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June 20th, 2019 by admin

New cukes tonic for gin

Special ingredients selected by Hendricks Gin fans will be sprinkled on cucumber seeds at a purpose-built greenhouse at the University of Sydney.THIS summer thehumble cucumber is getting a makeover by an innovativecompany which knows a thing or two about gourds.
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Hendrick’s Gin has launched a campaign to create a brand new variety of garnishing cucumber –The Unusually Australian Cucumber.

In the past few weeks avid fans of the Scottish tipple –made with rose petals and cucumber –have voted on a range of inputs that will now foster the creation of hundreds of cucumbers that will ultimately be available to the public to garnish their hard-earned gin and tonics.

Those who engaged in Hendrick’s horticultural quest were faced withthree difficult choices.

They had to decidethe creature whose poo would fertilise the seeds: the emu or kangaroo; second, the water-dweller which would add their crustycharm: Moreton Bay Bug shellsor yabby shells, and third, the soil that would make the best growing medium:Broken Hill soil or Simpson Desert soil.

After much online commentary the inputs decided upon included emu poo,yabby shells andSimpson Desert soil.

These ingredientswill now besprinkled on young cucumber seedsat a purpose-built greenhouse at the University of Sydney.

Pro-dean of the faculty of agriculture and environment and expert cucumberist,professor Robyn McConchie, will oversee the growing process.

“To develop a unique cucumber variety cultivated with Australian ingredients is a testimony to the innovation of Hendrick’s,” Professor McConchie said.

“It’s never been done before, and we’re excited to be part of it.”

The interactivemarketing campaign was dreamt up bySydney-based advertising agencyLavender.

Lavender’s executive creative directorMarco Eychenne was excited about the first harvest.

“We’re hoping the cucumbers will pick up some unusual characteristics,” Mr Eychenne said.

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June 20th, 2019 by admin

Former player praises result

Former Footscray Football Club player Merv Hobbs with his 1961 grand final medal.When the final siren sounded at the MCG on Saturday, former Footscray player Merv Hobbs could not help but shed a tear.
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Ararat’sHobbs played in the 1961 grand final whichFootscray lost by 43 points to Hawthorn.

He said he did not expect to be as emotional after the final siren.

“It did evoke emotions,” he said.

“I did not think it would at all.

“My wife sat beside me and had a giggle when she saw me shed a few tears at the end.

“I was mostly happy for all the supporters, especially the older ones who had not seen the team win a grand final.”

Hobbs saw many similarities between the 1961 team and the 2016 team.

He said the 1954 premiership team was very different to the 1961 and 2016 teams.

“The 1954 side were a team of about 12 champions,” he said.

“In 1961 we were like the current side, quick, fast, young and fit.”

Hobbs said the Dogs would beat the Swans and it proved true.

He said the grand final played out exactly how he thought it would.

“The Bulldogsplayed a hard side but Ifelt Footscray were younger and fitter than Sydney going into the game,” he said.

“Blokes like Hamling and Tom Boyd played their best games by far.

“The clincher was when Clay Smith took a mark shortly before the half time siren.

“Had he missed the goal, they could have dropped their bundle but he kicked it.

“I think that gave the team plenty of confidence for the rest of the game.”

Hobbs also has a connection to one of the Sydney players.

He coached Swans’ captain Jarrad McVeigh’s dad Tony at Williamstown in the Victorian Football Association in 1979.

“Tonywas strong and tough but he kicked the ball like a girl,” he said.

“His courage and determination has obviously rubbed off on Jarrod though.

“I do not think Jarrad went into the game fully fit.”

Hobbs expects there to be more success in the future for the Bulldogs.

He said with such a young team, there will hopefully be more opportunities to win premierships.

“I would expect the next five years will be very fruitful for the club,” he said.

“I can onlysee success for the football club both on and off the field for years to come.”

