Club Champions crowned

Last weekend, May 4 and 5, the 2013 Picker Constructions Cowra Golf Club Champions were crowned.
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Once again, the Club Champion is Peter Kirwan who comfortably secured his eleventh Club Championship and in doing so, stretched his winning streak to eight consecutive titles.

This impressive record puts Peter in danger of being a victim of his own success; it almost looks as though, “he turns up, he wins!”

This is certainly not the case, proven by the fact that he improved on his winning score from last year by a whopping 8 shots.

Peter scorched around the course on Saturday’s “moving day,” shooting 68 for an impressive 54 hole tally of 3 under-par 210, effectively breaking the backs of the chasing pack.

Mick Haydon finished runner-up to Peter for the Club Championship, 14 shots behind.

Cameron Edgar also comfortably completed what is a fairly rare defence of his B grade Championship title, again with a marked improvement on his tally from last year; this time 11 shots.

Cameron successfully saw off the challenge from runner-up, Dion McAlister, by 10 shots.

In 1972, Kerry Garlick won the Cowra Golf Club’s C grade Championships, a feat repeated by his son, Peter in 1977.

Peter’s son, Greg confirmed his desire to continue in his forefather’s footsteps over a “couple of drinks” two years ago and in fact nominated 2013 as the year he would do it.

Well, it seems that those empty schooner glasses did double as pretty good crystal balls, as Greg romped to the C grade Championship by no less than 19 shots from Championship runner-up John Holmes.

Greg’s four-round tally continued the trend of improvement, some 14 shots lower than last year’s C grade mark.

Sam McDonald completed a “three-peat” for the Junior Championship, while Gary Dolbel was crowned the Veteran’s Champion, carving 19 shots of last year’s winning total.

Picker Constructions 2013 Cowra Club Championship Final Results:

Club Champion: Peter Kirwan- 287- Runner-up: Mick Haydon-301.

A grade nett winner: Kane Brooks- 278- Runner-up: Jason Hyeronimus-279.

B grade Champion: Cameron Edgar- 324- Runner-up: Dion McAlister- 334.

B grade nett winner: Danny Haydon- 281- Runner-up: Adam Dhrygck- 283.

C grade Champion: Greg Garlick- 356- Runner-up: John Holmes- 375.

C grade nett winner: Ross Skene- 291- Runner-up: Brad Turner- 297.

Veteran’s Champion: Gary Dolbel- 307.

Junior Champion: Sam McDonald- 312.

2013 Cowra Golf Club Champions: Sam McDonald (Junior Champion) Cameron Edgar (B grade) Peter Kirwan (Club Champion) Greg Garlick (C Grade) and Gary Dolbel (Veteran’s Champion).

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WHAT A FEELING

RUGBY UNION
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NO CSU player was as happy to see Dan Cullinane’s kick – aside from the man himself – drop over the cross bar last Saturday when the students secured a last-second win against Forbes as winger Dan Ross-Hopkins.

The speedster was the only try scorer for his team during the match, which CSU went into looking at four straight Central West Rugby Union defeats.

His effort came in the second half but went unconverted. Then with a few minutes on the clock, CSU still trailed 10-8 when Ross-Hopkins crossed the stripe again only for the touch judge to rule controversially that he had stepped into touch before putting the ball down.

“There was only two minutes to go I think and I thought I’d gone in. The Forbes touchie called me out and was a little bit cheeky about it, so we were a bit upset at that stage,” he said.

“Coming from the week before when we lost in seconds to Orange City and a couple of finals matches in seconds last year, I had been on the end of a handful of defeats where the opposition landed a kick on the siren, so to finally get the win in one of those games was a great feeling.

“It was a huge effort from all the players. We really had to hang in there for 80 minutes. We felt like we got some rough calls at times, but that happens and we were able to regroup and stick at it.”

The students will play Narromine tomorrow at University Oval and will go into the match without the pressure of not having won courtesy of Cullinane’s kick last Saturday.

They face a side in a similar predicament. While the Gorillas have fared a little better with the ball in hand than CSU, they still only have one win to show for it and have leaked plenty of points to date.

“It has been frustrating to start the way we have, especially when last year at the same stage we were unbeaten,” Ross-Hopkins said.

“As an outside back we haven’t seen a lot of ball yet, but a lot of that has been because of how much defending we’ve had to do.

“It is a team game and whether you’re heavily involved or not, you still feel some responsibility for what is happening. We were starting to look a bit better last week though, we’ve done a lot of work on the lines we run and getting more involved.

“Narromine have a fit group of forwards who play out 80 minutes of hard footy each week. I can remember playing over there last year and they just didn’t stop, I was sweating like a one-legged man in a bum kicking competition.”

Now in his third year at CSU, Ross-Hopkins hasn’t trodden the traditional path for rugby players at the university.

The southern Sydney native, who turned 21 yesterday, has an entirely different background altogether.

