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   Jul 06

Reunion spoiled by Mountain Men

ON THE RISE: Laharum’s Joe Harrison, middle, showed his potential with a nine-goal haul against Pimpinio at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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TEN years ago Pimpinio celebrated a premiership at Laharum’s expense, but the result was starkly different when the sides met at Pimpinio Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The Mountain Men were in no mood to humour the Tigers as they hosted a 10-year premiership reunion, dismantling their opponents 31.22 (208) to 3.4 (22).

Laharum’sJoe Harrison continued to stamp himself as one of the best young players in the competition, booting a career-best nine goals playing on a wing and athalf-forward.

Small forward Daniel Griffiths was taken out of his comfort zone and asked to play as a defender, but excelled at half-back.

Captain Sam Winfield was another standout for the visitors.

Pimpinio was led by Steve Thomas, with support from Shanan Baker who played in the Tigers’ 2005 premiership.

Tex Hernon and Dylan Bushby joined Thomas as the Tigers’ only goal-kickers for the day.

The win marked the third consecutive week Laharum topped 200 points.

Assistant coach Hamish Roberts said the team was pleased with the performance, but was looking forward to a tougher match against Kalkee on Saturday.

“There were no real negatives for us which is good, but we’re pretty pumped about playing Kalkee,” he said.

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   Jul 06

Hackers crack BRT Facebook

Hacked off: This was one of many strange Facebook posts found on the hacked Visit Ballarat Facebook page on the weekend.BALLARAT Regional Tourism’s Facebook page is widely regarded one of the most comprehensivesources of Ballarat-related tourist information.
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The page usuallyexhibits the traits that make Ballarat one of Victoria’s oldest and most fascinatingregional cities.

However, since Friday, the BRT Visit Ballaratpage has been producing dozens of strange and bewildering postsafter being hacked by an anonymous third party.

The Visit Ballarat page has 58,000 likes and BRT chief executive George Sossi said the unwanted posts will have a negative impact on the BRTbrand.

“Our social platform has been very strong (but)I think there will be some negative impact,” Mr Sossi said.

“We can put posts up as well (to explain the hacking), but only those who have liked the page can see them.”

BRT has released a statement explaining the hacking, but has been forced to paste it into the hackers’ links.

“We ask that you please disregard any contact or posts from the Visit Ballarat page and we apologize for any offense the posts may cause or have caused,” an excerpt from the statement read.

Mr Sossi said BRT staff have been unable to remove any of the postsand since consulting with Facebook, could face several more days of propaganda.

“It’s one of the things that can happen to every site,” he said.

Mr Sossi hopes to improve the security of the page aftertheposts are eradicated.

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   Jul 06

Burras control final stages

KEY: John Delahunty was crucial on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
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A STRONG finish ensured Minyip-Murtoa remained third on the Wimmera league ladder, as it beat Dimboola by30 points on Saturday.

The Roos cut a 13-point half-time deficit to on six points at three-quarter-time, but managed only a behind in the final stanza.

Coach Jaye Macumber saidhis side made a positive start to thematch.

“We had a really good first quarter. We had really good defence all across the ground,” he said.

“But they upped the ante in the second and our movement wasn’t as strong. Our disposal wasn’t as good.”

Matt Coleman was the leading goal-scorer on the ground, with three goals for the Burras, while Xavier Kelly impressed early.

Dimboola’s AshClugstonwas held toone major by Burra John Delahunty.

“Johnny was absolutely fantastic for us,” Macumber said.

Josh Rentsch kicked two goals for the Roos as Jayden Lehmann and Lachie Watts led the way.

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   Jul 06

Lack of hunger hurting Miners

MVP: Liam Gibcus
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JUST when Ballarat Miners need to show some fight the most, they lacked a bit of bite.

Every game is critical in a tight jostle to reach east conference finals in the South East Australian Basketball League and the GMHBA Miners fell 10 points short of Hobart, a team in just as precarious position in the south rankings.

There were exceptions. Miner Liam Gibcus continued to stamp his powerful and relentless physical pressure on the game at the MARS Minerdome. A clear standout, Gibcus again proved a key scorer for the Miners with 19 points.

Athletic guard Anthony Fisher added spark and energy. Fisher top-scored with 20 points and was equally as effective in his rebounding and scrapping in the contest.

But they needed more from their team.

Miners coach Eric Hayes said they have talked about this issue at training and ultimately, he as coach felt he had to do more at training to get his whole team performing in the game.

“It was a very disappointing finish. The meaning of each game now is pretty critical and I was hoping we would put a bit more desperation in the game,” Hayes said.

“A few guys played that way, with that desperation, but we need more across the board.”

