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.

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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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Police officer injured in car crash

17/05/2019 // by admin

A police officer has been taken to hospital following a crash in Granville.
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Just before 1am (Sunday,August 24), officers from Rosehill Local Area Command were driving along Parramatta Road, responding to calls for assistance.

While turning into Church Street, the police vehicle and another car collided.

A female officer, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to Westmead Hospital with a suspected broken arm.

No one else was injured.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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GALLERY: Ceduna Area School formal

17/05/2019 // by admin

GALLERY: Ceduna Area School formal Lachie Woods and Josephine Breede were voted cutest couple and king and queen.
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Hollie Watkins, Jasmine Riddle, Kira Sleep, Emily Kavanagh and Kelsey Bitmead.

Rhianna Nicholls and Chloe Perry.

Cody Wilkins and Asha Hoffrichter.

Shonye Betts, Tonya Wilton, Leticia Campbell Saunders and Kyra Dudley.

Brooke McArthur, Shelly Fricker, Brianna Partington and Cayley Baldwin.

Kirsten Pilmore and Dakota Nicholls.

Kym Lebois, Shaun Miller and Ali Johncock.

Rhys Amos and Brianna Partington.

Teachers Jess Rowson and David King.

Neve Smart, Meesha Dunn, Gabi Xanthopoulos, Zoe Fricker and CaitlinNicholls.

Josephine Breede, Hayden Bennett and Courtney Stott.

Marley Fairclough and Jake Warmington.

Sam Woods and Brooke McArthur.

Kira Sleep, Josephine Breede, Jasmine Riddle, Marley Fairclough, Tayla Collins, Emily Kavanagh, Dakota Nicholls, Tori Watson and Kelsey Bitmead.

Hollie Watkins, Jasmine Riddle, Kira Sleep, Emily Kavanagh and Kelsey Bitmead.

Josephine Breede, Cayley Baldwin, Stacey Breede and Telene Ettridge.

Dylan Perry and Kelsey Kavanagh.

Year 10 (back): Sam Woods, Skye Bailey, Garrett Bowden, Joshua Cummings, Nathan Marks, Kadi Watson, Brianna Partington, Kyra Dudley, Teacher Michael Scheffler; middle: teacher David King, Heidi Warmington, Chloe Sleep, Ali Johncock, Stacey Breed, ChenaePaues, Jodi Burnett, Emily Seidl, Darcie Warmington, Brooke McArthur, Shonye Betts; front: Kym Lebois, Lachie Beattie, Rhys Amos, Jacob Matthews-Bennett, Ben Chatzisevastos, Shaun Miller.

Emily Seidl and Ben Chatzisevastos.

Nathan Marks, Jodie Burnett, Chenae Paues and Jacob Matthews-Bennett.

Toby Lee and Taylor Nielsen.

Waitresses (back): Kyra Baldwin, Zalia Mager Mullan, Zoe Fricker, Gabi Xanthopoulos, teacher Jess Rowson, Tara Rogers, Meesha Dunn, Kate Nielsen; front: Neve Smart, Rubi Riddle and Caitlin Nicholls.

Year 12s (back): Teacher Elise Shakes, Kira Sleep, Josephine Breede, Jasmine Riddle, Marley Fairclough, Tayla Collins, Emily Kavanagh, Dakota Nicholls, Tori Watson, Kelsey Bitmead, Leticia Campbell-Saunders, Haydon Whitfield, Mathew Zippel; front: Reece Nicholls, Ethan Thompson, Lachie Woods, Hayden Bennett, Jack Lane, Cody Wilkins, Todd Hoffrichter and Kalab Gunter.

Kayla Burge, Kadi Watson, Tori Watson, Asha Hoffrichter, Stacey Breede, Telene Ettridge, Marley Fairclough, Cayley Baldwin, Courtney Stott and Josephine Breede.

Jake Duregon and Tori Watson.

Telene Ettridge and Ethan Mahar.

Cody Wilkins, Jack Lane and Reece Nicholls.

Prince and princess Kade Halbert and Shelly Fricker.

Chloe Sleep and Joshua Cummings.

Heidi Warmington and Leighton Ronan.

Dakota Nicholls and Christopher Bender.