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June 20th, 2019 by admin

Durrant’s royal finish at NSW Queens shoot meet

Shooting royalty: David Durrant matched some of the country’s best to secure a swag of awards at the Queen’s shoot recently.
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The Bega Rifle Club’s three main “wanderers” Russell Palmer, David Durrant and Colin Twigg headed to Sydney to contest the NSW Queens competition.

Durrant was a standout, returning as royalty of the event, claiming third overall in the B grade contest.

His efforts included three gold medals at 500, 600 and 800 metres as well as a silver in the 300 metre class.

Team-mate Twigg said it was “no small feat” to match some of the biggest names in the sport.

More than 225 shooters took part across four classes and the fields featured some well-known names.

“Even the state teams and the Australian team were in attendance to compete and prepare for their sortie to the Canada World Games next year,” Twigg said.

“Needless to say there were some very experienced names andhigh powered reputations to uphold within these teams.”

For the local contingent, the Queens shoot provided a perfect test to pit themselves against the country’s best.

However, a blustery and “fishtailing” wind put the field on the back foot from the outset and didn’t let up across the event.

“It would blow your bullet from one side of the target to the other if you let it,” Twigg said.

Twigg said it bordered on frustrating for the local team as the results weren’t as good as hoped, but the end-of-day results showed that other teams had been impacted as well.

“The feedback alone gave us some quiet contentment as often the wind separates the experienced shooters from the novices,” Twigg said.

Durrant got his eye in and began picking up medals across the competitions as the team headed to the long-range 800 metre event on the third day.

The increased range meant the wind was having a more severe impact and the scores began to reflect the trying conditions.

However, the team was shocked to discover other teams had also lost points and Durrant had actually topped the aggregate field for the day.

Twigg and Palmer both shot in the A grade division and had shot well throughout the weekend, but finished just outside the placings.

Twigg said he was “more than pleased” with a personal best finish of seventh overall throughout.

The team said they were happy to be putting Bega shooting on the map and sharing skills from these big events at the home club.

The group said they were steadily honing their skills and results at the Bega range were collectively on the rise as well.

The trio are now preparing for the Canberra edition of the Queens event later this year.

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June 20th, 2019 by admin

The WA Brekkie Blog Thursday, October 6, 2016

Good morning! Here areyour headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, news and more.
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Eaton footballer Aaron Black is parting ways with North Melbourne and hopes to continue his AFL career at another club in 2017. Photo: Getty Images.

EATON:Eaton football product and former Peel Thunder playerAaron Black has parted ways with his AFL club North Melbourne, but a placement with the Fremantle Dockers could be on the horizon. Read more.

ESPERANCE:At the tender age of 20,Sharn Campbell has seen more tragedy over the past two years than most people would dread to see over a lifetime.Since 2015 he haslost two friends and his stepfather and he blamesone thing, methamphetamine. Read more.

MANDURAH:Liberal Dawesville candidate Zak Kirkup has launched a petition calling on the state Liberal government to install a shark barrier to protect swimmers at Falcon Bay. Read more.

MARGARET RIVER:A long stint travelling the world, making and learning as much as he could about wine was a vital piece of the puzzle that led Margaret River local Nic Peterkinto be named the 2016 Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year this month. Read more.

BUSSELTON:A brazenbreak-in occurred at the Busselton Central Shopping Centreafter a group of thieves forced their way into two storesgetting away with a large amount of loot. Read more.

Need anational newssnapshot first thing?Well, we have you covered.

Regional INSIGHT: UOW’s Dr Xiaoqi Feng and Associate Professor Thomas Astell-Burt will lead the five-year ‘Greener Cities Healthier Lives’ research project.

►Green spaces and our health. What’s the connection, you might ask?It’s one of manyquestionsset to be examined ina $3.2 million research project at the University of Wollongong (UOW), which includesanAustralian-first look atthe link between vegetation and achild’sacademic scores.Read more.

One man faces permanent disability as another faces jail over Anzac Day punch at Warners Bay.