The Miners lacked the hunger of American Gregg Thondique, who ran into early foul trouble with three marks to his name in the opening quarter.

While this disrupted the team a little, Hayes said other players should have collectively ensure they recover.

Hobart never got a major lead on the Miners, their biggest buffer was 11 points early in the third quarter. Each time the Miners started clawing back, they dropped off intensity inwhat was working. They lacked defensive pressure, allowing the likes of Charger Tim Wright (32 points, seven three-pointers) to run rampant.

Now the Miners face leading east conference team Geelong in a massive mid-week showdown at the Minerdome.

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   Jul 06

Mean Machine too good for gallant Newbridge

BRIDGEWATER maintain top spot on the LVFNL ladder, but not before getting a fright from a rejuvenated Newbridge.
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The Mean Machine needed a four-goal to none last quarter to seal the four points and stay in front of second-placed Pyramid Hill.

KEY PERFORMER: Daniel Connors kicked two goals and was named second best in Bridgewater’s win over Newbridge in the LVFNL on Saturday. Picture: JODIE WIEGARD

The 13.12 (90) to 6.12 (48) scoreline wasn’t a true reflection of the tightness of the game.

“We were able to kick away in the end, but it was a pretty good contest,’’ Bridgewater coach Andy Collins said.

“Newbridge has shown some improved form the past month and they were able to sustain good effort for three quarters and they were more than competitive.

“The difference between the two teams in the end was that our boys were able to maintain their effort over the four quarters.”

Collins kicked three goals in a best on ground performance, while fellow former AFL player Dan Connors was also instrumental in the win.

Tristin and Daniel Nalder were solid in defence for the Mean Machine.

Lachlan Ford, Ash Grant and Nathan Bacon were best for the Maroons, while Austin Fithall was dangerous in attack with three goals.

The Maroons are two games and 23 per cent outside of the top five and have little room for error if they are to pinch a finals berth.They play YCW, BL-Serpentine, Inglewood and Pyramid Hill in their final four games.

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   Jul 06

Out and about in Griffith | Photos

City Park was a hive of activity on the weekend as youngsters made the most of the sun. Pictures: Wendy Simpkin
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Out and about in Griffith | Photos Murray Tasker enjoys the sun at the soccer.

Shanelle Brace and Tarryn Simpkin are dressed as super heroes.

Nate, 3, Mace, 7, and Judith Phillips watch the soccer on Saturday.

Christian Dalleset, 7, enjoys a spot of fishing at Lake Wyangan.

These Griffith residents are all dressed up for a super hero-themed birthday party.

Rina Cannon, Carmen Favaro, Jenni De Mamiel, Teresa Vitucci, Maria Vitucci, 10, Robbie Vitucci, 18 months, and Rachael Whitworth at the junior soccer.

Peter and Colleen Treverrow enjoy the soccer at Ted Scobie Oval.

Peter and Collen Treverrow enjoy the soccer at Ted Scobie Oval.

Havan Beale, 1, has fun at City Park with her grandmother Rhonda Beale.

Nate, 3, and Mace Phillips, 7, are all smiles.

Havan Beale, 1, chases bubbles at City Park.

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   Jul 06

Eaglehawk rules in clash at Kennington

IN FORM: Cameron Milward kicks in Eaglehawk’s win against South Bendigo at Harry Trott Oval. Picture: GLENN DANIELS EAGLEHAWK was able to pick its way through South Bendigo’s defence often enough to score a 70-point victory in Sunday’s Bendigo Football League clash in Kennington.
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In a contest where South Bendigo won plenty of contests, it was Eaglehawk’s well-drilled defence and efficiency in attack that proved to be decisive factors.

The inside 50m tally was just in favour of the Hawks, but their ability to capitalise was far superior.

Too often the Bloods passes to attack were intercepted, too wide or fell short of a team-mate.

South Bendigo’s desperation and workrate could not be faulted, but an Eaglehawk defence led by Glenn Daly and Josh Ryan was able to clear often and with ease.

At the other end of the ground, Hawks’ full-forward Matt Gretgrix kicked a match-high five goals and had four team-mates chip in with two apiece.

Multiple goalkickers included Blake Natoli in his senior debut.

Hawks’ coach Luke Monaghan unearthed more midfield options throughout the second half after Brodie Collins, back, and Brodie Filo, stomach, had been injured.

Filo did play on, but his impact was limited.

The Hawks had Jarrod Findlay win plenty of the footy across midfield and up forward, while Daly, Ryan, Cameron Milward, Ben McPhee and Tyler Miles played key roles.

Bloods’ captain Aaron Connaughton inspired team-mates with his attack on the contest and accurate disposal.

