their top 10 male andtop 10 female contestants from the crowd throughout the day.

Following a parade, the winner will be announced at 2pm.

Event organisers say dress accordingly, as it could potentially be very hot.Thistle Bedsis a dusty place, so sensible foot wear is a must.

Organisers said everyone has their own individual sense of style, which absolutely adds to the atmosphere, action and excitement of the day.

They look forward to seeing everyone there, wearing a dress and fascinator or suit and tie, or the more traditional RM Williams boots, jeans and an Akubra.

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LOTS OF FUN: Nathan Lambert, James Wardle and Luke Kapitola had a fantastic weekend out at the Burra Picnic Races in 2015. Akubras are encouraged.

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September 20th, 2019 by admin

Stawell legend Ravelo dies, 73

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Stawell Gift legendJean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa​, died last month aged 73.

Ravelomanantsoa​ who was affectionately known as Ravelo was the first person ever to win the iconic race from the scratch mark.

Current Stawell Athletic Club committee member and junior starter of the 1975 Stawell Gift carnival Murray MacPherson recalls the day the race changed forever.

“It was a shocking day at Stawell, it was cold, wet and windy, but I had a close view of the race from the starters point,” MacPherson said.

“Jean-Louis looked confident after his semi, but no one had ever come close to winning from the back mark. He ran 12 seconds dead and won by half a metre or so.”

Ravelo defeated pre race favourite Peter Marks and third placed Murray McGregor.

Ravelo who hailed from Madagascar was a three time Olympian and his country’s greatest ever sprinter.

Twenty five years on from his victory he returned to Victoria for a hall of fame dinner held at Rod Laver Arena.

Having ran just once at Stawell he never defended his title, but he still goes down as one of the greats.

He was one of six runners inducted into the hall of fame on that evening.

When Stawell Gift celebrated 125 years of racing it was a unanimous decision that Ravelo was the greatest ever moment in Stawell Gift history.

“In my eyes it is still the greatest run we have ever seen at the Stawell Gift,” MacPherson said.

“I had the privilege of being there for both Ravelo’s win and Josh Ross’ scratch win some 30 years later. Ravelo set the bench mark for back markers.”

Ravelo has sadly passed, butMacPherson believes his legacy truly will live on forever.

“The crowds were much bigger back then, but Ravelo created more interest on that day than anyone has ever done before and people will be forever talk about the 1975 gift winner,” he said.

MacPherson was a head starter for 11 years from 1995-2006.

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September 20th, 2019 by admin

Jacobi’s super season

On the burst: Jacobi Shaw (ball) makes a bust during a Mustangs match this year. Jacobi said his favourite players are Swans stars Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery.Manning Valley Mustangs tyro Jacobi Shaw has been recognised for an outstanding season by being named thebest and fairest playerfor the entire North Coast AFL under 11s competition.
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Jacobi’s individual award highlighted a positive inauguralyear for theMustangs, who entered an under 11s and 13s side in the North Coast AFL.

Jacobi, 11, was one of the team’sshining lights.

Making Jacobi’s achievement more impressive was the fact that it was the first time he had played competitive football,although he had competed in Auskick programs for several years, winning Auskicker of the year in 2014.

“I learned new things every week,” Jacobi said of the step up to competitive footy.

The Chatham Primary School student said he “always loved playing AFL”.

He plays cricket as well and reasons that the two sports compliment each other with their emphasis on catching and hand-eye co-ordination.

Jacobi usually plays ruckman but also spent time as a forward and a defender.

He said he wasn’t sure how many goals he kicked this year, which is a good indication that it was a fairly successful season in front of the sticks.

His performances were good enough to catch the eye of representative selectors, with Jacobi chosen alongside his Mustangs teammate Cooper Daniel in the Mid North Coastunder 13 side, which played in a Northern Coast representative carnival.

Jacobi’s efforts throughout the year were recognised with him being named the Mustangs 11s best and fairest player as well, although he says awards aren’t his main motivation.

Jacobi goes up for a mark.

“I’m happy to get awards, but if someone else gets them I know they deserve it,” he said.

The tearaway was an interested spectator in the 2016 AFL grand final between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans, who he barracks for.While disappointed the Swans didn’t get up, he said the Bulldogs “deserved to win”.

At 11, Jacobi is already a strong advocate forAFL in the region.

“I’d like to encourage people to give AFL a try.I really like it, I’m not changing (sports) anytime soon.”

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September 20th, 2019 by admin

October in the garden

SPECTACULAR: Magnolias have been spectacular this year after our wet and mild winter. Picture: Liz ChappellGardens across the New England are on the cusp of a remarkable spring after an unseasonably wet and relatively mild winter. Have you noticed already how much taller the stems are on the first flowers of hellebores and daffodils?
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Our garden is colder than most, being very close to the river, so many spring delights like camellias and magnolias, already fading in warmer gardens, are just reaching their peak, and fingers crossed, will escape a late frost.

We rarely see October through without at least a couple of frosty nights though. So I follow the old advice of not planting out tomatoes until after Melbourne Cup Day. That also applies for petunias, marguerite daisies and any potted plants that have been raised in warmer areas.

Many of the exotic plants and bulbs we grow have their origins in Mediterranean climates where winters are typically wet and summers hot and dry, more like south-eastern Australia than the New England. This damp winter has suited them well. Deep soil moisture will give new shrubs and trees a great start too.

