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.

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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

Fishos heating up: Anglers enjoying bounty of large cod and perch

WHILE the weather might be cooling down it has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of those who like to wet a line.
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In fact, the fishing has been very good at many locations not least of all our own local waters.

Over the past few weeks there have been numerous reports of both Murray cod and golden perch on the chew.

Anglers fishing with lures above and below Mildura in the pool water along the Murray River have been catching good numbers of cod up to and 1m in length.

Visiting angler Leigh Steers tried his hand and managed to troll up two very nice cod in as many days, both fish were more than 80cm and were released to fight again.

Some good sized golden perch have also been keen to strike the larger cod lures so it’s an each-way bet on what you might end up catching.

Many of these perch have been up too 55cm and easily more than a couple of kilos­ in weight. Fort Courage on the old Wentworth Road has also been another popular and productive location for both cod and perch, with one fish landed on a lure measuring in at a whopping 120cm.

Several other good sized cod have also been caught as have some very respectable perch on both bait and lures.

The Darling River upstream of Wentworth has produced cod on bait with the biggest of these also around 120cm.

Cheese, grubs and large yabbies have been the best baits so far.

A little further away, the Menindee Lakes have been producing good numbers of golden perch on bait with anglers easily accounting for their bag limits during most outings.

The perch have almost queued to chow down on baits of either shrimp or small yabbies.

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On the bite: The cooler weather has not stopped anglers from catching Murray cod and golden perch in local waterways.

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Mother’s Day races to feature jumps events

THREE jumps events will head up a nine-race program at Ballarat races on Sunday.
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The QLS Logistics Steeplechase, 3200m, has attracted 10 acceptors to open the Mother’s Day program.

Seasoned jumpers from the Eric Musgrove stable, Honour The Force and End Of Time, are at the top of the weights.

Honour The Force has done most of his jumping in South Australia, with head of his two hurdle wins at Morphetville

End Of Time has also done plenty of jumping across the border, with his three wins over the obstacles including a hurdle at Gawler and most significantly a steeple at Casterton.

The QLS Logistics Maiden Hurdle, 3200m, has a capacity field of 12 plus four emergencies and the QLS Logistics 0-120 Hurdle, 3200m, has a line-up of six.

The latter has three of the state’s most promising hurdlers in Beer Garden and Jungle Fighter from the Ballarat stable of Dan O’Sullivan and Stoneblack for Robert Smerdon.

Ciaron Maher also has last-start Warrnambool May Carnival winner Viking Tiger.

The expanded program starts at the earlier time of 11.55am.

MEANWHILE, jockey Ben Melham is chasing a third group 1 win of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival.

He began the carnival with just one group 1 victory to his name – Black Caviar in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington.

Melham, who grew up in Ballarat and began his riding career with Darren Weir, combined with the Weir-trained Platelet to claim the $400,000 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville.

If that was not enough, he then took the Matt Laurie-trained Escado to victory in the group 1 $500,000 SA Derby, 2500m.

Now Melham can complete a group 1 treble on Platelet in the group 1 $500,000 Goodwood Handicap, 1200m, at Morphettville tomorrow.

While the mare has been in super form, it is big ask with 56.5kg.

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Topweight Moment Of Change is $2.05 favourite ahead of Yosei ($7) and Facile Tigre ($8.50).

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Netballers turning pink

TEAMS of the Mount Gambier Netball Association will turn pink tomorrow participating in the annual Breast Cancer Network Australia Pink Sports Day.
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This will be the association’s second Pink Sports Day after raising around $4000 for the BCNA at last year’s event.

The MGNA seeks to raise awareness of breast cancer among local women and allow junior players to understand the severity of the illness.

With a total of 83 netball teams within the association there are a number of people and families that have been affected by breast cancer.

MGNA’s publicity officer Donna Fleming said it is a good opportunity to use the numbers within the association to raise money and promote awareness of the illness.

“We have such a huge association, with 83 teams, plus family, friends, volunteers and coaching staff, it all adds up on the day,” she said.