Young guns Matt Chisari and Jake Connaughton won plenty of the footy at stoppages or were involved in passages of play from half-back to attack.

The Bloods’ play was a marked improvement on its previous clash at Golden Square.

Victorious coach Luke Monaghan said South’s defensive mindset and “numbers back” did make it difficult to score.

A major plus for the Borough was it’s show of depth as it made five changes from the previous round because of injury.

“Competition for places is starting to heat up,” he said.

Ruckman Jack Lawton did well in his first senior game, while Josh Ryan and Lachlan Ryan worked hard all game.

“Tackles were well up, which was a good sign when we in control for most of the game,” Monaghan said of positives from the match.

“There’s no doubt about workrate and willingness to compete.

“We just need to sharpen up our skills.”

Eaglehawk plays at Kangaroo Flat, and South Bendigo heads to Kynetonwhen the Bendigo FNL season resumes on July 18.

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   Jul 06

McMahon’s Tigers sizzle in big Toohey Trophy victory

STAR PERFORMER: Springbank forward Paul McMahon (right) and Gordon’s Luke Gunnell jostle for position on Saturday. McMahon was named best on ground for his nine-goal effort. Picture: Kate Healy. Story: John McGregor.
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SPRINGBANK humbled one-week ladder leader Gordon with a 91-point smacking on Saturday.

The Tigers pounced early and were never headed, withgrit and determination dictatingplay.

A modest 11-point lead at the first change suddenly blew out to a 43-point margin by half time.That seven-goal quarter by the GJ Gardner Tigers saw sharpshooter Paul McMahon kick three in six minutes as the Springbank midfield ran amok.

McMahon wasn’t done yet. He booted a further six majors for a total of nine forthe day and was awarded the Moorabool Medal for best on ground.

North Ballarat-listed player Nick Couch kicked three handy goals on his way back to fitness, with Roosters’ coach Gerard FitzGerald on hand tocheckout hisprogress.

It was a slick showing by Springbank and players like Brock Freeman threw himself into the fray. Hetook it up to Eagles ruckman Luke Gunnell. Lots of drive came from Matt Tyler, Joel Maher andSimon Quinlan.Ben Quinlan, Matt Raworth, Gerard Clifford and Jaymes Gorman flew the flag for the home side.

Springbank coach Terry Simpson believed the team’s efforts were consistent across the board andpointed out that winning the Jimmy Toohey Memorial Trophy had special meaning forboth clubs.

“It’s nice to get one back,” he said.

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   Jul 06

Saints no match for Storm at Apsley

OUTSTANDING: Peter Weir, pictured with the ball against Kalkee, booted nine goals to lead Jeparit-Rainbow to a win against Edenhope-Apsley at the weekend. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIA NINE-GOAL haul from key forward Peter Weir helped Jeparit-Rainbow to a 15.7 (97) to 6.5 (41) road win against Edenhope-Apsley.
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The Storm midfield got on top of the Saints after a second-quarterarm-wrestle, repeatedly sending the ball forward and giving Weir a chance to shine alongside small forward Brodie Grant, who booted three goals.

When the ball did go forward for Edenhope-Apsley, defenders Adam Schulz and Mark Greeney were able to shut down their opponents and get the ball to Elliott Bath and Luke Werner, who rebounded with precision.

The Saints were restricted to just 1.3 after half-time despite the best efforts of Jeremy Kealy, Addison Milner and Shayne Williams in the middle.

Jeparit-Rainbow co-coach Mark Cocks said he was pleased with the consistent effort of his charges in all four quarters of the game.

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   Jul 06

Flag favourites outclass Cats

LEITCHVILLE-Gunbower consolidated top spot on the HDFL ladder with a 109-point thrashing of Lockington-Bamawm United.
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The Bombers made it 10 wins from as many matches with a comfortable 23.16 (154) to 7.3 (45) win.

MAIN MAN: Matthew Perri has had a consistent season in front of goal for Leitchville-Gunbower in the Heathcote District Football League.

The Bombers had an even spread of contributors, with 13 players hitting the scoreboard.

Matthew Perri led the way for the Bombers with five goals. Perri has 40 goals for the season and has kicked multiple goals in every game this year.

Tim Lincoln, Steve Pretty, Adam Decicco and Joel Helman were named the Bombers’ best players.

The 109-point result was Lockington’s fourth-straight defeat and the fourth time this season the Cats have lost by a triple-figure margin.

Veteran Mick Dobson was best for the Cats, while James Woodland and Joseph Wolfe battled hard against the odds.Simon Stewart kicked three of LBU’s seven goals.

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