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Golf day to help Legacy

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Last year more than 90 golfers teed off at the Grange Golf Club to support the fourth annual Legacy Charity Golf Day, and golf day organiser Phil Rath hopes to reach the 100 mark this Friday.

He is also hopeful the fifth running of the increasingly popular golf day will once again raise at least $5000 for Legacy.

He said Legacy was dedicated to the welfare of widows and dependants of Australian Defence Force personnel killed in war, peacekeeping or hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.

Across Australia Legacy assists more than 100,000 widows and 1900 children and people with a disability.

With about 950 widows and dependants enrolled in the local area (Helensburgh to Gerringong), Legacy services are continually being required to assist those in need.

‘‘We don’t get any funding so whatever we raise goes to widows and their dependants,’’ Mr Rath said.

The golf day will start with a breakfast in the clubhouse from 7am-7.45am, before a shotgun tee-off at 8am.

Two drinks will be provided on the course and golfers will be served steak with salad after playing the game.

There will also be a raffle with an accommodation package at The Esplanade at Batemans Bay as first prize. The $60 entry fee includes breakfast, lunch and green fees.

Information: 0417 042 888

Pat Osmond, Phil Rath and Coralie Wilson will take part in the annual Legacy Charity Golf Day at the Grange Golf Club this Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

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Panthers’ spirit shines

Vivian Blurton. Luke Obal.
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The Lion’s Branden Harris

Timothy Yarren

Ruckman Timothy Jubb and Carey Park’s Jayden Wilson

John Klumpp and Carey Park’s Shannon Spadaccini.

Carey Park.

Vivian Blurton.

Carey Park’s Jordan Baggetta and the Lion’s Ethan Hughes.

FOOTBALL: It was a nail-biting ANZAC day clash last Thursday when the Carey Park Panthers performed a spirited come from behind victory in front of a home crowd to win by two straight kicks over the Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault Lions at Kelly Park.

The game drew a massive crowd and did not disappoint the spectators, with the lead changing four times in the last quarter to ultimately see Carey Park over the line with a 17.12-114 to 15.12-102 victory.

HBL opened up the game with a bang posting a five-to-two goal first quarter, as Captain David Newman let go of one of his trademark punts to get the score ticking over.

Best on ground Cody Garlett was able to convert for the Panthers through some hard midfield work from Jake Omara, but Newman hit back with another goal, as HBL got on top of the Panthers early, leading by 19 at the first change.

The Panthers opened the second term with some hard efforts from Liam Stewart ending in a goal for Carey Park, but HBL soon hit back with two of their own.

However Carey Park was able to halve the play in the second and stop the Lions run, as half time hit with the Lions still only leading by 19 points.

The third quarter came about and Carey Park needed to spark soon, and a goal from young gun Tim Yarran was able to help the Panthers find their feet.

Calum Leslie soon followed and the Panthers were able to reduce the lead to 8 points, however Jarrad Watson was able to convert for the Lions to help keep Carey Park at an arm’s length.

Lukas Teague then goaled for the Lions and it was quickly back out to a three goal margin.

However more work from Yarran and some serious pace through the midfield from Joel Coyne saw the Panthers convert through forward specialists Garlett and Matt Martin. Small forward Aaron Hill then set himself for two goals in a row and all of a sudden the Panthers had taken the lead.

However Brayden Prentice was able to sneak a goal in on the three quarter time siren, allowing the Lions a three point lead at the final change.

The fourth quarter started with teams evenly matched going goal for goal throughout the first fifteen minutes.

It wasn’t until Hill was able to kick his third that the Panthers strung together consecutive goals, as Jai Grantham was able to kick truly through more hard work from Yarran.

Prentice however soon goaled again, followed shortly by Hill for his fourth, and then HBL’s John Klumpp, to keep the Panthers lead in doubt.

Carey Park soon went forward again to Martin, who had struggled in contested marks all day due to Scott Delmenico’s defensive efforts. The ball hit the deck and was surrounded by ready-to-pounce Lions.

The Lions moved it quickly but to no avail as O’mara was able to take the saving mark and give it to Leslie for a goal, sealing the deal for the Panthers.

Carey Park will travel to Busselton next week to take on the Magpies, while HBL will pay a visit to Payne Park to take on Ryan Pitts’ Bulldogs.

