No joy in War Veterans’ cricket

SHOWING HIS STYLE: Cameron Milne carried his bat for Gunnedah on Sunday before the hosts sank to a three-wicket loss against Inverell in the War Veterans’ Cup cricket match.AN unbeaten half-century from Cameron Milne and a four-wicket haul from Brad Jenkinson weren’t quite enough for Gunnedah as Inverell recorded a three-wicket win in Sunday’s War Veterans’Cup cricket match at Wolseley Park.
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Milne carried his bat as he scored 53 in a modest total of 129 before the visitors overcame the odd stutter to win relatively comfortably.

The result nonetheless was much more respectable than the 100-run loss that Gunnedah suffered against Narrabri a fortnight earlier, before Inverell slaughtered Narrabri by 179 runs the following weekend.

After being asked to bat first, Gunnedah crumbled to 4-24 in the 10th over after the first and third wickets fell to run-outs.

A prolific wicket-taker in recent weeks, Jaidon Tasker didn’t take any wickets this time but he produced a great throw to run out Jenkinson with a direct hit.

Gunnedah’s position would have worsened had Milne not survived a confident appeal for caught behind as a 54-run fifth wicket partnership unfolded.

Adam McGuirk scored 23 before Sam Doubleday scored 18, and the last five wickets fell for 21 runs as Gunnedah was all out with the fourth ball of the 49th over.

Kyle Chilcott was the best of Inverell’s bowlers with 4-23 while Lex Livermore and Michael Kenny took two wickets each.

Like the hosts, the visitors also fell to 2-5, before the dismissal of Kenny for 21 left Inverell a little shaky at 4-76.

Opening batsman Dave Mudaliar held the innings together as he scored 56, having brought up his half-century with one of his three fours.

Mudaliar found good support from John Krauss before Jenkinson struck twice in three balls as Inverell was 12 runs shy of victory.

Jenkinson also claimed a wicket when the scores were level, and he finished with 4-26 from nine overs as Alex Smith hitthe winning run from the final ball of the 35th over.

Krauss remained unbeaten on 24.

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Joining the fight

GESTURE: Prostate Cancer Support Group committee members and survivors, Chris Beckhaus and Barry Hazelgrove with Tegra Australia group general manager, Geoff Bunn. Young branch of Tegra Australia has joined in the fight against prostate cancer by raising awareness and funds for the local prostate cancer support group.
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On purchasing a new truck recently the quarry and concrete business saw the opportunity to support a local charity and felt the Prostate Cancer Support Group Young to be appropriate.

The concrete mixer has since been sign written with the iconic blue ribbon symbolising their support for the charity, and will in turn donate $1 per metre cubed of concrete delivered from this particular truck.

Group general manager of Tegra Australia, Geoff Bunn, said the business is proud to be in a position to support the worthy group.

He said it’s a way for the community to indirectly give back to a local organisation.

“We decided we’d support a local group somehow and decided the best would be this one considering it’s predominately a male-orientated industry,” Geoff said.

“You know how men are about their health –as far as health’s concerned there’s never anything wrong with us, and when there is we don’t like to admit it. So we’re encouraging men to be more proactive in their health.”

Local prostate cancer survivors, Chris Beckhaus and Barry Hazelgrove, said the gesture will raise awareness of the illness that is estimated to claim the lives of3,398males in Australia this year.

“By this truck being driven around town we hope to make men more aware of it and have regular check-ups,” Barry said.“On behalf of Young Prostate Cancer Support Group we’d like to thank Tegra very much for their support.”

The pair used this opportunity to remind men of the importance of regular check-ups.

“We recommend men have their annual PSA test–it only takes a couple of minutes,” Chris said.

Further to support local men’s health The Rotary Club of Young will be hosting a free men’s health forum at the Young Services Club on Tuesday, November 8 from 6.30pm.Also supporting the night will be the Prostate Cancer Support Group Young, Hilltops Suicide Prevention Network Inc, and guest speakers Dr Ray Stanton, Dr Tom Douch, Christine Britton and Jeremy Godwin.

