Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

29/06/2018 // by admin

United: Tony Briffa and Manja Sommeling.Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.
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In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings – nearly one in four – involved Australian residents.

As New Zealand commemorated the first anniversary of its marriage equality laws last week, a Senate inquiry heard how thousands of same-sex couples have married overseas but still lack recognition under federal law.

Ten years ago, the Howard government amended the Marriage Act to prohibit same-sex marriages overseas being recognised in Australia. According to the most recent census, 1338 same-sex couples have married overseas.

Australians for Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome said many Australians would prefer to marry at home but could not wait any longer. ”It’s an indictment on Australia that our citizens have to travel to another country to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said.

Former Hobsons Bay mayor Tony Briffa will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with school teacher Manja Sommeling, 47, next month but her marriage remains in legal limbo.

”I proposed on Valentine’s Day last year,” she said. ”I got down on one knee in front of the house we had just bought and in which we now live.”

While the Altona Meadows couple had planned to marry in Canada, when New Zealand passed its marriage equality laws they opted for Dunedin instead. Being born both male and female, Ms Briffa’s marriage cannot be recognised under Australian law. The 44-year-old told the inquiry the proposed bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages still excluded intersex people. Ms Briffa suggested the definition of marriage should remove all mention of gender.

Carnegie couple Michael Barnett, 45, and his husband Gregory Storer, 51, had been together for five years when they tied the knot in New Zealand’s Queenstown. Mr Barnett said friends and family treated the couple as married – regardless of the Australian law.

The Australian Family Association said recognising overseas same-sex marriages would create an inconsistency in the Marriage Act, and would add pressure to recognise same-sex marriage broadly.

The inquiry into formal recognition of overseas marriages is expected to report to the Federal Parliament on September 3.

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need2know: Iron ore in sharp fall

29/06/2018 // by admin

With a weak lead from Wall Street, local investors will be awaiting fresh corporate results before seeking to drive Australian shares still higher.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures slid 10 points to 5599

• AUD at 92.97 US cents, 96.93 Japanese yen, 70.41 Euro cents and 56.15 British pence

• On Wall St, S&P 500 -0.2%, Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq +0.1%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -0.8%, FTSE -0.04%, CAC -0.9%, DAX -0.7%

• Iron tumbles 2% to $US90.10 per metric tonne

• Spot gold up 0.3% to $US1280.08 an ounce

• Brent oil down 0.3% at $US102.29 per barrel.

What’s on today

Earnings from BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings, Australia CBA/HIA house affordability; US new home sales.

Stocks to watch

Earnings today from: BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings.

Shaw Stockbroking has a “buy” recommendation on Mermaid Marine, which it rates as “high risk” with a price target of $3.20 a share.

Morningstar has a “hold” recommendation on Trade Me following the release of its full year results for the financial year ended June 30, 2014, and expects the share price to reach a fair value of $3.60.

Macquarie Research has a positive take on Village Roadshow saying the stock will “outperform” in the next 12 months. It says VRL is an attractive investment opportunity and has a 12 month price target of $8.50.

Currencies

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen called for a “pragmatic” approach to US monetary policy on Friday, amid calls by hawkish members of the central bank’s policy committee for a quick rise in interest rates due to tightening labour markets and inflationary risks.

Five months after the US Mint began producing coins made with platinum, sales have all but collapsed as investors continue to favour gold and silver. “It’s not considered a currency,” said Jason Carstensen, a medical-sales representative in Ventura, California, who spends about $US2000 a month on coins, according to Bloomberg.

Commodities

Nickel fell 0.4 per cent to finish at $US18,750 per tonne after data showed excess supplies on the market. The global nickel market had a 1800 tonne surplus in June in contrast to a 3300 tonne deficit the month earlier.

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baosteel), China’s biggest listed steelmaker by stock market value, posted a 14.8 per cent fall in first-half net profit, reflecting weak prices and slackening demand growth, the company said on Friday.

Gold prices edged up on Friday as US equities slipped, but gains were limited. “I see no reasons to own gold, which is likely to trend lower with rallies being sold. The Treasury yields at under 3 per cent and crude oil prices showing signs of a recession are significant headwinds for precious metals,” said Jonathan Jossen, COMEX gold options floor trader in New York.

United States

Despite losses on Friday, all three major indexes posted gains for the week, with the Dow up 2 per cent, the S&P up 1.7 per cent and the Nasdaq up 1.6 per cent. It was the strongest week of gains for both the Dow and the S&P since April, and the third straight week of gains for all three indexes.

Goldman Sachs Group will pay $US3.15 billion to settle claims from the US housing finance regulator that it sold bad mortgage-backed securities. Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

Optimism about near-term market direction hit a nine-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, with 46.1 per cent of respondents expecting gains over the next six month. “There’s a good underlying tone in the market and we still have plenty of prospects for more gains,” said Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Co in Boston. He added that he would not be concerned about valuation until the S&P’s forward price-to-earnings ratio was 17 and its trailing P/E was 20. Those metrics currently stand at 15.7 and 17.4, respectively.