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Great crowd gathers for ANZAC Day greyhound race

Last Thursday the Port Augusta Greyhound Club held its Anzac Day meeting.
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The weather was delightful and as usual the crowd was one of the biggest of the year.

Damien Mills, who travels from Woodcroft to Port Augusta for each meeting, trains Azz Always, which won the 682 metre distance event.

Another regular supporter is Peter Slater, who travels from Broken Hill to race his dogs at Chinnery Park.

Peter’s dog Jet Fields won its race, the third win over 447 metres at this track.

Many thanks go to ‘Della’, who has spent a lot of time and demonstrated much skill in the recent improvements he has made in and around the clubrooms.

The club is very proud of the work that Della has done and the Anzac Day crowd were all impressed.

Coming meetings include The Patrons 447 metre Free For All, to be held on May 11 and the 682 metre Anniversary Cup on May 25.

PRESENTATION: Local member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan presents Azz Always’ trainer and owner Damien Mills with the trophy.

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Dragons’ blueprint to return to the top

DRAGONS captain Ben Creagh is certain the club can win another NRL premiership in the next three years after re-signing with the club yesterday.
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Creagh succeeded title-winning 2010 captain Ben Hornby this season and his contract extension means he will play out his career in the Red V.

His signature comes after the Dragons committed to keeping coach Steve Price in the short-term as well as luring Melbourne playmaker Gareth Widdop and Canberra’s Joel Thompson to Wollongong next year.

Refusing to rule out their chances of lifting the trophy in October, Creagh is adamant the Dragons are showing they are on their way back to the top.

‘‘Every year you want to challenge for the premiership,’’ he said.

‘‘This year it’s still a long way off there’s a long way to go.

‘‘But I think the signings we’ve made in the past week or so shows the club is doing all the right things.’’

The Dragons missed the top eight last year after winning two minor premierships and a title under now Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett.

The club saw the likes of Neville Costigan, Mark Gasnier, Beau Scott and Jeremy Smith head for the exit after winning the crown, as well as the failed attempts to bring Craig Bellamy and Cooper Cronk to the club.

However, it is now expected the Dragons will make at least two more signings in coming weeks.

Creagh said the decision to keep Price on board has provided a lift for this year’s squad.

‘‘It’s really good,’’ he said.

‘‘After last Thursday’s game when we found out he was going to be coaching again next year, it left us excited about the rest of the year ahead.’’

While it was inevitable Creagh would receive a new contract in his first season leading the Dragons, the 11-game NSW State of Origin player said he wants to finish out his career with the club.

‘‘It’s a dream of mine to finish my NRL career here,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t want to be finishing up in two years time, but hopefully by then I’ll still be playing well enough to get a couple of years after that.

‘‘I’m happy with the deal, I’m glad I’ve got it sorted and I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season.’’

St George Illawarra have already been beaten by premiers Melbourne this season, before being thumped 34-10 on Anzac Day by an in-form Roosters outfit.

Sitting in ninth after seven rounds and with a blockbuster clash with Manly looming on Monday night at Kogarah, Creagh claims the Dragons are able to close the gap on the current top four teams.

‘‘We know Manly is a great side, but we’re not far away,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we’ve learned after last week we just can’t give away dropped ball and penalties like that and put ourselves under pressure.

‘‘They’ve got a lot of representative players, but defence can win big games and it’s always been the secret to our success.’’

Leader: Ben Creagh (left).

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How $8 can save your life

THE lifesaving Bowelscan Program promoted by Rotary is with us again and all folk over 40 years of age are encouraged to participate.
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Each year, in the privacy of their own homes, hundreds of locals take the simple test and as a result have avoided serious bowel problems including bowel cancer. More than 250 Rotary Clubs throughout Australia distribute in excess of 150,000 test kits to the general public and the Bowelscan Program is credited with having detected more than 1,000 people with bowel cancer and 5,000 with polyps which can sometimes lead to bowel cancer.

The Rotary Club of Laurieton will set up a Test-Kit Distribution and Information table outside the Khodary’s Pharmacy, Laurieton, adjacent to Coles, from Monday May 6 to Saturday May 11. Those considering the test for the first time may obtain information about the Bowelscan kit, its purpose and its many advantages from the Rotarians at the Information Table. Regular clients can obtain their new kits and refresh their memories at the same time on the correct test procedure. The cost per Test Kit is $8.

