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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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Mustangs must present strong case

Strong team: Mustangs celebrate 2014 grand final winTHE Mustangs will hold a meeting with Mayor Liz Campbell next Wednesday discuss the recommendations made by Country Rugby League CRL Terry Quinn.
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Scheduled for 11am, the meeting will feature new and old committee members.

Secretary Debbie Burley said the club will need to be seen to have a strong management committee as well as coaching staff for the 2015 to show they are able to deal with difficult players/supporters.

“The club is really going to have to have a strong case to gain entry for the upcoming season,” she said.

“As everyone knows, rugby league needs to stay alive in Kempsey so that players in our two junior clubs have a place to continue their playing careers. This town has been home to a great list of past and present players. We need to form a business plan to help seek entry to the competition.”

The club’s AGM will be held the day before at 6.30pm in the KJRL building.

Anyone in the community who cares for the Mustangs and the future on Rugby League in the area is urged to attend.

Membership is $10 per person and payable on the night of the meeting.

All positions will be vacant.

Coaches and support staff for the first grade, reserve grade, 18’s and Ladies leaguetag are also being called with anyone who is interested able to send their application to PO Box 3090 West Kempsey 2440.

Presentation for this season will be held sometime after the Group 3 AGM.

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Registrations still open for My Beautiful Miracle fundraiser

REGISTRATIONS are still being taken for the My Beautiful Miracle fundraising event to be held in Great Western on Sunday, November 16.
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Ensuring premature babies and their mothers continue to have access to the best possible care is the reason behind the event.

All funds raised from the ride, run or walk will go towards the Ballarat Base Hospital Special Care Nursery, the only servicing pregnant mothers and their babies in the region.

Participants have the choice of a 20 kilometre track or family-friendly five kilometre track.

Designed to suit everyone, the 20 kilometre track is open to not only runners, but also bike riders and horse riders.

The lengthy track will take riders and runners through the beautiful vineyards in Great Western.

The five kilometre track is only open to people wanting to walk or run, however the course has been set up to be accessible by pram and children are welcome to bring along their bikes.

Sign up for the 20 kilometre event will open at 7am on the day with a start time of 9am. Sign up for the five kilometre event is at 9.30am for a 10.30am start.

After completion of the courses there will be a barbecue lunch to be followed in the afternoon by live music, a jumping castle and other fun activities for people of all ages.

Talented band, Swift Revenge has donated its time and skills to play for all who attend. A blind auction and raffle will finish the day at 3.30pm.

A few of the prizes that will be auctioned off include a signed AFL jumper by Lewis Taylor – the 2014 AFL rising Star, Taylor has also signed a pair of playing boots, there will be two batons from the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and a set of Prince William and Kate barbie dolls – which are a collectors item, still packaged with a certificate.

To register to take part contact Amy Kindred via email at [email protected]南京夜网 or go to www.facebook南京夜网/premmieride and follow the links to trybookings南京夜网.

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Lambie throws down the gauntlet on Defence pay

Jacqui Lambie has lashed out at her leader Clive Palmer for failing to support her protest against the meagre pay deal for Defence personnel and has left open the possibility of a Palmer United Party split.
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Senator Lambie’s initial plea for soldiers to hijack Remembrance Day and turn their backs on government MPs speaking in honour of Australia’s war dead was condemned the RSL, the government and the opposition.

Mr Palmer also rejected her protest campaign but backed the cause.

The Tasmanian senator then upped the stakes and threatened on Thursday to block all government legislation if the Defence Force weren’t given a better pay rise.

Senator Lambie lashed out against her leader on Friday and threatened to split the party’s voting bloc in the Senate.

She said Mr Palmer heard her out but she learnt he would not be supporting her Remembrance Day campaign via a “radio interview”.

“You know what, it’s getting to the point I just don’t care what Clive Palmer’s position is on this at the moment – but if he had a conscience he’d stand right beside me and our troops and our veterans,” she told the ABC.

“Clive will have to decide whether he wants to see his party separated in the Senate, that’s all Clive Palmer needs to decide on.

