Jamie Britten has been accused of setting up the perfect milestone game, but he says he just got lucky playing his four hundredth game of football on the same day as Swifts celebrated their centenary.
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Jamie Britten with four of his five Swifts jumpers he has worn over the years.

Britten, who has been a long serving player of the Swifts Football Club, didn’t want any attention going into the match despite being thrilled to reach a large individual milestone.

“It was a huge weekend for the club,” Britten said.

“It wasn’t about me, I was just excited to reach the milestone,” Britten said.

Britten has been an outstanding player for the club, playing in the 2003 premiership and being selected as the coach of the 2000-2014 era.

After 14 seasons at the club Britten has never sustained an injury that has seen him sidelined for more than a couple of weeks at a time.

“At five foot six I’m pretty lucky to have been able to play all of my football in the seniors,” Britten said.

“I’ve been injured, but mostly broken bones like my jaw and eye socket.”

Before coming across to Swifts, Britten played eight seasons in the Horsham District Football League, starting in 1989 with Noradjuha Quantong as well as some time in the Ararat District Football League.

The 41 year old is now battling against his age, but is happy just playing his role in the team.

Britten is still unsure whether he will play on next year, but with his son only a couple of years away from a realistic chance of being able to play alongside his father, he is keeping his options open.

“My son is only 11, but it would be amazing to be able to play alongside him. That would make me 46 or 47 years old,” Britten said.

“I’ll just keep myself fit. Never say never.”

Britten celebrated a 79 point win over Rupanyup with his teammates and could not have been happier to share it with that group of guys.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without teammates so I’m really thankful for them,” Britten said.

A special moment came during the third quarter when Britten kicked a goal.

Each player from the Swifts team gradually made their way to the milestone man for the traditional pat on the back or rub of the read.

From now Britten and the team will focus on the end of the season and playing as deep into the final series as they can.

“Hopefully we kick into gear now and play good football in the second half of the season,” Britten said.

“I haven’t really spoken to the coaches, but we would be hoping to stay inside the top three and go from there.”

Like most people, Britten thought Laharum was the team to beat. However, playing their best football, which is the fast paced ball movement, he gave CKS Swifts a good chance.

“Finals will be our main focus from here,” Britten said.

Britten will play his 401st game of football tomorrow when they take on Taylors Lake.

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Trent Hooper has started a Facebook page called Charlotte’s Law to raise awareness of bullying.
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EX-BEGA resident Trent Hooper is saying no to bullies.

And he is not alone – the Facebook page he instigated, Charlotte’s Law, has close to 14,500 “Likes”.

The website aims to raise awareness of bulling and features celebrities who have taken a selfie while holding a card on which is written “say no to bullies”.

“Each and every day more and more people experience bullying and there needs to be a greater awareness of this,” Mr Hooper said.

Mr Hooper had the idea for his page after thinking how lots of people are influence by celebrities.

He launched the page the day after media personalityCharlotte Dawson died, and dedicated it to her.

“It’s basically a safe haven for people who are going through what Charlotte Dawson went through,” Mr Hooper said.

Ms Dawson was a New Zealand-Australian TV personality who was a victim of cyber-bullying and committed suicide in February 2014.

Mr Hooper said it is not just children who are bullied – adults are as well, in the workplace and online.

“Everyone experiences bullying in some way or another,” he said.

“I was a victim of bullying and I know others who were victims of bullying.

“There are people inboxing me every day saying they just can’t take it anymore.

“I feel the government needs to change its cyber-bullying laws.”

Celebrities who have contributed to Mr Hooper’s Facebook page include Home and Away actors Ross Newton and Grant Dowdell, reporter Craig Bennett, comedian Anthony Ackroyd, The Collective musician William Singe, country musician Amber Lawrence and 2014 My Kitchen Rules contestants Josh, Danielle, Carly and Tresne.

“I’ve met some really nice people through it,” Mr Hooper said.

He said he has had even more celebrities respond they will take a photo for the page.

“It’s slowly getting bigger,” he said.

Mr Hooper had said from the start he is no councillor, and if people on his page state they are severely depressed he recommends they contact professional services.

“[But] sometimes people just want to vent,” he said.

Mr Hooper lived in the Bega Valley for about 15 years and attended Candelo Public School, but now resides in Victoria.

Visit his page at www.facebook南京夜网/SupportCL.

* If you are experiencing bullying or depression, support is available by contacting the services below.

Lifeline 131 114

MensLine 1300 789 978

beyondblue 1300 224 636

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

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Three smashes within 24 hours

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August 16th, 2019

Emergency services at the scene of a motorcycle accident in Wurruk on Thursday evening. Photo: ContributedIT was a horror start tothe school holiday periodon local roads, with threeaccidents in the space of 24hours from Thursday night.
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Two people were airliftedto Melbourne hospitalsfollowing two separateaccidents on Thursday andFriday nights.

Motorists experiencedsignificant delays on Fridayevening, with diversions inplace via Settlement Rd fora number of hours followinga collision at the intersectionof Princes Highway andSale-Heyfield Rd.

According to police, adriver of a van failed to giveway, crossing into the pathof a small truck headingeast on the Princes Highwayabout 3.20pm.

The driver of the truckwas trapped for a short time,and airlifted to the AlfredHospital, Melbourne, whilethe driver and passenger ofthe van were conveyed toCentral Gippsland HealthService by ambulance fortreatment and observation.