All test results are confidential to the client and his/her doctor. The test program dates and times are: Monday May 6 to Friday May 19, 9am to 3pm. Saturday May 11 and Saturday May 18 9am to noon. For those who can’t make it to Laurieton or who will be away during this week; kits will be available from the Khodary’s Pharmacies at Laurieton, Lakewood and Lake Cathie and at the North Haven Pharmacy from Monday April 28 for approximately two weeks.

Bowelscan is a very simple test; if you are over 40, take that positive step and get your kit while you can, you won’t regret it. There is an old proverb, ‘he who hesitates is lost’.

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Endurance rider ready for another big year

Bellingen rider Sharon Foster is all trained up for another year of endurance horse riding.
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Foster has three horses on a fitness program ready for the endurance season ahead.

The Coffs Clarence Endurance Riding Club will be running its annual endurance ride on August 17 and 18.

There will be two 20km social rides, a 40km training ride and an 80km competition ride. All horse lovers are welcome. Last year, Foster covered a total of 1500km in training around the state forests in Bellingen.

And riding her trusted Arabian mare Maleka rode a total of 720km of competition, with a 100 per cent success rate.

Foster’s horses are all trained “barefoot”, which means they are not shod with steel shoes. On some occasions she fits thems with a rubber boot on their hooves, called a glove, or glue on boot.

Foster is setting her sites on this year’s Tom Quitly 160km endurance event.

She also plans to ride the “Shahzada” 400km marathon in August as well as other 80km and 100km rides all around the state.

Foster’s two young daughters will also be entering rides. Isabel, 12, will be competing on a larger scale of events this year, and Modena, 7, will be entering her first ride.

Foster said endurance horse riding was a very family friendly sport with no age barrier.

Inquiries: Sharon Foster on 6655 9396 (after hours) or at Bellingen Saddlery and Pet Supplies or contact Megan and Malcolm Matters on 6649 2836.

Sharon Foster is determined to record another successful year in the saddle as she tackles a range of endurance rides. Pic: Main Event Photography

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Central Augusta kicks off with a victory

Central Augusta opened its account for season 2013 with a first round victory against cross town rivals West Augusta.
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After missing out on the grand final for the first time in four years last year, Central ran over the top of a spirited West Augusta side that has already shown signs of improvement since last year’s disappointing season.

The first quarter was played with contrasting game styles, with Central Augusta using its stronger bodies to win the contested possessions and West looking to use its pace to run the ball forward to put the Central backline under pressure.

West Augusta’s Rhys Dadleh was on fire early with many clearances and inside-50’s leading to goals for his side with full forward Hayden Warren the main beneficiary with two first quarter goals.

At the other end, it was Darren Shillabeer who worked between half back and half forward, picking up numerous possessions and two goals of his own to help his side to a two goal lead at quarter time.

West Augusta got the early break in the second quarter, kicking three early goals to take the lead.

Central’s Garry Hull playing out of the goal square at full forward proved to be a handful for his opponent, finishing with three for the half as well as earning a free kick to set up another.

Central took back the lead and stopped West’s momentum to stretch the margin to 17 points at the half time interval.

It was a scrappy start to the third quarter with both sides ramping up the pressure and desperately wanting that first goal to gain the momentum.

Jared Reid broke the deadlock with his second goal before recruit Lucas Hill and another to Reid meant the Bloods had suddenly gained a six goal lead.

Mark Fuller began to stamp his authority on the game by dominating the ruck and being a target around the ground to be involved in his sides attacking forays.

Returning after a year in Whyalla, Nick Callary asserted himself in the midfield, winning the contested ball and becoming the clearance king to provide his team with attacking plays.

Warren continued to be a threat up forward, kicking his fourth to reduce his side’s deficit before late goals to Reid, Luke Button and Hill gave Central a 32 point lead heading into the last quarter.

The last quarter was a high scoring affair with each side going goal-for-goal before the final siren sounded, with Central Augusta victors by 37 points.

The most pleasing aspect of Central’s win was its ability to kick 20 goals without the prominent target of Ryan Morris who was missing through injury.

Four goals each to Reid, Hull and Anthony Ruffles showed that the Bloods have numerous attacking options and will be tough to man up on.

