Tuesday night comp washed out again

For the second successive Tuesday night, the competition was washed out.
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Hopefully tomorrow evening the storms will stay away and all the action will be on the courts, rather than in the skies.

Wednesday night was another balmy one but there was a slight breeze which kept the insects and mozzies at bay.

Falling to Pieces and Pyes played a very competitive match, especially the ladies sets.

Kerry McIntyre and her partner pushed Helen Standen and Merren Davey all the way.

Merrens skill around the net and Helen’s countless miss hit winners and screaming passing shots proved the difference.

Their success was to be small consolation as Mick McFarlane and David Pye turned the tables on Hedley Nicholson and sub Greg Phillips.

Pyes went on to win three out of the four highly competitive mixed sets to score a 5-3 win.

Mixed Lollies and Hamiltons had a good match.

The sets were much closer than the scores indicated.

James Ward, playing for Hamiltons, was in sizzling form during his two hours of squad training before he started the night comp.

Apparently that form continued on.

He partnered dad Ian and they smashed Paul Dunford and Ben Evans in all sectors, dropping only one game.

Amanda Hamilton and Mel Ashcroft did not take long to find their range after the Christmas break.

Mixed Lollies’ Barb Jones and Stacey Dowton did well to keep the rallies going as the Hamilton sisters are like brick walls and hardly miss a trick from the baseline.

There was some consolation when Paul partnered Stacey to win one of their mixed doubles sets and get Mixed Lollies on the board.

AgriWest’s Ryan Thornberry was heard cheering when he and partner Jack Kearney scored a game in their mens doubles and avoided the dreaded double bagel.

Ryan was worried about the repercussions at work on Thursday.

On the adjacent court, Emma Cox and Sheridan Kirk were getting far too excited with their 2-0 lead in the opening set against the unbackable Services team.

The experience of Bev Finn took over, and partnering young Erin Cheney, they only let one more game slip by them.

Emma and Jack fought hard and almost won a mixed doubles but it was not to be and Services scored yet another 8-0 win.

A Bit of Hit’n’Miss brought out their secret weapons last week with Janelle Goodsell and David Saunders taking to the courts in their maiden Parkes night comp.

Unfortunately for East Parkes, they were on the receiving end of some highly skilful play.

Try as they may, the East Parkes team could not get a set on the scoreboard and will be looking forward to a fresh start this Wednesday.

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Strong results for Parkes juniors

Maddie McCormick (left) and Makayla Strudwick are both members of the Junior Development Squad. subThree Parkes players travelled to Bathurst for their Medibank Junior Development Series event last Sunday.
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This was the first tournament for the year with 14 more to follow through to September.

Jake Magill thought he would challenge himself by playing in the 17 and Under division to attain some match practice for his Australian ranking tournament schedule in the coming weeks.

Jake made the semis and was happy with his hit out.

Ben Evans played in the 13 and Under division and found there was a cluster of boys from Hawkesbury and Nepean area that have been playing during the holidays.

Ben started fairly slowly but got into some groove during the day.

He reported that he was relatively happy with how he hit the ball, making the quarters, considering his sabbatical over January.

Georgia Sideris jumped up into the 13 and Unders this year and will have to get some good fitness under her belt if she is to be competitive in this division.

Georgia tried hard and made the quarters before losing to a girl from Penrith.

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD

A junior development squad has been created under the guidance of head coach Helen Magill.

The squad players have been selected for their efforts during 2014 with a focus on individually improving their fitness and skills.

Last Monday, the squad trained very well in the hot and humid conditions.

They have been divided into three teams for their fitness component.

The Weird Wackos, including Laura Kirk, Olivia Dolbel, Charlie Strudwick and Jay Arrow, showed their extra competitive natures to win all fitness activities.

Charlie and Olivia were sizzling on the skipping rope while Jay showed his quick speed over five metres in the sprints.

Laura is a quiet achiever who gives her best without fuss.

The squad worked on their depth perception with various drills on court as Makayla Strudwick, Maticka Brown and Ryan Mackenzie showed the way, hitting some nice ground strokes.

Yuan Rivera, Charlie Strudwick, Abbey Kennedy and Maddie McCormick were excellent in the points play section which tested their endurance and focus.

Over almost two hours, it is difficult to keep motivated and work hard and these four along with the rest of the squad did a good job of this.

The squad are striving to improve their fitness testing from Week 1 to Week 8 and if they continue to work on their skipping skills at home, they will certainly be on track.

