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Top spot up for grabs in cricket

FOUR rounds into the Grampians Cricket Association season, every team has been beaten and officials are excited to see an even competition.
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Youth Club youngster Jarrod Illig in action.

For many seasons it has been Swifts/Great Western and Tatyoon battling for top spot and right now it is there for the taking.

Youth Club will look to bounce back when they take on Chalambar, after suffering their first loss for the season last week.

The Clubbers would have been disappointed with their performance last weekend, being dismissed after 23 overs.

Apart from Steve LeGassick’s 10 runs at the top of the order and Angus Barham’s 12 at the tail, Youth Club did little with the bat scoring just 51 runs.

Peter Barnett continues to show he was a worthy recruit as he was the best of the bowlers taking 2/26 on what was a difficult day for the bowlers.

Chalambar are still looking for their first win in the competition after their best chance went begging against Pomonal.

It was a low scoring affair between the two bottom placed teams and Chalambar would want to respond better this week.

Their top order is yet to make a substantial amount of runs and against Youth Club’s bowling attack, it could be the same story all over again.

Swifts/Great Western will take on Aradale, who are coming back from the bye.

The Swifts/Great Western bowling attack was led by Marc Brilliant last week at Central Park. Brilliant created carnage on his way to a six wicket haul and Tom Eckel also bowled well in his limited overs taking 2/7.

Aradale batsmen will have the difficult task of facing these bowlers when their confidence is sky high.

It is not just their bowlers who seem on top, but batsman Travis Nicholson has also found form after his knock of 77 not out.

Nicholson missed the first game of the season and then took two games to settle, but once he finds the middle of the bat, he is genuinely consistent when it comes to putting runs on the board.

Matt Stasse is arguably Aradale’s most exciting player with both bat and ball and will be important for Aradale if they are to be competitive.

Pomonal scored their first win last weekend and will take confidence into their clash with Tatyoon.

Tatyoon lost to Buangor in convincing fashion last weekend, proving they can be beaten by anyone in the competition.

Tatyoon will no doubt come out firing after their recent performance.

Pomonal’s skipper Lee Oliver will give Adnan Rasheed plentyof opportunity to take wickets after he delivered the goods in their win. Rasheed took 5/13 to be Pomonal’s best.

Buangor, who hold down top spot at present, have the bye this round.

Tomorrow’s draw:


Chalambar v Youth Club (Alexandra Oval – T McKinnis)

Swifts/Great Western v Aradale (Central Park – P Harris)

Pomonal v Tatyoon (Pomonal – D Hey)


Swifts/Great Western v Pomonal (Great Western – G Miller)

St Andrews v Halls Gap (A Farish)

Rhymney/Moyston v Navarre (Alexandra Oval Sunday – A Farish)


Willaura v Chalambar (Willaura)

Youth Club v Navarre (North Park)

Aradale v Pomonal (Aradale)

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Will Carter set for national athletics stage

STAWELL’S Will Carter will take his place on the national stage when he runs in two events at the School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships to be held in Penguin, Tasmania.
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Stawell sprinter Will Carter in action.

It has been a great performance by Carter following a selection process, to make the final team of 120. The team comprises students from all over Victoria.

The Stawell Primary School student competed in a series of competitions conducted by School Sport Victoria, including district, division and regional championships to qualify for the state championships, where he later gained selection in the School Sport Victoria State Team.

Carter will feature in the 100 metres individual sprint as well as the 4×100 metre relay.

While running hasn’t always been a focus for Carter, he did participatein Little Aths at a young age before branching off into the team sport arena.

Carter played soccer, cricket, basketball and football where he recently played in the winning under 14 premiership team at Swifts.

He started back at Little Aths last year and is competing again this season and loving the new track.

Carter’s father Greg has been his coach and takes him for training a couple of times a week at North Park.

The pair, above anything else, have worked on Carter’s technique which has made a huge difference in his running and most importantly his times.

Greg himself was a good runner in his day, having competed at the NSW High School state level.

Short distances are where Carter feels comfortable, which led to him competing at the Stawell Gift this year in the Little Aths races.

While he just missed out on the final in the 100 metres, he did make the cut in the 400 metre event where he ran a good race.

