Stawell Harness Racing Club and the Martin family will honour the late Ray Martin on Monday with the running of the Ray Martin Memorial Pace.

Wheatsheaf Avaball will contest the Ray Martin Memorial at Laidlaw Park on Monday.

Martin was a great supporter of harness racing for most of his life and his son Owen has continued the tradition of the Martin family being involved with harness racing as an owner and trainer.

The Martin family have donated a trophy to the winning connections of the race on Monday, open to C4 to C5 pacers.

Last year’s winner Amajorfrost launched his career after winning the race and went on to win several more races before being sold to Tasmania to continue his career.

This year’s race has attracted a top field with local chances from the Great Western stables of Grant Campbell and Kerryn Manning.

The Noble Steed has just returned to racing this season and is set to break through for a win.

Campbell has Well Oiled Lombo entered and the horse has been going well this season.

Michelle Wight has Wheatsheaf Avaball entered and will be a chance.

Grins Rendition will be a big chance after running some big races against stronger company in his last few starts.

The David Lewis trained Twentyfivetolife heads to Stawell to try and score another win after winning at Stawell’s last race meeting in March.

A great day of harness racing action will be on offer on Monday with the Trackside Bistro open from noon for meals and snacks during the afternoon. Entry is free.

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Police are investigating the attempted robbery of a Dominos pizza delivery driver in Mollymook overnight.

About 8pm (Thursday, June 26), the 23-year-old man went to a house on Settlers Way, Mollymook to deliver a pizza.

There was no answer at door so the driver returned to his car.

When the driver got back into his car he noticed a male standing next to the front of the vehicle.

Another male allegedly threatened the driver with a baseball bat and demanded property from him.

At the time a third male was standing at the rear of the car.

The driver has then accelerated away from the scene and during this the male armed with the baseball bat has hit the car damaging it.

The males were last seen running west along Settlers Way.

Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are investigating the robbery and have descriptions of the three males involved.

One male was aged about 18 to 22-years-old, Caucasian appearance, 170 to 180cm tall, dark hair and wearing a black hooded jumper.

The second male is also of Caucasian appearance, 16 to 20-years-old, 160 to 170cm tall and wearing a grey hooded jumper and hat.

The third male is described as being 16 to 20-years-old, wearing a hooded jumper.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Police remind people they should not report crime information via the Shoalhaven Police Facebook and Twitter pages.

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The tide turned last year for Fremantle as a result of the Dockers good performance when they made it to the grand final. Photo: Candice BarnesThe Fremantle Dockers are not only solid favourites for this weekend’s western derby but also winners in the merchandise game.

The Eagles blue-and-yellow dreadlocked beanies may stand out in the crowd but AFLstore苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au sales manager Geoff Amoore said Dockers merchandise was selling faster than that of their WA counterpart.

Mr Amoore is in charge of sales online as well as for supplying official merchandise stores throughout the country.

“It’s all Freo at the moment,” he said.

“The Eagles are very strong because of the good supporter base they have is strong but Fremantle have come from the clouds.”

Mr Amoore said this year’s merchandise sales for WA teams were split between the Dockers and Eagles 60/40. He said in past years it had been 70/30 in favour of the Eagles.

The tide turned last year as a result of the Dockers good performance when they made it to the grand final.

“The gift shop over there ran out of stock in the lead up to it,” Mr Amoore said.

He said Matthew Pavlich and Nic Natainui were the most popular players in terms of sales of products with their names or faces on.

“They are pretty hard to split but at the moment around Pavlich’s 300 games there’s been a lot of his gear sold lately,” Mr Amoore said.

While the Dockers would not provide sales figures, a spokesman for the Eagles said $2.3 million worth of team merchandise was sold in 2013 and so far this year about $1.3 million worth had been sold.

“Nic Naitanui is our most popular player with player badges, guernseys with his number on them etcetera,” the spokesman said.

The Eagles take on the Dockers in the 40th western derby at 2.40pm on Saturday at Patersons Stadium.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Goulburn-based Senator Ursula Stephens delivers her valedictory speech on Tuesday night. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen.THE events of June 24, 2010 ruined Australian politics. That’s a parting thought from Goulburn-based Senator Ursula Stephens, who today draws the curtain on a 12-year career at Parliament House.

Dr Stephens used an exclusive interview with the Post to draw light on the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd quagmire, poke holes in the Abbott Government’s first budget, reflect on the need for Senate election reform and outline dreams of the future.

She’ll use the immediate downtime from a heavily scrutinised world of politics to focus on the health of her husband Bob, recovering from a stroke, welcome into the world grandchild number five and chair a United Nations panel dedicated to finding ways of most effectively conducting third world aid projects.

Dr Stephens hasn’t ruled out a return to politics, admitting she’s considering offers to stand as the Labor Party candidate for a new-look seat of Goulburn in next March’s NSW election.

“That’s a decision for another day,” she explained during an interview this month.