LACHLAN TRIALS

Congratulations to Marites Woods (Parkes East), Holly McColl (Parkes Public), Abbey Kennedy (Parkes Public), Jay Arrow (Middleton) and Michael Riley (Parkes Public) who were all successful in gaining selection in the Lachlan PSSA tennis team which will travel to Bathurst next month to trial for the Western PSSA team.

JUNIOR COMPETITION

It was a super start to junior comp last week.

Well done to almost everyone for checking their draws and showing up on time.

Registrations for all new players are due tomorrow and are $25.

The weekly playing fee of $3 needs to be paid at the canteen before each match.

A tip to all players in all divisions except for the Orange division, please call out the score after every point nice and loud and make sure you are facing your opponent if you call the ball out so they can hear you.

If you follow these helpful hints, it may just save you the stress of trying to sort out the score if you do not agree and minimise involvement of parents.

Results from Round 1 included:

BRONZE DIVISION

Breanna Weekes made a nice start to her tennis year with a close 4/3 win over Camilia Brown. Camilia showed some nice skill and when she gets use to comp tennis, there is no doubt she will score some upset wins.

Jackson Plummer and Xavier Scally had plenty of rallies in their match and it was Jackson who managed a one game win 3/2.

Charlie Strudwick and Luke Dixon are both thoroughly enjoying their time on the tennis court at the start of this year and are improving all the time.

Last week they finished even with a 3-all draw.

GOLD DIVISION

Marites Woods took full advantage of a lacklustre Holly McColl who will need to put in more time on the court if she is to be competitive this term.

Tess was too good winning 6/3.

Georgia Sideris is showing more determination and lets hope this continues as she scored her first win over Kayla Swetland in two years.

Kayla is a consistent performer but Georgia had Kayla running from side to side last week in an impressive 6/1 result.

Abbey Kennedy is one of the hardest workers at junior tennis and she showed her effort on the court against Cassie Ward when they finished 3-all.

Ashleigh Ward hit too many balls back for Laura Kirk last week.

Ash is very consistent while Laura is getting some extra power into her game and just needs to improve her shot selection and she’ll be smoking those groundies.

GREEN DIVISION

Ebony Fisher and Steph Peterson started their competition tennis in style last week when they laughed and talked their way through their match showing beaut sportsmanship.

The girls were both cautious about playing comp but found their way and will continue to improve each week.

They finished with a 2-all draw.

Koby Wirth was excited about his promotion to the Green Division and using the whole court.

He managed this very well when he took on the delightful Alex Bartley-Richardson and they played out a 3-all draw.

Nia Boggs was very lucky to receive a new racquet from her Nana for her birthday and she is finding it has much more power.

Nia always gives her best and last week she hit some very nice shots against Campbell Scally to score a 3/1 win.

Campbell has been inspired by his trip to the Australian Open and this little lefty thinks his new self taught serve looks just like Rafa Nadal’s.

A little bit more control and a few less bounces of the ball might help Campbell actually get his serve into play but his enthusiasm is to be applauded and encouraged.

Anna Westcott and Sam Riley made a fabulous start to comp tennis.

Anna had the added value of a morning of tennis matches the day before her first comp match when she trialled for the Lachlan PSSA team.

Anna made some lovely serves into play and Sam tried her best and will continue to improve each week.

Anna did very well to win all six games played.

ORANGE DIVISION

Kaid Lydford played his last match in the Orange Division as he has shown some excellent improvement and has been promoted to the Green Division from tomorrow.

Kaid proved a little too strong for Danilo Bottaro-Porter last week 5/1.

Well done to Lily McCormick in her first comp match.

Lily came up against Lachie Plummer and the applause and excitement from the crowd showed that they played a nice match with some rallies.

They finished 3-all.

Tim Nyugen and Thomas Burkitt were both looking a little nervous for their first competition matches but settled in and did very well to get some serves into play while hitting some returns as well.

Tim just won 3/2.

RED DIVISION

Makayla Strudwick’s effort in the two weeks of tennis so far has been exemplary.

She is hitting the ball very well.

Makayla took on the consistent and pint sized Maddy McCormick last week.

Maddy did well to neutralize Makayla’s power and make her do plenty of running but Makayla was up to the task and scored a 5/3 win.

Laura Cabban and Monique Morgan always have a close match and last week was similar.

Laura’s consistency and extra power proved the difference in winning all five games although their rallies didn’t indicate the one-sided result.

Lucin Sarkissian and Maticka Brown had a lot of rallies in their match.

Lucin was doing her best to make Maticka run and run.

