Falcons pair eye VNL titles

April 24th, 2020

Chloe Watson

TWO Bendigo players will be among the thick of grand final action when the 2014 Victorian Netball League season wraps up next Wednesday night.

Former Sandhurst defender and Australian 21-under squad member Chloe Watson will line up for City West Falcons in the Championship division decider.

Falcons have dominated the competition throughout the season and are just one win away from going all the way with an unbeaten record.

They take on the Southern Saints in the grand final at the State Netball Hockey Centre at 9pm on July 2, having beaten their rivals during the home-and-away rounds by 19 and five goals.

But the Saints have also been on fire in recent weeks and are on an eight-game winning streak. Ironically, the last match they lost was to Falcons on May 7.

Watson said Saints were a “dangerous” team to face in the grand final and her team would not take them lightly.

“Going through the whole 18 rounds undefeated is something we pride ourselves on and it’s a massive achievement,” she said on Friday.

“But it won’t really count for anything if we don’t finish it off next week.

“They’ve won the last eight on the trot and have a lot of momentum, but then so have we and we will be focused on taking that final step.”

Falcons enjoyed a week’s rest following their semi-final victory over Boroondara Genesis and are aiming to defend the Championship crown they won in 2013.

Rising stars from Monash University Storm and City West Falcons will go head to head in the 19-under division grand final at 7pm.

Sandhurst mid-courter Brooke Bolton is a member of the Falcons squad that earned their play-off berth with a two-goal victory over Geelong Cougars in a see-sawing preliminary final.

They will have their work cut out for them though – Falcons have fallen short in each of their three encounters with Storm this year, including a one-goal defeat in round 15.

Bolton plays in centre, wing attack and wing defence for the 19-under Falcons.

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Superintendent Garry O’Dell addresses the media at the mine on Wednesday morning. Pic: Peter StoopPolice cannot confirm how long it will take to recover the bodies of Aberdare man Jamie Mitchell and Metford man Philip Grant.

Central Hunter local area commander Superintendent Garry O’Dell said police were looking at several strategies and had not yet decided which one would be used in the recovery operation.

He said it was vital to ensure the area was safe for the team that retrieved the bodies,and initial investigations had determined there was a significant amount of coal and machinery in their path.

He alsosaid the time it took to travel underground to the site had also slowed the recovery process.

Workers have been arriving at the site this afternoonand have been briefed by management.

There is no indication about when work will resume at the mine.

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THEMoree Boomerangs clash with Goondiwindi tomorrow night will still go ahead despite Group 19 referees going on strike.

The remaining senior matches will not be played this weekend, however it is hoped this round will be played at the completion of the regular season before the finals, pushing the grand final back a week.

Goondiwindipresident Peter Rice contacted Group 19 yesterday to express his disappointment after theyhad advertised and sold tickets to a Queensland juniorschoolboys carnival scheduled to finishearly on Saturday afternoon.

The carnival wouldact as aprecursorto the Boars/’Rangsmatches and Ricewas assured referees would be provided for the senior matches that afternoon.

For the rest of the group,the men with the whistle are making a stand following a technicality which allowed two Tingha under 18 players to escape without punishment following a brawl in their match against the Moree Boars two weeks ago.

The players were sent off at the time but later exonerated at a judiciary hearing following the completion of allegedly incorrect forms.

Group 19 Referees’ Association president, Charlie Kiehne, said as far as he knew the paperwork was filled in correctly.

“The referee in question is one of our more experienced referees. Everything in the report seemed legit; it actually seemed to have been done really well,” he said.

“We’re trying to stamp violence in sport out under our Tough Love in League program where a send-off is an automatic one-week suspension.

“Our main issue is the lack of transparency from the judiciary.

“We try to do our job and then we have players being let off. We felt we had to make a stand to try and get everyone on the same page.”

Kiehne said the referees didn’t want to stop footy in the bush, but felt their hands were tied.

Group 19 president Mick Lewis was extremely disappointed at the action the referees had taken and refuted the claims.

“It’s totally unnecessary and we don’t understand the need to call the strike,” he said.

“The codes and the boxes on the forms were wrong and if you go to any court or any judiciary and everything is not in order the hearing will not proceed,” he said.

Lewis acknowledged the group had been in touch with the referees association to determine what could be done to prevent the industrial action to which they were told “we don’t know”.

“To our knowledge all theirdemands have been met, but they’re still taking action.”

