On bikes to save lives

PEOPLE POWER: Bridge 2 Bridge riders peddling to raise money for Dr Charlie Teo’s Cure for Life Foundation.Randall Bishop led nine cyclists into Armidale to help solve the mysteries of brain cancer.

Since 2011, Bridge 2 Bridge has raised money for the Cure for Life Foundation, founded by Dr Charlie Teo. The foundation raises money for research and treatment of brain cancer.

Each year cyclists ride from Brisbane’s Story Bridge to the Sydney Harbour Bridge – a gruelling 1000 kilometre trek. Mr Bishop said this year was the first time someone personally affected by the disease has participated in the ride.

Four of the riders, including Mr Bishop himself, have lost loved ones to cancer. In Mr Bishop’s case, he lost his daughter to an aggressive tumour in 2009.

He said he was concerned by the lack of research into brain cancer.

“While brain cancer continues to cause more deaths in children and adults under 40, it is concerning that there have been no significant recorded improvements in survival rates in almost 20 years,” he said.

Mr Bishop said the ride had enjoyed support from communities, councils and businesses and “the Armidale area is no exception”.

Anyone who wants to sponsor the group, donate or participate can go to www.cureforlife苏州美睫培训.au.

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Semi-action on court for the return season


THE semi-finals have been played in the return season of Leeton senior basketball.

Games were played last Friday night, with Traveleaders facing Da Goodellas in the women’s, and Leeton Hotel playing Wombats and Fivebough Swamprats playing Thomas Service Centre in the men’s.

The women’s semi was a one-sided affair with Da Goodfellas only fielding four players and Traveleaders won 55-13.

The winners were led by Ainslee O’Halloran (19), Gabi Preston (16) and Katelyn Clyne (14). Andrea Campbell led the charge for the vanquished with seven points.

Hotel Leeton ended Wombats’ season with a 63-39 win.

Corey Ryan was dominant for Hotel with 33 points, while Dale Symes slotted 13 and brother Paul 12. Siale Howe (12) was best in a good team spread for Wombats, with Dylan Barnes adding 10.

In the other men’s semi, Thomas Service Centre played with four and lost Josh Clyne to a rolled ankle in the last quarter, but still beat Swamprats 46-38.

Swamprats had Adam Chilko on fire with 16 points and Kabe Stockton chipped in with nine, while Ben Marks (20), Luke Marks (15) and Ryan Young (11) scored all their side’s points.


THE second semi-finals were played last night, with Eagles facing Traveleaders in the women’s for the chance to take on Masters tonight in the season decider.

In the men, a good match was expected as Hotel Leeton aimed to take down Fivebough Swamprats to set them into the grand final tonight against Thomas Service Centre.

COREY Ryan sank 33 point for Hotel Leeton to put them into last night’s preliminary final.

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No to tower

NOEL and Christine Harden do not want a 30 metre high Telstra tower built on land owned by the Singleton Hospital.

The tower is planned to be built behind the hospital on vacant land between an existing shed and Carroll Street.

The Harden’s main concern are the health issues associated with mobile phone towers as the couple believe the towers are linked to cancer due to the radiation they emit.

This is a very personal worry for the Hardens as Mrs Harden has already had two brain tumours removed and a third tumour treated by radiation.

In his letter of objection to the tower to Singleton Council, Mr Harden said knowing there was a link with phone towers and cancer would add to their stress.

The Hardens said during Christine’s treatment they had attended many information sessions where medical specialists raised their concerns about similar towers and their link to cancers.

“Why not install the tower near the council chambers or somewhere, not in close proximity to houses,” Mr Harden wrote.

When speaking to the Argus Mr Harden said there was no shortage of land in the nearby vicinity where the tower could be built.

“We just want to see it located away from the hospital site, away from housing and not next to a school bus site,” he said.

“Our other concern is its height because its location is quite close to where the Westpac Rescue Helicopter lands – what happens in foggy weather and once its built the landing and take off paths of the helicopter will be limited.”

Mrs Harden also questioned its site next to land that in the future could be developed for other health services including aged care facilities.

Commenting on the development application Wendy Mason-Jones, manager Singleton Health Services said the facility was expected to yield significant benefits for the hospital, local businesses and residents through significantly improved mobile phone and mobile broadband service.

HEALTH CONCERNS: Christine and Noel Harden have objected to the building of a 30 metre Telstra tower on Singleton Hospital land. They are concerned about the health issues associated with mobile phone towers.

Telstra’s development application for a telecommunications facility on the Singleton Hospital site is currently with Singleton Council for approval.

The development application is on public exhibition at the council’s administration building until Monday, May 13.

