Hastings props bookend rep team

Rep honours: Three players from the Port Macquarie Sharks, Michael Bright, Kurt Moloney and Sam Wara have been selcted along with a single player from the Port City Breakers Mitch Fowler to represent Group 3.THE Group 3 rugby league senior representative squad has been picked and boast arguably the biggest and best prop combination in country NSW.
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Mitch Fowler, from the Port City Breakers, and Chris Trembath, from the Wauchope Blues, are the two bookends selected for the team and will no doubt give opposition sides big headaches.

Both are standout performers in their respective local sides with neither unfamiliar with rep selection.

Joining them are Port Macquarie Sharks players Michael Bright, Kurt Moloney and Samu Wara and another Trembath, Robbie.

Beau White, Dean Hurrell, Jordan Galloway and Matt Bird from the Blues also made the cut.

Sharks coach Phil Trembath said the fact the players were selected reflected their ability.

“Their talent speaks for itself,” he said. “To have several Sharks players selected in our first year back in Group 3 is something to be proud of, but more so for the club itself given that everyone except Wara has come through the junior ranks.

“I think that the Group 3 side this year can go one or two steps better than last year and possibly win it.”

Breakers coach Josh Hyde was equally as impressed with the look of the team and said they have a great chance to win.

“It’s good to see Mitch Fowler get selected again because he deserves it,” Hyde said. “He was always expected to be there. He’s the best player in the group in my opinion. The team looks really good on paper so hopefully they can perform and do Group 3 proud.”

In U8s selection new, Breakers young gun Connor Cheeseman gained selection while Sharks players Jake Flanagan, Scott Grant, Samuel McGrath, Ethan McKenna and Ronald Sines were also picked.

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This Pirate take a wife

Walked the plank: Port Pirate Chris Geary will return to the Pirates line up this weekend after a break from the game to marry his wife Sharni.CHRIS Geary will return to the Port Macquarie Pirates first grade squad this weekend a changed man.
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The forward will turn out for the Pirates against the Kempsey Cannonballs after an extended hiatus from the game.

Geary has been out of the team for three weeks after taking on another formidable opponent, marriage. The now-married man took the leap with wife Sharni.

The newlyweds have since spent recent weeks in Thailand for their honeymoon.

It will be the lock’s first game back in senior grade after running out for reserve grade last week to recapture some much needed match fitness.

He’s looking forward to returning to the top grade this weekend.

“The break’s done me good in a way because I was carrying an ankle injury but it’s given me a chance to get over that,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to it, we should have a really strong team on the park this weekend.”

Pirates coach, Marc Minor, said although his team had an impressive victory against their Kempsey rivals in the first round of competition they would not be taking the game lightly.

“They are always a team that manage to stay in striking distance all the time,” he said.

“They just keep coming at you, that’s their style, they stay close to you and if you’re not on your game that’s when they win. They’re all-round good scrappers.”

Minor said his players were still hurting from a single point loss to Southern Cross University a fortnight ago and after enjoying a bye last week are keen to get back on the field.

“The whole club is upset about that loss,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what excesses there is, it was a sub-par performance. A lot of the guys are keen to get out there and play a lot better.”

The Pirates will be at home to the Cannonballs tomorrow at Stuart Park.

Action kicks off with reserve grade at 1.45pm followed by first grade at 3pm.

Port Macquarie Pirates First Grade squad;

1 Jeremy Brigden, 2 Geoff Lee, 3 Tim Farnsworth (c), 4 Cameron Mitchell, 5 Tim Sales, 6 Chris Turnham, 7 Johnnie Hoy, 8 Chris Geary, 9 Chris Young, 10 Sam McNeil (vc), 11 Ryan Owens, 12 Addam Greenaway, 13 Jacob Law, 14 Scott Thompson, 15 Korie Paio.

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Community support for SARG appreciated

The Committee and volunteers of Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group (SARG) wish to sincerely thank the following businesses, and members of our community.
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Their commitment enabled our third Paws Along the Murray walk on May 5 to be a wonderful success:

Mildura Rural City Council for provision of an events and festival grant; PETstock Mildura’s Shane Hoiles and his team as gold sponsors; silver sponsors Bronywn Welsh from Mildura Delta Dogs, and Rick and Cathy Pearson at Paws Resort Boarding Kennel and Cattery; bronze sponsors of Mildura Veterinary Hospital and Benetook Veterinary Clinic.