Europe

European shares fell on Friday after a brisk two-week rally, hurt by a ratcheting-up of tensions in Ukraine, although traders said Yellen’s dovish tone limited losses. “European indexes are halted by big resistance levels. At this point, investors should think about hedging their portfolios,” Aurel BGC chartist Gerard Sagnier said.

German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe’s biggest specialist online fashion retailer, are both on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Royal Bank of Scotland might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

What happened on Friday

The local sharemarket added 0.1 per cent. Oil and gas producer Santos was a highlight, adding 3.9 per cent to $15.16 on Friday after announ­cing a bumper dividend. The stock rose 5.3 per cent over the week.

Energy was the best-performing sector over the week, up 3.6 per cent. Origin Energy lifted 5.6 per cent to $14.84 despite showing a weak full-year profit on Thursday as the company shared a more optimistic outlook for this year.

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MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

29/06/2018 // by admin

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8.30amThat’s it from us this morning. Have a fabulous Thursday. See you tomorrow for the TGIF edition of the Rush.

8.12amCheck out Charlie, the new Australian sea lion at Taronga Zoo!

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8.08amManagers at the Australian Taxation Office trying to use scratchies to fight sickies among their public servants this Christmas have hit a snag.A workplace trade union has put the boot into the scheme, which rewards good attendance with a chance to win scratch cards, arguing the plan discriminates against tax officials who don’t show up to work.

8.06amHave you been snapped out & about in the Illawarra? Check out our gallery of social pics here.

8.04am HSC:Nearly a third of NSW HSC students are set to receive an ATAR of 80 or more. That’s impressive!

8.02am STRANGE BUT TRUE:No words needed really.

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8amThis time next week it will be Christmas Day. That is distressing.

7.58amGood morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

7.56am LOCAL NEWS:The “I’ll Ride With You” movement took over social media this week, a show of solidarity for Muslims who feared retribution in the wake of the Sydney siege.A team of water safety educators hopes its “I’ll Surf With You” tagline picks up as much steam. NB great pic from snapper Sylvia Liber too!

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

7.54am STRANGE BUT TRUE (YES!):People, I bring you wine-infused ice-cream. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner eating three pints of this stuff.

7.52am CELEB GOSS ALERT:We’re on baby bump watch here on the Rush and … yep, we can definitely see Jessica Biel’s bump.

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7.50am SPORT:Western Sydney’s frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.

7.48amOn dessert duty for Christmas? Try this white chocolate parfait.

7.46am SYDNEY SIEGE: PMTony Abbott has suggested that firearm laws may need to change as he said that the Martin Place gunman had a gun licence despite having a long criminal history that included being out on bail for being an accessory to murder. (SMH)

7.44amSally Fitzgibbons is in town today signing copies of her new book. She’ll be at Dymocks Wollongong from 11am.

Super excited for today’s #LiveLikeSally signs!Drop in&say Hi #Dymocks Wollongong 11am &SDS Warringah Mall at 5pm : ) pic.twitter南京夜网/2ODJrMXZUk

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7.36am LOCAL SPORT:TheHawks’ 3-12 start to the season may have tested the resolve of fans, but the faith of 11-year-old Caleb Jordan has never wavered. A lovely story from reporter Mitch Jennings here.

7.34amLooking for somewhere to holiday in 2015? Look beyond Phuket and check out these other amazing Thai islands.

7.32am SYDNEY SIEGE:Tributes have continued to pour into Martin Place for the victims of Monday’s siege.

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7.30amHave you entered your house in the Mercury’s Christmas lights competition? Get in quick – entries close Monday. Register here.

7.28am WORLD NEWS:The LA Police Department is buying 7000 body-worn cameras for its officers, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week. The decision is not directly related to the protests in Ferguson or NYC in the past several weeks, as the department has been testing the cameras for months. (SMH)

7.26amKeen to cook up your own bread this Christmas day? Check out this recipe for rosemary olive oil bread. Yum.

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7.24amWant to congratulate your child/mate/neighbour on their ATAR results? Leave them a message here.

7.22am LOCAL NEWS:The late Wollongong District Court judge Joe Phelan will be remembered as a brilliant legal mind and a compassionate man with a strong sense of justice.

*Reporter Louise Turk has the story.

7.20amPrince George, you have stolen my heart – look at him having a GREAT time with mum at the Winter Wonderland fair in London. #socute

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7.18am CELEB NEWS:R&B singer Ashanti hashad to take the witness stand in court, forced toanswer questions from a delusional fan who had already been convicted, in 2009, of stalking her. Read more.

7.16am NSW:More than 5300 NSW homes may be riddled with deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and the state government should demolish and buy affected properties, a parliamentary report has found.

7.14amDon’t forget the annual Gerringong street parade is on this Saturday.

7.12am TIARA ALERT:Kate Middleton wore her TRACKIES to a publicity event in the UK. I repeat, her TRACKIES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. TRACKIES.

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7.10am SYDNEY SIEGE:NSW Police were right to try to negotiate with the gunman, according to a former senior police officer familiar with counter terrorism training.”There is a very strong history that negotiations work and time does solve problems,” said the former officer, who asked not to be named.