Darcie Warmington and Shaun Miller.

Ethan Thompson and Stacey Breede.

Hayden Bennett and Courtney Stott.

Jake Duregon and Marley Fairclough.

Haydon Whitfield, Rhianna Nicholls, Chloe Perry and Kalab Gunter.

Kalab Gunter, teacher Michael Scheffler and Rhys Amos.

Kyle Penna and Kirsten Pilmore.

Paula Ettridge and Jack Lane.

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Roo netballers make finals

17/05/2019 // by admin

Roo netballers make finals Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.
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Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale v Kybybolite A grade netball match on Saturday.

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Wingham Tigers lose elimination semi by one point

17/05/2019 // by admin

A GOAL kicked after a contentious penalty awarded to Port Macquarie six minutes from fulltime enabled the Sharks to score an 18-17 win over Wingham in a gripping Group Three Rugby League elimination semi-final at Port Macquarie.Referee Warren Holstein penalised the Tigers from a dummy half infringement apparently on the advice of a touch judge. Port second rower David Geary potted the goal and the Sharks managed to hold on to claim a spot in next Saturday’s minor semi-final.
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However, there was plenty of drama in the final minutes. Wingham looked set to score a last gasp win when interchange centre Tim Bridge found some room seconds before time. Bridge was eventually grassed by some desperate cover. He managed to get a kick in but the ball went dead as the siren sounded.

Wingham coach Stu Baker was furious with the referee and said so at game’s end.

“It was a joke mate, a joke,” he fumed.

Asked his thoughts about the decision to award Port the penalty that ultimately decided the game Baker replied: “Ask him.”

It was a tough, hard semi-final. Wingham led 12-4 at the break and were clearly the better side. But the Sharks have been slow starters all season and they gradually whittled away the deficit in the second stanza.

Both packs were outstanding, Wingham having the better of the first half but Port gained a points decision in the second.

Wingham were too conservative with the ball in the second half and wasted sets when deep in Port territory. The fact the Tigers only scored one try and that was through an intercept was testament to that.

Halfback Mitch Steel was outstanding for the Tigers. He orchestrated most of Wingham’s play and made a couple of sharp breaks for good measure.

Lock Matt Bartlett was another worker and the Tigers will be hoping he saddles up for another season in 2015. Prop Ben Welsh was also strong off the bench.

There was certainly no lack of effort from any of the Tigers.

Port has a match winner in fullback Harley Gore. He started the game from the bench but made an impact the moment he was introduced into the game. Coach Phil Trembath later explained that Gore was sidelined for missing training sessions. That’s the official line anyway.

Gore was denied a try midway through the second half when he followed through a centre kick from halfback Clint Foot, re-gathered and sprinted clear to plant the ball under the posts. The score was 17-10 to Wingham at the time.

However, Holstein disallowed the try after a touch judge’s report, penalising Gore for being offside.

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New courts to serve community

17/05/2019 // by admin

SERVE: Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock was excited to officially open the new volleyball courts at the foreshore last week.Social sport lovers can now benefit from an addition to the foreshore’s quality sporting precinct.
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An athletic size volleyball court has been completed and is ready for use, alongside the ready-made basketball court and tennis courts in Ada Ryan Gardens.

The court, which is 40 centimetres in depth, is at competition standard size and was officially opened last Thursday, August 21.

The court was expected to be completed last year as part of the council’s decision to refurbish the courts but the importing of specific sand from Mount Compass delayed the project.

Whyalla City Council executive manager engineering services Ravi Joshi said the courts were completed within the council’s budget of $30,000 to $35,000.

Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock said the new court was a welcome addition to the sporting and social area at the foreshore.

“They are lots of fun for everybody, and there is no age limit -they are here for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

“They are completely free to use – during summer time and daylight savings we can expect to see full courts.”

Mr Pollock said the council was still looking into installing shade covering and seating as well as water fountains and a ‘half’ basketball court.

Mr Pollock said the courts were to run on a ‘community share’ system and asked for locals to share the fun.

“Have fun, don’t stay on it for hours if someone is waiting and make sure it is looked after,” he said.

