Baker scores maiden win

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September 16th, 2019

Thirty-six year-old running rookie Nathan Baker established himself as a sporting all-rounder when, at only his third start with the Stawell Amateur Athletic Club, he broke his maiden status by winning the six and a half kilometre Advance Bricks and Pavers Handicap at Stawell.
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Nathan Baker scored his maiden win with the Stawell Amateur Athletic Club last Saturday.

Already a 20-year basketballer and vice president of the Stawell Tennis Club, Baker caught the running bug by participating in a variety of fun runs and finishing in the top 10 in popular local events such as Stawell Heart Challenge, Run the Gap and Dunkeld’s Mosaic to Mountain.

He also completed a Melbourne Marathon in 2009 and has raced and beaten Puffing Billy three times.

His wife Angela, who ran with the club in her youth, encouraged Nathan to join as a means to improving his fitness and stamina for future events.

Baker thanked former club champion Col Barnett for helping him master the twisting and turning course through the Ironbarks.

“I latched onto Col’s back and it made it such an enjoyable race, having someone to chase,” he said.

Baker conceded as much as 11 minutes to slower runners under the handicap conditions, but always seemed in command and at the finish had 26 seconds to spare from last start Horsham winner, Dave Hunter.

Hunter’s improvement this year has been spectacular.

Approximately 50 seconds further behind was the relentless Meggy Boan who achieved her first podium finish of the season.

In the Sub-Junior race over 1.5km, Jonte Bubb finished with a withering run over the last 100 metres to overpower sister Natalya and score by just six seconds with Kayla Membrey a promising third.

The club meets at Great Western racecourse at 1.30pm tomorrow for the eight kilometre Seppelts Cross Country Classic.

A $5 entry fee allows fun runners to join in.

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KEMPSEY will play host to round two of the NSW Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro Mountain Bike Series this weekend.
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Downhill from here: Graeme Mudd is one of the most talented downhill racers in NSW and will hit the trails near Kempsey this Sunday.

The event will be hosted by the local mountain bike club, the Kempsey-Macleay Off Road Cyclists (KMORC), on Sunday at its trail complex near the Kempsey Golf Club.

It is the biggest mountain bike event ever to be staged in Kempsey with more than 100 competitors from all over NSW set to compete.

KMORC president Jayson Shelley said hosting the event is a big reward for the local club.

“This is probably one of the only times an event like this has been staged outside of a major population centre,” Shelley said.

“It is a big vote of confidence in the club, basically we have to build and maintain the trails and the event organisers come in and do the registration, timing, first-aid etc.

“In return we get a cut of the entry fees so it works out for us as well.”

Shelley said Gravity Enduro racing combines several different riding disciplines, making it popular with riders.

“It is the best of downhill racing and cross-country trail riding, and you don’t need a specialised downhill bike to compete.

“It is not the crazy downhill stuff you see in Europe, and it is well suited to all sorts of riders.”

The Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro series gets underway on Sunday June 29 with registration at the Kempsey Golf Club.

Practice runs start at 9am with racing proper beginning at 1pm and spectators are welcome to attend. Just go to the Kempsey Golf Club and follow the directions from there.

For more details go to the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Cyclists website at kmorc.blogspot南京夜网.au or search them on facebook.

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Injuries have struck at a bad time for Navarre as they enter a tough month of Football in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.
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Navarre coach Daniel Parkin still has injury concerns to contend with.

Navarre has suffered nine injuries to senior players in recent weeks and with the majority of the under 17 players unavailable, coach Daniel Parkin will be forced to look at the reserves.

Tomorrow Navarre take on Maldon in what will be their easiest game in the coming weeks, but with injuries to their key players anything is possible.

“Injuries are never good, but we have to remain positive,” Parkin said.

“We have slowly been getting a build up of injuries, but we are still able to win games. If we can keep getting over the line with limited numbers then we will be better for it when those senior players return.”

Maldon too have been hit with injuries with Joel Cross missing last week and a possibility of missing this weekend’s game as well.

Other Maldon players that Navarre will need to watch are Tom Cain and Hayden Kelly who are leaders both on and off the ground.

The Navarre under 17 team, who remain undefeated, meet a fellow undefeated team in Newstead which means they will need to be at full strength, again limiting the players Parkin has to choose from.

“You can’t afford to take too many of the juniors when they have a tough game,” Parkin said.

“As much as senior football helps them improve, under 17s is their first priority.”

On a small and narrow Maldon ground Parkin is expecting the game to be congested and low scoring.

“In recent years it has been hard to get a win on their ground,” Parkin said.

Maldon are a team that are rebuilding since losing players in the off season, so it is a good opportunity for some new players to have a run around.

Brent Flood will be one player who may return after suffering a dislocated elbow, but that decision is being left up to Flood himself.

“It will be entirely up to Floody if he wants to play or not,” Parkin said.

Paul Carson, Aaron Slorach, Riley Bibby and James McKenny were all a chance of playing senior football tomorrow.

“We have plenty of options for players. It’s good, as it gives everyone a chance,” Parkin said.

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POLICE will target dangerous and illegal behaviour by motorists around level railway crossings in the Upper Hunter.
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From today until Tuesday, July 8, police will conduct regular patrols of level crossings on Mangoola Road, Mangoola, Sandy Hollow Road, Golden Highway, Kenilworth Street, and Ogilvie Street at Denman, and Rylstone Road and Bylong Valley Way at Sandy Hollow.

The operation is part of an ongoing series of safety campaigns relating to level crossings, and is a joint initiative by the NSW Police Force, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services.

The state has 1400 public-road level crossings and the aim of these campaigns is to reduce the number of collisions.

Between 2001-02 and 2012-13, there were 117 collisions involving trains and vehicles at level crossings across the state.

Senior Sergeant Tony Grace from the Hunter Valley Highway Patrol said during the last operation in May 2014, two motorists were detected disobeying the flashing lights at a level crossing.

“Failing to stop at railways crossings is extremely dangerous; however, every time we run one of these operations we continue to see people put their lives and the lives of others at risk,” he said.

“We will continue to run these campaigns with the vision of preventing future tragedies.”

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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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