Carter is currently in grade six and is off to Marian College in Ararat next year.

The national championships are being held in Penguin, Tasmania between November 27 and December 2.

Many past School Sport Victoria Track and Field team members have gone on to compete at national and international competitions including Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

The Stawell community is hopeful that Will Carter and his Victorian teammates can achieve their personal goals at a national level and that he may be representing Australia in the years to come.

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Brisbane weather: Storm brings golf ball-size hail south of city

Lightning over Toowong as seen from the Meriton in Herschel St. Photo: Lanair Smith/FacebookGolf ball-sized hailstones rained down south of Logan as a storm swept through southeast Queensland on Thursday night.
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The Bureau of Meteorology said it received three reports of large hailstones in the Logan area, with the highest rainfall occurring in Luscombe where 71mm fell.

Energex said about 7000 homes were without power on Thursday night, with Victoria Point and Redland Bay the worst hit areas.

As of 6.30am Friday, only 58 homes in the southeast were waiting for their electricity to be restored.

However the SES said it only needed to respond to nine callouts across the southeast and Toowoomba.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Peter Otto said the thunderstorm passed over Logan around 6pm and had cleared the Sunshine Coast by about 8pm.

Mr Otto said most of the Brisbane region only received about 5mm of rain, however at Kangaroo Point there was 9.2mm.

The highest rainfall in the Brisbane region was at Albany Creek, where 33mm fell.

A top of 29 degrees is predicted in the Brisbane area with a chance of a shower and storms.

There is a chance of a morning shower on Saturday before the weather clears and a 28 degree maximum is expected.

Sunday should be partly cloudy with a top of 30.

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Missing girl, 4, found in Logan

The house in Loganlea where the four-year-old girl was last seen. Photo: Google Maps Davina June is reunited with her father Robbie Gardner after being missing for several hours at Loganlea. Photo: Kristian Silva
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Robbie Gardner burst into tears as he held his four-year-old daughter in his arms.

Hours earlier, he received word that Davina June had gone missing from his brother-in-law’s house sometime early on Friday morning.

It triggered a huge police search, involving the dog squad, uniformed officers and the Queensland Government Rescue 500 chopper.

“My little girl, my little princess,” Mr Gardner said, as he gripped his daughter tightly.

“You couldn’t wish for a better police force.”

Davina June, sporting a bashful grin, somehow walked out of her uncle’s Loganlea house after 2.30am.

But her misadventure came to an end when passers-by spotted the girl walking on the footpath and took her in to their home in Waterford West.

She was returned to her father about 9.20am.

Mr Gardner said his daughter stayed at the house each Thursday and her disappearance was “out of character”.

Inspector Roger Wilson said there was nothing to suggest the girl’s disappearance was suspicious.

“She was safe, she was well, she was unharmed and she’s seeing returned to her parents,” Inspector Wilson said.

“The parents are very happy to have their little girl back, as would any parent.

“The investigation will continue but at this point in time we don’t believe there’s anything suspicious or untoward regarding her disappearance from the house.”

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How did you celebrate the Melbourne Cup? Photos

How did you celebrate the Melbourne Cup? Photos Uma Kumar, Robynne Aukwell, Annette Lynch, Suzie Crosby and Marlene Grant at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.
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Angel Kollas, Bobby Cooley, Kim Meeuwisse and Marg Watmore at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.

Janet Moxey and Tommy Jeffs at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.

Suzie Crosby, Tommy Jeffs and Vivian Weyman at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.

Narelle Hughes, Narelle Wales, Anne Ward, Chris Nash and Dani Millynn at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.

Kate Thomson, Margaret Fazzari, Janet Moxey, Paula Gray, Sue McPherson, Maryanne Dowd and Robyn Cleary at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.

Carla Sparkes and Kerrie Beecher at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.

Ladies from Eugowra at Nanima Pastoral Station’s Melbourne Cup.

The lunch at Mulyan for Melbourne Cup day was a success.

Maddie Noble and Ruth Fagan at the Mulyan Melbourne Cup lunch.

Anne Loveridge, Jenni Fagan, Helen Fagan and Sheryl Richardson at the Mulyan Melbourne Cup lunch.