7.08am LOCAL NEWS:Vocalist Isabella Hanley truly had something to sing about yesterday, when she found out she was 10th in the state in her Higher School Certificate music course.

*Reporter Kate McIlwain has the story.

7.06amA little Christmas joke for you.

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7.04am SYDNEY:A man wearing a gas mask and shouting threats has been arrested on board a train heading into Sydney.The 44 year-old boarded the train at Newcastle and began yelling shortly before arriving at Central station.

7.02am CELEB NEWS:ComedianRussell Brand has criticised the mainstream media and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for referring to Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege as an act of terrorism. Read more.

7am STRANGE BUT TRUE:This man spent more than $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian. I kid you not.

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6.58am Good morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

6.56am LOCAL NEWS:Two long-serving Balarang Public School teachers were treated to a truck ride to mark their retirements on Wednesday.

*Get the full story here.

6.54amWant to keep the calories down this festive season? Try these easyfood swaps – goodbye potato chips, hello vegetables!

6.52am WORLD NEWS:A shocked Pakistan yesterday began burying 132 students killed in anattack on their school by seven Taliban militants.

6.50amHeading out tonight to check out the Illawarra’s best Christmas lights? Take this handy guide with you – we’ve got them all wrapped up for you.

6.48am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Things are not looking good for Spice Girl Mel B. Reports are swirling that she’s splitting with her husband & moving out of their LA home.

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6.46amIf you haven’t seen this yet, WATCH IT NOW. Quite possibly the DUMBEST response to a first question on Millionaire Hotseat EVER.

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6.44am HEALTH:Health professionals need to focus on family needs, listening and respect when dealing with end-of-life planning for patients, according to research which has revealed a gap in what health professionals and patients believe is important. Read more.

6.42amCan you believe it’s just a week until Christmas!? #notready

6.40am MUSIC NEWS:Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has pulled off a major surprise by announcing one of the biggest names in 90s indie rock, BIlly Corgan vehicle Smashing Pumpkins, to join his touring heavy rock and punk festival in early 2015.

6.38am LOCAL NEWS:Christians and Muslimsprayed together on Wednesday, as part of a special interfaith mass in memory of the victims of the Sydney siege.

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

6.36am TV NEWS:Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake have taken it back to the ’90s for a skit on Fallon’s show – they stayed up late at “summer camp” to sing Third Eye Blind.Nice!

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6.34am NATIONAL:2014 has now been declared the “deadliest year” for migrants, with a record 4868 people dying while trying to cross treacherous oceans in 2014 – double the 2013 tally. Read more.

6.32amHave you voted for your Illawarra Sportsperson of the Year? Get in quick – register your votehere.

6.30amQuark. Freekeh. Buckwheat. No, I’m not speaking a different language – these are the foods we’ll be eating in 2015, according to the SMH.

6.28amCheck out Beyonce’s latest picture with daughter Blue Ivy. Cute!

Beyoncé’s latest pic with Blue Ivy is TOO CUTE: http://t.co/7KL9H996KNpic.twitter南京夜网/NC27GZyqLI

— E! News (@ENews) December 17, 2014The Interview. It’s New York premiere has been cancelled as theatres across the US start dropping the movie, amid fears of terrorist attacks.

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6.24am NSW:Former NRL player Craig Field has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years’ jail for the one-punch killing of a farmer at a pub in 2012.

6.22amDon’t forget the Sunset Cinema kicks off at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Boxing Day. Have you got your tickets!?

6.20am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Selena Gomez was spotted crying over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday party. Oh dear. NB that was a LOT of celeb name-dropping in one sentence.

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6.18am TV NEWS:HBO appears to be borrowing from the book of Snapchat for its latestGame of Thronesteaser campaign, deleting a tantalising vision of season five released to fans after just one viewing. But of course, someone’s figured out a way around it!Check it out.

6.16am LOCAL NEWS:AnIllawarra teen who got his four-year-old niece to perform a sexual act on him under the pretence they were playing a game has avoided a full-time jail sentence.

*Court reporter Shannon Tonkin has the details.

6.14amEver seen a baby beaver? Now you have – awwww.

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6.12amYear 12 students received their HSC marks yesterday. Hope it was good news. It’s ATARs today – good luck.

6.10am WORLD NEWS:USPresident Barack Obama has opened the door to restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of sanctions and embargo, announcing that the US would seek to open an embassy in the coming months and to relax economic and travel restrictions.

6.08am CELEB NEWS:7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has admitted in an interview overnight that he sexually abused three underage girls. “I did something terribly wrong”, he said.

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6.06am And in national news, via the SMH:

*In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was wide awake and agitated, the father of one hostage says.Joel Herat, 21, has told his family Monis was starting to herd the frightened hostages into separate groups inside the Lindt cafe, raising fears they would “not survive until the morning if they did not do something”. Read more.

*Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the deadly Martin Place siege as authorities faced fierce scrutiny over why the gunman was free despite the raft of serious criminal charges against him.

*ABC journalists were in tears on Wednesdayafter being told their positions could become redundant.Close to a third of more than 300 ABC staff in pools with similarly skilled colleagues were expected to learn their fate by 5pm.