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GALLERYWEEKEND SPORT

16/04/2019 // by admin

OUR photographers have caught all the action from around the grounds at the weekend.
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GALLERY | WEEKEND SPORT Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Corowa-Rutherglen v Lavington Panthers.

Corowa-Rutherglen v Lavington Panthers.

Corowa-Rutherglen v Lavington Panthers.

Netball – Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Fed Hill challenge.

Hockey – Falcons v Wombats

Hockey – Falcons v Wombats

Kangaroo Hoppet, Falls Creek

Kangaroo Hoppet, Falls Creek.

Kangaroo Hoppet, Falls Creek

Kangaroo Hoppet, Falls Creek

Kangaroo Hoppet, Falls Creek

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Wangaratta Magpies v Albury Tigers

Mitta United v Thurgoona

Mitta United v Thurgoona

Mitta United v Thurgoona

Mitta United v Thurgoona

Mitta United v Thurgoona

Mitta United v Thurgoona

Mitta United v Thurgoona

Netball – Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Netball – Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Rovers.

Racing

Racing

Racing

Racing

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Rand-Walbundrie v Jindera

Albury Steamers v Wagga Waratahs

Albury Steamers v Wagga Waratahs

Albury Steamers v Wagga Waratahs

Albury Steamers v Wagga Waratahs

Albury Steamers v Wagga Waratahs

Albury Steamers v Wagga Waratahs

Albury Steamers v Wagga Waratahs

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Albury Thunder v Southcity

Boomers v Albury City

Boomers v Albury City

Boomers v Albury City

Boomers v Albury City

United v Wodonga Diamonds

United v Wodonga Diamonds

United v Wodonga Diamonds

United v Wodonga Diamonds

United v Wodonga Diamonds

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Top honour for Drum

16/04/2019 // by admin

WORTHY WINNER: Following a cracking season, the Coota Blues’ Chris Drum has sealed the club’s Best and Fairest count. With the finals series starting this weekend, no doubt Drum will be looking to carry this good form forward and if he can do so it will hold the talented side in good stead to turn their minor premiership into a premiership. Photo: Mark TaberCOOTAMUNDRA Blues utility and assistant coach Chris Drum has been named the Blues Best and Fairest following the vote count conducted at the Family Hotel the Saturday night before last.
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Drum, who was runner up to Dylan McDermott last season, polled votes in all 16 matches he played in with the exception of the first match against Belconnen.

The win certainly capped off a great day for Drum who had booted seven goals earlier in the day against Yass.

The win against Yass earned the Blues a weekend off last weekend, as well as the minor premiership.

Drum, at 33 years, is the oldest player in the Blues lineup. He finished with 98 votes, seven votes clear of playing coach Luke Webb who missed the first five matches because of his carry-over suspension from last year’s Farrer League grand final. Phil Bird finished in third place.

Drum was a popular winner and the huge crowd on hand acknowledged his season’s triumph.

In his acceptance speech, the very humble Drum thanked the excellent team he is playing with, the superb coaching of Luke Webb, the strong work by the committee and all the supporters and valued sponsors.

In a team which won the competition’s minor premiership it was no surprise there were a number of standout players.

After nine matches, there was a four-way tussle between Phil Bird, Chris Drum, Stephen Chant and Joel Pearson.

Bird led the quartet with 50 votes closely followed by Drum on 47, six time best and fairest winner Chant had polled 46 votes while the consistent Pearson was still in the mix on 42 votes.

However, in the last four matches Drum polled impressively picking up 42 votes finishing seven votes clear of Webb, who in the same period picked up 30 votes.

Phil Bird, who previously played with the Blues in 2012, when he finished fourth, improved one notch finishing third.

Young gun McDermott, who had a slow start to the season, finished strongly polling 33 votes in the last three matches, was fourth.

Joel Pearson finished fifth on 71 votes while Stephen Chant finished sixth on 64 votes.

Despite only playing four matches, champion centre halfback Toby Johnston sadly broke his leg only minutes into his fifth match against Eastlake. Toby was still able to finish in the top ten with 27 votes.

Surprisingly, Sandy Maskell-Knight who topped the league goal kicking with 71 majors only polled 23 votes. Incredibly, in the match against Eastlake where the tall forward booted 10 goals, Sandy only polled two votes out of a possible 15.