►Itwas an Anzac Day get-together at a Lake Macquariepub for some schooners and two-up which has left one man with permanent brain damage and his mate facing jail time for the punch thatcaused the injury. Read more.

AMAZING: “Extreme weather” was experienced at many parts of the state over the past week, including Williamstown caravan park.

► Apreliminary investigationbythe Australian Energy MarketOperator (AEMO)found South Australia’s statewide power blackoutwas “triggered by extreme weather”.The report found there was no “unusual activity” in the state’s electricity until Wednesday afternoon’s storm brought down 22 transmission towers and cut three major lines. Read more.

RIVETING FOOTAGE: Thomas Aggs almost trod on these three big writhing black snakes before capturing video and these photos of them.

►A holidaying bushwalker searching for virtual Pokemon has instead shot riveting live video of three big red-bellied black snakes 30 centimetres from his feet. Read more.

Australian singer Peter Allen sings at the State Sport Centre in Homebush March 12, 1985 in Sydney. Photo: Getty Images

►You don’t have to go to Rio, but you can’t stay here.That’s the message from the City of Bunbury which is playing looped audio of the Peter Allen classic “I Go to Rio” at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell, the city’s outdoor bandstand on the waterfront, to deter the homeless, vandals, and other antisocial elements. Read more.

Elizabeth Dixon

►A manaccused of the 1982 murder of Elizabeth “Betty” Dixon has indicated he would plead guilty to a back-up charge of concealing a serious offence.Rodney Lawrence, 65, was committed on Wednesday to stand trial for the murder of Ms Dixon, whose body was found in her car in bushland at Ashtonfield. Read more.

Pic by @alstar6 Spillway running #lakeeppalock via Instagram on Tuesday.

►One of Victoria’s biggest drinking water storage facilities is spilling for the first time in four years after repeated heavy rainfall over a soggy catchment. Read more.

Race fans lined the streets to watch the Supercar Transporter Parade as the trucks and drivers made their way up William Street on Wednesday morning. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

►Thousands of race fans lined the streets of Bathurst on Wednesday to welcomed the V8 Supercar teams to town for the Bathurst 1000 Race Week. See the gallery here.

WHAT A BEAUTY: Snake catcher Stewart Lalor with the biggest red-bellied black snake he has seen. It was captured at a Mt Cotton property.

►Redland snake catcher Stewart Lalor has caught the biggest red-bellied black snake he has ever seen.The two metrespecimen came from Mt Cotton,a semi-rural area in south-east Queensland. Read more.

National news The RSL has been rocked by a series of questions over spending and accountability. Photo: Anna Warr

​►The national president of the RSL is facing calls tostep asidein the wake of revelations he received a share of nearly $1 million in payments despite being a volunteer. Read more.

Shonky Award winners Green and Clean Bottled Air. Photo: CHOICE

►A camel milk business that claims its “white gold” can help those with autism, diabetes and cancer has been referred to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for investigation. Read more.

Gladys Berejiklian: The government has “wiped out the state’s net debt”. Photo: Louise Kennerley

►Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian claims the NSW government’s debts have been wiped away but the budget papers suggest that might not last long. Read more.

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce is pushing for a ban on cash for scrap metal as Victoria leads in carjackings. Photo: Craig Abraham

►Victoriaisthe stolen car capital of Australia, state governmentand insurance industry research has found.In the 12 months toJune 2016, there were more than 15,000 thefts of passenger and light commercial vehicles, by far the highest of any state or territory,according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. This wasa 35 per centrise onthe previous year.Read more.

►Attorney-General George Brandis is facing calls to resign after the government’s top legal adviser accused him of misleading Parliament, in a dramatic escalation of a toxic row between the country’s two most senior legal officers. Read more.