The referees’ association and Group 19 will meeton July 1 which Lewis said would have gone ahead regardless of whether any action was taken this weekend.

Boars president Todd Mitchell said the matter had been brewing for a while.

“If they’ve been unhappy with the judiciary they have to be heard and this is their way of doing it,” he said.

“If they’re sending blokes off who are getting off on a technicality and playing the next weekend, what’s the point of sending them off?”

Mitchell said it was now up to the clubs to back the referees and punish their own players for any wrong doing.

“Unless it’s a dodgy decision the clubs need to take more responsibility.

“We’ve had a player sent off twice this year in reserve grade and we’ve had no problem with it. We’ve taken the early guilty plea and gotten on with it.

“Without referees we don’t have football and that’s proven the case this weekend.”

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RED CROSS CALLING: Red Cross shop volunteers Anita Po-Myat, Colleen Rich and Christine Lewis are working on next Saturday’s fund-raiser. Photo: STEVE GOSCHVOLUNTEERS from the Orange Red Cross Shop in Anson Street are busily organising a fund-raiser for next Saturday.

There will be a fashion parade and Orange performer Gabe Middleton will be part of the event which runs from 10am to 3pm.

Volunteers are gathering clothes currently available in the store to be a part of the parade, and the public is invited to be part of the day in-store on the eastern side of Anson Street, between Summer and Kite Streets.

To add to the excitement of the day’s activities, there will be a jewellery making and scarf arranging display, as well as lucky door prizes.

Volunteer Monique Fryer is one of 30 people from Orange who volunteer their time to work in the shop.

“Of course we are always looking for volunteers to come and help us out,” she said.

“And at the moment we would be grateful for any donations of clothes which could be sold in the shop.

“We are working towards getting a donations bin for the Red Cross and we are talking to council to see if that might be possible in somewhere like the Woolworths car park.”

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer at Orange’s Red Cross Shop call in any time and one of the volunteers will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Orange City Council spokesman Allan Reeder confirmed council had received a request from the Red Cross to position a charity collection bin in the car park.

“There are some bins in other car parks around Orange, but as the Woolworths car park is council-owned land we will consider the application and put it to council in due course,” he said.

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The Ladybird robot in Ed Fagan’s beetroot fields.The developer of a farm robot recently trialled in Cowra has been awarded “Researcher of the Year” by the Australian Vegetable Industry’s peak body.

Ausveg named University of Sydney robotics expert Professor Salah Sukkarieh researcher of the year for his work on intelligent farm robots, in particular the “Ladybird”, launched at Ed Fagan’s onion, beetroot and spinach farm.

Professor Sukkarieh who leads a research team dedicated to the advancement of agricultural robotics says his group aims to redefine key areas of field robotics such as sensory technology, materials development and complex autonomous mechanisms.

He says the automation of on-farm processes is poised to play a decisive role in minimising input and maximising output of future agriculture, by having many of the manual tasks of farming performed by specially designed agricultural robotic devices.

“Ladybird focuses on broad acre agriculture and is solar-electric powered. It has an array of sensors for detecting vegetable growth and pest species, either plant or animal,” Professor Sukkarieh said.

“She also has a robotic arm for the purposes of removing weeds as well as the potential for autonomous harvesting.”

The Ladybird was designed and built specifically for the vegetable industry with the aim of creating a ground robot with supporting intelligent software

It also has the capability to conduct autonomous farm surveillance, mapping, classification, and detection for a variety of different vegetables.

Professor Sukkarieh said her first field trip in Cowra was a success.

“The robot was able to drive fully autonomously up and down rows and from one row to the next, while gathering sensor data. Sensors include lasers, cameras and hyper spectral cameras,” Professor Sukkarieh said.

“Part of our research program is to find new ways to provide valuable information to growers about the state of their paddocks.”

The solar-electric powered bot was charged before heading to the onion, beetroot and spinach farms of Cowra and was fully operational for three consecutive days on the farm.

Future testing of the Ladybird will included a robot manipulator arm located under the vehicle that has potential for spot sensing or spot sampling and looking towards automated harvesting.

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GALLERY: This sporting life, June 27 The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

The images that captured our attention in the Cowra Guardian’s sporting pages this week. June 27.