Maticka was putting in plenty of effort.

Lucin just won their match 3/2.

SILVER DIVISION

The battle of the brothers was fought out early this comp and it was older brother Tom who kept ahead of little brother Josh in their encounter.

It was played in good spirit with Tom winning 3/2.

Ryan Mackenzie showed his on court experience when he played Michael Riley last week.

Ryan scored a 6/2 win.

Jay Arrow is one to watch and when he can focus on the job at hand, he will improve dramatically. Jay was too classy for Ethan Hoswell last week 6/1.

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Lake Wallace — Blue Green algae update

Water quality improves on the lakeThe Blue Green Algae situation at Lake Wallace has improved,however Lake Lyell has now been placed on an amber alert.
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Lake Lyell is now showing signs of Blue Green Algae with an amber alert being put in place in the latest results published by the NSW Office of Water.

LakeWallace on the other hand is showing signs of improvement.

“The red alert at Lake Wallace has subsided and if one more week of improved results occurs, the restriction on contact with the water is likely to be lifted,”Lithgow City Council Mayor, councillor Maree Statham said.

“However, Lake Lyell isnow at amber alert level.

“Whilethis does not preclude recreational use, itshould be at the users’ discretion.”

“Weekly sampling continues and an updated alert status will be provided asresults come to hand.”

More information on algae alerts is available from the algal information linemaintained by the NSW Office of Water, at 1800 999 457 or the NSW Office ofWater web page at http://www.water.nsw.gov.au

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Oscars 2015: Red carpet glamour

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CATE Blanchett had everyone swooning over her turquoise statement necklace, while Margot Robbie looked effortlessly chic in Yves Saint Laurent.

But unfortunately Nicole Kidman let team Australia down in the style stakes, with the Twittersphere going nuts over her sequined Louis Vuitton gold dress with a red belt.

Indeed her frock will sadly land her on Oscars worst dressed lists, with the material looking more appropriate for an aerobics competition costume than a red carpet gown.

The side split further cheapened the look and the only saving grace of her ensemble was her natural looking make-up and chic bob.

‘‘Uhh is Nicole Kidman’s dress a hologram? #Oscars,’’ RachKenney tweeted.

‘‘Is Nicole Kidman wearing a weird mermaid/gold foil dress? You’re as pale as me … not a great colour. #oscars,’’ DavisAmber1018 said.

‘‘Nicole Kidman looks like her dog peed on her dress #Oscars,’’ thebitch-files said.

‘‘Nicole Kidman’s dress is something I would beg my mom to let me wear when I was 9 #Oscars #Oscars2015,’’ stephwisewhatup added.

In stark contrast, Robbie and Blanchett were among the best dressed celebrities on the red carpet.

Robbie’s black gown featured a plunging draped neckline and sheer long sleeves.

The Wolf of Wall Street star accessorised the dress perfectly with a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and sapphire tassel zipper pendant, reportedly worth a cool $US1.5million, statement red lipstick and her blonde locks worn in a sleek bob.

‘‘This necklace is worth more than my life,’’ Robbie said.

Blanchett schooled us all in how to wear a statement necklace well.

She wore a Margiela by John Galliano elegant black dress but the real star of her outfit was the enormous Tiffany & Co. turquoise collar necklace.

Blanchett wisely opted to wear her hair in an elegant but relaxed up-do and her make-up neutral to let her jewellery do the talking.

Watts’ Armani dress made her look like she was wrapped in a glittery brick wall.

The Birdman star’s daring outfit featured a cut out back with a black panel and shimmering silver rectangles.

She wore her blonde locks in a relaxed wave and burgundy coloured lipstick was the focus of her make-up.

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PHOTOS: Hollywood stars take to the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards.

Cyclone Marcia: Roads remain closed after heavy rain

Norman Creek at Stones Corner overflowed on Saturday after the deluge. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty ImagesCyclone response ramps upEarly insurance claims exceed 4000Turtles stay put as cyclone rages overheadTown waits for help days after cyclone
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A number of flooded roads across Queensland’s south east remain closed on Monday, following heavy rainfall in the wake of ex-Cyclone Marcia.

The Sunshine Coast and areas north of Brisbane copped the heaviest falls late last week and over the weekend, with Caboolture receiving 576 millimetres.

Toorbul received 541mm.

The falls weren’t quite as high in Brisbane but still managed to blitz the average monthly rainfall average for February in just two days.

Boondall, in the city’s north, received the biggest falls, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with 281 millimetres.