6.04am Here’s what’s making news in your Mercury today:

*Anintellectually impaired resident gorged on a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread and choked to death at an Illawarra group home – just 18 months after a similar death at another home. Read more.

*There was a distinct lack of Christmas cheer at Shellharbour City Council’s final meeting of the year, which began with independent councillor Peter Moran being unceremoniously dumped as the council’s representative on the Killalea State Park Trust Board.

*Matthew Paul Wiggins, the man accused of gunning down Darko Janceski in 2012, has been committed to stand trial for murder.

6.02amLet’s kick things off with the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHERWe’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon.

TRAFFICAll good on our roads & for the drive to Sydney.

TRAINSThere is a good service on the South Coast line.

6amGood morning Illawarra! Hope you’re having a good week – we’re on the steady slide into the weekend! Stay with me this morning for all the latest news etc.

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Cougars purr past Blues

16/11/2018 // by admin

Chris Weller and his Churchill teammates advanced through the qualifying final. file photo
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FOOTBALL

NORTH GIPPSLAND FL

CHURCHILL handed coach Allan Chandler his first finals victory in North Gippsland following a blistering third term in Saturday’s qualifying final against Rosedale.

There were wild swings of momentum, a barrage of goals and a hard fought comeback in the quarter which resulted in the Cougars booting six-goals-to-one to arrest the lead and dictate the second half.

It was in vast contrast to the opening half in which Churchill appeared content to sit back while Rosedale’s running midfield backed itself in the contest and drilled the ball into forwards Brandon McDonald and Jeremy Reid, who inflicted the damage on the scoreboard.

Churchill started strong, rebounding from defence in the opening minute of play to send the ball barnstorming forward to score.

They had a second from the subsequent centre clearance through Nick Campbell, which was answered by Rosedale’s Reid who took a juggling mark to score.

Reid added his second following a stellar intercept by Jon Cantwell who chopped off the Cougars’ kick.

Cantwell then combined with the fleet footed Rowan Diamond, who pumped the ball long into the forward 50.

Crashing the marking pack Reid gained possession and snapped the Blues’ second and his first of three straight.

Churchill’s Dean Degroot reeled one back, splitting the sticks from outside 40, as the sides exchanged blows on the scoreboard.

It was followed by majors to Travis Brighton and Chris Williams as the Cougars looked to skip away.

However, the Blues’ fourth ahead of quarter-time reeled the margin back to a straight kick at the first change.

Churchill scored the opener of the second term, before Rosedale went about at will in front of goal; Luke Stuckey and McDonald were in on the action and made it three goals in-a-row for the Blues.

Brad Scott was instrumental in setting up the Blues’ fourth for the term, combining with Frazer Brouns to provide the side with a five point lead.

Consecutive misses to Churchill handed Rosedale a reprieve, before the Cougars scored through Campbell to hit the front.

It was short lived, McDonald added another to steal the lead, followed by Stuckey’s second which was gifted after an undisciplined act by Kurt Holt resulted in a 50 metre penalty when he failed to pass the ball back.

The Blues took an eight point lead into the long break.

It was a hungry and focused Churchill outfit that emerged from the rooms, returning fire with six unanswered majors in a blistering premiership term, which saw forward Tim Darby dictate play.

The Cougars’ brilliance turned an eight point deficit into a 22 point lead at the final change.

Despite both sides hitting the scoreboard early, the goal umpires were kept relatively quiet in the final term, with Churchill doing enough to put the result beyond doubt 17.18 (120) to 12.14 (86).

Sale City v Woodside (Elimination final)

EIGHT majors from Sale City’s Jake Schuback helped steer the Dogs to a 40 point victory over Woodside, 19.9 (123) to 12.11 (83).

It took the Dogs until the seven minute mark of the first term to register their opening goal, however from that point City’s power forward Schuback and the running brigade had the ball on a string.

Seven points separated the sides in a tight opening term, with both registering their first poins before scoring completely dried up.

It then became one way traffic after the Dogs packed numbers around the stoppages, with their rovers reading the taps better than the Wildcats and pumping the ball into a wide open forward line.

The match began with a touch of the fumbles, with both sides failing to make effective use of the footy before City drew on the experience of a number of their seasoned campaigners to dominate passages of play.

Jake Milham, Brad McKay and Brandon Rathdowne were the main playmakers and amassed contested possessions.

Josh Griffin opened the scoring for the Wildcats following a free kick, Woodside’s first of two on the run with Adrian Fazioli roving the pack to snap true.

The arm wrestle continued in the second term, before the Dogs slowly gained the ascendency.

Schuback got things happening in the opening minutes of the second term, before a running major to Byron Shingles made it a 20 point ball game.

Woodside responded to reel back a major, however missed shots to Griffin and Tom Love, the latter goal being touched over the line, halted the Wildcats in their tracks.

Running on confidence the Dogs did not have any such troubles at the opposite end of the ground as Rathdowne registered a goal on the rebound.

Wildcats best on ground Shane Kilgower chopped off defender Tim Dimarco’s errant kick to steady his side and keep them in touch on the scoreboard, 17 points the margin.