“It is such a great opportunity to get the entire association involved for this event and raise some money to help women everywhere.”

Newcomers to the association, Amazons, have a bright pink uniform and look to wear it with pride tomorrow as Pink Day kicks off.

Amazons president – and coach – Jodie Cook said the junior players at the club are very excited about the event.

“We are a very junior focused club, we look to educate our players not only about netball but get them to understand what the Pink Day is about and our seniors are right behind them,” she said.

“It’s pink day everyday for Amazons, but tomorrow is special.

“The senior players have a further understanding about what the money will go towards and we try to get our kids to grow up aware, so hopefully when they get older there will be a cure,” Fleming added.

“So I guess we’re really doing it for our children and the future of the association.”

The Pink Day will host a wide range of activities and Mothers Day celebrations.

“There will be decorations, a couple of stalls, food and plenty of pink,” Fleming said.

“Last year the players loved it and we saw pink ribbons, face paint and flashes of pink all over the court.”

The BCNA annual Pink Day will commence tomorrow at Olympic Park’s with the first series of MGNA matches starting at 9am.

“It is an exciting opportunity for the community to get involved because it’s not just about netball,” Fleming said.

“We expect it will be another successful Pink Day, it should be a really good family event.”

PINK DAY READY: Amazons 11 and under netballers Charlotte Hann, Makaylah Sanders, Kyrah Buttonsander and Hayley Barnes are excited to show off their uniforms at tomorrow’s BCNA Pink Sports Day. Picture: KYRA SYKES

PRETTY IN PINK: Amazons’ Georgia Thompson, Bailee Dawe and Monique Hill have been training hard for their 11 and under Pink Day netball match

Prized partnership offers an automotive dream come true

THE unlimited use of a brand new Mercedes-Benz for a three-day weekend or a high speed ride in a racing car around the lake may sound like a dream to many, but for a few lucky winners it will become a reality at next weekend’s Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup.
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Koonara Wines has partnered with Garlin and Gazzard to offer the auction prize of a thrilling ride in Peter Gazzard’s racing car and the use of a luxury vehicle.

The prizes – and other giveaways, including a relaxing night at The Barn with dinner, a winter getaway in a secluded Coonawarra boutique cottage, jewellery and race packages – will be given away to people who book a spot in the Koonara Wines marquee at the cup.

The prizes will be given away during a marquee auction, with all proceeds going to the Stand Like Stone foundation.

Meanwhile, $5 will be donated to the charity from each ticket sold to the marquee.

The fundraiser ties in with the upcoming glamorous Swinging with the Stars event, which will be held at The Barn on June 22.

The dance competition is Stand Like Stone’s biggest annual fundraising event and brings well-known people in the community together to swing to the music with experienced dancers for the night.

This year, Grant High School teacher Laura Mancuso, Bellum Hotel owner Simon Livingstone and speech pathologist Rosanna Barson will be among the “stars” competing to raise the most money for Stand Like Stone.

Peter Gazzard said he was keen to offer prizes at the auction to help raise money for the charity.

“We have been big supporters of Stand Like Stone since my wife Carolyn was one of the stars at the Swinging with the Stars ball event, so it is great to be able to help support Koonara with raising money for this good cause,” he said.

The Koonara wines marquee will also present a snapshot of dancing showcased by Swinging with the Stars dancers who are being trained by Kate English of Envy Dance Studio for the event.

In the next week, the Koonara emblazoned Mercedes will be parked around town and people have been encouraged to take photographs of themselves next to the vehicle to stand a chance to win wine at the cup day.

For bookings for the Koonara Wines marquee contact 8737 3222.

FOR CHARITY: Peter Gazzard (right) from Carlin and Gazzard has partnered with Koonara Wines to give away unforgettable prizes at next weekend’s Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup at Glenburnie and raise money for the Stand Like Stone Foundation. The charity organisation will also benefit from the Swinging with the Stars event in June. Callum Unger and Tayla Kovaleff are pictured

Positive rub for new hub

SUNRAYSIA’S new-look football administration hub is on track to be up and running by later this year.
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AFL Country Victoria’s proposals for regional football leagues to acquire the new administration hub has been agreed on by local football groups and should come to fruition by October 1.