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The WA Brekkie BlogMonday, October 31, 2016

Good morning! Here areyour headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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Let down: Yarloop residents want the Yarloop Primary School to open in 2017. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

YARLOOP:Yarloop’s children played in theirschoolplayground for the first time on Friday since the devastating fires that gutted Yarloop in January. However, it wasn’t due to the school reopening, but as a protest against the Department of Education’s decision to keep Yarloop Primary School closed. Read more.

BINNINGUP: The boat belonging to a missing Binningupfisherman has been washed up on a beach between Lancelin and Cervantes, 200km north of Perth.Jeff Doyleset out from Bunbury on an overnight fishing trip on Monday, October 17. Read more.

MANDURAH:A Greenfieldsman will face court on Tuesday after being charged with a string of offences related to stolen property and weapons. Read more.

COLLIE:The Collie to Allanson Footpath, now the Karak (Red Tail)Trail, had its official opening celebrations on Saturday. Read more.

MANDURAH:Alarming new government figures have revealed Mandurah’s jobless rate has almost doubled since January. Read more.

Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

Tathra Wharf closure policy reviewed, relaxed

Proposed new signage for Tathra and Merimbula Wharves.
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The council is relaxing its approach to closing the shire’s two main wharves when poor weather is forecast.

The decision is part of an independent review of how BVSCmanages risks associated with marine infrastructure.

The review follows concern inside and outside the organisation around the automatic closure of Tathra and Merimbula Wharves when significant weather and ocean conditions are forecast.

The procedures in place up until now have been undertaken with community safety in mind, and come from a deep welfare concern that reflects the potential dangers these structures present and their history.

Following legal and insurance advice new signage will be erected soon highlighting the dangers andadvisingthe public not to use the Wharves during hazardous weather and surf conditions.

The signage will also direct people to the Bureau of Meteorology website for updated weather information.

Nina Churchward, BVSC executive manager of organisational structure and governance, said the practise of automatically closing these popular spots will stop once the new signage is in place and while the review is completed.

“We understand that the community has been dissatisfied with the approach we have taken in the past, this review will help us better meet those expectations while also properly managing the exposure to risk we manage on behalf of ratepayers,” Ms Churchward said.

The full scope of the review takes in all the Shire’s wharves, jetties, pontoons and boat ramps, which have a current replacement value of over $13million.

“Risk and insurance matters are increasingly difficult to manage for councils around NSW, and as a council charged with managing one of the longest stretches of coastline in the state we face unique pressures,” Ms Churchward said.

“We are hoping that the interim measures now in place, will become permanent once the review is complete which should be before the end of the year.”

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Cassidy reaches next level

Ready to compete: Cassidy Ercole, 15, is flying to France to compete in the Elite Gym Massilia from Friday, November 11. Picture: Anna WarrFor Cassidy Ercole, gymnastics is a full-time job.
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She can easily complete more than 30 hours of training a week,alongside school.

But all those hours are paying off as Cassidy’s discipline, determination and competitive results have proved she’s ready for the next level –her first international competition.

The 15-year-old Sydney West Gymsports student is headed to Marseille, France,to join Australia’s junior team atthe Elite Gym Massilia. It’s one of the world’s best invitational gymnastics competitions.

She was selected after trialling against all age-eligible gymnasts in Australia –a long waiting game.

“Before the first day [of trials] I felt really nervous and then the second day I felt better, I knew all the stuff I had to do,” Cassidy said.

Running through her routines on floor, vault, bars and beam at the trials,she proved she was ready for selection.

Her coach Belinda Vine, owner of Sydney West Gymsports, said that Cassidy was ready for the big step up.

Ms Vine is also travelling to Marseille with Cassidy as a team coach.

“It’s quite a high-standing international competition in Marseille,” Ms Vine said.

“We’re there for a week adjusting to different timezones and training on the equipment, andbeing part of an Australian team as opposed to [Cassidy’s] usual high-performance program, working with the national coach.”

The competition starts on Friday, November 11 and concludes Sunday 13.

Cassidy’s focus is on enjoying her first appearance onthe international scene –a chance toget used to competing overseas.

“For my first international competition it’s just about experience, not really any medals,” she said.

Success in this competition will be all about working as part of the Australian national team.

It will also be a chance to witnessfirst-hand the level ofcompetition Cassidy will face as a senior next year.

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