Brisbane Airport’s rain gauge recorded 260 millimetres, while the CBD received 228 millimetres.

Brisbane’s average February rainfall is 157.9 millimetres.

The Sunshine Coast received some of the region’s biggest rainfall totals over the three days from Thursday.

Hinterland town Maleny received 460 millimetres, Nambour 445 millimetres and Kallangur 431mm.

More than 20 roads throughout the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area remain closed and many more remain affected by floodwater.

The Gold Coast was spared some of the heavier falls, the highest recorded total south of Brisbane being at Coolangatta with 199 millimetres.

Bureau meteorologist Ilona Coote said there would be more rain in the south east this week, though only isolated showers were expected.

“There’s a fairly strong southerly airflow pushing up the coast,” she said.

“Rainfall amounts are not going to be anything like what they have been, but we do have isolated showers and storms possible tomorrow.

“There is likely to be showers for the rest of the week and isolated thunderstorms for the most part. This week we are looking [at] partly cloudy, mostly sunny conditions.”

Current road closures due to flooding in Greater Brisbane:Browns Creek Road, NarangbaChermside Road near Herbert Street, Mango HillKobble Creek Road, Kobble CreekCurtis Road near Cedar Creek Road and Gordons Road Lower and Upper Crossings, Cedar CreekLees Crossing Road and Juffs Road West, DatboroOld Gympie Road near Twin View Road, ElimbahChardon Bridge Road between Beenleigh Road and Plunkett Road, Cedar CreekBeaudesert-Beenleigh Road, WolffdeneGap Creek Road, between Brookfield Road and Dillon Road, Kenmore HillsUpper Brookfield Road, Gold Creek Road, Boscombe Road and Rafting Ground Road, BrookfieldIllaweena Street between Wembley Road and Gowan Road, DrewvaleParadise Road, Larapinta

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Ausgrid staff plan stop-work over Hunter cuts

AUSGRID workers have formally given notice of a four-hour work stoppage nextTuesday as part of workplace negotiations.
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The Electrical Trades Union said Hunter workers pushed for the March 3 industrial action over concerns stemming from a workplace agreementthe union argues would protect jobs in the region being rejected by the company’s management.

The union claims that up to 572 jobs could be lost in the Hunter if cuts mooted in late 2014 were spread equally among NSW depots.

That would result in a 44 per cent cut to the Hunter’s workforce comprising 431 job losses at Wallsend, 24 in Cessnock, 30 in Maitland and 87 in the Upper Hunter.

ETU secretary Steve Butler said workers’ offer to accept a 2.5 per cent pay rise and retain existing provisions was rejected.

“Local power workers were left with no choice but to take this action after the Baird Government and management at Ausgrid refused to agree to maintaining existing job protections including no forced redundancies,” ETU secretary Steve Butler said.

“Industrial action is an absolute last resort, but faced with the Liberal’s privatisation plans, and warnings of massive job cuts from Networks NSW, local workers feel it is the only option they have available.’’

Mr Butler said a formal notice had been lodged with Ausgrid, notifying the company that staff from Newcastle, the wider Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney would stop work for four hours.

“This industrial action is not about inconveniencing the general public, it is about ensuring the government and management provide job security ahead of the Baird Government’s electricity privatisation,’’ Mr Butler said.

“Our members will respond to all blackouts and supply interruptions on this occasion, regardless of circumstances, to ensure consumers are not caught in the middle of this escalating dispute.”

An Ausgrid spokeswoman said the company did not support industrial action, noting the union’s comments that workers would respond to major incidents to protect customers.

“Ausgrid has engaged in good faith bargaining over new enterprise agreements for our workers, so the unions’ decision to stop work on March 3 is disappointing,” she said.

“We want to secure jobs for our employees while delivering efficiencies to keep downward pressure on electricity prices for families and businesses.”

“But we cannot resolve union demands until we know our final revenue to be approved by the Australian Energy Regulator in April 2015.”

Kees send message to competition

WINNERS: Peter Rogers and the Telangatuk East team had a win against Horsham Lawn in A Special on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERIF THERE were any doubts about Kalkee’s premiership defence before the weekend, there aren’t anymore.
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The Kees sent a message to the rest of the competition with a 14-126 to 0-64 win against Drung South White in the penultimate round of the home and away season.

It was the best possible response to a round 14 performance that saw Kalkee go down 10 sets to four to St Michael’s while missing several key players.

The Kees’ performance on Saturday was made all the more impressive by the fact it was still missing regular players Anna Lehmann and Steve Schultz.