Attorney-General George Brandis is facing calls to resign after the government’s top legal adviser accused him of misleading Parliament. Photo: Fairfax Media

►The federal National Party in NSW is united against the Baird government’s plan to abolish greyhound racing as senior Coalition figures worry that anger in regional areas at the dogs ban, combined with the recent focus on same-sex marriage, is weighing on the poll-challenged Turnbull government. Read more.

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce admits the greyhound ban is ‘having an effect’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

National weather radarOn this day1866 –First U.S. train robbery

1991 – Liz Taylor marries husband No. 7

1847 – Jane Eyre is published

1996 – Country superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wed

Faces of Australia:Jarryd Eriksson LINES AND COLOUR: an afternoon’s idle drawing has lead to national recognition for Jarryd Eriksson. Picture: NONI HYETT

Jarryd Eriksson might not like fashionbut a passion for drawing has earned him nationalrecognition for a skioutfit he designed.

The year seven Eaglehawk student wandered into a classroom after school one day earlier this yearand, while waiting for his friends to finish up on a project, began idly sketching some ideas. Read more.

June 20th, 2019 by admin

Artist inks her name on national art scene

Bright display: Celeste Wrona poses for a picture with her artwork ahead of ‘The Other Art Fair’. Photo: Daniel MunozCeleste Wrona is painting her way to the top.
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The Campbelltown artist’s unique workwas featured in the current seasonof Channel 9’s show,The Block.

Ms Wrona said the call was a dream come true.

“I got a call from contestants Kim and Chris, they had seen my work on Instagram and they wanted a piece to use for their next challenge,” she said.

“A lot of artists dream of getting that kind of exposure.

“The fact that my work was going to be featured on prime time TV was incredible. I was so excited, I wasjumping up and down in my loungeroom –that’s when the adrenalin kicked in.”

Kim and Chris chose one of Ms Wrona’s limited edition prints, Release II,for their top-scoring master bedroom design.

“I had to get the information from them really quickly, I could tell they were preparing from the challenge but I wasn’t clear on what size they wanted,” Ms Wrona said.

“So I had my fine art printer in Bowral print in multiple sizes and then I had to drive it into Sydney to be express posted to Melbourne in time for the room reveal.”

Ms Wrona said she flew to theset to see the painting being hung.

“When I got there it was chaotic, it was exactly how you see it on the show,” she said.

“They had one day to go and the paint wasn’t even dry andthey had problems with the fireplace so I wasn’t even sure the piece was going to be used.

“It was amazing, I hoped it would happen this season.”

Ms Wrona’s work is also featured on The Block Shop and is available to purchase from the theblockshop南京夜网419论坛.

Several of the artist’s ink art pieces will also be displayed atThe Other Art Fair from October 27 to October 30 at theCommune gallery in Waterloo.

The international fair features 100 of Australia’s emerging artists.

“It is for artists not yet represented by galleries,” Ms Wrona said.

“The selection panel is very prestigious.

“Ben Quilty,Roslyn Oxley,Amanda Love andLeif Podhajsky are some of the biggest names in art so to be collected by them was wonderful.”

Ms Wrona said the fair was unique because it allowed visitors to chat with the artists.

“You can have a conversation about the work, which is not something you get to do very often,” she said.

“I will be showcasing work that I haven’t released yet.

“My favourite piece is Immersion,it is quite colourful and almost otherworldly.

“It’s the type of work you can stare at and not get bored.”

The Argyle Affair on November 26 and 27 at the Camden AH&I Hall will be Ms Wrona’s only local exhibition this year.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Letters to the editor

Leave the Dark Ages behind YOUTH PERSPECTIVE: The Mobile Movie Fest on this weekend offers the views of Tenterfield’s younger residents, such as Angela Moore filming here.
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I write with the intention of stimulating some regional public debate on the subject of religion. Not only the role it assumes in an enlightened society, but also the means by which some institutions choose to share their particular world view.

