Oliver brilliance helps Boars Colts progress

16/12/2018 // by admin

Caleb Hewitt evaded the Mudgee Wombat defenders to score a crucial try for Parkes Boars Colts yesterday. sub
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A piece of late brilliance from Parkes front-rower Iszac Oliver has helped Parkes take a late victory over Mudgee to keep their Central West Rugby Union Colts season alive.

Having led for much of the game though never with a lead bigger than a handful of points, Parkes suddenly found themselves under the pump as Mudgee levelled the scores at 17-all with seven minutes to play.

Substitute winger Matt Burgess had made a dashing run down the left edge to score and though the goal was missed, Mudgee had given themselves a chance to at least force the game to extra time or pick up a late win.

Oliver was having none of it though.

After Parkes took possession from a Mudgee clearing kick, they chanced their arm and the ball found itself with the tight-head prop, who was only a metre or two in from the left touch-line.

He opted to run it down the short side, and before he was pushed into touch he produced a deft left-foot chip infield which sat perfectly for fly-half Caleb Hewitt, who took it on the bounce and scored.

With two minutes on the clock Mudgee did earn one last crack at the Boars but an infringement at the back of their scrum cost them possession and ensured that Parkes stay alive.

They will now meet Dubbo ‘Roos next week in the minor semi-final.

“It was a pretty special piece of work to finish, Iszac is always capable of that sort of thing,” Parkes coach Fine Latu said.

“We are lucky that none of us here on the bench had a heart attack.

“They scare us every week.

“We’ve had some niggling injuries for a while now, and some of our best players probably aren’t fully fit but we can’t really afford to give them a rest.

“It was a big effort from everyone today.”

Earlier Mudgee had opened the scoring 12 minutes into the match courtesy of Tom O’Leary though Riley Byrne hit back eight minutes later with the Boars’ first, with Hewitt’s conversion giving them a 7-5 advantage.

Jonah Poppe put Mudgee back in front with a converted try in the 26th minute as the game continued to fluctuate, but a five-pointer to Myles Smith on the stroke of half-time would prove vital to Parkes’ victory.

Hewitt added the extras to give them a 14-12 lead at the break.

When play resumed neither side were able to capitalise on some good attacking opportunities though the majority of them belonged to Mudgee.

Against the run of play, Hewitt put over a penalty to give his team a five-point lead, only for Burgess’ try to set up the nail-biting finish.

“The boys put in a big effort, there were a couple of decisions that went our way that we failed to capitalise on and a couple of things that we could have done differently,” Wombats coach Tim Burgess said.

“It was a good piece of play from their prop that set up the game-winning try.

“I’m still very happy though, it is our first year back in the competition and we should be better again next year.”

PARKES BOARS 22 (Caleb Hewitt, Riley Byrne, Myles Smith tries; Hewit 2 conversions, penalty) defeated MUDGEE WOMBATS 17 (Tom O’Leary, Matt Burgess, Jonah Poppe tries; Nick Rosamond conversion).

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Redlands – a walk in the (dog) park

16/12/2018 // by admin

Belgian shepherd Unya, dashhound Gidget and kelpie Sasha have fun in the water at Raby Bay dog off-leash area with Lorraine Browne. Photo by Stephen Archer.REDLAND City is getting a reputation for being dog friendly, with many Brisbanites giving their pooches a bayside outing.
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The city has 28 dog off-leash areas and most are signed and fenced and have poop disposal bags.

Some even have water access, small dog areas and exercise equipment.

The city has also opened up some of its beaches for dogs.

At Coochiemudlo Island’s Main Beach and Russell Island’s Lions Park, dogs can have a splash on the beach but must remain on leads during the bird migration season.

Every suburb in the city has at least one dog off-leash area.

At Alexandra Hills, dog parks are at George Street, Hanover Drive, Valantine Street, where there is a separate small-dog area, and at Windemere Road, where there is a separate small-dog area and dog equipment.

In Birkdale, dog parks are at Aquatic Paradise Park West, Commodore Drive, Lachlan Street, Three Paddocks Park and Thomas Street, where there is a separate small-dog area.

Dog off leash area. Raby Bay, Cleveland. by S-L Archer.

Dog off leash area. Thomas Street Wellington Pt. Nicola Porteous-Grace and Barkley of Wellington Point.

Capalaba has some of the largest dog areas at Brosnan Drive, parts of Capalaba Regional Park and Wentworth Drive where there is a separate small-dog area.

For dogs who love to get wet and chase a ball along the sand, Raby Bay Foreshore Park on Masthead Drive at Cleveland is ideal. It is unfenced and dogs can go in the water.

One of the city’s most loved parks, G.J. Walter Park in Middle Street, Cleveland, has its own dog park that is partially unfenced and is an ideal spot for dogs to go swimming.

No suburb is without a nearby dog park and at Ormiston, the park on Sturgeon Street has a separate area for small dogs.

Thornlands dog owners can walk their mutts at Manning Esplanade Park or Robert Mackie Park on Panorama Drive, where there is also dog agility equipment and a separate small dog area.