Julie Spolding, Lyn Cameron, Robin Meiklejohn and Roz Dunhill at the Mulyan Melbourne Cup lunch.

Jim Clements, Marie Langfield, Jean Mary Fagan, Eileen Fahey and June Wilhin at the Mulyan Melbourne Cup lunch.

Fred Fahey, Sue Webstin and Anne Holloway at the Mulyan Melbourne Cup lunch.

Jan Tonuri, Linda Millard, Barbara Proctor and Allen Wilson at the Mulyan Melbourne Cup lunch.

Pamela Heikkinen, Pauline Walsh, Cathy Cleary and Heather Kiely at the Mulyan Melbourne Cup lunch.

Poppy and Bella Starr with Lisa Starr, Amanda and Sophie Partridge and Jayne and Adelaide Coleman.

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Gallery: Breath of Fresh Air red carpet

Gallery: Breath of Fresh Air red carpet Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs
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Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

Red carpet arrivals at Thursday night’s Breath of Fresh Air festival. Photos by Phillip Biggs

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Follow the election campaign trail – November 7

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Coalition:$65 million to expand the Ballarat Base Hospital, including $10 million for a cardiac facility and $8 million for mental health services.Labor:$15 million redevelopment of Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium, as pledged earlier this year. Also made a pledge to develop a ethical clothing program in Melbourne.


“Consensus between Napthine and (David) Davis they’re not too fussed if a hard object drops onto Simon Ramsay’shead” – Shaun LeaneMP on a photo with the Premier and Health Minister wearing hard hats and Mr Ramsay opting to be hatless.

Shaune Leane’s tweeted photo.


Both PremierDenis Napthineand Opposition LeaderDaniel Andrewswere in the Eureka Stockade city to secure the all-important Ballarat vote. Napthine visited the Ballarat Show while Andrews returned to Melbourne in the afternoon. Transport MinisterTerry Mulderwas at Derrinallum, in his home electorate of Polwarth. Mining magnateClive Palmerwas at the swish Langham Hotel in Melbourne to launch Palmer United’s campaign.


“Buddy, you can’t sit here all day,” four-year-oldHarry Taskerto Dr Napthine when the Premier visited his family home.


Every election has its share of dodgy deeds, whether its vandalism or fights over election-day leaflet handlers. The carnival has started early down on the Mornington Peninsula with Liberal MPLorraine Wreford’selectorate office defaced by an unidentified source.


Number of seats Palmer United will win:

Two seats: $17

One seat: $8

No seats: $1.07


Controversial Frankston MPGeoff Shawwas confronted by a voter at the suburb’s main train station who told him “When are you going? The sooner, the better.” Mr Shaw told the disgruntled voter that he wasn’t going anywhere and they started an awkward debate about abortion law reform.

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No fly zone: panel knocks back Skydive building

Skydive the Beach’s new administration building would include a reception area, merchandise shop, offices and kiosk.Skydive the Beach’s plan to build a new administration building has hit a major snag, after an independent assessment panel said its planned location at the edge of Stuart Park was ‘‘inappropriate’’.
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The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) met this week to hear concerns about the controversial building, with 15residents speaking against its approval.

They said the 400 square metre premises, proposed for the corner of Kembla Street and George Hanley Drive, would block views from their houses and was the only visible entry way into Stuart Park.

Beach Park Motor Inn owner Gabrielle Fraticelli also told the panel the new skydiving headquarters would affect her business, as it would block the views from her motel rooms.

An artist’s impression of the building.

‘‘I have operated this business for 25 years and people who come to stay with us expect views,’’ she said.

‘‘I love our park, our guests love the tranquillity of the park and this building will take that away.’’

Other people raised concerns about parking, cyclist and pedestrian safety, and said the private business facility should not be built on public land.

Before the IHAP meeting on Tuesday night, the four panel members visited the proposed site and viewed it from neighbouring premises.

Handing down their recommendation, panel members said ‘‘the area where the development is proposed is important as a visual link from George Hanley Drive into the park as well as a point of access for pedestrians and cyclists’’.

‘‘The panel notes that there are few locations along George Hanley Drive that provide view lines into the park.’’ Alternative locations that minimise the effects on views into the park and reduce conflict with pedestrian and cyclist movements should be considered, the panel said.