Let me start by saying I have my own personal take on the mysteries of The Universe, but feel no need to expand on them. I also believe that religious faith, doctrine and practise provides for many people a powerful and positive force. And I fully support and respect those rights.

However, as citizens of a progressive country we are well on our way to separating out spiritual beliefs from the processes of governmental decision making. On the forefront of our national agenda the hot issues of voluntary euthanasia and gay marriage are playing out, serving to demonstrate that educated people will no longer have the foundation of their morality informed by other peoples spiritual beliefs.

I live in thesmall country town of Tenterfield in northern NSW and on Friday received an envelope marked HOUSEHOLDER. On the back of the letter was a small printed sticker with the name and address of a person in Lismore NSW. There was a flyer inside urging me to STOP! in red capitalised letters.

To cut a long story short the flyer was adorned with childish cartoons which sought to illustrate the ‘message’ of eternal hellfire and damnation if a certain belief system was not adopted.

My initial reaction was to pen back to Mr Fuller of Lismore something along the following lines….HOUSEHOLDER…STOP! I believe that aliens from the galaxy Endometria, colonised planet Earth 100 million years ago! I have some new ‘’íntelligence’’ and feel duty bound and compelled to drive around the district letterbox dropping in order to save others from the coming alien invasion…”

A flippant response? Yes, yet one which was probably deserved. Instead, putting my penchant for the ridiculous aside, I was moved to contemplate the responsibility we all have in a world where fundamental ideologies are at play, wreaking so much disunity, damage, destruction and suffering.

The flyer in question and an enclosed biblical extract were stamped by the Baptist church in Stanthorpe, a Queensland village just 40 km away over the border. In a country where integration of people from all colour and creeds is a high profile topical challenge, I strongly believe it is incumbent upon all of us, to put it out there that decisions based on irrational fears have no place in a modern society.

I would pose two questions.

Is this approach supported by the Baptist church in general, or is it a localised error of judgement? If not, how do mainstream Christians and secular members of our community respond to this form of soliciting?

Is it acceptable to condone such a stance from a high profile church in Australia when we ask people of other religions to modify and examine their own practises to reflect the wider community values in this country?

In the name of enlightenment and freedom from fear based hysteria, let’s leave the Dark old Days behind us. Together.

Lynn Patterson,TenterfieldToo big and intimidating?At the conclusion of the Royal Commission into the unions there were appropriate charges laid against the malefactors. The same government is now savaging the banks with an intense three days of questioning.

Those ‘naughty’ bankers look to be punished with a slap on the wrist with a wet tram ticket. Mr Narve of the CBA must be shaking in his boots.What we need is a serious Royal Commission into banking, and not only to investigate banking practices and charges, but how all their loans are created in the first place. People still don’t know, even in these “enlightened” times, how the banking system works, and they need to be told.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Waiting longer in new hospital

Recent figures show longer wait times and a dramatic increase in patients at Bega’s embattled new hospital.
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On Wednesday, NSW Shadow Minister for HealthWalt Secord and Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kellyvisited the South East Regional Hospital saying the federal government’scuts to the health budget were having a negativeeffect on the $187million facility.

Mr Secord had been approached by some of SERH’s workers who said it was not properly staffed.

“I’ve spoken to doctors and nurses and they are all saying the same thing about the hospital –it’s under enormous pressure,” he said.

“We have the ludicrous situation where patients are waiting longer in the new hospital than in the old one.”

He was referring to data on Bega’s hospitalsprovided bythe Bureau of Health Information for the periods of April 1 – June 30.

Lastyear 16.9 per cent of patientsspent overfour hours in the emergency department in the Bega District Hospital, but in SERH this year that jumped to24.2 per cent.

The data also showed an increase in patient numbers at the ED. From April to June this year,4003 checked in to SERH, an increase of almost 1000 peoplefrom last year.

By the end of June there were839 patientswaitingfor elective surgery, an almost 13 per cent increase over last year.

