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

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

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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Support Red Nose Day

July 17th, 2019

ABOVE: The staff of Young Newsagency Lisa Cummings, Ted Loader, Esther Herzich and Kate Loader. Today is – yes, you guessed it – Red Nose Day. So support SIDS research and get your nose on.

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.

We deliver on our vision through world-class research, evidence based education and bereavement support, and advocacy.

In Australia each year over 3500 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, either through stillbirth or during the first month of life, from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SIDS or fatal sleeping accidents), SUDC (sudden unexpected death in childhood) or accident.

Sadly for many of these deaths there is no known cause.

For example, more than half the deaths of unborn babies during the last eight weeks of pregnancy each year are unexplained.

SIDS and Kids works to find answers for parents by funding and supporting vital research into stillbirth, SIDS and safe sleeping practices.

Through evidence-based community education we aim to prevent these deaths and we advocate for and support bereaved families.

SIDS and Kids is a registered DGR health promotion charity which relies almost totally on the support of the community.

Red Nose Day is our largest fundraising initiative and allows us to continue to support Australian families with safe sleeping education and bereavement support.

Our structure:

SIDS and Kids is a national organisation with an office in each State and Territory of Australia with the National Office located in Melbourne.

We also have an additional office in the Hunter Region of NSW.

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TRY! Kye Tiedemann being congratulated by teammates on his try at the weekend. (sub)After a three week break Young’s Under 16s struggled to find some form against a side equal to them on the ladder.

South City used the wet ground to their advantage with a short passing game to score two first half tries to Young’s solo 50 metre effort from Nic Schiller to lead 10-6 at half time.

To Young’s credit they never panicked and their passes started to stick, resulting in five second half tries to run out winners 34-10.

Second half tries were scored by Nic Schiller, Angus Smith, Jesse Corcoran, Kyan Sell and Kye Tiedemann, with Jesse Corcoran converting five.

Jonah Potts was a standout in the forwards sometimes taking two hit ups in a set of six.

Angus Smith continues to improve every game, and Jesse Corcoran always gives good service to one of the best backlines in this age group.

This win has taken the baby ‘Pickers to top of the ladder.

They play Albury this weekend which will be a very hard contest as they are only one point behind Young on the ladder.

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CKS Swifts to apply pressure

July 17th, 2019

It has been a short and sweet turnaround since CKS Swifts last met Taylors Lake in the Horsham District Football League.

Scott Carey is an important player in the CKS Swifts line up.

Just four rounds have passed since the two teams played, with Swifts taking the points with a margin of 68.

Prior to their round eight clash Swifts coaches had goals in place and that was to keep them below seven goals for the match.

Swifts did just that, but in the second quarter, they had a lapse and allowed the Lakers to kick five goals.

Ben Martin is hoping to rectify that tomorrow by playing four good quarters of football.

“We reached our goals, but we can’t afford to let any team kick five goals in one quarter of football,” Martin said.

“We are hoping that this weekend we can play four quarters of good pressure football. If our pressure is on the score will come.”

After the hype and celebrations that led to last week’s match it would not have been surprising if there was a lull around the group, but Martin assures otherwise.

“Apart from how cold they felt everyone was still really upbeat about playing and training,” Martin said.

Last weekend saw a huge crowd in attendance for the 100 year celebrations, a crowd that won’t be expected again until finals come round.

Ash Cowen has played just two games in the reserves since returning from his heavy athletics training load, but could be a possible inclusion into the senior side.

Damien McDonald will miss tomorrow’s game with work commitments and given how he plays Cowen would be the perfect replacement.

Luke Mitchell may also be included in the team, but a decision is yet to be made.

Brett Hargreaves’ name has been thrown around a bit as well with nothing to come of it as yet.

“We would love to have Brett back at Swifts,” Martin said.

“He could be the last piece of the jigsaw we are looking for.”

There is only a limited amount of time left for the agile big man to sign with the Swifts.

Tomorrow’s match against Taylors Lake will be the last seemingly easy round for Swifts before they meet the top five contenders.

“We want to go into our break in good form,” Martin said.

“Because after the break we take on Kalkee, Laharum and all the top five. It will be a tough five week period for us.”

With the position they are currently in both coaches would be extremely disappointed if they were to drop out of the top three before finals start at the end of August.

Action will get underway tomorrow at 2.20pm at North Park.

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Former AFL player Matt Austin will bolster Stawell Westlift Warriors in their Wimmera Football League clash against arch rival Ararat this Sunday.

Former Brisbane Lions defender Matt Austin will line up for Stawell this Sunday against Ararat.