In each home and away match, three voting cards are distributed where the voters are to judge their best on the basis five, four, three, two and one so the maximum number of votes any player can gain in a match is 15.

During the 17 matches, two players were afforded the maximum votes, Stephen Chant against Goulburn at Goodhew Park which was the Blues only loss and Chris Drum against Gungahlin at Clarke Oval on July 26. In that match, Drum booted a career best 10 goals.

For the first time the votes were presented on Powerpoint and credit must go to the hardworking Blues secretary Lee Loiterton for her expertise in presenting the Blues’ Best and Fairest in the best professional manner.

PK and JL

The top 10

1. Chris Drum – 98

2. Luke Webb – 91

3. Phil Bird – 74

4. Dylan McDermott – 72

5. Joel Pearson – 71

6. Stephen Chant – 64

7. Jarryd Cook – 43

8. Ryan Miller – 33

9. Toby Johnston – 27

9. Mick Knagge – 27

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Port Lincoln weekend sportGALLERY

16/04/2019 // by admin

Port Lincoln weekend sport | GALLERY Senior netball
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Senior football

Senior football

Senior football

Senior football

Senior football

Senior football

Senior hockey

Senior football

Senior football

Senior football

Senior hockey

Senior hockey

Junior football

Junior football

Junior football

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Junior netball

Junior netball

Junior netball

Junior netball

Junior netball

Junior netball

Junior football

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Junior hockey

Junior hockey

Junior football

Junior football

Junior football

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Senior netball

Senior netball

Senior netball

Senior netball

Senior netball

Senior netball

Senior netball

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Graeme Kent stars in darts Challenge

16/04/2019 // by admin

Rod Hampstead Electrical Darts Challenge’s Winter Competition started the second half of its competition last Monday night.
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Any players wishing to go to Orange to play in the Zone 12 Championships can do so by writing their name on the back of the score sheet, the cost is $20 to join the Zone plus entry fee to play and accommodation for those who wish to stay in Orange.

A point’s machine has been purchased, so if you need new points for your darts just let Greg Whiteman know or leave your name on the back of the score sheet with your darts. The cost to have new points put in is $10.

The mystery player this week was Graeme Kent who managed a score of 121.

Terry Kyle had the belt for one week but had to relinquish it to Jason Brown.

The top 5 in the Eugene Spicer Wood Carting Pointscore sees Allan Brown 49pts, Alf Wilson 49pts, David Wilson 46pts, Greg Whiteman 45pts and Richard Kent 42pts.

The top 5 in the high scores sees David Wilson 45, Alf Wilson 36, Allan Brown 32, Scott Dutfeild 29 and Garth Watts 22.

The race for best singles player for the year sees Allan Brown holding a two win lead with Greg Whiteman, Ken Fairley and Alf Wilson all chasing.

In the doubles David Wilson holds a three game lead over Greg Whiteman.

The teams trophy is down to three players with Nikkie Ball, Scott Dutfeild and Alf Wilson holding a good lead over the rest.

The match of the round saw the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club Phantoms taking on the Wellington Hotel T.B.Gs. The T.B.Gs won both doubles games with David Wilson-Nyoka Boney defeating Alf Wilson-Jason Brown 2-0 and Warren Carrey-Greg Whiteman defeated Richard Kent-Allan Brown 2-1. In the singles David Wilson defeated Jason Brown 2-1, Nyoka Boney lost to Alf Wilson 0-2, Greg Whiteman lost to Allan Brown 1-2 and Warren Carrey defeated Richard Kent 2-1 and a major shock the T.B.Gs won the teams game. Final result Wellington Hotel T.B.Gs 5 Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club Phantoms 2.