Submissions close for DA No. 55/2013 on May 13.

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Crows squander early lead to remain winless

RFNL netball

THE Crows are still winless in A grade after capitulating in the second half to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes.

Leeton-Whitton was up by seven goals at half-time, but in a 13-goal turnaround the Goannas over-ran the home side to win by six, 44-38 at the end.

Coach Rachal Broadbent was at a loss to explain why her talented side fell away.

“I can’t pinpoint it,” she said.

“Mango made a few changes, we made a few changes. I knew Mango would come out firing.

“I think the girls looked at the scoreboard and thought ‘we’re in front, what do we do?’.

“They’ve just got to start to believe.”

In her first game back from a break Clare Vant stood tall in centre and for a short stint in wing defence. Lauren Valenta Celeste Morrison also did well on the wings.

Broadbent needs he side to play for a full four quarters.

“I keep saying we’ll get there, we’ll get there, but we’ve got to start,” she said.

That could be this weekend against Collingullie Ashmont Kapooka.

“It will be a big, strong game, they’re very physical,” Broadbent said.

“We’re working a lot on it this week at training.

“In both grades we need to get stronger overall. We’ve just got to play our game instead of their game

“(Skills) are definitely there. It’s just more mental than physical. They need to concentrate on their game when they’re on the court.”


A grade: MCUE 44 d Leeton-Whitton 38

A reserve: Leeton-Whitton 42 d MCUE 38

B grade: Leeton-Whitton 69 d MCUE 8

C grade: Leeton-Whitton 38 d MCUE 9

IN HER first game back after having last season off, Clare Vant was good for the Crows playing at centre and briefly on the wing.

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Wet weather to stick around

THE wet weather may not be over for Mandurah with a severe weather warning in place for today with rain, wind and high tides expected to hit about 3pm this afternoon.

Yesterday’s wet and windy conditions brought 25.8mm and gusts of up to 85km per hour to the area.

The rainfall brought May’s total to 51.8mm; already surpassing April’s total rainfall.

A lot more rain will still have to fall if Mandurah is to reach its May average of 123.3mm; a total that has not been reached since 2008.

Last years total rainfall for May was just 76.1mm.

Mandurah has experienced extreme weather condition of late with April recording Mandurah’s warmest average minium temperature on record at 13.7C

The average maximum temperature of 23.6C was the equal third warmest on record and the warmest since 1999.

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Junior Soccer Gala Day – Saturday May 4, 2013

The soccer season kicked off in Young last Saturday with the annual gala day. All teams played three games of soccer to warm up for the year.

For many of 6’s it was the first time they’d played and rules were somewhat unknown! They continued happily chasing the ball each game but by the end of the day they were a bit wiser. There are three Grenfell teams in this year’s competition which is quite an achievement given Young only has four.

The 7’s are mostly old hands and took to the field very excitedly. There was some great goal saving, something new as the 6’s play without a goalie, and keen attacking skills.

The 8’s had mixed fortunes as their opposition failed to show up on two occasions – they must have heard about our tenacious player. A reshuffle with the draw saw them finally take the field for a satisfying run.

Two teams of 10’s are competing this year. They had some wins and some losses but learnt more about the rules and positions by the day’s end. All kids played hard and tried to listen to their coaches.

The 12’s team has a substantial number of female players as the girls outnumber the boys 10 to 3. The boys didn’t let this overwhelm them and all players stepped into positions well, many showing better form than last year. Last year our 12’s were runners up – we’ll have to wait and see what this year brings.

The 14’s are short on numbers and a serious injury to Jess Pereira in the first game saw Connor Day and Andrew Knight from the 12’s run off one field and onto another. The 14’s had tightly contested games and given there were no subs this was a great effort.

The 17’s play their first game this weekend in their new “Spray Safe and Save” shirts. We wish them well as they take on Boorowa in the first round of competition.

At our home game on Saturday, the new canteen will be in operation for the first time. This is a great achievement for a small, but very determined and hard-working, group of volunteers.

Last minute words from coach Ross Brenner to his Mitton Brothers Under 10’s team.

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Stolen vehicle found in bushland

POLICE have recovered a vehicle that was reported stolen from a Nulsen address this morning.

Esperance police attended the residence in the early hours of this morning beforeconducting enquiries.

In daylight hours, the blue Nissan Patrol was found abandoned in Nulsenbushland.

Forensic officers took samples from the site, which have since been sent off for analysis.

A police investigation continues into the matter.

If you heard or saw anything suspicious overnight, call the Esperance Police Station on 9079 8999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Read the full story in the Wednesday, May 15edition of the Esperance Express.