It was followed by the side’s third for the term after coach Chris Pettitt’s tackle on the half-back flank set up Matt Sholz, who combined with Luke Anedda and Griffin who drilled the ball into Ben Johnson to goal.

But, as they had done at will in the opening half, the Dogs capitalised on the turnover; Milham combined with Mitch Bennett to score ahead of half-time to make it, 8.5 (53) to 5.7 (37).

The third term belonged to City’s Nick Grainger.

Grainger was everywhere, and such was his dominance Pettitt rotated three different opponents on the playmaker.

However Grainger could not be contained, nor teammate Josh Barbetti who hunted the ball around the pack and hurt the Wildcats for their errors.

Schuback added to his tally in the third along with Bennett, while at the other end of the ground Griffin registered his second with the margin seven goals at the final change.

Two quick goals to kick off the final term had Woodside up and about; Kilgower and Kerr were working hard to reel the margin in however inaccuracy in front of goal proved costly.

Schuback added his seventh from 11 scoring shots, before swinging around on his deadly accurate left foot to set up Mitch Evans from 15 metres out.

Evans had a second before the ball had returned to the centre square, and an infringement by a Wildcats defender saw the ball again in Evans hands, this time from 20 metres out directly in front.

From that point the match was dusted.

Late majors to the Wildcats chipped away at the deficit however the damage had already been done.

Rathdowne found plenty of the ball, Shay Ferguson was instrumental down back and made an impact when pushing forward, while Brad Flealy was dogged in and around the contests.

Woodside’s Kilgower never gave up and was well supported by Ryan Foat, Ben Johnson and Sholz.

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Parkes United progress after thriller against Bathurst Souths

16/11/2018 // by admin

Amy Thornberry (goal-keeper) was outstanding for United, keeping Souths scoreless in the one-on-one shootout last Saturday.Photo: Renee Powell 0814Whock_8411Parkes United are one step away from a grand final berth after defeating Bathurst Souths in thrilling circumstances at Stephen Davies Field last Saturday.
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In a match that went down to the wire including 70 minutes of regular hockey, 15 minutes of sudden death golden goal and a penalty shoot out required to determine the winner, Parkes held their nerve the better to earn a meeting with Lithgow Panthers this weekend.

Amy Thornberry starred for United again, saving a number of shots, a penalty stroke and keeping Souths scoreless in the shootout.

Parkes took the field well-prepared with an excellent warm-up and were raring to go when the whistle blew.

Play was exceptionally intense with both sides playing their best matches of the season.

In an extremely physical encounter, which both sides played in very good spirits, United created the first chance when a Louise Hawken shot flew just wide of the goal.

Parkes’ defence against the threatening Souths attack was exceptional, led by the determined tackling of Codie Wakefield.

Excellent attacking play by Parkes mid-way through the half saw Cass Hodges get a great shot away which the Bathurst keeper just got a glove to which saw it deflect over the top of the goal mouth.

Thornberry was also called upon to make a number of quality saves to keep her team at nil-all as they headed to the half time break.

The tension began to rise as neither side could break through to score.

Parkes worked hard to gain a couple of penalty corners late in the second half, but were unable to capitalise on their chances.

At the end of regular time with the score at nil-all, the match immediately headed to 15 minutes of sudden death golden goal play.

Both sides were desperate to score and it looked likely that Bathurst would take the match when Jess Watterson created an open goal opportunity.

Watterson tomahawked her shot which looked certain to end the match before Sarah Melhuish went diving into the goal mouth to deflect the ball over the backline.

Inspired by Melhuish’s efforts, Parkes dug deep and held Souths out to see the match move on to a one-on-one penalty shootout.

Players have eight seconds to run from the 25 yard line in a one-on-one play with the keeper.

Thornberry proved why she is considered the best keeper in the Premier League by keeping a clean sheet.

She denied both Sarah and Jess Watterson their shots and then saved a penalty stroke after a stick-check on Kate Dooley in her shot on goal.

With Thornberry brilliant in goals, Parkes only needed three of their shooters to score which Wendy Rix, Louise Hawken and Niamh Dixon did with great poise and skill.

Thornberry proved a popular choice as Players’ Player after a brilliant match.

Coach Aaron Huppatz was ecstatic with the victory.

“It was our best game of hockey for the year,” he said.

“It was our best overall team performance.

“I was very happy with our structure, we controlled the ball a lot better this week and didn’t turn it over while our trapping was excellent.

“This win was a great confidence builder and has united the girls.

“We didn’t have a bad player.

“Amy Thornberry showed true class today and amazing composure under pressure.

“It was one of our best defensive performances. as our defenders worked overtime and tackled well all game,” he said.

Huppatz identified his Best and Fairest players as Wendy Rix who was very strong and consistent and dominated the left side.

Bec Cowling put in another consistent performance and was able to inject herself into attack well.

Codie Wakefield was the stand-out defensive performance while Sarah Melhuish did a mile of yards in the middle of the field.

While these players received special recognition, everyone did their job and worked hard for their team-mates.