The Central Hotel Wood Cutters faced thr Wellington Hotel Bulls. Doubles were shared with Lea Sutton-Rod Hampstead defeating Kirsty and Wendy Wilson 2-0 and Eugene Spicer-Ken Sutton defeating Tristtan and Bronwyn Thompson 2-0. Singles was where the Wood Cutter put the match to rest with Rod Hampstead losing to Tristian Thompson 0-2, Eugene Spicer defeated Kirsty Wilson 2-0, Lea Sutton defeated Wendy Wilson 2-1 and Ken Sutton defeated Bronwyn Thompson 2-0 they also won the teams game with the Central Hotel Wood Cutters 5 Wellington Hotel Bulls 2. Wellington Bowling Club Cracker Jacks took on Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club S.S Soldiers. Doubles results were Jason Cornish-Ken Fairley defeated Philippe Bell-Teena Hill 2-0 and Cindy Croker-Robert Driscoll lost to Mal Nunn-Vicki Button 1-2. Singles results were Ken Fairley defeating Vicki Button 2-1, Cindy Croker defeated Mal Nunn 2-1, Robert Driscoll lost to Teena Hill 0-2 and Jason Cornish defeated Tania Button 2-1 they also won the teams game to leave the result as Wellington Bowling Club Cracker Jacks 5 Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club 2.

The Federal Hotel Dave’s Devils faced the other Federal side the Thumpers. The Thumpers pounded Dave’s Devils into near submission by winning both doubles games as well as the majority of the singles games plus to finish it off the team`s game which put the icing on the win. Doubles results were Graeme Kent-Matt Boatswain defeated Tim Dutfeild-Daryl Brown 2-0 and Ian Smith-Tre Ball defeated Scott Dutfeild-Dave Stace 2-0. Singles results were Ian Smith defeated Dave Stace 2-0, Tre Ball defeated Nikkie Ball 2-0, Matt Boatswain defeated Tim Dutfeild 2-0 and Graeme Kent lost to Scott Dutfeild 0-2. Final result Thumper`s 6 Dave’s Devils 1.

High scores from last weeks Rod Hampstead Electrical Darts Challenge saw Eugene Spicer 140, 112, 3x90s, Richard Kent 140, 98, 85, Lea Sutton 140, 83, Scott Dutfeild 121, 85, Wendy Wilson 121, Jason Brown 119, 100, 2×80, Cindy Croker 115, 85, Alf Wilson 3×100, 95, 81, David Wilson 2×100, 2x90s, 4x80s, Jason Cornish 100, 95, 83, Matt Boatswain 100, 3x80s,Tristtan Thompson 100 2x80s, Teena Hill 100, 86, Ian Smith 100, 85, Greg Whiteman 4x90s, 2×85, Rod Hampstead 99, 86, Warren Carrey 98, 2x80s, Vicki Button 98, 86, Graeme Kent 98, 82, Ken Sutton 95, 2×81, Mal Nunn 95, Tim Dutfeild 93, Nyoka Boney 92, 83, Ken Fairley 90, 2x80s, Tre Ball 90, Philippe Bell 89, Tania Button 82, Nikkie Ball 82, Allan Brown 81, Dave Stace 80.

Ladies’ highest peg from last week went to Kirsty Wilson with 44.

Men’s highest peg from last week went to Jason Brown with 76.

Points table after round 8 of the Rod Hampstead Electrical Winter Darts Challenge sees Wellington Hotel T.B.Gs 16pts+28, Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club Phantoms 12pts+16, Federal Hotel Dave’s Devils 10pts, Federal Hotel Thumpers 6pts-4, Central Hotel Wood Cutters 6pts -6, Wellington Bowling Club Cracker Jack`s 6pts-8, Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club S.S Soldiers 4pts-6, Wellington Hotel Bulls 4pts-20. Draw for round 9 of the Rod Hampstead Electrical Darts Challenges Winter Competition sees Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club Phantoms v Federal Hotel Dave’s Devils, Wellington Hotel T.B.Gs v Central Hotel Wood Cutters, Wellington Bowling Club Cracker Jacks v Wellington Hotel Bulls, Federal Hotel Thumpers v Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club S.S Soldiers.

The Men’s Singles Championships which are kindly sponsored by the Wellington Bowling Club will be played on Sunday the 14th of September with nominations and a $10 fee to be paid by the 1st of September.

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Roos bound away from Kyby

16/04/2019 // by admin

Roos bound away from Kyby Kybybolite’s Matt Drury kicks out of a tight spot on Saturday. The Tigers were under pressure all day against a well-drilled Lucindale side which won by 67 points.
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Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

Action from the Lucindale Roos v Kybybolite Tigers A grade match at Kyby on Saturday.

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