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   Jan 21

Rodgers boots winner as Bombers roll Crows

HIGH: Beaufort’s Jack Duke catches Buninyong rival Mitchell Arnold over the shoulder in a tackle on Saturday. The Bombers won a thriller by five points. Picture: Kate Healy.
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A CLUTCH goal from Jarrod Rodgers in the dying moments earned Buninyong athrilling five-point victory over Beaufort on Saturday.

Rodgers was awarded a free kick on the 50mline,following a desperate tackleas the Crows attempted tomove the ball out of defence.

The wiry forward, who celebrated from the moment the ball left his boot, was theonly Buninyong player who had found a way through Beaufort’s seeminglyimpenetrable back-line.

Until then, the Graintech Crows had endured everything Buninyong had thrown at them –particularly swing-man Jarrod Trigg, who was simply terrific in the final term.

The Crows quickly managed a centre clearance to get the ball up forward and try to regainthe lead, but not before the siren sounded on an enthralling spectacle.

It was a fitting result, given that Buninyong was largely the superior team on theday.

Buninyong responded well in general play after half time, but struggled to impact onthe scoreboard. Poor accuracy in front of goal hurt the home side, but Beaufort’sability to get numbers back and form a wall in defence was also a factor.

The Crows found scoring tough for much of the contest, but within 10minutes ofthe last term, they had somehow managed to take the lead.

It was then simply about whether Beaufort could withstand the immensepressure of the Bombers.

Time after time, the Crows managed to repel Buninyong’s forward entries – all butthe last one.

Buninyong coach Jarrod Morgan said the determination of his side was enough toproduce a win, despite the frustrating final term.

“We probably didn’t play the last quarter very smartly,” he said.

“They got numbers back and we just played into their hands. But we kept persistingand probably got across the line on effort.

“(The players) have just got that will to win and to have a crack. We have somereally honest guys that won’t give up.”

It was the second loss in two weeks for Beaufort, which has remarkably now slid toseventh on the ladder.

Coach Dale Power said it was frustrating to let an opportunity slip, but was adamantthat the Bombers deserved to win.

Power was full of praise, however, for the excellent work of his defenders, includingTrigg, Christopher Drew and Damien Day.

For the Bombers, Mark Phelps was terrific up forward with five goals, whileAnthony Ebery was instrumental as the team’slone ruckman.

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   Jan 21

Bowral ladies continue top bowls form

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SOME of Bowral’s top ladies bowlers took to the greens last Saturday.

The Bowral pennant team had scored a great win over Oak Flats to gain the zone flag only two days earlier.

The ladies were keen for more match practise at Bowral.

Howard Lewis and Brian Porter defeated Glenn Gleise and Rita South 18-17.

After 11 ends, Lewis and Porter led 13-7.

But Gleise and South picked up eight shots on six ends to lose by one shot.

Gail Fraser and Noel Fraser defeated Keith Scriven and Marian Scriven 19-18.

After four ends, the score was level at 4-all, 5-all after six ends, 12-all after 12 ends and 16-all after 17 ends.

The Frasers then edged ahead to claim victory.

Other results:

Robin Staples and Don Coleman def Kel Limbrick and Mick Flynn 19-16

Alan Berle and Russell Fahey def Ken Handley and Dennis Beatty 20-13

Brian Payne and Jeff Williams def Owen Williams and Gordon Lewis 24-18

Barry Kable and Clive Neutze def Ian Crowe and Bill Dodwell 25-16

Bob Grover, Kurt Griebenow and Barry Werfel def Bill Grover, Nigel Grahame and Kevin Jones 23-21

Barry O’Brien and Jim Neely def Don Weller and Jack Tonkin 23-21

Reg Rodwell and Sylvia Handley def Shylie Brown and Bryce Clynes 28-21

Joy Woody and Keith Edwards def Neville Tanner and Bernie Michael 29-15.

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   Dec 21

Season over for Storey

No place to go for Andrew Storey, who was double and triple-teamed by the Rebels on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Noel RowsellBASKETBALL
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THE season is over for Andrew Storey.

Storey’s powerful run of the form in the 2015 GMP Ultimate Basketball League (UBL) Young Guns competition came to a halt on Friday night.