While all patients in elective surgery’surgentcategory received surgery within the recommended 30 days, more patients deemed semi or non urgent had to wait beyond their recommended timesat SERH compared to last year’s figures.

For median wait times in elective surgery, gynaecology patients waited64 days compared to 38 last year, cholecystectomy patients had an89 daywait but71 last year, and general surgery patients waited69 days while last year only48.

But there were improvements, such as urology patients waiting30 days compared to 78 last year.

On Wednesday, Dr Kellysaid the critical issue was that the federal government’s cuts to health and hospitals were putting enormous strain on the state government’s budget.

“It is not good enough for [Premier] Mike Baird to pass these budget pressures on to regional health services through cost cutting,” he said.

He said he would get state colleagues onside so they understood the hospital’sproblems and work on providing alternative policies.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Street art given regional twist on grain silos

People like art. They seek it out, travel long distances to see it and revel in its creativity. Itsexpression of the human condition is relatable, leading the individual to reflect on their own space inthe universe.
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This is evident in the crowds attending big name exhibitions in our capital cities and the tourism builtaround such events.

The realisation that art can exist in the public domain rather than in columned mausoleums has itsown immediate appeal. When it appears on enormous canvases in a small Victorian Wimmeratownship, it creates an enduring buzz.

Grain production has been important to the Brim community for a long time. However, drought anda diminishing population have tested the community sorely.

The largest structures in the town are its towering decommissioned grain silos. They are symbolic ofthe community. Guido van Helten, a street artist from Brisbane, had had the idea of using a silo as acanvas upon which to depict characters of such a rural context.

Street art has long been in the precincts of urban landscapes. Lane ways and blank walled buildingshave been enlivened with colour and vibe. A few artists like the infamous Banksy have turned publicspaces into artistic statements.

Van Helton has portrayed local characters on the very structures which are most physically dominantin this town and so representative of whom they are and the work they do. This mural featuresstoic, hardworking men of the local grain industry.

They are soiled with the dust of the paddocks,the grime and sweat of their labour is ingrained into their skin. Their heads are turned slightly awayfrom the viewer. Their eyes shaded by hat brims or sunglasses. A collar is turned up against theintensity of this sun drenched clime. Shirts are ruffled and trousers creased. These are not lords ofthe manor; they are the workers, men of the land.

The size of this mural is stunning. The characters are huge in this large landscape in which paddocksrun for miles to the horizon. They cannot be ignored.

The work has created interest far beyond the township and local region. People come simply to seethis pictorial. This one big painting is generating the concept of a 200km “silo art trail”featuring murals painted on silos throughout Victoria’s north-west.

Art can be big. It can illustrate and amplify who we are to the wider world.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Bring on summer soccer

Under 13 div 2 grand final.
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WITH the soccer season now over and everyone getting the cricket bat out and giving it a bit of oil, some players may still be looking for a kick of the round ball.

CHALLENGING: Wollondilly Under 15s Jordan Gregory protects the ball as Stags Riley Knight turns to challenge him in the division one grand final. Photos: Darryl Fernance.

Summer soccer kicks off on Thursday, October 13, at 5.30pm.

Those players wishing to keep their skills and fitness up need to just turn up and sign up for a team.

Player fees, the draw and by-laws will be given out on the day and the canteen will be open selling refreshments. All you have to do is turn up and if you need more information call Robert Scott Snr on 0407 486 937.

There was a good turn-out last year and it is hoped to have the same number this year, even though we are a bit late getting the information out.

PresentationsAT the recent presentation night, held two days before the grand finals,we could not present the award for Outstanding Services to Soccer/Football,so it was done on Grand Final Day.

It was a very surprised Marulan supporter, Col Glacken, who was called up to the first level of the grandstand to receive this award.