This was the main difference between the sides as West Augusta seemed to look for Hayden Warren the majority of the time who battled manfully but needed a second tall to take the pressure off himself.

Central’s back six were also impressive, playing a very disciplined style with the standouts being recruits James Little and Button who not only held their opponents but also provided run and rebound out of defence.

Best for West Augusta was Rhys Dadleh who worked hard all day to win the ball for his side, youngster Ty Harrison who made the wing his own and kicked three goals, and Hayden Warren who provided a target for his side, finishing with four majors.

Central will look forward now to its next game against Port, while it will be West trying to get its season back on track when it takes on Lions at Port Augusta next Saturday.

TACKLE: Kahran McKenzie tries to evade Thomas Colson.

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Community lucky to have great events

WE moved from Perth to Busselton four months ago and have been continually impressed with the provision of facilities, activities and entertainment for the local community.
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This weekend’s event, the foreshore polo, was really interesting and entertaining.

It was impressive to have such close access to the horses and the players – both of very high calibre.

The commentators were excellent, they made sure the audience was well informed about what was happening on and off the field, and they made a real effort to involve everyone in the day.

It is fantastic to hear that it will be an annual event.

We will definitely make sure we come along and support it each year.

Thanks to everyone involved in its organisation, and especially to the Swan Valley Polo Club for bringing their talented two and four-legged members down south.

Nicola Smith,

Busselton

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Diggers on top of the WNA ladder

HORSHAM might have won both of its matches, but its co-tenant Horsham RSL Diggers are on top of the Wimmera Netball Association ladder.
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The Diggers claimed the Anzac Trophy on Thursday night with a dominant 59-22 defeat of Horsham Saints at Horsham City Oval.

There were stars all over thae court for the home side – none better than captain and Anzac Medallist Anne Noonan.

Coach Chris O’Connell said she was delighted with the result in what she described as a fiery encounter.

“The team is playing well and we even managed to use our whole bench, so I’m happy with how things are going,” she said.

O’Connell said she was also impressed with performances from Maddie Iredell, Ema Iredell, Spencer Smith, Polly Hammerton and Caitlin Story.

“I probably could have named about six of the girls in the best players to be honest,” she said.

Story scored a game-high 24 goals as she continued her recovery from a serious foot injury, which kept her on the sidelines last season.

Katelyn Ticchi and Emma Nikkerud were named as the Saints’ best on the night, while Alaura McRae top-scored with 15 goals.

The Demons also had the better of their opponents in round two, smashing Dimboola 74-35 at Dimboola Recreation Reserve on Sunday.

Gallery: See the Horsham v Demons game here

The goal-scoring combination of young guns Georgia Duncan and Steph Thomson were sensational, with the players scoring 45 and 29 respectively.

The pair has scored 118 goals between them in two rounds to be the highest-scoring combination in the association.

Taylor Mentha and Abbie Avery also shone for Horsham, while Grace Braithwaite and Billie-Jo Barber were the standouts for the Roos.

Warrack Eagles posted their first win for 2013 on Saturday, defeating Nhill 60-33 at Anzac Park. Former coach Sarah Spicer was on-song for the Eagles, along with Tianee Carlin.

Paige Marra and Emma Dickinson fought hard for the Tigers.

In the final game of the round, Stawell edged out Ararat 33-31 in a nail-biting contest at Alexandra Oval on Sunday.

The Rats had a five-goal advantage at the final change, but it was Stawell which took the points after a brilliant final term.

SHARP-SHOOTER: Horsham’s Steph Thomson, right, in action against Dimboola on Sunday. Thomson has been in sensational form for the Demons, scoring 48 goals in two matches. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Emma Henry and Jemma Clarkson were the stars of the show for the Warriors, while Rebecca Skrabl and Tahnee Walker were named Ararat’s best.

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Pair charged following home invasions in Telopea and Dundas

A man and woman have been arrested and charged following a string of home invasions.
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Police allege the pair are responsible for at least three break and enters in Telopea and Dundas between March 22 and April 28.

During the last of the three incidents, at Marshall Road, Telopea, police allege the resident returned home and was threatened by the two intruders with a knife.

Police executed a search warrant at a home in Moffatts Drive, Dundas Valley, yesterday, and allege they found items that may have been stolen from the victims.

The man and woman, both aged 30, were charged with aggravated break and enter, assault and goods in custody.

Both were refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

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