I’m especially thrilled to find that several favourite plants I thought had succumbed to the extended dry weather last autumn are now springing back to life. Once of my favourite cranesbill geraniums, G. Mrs H D Maddox, which is fully herbaceous, has reappeared and some clematis, including the lovely double purple C. Kiri te Kanawa, have healthy new shoots after looking most dejected a few months ago.

JOBS THIS MONTHPruning is an ongoing task in a large garden. Now is when we tackle the hedges and evergreen shrubs. Our large Leyland cypress hedge is starting to look a bit shaggy so a tidy up now will keep it in shape until after Christmas. Most of the common evergreens used as hedges and structural shrubs: Elaeagnus, Pittosporum, Escallonia and Euonymous to mention just a few, benefit from a light prune now and another shape up in mid-summer.

Modern and floribunda roses will have fresh new growth after pruning in August. But if you didn’t get around to that, don’t stress. They will flower anyway and you can prune instead of dead heading after their first flowering. Many old fashioned and heritage roses, however, are a different matter. Those that only flower once, such as the damasks, gallicas, spinosissimas (Scot’s roses) and many rugosas should only be pruned after flowering. Our rugosa “Vanguard” was missed last summer and is now as tall as the garage. Its lovely double apricot blooms will be out of sight, but I will cut it down to size later.

GARDEN VISITINGVisiting other gardens in our area is one of the best sources of new ideas for plant choices and design inspiration. Usually the garden owners are very happy to chat with visitors and share tips. Some also have plant stalls. We have a fine array of garden events coming up in the district.

October 7 and 8 (Friday and Saturday): Stanthorpe Garden Fest. Plants, Landscaping supplies, crafts. (07)46811363.

October 29 and 30. Invergowrie Homestead, Armidale. Sesquicentenary garden opening proceeds benefit Heritage Rose Garden at Saumarez Homestead, also open same weekend. Contact: Australian Garden History Society, 67750046

November 7 and 8. St Peter’s Gardens Armidale. Ten gardens in and around Armidale.

November 19 and 20. Glen Innes Anglican Church Garden Tour. Four of the district’s finest gardens.

Walcha garden festival. Contact Walcha Visitor Information Centre 67742460.

Liz Chappell is author of “Celebrate the Seasons: Garden memoirs from New England” and former regional coordinator for Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. 梧桐夜网lizchappell南京夜网419论坛

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September 20th, 2019 by admin

Horse lovers left high and dry

NO TIME TO SHINE: Well-known show horse competitor and 2010 Garryowen winner Sara Love, of Corowa, says it has been nearly impossible for riders to obtain qualifiers for the big royal shows this season.
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It would be fair to say the gloss has well and truly worn off –orshould that bewashed off –the show season this year.

Relentless rain has forced the cancellation or postponement of dozens of horse events at agricultural showsacross the region.

The cavalcade of floats (and associated occupants) that usually pours in to showgrounds and ovals at many smalltowns isnoticeably absent this year –and with it a huge chunk of a show’sdollars and atmosphere.

Corowa’sSara Love, a40-year veteran of the show horse circuit, says the big wet isfinancially “crippling” many show societies.

The annual Corowa Show, originally scheduled for tomorrow, is yet anothercasualty of the big wet with the event postponed untilSunday, November 27.

However Ms Love will help run the show’shorse classeson Sundayin a bid to help riders gain qualifiersfor the 2017royal shows.

The well-known showand dressage competitor said it had been nearly impossible to work or prepare horses for this show season.

Couple this with the fact show after show hadcancelled its horse events due to water-logged grounds, and the entire season hadproven a bit of a washout, she said.

“Not everyone has an under-cover arena–minehas been under water for four months,” Ms Love said.

“It’s hard to get the horses’coats right andyou also haveassociated health problems such as hoof abscesses, greasy heel and colds.”

JUMP TO IT: Border Districts Showjumping Club will run a last-minute event today at AWEC in the wake of so many classes being cancelled at local agricultural shows.

Ms Love said thetypical season,fromAugust toearly November, usually saw hundreds of interstateand local ridersembark on a “run” taking in up to a dozen shows.

Three shows were cancelled or postponed last weekend, whichimpacted entries at Walbundrie Show.

But the effects are morewide-reaching for shows already struggling to stay afloat, Ms Love said.

The long-time Corowa Show supporter said there was increasing pressurefrom cheaper and more accessible online entertainment.

“The days of going to the show as a family are almost a thing of the past,” she said.

“When you factor in the cost of entry,rides, food and showbags, it becomes a pretty expensive day out.”

Ms Love said peopleoften failed to realise the months of preparation carried out bya smallband of volunteers.

Pavilions and sheds need to be cleaned and maintained and people like Corowa Show Society secretary Jan McKenna have to collate and organise exhibit entries in everything frompaintings through to preserves.

Ms Loves firmly believes an injection of interest –and participation –from young people is the vital ingredient in resurrecting theheady heydays of the country show.

“Local school children should be involved in the pavilions, with entries from their cooking classes ortrying to grow the biggest pumpkins for the vegie section,” she said.

“It is only throughmaintaining community connections that we can generate the interest and support needed to savethese shows.”

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