The administration building was to replace the ageing cottage from which Skydive the Beach now operates, and would have included a reception area, merchandise shop and kiosk, as well as offices and parachute packing and storage space.

IHAP has recommended the decision be ‘‘deferred’’ to allow Skydive the Beach to explore a different location.

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Stawell Wildcats fight to the finish

STAWELL Wildcats did their association proud last weekend when they fought to the finish against strong Mount Gambier teams.
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Both the ladies and the men’s tams went down to Mount Gambier as expected, but the margin did come as a bit of a surprise.

The ladies got the night underway and started in a blaze of glory.

Grace Bibby scored six points in the opening quarter and coach Rhi Davis scored four, to see the Wildcats in with a chance at quarter time.

It was a second quarter fade out that proved costly for the Wildcats as the Lakers went on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes.

Wildcats called a time out and found their first score of the term when Bibby was on the end of a baseline play.

Davis scored with 47 seconds remaining on the clock, but that was it for Wildcats for the term.

After a positive first quarter they went into the rooms confident they could claw their way back into the contest.

The second half was much like the first quarter, Stawell remained in touch, but couldn’t make inroads into the deficit.

The final score for the match was 40-65.

Bibby finished with 15 points and was the best for Wildcats, while Lakers guard Briana Walters was the leading scoring on the court with 23.

Davis was happy with the effort and intent of her players, but said they needed to string together a full four quarters if they are to win a game.

“Our intensity from previous games certainly improved,” Davis said.

“It was the second quarter where we let ourselves down. We got lazy and you can’t afford to do that against good teams.”

Lakers backed up with a game against Horsham on Sunday where they won again.

Stawell will meet Horsham in just over a week.

Stawell men had Mount Gambier slightly nervous as they held a six point buffer over the Wildcats going into the last change.

While many in the Stawell team looked a little unsure under the immense pressure, the less experienced Eugene Omiona, Shane Field and Rory Jones showed no fear.

Omiona kepted the Wildcats in the game with a couple of clutch three pointers.

Field and Jones were tough in and under and provided the team with rebounds and scores from their bustling work, while Joel Freeland was consistent across both ends of the floor.

Wildcats started poorly and finished the same way, but throughout the middle quarters, they gave the reigning premiers a scare.

Mount Gambier’s coach was calm until the third term when the frustration of his team’s performance was getting the better of him.

Stawell coach Ben Leslie was happy with the overall performance despite losing what was a winnable game.

“We matched them for more than two quarters and that is a huge positive for us,” Leslie said.

“Their class shone through in that final quarter. A win against Horsham the next day sums up just how good they are.”

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Apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall lands her first win

STAWELL apprentice jockey Chelsea Hall rode her first winner at Mortlake last Saturday.
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Chelsea Hall aboard the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained Respect Me at Stawell on Tuesday. The young apprentice recently scored her first race win at Mortlake.

Hall, who is an apprentice to Terry and Karina O’Sullivan, began her racing career just over a month ago at the Gunbower Cup, where she placed third aboard Paul Jones trained Spanish Vixen.

Since that weekend, she has had several rides for many trainers, none she will remember more than race two at Mortlake.

Hall was on the back of Harold and Jamie Barry trained galloper, Act of Freedom.

Act of Freedom has had 25 career starts and was still a maiden, making it even more special for Hall.

“It was definitely very exciting to win,” Hall said.

“I was unaware that the horse hadn’t won until after the race and that just added to it.

“I knew he would be up on the pace early. I got to the lead without using too much petrol and let the horse go at his own pace to the finish.”

With Hall in the saddle, not only did he hold on, but he sprinted away and finished four and a half lengths clear of Tony Laidlaw-trained Urban Miracle and Wayne Walters-trained Memphis Flyer.

Hall’s mount was not heavily supported by punters, but returned a nice dividend of $11.40.

Hall had four other rides on the day including the Mortlake Cup, where she finished fourth.

At this stage every race is a learning curve for Hall, but she is pleased to get a race win on the board.

“The better your results are, the more opportunity you’re going to have,” Hall said.

“Winning gives you confidence and that helps with your development.”

Hall rode the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained galloper Respect Me at the Stawell Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Day meeting on Tuesday and finished a brave second.

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