Special thank you to, as a major media sponsor, Sharon Rose, marketing manager of Sunraysia Daily; your assistance in ensuring our event received coverage is very much appreciated.

A heart felt thank you to one of our foster carers, Rhett Burnie, of Win TV, who was our guest MC for the day. Thank you to Matman of 97.9 Sun FM Mildura for his generous ongoing radio support given to SARG. Thank you to Drew and Maddy of Attic Designs our event photographers. Thank you to Deputy Mayor Ali Cupper as our ongoing SARG Ambassador.

Thank you to the following business and community members who donated goods and services or their time: Go- MAD Pty Ltd, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, Mildura Regional Waste Management Group, Fido and Feline Fare, Club Aquarius, Endota Spa, Bunning’s Mildura, Pizza Cafe, Cinema Deakin, Sunny Kupcakes, Supreme Browbands, Mildura 2nd Scout group, Ziggy’s Cafe, Greg Harrison, MRCC Local Laws Officers and St Johns Ambulance volunteers.

Sincere thanks to our valued SARG volunteers, their friends and families who all helped out on the day and leading up to the event.

Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly on the day to ensure the event went smoothly. A special thank you to our wonderful foster carers who provide loving care and attention to our animals in their own homes. We could not do what we do with out you.

All proceeds will be utilised to fund SARG’s ongoing rescue work with abandoned and homeless animals.

Trudie Chant,

President SARG

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Bring it on

THE mouth watering clash between the respective ladder leaders in the South East Australian Basketball League is now just a matter of hours away.
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The Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers take on the Geelong Supercats at the Icehouse tonight and if you’re not there early, don’t expect to get a seat.

This is potentially the biggest game the Pioneers have played in the SEABL since winning the 2003 premiership.

Coach Richard Hill has moulded a squad together that believes in their own capabilities and trust in their teammates and are playing accordingly.

Eight wins from 11 outings this season and eight of those on the road, have set up a serious tilt at the finals come late August.

But for now, the Pioneers must take care of the Supercats, who are 8-2 and on top of the East Conference ladder.

This will be the first of two roster games between the Pioneers and the Supercats with the return bout scheduled for July 13 in Geelong.

Last year is history, but Geelong won 81-74 at the Icehouse and 96-79 at home.

A lot has changed since then and for the Pioneers, it’s all been for the better.

The inclusion of Tom Daly, Ben Allen, Titus Robinson and Lukass Blicavs has allowed the likes of Matt Sutton, Erik Burdon, Jan Warbout, Brad Hill and Kurt Russell to grow even further than their already enhanced reputations sat at.

The Pioneers enter tonight’s match on a three game wining streak, beating North-West Tasmania, Albury/Wodonga and Sandringham in a sizzling eight day blitz.

Geelong will be on the rebound after being surprised at home last Friday night by the Hobart Chargers 93-103 and will be out to make amends.

The Supercats’ starting five is likely to be Ash Cannan, Jamie Medved, Mike Mercer and either Dominic Friend or Nick Owusu and the Pioneers will have to be prepared to play from the tip-off.

Other Geelong team members tonight are likely to include Keith Harrison, Lachlan Headlam, Theron Wilson and Nathan Herbert.

In recent games, the Pioneers have been able to get away to good starts and that will be paramount tonight.

After tonight, the Pioneers will play 10 of the remaining 16 games on their home court which should give them an ideal platform to stage an assault on the finals.

Next Friday, Pioneers’ captain will be hosting a special breakfast at the Commodore-on-the-Park featuring three time Olympian Brett Maher as guest speaker.

Scheduled between 7.30am and 10am, the breakfast is open to all Pioneers’ fans and the general public.

For more information or to book tickets, contact Tom Kosch on 0438-838-186 or email: [email protected]南京夜网.au

Doors at the Icehouse tonight will be open from 6.30pm and tip-off is scheduled for 8pm.

MONSTER CLASH: Vice-captain Erik Burdon and the Mount Gambier Pioneers will play the Geelong Supercats at the Icehouse tonight in – arguably – the biggest game the club has experienced since the 2003 SEABL grand final