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FINGERS CROSSED: Bernie Hewitt drives Read About Lexy to victory in the Bathurst Gold Tiara Gold Consolation earlier this year. Tomorrow he will guide the two-year-old filly in the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge final. 032914crown10PACING

IT was poetic that Lex Crosby’s two-year-old filly Read About Lexy drew barrier eight in tomorrow’s Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle Park.

The daughter of Sportswriter is from a family that is now into its eighth generation with the Crosbys and a win tomorrow would be a very emotional one considering the history attached to the breed.

“It would be a big day for the whole family if Read About Lexy could win on Sunday afternoon. My father started it all back in 1955 when he bought Winsome Like in foal to Conflagrate and the resultant foal was Rapid Flow,” Crosby said.

“Rapid Flow fell over at a Fairfield gymkhana with my brother Russell driving and neither of them ever competed again, but Dad continued to breed from the family.”

After the passing of Crosby’s parents, he made the decision to continue breeding from the mares withinthe family.

“Rapid Flow produced Flowing In and she in turn had Big Sister and after both Mum and Dad had passed away, I told the family that I wanted to keep Big Sister and continue the family which I have done,” Crosby said.

“Big Sister produced Aunty Alice, then Lexy Lobell came along, she had Lexys Laughing and she is the mother of Read About Lexy.”

Read About Lexy is a member of trainer-driver Bernie Hewitt’s Georges Plains team and has draw barrier eight for tomorrow’s Group 1 final.

The filly has never finished out of the placings for Hewitt, her eight starts to date also including three victories.

While missing out on the final of Bathurst Gold Tiara series earlier this year after a third placing in her heat, she hit back to take out the Gold Consolation.

She won her Breeders Crown heat by a head over the filly that did win the 2014 Gold Tiara – Make Every Scents – and booked her place in tomorrow’s $125,000 final with a third in her semi-final.

That semi-final saw Make Every Scents and Sally Fletcher dead-heat for first in a 1:56.1 mile rate and that pair loom as major threats to Hewitt and Crosby’s chances.

Still, there will be plenty of supporters track side trying to cheer on Read About Lexy to victory.

When Crosby was born he was the youngest of 10 and there are plenty of his family members that will be interested in tomorrow’s result.

“Read About Lexy will have a cheer squad of about 10 people trackside on Sunday afternoon, but there will be a much bigger contingent tuning into watch or listen to her race because of the family connection,” Crosby said.

Crosby is the president of the popular country harness racing club at Eugowra and also trains thoroughbreds. After growing up in Sydney, he made the move to Cowra in 1974 and has enjoyed the country lifestyle since.

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Former local businessman Dave Dillon’s funeral was held on Thursday.A WELL-KNOWN local businessman, who had “a big life” and often said “it was better to be born lucky than rich”, was farewelled on Thursday.

The former owner of the North Nowra Tavern, Dave Dillon passed away on June 20.

A large crowd attendedhis funeral service at the Shoalhaven Crematorium at Worrigee.

Over the years, Mr Dillon played a role in a number of local businesses, including the Bomaderry Bowling Club, where he was the first secretary manager.

When he started, the club comprised one green, one mower and a tin shed to house it, with a bar inside it.

In 18 years he built the club up to one of the most successful on the South Coast, encouraging the board to buy up surrounding houses for future expansion.

He “coaxed” the club into buying a poker machine, the proceeds of which were donated to fund the building of the Senior Citizens Centre in Bomaderry.

Mr Dillon also identified the site and harangued Shoalhaven City Council to develop the Bomaderry Sporting Complex and pool.

After the Bomaderry Basketball Stadium was built, the sport had a surge, and Mr Dillon found, imported and employed through the club the first professional basketball coach in Australia (an American named Gene Rogers) who coached numerous Shoalhaven sides.

After leaving the club, with his wife Sue he built and operated the Bomaderry Motor Inn.

Together with Nowra solicitor Bill Goodman, he bought a caravan park at South Nowra and developed both the Caltex service station and McDonald’s, opening up what is now the busy South Nowra retail/ bulky goods precinct.

He also developed other Caltex sites across Australia.

He constructed the North Nowra Tavern and operated the business from its opening in 1985.

While at the Tavern for 28 years he sponsored every local sport he could, including Illaroo Soccer Club, North Nowra Cambewarra Cricket Club, The Jets Rugby league Club, Nowra Blues Aussie Rules, Albatross sporting clubs,Allsorts Hockey Club and several individual sports people.

He was also a consistent contributor to numerous local charities causes and fundraisers, usually without acknowledgment.

