December, 2018

Indoor soccer players excel outdoors

SEVEN of Stawell’s better indoor soccer players recently represented Stawell in the annual South West Games outdoor seven-a-side tournament.
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The team, comprising players from indoor soccer ranks, defied all expectations by winning through to the final and receiving runner up medallions on the day.

Stawell started the day well, using pace to their advantage in the open spaces, with a hard fought 3-0 win over an experienced Brunswick side. With regular midfield supply from Wes Oosthuizen and Rob Lembo, the elusive Andrew Cameron led the way up forward with two goals and was supported by the talented Ike Zanos.

The second game resulted in Stawell’s only group loss with a 0-2 scoreline against a strong Monbulk outfit, who regularly compete in state level ranks.

Defenders Liam Andrew and Tom Grace worked overtime to prevent Monbulk from scoring in the second half.

Stawell recorded their second win against Warrnambool B 2-0. Under the guise of a leg injury, Oosthuizen drifted forward to open the scoring with a well timed header from a searching Zanos pass. Cameron followed up by booting his third for the day.

The final group fixture saw some tired legs hold on for a nil all draw against Catalonia.

Stawell did not have a substitute on the day and the 30 minute games were starting to take their toll.

The result was good enough to see Stawell finish second in their group and qualify for the semi final stage where they ran into group B winners, Warrnambool A.

The semi final was another tight affair ending at nil all after normal time and leading to a penalty shoot out. This is where goal keeper David Holmes came to the fore.

With a fourth clean sheet under his belt, Holmes soaked up mounting pressure to make six crucial saves on the way to an eventual 3-2 win.

Goal scorers were again Zanos with two and Cameron with one.

The final pitted Stawell against an undefeated Monbulk team.

Stawell came out blazing early and managed to dent Monbulk’s confidence with a goal from Cameron, who walked the ball into the back of the net after defeating the keeper one-on-one.

Monbulk struck back late in the half to level the scores by the break.

Unfortunately, fatigue set in and Stawell was unable to go on with it against a well drilled, highly skilled team.

Monbulk scored another four goals in a onesided second half to win the competition for a second year in a row.

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Up To The Stumps – Early Cricket Finishes

In cold and showery weather on Saturday there were some lopsided results in the GCA A grade competition at the weekend with all three games finishing very early.
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Youth Club, who expected a better showing, were dismissed in the 23rd over, Chalambar were overrun in just 27 overs and in the game which many saw as being a close one, Tatyoon lasted only 23 overs.

If this persists, we may well see teams being outrighted on the first day of the two-day games.

There was one washed out game between Pomonal and Navarre at Pomonal in the “B” Grade because of the rain, but you’ve got to wonder, as just a lofted drive away, at Halls Gap, the full 80 overs were bowled, perhaps a case for an official umpire.

There were some spectacular performances on Saturday, including Adnan Rasheed’s 5/13 against Chalambar, Marc Brilliant’ 6/8 against Youth Club, which gives him 11/37 for the season so far, and Harry Ganley’s 135 against Tatyoon.

Harry’s 266 runs at 88 will surely see him selected for the Central Highlands Region to play Barwon at North Geelong on November 16.

This week’s featured father/son is Trevor (father) and Nathan (son) Quick from Rhymney/Moyston, who put on a 150 run partnership for the second wicket against Halls Gap.

Unfortunately this valiant effort didn’t get their team over the line, falling 30 runs short of the daunting task of chasing 237.

Apparently Pyrenees had arranged a Saturday/Sunday round for last weekend which prevented them fulfilling the scheduled KenMac game last Sunday.

At the moment officials are trying to find another date that suits both Associations.

Grampians next match is against Grenville on November 30 at Grenville.

Here’s hoping all players are available again, because the team selected against Pyrenees looked to be a good one.

Interesting to note that the Ballarat District Association has made a late entry in the competition, but because only two rounds are played in the KenMac, won’t face Grampians until next year.

The dictatorial Victorian Athletic League, who administer professional running in the state, which encompasses both the Stawell and Ararat Gifts, have informed the Ararat Highland Sports Society that they have been allocated Saturday, December 20 as their date, instead of the expected Sunday 21st.

This of course interferes with GCA scheduling of the draw.

Aradale were due to play Buangor at Alexandra Oval on that day, but I believe negotiations are taking place to see if the match might be re-scheduled for the Sunday.

There go the Christmas parties.

Sunday sees the U/17 Grampians side take on Grenville in round two of the Kirton Shield at the Snake Valley Recreation reserve.