Storey’s Glebe Magic team entered the elimination semi-final as slight favourite but was overpowered 92-74 by the Hoopdreamz Rebels.

Former Highlander Storey finished with another double-double of 19 points and 15 boards.

However, he has now missed reaching a UBL grand final in two successive campaigns – firstly with the Magic senior team and now in the Young Guns series.

The Rebels looked slightly overawed at the start of the game but powered to the lead in the second term with a 26-10 run.

The Magic could not recover, eventually falling by 28 points.

The Sydney City Cobras were favourites in the second semi-final against Hoops Academy and overcame a lethargic start to also power home to a runaway win.

Sydney’s 75-45 victory puts the Cobras through to face the Rebels in Friday night’s grand final.

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   Dec 21

Gene Fairbanks heads to Bowral

Well-known rugby player Gene Fairbanks runs through drills with Bowral’s Tim Lewis, Manu Feilovai and Dave Whetton. Photo suppliedRUGBY UNION
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AUSTRALIAN rugby union star Gene Fairbanks visited Bowral last Tuesday night.

Fairbanks coached the Bowral Blacks first and second grade teams for a training session at Eridge Park.

Bowral head coach Paul Frean said Fairbanks’ session was motivating and he shared his knowledge on footwork, body height and accuracy.

“At the end of the day, Gene said it comes down to attitude at training and on game day,” Frean said.

“It’s about working hard and holding each other accountable leads to stronger and stronger performances – then rugby gets to be even more fun.”

Fairbanks plays for the Kintetsu Liners in Japan.

He previously played for the ACT Brumbies, Queensland Reds and Western Force in the Super Rugby competition.

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   Dec 21

No plan for future farming, Chesters says

Prime Minister Tony Abbott pleases the crowd by eating a scone at the launch of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper in the state’s south west on Saturday.THE Abbott government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper does not have a plan to move away from subsidising Australian farming and does not planfor future technology, Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters says.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott released the paper during a visit to the state’s south west on Saturday, including tax incentives to farmers and an $11.4 million boost to the ACCC to“strengthen competition” in supply chains.

The government claims there are $4 billion worth of new commitments, but the opposition saysit can only account for less than $1 billion.

Lisa Chesters, secretary of Labor’s Country Caucus,said the paper speaks of a“romantic, out of touch” vision of farming in Australia.

“It just deals with the here and now, not the long-term future of farming,” she said.

“The first issue farmers raise with me is access to the internet, and how if they had access to fast internet it would be a great boost to their farm business, but there’s no mention of a plan in the White Paper.

“If you want to move away from subsidising agriculture and becoming self-sufficient, then short-term measures aren’t going to cut it.”

The funding to the ACCC would help it to detect breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act that affects farmers and small businesses in rural areas.

Its functions are likely to target the big supermarkets and those at the top of the supply chain.

Farmers will also be able to tap into changes to the Farm Management Deposit, allowing them to double their FMDs to $800,000 from July 2016.

Tax breaks for on-farm infrastructure –announced in the 2015 budget –were also included in the White Paper.

The National Farmers Federation welcomed the measures, but Ms Chesters said the White Paper was a missed opportunity.

“We need to be looking at how we can partner with local farmers through vertical planning,” she said.

“Kagome tomatoes at Echuca is a great example of a partnership with local farmers to help them grow and produce food –these are the sorts of things we should be supporting.

“There are a lot of fluffy words in the White Paper, but it’s a serious lack of long-term vision.”

Ms Chesters said Labor’s Country Caucus was consulting with industry stakeholders, young farmers and food producers to form agricultural policies to take to next year’s federal election.

The federal government had promised to release the White Paper within 12 months of the last election.

Victorian leader of the Nationals Peter Walsh welcomed the release, stating the ideas in the paper would help the state “remain at the forefront of innovation and productivity”.

“I’m pleased to see that accessing premium export markets is one of the five priority areas of the White Paper, and that there is investment earmarked for breaking down technical barriers and improving biosecurity,” he said.

“The significant investment in research and development will also help Victorian farmers to maintain their competitiveness in the world market.”

Water infrastructure also featured heavily in the document, adding another $300 million to the National Water Infrastructure Fund and a further $50 million to look into sites for new dams.

