Cook and Scoble to nationals

March 16th, 2019

STATE REPRESENTATIVES: Sage Cook and Tom Scoble are off to the Indoor Cricket Australian Open Championships in July, and both will have remain eligible for the Under 17s team for another two years.TWO 15-year-olds, Sage Cook and Tom Scoble are off to Morphett Vale, South Australia to compete in the Under 17 Indoor Cricket 2014 Australian Open Championships to be held from July 6-12.

The pair will play for the NSW Country team, and Cook said it would be good experience.

“We had trials down iPPn Thornton five weeks ago and we were selected from that. We got an email to say we were selected in the side,” Cook said.

“It was pretty exciting.”

Cook played with the NSW Under 15s two years ago, and now moves up to the Under 17s.

Scoble said this would be his fourth national, and each time it has been a challenge. He is expecting the same thing this time.

“We’ve made the semis every year in my first three years, and last year we won it. Hopefully we can do it again this year,” he said.

The NSW team defeated Queensland in the finals last year and Scoble said they would probably be the biggest threat again this year.

“Although every other team will have their strengths that they’ll look to outclass us with,” he said.

He said the options for indoor cricketers at Inverell were good, and he put that down to the work put in by Greg Sparke.

“He does a great job of getting us out there and giving us as many opportunities as possible,” Scoble said.

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FRENCH jockey Thomas Huet used his French charm to help the Paul Perry-trained Lolavie rediscover her best form and win the $30,000 Darley Tiara (1500m) at Muswellbrook on Sunday.

Huet has ridden Lolavie at her past three starts and he and his appeal have brought about a return to the mare’s form of old.

His soothing words have resulted in a second and a win at Newcastle and her Muswelbrook victory against a classy field of mares.

“I talk to her in French during a race and she responds to it,” Huet said.

“I say to her, come on, come on and other words of encouragement; I think she likes it.

“That was a very tough win (in the Tiara).

“When I asked her to respond in the straight she really sprinted and she appreciated the soft track.”

Despite the slow 6 rating her winning time of 1:32.9 was a new race record, easily eclipsing the time set last year.

Lolavie came from well back early to virtually jump up out of the ground in the last 100 metres to grab the lead on the line and win by half a head from Strace (Serg Lisnyy) with Mai Tai Lady (Jess Taylor) a further one-and-a-quarter lengths away third.

Stable foreman Daniel Oldham said Lolavie had found a new lease of life.

Prior to Huet using his charm on her, Lolavie had raced nine times previously for one placing.

“Once mares find form they usually hold it and she is a perfect example,” Oldham said.

That was the second leg of a winning double for the Perry stable.

They had earlier won the Time Thief @ Darley Starmaker (1280m) for two-year-olds with first starter Prince Manitou, which connections hope will go on to much loftier heights as a stayer.

“The VRC Derby next year and the Melbourne Cup the year after that,” part-owner Geoff Heber said.

“Look at his breeding, if you go right back through the generations all he is bred to do is stay.”

Heber, from Pyrmont in Sydney, has raced horses for more than 40 years not only in Australia but also in Hong Kong.

Prince Manitou gave jockey Paul King a nightmare ride before finishing wide out to win in the last stride.

“I was on one reign the whole time,” King said.

“He should have won by 10 lengths but just refused to go straight.

“He won that on raw ability.”

The disappointment was the odds-on favourite Crooked Blaze (Sam Clipperton) which was having his second start from a spell after resuming for a third at Warwick Farm 18 days earlier.

He never seemed happy in the going and weakened from third early to finish fifth, beaten almost six lengths.


YOUNG Muswellbrook trainer Tim McIntosh certainly got a bargain when he bought Sutton Chilli as a tried horse for just $1000 – only to see her score a narrow and probably lucky win in the Gold Sponsors Club Benchmark 60 (1280m) at Skellatar Park at her second start for him.

Sutton Chilli was previously trained by Luke Griffith, who won four races with her before she slightly bowed a tendon.

Connections sent her to the paddock then eventually decided to sell her and that’s when McIntosh took a punt.

