Lions finds it form at last

LEFT HEADER: Wanderers Glenn Kirkwood and Lions Steve Pyett fly for aheader during Sunday’s game with Lions Joel Niemann waiting for the outcome.
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RACE FOR THE BALL; Wanderers Dylan Velthuizen-Kuchel races with Lions Steve Pyett to see which one gets to the ball first.

ALMOST A GOAL; Wanderers keeper Shannon Nielsen watches as the ball shaves the upright and goes out of play, with Lions Mick Prunty (10), team mate James Hazeal and Wanderers Stuart Dawson all watching the outcome.

Lions played its best game of the season, coming away with a very easy five goal win over a very disappointing Wanderers, final scores 6-1, young Brad Darby scoring a hat trick.

It was an almost complete team effort by Lions, while on the other hand, Wanderers struggled for most of the game, its defence in complete disarray as Lions’ forwards ran amok.

Wanderers started off going on the attack, but failed to get the ball past Lions’ stand in keeper Steven Kinnear, hitting the lead after about 10 minutes of play, Brad Darby scoring the first of his three goals, by placing the ball neatly over Wanderers’ keeper’s head.

Wanderers was still on the attack, but when Lions went forward, it was catching the sluggish Wanderers defence out of position.

Lions went further ahead from a James Hazeal goal and added another from a Mick Prunty strike, after a mistake by the keeper, Prunty following up to hit the ball back past him.

That was the score at the half, a three goal lead to Lions and in complete control, Wanderers unable to handle Lions’ pace and relentless pressure.

Lions went further ahead from a Steven Robinson goal, Wanderers hitting back from a Dylan Velthuizen-Kuchel goal, but it was all too late.

Lions was showing Wanderers just how to play pressure soccer, adding two more goals, both to Darby, Lions running the game right out to the final whistle.

While it was an almost complete team effort by Lions, it was a completely different story for Wanderers.

Its players seemed tentative and were always second to the ball for most of the game and although it had a few players missing from last weekend, it was a performance it would rather forget.

The loss has almost ended Wanderers’ title chances, but it can still cause headaches for opposing teams, but will need a change of attitude and its defence must play much tighter.

The win by Lions was even more meritorious when it had a couple of players pull out just before the match with injury and illness.

Best for Lions was Joel Niemann, Mick Prunty, Brad Darby and Steven Robinson, while for Wanderers its best was Alex Walkden, Josh Stewart and young Ben Robinson.

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More success for Harriers

Vanessa Dempsey manages to just stay in front of Dylan Lifner in Sunday’s five kilometre handicap run.
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A small field of harriers gathered on Sunday morning for the five kilometre handicap.

Dylan Lifner and Mike McCarron were last away and chased down everyone but Vanessa Dempsey, making the best of her handicap to come second.

Dylan Lifner had fastest corrected time, while Mike McCarron judged it just right for the win.

Next weekend the Harriers are holding its event at Wilson Park.

It will be an eight kilometre event from the rudder, with a few challenging hills thrown in.

Start is 9.15am, so be there before 9am to register.

This will be followed by a breakfast for all members competing on the day.

Winter five kilometre handicap results

Five kilometre handicap

Place – Name – Time – H/CAP – Corrected Time

1; Mike McCarron; 28.48; 9.00; 19.48

2; Vanessa Dempsey; 29.06; 4.30; 24.36

3; Dylan Lifner; 29.08; 9.45; 19.23

4; Elpida Vlachoulis; 29.42; 2.00; 27.42

5; Ken Litchfield; 30.25; 6.15; 24.10

6; Neville Rohrlach; 30.32; 6.20; 24.12

7; Greg Desmond; 30.53; 1.30; 29.23

8; Pete Bochinski; 31.45; 2.30; 29.15

9; Deb Thomas (walker); 35.38; 0.00; 35.38

10; Jo Jones; 36.45; 1.00; 35.45

11; David Casserly; 37.31; 0.00; 37.31

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Heads up for hard times’ workshop

Macquarie 2100 (M2100) will be holding a free information day this Friday, July 11, so people can make themselves ready for the unpredictable challenges life throws.
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Starting at 9am and finishing at about 3:30pm, the ‘Heads up for hard times’ workshop, a forum designed to help landholders, business-people and homeowners look at innovative ways tochange up to meet challenges in this variable climatic, economic and social landscape.