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Party’s over by midnight at the Oxo

THE OCCIDENTAL Hotel will close its doors at midnight for at least two months from tomorrow in a bid to regain public faith.

Owner John Phillips said the decision to bring the pub’s closing time forward from 3am was areaction to alcohol-related crime at the venue.

He said the trial was the right thing to do for the community.

“The community has turned against us and that really hurts us, it’s not worth the pain,” Mr Phillips said.

Of the other late-night traders, Royal Hotel licensee Tony McClure said he would not participate in a similar trial and Hotel Orange licensee John Fabar said he would not comment on the issue.

Mr Phillips said he was absolutely gutted by the decision because he would have to lay off staff and reduce hours.

He said the pub would focus its attention on nurturing Orange’s musicians and providing quality food through its restaurant.

“We have a commitment to local musicians and we wouldn’t go back on that commitment,” he said.

The Occidental Hotel has booked live music every weekend for the next month, in its upstairs area which trades until midnight.

“Let’s see what happens and then we’ll reassess our decision,” he said.

“If we don’t see a change in alcohol-related crime statistics then we’ll have to review our reasons for doing the closure.

“For us it’s a matter of trying to do the right thing.”

Mr McClure, who is also the Australian Hoteliers Association delegate for Orange said walking away from the alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour problem was not the solution.

“Walking away is easy, if you have a business you need to nurture that business,” he said.

“I am trying to find solutions to the problems and move forward, I know it’s tough for businesses at the moment but I am doing my best to work with OLGR (Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing) and to work with all regulatories.”

Mr Phillips said he was worried closing the pub at midnight would mean his patrons would head to the other two late night trading venus and would not return if the pub re-opened until 3am.

“All the bad publicity has filtered on to us and we want to deflect that and get out of the late night service for a while,” Mr Phillips said.

“There is no simple solution, we have to take the heat out of the whole thing.”

The Occidental Hotel startedtrading until 3am in June last year.

Licensee Don Sholte said while closing the doors earlier was a negative, a positive to come out of the situation was the concentrated focus on other areas of the establishment.

Orange’s Occidental Hotel will try earlier closures in the wake of negative events.

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Competitive aim for Launceston City

Launceston City’s Alex Smith in action.Friday’s match:

Tilford Zebras v Glenorchy Knights at KGV (8pm)

Saturday’s games:

Devonport City v Kingborough Lions at (2pm)

Olympia v Northern Rangers at Warrior Park (4pm)

Sunday’s game:

Launceston City v South Hobart at Mitsubishi Park at 2pm

LAST placed Launceston City will be hoping its week off will allow it to be competitive against ladder leaders South Hobart when the Victory League resumes for round seven.

City coach Dane Hudson said South will be relaxed and composed so his side must continue to work hard on the areas he believed would keep it in most games.

“We have two back from injury and suspension and lose two the same way so our depth continues to be a hurdle we are struggling to clear,” he said. “No excuses, this is the Victory League and it’s fantastic to be a part of it.”

Matty Lewis and Xavi are both ruled out for South with ankle injuries, joining long-term injured duoHugh Ludford and Mark Ambrose.

Coach Ken Morton said his side needed to take particular care as Launceston City had also had a break with the opportunity to train and get people back from injury.

“They will go into the game with great spirit and Northern grit and if we want to travel home with the three points we will have to match them and better them,” he said. “We will need to win the individual battles, play with a great spirit and determination.

“Everyone will have to work hard for each other. As a team we need to be stubborn defensively but play quickly in transition with good, speed, intensity and quality.”

Northern Rangers has a full 20-man squad to take on second place Olympia and will keep the same starting line-up from its 1-1 draw against Devonport City.

Agele Luate returns from injury and will be to the bench, while Aiden Rigby holds his spot up front. Ash Fisher and Adam McIntyre are also on the bench.

Rangers spokesman Brendan Lichtendonk said Olympia have have a great record at home on Warrior Park and expected a tight game.

“Warrior Park is a smaller pitch than what we are used to so we have manipulated training to mimic that this week and we believe we have prepared well for a tough match. The three games we had there in the summer cup will ensure everyone has at least played on this ground once before,” he said.

“All games are must win at this level, but this is another particularly important one, draws are starting to hurt us now, and we must learn to convert close games into three points.”

Olympia coach Glen McNeill said he hoped to continue the side’s good form at home and looked forward to a keenly fought match against Rangers, the first game between the two clubs.

Devonport City host Kingborough Lions at Montello in Burnie after taking the unusual step of offering each other coastal clubs to host one game each over the first three years to promote the league.

Coach Chris McKenna said while City would take a hit financially, the host club would get a financial benefit and hopefully a big crowd turns out.