Another great park where dogs can have a good run around is at Victoria Point’s Fodder Forest on Link Road or at Les Moore Park, Wilson Esplanade.

Redland Bay has three dog off-leash parks one at Charlie Buckler Sportsfield on Boundary Street, another at Main Street and a foreshore walk at Talburpin Esplanade, Point Talburpin.

At Mount Cotton, dogs can test their agility on equipment at Community Park in Valley Way at Bohemia Court.

On the bay islands, Pioneer Park on Lamb Island has a grassy area for dogs which is unfenced and has no seating, like the dog area at Attunga Street on Macleay Island.

Dog off leash area. Raby Bay, Cleveland.

Pioneer Children’s Memorial Park on Russell Island also has a dog off-leash area.

On North Stradbroke Island, at Dunwich, there is a dog off-leash area at Skatebowl Park in Barton Street, which is also unfenced with no seating.

At Home Beach, Point Lookout, dogs are allowed to swim in the water.

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Timber Bridges need replacing

16/12/2018 // by admin

Stuart Town children won the poster competition What a fantastic afternoon we had last Friday.
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Mumbil-Stuart Town CWA’s international day at Mumbil Hall was a roaring success.

A huge congratulations must go to the hard-working ladies at CWA and also to the students and teachers of Mumbil and Stuart Town public schools.

As announced on the day Stuart Town won the poster competition, however it was a close result and all the students from both schools did a fantastic job.

I was sitting with the mayor and I know he was impressed.

On the day there was also a special presentation done by Kathy Mason.

Kathy gave a fantastic presentation on the country of study, Botswana, I know every one appreciated Kathy making the effort and travelling out to Mumbil.

With the announcement that the Dripstone bridge needs replacing, I for one am pleased that the bridge is finally getting attention it needs.

It was only a band-aid fix after the last floods when it partially collapsed and I’m glad a new bridge is on the agenda. I know the 10-tonne restriction is a major inconvenience, but the end result will be worth it for this very important and busy road.

Until next fortnight,

Councillor Marcus Hanney.

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Work to do for Parkes Spacemen ahead of this week’s semi

16/12/2018 // by admin

Parkes Spacemen have a lot of work to do if they are to compete with the best sides in this season’s Group 11 finals series after they came up short against a quality Macquarie outfit in Dubbo yesterday.
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Parkes Spacemen have a lot of work to do if they are to compete with the best sides in this season’s Group 11 finals series after they came up short against a quality Macquarie outfit in Dubbo yesterday.

Missing a number of players including Dennis Moran, Hayden Robinson, Cameron Standen and Matt Clarke and Todd Barrow, with the majority of these players expected to return next week, ultimately it was the Spacemen’s ball control and defence that led to their demise at the hands of a hungrier Macquarie team.

The final 15 minutes of each half proved fruitful for the home side as they posted two tries just before half-time to lead 22-10 at the break and scored another two in the final minutes of the match to seal the 48-24 victory.

The final round loss had little bearing on the semi-final fixtures with Nyngan climbing into fourth and relegating the Spacemen into fifth after the Tigers defeated minor premiers Cyms in their match.

In the earlier matches, a 12-man Parkes Under 18 side went down 48-4 to finish in equal fifth but miss out on the semis via for and against.

Parkes Reserves enjoyed better fortune to record a 26-24 victory and secure second place on the ladder and two bites of the cherry in the semis.

They face Macquarie again next week in the qualifying semi-final.

In the main match, Parkes were on the back foot early when Mason Williams opened the scoring with a converted try for Dubbo in the first minute of play.

The Spacemen hit back seven minutes later when half Alex Prout made a half-break and off loaded to try scoring machine Tino Ionatana who raced 30 metres to score for 6-4.

Parkes Under 18s front-rower Ethan McKellar ran on for his first taste of first grade football in the 11th minute.

He contributed to the Spacemen taking the lead after his strong charge was followed by back-rower Ben Nash before Prout dummied and crossed with Jake Dooley converting for 10-6.

When Ashley Widders crossed for Macquarie’s second try, in the 20th minute, scores were level again at 10-all.

Macquarie looked set to take the lead in the 24th minute before a last gasp effort from Spacemen custodian Sam Dwyer defused a Dubbo kick to save the try for the visitors.

Macquarie only had to wait a further two minutes before they did lead after hooker Jeremy Smith scored from dummy half.

Williams’ successful conversion saw the home side open up a six point gap at 16-10.

They extended their advantage in the final minute of the half when Etuate Gusuivalu crossed and Williams converted for the two teams to head to the sheds at 22-10.

The Spacemen looked to have gotten away to the perfect start when play resumed only for captain Pat Rosser to have a try disallowed in the fifth minute.

Parkes successfully cut into the Macquarie advantage when Tino Ionatana regathered a loose Dubbo pass to scamper away and score for 22-14.

The Spacemen looked to have all the momentum when Jake Dooley continued his good try scoring form by adding another four pointer to his season tally after a slick backline movement for 22-18.