The workshops will be held at the Trangie Research Station.

Local business woman and guest speaker, Little Big Dairy Company’s, Erica Chesworth,willrevealknow how and why the company has continued to thrive against the odds.

Principle Focus’ Peter Debus will provide insights on developing and implementing business strategy and the day will be worth it for people battling excessive red tape and onerous regulations who think they don’t have the time to put their heads up to grab a fresh breath of air.

Rod and Isobel Knight focus on primary production issues but their broader themes are applicable to anyone trying desperately to balance the books and balance their lifestyles.

It would normally cost at least $200 to attend a workshop of this quality yet M2100 is putting it on for free.

There are still many seats available.

There’s no charge and lunch is free but you’ll have to RSVP for catering purposes to:John Ryan [email protected]南京夜网or call 0429 45 22 45.

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Wagga man killed in light plane crash

Australian Airline Pilot Academy instructor Graham White was killed in a light plane crash on the South Coast on Sunday. Picture: FacebookA WAGGA resident killed in a light plane crash off the South Coast has been remembered as a gentleman and a highly regarded flying instructor.
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Graham White, a contractor at the Australian Airline Pilot Academy who conducted flying tests for cadets and instructors since 2010, was one of two men aboard a light plane that crashed into the ocean off Barlings Beach, south of Batemans Bay, about 12.10pm on Sunday.

His body was recovered from the ocean on Sunday afternoon.

Mr White, 60, had also been an instructor and member of the Temora Aero Club for the past five years.

The president of the Temora Aero Club, Robert Maslin, said while Mr White only visited the town intermittently, he was highly regarded by its aviation community and would be sadly missed.

“He was very well liked by the aviation community (in Temora) and highly rated and regarded in the aviation community as a whole,” Mr Maslin said.

“It’s a very sad occasion that we’ve lost an experienced instructor and what I considered a real gentleman.”

Mr White had been in Temora as recently as Saturday for a function at the town’s Airpark Estate that evening.

Having purchased a block at the Airpark Estate, Mr White had plans to relocate to Temora and build a hangar and home on his site, according to Mr Maslin.

“He was somebody we were really looking forward to see settle in the estate,” he said.

“His experience and services would’ve been greatly appreciated by all out there.”

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Basketball fun for all ages in free three-on-three tournament

ORANGE Basketball Association is calling on anyone keen to channel their inner Patty Mills when it hosts its free, one day three-on-threebasketball tournament this Friday.
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The tournament will feature four divisions for boys and girls.

There will be under 12s, 14s and 16s, plus an open age group.

Orange Basketball Association has teamed up with Sport and Recreation, PCYC, Orange City Council and OCTEC Youth Services, and encourages any team to sign up for free.

“Basketball is a great game to play for everyone in the family and this three-on-threeformat is a fantastic introduction to the game,” OBA president Lee Spirit Jones said.

Sport and Recreation Aboriginal sports development officer Jason French, who will run the tournament, hopes newcomers will give the sport a try.

“This is a great opportunity for people with and without experience to play the sport in a fun, friendly environment, at no cost,” Mr French said.

The tournament will be held at Orange PCYC this Friday, tipping off at 2.30pm and finishing at 9pm.

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On The Ball: What we learned from the South West Football League round 11

Carey Park is one side that will be looking forward to regrouping during the two week break.It may not have been a win over one of the top three, but Busselton’s two goal victory over Collie gave opposition sides the hint that the Magpies have no current or future plans to vacate the top five.
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Beating mediocre opposition hasn’t been a worry for Busselton throughout the season but overcoming quality opposition was an uphill battle early.

The Magpies have beaten top five contenders Carey Park and Collie in the past three weeks along with a huge win over Harvey.

Their scoring woes seem to be well and truly behind them and the Magpies are on the rise.

The top three in Bunbury, Eaton and South Bunbury will not want to take Busselton lightly in future matches.

Carey Park stayed in contention for fifth spot on Saturday when they defeated Donnybrook, but there’s no doubt the Panthers need the two week break.