Austin, who spent two years with the Brisbane Lions, returned to his Victorian Football League club North Ballarat Roosters after being delisted following a series of bad injuries.

After debuting in 2009 Austin played 15 senior games and kicked two goals, but never really cemented his place in the lineup.

Injuries struck the youngster again at VFL level having dislocated his shoulder eight weeks ago in a clash with Geelong Falcons.

Without a reserves team, Austin was forced to nominate a home club to play at before returning to the Roosters. He chose Stawell.

“It was my home club growing up, so Stawell was always my first option,” Austin said.

“The last time I played with Stawell I would have been around 16 years old. They gave me a lot of opportunities including being drafted, so it will be great to give back a bit.”

Having not played with Stawell Warriors in nine years it will be difficult to find his feet, but if anyone can it is Austin.

“I’m excited to get out there, get a game in and just have fun with some old mates,” Austin said.

It is expected that the former Lion will line up on the half back flank, but Warriors coach Brad Cassidy is happy to be told where Austin should play.

“I am assuming he will start on a half back flank,” Cassidy said.

“I will have a chat to Gerard Fitzgerald (Roosters coach) and will go from there. In the end though I will do what I’m told.”

Austin is a huge inclusion for the club and Cassidy and the rest of the Stawell playing group are very excited to have him.

“It’s not only great for the club, it is great for Matt,” Cassidy said.

“He wants to help us out and the boys see it as a great opportunity to play with an experienced player. At the end of the day if he brings more energy to the boys, we are happy.”

So far this season Stawell has had some good performances and some poor to even disappointing results.

“I’ve used the words tougher, accountable, relentless, that is what we need to have more of against Ararat to give ourselves a chance,” Cassidy said.

On the bigger ground at Alexandra Oval, run and carry is important and with Jesse Eckel right to go and Brenton Potter also in the mix the team is almost at full strength.

David Morris is one player who is unavailable after playing just one game since returning from a hamstring injury.

Jarrod Illig will also play on Sunday as will Tom Eckel, who last weekend had his wisdom teeth removed.

Warriors will have a third training session for the week tomorrow morning when they meet for a quick kick and a light run.

“In the end if we don’t cover the ground, we are in for a tough day,” Cassidy said.

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Bill Chambers playing at a sold out gig at Wingham’s Bent on Food.Aussie music icons James Reyne, Grace Knight and Rick Price head the exciting anddiverse line-up announced for this year’s Wingham Akoostik Festival, being held from October 17to19.

Alongside the Australian musical legends, multi-instrumentalist Blake Noble returns to hishomeland from his adopted city of Seattle, USA, to join the festival line-up.

Announced at an exclusive, sold out event last night with special guest Bill Chambers, the full list of artists includes more than 24 acts, including Caravana Sun, Minnie Marks, MojoBluesman, AFRO and the Ultimate, Tom Richardson, Galleri, Floyd Vincent and Swamp Stompers.

James Reyne has a music career that spans four decades, and more than two million album sales under his belt. With well-known hits such as ‘The Boys Light Up’ and ‘Reckless’, Reyne is well-known for both his success as lead singer of Australian Crawl, and as a soloartist, having released his most recent album, Thirteen, in 2012.

Grace Knight is the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed band, Eurogliders, and a highly successful solo artist in her own right.

This ‘jazz diva’, whose career began in the UK in the seventies, has also appeared on the ABC mini series Come In Spinner and the long-running TV show Neighbours.

Rick Price came to fame in the early nineties, with top 40 songs such as ‘Walk Away Renee, ‘Not a Day Goes By’ and ‘Heaven Knows’.

With his most recent album released in 2011, Price also co-writes and produces music for other artists including Becky Cole, GinaJeffreys, Adam Brand and Tina Arena.

Alongside the musical performances, the Wingham Akoostik Festival includes a vibrant arrayof activities and entertainment, such as circus performances, roving entertainers, market stalls and a variety of workshops.

A highlight on this year’s program will be the ‘Getchya Music to the Masses’ workshop for budding performers, with Jake Stone from the band BLUEJUICE, and Thom Rawle from Papa Vs Pretty providing their insights.

This year the Akoostik festival will be run at the Wingham Showground over three days,kicking off on Friday night October 17, and continuing throughout the weekend, with onsitecamping available.

Other performers over the weekend include Holly Who, Suntara, The Travelling Teardrops, Matt Zarb, MD West, The Last Train, Up in Annie’s Room, Harrys Lookout,Jake Davey and Peggy van Zalm.

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