Parkes will travel to Lithgow this Saturday to take on Lithgow Panthers after their shock 2-0 loss to Bathurst City.

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Gundagai winger injured as Tigers savage Tumbarumba

16/11/2018 // by admin

GUNDAGAI winger Luke Ebneter’s most successful day for the Tigers turned sour yesterday when he suffered a suspected neck injury at Tumbarumba Showground.
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Ebneter, who joined Gundagai from Queensland this year, scored three slashing tries before he was hurt in the 54th minute of the game.

Amid serious concern, Ebneter was transferred to hospital by ambulance for tests and treatment.

Gundagai captain-coach Cameron Woo last night was waiting for an update on Ebneter’s condition.

“I understand he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure,” Wood said.

“Obviously risks can’t be taken with a next injury.”

For Ebneter, the worrying neck problem came after he scored three tries as Gundagai thrashed Tumbarumba 48-18 yesterday.

Ebneter scored tries in the 10th and 32nd minutes as the Tigers swept to a 24-10 lead at half-time.

Again the winger struck for a try in the 43rd minute, only for his fortune’s to be soured minutes later.

Play was halted for 40 minutes as Ebneter was kept comfortable on the field and later transferred by ambulance to hospital.

“The game finished at five o’clock,” Woo said.

For Woo, yesterday’s dramatic success was not the perfect precursor to a massive showdown with Young at Anzac Park on Sunday.

The duel between the Tigers and Cherrypickers in the hills will decide which of the teams finishes third on the table – and secures a second chance in the finals.

Significantly, a loss for Young could have a savage impact, possibly sending the team crashing to fifth and into a Wagga elimination final clash with Kangaroos.

Woo, however, is not getting carried away with the Tigers last-season burst of form.

“They (Young) beat us pretty convincingly early in the season,” Woo said.

As the Tigers wait for news on Ebneter’s injury, Woo said centre Mat Rose and props Brett Eccleston and Trent Skeers would be available for the upcoming dice with Young.

“It’ll certainly be good to have some depth in the front row,” he said.

“This will be a tough game.”

Ebneter’s three-try haul made him an obvious choice as one of Gundagai’s best yesterday, but fullback Dane O’Hehir and hooker James Luff also won acclaim.

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Comprehensive win sees Parkes United to face Lithgow Panthers

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Hamish Orr was jubilant after scoring Parkes United’s opening goal against Souths at Stephen Davies Field last Saturday. Photo: Renee Powell 0814Mhock_8462
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A dominant second half has seen Parkes United men triumph over Bathurst Souths at Stephen Davies Field last Saturday.

While unable to convert all their chances in the first half, United came out firing in the second to run out convincing winners 4-1.

Jack Elliott’s second half hat-trick will now see Parkes travel to Lithgow to take on the Panthers who lost 2-1 to St Pat’s in Bathurst.

After enjoying the run of play from the outset, United opened the scoring with a good individual effort from Hamish Orr.

Parkes continued to threaten with Elliott hitting the post twice.

As the half progressed, Souths began to come to terms with the pace of the United attack which had become too direct and a bit narrow in their eagerness to add to the earlier goal.

Souths levelled the scores against the run of play after capitalising on an error at the back by United.

The ensuing arm wrestle saw neither side able to add to their tally before the break.

Despite the first half finishing with honours shared, United played a more expansive structure to dominate the second stanza and will carry that momentum forward into this Saturday’s clash.

Elliott cleaned up the scraps to put United ahead, slotting the ball into the net after a rebound of the keeper’s pads.

His second goal came after some excellent work down the left before Elliott ran the ball along the backline and slipped it past the keeper for 3-1.

A drag flick from a penalty corner was the icing on the cake for Elliott’s hat-trick and for United to end Souths’ season.

Captain Kieren Deland was happy with his side’s second half.

“We were clinical in the second half and it showed on the scoreboard,” Deland said.

“We probably got a bit narrow in the first half and made it easier for Souths to defend.

“We made an effort to play wider after the break and we really hurt them that way.

“We had chances in the first half and could easily have gone to the break up three or four nil.

“As it was, one slip up and they were in and instead of being in total control of the match, we were in a real dogfight.

“The second half showed what we are capable of and we will need more of that next week.

“We knew whoever we play (St Pat’s or Panthers) it is going to be tough.

“We will travel to Lithgow next week knowing we will have to give it our all if we want to make it through to the grand final the week after.

“It’s going to be tough but we are up for it,” he said.

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Short course sharks

16/11/2018 // by admin

The Traralgon Swimming Club won the state short course championships.SWIMMING
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By samuel darroch

FOUR in every five Traralgon Swimming Club members posted personal best times at the Victorian Country Short Course Championships to help secure a seventh consecutive title in Shepparton recently.

After being pushed by Geelong last year, Traralgon almost doubled the rival club’s score in a landslide points victory, 2080 to 990 with Warrnambool in third on 709.

Traralgon’s 59 strong team secured 32 gold, 18 silver and 16 bronze medals at the meet, with 13 year-old Lauren Akers leading the way with a personal haul of seven gold.