Daniel McGinn will drop back to the Northern Premier League and replacement Brody Denehey will make his starting debut. Michael Holden has been cleared of a broken bone in his hand and will sit on the our bench.

“Kingborough, by all reports, were unlucky to lose to Tilford Zebras in their last game and have probably been a little bit inconsistent at times this season, much like ourselves,” McKenna said. “We need the three points to consolidate our position in the top four and are fully aware that the Lions will draw level with us on points if they are victorious.”

Lions coach Steve Adkins said the match was a chance to edge into the top four. “Devonport have gained some important points so far this season and we are looking forward to another tough encounter,” he said.

Andy Duncan will miss the next 10 weeks at least with a knee injury while Adam Hinkley return for an otherwise unchanged squad.

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Zebras has Henry Fagg on the long-term injury list and will replace him with Jordan Muller. Paul Palmer is yet to recover from an ankle injury, which means the side’s only change is Alex Leszczynski in for Jayden Welch.

Coach Tommy Fotak said Knights were well organised and play neat football out of defence and through their flanks.

“Chris Hey is a former coach of mine so there is a little of the master and the apprentice about this match,” he said. “Chris likes his team to play possession football and the Knights try to do that, as do we. They have conceded goals early in recent matches and we will be looking to take advantage of any early nerves.”

Knights assistant coach Matthew Rhodes said a five day turnaround would test his players’ fitness.

“Over the last few weeks we have being playing some good football and moving the ball around the park well,” he said. “ However, we have being letting ourselves down by not capitalising on all our hard work and have not been making the most of our scoring opportunities.”

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Grenfell Junior League Reports

McClintocks Machinery Under 7’s

Last Saturday the McClintocks Machinery Under 7’s took on West Wyalong at West Wyalong. The team for Grenfell was Braydon Smith, Lachlan Smith, Tyler Stevens, Jonathon Smith, Hayden Reid, Emily Edwards, Lee Ryan and Jack Sutton from West Wyalong came across to even up the numbers.

It was a high scoring game for the Under 7s, coming out with a 32 to 16 win.

Braydon and Lachlan both had a busy game with Lachlan scoring a try and converting as well. Braydon added to the points score with his first attempt at a conversion. He lined the ball up, took his back and sidewards steps and kicked the ball straight through the centre of the posts, earning him a loud cheer from the sideline. Even now, we are not sure who was more surprised, Braydon or his Mum, or Coaches Daniel and Connor!

Jonathon tackled well and had a great game all round. Hayden seems to be following in big brother Benji’s footsteps as he weaved through the defence. Emily Edwards flexed her girl power as she scored a try and was too fast to catch. Lee Ryan went over for his first ever try in Junior League and added to both the tally and his excitement as he then converted. Tyler Stevens scored two tries and converted one as well. It was a great display of teamwork from all of the Under 7’s.

West Wyalong Under 7, Jack Sutton who helped us out, also scored a try for Grenfell. What great sportsmanship from such a young player. Thanks Jack.

Dykhoffs Bakery Under 8’s

The team for Grenfell that played last Saturday at West Wyalong consisted of Benji Reid, Jaxon Stock, Hamish Birch, and playing up from Under 7’s; Emily Edwards, Lachlan Smith, Hayden Reid, Tyler Stevens, Lee Ryan and Jonathon Smith.

It was a tough game from the start for the Under 8’s with most of our side being made up from Under 7’s who had played the game before hand. Benji and Lachlan were our try scorers for the day, which made up for the only points Grenfell got on the board.

Jaxon had a great game. He is becoming more confident with each week, which shows as he puts 100% effort in on the field. Hamish, only in his first season, is starting to look like he is a veteran as he defends hard and runs the ball with plenty of determination.

The Under 7’s who played up, all had a great game, defending well and pushing through the defence. Thanks guys.

West Wyalong came away with the win for the day, but a lot of fun was had by all.

Caltex Service Station Junior League Tag

Last week the girls played West Wyalong at their home ground.

The girls had an outstanding game this week with each one of them contributing to their winning score 4-1.

The team consisted of Chloe Madgwick (C), Mea O’Bryne (C), Holli Madgwick, Caitlin Stock, Lily Holmes, Megan Wilson, Tahnee Purdie, Linda Hucker, Krystal Lock, Phoebe Heathcote, Teleitha O’Bryne, Charli O’Bryne, Taylor King and Jamie Stephens.

Chloe and Mea lead the team well during the game showing good leadership skills with Mea making a great try saving tag on the line and Chloe with consistant tagging and running of the ball.

Newcomers Megan and Krystal both made fantastic runs with each of them scoring tries.