“If it feels right, I’ll make up my mind then. Right now, I don’t feel as though as I have to make a decision.”

The long-time primary school teacher and philosophy doctorate holder concedes she’s served office in the most extraordinary of eras – often for the wrong reasons.

The decision to commit troops to Iraq, the knifing of consecutive prime ministers and a personal style of opposition politics, which she labels ‘vitriolic’, occurred during her reign.

Ursula Stephens

Dr Stephens accused the post-Howard Coalition of becoming sore losers and described dismissals of Labor leaders as the darkest days in her party’s history.

The childish behaviour of politicians leaves voters, in particular the young, disengaged and dissatisfied, she says.

“Politics from 2007 really changed dramatically.

Since that big swing when Rudd won government, the thing that was so tangible was the extent to which the opposition were prepared to stoop,” she said.

“They weren’t prepared to accept that they’d lost.

They were pretty sore losers, quite vitriolic. They started the personal vendettas.”

Labor was equally responsible for the demise. Dr Stephens is ashamed of her party’s decision to dump Kevin Rudd as Prime Minster on June 24, 2010.

She was further disillusioned by its move to punt Julia Gillard almost three years later to the day.

On both occasions, she supported Mr Rudd. On both occasions, she was vehemently opposed to the sagas.

“I hated it. The way in which the political operatives run around, stitch up the deals and promise people everything – everyone gets promised a favour, everyone gets promised a job,” she recalls.

“It stunk. The environment in which it all happened, it’s this hothouse of pressure. It’s feral.

“When you go that low, how do you get back? I don’t think we’ve got back. When you’re in the gutter, how do you lift the national dialogue out of the gutter? It’s pretty hard.”

The May Budget handed down by Treasurer Joe Hockey does nothing to pull morale from the gutter, Dr Stephens says.

Nor does a convoluted Senate election process, a system that next week culminates in the swearing- in of micro party members who secured as little as 0.2 per cent of the primary vote.

Despite dissatisfaction at the hustle of modern day Parliament House, Dr Stephens’ term as a Labor Senator for NSW was predominately positive.

She formally signed off during a valedictory speech in the Senate on Tuesday night.

In it, Dr Stephens paid homage to those who’ve shown support over the last 12 years and urged future politicians to steer clear of slander.

“I’ve never been an adversarial politician. Instead I believe in the power and potential of respectful negotiation, collaboration and relationship building – even in defeat,” she said.

“Everything worth working for takes time, effort and commitment, and the determination not to give up simply because it’s a long, hard run.”

Among her final words as a Senator were those used to formulate an analogy featuring a wounded duck and his loyal friend.

“On my way into work last week, traffic was delayed. A duck had been hit and injured by a car,” Dr Stephens explained.

“What held us up was not the wounded duck, it was its companion.

Despite all the traffic, the fog and the danger, the duck hovered about its fellow creature, concerned for its wellbeing. And I thought to myself: ‘yes, even a duck looks after its weaker mate’.”

Ursula Stephens’ fifth grand child is expected to enter the world on July 5. Two days’ later, she’ll celebrate her 60th birthday.

Will her name appear on the ballot paper at the March 28 NSW election? That’s a question for another day.

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Girls go to state champs

June 16th, 2019

AFTER final selection into teams in January, Hastings Valley’s four Junior representative teams have been training very hard to meet the stiff competition that will be encountered at Wollongong this weekend.

Teams from associations all around the state will gather in Wollongong and Campbelltown to contest the Netball NSW State Age Championships.

The Port teams will travel all together by bus with their coaches and managers on Friday with the competition being run over Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

In the lead up to the main event, the teams have participated in several local carnivals as well as travelling further afield to meet stronger associations in a carnival atmosphere to improve skills and work on team building and playingcombinations.

15s: Emma Marsden, Molly Fraser, Emily Weaver, Maddison McKenna, Jade Horton, Olivia King, Courtney Kelly-Scholes, Eleneoa Wilson, Jade Milroy,Front: Coach Stephanie Fraser, Manager Kylie WeaverAbsent: Tayla Reid.

Manager Daphne McInherny, Tegan Holland, Bayleigh Duck, Ellie Cross, Alana Grose, Georgia Clarke, Lucy Hills, Georgia Caire, Sophie Smith, Amber Stokes, Lani Dwyer, Coach Helen Miles.

13s: Manager Erin Barker, Annaliese Ray, Jacqueline Palmer, Monique Copelin, Grace Biron, Molly Styles, Georgia Marino, Kayla Milroy, Courtney Gallagher, Ellie Richards, Isabella Turnbull, Coach Natalie Jordan.

12s: Coach Ann Heaton, Clare McLaughlin, Grace Kucera, Jemma McIntyre, Sophie Newman, Caitlin Rogers, Piper Thompson, Manager Marg MorganFront row: Mattarley Kelly-Scholes, Maia Marino, Aleigha Biron.

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