“I saw her advertised on the internet so I rang Luke to ask him about her,” McIntosh said.

“He thought that if she could stand up to a preparation there might be some more wins in her.

“She was in the paddock for nine months before I bought her and so far she has shown no signs of the old problem.

“I think that long break probably fixed it.”

Sutton Chilli, ridden by Rachael Murray, got the right stride in on the line to beat the Griffith-trained All That Excites which, ironically, was ridden by McIntosh’s apprentice and partner Samantha Clenton.

McIntosh admitted he was lucky to win.

While Murray was enjoying a trouble free run in the straight, Clenton was momentarily caught up in traffic and trying to get clear.

“If Samantha had got a clear crack at us she probably beats us,” McIntosh said.

“She was one stride in front of us before the post and one stride in front after the line but on the line we got the stride in.”

McIntosh said Murray has ridden Sutton Chilli at her previous start while Clenton had been offered the ride on All That Excites.

“Rachael rode her well at her previous start and I thought it only fair to give her the ride again, especially with Samantha offered such a good ride,” McIntosh said.

Sutton Chilli won by the barest of margins robbing Clenton of a treble after earlier winning on Murphy’s Coal Dust for Todd Howlett in the Albrecht @ Darley Maiden and on Hot Hit for Mark Mason in the Poets Voice @ Darley Benchmark 70 (1000m).


THE Tamworth-trained three-year-old Hot Hit is headed to Sydney after leading for most of the trip to win the Poets Voice @ Darley Benchmark 70 (1000m) in a smart 58.88 seconds at Muswellbrook on Sunday.

“There are some nice races for non-metropolitan winners coming up down there so we may as well aim him at one or two of those,” trainer Mark Mason said.

“He is going to be a nice horse when he grows up but he still doesn’t know much about racing.”

Clenton backed up Mason’s opinion.

“He is a nice horse but gee he is dumb,” Clenton said.

“He won on raw ability.”

The unlucky runner was the topweight Fireball (Nichollas Perrett), which looked set to run past the winner.

However, he ducked at the 50 metres forcing Perrett to stop riding and straighten him but he still did well to finish third, beaten a neck and a neck.

“He will go to Sydney,” trainer Jan Bowen said.

“If he has come through this run OK he will go down there next Saturday otherwise he will go down the Saturday after.

“It was a brave effort with 63 kilograms.”


A HEADY front-running ride from Samantha Clenton allowed the Todd Howlett-trained Murphy’s Coal Dust to finally break through and win the Albrecht @ Darley Maiden (1280m).

He went into the race following placings at three of his past four starts.

Murphy’s Coal Dust jumped half a length in front of the field and Clenton then controlled the pace.

“At the 600 metres I asked him to quicken to try and steal a break on the rest of them,” she said.

“However he does not have a sprint.

“He is pretty one-paced but he found plenty in the straight and was never going to be headed.”

BONNE CHANCE: French jockey Thomas Huet guides the Paul Perry-trained Lolavie to a victory in the $30,000 Darley Tiara (1500m) at the Muswellbrook Race Club on Sunday. Pic: KATRINA PARTRIDGE

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White Ribbon rugby runs on

March 16th, 2019

CAUSE: Highlanders Fraser Palmer and Pete Davidson with Sally Sweeney, who was the driving force behind Saturday’s event.INVERELL Highlanders are gearing up for a big day both on and off the field on Saturday, June 28, as the Highlanders prepare to host the Moree Bulls in conjunction with White Ribbon Day.

Highlanders’ president Pete Davidson said earlier in the year Sally Sweeney asked the club about helping raise awareness of violence against women and the Highlanders had looked out for the first opportunity to do so.

“Sally has done an enormous amount of work and we are happy to be able to help in some way,” Davidson said.

He said the day would include a raffle with a generous list of prizes, a pledge board for players and spectators to sign and a small auction following the regular match presen-tations to raise further funds for the cause.

“As well as the regular reserve and first-grade fixtures, the Walla U8s and U10s will be playing exhibition games in the match breaks in their White Ribbon shirts,” Davidson said.

Moree first grade has also come on board and will wear White Ribbon socks.