Drung South White’s Janelle Knight said her team did not play badly – Kalkee simply outplayed it.

‘‘It was pretty positive when you look at the individual scores from each set,’’ she said.

‘‘I thought we were quite competitive, but when I looked at the final scores I said, ‘wow, we didn’t win a set’.

‘‘I think they are definitely the premiership favourites after that performance, especially since they had a couple of very good players out.’’

Knight praised young number one man Dylan Emmerson, who battled hard against Kalkee’s Jeff Friberg in the singles.

Although the final score read 9-5, Emmerson pushed Friberg into long rallies and challenged arguably the best male player in the competition.

Horsham Lawn all but ended Drung South Blue’s finals chances by defeating it 9-107 to 5-85.

The teams were equal on points before the round, but Lawn now has a four-point buffer and a percentage advantage of about 14 per cent with only one round remaining.

A strong performance from Horsham Lawn’s men got the job done.

Led by Jae McGrath, who won against Drung South’s number one man Lachie King in the singles, Lawn won all seven men’s rubbers.

Drung South Blue got on the board in the women’s section with Kate-Lyn Perkin and Vicki Ahilaras winning their singles rubbers, but they could not reel Lawn’s lead in.

St Michael’s got its nose in front of Central Park in the race for second place on the ladder with a 8-109 to 6-94 win.

The Saints’ strong women’s line-up led the team to victory by winning six of its seven rubbers.

Steffi McDonald and Kassie Peachey led the way in the singles, winning 9-3 and 9-6 respectively.

Central Park’s Carly Werner and Hollie Purdue were the lone women to win a rubber for their side, downing Peachey and Naomi McConville in a tiebreaker.

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GALLERY: Muswellbrook school captains and principals 2015

GALLERY: Muswellbrook school captains and principals 2015 MUSWELLBROOK HIGH SCHOOL: Principal Elizabeth Bate, prefect Thomas Hogan, vice-captain Josie Whitten, captain Bayley Carter, prefect Elizabeth Symington, vice-captain Alexander Armstrong, acting deputy principal Narelle Smith and deputy principal Brian Drewe.
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MUSWELLBROOK PUBLIC SCHOOL: Captain Chynna Eriksson, vice-captains Meg Southcombe and Jared Kermond, and captain Jude Sansom.

MUSWELLBROOK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: School captain Lachlan Ellis, principal David O’Hara and captain Jacinta Norris.

MUSWELLBROOK SOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOL: (Back from left) principal Karen Rayner, prefect Tarni Pereira, prefect Lily Miller, vice-captain Meloday Datson, captain Georgia Hutchings, (front from left), prefect Colby Woodeson, prefect Ronin Roslirollo, vice-captain Kohen Hall, captain Liam Galvin.

ST JAMES’ PRIMARY SCHOOL: Vice-captain Hannah Gee, principal Niamh Marzol, and captains Isabelle Dimmock and Hayden Portolan. Absent: Vice-captain Declan O’Sullivan.

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Wednesday, February 25

Heartfelt and entertaining: Our Gay Wedding: The Musical.FREE TO AIR
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Forever, Nine, 8.45pm

Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd plays Henry Morgan, a 200-year-old man   employed as a forensic scientist at the New York City morgue. It’s a creative   twist on the murder mystery genre, which underscores each whodunit with weighty and hypothetical themes of life and death.    Henry is weary of being young and beautiful and searches each fresh case for clues for the cause of his ‘‘condition’’.  Tonight’s stiff is the apparent victim of commercial quacks, who spruik treatment that reverses the ageing process, at least cosmetically.

Rectify – season final, SBS One, 9.30pm

Thank goodness the Sundance Channel has commissioned a third season of this exceptionally good drama, because there is so much left unanswered in this finale to the second. Aden Young’s central character, former death row inmate  Daniel Holden, becomes more complicated and secretive as each new piece of his puzzle is teasingly revealed. His flashbacks to conversations with his cell neighbour are nothing short of art, plumbing the depths of humanity like a Sam Shepard play. The dreamy, melancholic setting of Paulie, Georgia, looms as a player in its own right, all eerie wooded glades and evocative plains. All manner of disturbing information comes to the fore as Daniel is forced to gamble with his freedom  and,  potentially, his life.