“I actually grew up playing soccer and was still playing prior to joining the rugby club a couple of years ago,” he said.

“One of my neighbours in my first year was Charlie Nordfeldt who was part of the rugby club. He got me into it and taught me a fair bit about passing and that sort of thing and I’ve had a great time ever since.”

CSU: 1 Archie Hamilton, 2 Toby Key, 3 Evan Binney, 4 Rob Reveur, 5 Mitch Brown, 6 Jake Wilson, 7 Tasman Leckie, 8 Toby Key, 9 James Duff, 10 Nick Rutherford, 11 Dan Ross-Hopkins, 12 Bill Griffith, 13 Tom Gasparre, 14 Dan Cullinane, 15 Cam Backhouse.

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UPDATED: Maitland denies paying for $1800 dinner

A personal email indicates that former union boss John Maitland had great influence in securing a mining licence from the NSW government that later made him millions, a corruption hearing has heard.
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The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is probing a coal exploration licence at Doyles Creek in the Hunter Valley granted by then mining minister Ian Macdonald to Mr Maitland and his associates in December 2008 without a competitive tender.

The email shows that Mr Maitland’s wife was annoyed when he didn’t include his usual title at the end of his email, which was sent weeks after the licence was granted.

The email shows Carole Maitland replying to her husband’s email and saying his signature as ‘‘executive director’’ should really say ‘‘executive chairman’’ of the Doyles Creek mine as it does on his business card.

‘‘Wots (sic) this ‘‘executive director’’ crap…your business card says ‘‘executive chairman’’,’’ she said.

‘‘Who did all the work? executive chairman.‘‘Who has all the contact? executive chairman.‘‘Who knows everyone in the government by their first names? executive chairman.‘‘Who was instrumental in getting doyles creek up? executive chairman.’’

The former head of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has repeatedly denied a close personal friendship with the former minister.

‘‘Now that reflects, doesn’t it, what you’d discussed at home about your contributing to getting Doyles Creek up?’’ ICAC lawyer Peter Braham, SC, said referring to the email.

Mr Maitland replied: ‘‘No.’’

Several other emails showed that Mr Maitland used his contacts to get a job for Mr Macdonald’s daughter Sasha in China weeks after her father approved the licence.

Mr Maitland and Ms Macdonald had met at an expensive dinner at the Sydney restaurant Catalina where the mining licence paperwork was signed by her father.

One email revealed that Ms Macdonald sent her CV to the former mining boss.

‘‘At some stage during the dinner did (Mr Macdonald) suggest you might be able to look after his daughter?’’ Mr Braham said.

‘‘No,’’ Mr Maitland said.

‘‘As a quid pro quo for the help that he’d given you?’’ Mr Braham asked.

‘‘No,’’ Mr Maitland said.‘‘Did she in fact get a job in China to your knowledge?’’ Mr Braham asked.

‘‘She did,’’ Mr Maitland said.

‘‘Through your contacts?’’ Mr Braham asked.

‘‘Yes,’’ Mr Maitland replied. The Doyles Creek licence allegedly turned Mr Maitland’s $165,000 investment into about $15 million when it was sold and has been described as a financial disaster for NSW taxpayers.

John Maitland leaving the ICAC hearing this week. Picture Rob Homer

Earlier in the dayMr Maitlanddenied he took then NSW mining minister Ian Macdonald out for an extravagant $1800 dinner as thanks for the licence.

Mr Maitland told the inquiry the dinner was originally organised to introduce Chinese investors to Mr Macdonald at NSW parliament.

When the investors cancelled, the dinner went ahead at a different venue – the high-end Sydney restaurant Catalina – and the $1800 bill was paid by a business associate of Mr Maitland, he told the ICAC.

But Mr Maitland also told Peter Braham, SC, counsel assisting ICAC, the dinner was organised to sign the mining licence agreement.

‘‘You don’t actually have to have a dinner to get anything done,’’ Mr Braham said.

‘‘Was it a thank-you dinner?’’

‘‘No,’’ Mr Maitland said.

‘‘Was it a celebration?’’

Mr Braham said.‘‘Well, we were pretty happy,’’ Mr Maitland said.

‘‘You understood, didn’t you, that you were obliged to take the minister out to dinner, you owed him at decent thank you, he’d done you a big favour,’’ Mr Braham said

.‘‘No.’’

ICAC Commissioner David Ipp commented: ‘‘Isn’t it a little bit like a team that wins the grand final and has a dinner with a referee?’’

Mr Maitland said the dinner cost so much because it was also a Christmas party for the minister’s staff and Mr Macdonald’s daughter was also there.

He said his business associate Craig Ransley paid the bill.

Emails viewed by the inquiry showed Mr Maitland helped Mr Macdonald’s daughter Sasha get a job in China through his mining contacts after the mining licence was approved.

That licence allegedly turned Mr Maitland’s $165,000 investment into about $15 million when it was sold.

The deal was been described as a financial disaster for the people of NSW.

The hearing continues.