“Last year we took a team which was challenged for the whole meet by Geelong and we came away with a strong but narrow victory,” senior head coach Brian Ford said.

“This year the team included a large contingent of our junior swimming talent and together with the experienced swimmers came away with a dominant performance having over 80 per cent of swims being best times.

“It was an outstanding team performance.”

Caydence Bezzina and Thomas Hamilton broke out of Gippsland records, along with Molly Cargill who set two new marks and eclipsed a 20 year-old Courtney Ford record by more than three seconds in the girls eight and under butterfly.

Mikaela Cornelissen (6), Locke DeGaris (5), Emily Beecroft (4), Caiden Gill (3), Melina DeCort (3) and Harliai Curthoys-Davies (2) were the other multiple gold medallists.

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Out and About in BathurstAugust 25

17/10/2018 // by admin

Out and About in Bathurst | August 25 GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Joey Scouts Johnny Telcher, Kyan Schmidt, Seth Jermyn and Lachlan McGuire.
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GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Cub Cooper Keith, Guide Isabelle Baird and Cub Fergus Mashman.

GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Cub Scouts Huon Boshier, Ace Rowley and Alex Lewis.

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GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Girl Guides Alannah Baldwin, Izzy Smith and Natalie Hock. 081314ctpin5

RICHIE FARRAR’S 50TH: Di Fulthorpe, Jeanette Holden, Nick Farrar and Peter Holden. 081814richie5

RICHIE FARRAR’S 50TH: Proud mum Jacqui with her son Richie Farrar. 081814richie4

RICHIE FARRAR’S 50TH: Peter Ward, Richard Parker, Doug Martinez, Ann Parkerand Kylie Martinez. 081814richie3

RICHIE FARRAR’S 50TH: Stacey and Dave Elvy enjoyed the big party at the Panorama Hotel. 081814richie2

RICHIE FARRAR’S 50TH: Steph, Richie, Kristy and Nick Farrar at Richie’s birthday celebrations. 081814richie1

SUZANNE HINES’ 60TH: Bob and Belinda Davis. 081614c60th2

SUZANNE HINES’ 60TH: Front, Ji Hartland with Suzanne Hines. Back, Brylee Hartland, Laura Malcolm and Matt Hartland holding Monnie Hartland. 081614c60th5

SUZANNE HINES’ 60TH: Kylie Hartland (left), Grant, Suzanne and Scott Hines. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081614c60th4a

SUZANNE HINES’ 60TH: Bree Williams with Paul Basha. 081614c60th3

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STANNIES’ REUNION CLASS OF 2004: Ben Kevo, Michael Rigney and Ian Brown. Photos: CHRIS SEABROOK 080914cssc3

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KURT FINNERTY’S 21ST: Kaitlan Weal, Jane Sheehan, birthday boy Kurt Finnerty and Tere Sheehan. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA 081514zkurt1

KURT FINNERTY’S 21ST: Brett Farrell, Christine Weal, Kaitlan Weal, JodySullivan, Kurt Finnerty and Michelle and Brian Weal. 081514zkurt4

KURT FINNERTY’S 21ST: Aaron Edwards, Mitchell Gough, Jody Sullivan, Kurt Finnerty and Cameron Gough. 081514zkurt3

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VARIETY BASH: John Beckingham (left) and Brad Jackson from Mackay, Queensland in their number 72 Ned Bushrangers car. Brad had special reason to be happy about being able to visit Bathurst as he was able to catch up with his sister Sharon Shelton. bash1

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Armed robbery of a Kellyville service station

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Two men, who had their faces concealed and armed with a pistol, held up a service stationon Windsor Road on Sunday, August 24.
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Police said after threatening the attendant with the gun, they were handed cash and then fled the store at about 5.30am.

An investigation is underway in an attempt to identify and locate the two men involved.

The first man has been described as being aged in his mid 20s, approximately 180 cm to 185 cmtall, with a solid build.

He was last seen wearing a fluoro yellow and dark-coloured hooded jacket, dark-coloured trousers, and black shoes with white soles.

The second man has been described as being aged in his mid 20s, approximately 170cm to 175cm tall, with a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a black cap, a black or dark blue jacket, a dark-coloured hooded jumper underneath, tan-coloured trousers, and white shoes.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Southcity breaks drought with victory on the border

16/10/2018 // by admin

SURROUNDED: Southcity strongman Will Merritt is swarmed upon by Albury defenders at Greenfield Park on Sunday. Merritt scored the last-minutye try that gave the Bulls a 40-38 victory. Picture: The Border MailSOUTHCITY captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry yesterday ended his Greenfield Oval drought in the most spectacular way possible.
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After four straight losses to the Thunder on the border, Fitzhenry was finally able to celebrate as the Bulls nailed the dual-Group Nine premier 40-38 in a last-minute thriller.

Down 38-34 with time almost up, the Bulls unleashed one last raid – and barnstorming centre Will Merritt did the rest.

Seizing the moment, Merritt sizzled over for a try to square the score sheet, setting up Nathan Rose to boot the conversion for a dramatic victory.

Amid the jubilation later, Fitzhenry admitted the stunning success was one of the sweetest of his four years at Southcity.

