Carpheads topple Hotel

Nathan Lanham.
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NARRANDERA warmed up forSunday’s one-day final with a seven-wicket victory over Yanco Hotel at Yanco Sportsground on Saturday.

A strong team performance of tight bowling and consistent batting partnerships highlighted why Narrandera will be favourites for the title against the Yanco Club Cougars.

Narrandera won the toss and sent Yanco into bat and Jacob Anderson continued his good season by snaring two early wickets.

Mitchell Hutchinson joined Mark Doyle at the crease and the pair saw Yanco to the drinks interval without further loss.

However tight bowling, particularly from Brent Lawrence (0-13), restricted them to 52 at the halfway point.

Doyle fell for 25 shortly after drinks and Lachie Jess (3-33) backed up to remove Luke Pygram (2) and Hutchinson for 27.

With the score at 71, Kieran Moon and Nathan Lanham fought hard to put runs on the board as they put on 42 for the 6th wicket.

Moon, struggling to run with injury, was removed by Anderson (3-10) for a score of 22 in the second last over.

The excitement failed to end there as Jono Doyle (2-18) firstly removed Nathan Lanham (19) the Rhyan Carter (0) the next delivery to be on a hat-trick last delivery of the innings.

Yanco Hotel captain Dionisio Pantano saw off the final ball to prevent the milestone as Yanco finished the innings on 113.

The chase started in solid fashion for Narrandera with the total reaching 25 before Lincoln Gooley (11) was removed by a diving catch off the bowling of Matt Aliendi (1-18).

Captain Lachie Jess fell to Hutchinson (1-27) soon after as he left a ball cutting back to his off-stump.

Lawrence (19) was trapped in front just before drinks with 40 runs in arrears to give Yanco faint hope of victory.

However, the experienced pair of Craig Acton (46no) and Rohan Rehwinkle (15no) saw off the Stags challenge to pass the total inside 30 overs.

Pantano said while he was disappointed with the loss, his side continued to improve.

”Narrandera have been the top side all year, but I think we fought hard,” he said.

”I can’t fault the efforts of the boys on Saturday.”

The performance will please Narranderacaptain Lachie Jess with several players contributing to the win and demonstrating the depth that will confront the opposition in the final.

The win means Narranderawill contend this weekend’s one day grand final on Sunday.

Having won both the one day and two day titles last year, the Carpheads will no doubt be aiming for a similar result in 2015.

The side has stood above the rest in the one day competition throughout the 2014-15 season and will go in as favourites against a much younger Yanco Club Cougars.

-A further grand final report will appear in Friday’sIrrigator.

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Business as usual

MEMBER for Lyne David Gillespie has reinforced his “firm support” for the Prime Minister following his overwhelming defeat of Monday’selection spill motion.
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From the nation’s capital, Dr Gillespie said he was pleased the Liberal Party leader had been “provided with the confidence and support he needs to deliver on the promises the Coalition government made to the Australian people 16 months ago”.

“The National Party remains supportive of the Coalition government and now it’s time we got back on with the job of fixing the mess the Labor government left us with.

“I’m relieved we can now get on with building a stronger economy, which delivers more jobs and more tax revenue to repay debt and deliver the services people want us to,” he said.

Monday’s 61 to 39 vote was a very clear victory for the PM.

Talk following Monday’s vote has focused on whether Joe Hockey or Malcolm Turnbull should hold the position of treasurer.

Some claim Mr Turnbull could inject the firepower needed to steer the debate back to the economy and prosecute the government’s case against Labor’s debt and deficit legacy.

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Eyewitness speaks out about Irishtown fire

A water bomber flies over the scene of the Irishtown fire in January.A WORKER at the Cosmic Resources Donnybrook Sandstone Quarry has gone public about the cause of a recent bushfire in Irishtown.
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Registered Mine Manager Rob Smithson, who was one of the first on the scene at the fire, said he was frustrated by a lack of response to his efforts to contact authorities.

“This is first hand reliable information, I cannot believe the cause is `still unknown,’” Mr Smithson said.

“I was there, this is what happened. One of my workers and myself had the first fire fighting unit on the scene supplied by my quarry. We helped fight the fire in conjunction with FESA, with our fire fighting unit and front end loaders used in our mining operation.”

​Mr Smithson said he spoke to a Western Power worker present on the scene helping to extinguish the fire early on.

