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Don hangs up his fire hat

IF THE HAT FITS, WEAR IT: Young NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter Ryan Terry will be strapping on the new captain’s helmet as of midnight tonight as Don Smyth steps down after 40 years, five of those as captain. “I’m shining my boots for the last time,” Young NSW Fire and Rescue captain Don Smyth said as he prepared for his photo with The Young Witness on Wednesday.
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The local firefighter is hanging up his helmet and uniform for the last time today, retiring from the service after 40 years – five of which he captained.

As of midnight tonight his deputy captain Ryan Terry will be stepping into the role, for which Don’s been preparing him over the past two years.

“I’d like to congratulate Ryan for stepping up to the task. I believe the town will be in good hands,” Don said.

“Both Ryan and all the crew are well trained and they have plans to keep on the training.”

Don – who was born and bred in Young – has attended some 6000 fires over the four decades and has been the engine keeper for 10 years.

An official farewell will be held for Don in February – following which The Witness will publish a full story on his days as a firie.

The father of three and grandfather won’t be completely disappearing from Young’s scene – instead he’ll be using his spare time to continue his business, travel, fish and get to know his grandkids better.

Ryan – also born and raising his young family in Young – joined the brigade in 2006, spending the last two years as deputy captain.

“I’m excited to be able to lead such a great crew and help the community in any way,” Ryan said.

“And I’m excited for Don to have a break after 40 years.”

He said he was looking forward to the challenge and working with the community and other emergency services.

His focus at the moment is on improving their in-house training.

“I’m looking forward to getting the boys trained up and moulding them – in the last two years, we’ve had six new recruits with two or three to come,” Ryan said.

“I want to do more training outside what we do – that’ll be a big thing.”

One thing he said he’d love to implement in the near future is the greater use of FaceTime and the upgrade of technology for the brigade.

He discovered the big benefits of having an iPhone and using FaceTime during the Turners Furniture One fire on September 25.

While face-to-face with his fire inspector in Mittagong, Ryan was able to show what was actually happening on the ground, instead of verbally describing the conditions.

“Because we’re so remote… once we did face time it was a lot easier… it worked really well and I’d like to push this,” he said.

“This was my first major incident [as incident controller], this was what they call a fifth alarm, most house fires are one alarm.”

IF THE HAT FITS, WEAR IT: Young NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter Ryan Terry will be strapping on the new captain’s helmet as of midnight tonight as Don Smyth steps down after 40 years, five of those as captain.

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Stawell Golf Club hosts annual tournament

STAWELL Golf Club had plenty of golfing action on offer as they commenced their annual tournament last Friday.
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Laura Martin and Delcie Baggs were the best of the ladies fourball best ball stableford, winning with 47 points.

Robyn Iles and Leigh Johnston were runner up with 46 points.

Iles was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Dulcie Molan on the ninth, Mandy Male on the 13th and Jo Orr on the 17th.

In the men’s fourball best ball stableford it was Geoff Alborough and Brian St Clair taking victory from Graeme Trickey and Richard Lipovas.

Trickey and Lipovas were the runners up following a countback from Jim McKendrick and Alan Jamieson, Richard Hackwill and Shaun Allen and Geoff Blachford and Dave Fiscalini.

Nearest the pins in the men’s section were Col Apelgren on the sixth and Trickey on the ninth.

The 13th and 17th holes were unclaimed.

The second day of the tournament saw the 18 hole stroke events take place.

Kaye Skinner was the winner of the ladies division one section with a score of 90 while Lyn Willcock was runner up on 95.

In Division two Dot Russell was a clear winner with 97 and seven shots behind her was Kaye Ellen.

Handicap winners were Laura Martin in division one and Dulcie Molan in division two.

Nearest the pin winners were Lyn Willcock on the sixth, Kaye Ellen on the ninth, Martin on the 13th and Jill McInerney on the 17th. Kaye Skinner’s was the nearest second shot on the 10th.

David Hunter was the men’s stroke winner on 79.

Hunter finished the better of a countback from Max Waters who was the runner up.

Graeme Healy was the division two winner and Brian St Clair won division three.

The handicap section was won by Des Pickford, Brian Gale and Peter Sharp in their respective divisions.

Richard Hackwill was just one shot behind Pickford in division one, Alan Jamieson the same behind Gale and Matt Bunting was also only one shot behind in C grade.

The Sunday feature was the Drummond Golf Sponsored mixed pinehurst where Mal and Kaylene Cameron were victorious.

They had a gross score of 75 to win the scratch division.

Handicap winners were Ross and Ruth Hutton with 96-273<2044>8-685<2044>8 and Richard Hackwill and Joan MacPherson were runner up.