Following an investigation into what was then known as the VCFL in 2011, AFL-appointed­ investigator Peter Jackson believed that dividing the state into 13 administrative hubs, rather than all leagues keeping their own administration, was the way forward.­

The new administration hub will:

COMBINE the administrative duties of the Sunraysia Football and Netball League (SFNL), Sunraysia Junior Football and Netball League (SJFNL), Millewa Football League (MFL) and Sunraysia Football Umpires Association (SFUA);

APPOINT a general manager and a possible trainee administration officer to open the office between 9am-5pm weekdays;

INCLUDE the Sunraysia AFL development officer;

BE overseen by a regional board likely to have five members;

CREATE a cost-efficient administration environment; and

MAKE it easier to apply for grants to help develop football in the Sunraysia region.

SFNL president Trevor Heaft said all parties had agreed to proceed with the new hub.

“We’ve spoken to the AFL and they are happy for us to move forward,” he said. “At this stage, it looks like the office will be at the SFNL headquarters.

“The hub will be overseen by the regional board. This is the part we’re working through, but we’re considering that the board will consist of five members; one representative each from the SFNL, SJFNL and the Millewa, and two other board members.

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Trevor Heaft

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Wimmera to vote on Australian Constitution change

WIMMERA residents will vote on local government recognition in the Australian Constitution when they go to the polls on September 14.
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on Thursday thata referendum would be part of the federal election.

The national vote was a pre-election commitment by the Australian Labor Party during the 2010 federal election campaign.

Referendums, which require a majority of Australians and a majority of states to pass, are notoriously unsuccessful with just eight of the nation’s 44 votes being approved.

Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Andrew Evans said councils had been fighting for years to correct the ‘glitch’ in the Constitution that failed to recognise local government.

He said it would allow the Federal Government to direct money straight to councils rather than having to go through state governments.

“I think the Constitution needs to be updated to reflect the modern world and to reflect what we do in practice,” he said.

“Local government is surely here to stay so that should be recognised in the Constitution.

“The best thing for the overall community is for local government to be fitted into the Constitution.

“We are the tier of government closest to the community and it is only right and proper for us to be recognised.”

Northern Grampians Mayor Wayne Rice said constitutional recognition would act as a safeguard protecting local government.

“What people seem to forget is that there is more and more cost shifting from both upper levels of government to local government so you can’t do away with the people on the ground in councils,” he said.

“It will allow us direct access to the Federal Government so if they want to keep giving us more responsibility they can’t do away with us.

“There seems to be a bit of a ground swell in favour of this referendum.”

West Wimmera Shire Mayor Bruce Meyer said he was concerned that local government recognition would hand the Federal Government too much control over councils.

“If they want the right to be able to give grants directly to local government they could surely legislate it or work out a way to get it done,” he said.

“We still need to be dealing with our own states on the big issues for local government rather than going to Canberra with the Federal Government.

“I would reserve my judgment until we see the wording of this referendum legislation – is this a full takeover of control of local government by the Federal Government or are we just dealing with this direct funding issue?

“If it is a full takeover I am not interested.”

Horsham Mayor David Grimble said the referendum would require state support to be successful.

“Probably what we need to do is ensure that the public actually understand what this referendum is all about and its importance,” he said.

“The challenge is going to be to get all the states to support it too.”

Hindmarsh Mayor and Rural Councils Victoria chairman Rob Gersch said the referendum on September 14 would be the only chance for constitutional recognition for ‘many years’.

“It would be a lifetime to have another crack at it so it is imperative it is successful,” he said.

“The success rate of referendums is not good so when you go to a referendum you have to be fairly sure you are going to win it.

“If all state governments are on board and willing to support it, I am happy to roll with it.”

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