​“The electrician doing the actual hands on work told me ​he​ had been doing works on overhead power lines on Hardy Place that morning,​ removing fuses,” he said.

“He was noticed by all the locals​ that drove past in the morning​.

​“At the scene of the first flare up it was extremely obvious where the fire started -underneath the overhead lines and truck where works were going on to restore power to the local properties close by.”

Mr Smithson said the workers had some sparking issues whilst removing fuses.

“This started the fire. The Western Power workers thought they had extinguished all fire caused by them but very dry conditions meant they hadn’t. So in short, the fire was an accident but it was started by Western Power.”

Mr Smithson said there were several eye witnesses to what happened, and one local had even heard the Western Power worker yelling out for help.

Western Power’s Head of Safety, Health and Environment Richard Gough said Western Power was undertaking a full and proper investigation into the cause of the fire near Donnybrook, and this included the circumstances leading up to the incident.

“Following the investigation, Western Power will provide EnergySafetywith its report in line with regulatory reporting requirements. The report will be will be factual, honest and transparent,” he said.

“Until the investigation is concludedit is inappropriate for Western Power to comment on any aspect of the incident. This is standard practice to ensure that the integrity of the investigation is not compromised.

“We understand that the circumstances surrounding the fire have given rise to concern, and we want to reassure everyone that Western Power is treating this incident with the utmost of importance.

“If anyone wants to provide information to Western Power about an incident they can call us on 13 10 87, send an email [email protected]南京夜网.au or send a letter to Western Power, GPO Box L921, Perth WA 6842.”

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Ride of a lifetime for Tumbarumba competitor

Tumbarumba bull rider Ben Hall does the impossible and rides War Chief at the Wagga Rodeo. Picture: Lorraine Williams
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War Chief successfully ridden at Wagga Rodeo. Video: Andrew Roberts, A Roberts MediaTUMBARUMBA bull rider Ben Hall has written his name into the history books after successfully riding Australia’s toughest bucking bull.

Mr Hall, 24, made a qualified ride on the notorious War Chief owned by John Gill and Sons from The Rock at the Wagga Rodeo on Saturday.

Before that War Chief had never been successfully ridden in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA), and he was known for bucking off hundreds of cowboys.

“The Australians, Americans and Canadians have all been on him and nobody had managed to ride him,” Mr Hall said.

A couple of years ago Rhys Angland, from Wantabdagery made a record ride on the bull at the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft Association (ABCRA) rodeo at Coonamble.

But up until Saturday War Chief still remained unridden onthe APRA circuit.

Mr Hall said it was an outstanding feeling to know he had successfully ridden War Chief.

“At the time it was a blur, he is just so powerful and quick, you need to be reacting all the time,” he said.

The successful ride earned the Tumbarumba competitor 85 points.

“This was my fifth attempt on him, every other time he has put me on the ground and made a mess of me, he is so strong and so powerful, he will tear the shirt off you,” Mr Hall said.

Despite previous attempts on War Chief Mr Hall said this didn’t really help because the bull was just so difficult.

“You could watch videos of 10 rides and it wouldn’t help you, he does something different and unpredictable each time,” he said.

“I decided to stick to my basics and stay in the moment, that is all that helped me really.”

Mr Hall has been riding bulls since he was 17 and also competes in bronc riding events.

He works as a horse trainer and said growing up at Tumbarumba gave him a good introduction into the sport of rodeo.

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Kendall artist wins Grammy

Kendall pianist and singer Fiona Joy.RELATED CONTENT: The Grammys red carpet | Photos
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THERE was no designer dress, red carpet walk, shoulder rubbing with music celebs or lavish award ceremony after-party.

New age pianist and singer Fiona Joy was sitting in a hotel room in her pyjamas and checking emails, when she heard the news Winds of Samara, a collaborative album with Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej on which she wrote the song Grace, grabbed the gong for Best New Age Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday.

As one of two songwriters on the album, the Kendall performer named best new age artist in 2013, was thrilled to have taken out the prestigious award in a music genre that enjoys an international niche market.

And the hills will be alive with the sound of music when Fiona Joy returns to the mid north coast this week to bunker down once again with her beloved handcrafted Stuart and Sons piano to work on an exciting new collaborative new age beats and arts project with local artists Leanne Prussing and Brad Dybert.