“It’s pretty rare for the two first grade sides to play out of kit in a competition match, so we see that as a big tick in itself,” Davidson said.

He remained candid when asked the Highlanders’ chances in this week’s senior grade clashes.

“We are definitely the underdogs. With the improvement in both our grades last week we should not be intimidated by the Bulls,” Davidson said. “It was a proud club effort at Gunnedah, and some of our young guys in particular stood up and put in their best performances of the season so far.”

Davidson was quick to dismiss reports that the Moree club were victims of two weeks of ‘tier one’ injuries.

“One of the reasons why Moree are so successful is that they have enviable player depth,” he said.

“It will end up the same for everyone in the wash up of tier one, so I wouldn’t feel too sorry for them just yet.”

As Scott Bremner takes a break, assistant first-grade coach Chris Perceval said he was looking forward to going head to head with the Bulls this weekend, but he did not give too much away.

“While there’s always room for improvement, we won’t be deviating too far from the evolving game plan. It’s been working well and our improvement as a group is promising,” Perceval said.

And Perceval was not buying into the injury claims in the Moree ranks either.

“To be honest I think it’s just a bit of pre game ‘foxing’,” Perveval said.

“After Moree’s loss in the local derby last week, I’d say it will be more a case of ‘beware the wounded bull’.

“Moree run a relatively simple game plan. It’s their execution that sets them apart and frustrates their opponents into errors.”

Reserve-grade kicks off at 1:45pm at Rugby Park on Saturday.

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TWO local women have taken it upon themselves to organise a campaign of public support for the Kempsey Women’s Refuge and its staff.

Community concerns: Connie Smith and Teminya Fernando are organising community support for the staff at the Kempsey Women’s Refuge. The refuge has lost the contact to provide women’s and children’s homelessness services to the Samaritans Group.

The refuge has lost its state government funding contract to provide women and children’s domestic violence-focussed homelessness services to the Macleay.

The contract tender was won by the Samaritans Group, which will begin operating the women’s refuge in September after a transition period.

Teminya Fernando and Connie Smith are concerned that the knowledge and experience of the refuge staff will be lost to the Kempsey community.

“The workers at the refuge are very specialised and they understand the local area and have built up incredibly strong links with the community,” Ms Fernando said.

“It would be a shame to see that lost.

“The Samaritans have not detailed how their service would operate and there is a lot of uncertainty out there.

“What we would really like is for the Samaritans to sit down with all the stakeholders and communicate what their plans are.”

A petition has been organised and a community day and barbecue is planned for July to raise awareness about the issue.

Mrs Smith said that she was not normally someone who gets involved in community action but she had to stand up for the women’s refuge.

“My daughter works there and I have seen the work they do and the positive affect they have on helping women get their lives back together after having suffered domestic abuse,” she said.

The petition calling on the Samaritans Group to consult with the local community about their plans to provide services in Kempsey can be signed at Booroongen Djugun College Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service.

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Mallee netballer Jonti George in action. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIAUSTRALIAN Diamonds representatives Catherine Cox and Rebecca Bulley will lead coaching clinics for Mallee junior netballers during the school holidays.

The clinics are designed to provide young netballers with an opportunity to interact with elite role models.

The clinics will be at Blackburn Park at Ouyen on July 7.

Netballers aged 10 to 13 will be put through their paces at 4pm, with a session for juniors aged 14 to 17 at 5pm.

Both sessions will focus on skill development and include components on specialists areas of attack -–Cox – and defence – Bulley.

Western Vic Football operations manager Nikki Ervin said each clinic was restricted to 40 players.

“The players involved in the clinic will each receive some goodies to take home and will have plenty of time to pick Cath and Rebecca’s brains in a question and answer section,” she said.

“Naturally, there will also be time for autographs and photos.

“Association and club coaches are also invited to come along and observe the clinic, perhaps gaining some new ideas and tricks.

“They are welcome to ask as many questions as they wish.”

Ms Ervin said people could call Raelene Vine on 0407 849 174 or email [email protected]老域名 to register before Wednesday, July 2.

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