All that momentum was lost when Macquarie winger Turuva Villiavue scored a try against the run of play to open the lead back out to eight points at 26-18.

Two more Macquarie tries in three minutes all but ended the contest with first Luz and then Kyle Cochrane crossing for four pointers with Williams converting both tries.

Cochrane’s try came on the back of a Parkes error from the restart.

The ball was sent out on the full from the kick-off, gifting Macquarie a penalty from the middle of the field.

The penalty found touch and Cochrane, who had been a real handful all match, finished off a good move to score.

Prout gave the Spacemen faithful a glimmer of hope when he put Evi Nioko through a gap with an inside pass.

Nioko raced 30 metres to score with Dooley converting for 38-24 and 12 minutes remaining.

It was the home side that dominated the final minutes as the Spacemen looked to have run out of steam.

Tries to Dylan Hill and Perry Meredith in the final five minutes saw the score blow out to 48-24.

In a match with very little positives to come out of it for Parkes, Prout and Tino Ionatana were standouts.

Compounding the loss for the Spacemen were injuries to Ben Nash (leg) and Alex Prout (knee).

Parkes will hope they are fit for this weekend’s elimination semi-final against Nyngan as they will need all hands on deck.

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Great offer for Australian Open tickets

16/12/2018 // by admin

Tennis Australia has just released a superb offer where people can buy pre-sale tickets before the public.
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This entitles any adult who is a member of a tennis club in Australia to purchase tickets on Friday September 5, and Friday September 12, for any packages or single sessions to any day or night at the Australian Open in 2015.

The Open commences on January 19, and runs for two weeks.

There are plenty of Parkes and District couples and families travelling to Melbourne in January to experience one of Australia’s most iconic sporting events.

A lot of people have been enquiring what the best way is to secure tickets.

Tickets go on sale to general public mid-October so a great opportunity to secure priority seating in either Rod Laver Arena or the newly roofed Margaret Court Arena.

Parkes Tennis Club has adult membership for just $45 per year which is one of the cheapest memberships across NSW.

If anyone would like to take advantage of this offer, they need to fill out a form from the tennis club and contact Secretary Di Scott on 0417 437 417 as soon as possible so details can be forwarded to Tennis NSW and they receive their exclusive membership number.

TOURNAMENT HELPERS

This weekend will see Parkes Tennis Club staging their Silver Category junior tour event which attracts players from across the eastern states of Australia.

Helpers are needed both in the canteen for a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday and court spotting.

Court spotting is simply sitting and watching four courts of matches for a couple of hours and notifying Tournament Director Helen Magill back in the office by walkie talkie that matches have finished.

This enables the next matches to go on straight away and ensures minimal delay.

If you can help out either way, please contact Helen on 0407 253 888 as soon as possible as a roster will be drawn up.

Unfortunately volunteer helpers are few but the tennis club committee work tirelessly in offering tennis as a sport for the community of Parkes.

Any parents involved with children in junior comp, squads, Hot Shots, Tottenham trips, night competitions or any regular adult tennis players are encouraged to give a couple of hours of their time to make this weekend, which is the one and only fundraiser for the year, and the only time Parkes Tennis Club ask for help, a huge success.

JUNIOR COMPETITION

There is no junior tennis tomorrow due to the Parkes Show.

Next Tuesday will be the final round of junior competition and a BBQ and presentations will follow.

Results from the penultimate round are as follows:

BLUE DIVISION

Bryce Taylor caused an upset win over good friend Tom Winter last week.

Tom was the hot favourite but Bryce overcame a dodgy knee to win by one game on the whistle.

Jay Arrow continues to improve his tennis and out played Josh Winter last week 6/2 while Abbey Kennedy and Brett Taylor finished in a 4-all draw.

GOLD DIVISION

Holly McColl and Marites Woods had a good match with Holly just getting the win 4/3 after Holly had wiped Georgia Sideris in a catch up match played prior 7/1.

Ryan Mackenzie, with a new found enthusiasm which could be attributed to the new flash looking racquet he was wielding, accounted for Yuan Rivera 6/4 last week.

Georgia Sideris and Kayla Swetland completed the final match in the Gold division with a 4-all draw.

GREEN DIVISION

Jackson Plummer and Luke Dison were seen having some beaut rallies in their match.

Both these boys have made some nice improvements to their games this term.

Jacko won 5/4.

Maticka Brown hit some sizzling ground shots last week to score a 6/2 win against a much improved Breanna Weekes.

Mikeely Birmingham and Alex Bartley-Richardson are both continuing to work hard in their training sessions.

They finished their match in a 3-all draw.

RED DIVISION

Monique Morgan showed her Pop how she plays tennis last week.

She was on her game with a hard fought 3/2 win over Makayla Strudwick.

Lucin Sarkissian and Maddy McCormick played a 5-all draw in their match.

Bridie Clowry proved a little too strong for Monica Hoswell, winning 5/1.

There are quite a few outstanding matches from the term due to excursions or illness which need to be completed by Tuesday, September 2.

These need to be finalised or $10 forfeit fees will have to be paid.

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