Describing herself as a “small town country piano player”, Fiona Joy said while the award is recognition for the artistic integrity of the album, the longevity of her music means so much more.

“I received an email from a mum who had lost a baby 10 years ago. They named her Grace. Ten years later they had another little girl and named her Sophie Grace,” Fiona Joy said.

“She told me my song helped her through that difficult time in her life. It is so nice that my music stands the test of time and can mean so much to someone else.

“It was the perfect email to receive at the most perfect time. I made that music for the right reason.

Kendall pianist and singer Fiona Joy.

“I’m hoping to attend the International ZMR Radio Awards in May to perform it live in New Orleans at the Joy Theatre. It’s a good guess that the album may take out one of the major awards there also.”

Fiona Joy has released nine albums in her music career and runs her own independent indie label Little Hartley Music from her own backyard.

Classically trained as a pianist, Fiona Joy’s music is thematic and melodic. With a keen eye on film she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images and emotions and tells a story. She first began playing and writing music as a child and cites Ravel’s Bolero as an early influence.

“I played it over and over and deconstructed every part, I absolutely loved it,” she said.

She is hoping her new album Signature will achieve as much international success as 600 Years in a Moment, which was lauded one of the best new age albums of 2013.

It is a fitting start to 2015 for the 51-year-old performer who has not let anything get in the way of her art.

After returning to Newcastle to live with her parents for a short time, Fiona Joy was left without a piano and would sneak into the Conservatorium of Music under the guise of being a student to get her fix of the ivory keys.

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Hillston cotton growers feature at national event

The National Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day is set to attract large numbers of cotton growers and industry representatives from across NSW and Queensland to Hillston.
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The field day – on March 12– will be hosted by Tim and Sally Watson (Sunland Agriculture), recipients of 2014 Monsanto Cotton Grower of the Year Award.

Cotton Australia regional manager for the Riverina, Honi Anderson, saidthe Watsons have been growing cotton in the Riverina for 14 years, and have been recognised for their innovative cotton growing techniques.

“Tim and Sally Watson are achieving outstanding results – and they are not confined by conventional thinking,” Ms Anderson says.

“In the average season, the Watsons grow more than 1100 hectares of irrigated cotton. The 2013/14 crop yields of 12.8 bales per hectare were recorded at Sunland Agriculture, 25 per centhigher than Australia’s already world-leading cotton yield averages.”

“This event gives growers a chance to see first-hand a current model of best practice and take a great deal of knowledge back to their own farm.”

“The field day committee is in the process of finalising the list of speakers and presenters, which will be distributed in the coming weeks,” Ms Anderson says.

The event will run from 10am to4pm, atSunland Agriculture, River Road, Hillston.

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More than just kicking goals

The Gisborne Soccer Club welcomed the Gisborne Taekwondo Club to Dixon Field last week.Gisborne Women’s soccer pre-season is now in full swing but it is not all about kicking goals. To improve and maintain the players’ fitness, the club has formed a partnership with Gisborne’s female-only gym, Envie Fitness. The partnership has enabled the players to have weekly specialised team fitness sessions. This is proving invaluable to the players who can improve their fitness off the track and focus on developing their skills on the track.
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The team welcomed the Gisborne Taekwondo Club to Dixon Field last week. The Taekwondo session was designed more for a team-building exercise, but also some of their training techniques will be used to improve the players’ warm up and kicking strengths.

The unique approach to building and maintaining the team’s fitness and bonding seems to be working, with the team winning its first practise match of the season against Truganina 3-1 at the weekend.

“I was very impressed with the whole team performance,” coach Steven Lee said, “We have already recruited seven new players this season, but they have blended in seamlessly thanks to the support of the players we have retained.”

Lee said that the club had 10 players over 35 last season and the rest of the squad was under 20. The new players are in their 20s and have the experience and fitness that was lacking last season.

“The new players seemed to have revitalised the whole group and everyone is looking forward to a great 2015,” Lee said.

The Gisborne women are doing a few additional competitions and events this year to try and build on the increased player numbers. They have entered the women’s only Fawkner Cup on February 21 and 22 to raise funds for White Ribbon.

Gisborne Soccer Club is also hosting a Cup competition on Sunday, March 15 with both the men’s and women’s teams taking on three local rivals in a round robin format. The girls will compete in the Women’s FFA Cup for the first time on Sunday, March 29. The girl will have a team trip to try skiing and snowboarding in late August.