They have been battling through a number of injuries to key players and are still working on the recruitment of a few players from the WAFL.

The Panthers had a good run before being defeated by Busselton in round nine and have now found themselves in a slump of inconsistency.

Making a charge in the back end of the season and overcoming both Collie and Busselton will be a key for Carey Park’s success, so getting their full squad on the ground after the break will be a high priority for the Panthers.

The Bunbury Bulldogs may not be tearing teams apart like they were earlier in the season, but they still remain undefeated.

Over the past two weeks Bunbury has defeated both Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and Augusta-Margaret River by closer margins than they may have liked, giving some followers the impression Bunbury may have taken their foot off the pedal.

This is fine against the bottom feeders of the competition, but with games against Carey Park and Busselton coming up after the break Bunbury will need to slam their authority back down.

Eaton, like Bunbury, is a side that has been winning games without any conviction.

Given the wet weather did affect the game, Eaton’s 22 point win over HBL remains solid evidence that they are still a strong side.

However the perennial powerhouse will need to raise the bar on their last two performances.

Eaton fans are used to seeing their team win by 50 plus margins, and after only defeating Collie by one point two weeks ago and then a wet slog against the Lions they will want their team to get back to big victories.

It’s amazing that one side can have so many goal kicking weapons.

South Bunbury continues to find dominant scorers for their forward line and all went to perfection in their demolition of Harvey on the weekend.

The Tigers booted 21 goals in the match with their tall forwards shining.

Leigh Kohlmann finished with seven while Adam Hunter and Brynn Francis both managed four.

Guy Piggott and Chris Andrew are also capable of hitting the score tally when needed and the effectiveness of their midfield is not to be forgotten.

Coming up against South Bunbury is now a terrifying task for any opposing defence.

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Futsal takes centre stage with Nations of Origin tournament

RARING TO GO: Orange’s Nations of Origin rugby league and futsal teams. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0702futsalFUTSAL’S rise from obscurity continues on Tuesday with Orange PCYC hosting the inaugural Nations of Origin futsal tournament.
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The Nations of Origin, a state- wide PCYC initiative, is designed to promote reconciliation within the community by engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people of non-Aboriginal descent in multiple sports.

“It’s a great initiative, focused around reconciliation,” Department of Education and Communities Aboriginal sports development officer Jason French said.

“We have several Sudanese and Islander boys coming too, as do a lot of the other nations. It’s a great mix of cultures.

“It’s about participation and learning a healthy lifestyle, but the underlying message is reconciliation.”

Twenty futsal teams – 10 boys’ and 10 girls’ – will converge on Orange to compete in the tournament, which starts st 9am today.

“The PCYC’s former CEO Chris Gardner pioneered it,” PCYC spokesman Dave Cleal said.

“He was very passionate about improving Indigenous sport, and their opportunities. It’s not a high profile sport, and we run a competition in summer so it is a good way to get it out there.”

French said the introduction of futsal to the carnival works in conjunction with several other state-wide initiatives.

“It’s part of continuing our Indigenous program with Football NSW,” he said. “It’s almost starting over again in a way, we’ve limited it to 10 teams, and hopefully we grow on that next year.”

Orange will also send two teams to the Nations of Origin rugby league carnival, in Dubbo.

As per 2013, Orange will send a boys’ and a girls’ rugby league team, aiming to go further than last year. In 2013, both teams were knocked out in the semi-finals.

“It’s a bit of an unknown,” he said.

“Last year they played in the semis and they were two years below the age group. “The girls played the semis as well, they should do well.”

Tuesday’s games start at 9am at the Orange PCYC with the final scheduled for 3.30pm.

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Smart substitute pays dividends as Mariners salvage draw

CHASING a one goal deficit for more than 50 minutes, the Western NSW Mariners looked as though composure would get the best of them at Mudgee on Saturday.
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But a moment of clarity in the 88th minute from Mariners substitute Ricky Guihot changed that storyline, seeing the home side finish 1-1 with Hawkesbury City.

Minutes after being subbed on to Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium, Guihot was the eventual receiver of an Adam Scimone cross from the Mariners’ right-hand wing. An experienced Mariners campaigner, Guihot kept his cool to smash the equalising shot.