Mr Dillon also built another pub in Raymond Terrace as well as several residential developments.

Born in 1932 on Bruny Island, off the east coast of Tasmania, one of eight children, he grew up in hard times on a small farm.

Leaving school aged 12, he attended “technical school” until age 15, before working for his grandfather and uncle as a timber feller and sawmiller on Bruny Island before joining the navy at 17 in 1949.

Trained as an aircraft electrician, he was posted to HMAS Albatross and then onto HMAS Sydney where he got the taste for travel, going to Hong Kong and Singapore many times and seeing service in the Korean War.

After Korea, he was posted to England where he met his future wife Sue, who was a driver for an admiral.

They married in England and their first child Angela was born there before they returned to Australia and settled in Nowra.

He was at Montebello Island on the Sydney for the first British nuclear test and was one of the last, if not the last of his class year surviving.

He said “just before the blast it went off we were all lined up on deck, the call went out – avert your eyes! It was brighter than the sun, a great white flash followed a bit later by a shockwave and wind and the tremendous boom.”

He left the navy after 15 years but it him a love of the sea, and though he could hardly swim a stroke.

Over the years he owned numerous yachts, sailing the east coast from Tasmania to the Cape, crossing Bass Straight several times and circumnavigating Tasmania.

He particularly liked the waters north of the Whitsundays.

For seven years he lived on a catamaran in Mooloolaba, before moving to Kiama with his partner Fay.

He is survived by his partner Fay, former wife Sue and was father and father-in-law of Angela and Graham, Bob and Michelle, Marcelle (deceased) and Matt and three grandchildren.

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Harrow-Balmoral v Pimpinio

April 24th, 2020

BACK AGAIN: Pimpinio’s Darcy O’Connor and Harrow-Balmoral’s Peter Staude will renew acquaintances on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Balmoral to take on the Roos for the second time in four weeks. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIGround: Balmoral Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round eight, 2014. Harrow-Balmoral 23.19 (157) d Pimpinio 6.5 (41).

HARROW-BALMORAL will seek redemption from another big loss to Laharum with an improved showing in front of a home crowd on Saturday.

The Roos host Pimpinio, a team they beat by more than 100 points only a month ago.

Despite sitting in third place, the Roos suffered a big setback at the weekend.

Coach Brent Forsyth said Saturday’s game would be about the simple things for his team.

Despite percentage being likely to play a big part in where the team finishes at the end of the year, Forsyth said he was unconcerned by the margin as long as his team executed its game plan.

“A week is a long time in footy, and we’ve been dealing with the fallout of last week from a footy perspective,” he said.

“We want to start to build back the positive things we were doing before we played Laharum and get back to basics this week.

“If we can do the basics right, the scoreboard will take care of itself.”

Pimpinio coach Mal Coutts said the scoreboard was not a concern for him or his side.

He said his players had been more competitive in Saturday’s loss to Kalkee despite a big final margin.

“We’ve taken a long time, but we started to show signs that we can be competitive on Saturday,” he said.

“We’ve got to continue to be competitive and then try to improve the way we control the footy when we’ve got it.

“The improvement might not be on the scoreboard, but in general play.”

Roo Quentin Wilmott’s injured hand is likely to keep him out of the game, and forward Brent Penny is unavailable through work.

Larry Leeming, Luke Merryfull and Tim Cogger are ready to return.

James Clifford is a possible out for the Tigers, but Coutts said the team had not been finalised.

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I AM writing to thank everyone who helped in the recovery of the stolen electric motorbikes (The Courier, Monday June 16).

I cannot begin to say how grateful I am. Without the story and publicity from The Courier article by David Jeans and photo by Kate Healy I am sure the thieves would not have panicked and dumped the goods to make it seem as though it was just kids out for a joyride.

Make no mistake, this robbery was well planned and carried out quickly and silently.

The two motorbikes, which both had flat batteries, are far too heavy to just be wheeled along the street.

There had to be at least three people, one with a ute or trailer to carry the bikes.

But thanks to The Courier’s report , it made the goods too hot to handle so they were dumped one ruined beyond repair, but the other still in good condition.

I would like to thank police especially Constable Lisa Delacombe Primary School, cricket club and Angela, who reported the bikes, and also the many kind offers from John and many others’ wishes.

It’s great to know that there are so many kind people out there ready to help. Thank you all once again.

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