“It was very good, and I’m very happy,” Fitzhenry said later.

“I can’t wipe the smile of my face.”

Coming after a four-year wait for a success at Greenfield Park, Fitzhenry’s delight was easy to understand.

And the fact that yesterday’s heart-stopping win has also certainly secured the Bulls the minor premiership – and a major semi-final at Harris Park in three weeks – only made matters even better.

Heading into the last round, Southcity has edged to the top of the Group Nine, displacing Albury as the number one team in the premiership.

For the Bulls, the guarantee of playing a home semi-final now rests entirely on whipping lowly Tumbarumba on Saturday, something Fitzhenry is not about to take for granted.

“This has given us a lot of confidence, but we still have to beat Tumba at home,” Fitzhenry said.

“That’s one of those dangerous sort of games, and we can’t start getting ahead of ourselves.”

On a day of stunning success, Fitzhenry was refusing to get completely swept up in the hype of the result.

Taking stock, Fitzhenry said the Bulls could ill afford to get carried away with the significance of toppling the Thunder at their citadel.

“Don’t forget we beat Albury at this time last year and they thrashed us 34-0 in the semis,” he said.

“This could work in our favour, but it’s such an open competition you can’t take anything for granted.”

Despite a remarkable flow of points in yesterday’s duel between the first and second teams on the ladder, the Bulls coach declared there was no lack of spirit involved.

“Yes, there were a lot of points scored, but it was a physical game,” he said.

“It was a tough … just like you’d expect.”

Rather than rest on their laurels, the Bulls needed to work even harder in the coming weeks, Fitzhenry stressed.

“You only need to have a bad day and the other team play out of their skins and you’re in trouble,” he said

Albury and Southcity were definitely teams in dynamic touch yesterday, with barely a scoring chance missed by either of them.

In a frenetic first half, they traded tries before Merritt crossed in the dying minutes to give the Bulls a 24-18 lead at half-time.

Earlier, the Thunder had broken out to a 18-6 after Jon Huggett smashed his way over in the 29th minute, but the Bulls responded.

The second half unfolded in exactly the same way, with tries coming fast and furious.

However, when Ben Jeffery scored a chip and re-gather try in the 65th minute the Thunder were out to 38-30 lead – only to have Ned Mortimer score for the Bulls to cut the deficit to 38-34 in the 70th minute.

Two close calls went again the Thunder, including Hayden Sweeney being denied a try in the 77th minute, before Merritt snatched the clincher on the siren.

For the Bulls, Merritt (three tries), winger Jack Lyons (two tries), second rower Nick Skinner and prop Jordan Shepherd were outstanding.

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Police confident of more arrests over drug breakthrough

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Police are hopeful of making more arrests in relation to Wednesday’s arrest of two men for attempting to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into the Wellington Correctional centre.
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It’s understood detectives are continuing their investigation.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard congratulated Corrective Services NSW for successfully completing a lengthy covert mission to foil a contraband smuggling plot.

“I would like to commend the hard work of Corrective Services officers which this week resulted in the arrest of two men over a foiled plot to bring contraband mobile phones and drugs into a prison,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This successful seizure is the latest win in the ongoing crackdown on contraband in our prisons – which is essential for the safety and security of both the prison and the community.”

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Commissioner Peter Severin, praised the work of officers from CSNSW’ Security Operations Group and Wellington Correctional Centre in preventing a significant amount of contraband being thrown over a perimeter fence.

“The operation was well-planned and involved intensive surveillance over a period of weeks,” Mr Severin said.

“Our officers must be praised for using a combination of intelligence, investigation and surveillance and cooperation with the NSW Police Force to enable these arrests and ensure this contraband didn’t get into the prison, where it would have represented a threat to safety and security.”

Mr Severin said the seizure had prevented a number of mobile phones, mobile phone accessories, and a small but varied mix of illicit and prescription drugs entering the centre and getting into the hands of inmates.

“While contraband is an issue for any correctional system in the world, we are making significant headway as we step up the number of physical searches for contraband combined with intelligence gathering and successful operations such as these,” Mr Severin said.

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Community voices needed

16/10/2018 // by admin

Anadvocate for change has called on Narracan electorate residents to voice their opinions before it is too late.
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Passionate community member Michael Fozard said he was disappointed with the poor turnout to a forum he organised last Thursday for residents to share their concerns and wish-lists ahead of the November state election.

“We got about six or seven people. I was hoping to get more,” Mr Fozard said.

“Those who did turn up were passionate, but the lack of numbers really disappointed me.”

Mr Fozard said despite the setback, he would continue to campaign for better community representation on important issues.

He said concerns raised at the meeting included the current education system, not adequately preparing job-seekers for the workforce, the need for a new West Gippsland hospital, and the condition of roads, particularly the Princes Highway.

However, he wanted to hear from more members of the community, and encouraged anyone to phone him or post on a newly formed Facebook group page: Community Power.

“We’re only as strong as the people want us to be. We rely on their support and contribution to make us something of a force… and hopefully an impact,” Mr Fozard said. To voice your opinions, phone Michael Fozard on 0418 513 092.

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