Western NSW Mariners coach, Andrew Fearnley, said he was glad Guihot was on the mark in the game’s final minutes.

“Ricky is an experienced player,” Fearnley said.

“I said to him before he went on that he had to be in the middle of the park and get into good positions but stay up near the front. I think he took it well. He was experienced enough to take a touch, stay composed and nail it.”

Guihot’s substitution for midfielder John Henry was part of a tactical ploy by the Mariners that also saw fullback John Rimmer move into the forwards.

After the goal Orange’s Rimmer quickly resumed his position at the back to help hold on for the draw.

The Mariners and Hawkesbury City had limited opportunities to put each other away in a match that saw plenty of pressure on key play makers.

Hawkesbury landed its cruel blow mid-way through the first half when Henry made a passing error in the centre.

The turnover saw Western on the back foot and, working a two-on-one advantage, Paul Cooper slotted home for the visitors.

“It was a bit disappointing to concede early because we lost possession and turned it over and they punished us. The first 20 minutes were ordinary but the second 20 minutes of the first half we stepped up,” Fearnley said.

“The second half was much, much better. It was good to get at least a point – if we jagged something else we get three [points].

“In last week’s game we scored first and went on whereas in this game we were trying to chase our tails and had to have that urgency. We were probably a little bit desperate too early.

“I think we were more willing to try and win the game than they were. Hawkesbury were trying to hold on [to their lead]. Two weeks now with points so that’s a positive.”

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Southern Right Whale mother and calf spotted near MiddletonPHOTOS

Southern Right Whale mother and calf spotted near Middleton | PHOTOS The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7. Photo by Debbie Prestwood.
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The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7. Photo by Debbie Prestwood.

The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7.

The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7.

The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7.

The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7.

The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7.

The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7.

The first Southern Right Whale mother and calf pair for the 2014 whale season was spotted at Middleton on Monday, July 7.

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Partial not guilty verdict for indecent assault accused

Bendigo Law CourtsRELATED COVERAGE:Indecent assault trial begins
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The judge in the trial of a Rochester man accused of indecently assaulting an elderly woman has found him not guilty of one of the charges.

Jon Edgar Hewitt, 64, was facing three charges of indecent assault over alleged incidents at a northern Victorian aged care facility in January and February, 2012.

On Monday morning, after two and a half days of evidence, Judge Jane Patrick discharged the Bendigo County Court jury from reaching a verdict on charge one.

The charge related to accusations Hewitt indecently touched the 88-year-old woman in the crotch area during a visit to the nursing home.

“I have considered the evidence in relation to charge one (and) I have decided as a matter of law there is no case for Mr Hewitt to answer in respect of charge one,” Judge Patrick said.

The two other charges relate to alleged incidents in February 2012 when Hewitt is accused of indecently touching the woman’s leg and breast area.

During Monday’s hearing, the jury was shown Hewitt’s police interview in which he denied all accusations.

“There was no sexual relationship,” Hewitt told police.

“She’s got dementia…I just read the bible to her.”

The court also heard closing addresses from the prosecution and defence.

Crown prosecutor Peter Jones said medical evidence given during the trial showed the alleged victim was mentally vulnerable and Hewitt had taken advantage of her on two occasions in February 2012.

Mr Jones argued Hewitt was familiar enough with the woman to understand the level of her mental decline and be aware she may not have been fully aware of what was going on between them.

“You couldn’t find a better example of someone indecently assaulting someone else,” he said.

But defence barrister Jo Swiney described the prosecution case as “threadbare”and said there was insufficient evidence for her client to be found guilty.

Ms Swiney argued evidence given by two nurses had been tainted by the report of inappropriate behaviour by the woman’s niece and said they could have been on the look out for something sinister.

She also said while the woman’s niece gave evidence about seeing Hewitt and her aunt sitting close together with the woman’s dress bunched up around her waist, her husband had thought they may have been praying.

“(It’s) not reliable enough to convict on such a serious charge,” Ms Swiney said.

“The only conceivable verdict is a resounding not guilty.”

Following closing address, Judge Jane Patrick began her directions to the jury.

Judge Patrick is expected to finish her instructions on Tuesday before sending the jury out to deliberate.

Hewitt has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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