Police were also calledto a minor accident at theintersection of Bengwordenand Hagan’s Rds about3.30pm, after a car collidedwith a cattle truck.

There were no injuries.

The cattle truck sustainedminor damage, while thesmall vehicle was towedfrom the scene.

A motorcyclist remainsin a serious condition aftercrashing into a guard railalong the Princes Highwayin Wurruk on Thursdaynight.

He was airlifted to aMelbourne hospital.

Sale police believe themale rider was travelling ata high speed when he lostcontrol of the motorcycleand collided with the leftside guard rail.

He was travelling westtowards Rosedale about6.50pm when the accidentoccurred.

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Frustrated Lions on the attack

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August 16th, 2019

A frustrated Great Western Lions will look to get their season back on track when they take on Hawkesdale Macarthur in round nine of the Mininera District Football League.
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Great Western will be searching for another win tomorrow.

Great Western took on Wickliffe-Lake Bolac last week and despite being competitive in the first quarter, the margin blew out to 109 points by the final siren.

Coach Nick Thomas is like most of the senior players in that he is frustrated by the results to date.

“It is frustrating. We have a good team on paper, yet we keep losing games,” Thomas said.

“I’m sure the players are feeling the same as I am though. We are in it together, that is football.”

Thomas will be expecting his team to at least be competitive against Hawkesdale Macarthur tomorrow.

“It is my understanding they have recruited pretty well, but I’m still expecting us to be able to win,” Thomas said.

Hawkesdale Macarthur have won their last six matches including a surprise win against Tatyoon last week.

“For them to win over Tatyoon will give them confidence,” Thomas said.

“It will certainly be a tough game for us.”

With Hawkesdale Macarthur being in season best form Great Western’s focus will firmly be on their own game plan.

“It is important that we figure out why we keep breaking down across the half forward line,” Thomas said.

“We can’t win matches by defending, we need to attack to the football. If we can get an early lead anything can happen.”

Thomas is hoping that a couple of early goals will force Hawkesdale Macarthur to change their game plan and force mistakes.

Tom Cairns will return to the Lions line up, being on leave from the Military College in Canberra.

Cairns will more than likely line up in the middle before pushing to a half forward flank.

“He was a great asset to our team when he was here so it is exciting to see how he goes,” Thomas said.

Thomas is unsure how many games Cairns will play with Great Western,

With Damien Skurrie unlikely to return this season, a place in the team is available.

Skurrie has been forced out through injury and will be a big loss for the Lions. It was expected he would play more games with the Lions this season.

Great Western will also welcome back Mark Bradshaw and Matt Bourke who missed last week’s game due to work commitments and illness.

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A GOAL on debut for Macleay Valley Rangers’ Jarah Wyatt ensured a second straight win for last year’s premiers on Saturday.
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Dream debut: teenager Jarah Wyatt scored a sublime goal in his maiden first grade match for Macleay Valley Rangers away to Port FC last Saturday. Photo by Matt McLennan.

The teenager slotted home a superbly worked goal late in the match to complete a 2-0 win over Port FC.

But victory appeared to be beyond the visitors’ capabilities at Tuffins Lane the first 45 minutes.

Too often, Rangers were beaten to the ball. And too often, players tried fancy flicks and lay-offs, rather than simple touches.

This wasn’t the World Cup, after all.

For his half-time talk, coach Dean Riordan delivered a scathing, but measured, assessment of individuals’ and the team’s performances – coloured with nautical levels of swear words. The address verged on poetic.

The impact on his team was apparent right from the re-start, as was the regard the players have for Riordan’s coaching style.

A more disciplined Rangers re-imposed their physical style, muscling their way to possession firmly, but fairly, when required.

Wave after wave of attacking passages of play put the Port defence under increasing pressure.

Eventually, Kurt Riordan broke into an already crowded box. No sooner had he latched onto a Daniel Saul cross than he was brought down.

Josh Tynan dispatched the resulting penalty into the keeper’s right-hand corner to give the visitors a well-deserved lead.

Rangers pushed for a second, and the luckless Andrew Potter – who hassled and harried the defence throughout the half – found himself bearing down on goal with space to spare.

However, the seemingly untouchable finishing he enjoyed last season deserted him again, as he shot at the goalies’ legs.

Wyatt had appeared to flounder in the first half, and missed goalscoring opportunities that he might have converted in reserve grade.

But with confidence growing, FC legs tiring, and the clock ticking, the youngster pulled off a goal worthy of a certain tournament in Brazil.

Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, Wyatt navigated the ball away from the prying legs of two host defenders and opened up clear space for a finish.

He rounded the Port keeper and walked the ball into the net.

Kurt Riordan sustained a head injury in the build-up, with a cramp-afflicted Potter dropping to the ground after his through-ball to Wyatt.

Riordan needed four stitches, but is likely to figure in Rangers’ visit to Port Saints tomorrow.

The Hastings side has won three on the bounce, and while the Rangers coach is quietly confident, he will ensure his players are not complacent against a team they beat 4-3 at Dangar St earlier this season.

Steve Morn could figure for the Macleay men, in what should be an otherwise unchanged side.

Kick-off at Findlay Park, Port Macquarie, is at 3pm.

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