Lily and Holli were very consisting in their dummy half and 1st receiver positions and their defence work was amazing. Tahnee made some good runs and finally scored a well deserved try during the match.

Charli, Teleitha, Linda and Jamie are always showing their keenness to play the game and ran well. Taylor had one of her best defence games yet.

Phoebe made a great sideline run and with more games will become more confident. Caitlin made some great distance in her kick off and general play which is becoming a great team advantage.

Grenfell 4-1, trys to Chloe, Tahnee, Megan and Krystal. What a great all round game girls! Keep up the good work, Coach is very proud.

Terry Carroll Bus Service Under 10’s

Grenfell’s Terry Carroll’s Under 10’s travelled to West Wyalong last Saturday.

The team played very well together with a huge improvement from last week, showing size doesn’t matter, coming up against a bigger & stronger side.

Kyle scored three brilliant tries & converted one. Harrison also scored a try & kept Grenfell in the game the entire time.

Angus played extremely well, making a few great runs to keep the other team on their toes.

The whole team showed improvement in both their defence & attack, but unfortunately losing the game in the last five minutes with the other team scoring two late tries to seal the game.

The final score being 32-20, West Wyalong’s way.

CJ Anderson and Co Under 12’s

The under 12’s team to run out against West Wyalong last Saturday consisted of: Lachlan Stevens, Veronica Garrity, Kevin Silburn, Saxon Southwell, Jack Garrity, Mathew Ryan, Nathan Wilson, Adam Hewen & Thomas Penfold. Supporting the U/12’s from the U/10’s are: Joshua Honeyset Smith, Harrison Starr & Kyle Mawhinney.

Grenfell began the game with a kick straight to West Wyalong. Even though West Wyalong scored their first try within the first five minutes, the first half of the game was fairly even. Grenfell were determined to make sure the opposition only scored the once.

Nathan showed this by tackling hard. When put to the test the U/12’s really tackled as a team after the initial try of day was scored. It was Grenfell’s turn to receive the ball & were doing well to make ground.

The pressure was Veronica when running the ball up the sideline, but she did well keeping the ball in play when up against a few defenders.

The ball was passed between Harrison & Matty, then onto Lachlan who kicked it through the opposing team. Thank goodness Kevin had the speed to follow & chase the ball & come up with it before West Wyalong knew what happened. Joshua received a pass & did well to make ground.

It was hand over time to West Wyalong who seemed to make their way a fair distance down the oval only to knock the ball on. Adam was doing his best to hold off his defenders to keep the ball moving.

West Wyalong intercepted when a pass was made but the referee called them back. Once again Nathan used all his strength to push through to the try line, only to be stopped short.

Kyle did a great job in placing the ball down for Grenfell’s first try & unfortunately only try, for the day. Lachlan as usual was able to quite confidently place the ball directly over the cross bar for a conversion. This brought the half time score to Grenfell 6 – West Wyalong 4.

Grenfell All Power Service Centre Under 14’s

This week we headed off to West Wyalong to play them at their home ground.

The team to take the field was Jarrad Wilson, Cameron Medo, Rhys Martens, Julian McAlister, Frazer Ryder, Mitchell Stevens, Chris Pertout, Patrick King, Declan Brebner, Lachlan Kiss, Hamish Starr, Aaron Mawhinney and Lachlan Stevens, who played up from the Under 12’s.

Grenfell kicked off fiercely chasing the ball with great defensive tackles by Rhys, Frazer, Hamish and Jarrad but Grenfell unfortunately couldn’t hold them out.

Not to be outdone Rhys then went over for our first try with Mitchell successfully converting. Not long after Jarrad went got his first try for the game.

Cameron was defending well out on the wing while Aaron was holding up the centre of the field strongly.

Frazer and Jarrad were in amongst the action because both of these boys took down the biggest kid on the field single handed on two separate occasions which really boosted the team’s morale. Patrick went over for our third try just before the half time hooter.

Hamish and Lachlan K were running hard and busting tackles. Chris and Patrick were defending very well and taking the ball up hard.

Mitchell was doing well as per normal with the boot and doing a great job delivering the ball to the running player.

Our boys came out firing in the second half but West Wyalong saw gaps and went over within minutes.

Rhys followed this up by picking up the loose ball and running about 80m to score his second try under the uprights and Mitchell converted.

Julian and Declan were taking the ball up hard and defending well.

Thank you to Lachlan S for playing up yet again. He had a great all round game.

The boys continued to defend the line, but to no avail because West Wyalong found the try line a few more times.

Even though West Wyalong came away with the victory, it was a well fought and enjoyable game. Well done boys.

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