Nearest the pin for the men were Mark Kuypers on the sixth, Ross Hatton on the ninth, Colin Cullen on the 13th and Graeme Trickey on the 17th.

In the women’s nearest the pin Lyn Willcock claimed the six hole and Kaye Ellen claimed the 13th.

Rounding out the four day tournament was the fourball best ball stableford played on the Tuesday. Leonie Bailey and Ruth Hatton won on 48 points and Dot Russell and Delcie Baggs were runner up on 44 points.

Jane Delley was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Bailey on the ninth and Hatton on the 13th.

In the men’s Mark Rooke and Matt Bunting took home top honours with 47 points from Phil Matthews and Richard Hackwill 45.

Brian Iseppi was the nearest the pin on the sixth hole, Rob Blachford on the ninth, Richard Hackwill on the 13th and Brad Hubble on the 17th.

Dulcie Molan was the nearest the pin for the overall tournament just 1.97 centimetres while Graeme Trickey was the nearest for the men 47 centimetres away.

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Athletics training returns to new North Park track

STAWELL Amateur Athletic Club will revive weeknight track and field events at North Park next Tuesday after a lapse of more than fifteen years.
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In its heyday, the club had as many as 30-40 runners competing Tuesdays on the old track.

Impetus for the return is the opening of the new North Park running track, a facility the club is proud of and one they are determined to utilise.

“Competition stopped through a lack of numbers,” Stawell Amateur Athletic Club president, Keith Lofthouse said.

“The deterioration of the old track into something you wouldn’t want to run on had to be a factor.”

Bob Freeland has been the main man behind getting the competition back up and running.

Already conducting Monday night training sessions at Central Park he will back up again the next day and that shows how dedicated he is to the revival

Races will be conducted over a variety of distances from 70 metres to three kilometres from 6.00pm right through summer.

Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to pit themselves against the clock.

Discus, shot put, long jump and triple jump events will be organised for those interested and walkers are welcome.

Freeland will offer training advice and programmes and the only costs will be a $5 registration for non-members and a gold coin donation on the night. For details phone Bob Freeland on 53583300 or the club on 53562493.

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Tragedy at Murray Mouth

A Willunga man drowned while fishing at the Murray Mouth on Thursday, November 6.Tragedy unfolded at theMurray Mouth on Thursday, November 6, when 48-year-old Willunga man, Iain McNicol, drownedwhile fishing.
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Mr McNicol was pulled from the waterunconscious while fishing off the beach at theMurray Mouth. Police and emergency services crewswere alerted to the incident just before 5pm.

Desperate attempts by other fishermen toresuscitate Mr Nicol failed and he died at the scene.

Mr McNicol was a father of three – to Daniel, Amyand Alysha – and a husband of almost 25 years toLisa.

He had owned Audiomotive Car Audio atWillunga for almost six years, and was involved as asponsor with the Willunga Football Club, whereDaniel played.

Mrs McNicol described Mr McNicol as a caring,loving and devoted husband and father.

She said he was “everyone’s friend” and a“generous and giving person”.

Mrs McNicol said the Coorong was one of herhusband’s favourite places and “since he could walkhe was holding a fishing rod”.

Mr McNicol’s death is not considered suspicious,and a report is being prepared for the State Coroner.

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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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New program launch at open garden day

The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia (WAMA) will introduce its first major public participation arts program at the ‘Grannes’ Open Garden Day this Sunday.
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Northern Grampians Shire CEO Justine Linley tries her hand tries her hand at clay sculpture with WAMA Patron Glenda Lewin and Pomonal artist Beverly Grace.

‘Seeding the Arts’ is the title of WAMA’s exciting new Community Arts initiative which will bring together artists and people of all ages to create works drawn from their experiences with nature.

The first project in the program centres on the almost magical process of “RAKU” through the making and firing of small ceramic sculptures inspired by the shapes and textures of gumnuts and seedpods.

Participants will be guided through the whole process from shaping the raw clay to the spectacular firing by ceramicist Georgia Ryden using a kiln specifically built for the project by local craftsmen, Graeme McKechnie and Peter Flinn.

From this pilot event WAMA intends to engage artists and communities throughout the state and eventually nationwide.

The finished RAKU pieces are destined to be used in a major installation at the Museum and other appropriate public institutions, galleries and gardens.

“This is just the first of several workshop projects we plan to develop,” Michelle Forbes said.

Visitors to the event this Sunday will also be treated to guided tours of the spectacular “Grannes” native gardens designed by Barbara Reading, an Art Exhibit by some of Australia’s most celebrated wildlife artists and tea, coffee with scones fresh from the oven, locally sourced home-made jams and cream.

The cost is $10 for adults with children under 12 free and all funds will go towards the WAMA Museum project.

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