The federal government would commit $450 million to the construction of new water infrastructure.

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   Dec 21

Muslim leaders urged to boycott Eid dinners held by AFP in 2015

A community rally earlier in 2015 to protest against Islamphobia. Photo: Joosep MartinsonMuslim community members are urging their leaders, imams and representatives to boycott Ramadan dinners being held this year by the Australian Federal Police.
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A group called Concerned Muslims Australia has started a petition on change.org and encouraged all Muslims to stay away from the annual events in Sydney and Melbourne this month.

In the petition, the organisers say: “We refuse to be treated like a national security threat and call on you to recognise such events as attempts by the government to paint a false picture of co-operation between it and the community. We thus call upon you to take the only action befitting as a response, and to refuse in principle to sit with the government while it continues to treat Muslims in the most underhanded way possible.”

Nearly 500 people have already signed the petition, with some commenting that their reason for joining is that the AFP “stab us in the back and then invite us for dinner”.

Another comment read “it is incredulous that the same agencies that harass, discriminate and target the Muslim community would expect it to break bread with them. Not only incredible but disingenuous in the extreme.”

The online petition outlined six points of contention, including that the Australian Government during the past 12 months had “executed a concerted and prolonged campaign of anti-Muslim hysteria, pulling out all stops to demonise, marginalise and victimise the Muslim community. Under the pretext of international developments and a supposed impending domestic threat, many tranches of counter-terrorism legislation have been passed that ostensibly target Muslims specifically”.

It said federal and state governments and their agencies, including the AFP and ASIO, have been a key in targeting the Muslim community and were used to execute phoney raids that have often amounted to nothing.

“Where specific threats have been prevented, the raids have been dramatised beyond any reasonable measure to reinforce the notion of a Muslim threat via media and ministers/departments’ public commentary,” the petition says.

It also cites concerns over investigations into matters such as the death of Numan Haider in Melbourne that remain shrouded in mystery, police brutality against Muslims and the creation of an Islamophobic atmosphere directly resulting from the actions of police and government agencies.

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   Dec 21

The Breakfast Clubbing: Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard sent to detention

ABC runs a short parody of the Killing Season, featuring former leaders Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Photo: ABC Detention break-out attempt in The Breakfast Clubbing. Photo: ABC TV
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Former PM Julia Gillard as shown in the spoof. Photo: ABC TV

Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard have thrashed out their differences in detention – in an episode of The Breakfast Clubbing.

Both star in a reconstruction of The Breakfast Club with snippets from their Killing Season interviews dubbed over the 80s cult classic, in a clip shown on ABC TV’s Insiders on Sunday.

Video editor Huw Parkinson constructed the two-minute satire where the pair argue about the leadership coup and dance to rad 80s music.

The video quickly took off online, trending under the Insiders hashtag. Killing Season miscreants sent to detention with The Breakfast Club http://t.co/[email protected]— Mark Scott (@mscott) July 5, 2015Best thing I’ve seen on #insiders ever. #breakfastclub— GirlBug (@GirlBug) July 4, 2015Well that’s Breakfast Club ruined. #insiders— Calvin von Blitzen (@StBlitzen) July 4, 2015

Gillard, in the role of Claire Standish, says: “I just wanted to get on with the job, but I think in Kevin’s view in particular, he preferred to do business that way.”

Rudd replaces rebel John Bender and speaks about his disgust and resentment towards the so called “faceless men” during the parliamentary killing season of 2010.

“That is the most creative reconstruction of a political memory I’ve ever heard… Julia Gillard marches in and launches a leadership coup,” Rudd says.

Gillard retorts: ” My view was Kevin wasn’t in the shape to fight a campaign.

The end is clear: No amount of pondering will help either to admit the error of their ways.

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   Nov 21

Bowral Blacks secure tight win

Charlie Hamilton-Fox has success in the line out during a recent game. Photo by Mindy HindmarshRUGBY UNION
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THE Bowral Blacks secured its third win of 2015 on Saturday.

The Blacks first grade team recorded a 29-27 victory over the Campbelltown Harlequins in Campbelltown.

The lead changed hands several team and both teams finished with four tries.