Col Glacken has been around the Marulan Soccer Club longer than any present club members can remember.We believe Col first came to Marulan to work on Ron Brewer’s property and then became heavily involved in the Marulan Soccer Club, coaching, mentoring and most recently as the barbecue chef. I know that is not much to say about someone who has been around 30 or 40 years,but that’s the way it is with someone who just gets on with the job. Well done Col and I am sure we will be having one of your bacon and egg rolls for many years to come.

Excited winnersI HAVE been to many grand finals, but I do not think I have seen a more excited team than the All Age Women’s Division 1 Marulan side,after their 2-1 win over Stags FC.

I had the pleasure of running the presentation and when I said “the Marulan Mums and Bubs are the 2016 Champions”, the roar that went up from the players and their supporters was deafening.

The Marulan team was made up mums and a good mix of younger players with a few under 16 rep players. They always played the game with a smile and the grand final was no different.

Under 16 rep player Charlotte Cox-Barlow came off crutches at the end of last week after her semi finals injury. We wish her afullrecovery.

Marulan Club was formed in 1933 and consisted of mostly English players. The Club has had its ups and downssince, but I feel it is in good hands with teams like this.

Branch repsRHYS Flissinger, Mitchell Jones, Alex Adameitis and Jayden Grey have returned from Griffithafter playing with Southern NSW in the Under 15 State Championships. They are much the wiser for having played soccer at such a higher leveland against top Sydney teams. Southern had a nil-all result against Western and a 2-1 win over top Sydney team Met Far North.

Flissinger, the goalkeeper, pulled off some amazing saves and kept his team in some close results.

Other players Jones, Adameitis and Grey all excelled and were more than up to playing at this level.

Adameitis overcame an injury to his elbow from the local semi finals to play.

Well done, boys; the whole STFAis proud of you.

Well, that is it for On the Ball for this season as it is time to hand over to the summer sports such as cricket.

My thanks go to the Goulburn Post and Darryl Fernance for making room for my dribble during the season. Also thank you to Emily Mills from 2GN news for her reporting during the season. To you, the supporters who read the dribble and for your comments both good and bad: thank you.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Grain upside vanishes under water

Riverine flooding is causing significant damage to the crop in NSW.ONCE tipped to push record levels, analysts are now predicting the Australian national crop will be down on earlier estimates due primarily to damage caused by waterlogging throughout eastern and southern Australia.
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A severe and widespread frost in Western Australia is also tipped to have a major impact on overall yield in many regions there.

The focal point for waterlogging damage is central NSW.

Early indications from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) estimate total crop loss in excess of $680 million for the state.

Central West Local Land Services General Manager Andrew Mulligan said farmers in the Lachlan and Macquarie Valleys had been particularly hard hit.

“There has been significant damage to crops and pastures in areas affected by recent flooding with the worst affected areas including Forbes, Corinella, Condobolin and Nyngan.”

John Minogue, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel chair, said pulse crops were suffering the worst.

“Chickpeas are definitely the biggest problem, they are under severe stress.”

However, while Mr Minogue, who is based near West Wyalong in central NSW, said there would be individual stories of heartbreak he hoped the region as a whole would produce a reasonable volume of grain.

“For many people it is a case of having lost some ground to waterlogging, but having better crops than usual in the parts that didn’t get excessively wet, so I still hope we see an average year overall in this region.”

Mr Minogue said the waterlogging in his area was not solely on areas prone to riverine flooding.

“We’ve seen paddocks not usually at risk of waterlogging go under just because of the sheer volume of rain and because there is nowhere for the water to go.”

He said he also had concerns about how the crop would fare once the weather warmed up.

“We’ve seen in the past crops that have hung on while they are sitting in water turn up their toes when that water warms up after a few fine days.

“I don’t think the water is going to get away in less than a week and there are some warm temperatures predicted so this well could be the case this year.”

The most recent Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) crop report, released in early September, was for a record national winter crop of 46.1 million tonnes with a wheat crop of 28.1mt, but many private analysts are now tipping a 10 per cent or greater reduction from these figures.

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