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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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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

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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

16/11/2018 // by admin

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
Nanjing Night Net

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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