In the end, the boot of Peter Kroarkerd made the difference with Bowral nailing an extra conversion.

Tim Lewis scored two tries for Bowral and Charlie Hamilton-Fox and Michael Bach scored a try apiece.

Bowral was very committed in defence and at the breakdown.

The structures worked well with improvement still to come and in the set pieces.

Next week, the Blacks play Kiama at Eridge Park.

This will be another tough game as Kiama sits in third place on the Illawarra Rugby Union ladder.

Kiama beat Bowral comfortably in the first round, but the Blacks will hope for an improved effort.

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   Nov 21

Shipard returns for games

GAME TIME: Soccer star Sally Shipard officially launches the 2015 Eastern University Games at the MTC. Picture: Les SmithSOCCER star Sally Shipard opened the Eastern Uni Games under a flood of lights on Sunday.
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Ms Shipard – a Matilda’s player who was forced to retire due to injury – urged students to enjoy the atmosphere of the five-day competition.The Wagga-raised athlete said the uni games showcased some of the best aspects of sport – including team spirit.

“At the end of the day – just enjoy everything about it and see the positives of sport,” she said.

Ms Shipard was involved in the general proceedings of the ceremony but was unable to stay to watch the tournament due to World Cup commitments.

“The Uni Games is part of the dynamic of uni life,” Ms Shipard said.”Although I never competed in them, it give students a break from their work.”

As well as opening the games, Ms Shipard is currently involved in mentoring programs and commentary panels.

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   Nov 21

Chris Waller’s confidence building before Brazen Beau’s July Cup swansong

Confident: Brazen Beau will contest the July Cup at Newmarket on Sunday, Australian time, with Chris Waller’s confidence growing. Photo: Vince CaligiuriChris Waller’s first European adventure has fuelled an air of confidence in the leading Australian trainer despite admitting to knowing little about Brazen Beau’s July Cup opposition before his swansong on Sunday morning (AEST).
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Waller jetted out for the United Kingdom to oversee the final days of Brazen Beau’s preparation on Sunday, content the stallion-in-waiting’s drama-filled Diamond Jubilee effort proved he needs to tinker little with the script.

“I gained a lot of confidence rather than learnt a lot,” Waller said after Brazen Beau raced solo on the grandstand side under Craig Williams before being collared in the final strides of the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

“Without getting ahead of ourselves, we got it right without winning. I think the key is not to change too much. We’ve got him in a good position. If we were five lengths off the pace then we would have needed to change something.

“We’re just in a maintenance sort of role now. It’s probably easier two weeks between runs, but this is three weeks. We do need to do a little bit of work with him. You’re over there with one horse so you’ve just got to do everything you can times two.”

Bookmakers have taken no risks with Brazen Beau in the July Cup, with Ladbrokes installing him a $3.60 top pick for a fairytale finish to his racing days.

Commonwealth Cup hero Muhaarar ($4.20) – which heads up the trifecta from that Royal Ascot race likely to press on to the July Cup – is the only danger to Brazen Beau’s favouritism.

And Waller, while acknowledging he was largely in the dark about the rest of the July Cup field, acknowledged the weight scale would make it difficult for his dual group 1 winner at Newmarket.

“I didn’t know anything about [the opposition] in the Diamond Jubilee,” Waller said. “All I know is there is a couple that came out of that [Royal Ascot] meeting in the Commonwealth Cup that will be competitive.

“They’re three-year-olds and we’re a three-year-old, but they get a weight allowance and we don’t [because of Brazen Beau’s rivals being bred to northern hemisphere time]. It is hard and that was the same as the other day.

“But it’s on a different level … the international racing. I don’t feel the pressure of Australia, but it’s a good thing to know you are representing Australia and you do feel proud performing. To be able to win at that level for Australia would be very special.”

Godolphin’s retained rider James Doyle has already partnered Brazen Beau in a couple of gallops after the Diamond Jubilee and is expected to be aboard when the sprinter has a look around Newmarket this week before the July Cup.

“He’s been on him twice and he has been really happy with him both times, not only the way he’s worked but the way he’s felt,” Waller said. “He’s a world-class rider and he knows the track as well as anybody. It’s one less thing for me to worry about.”

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