“Clive Palmer can no longer sit on the fence, he’s either standing by me or he’s standing near the Liberal National Party but I’m not going to stand around and watch Clive Palmer back flipping.”

Mr Palmer could not be reached on Friday when contacted for comment.

Tensions between Mr Palmer and Senator Lambie have been played out in the public domain on several occasions since the Senator took her place in the Senate.

Sources told Fairfax Media in September that they overheard Mr Palmer bagging his senator as “not very bright” in a conversation with fellow PUP parliamentarian Dio Wang.

Mr Palmer has also distanced himself several times from Senator Lambie’s campaign to ban the burqa in Australia and her claim that Islamic Law “involves terrorism”.

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Museum to add millions to Northern Grampians economy

AN independent study into the planned Wildlife Arts Museum of Australia near the Grampians has found that the development is expected to directly contribute millions of dollars to the region’s economy in its first ten years of operation.
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Greg Lewin (right) speaks with Professor Phillip Goad from the Melbourne University at the launch of the Wildlife Arts Museum of Australia funding campaign.

The proposed $22 million Wildlife Arts Museum of Australia (WAMA) will be the first dedicated centre in Australia that celebrates the unique relationship between wildlife art and science.

The $50,000 WAMA Economic and Social Impact Study was undertaken over the past three months by Insight Communications and Street Ryan & Associates, with funding from Regional Development Victoria, the Northern Grampians Shire Council and the WAMA Foundation.

The study was compiled using Bureau of Statistics data, tourism and local economic information, reviews and comparisons with other museums and botanic gardens around Australia and overseas, input from local stakeholders and recognised methods of analysis and modelling.

It predicts that the WAMA project will create more than 60 full-time equivalent jobs during its construction phase and about 40 during its early operating years.

By its 10th year of operation, it is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors annually with a significant number of international visitors, have generated about 100 full-time-equivalent jobs and be bringing $29 million per year into the region.

It concludes that the WAMA project is an entirely appropriate economic development initiative in the context of the transitioning Northern Grampians economy.

WAMA Chairman Greg Lewin has welcomed the findings and said the report provided solid research into the substantial benefits that will be delivered for the Grampians region and the state.

“We believe that this independent study confirms that WAMA is deserving of serious consideration as a critical regional development initiative.”

The findings of the study are set to be discussed when WAMA project co-ordinator Richard Watson meets with representatives from Regional Development Victoria today.

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3 men hurt at fire front

Contained: smoke from the Willi Willi Rd fire on Wednesday.THREE Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighters were treated in hospital on Monday after separate incidents, two for smoke inhalation and the other for a back injury sustained in a fall.
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All the incidents occurred at the Willi Willi Rd fire which has been burning for 10 days west of Kempsey.

Since it began on Wednesday October 29 close to the edge of Willi Willi Rd in Sherwood, it has consumed 932 hectares of bushland.

Houses have been threatened by the blaze but so far no property has been lost to the fire.

RFS Lower North Coast Zone manager Superintendent Lachlann Ison said the incidents were a reminder of the dedication of the RFS crews.

“The first incident involved a male firefighter from the Mooneba brigade falling and injuring themselves mid-morning on Monday, they were transported to Kempsey Hospital and released later that day,” Superintendent Ison said.

“The other two incidents were smoke inhalation as a result of the prevailing wind direction wile the crew were conducting back burning operations around the fire.

“The wind was blowing the smoke straight back over them and they probably stayed a bit too long on the fire ground.

“The second casualty was taken to Kempsey Hospital about 6pm and kept overnight for observation, the third person was brought in about 7.30pm and they were transported to Port Macquarie Hospital and again kept in overnight.

“They have all now recovered and been released from hospital. The two male firefighters were from the SWR and Crescent Head brigades.

“It is a reminder of the dedication the crews have for getting their job done that they didn’t think about themselves only the task they had which was to conduct the back burns.”

Superintendent Ison said the Willi Willi Rd fire is burning within established containment lines and is being monitored by the RFS.

Smoke and flames will be visible for several days as back burning operations are undertaken to protect property which may be threatened by the fire.

For more information about fires near you and fire safety advice you can visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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