After a good win in round one against Gisborne Green, Mitch Wood and his team will be hoping for another victory to get them a little closer to the top of group one which would see them qualify for the final in February.

Ballarat Gold defeated Grenville in round one, so the boys are a chance.

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World war tribute set for Cowra stage

Katie Burgess, Cassandra Bird, Rebecca Foster and Caitlin Devery rehearse for the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society’s production of “After the Flags and Bands”.A variety show to honour the experiences of soldiers and their loved ones during war will light up the Civic Centre stage next weekend.
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‘After The Flags and Bands’ is the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society’s latest offering, with an ensemble cast of locals taking to the stage for an evening of theatre and song.

The show takes its name from the 40-minute play which kicks off the first half of the show.

Directed by Jenny Thompson and starring Cassandra Bird, Rebecca Foster, Caitlin Devery and Katie Burgess, the story follows four British women as they try to solider on during the First World War.

The Cowra Vocal Ensemble and Cowra Singers will combine to perform songs from the era and, for something completely different, Lawrance Ryan, Graham Apthorpe, Tony Ryan and Richard Eggleston will take to the stage as Four Yorkshire Men.

With recitations from Richard Neate and Jenny Friend and solo performances by Ernie Burgers, Robyn Turmeau, Penny Simpson and Josie Reynolds, M&D president Jenny Friend said they timed the play to tie in with Remembrance Day.

“This is our tribute to World War I diggers,” Ms Friend said.

‘After The Flags and Bands’ is on at Cowra Civic Centre on Saturday, November 15, at 7pm and Sunday, November 16, at 2pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for concession and can be purchased at the door or at the Cowra Visitors Centre.

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Happy to add another cup to the collection

STAWELL trainers Terry and Karina O’Sullivan have added another country cup to their collection, with Happy As Hell claiming victory in the $50,000 Miller Contractors and Plant Hire Horsham Cup.
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Terry O’Sullivan, co-trainer of Horsham Cup winner Happy As Hell.

The four year old gelding was a long way back in the middle stages of the race, but a calm ride from Jack Hill produced the unthinkable.

Hill waited patiently until the final 600 metres, when an opening presented for Happy As Hell.

Happy As Hell gained a dream run through the field and hit the line strongly to win in a close finish from Stratigraphy and Horsham owned Rainbow Storm.

Despite keeping connections on the edge of their seat, Karina O’Sullivan was pleased with the ride.

“It was a great ride from Jack,” O’Sullivan said.

“He left it to the last minute, but made up the ground and that is what matters.”

Rainbow Storm went into the race as the punters elect and was leading with 150 metres to travel, but could not hold off Happy As Hell.

Happy As Hell is a stable favourite in Stawell and rightly so after claiming back to back cups.

“He is a likeable horse, he has a great attitude for racing and he is big and strong,” O’Sullivan said.

The win was Happy As Hell’s second in a row, after he won in the Hamilton Cup the previous Sunday.

The Horsham Cup was a step up in distance from Hamilton and Happy As Hell will go further in the Ararat Gold Cup this Sunday over 2000 metres.

“The plan is to eventually see him run over 2200 metres at Ballarat,” O’Sullivan said.

“I think he will probably stretch out to 2500 metres, but it is a gradual thing. This is his third week back up and he is doing a good job.”

O’Sullivan stables have had a successful spring to date with both Happy As Hell and Bunchloch claiming two country cups.

Bunchloch ran in the Kyneton Cup on Wednesday and finished sixth.

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South Grampians police unit makes 22 arrests in under two months

Police say the South Grampians divisional response unit has made a significant impact on drug-related offending in the Southern Grampians and Glenelg council areas.THE South Grampians police divisional response unit on Thursday made its 22nd arrest after just seven weeks of operation.
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Sergeant Sean Elliott said that, in less than two months, the unit had made a significant impact on drug-related offending in the Southern Grampians and Glenelg council areas.

On Thursday morning, officers executed a search warrant at a north Portland home and arrested and charged a man aged in his 30s with trafficking heroin.

Police found half a gram of heroin and the man is alleged to have made admissions to offending after officers also located a small amount of cannabis and $400 in cash.

He was remanded in custody to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court today for a bail/remand hearing.

A woman in her 20s was also charged with possession of cannabis and was bailed to appear in court. She was also interviewed by Portland police in relation to burglaries committed in Melbourne.

Earlier in the week, DRU officers executed a search warrant at a Coolibah Court home in south Portland.

A man in his late 50s was charged with trafficking drugs after 30 grams of cannabis was found. He will appear in Portland court on a date to be fixed.

Another man aged in his 20s was also charged with possessing cannabis.

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