They will be fielding a team in State 3 and a team in State 4 in Season 2015 and are still looking for players both experienced and new, who want to participate in a great team sport which is designed to improve your confidence and competitive edge, while still being enjoyable. Fitness sessions at Envie are on Tuesday nights from 6pm and soccer session at Dixon Field on Thursday’s from 6pm. For more details, contact Steven via email on – [email protected]

Practise matches

The men took on the Mitchell Ranges on Saturday in practise match action.

Seniors

Gisborne defeated Mitchell Ranges 3-1

Goals: (Gisborne) J Thomson, S Malloy, L Turner 1.

Reserves

Gisborne defeated Mitchell Ranges 6-0

Goals: (Gisborne) S Tzamouranis 2, M Fairbank 1. (others unconfirmed at time of print).

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The moment is there to take

I WENT to the National Gallery of Victoria on the weekend to see Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest exhibition.
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What an incredible spectacle – the playful mannequins whose eyes followyou around the room, the area covered inwall-to-wall mirrors and those costumes, redefining what we know about fashion.

Too bad I had to see it all behind the phone screens of other viewers.

People were practically pushing into one another, not to get the best view – but to get the best photo.

I saw so many visitorsmove from room to room, taking a photo of each costume. I wonder whetherthey evensaw the things in front of them.

It got me thinking about human kind’s fear of forgetting.

We are so scared of losing something, we invest everything win trying to remember it – at the expense of the experience itself.

There was a story going around last week of a man who was so distracted by his smart phone, he missed a humpback whale rising to the surfacejust metres from his boat.

Why can’t we letourselves live in the moment?

It is hard to let go sometimes – when we stumble across random art in our world, whether it’s a perfectly formed cloud in the sky, the music gig we’ve dreamt of, or the painting by our favourite artist.

But isn’t it the fleeting nature of the experiencethat makes it beautiful?

There are moments we will always remember, no matter what.

I don’t have photos to prove it, but I’ll never forgetseeing Andy Warhol’s soup cans up close, andplaying cards with my nan while eating pickles from the jar.

A photo would never capture thesmell of her perfume or the coldness of her hands as she hugged me goodbye.

We need to trust in ourselves more – trust in our memories and the power and impression of love.

I have no photos from the Jean Paul exhibition to share with you.

You will just have to trust me when I say, it was one I will remember forever.

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Zone 8 RSL lawn bowls

ZONE 8 RSL bowlers have been in action for the past few weeks with triples championships being played in the Port Macquarie area and Taree, Forster area.
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It is a very early start for Championships as some clubs are operating on only 1 green so some venues had to have date changes, but after some manipulating all games were completed.

Zone 8 now has social championships played in tandem with the RSL championships and these are proving to be fairly popular with the social players who support the zone on the social bowls days.

The results are as follows:

RSL first play started on January 14 and concluded on February 6.

All games were well contested.

In one semi final, Jim Rook’s team of Steve Phillips and Dave Penman were defeated by George Barker, Dave Pateman and skip Frank Ryan by a narrow margin of two points whilst M Williams, B Sloggett and skip Stewart Hodges defeated G Gilford, B Wolters and skip B Kershaw by nine points.

The final between F Ryan and S Hodges was a win for Frank Ryans’ team 21 to 9 congratulations to Frank and his team, they will now go on to contest the State triples championships at a later date.

In the social championships the semi finals between G Bridge, J Lee and skip T Gutterson against P Forsyth, P Griffiths and S Webster and S Grimshaw, D Begley and skip T Reeves against K Cooney, M Leo and skip D Porter resulted with wins to S Webster and T Reeves.

The final was won by S Webster.

To all players who competed thank you for your support and to the winners well done and congratulations.

Our first social outing for 2015 is at Port Macquarie City Bowling club on February 16.

On the February 18 and 19 Zone 8 will be competing against Zones 5, 6 and 7 in the Zone playoffs at Raymond Terrace.

To those players selected for this event we wish you well, hopefully we can bring home the spoils.

Good bowling.

Richard Bailie-Mace.

Zone 8 RSL bowls organiser / publicity.

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Cricket: Royal Rats Vs Staggy Creek.

Cricket: Royal Rats Vs Staggy Creek. Batsman for Staggy Creek: Matt Sparke. Pic No: 4435
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