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, ABC2. 9.30pm

If ever there was a compelling argument for legalising same-sex marriage, this is it. If only every wedding were as passionate, heartfelt and thoroughly entertaining as that of composer Benjamin Till and actor Nathan Taylor, who got married in Britain on March 29, 2014, the first day that same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales. With an emotional introduction by narrator Stephen Fry, this is a hilarious and brilliantly penned musical about 21st-century love rights, with some showstopping numbers sung by the full cast of guests, and some wonderful solos sung by the grooms-to-be and their   friends and family.     Video messages from gay icons including Boy George, Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John, and some non-singing background material break up the   extravaganza, which ranges from moving to funny without overindulging in campery. Our Gay Wedding is a glorious celebration of love and persistence, which makes  its unarguable point in a way that is truly spectacular. Bridget McManus

MOVIES

The Matrix: Reloaded (2003), GO!, 8.30pm

1999’s The Matrix was revealed as a self-contained delight – a synthesis of superhero mythology, dystopian technology and elegantly refined computer effects – as soon as the first of two flawed sequels appeared. Acclaim, complete with academic stroking, robbed creators Andy and Lana Wachowski of their genre focus, with the clean rules that governed their fictional digital environment being rewritten so a new storyline could be generated. If you had to pick a moment the series turned sour it would be the tribal rave sequence, where the remnants of humanity hiding underground from their machine oppressors in the city of Zion, greet the news of an imminent fight to the death by throwing a huge party. There are still moments of pleasure surrounding Keanu Reeves’ Neo, including a masterfully choreographed battle amid vehicles on a freeway, but what the filmmakers were able to imply via deed and allusion in the first movie is here reduced to explicit philosophising, with the notions of free will and fate pounded into you.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Masterpiece Movies (pay TV), 8.30pm

As a pair of diffidently cool vampires – married since 1868, but now separated – Tilda Swinton’s Eve and Tom Hiddleston’s Adam are the ultimate hipsters in Jim Jarmusch’s viscous-like take on the blood-sucking undead. The two, he morose in Detroit, she comfortable in Tangiers, are cultural custodians, possessors of not just first edition books and rare guitars but memories of revered figures. They consider humans “zombies”, and don’t lower themselves to hunting them, instead procuring blood from suppliers, including Jeffrey Wright’s uneasy medical researcher. Jarmusch’s camera matches the long, hypnotic guitar drones Adam records but refuses to release, engaging in tracking shots through the nocturnal cities, and it’s only with the unexpected– and hungry – arrival of Eve’s younger sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), that energy overtakes the serene torpor.Craig Mathieson

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Central Otago wine region, New Zealand: One of the world’s greatest

Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand. Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand.
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Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand.

Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

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“It’s pretty unusual to see a bus at a cellar door in this part of the world,” says winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines (valliwine南京夜网). Based in Gibbston, Central Otago, a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, Taylor is considered one of the finest exponents of New Zealand pinot noir. “When I was born there wasn’t a grape planted on the southern island,” he says. Today, the area is one of the most respected wine regions in the new world.

Taylor cut his teeth in the Napa Valley, returning home in 1993, he planted 20 hectares of grapes. In the years since, he was won the “Best pinot noir” trophy at London’s International Wine Competition three times, a feat never previously achieved by another winemaker.

More recently, he has pioneered grape growing in North Otago, in an emerging subregion by the ocean, Waitaki. “It is much cooler over there, so it produces more perfumed wines, with lovely minerality and low alcohol,” Taylor says. “It is an area where winemakers went in too hard and too fast years ago, they mostly failed, and then disappeared,” he says. “Now it is being regenerated by already established winemakers, and we are growing pinot noir grapes there.”

In addition to his Waitaki pinot noir, Taylor produces a riesling, a pinot gris, and two other pinot noirs, from subregions within Central Otago – Gibbston and Bannockburn. “The pinot grapes from Bannockburn, where it is slightly warmer, are bigger on the palate,” Taylor says. “They have more tannin and are suited to steak and game meats,” he says. “The pinot grown here in Gibbston will cellar for 12 years, it’s spicy with some acid,” he says. “It’s the pinot that sommeliers buy from me.”

Sommeliers also buy wine from Duncan Forsyth. The winemaker’s unassuming cellar door, just down the road from Taylor’s, is a place of pilgrimage for aficionados. “We don’t have signage on the road, we want to be a point of discovery,” Forsyth says. “When people visit, we want to be able to sit down with them, to talk about what we do one-on-one, we don’t take bus groups,” he says.

Forsyth has been making wine in these parts since 1996. First, at Chard Farm – the first vineyard established in the area, then at Peregrine. He bought Mount Edward (mountedward.co.nz) in 2004 and has been making wine here since.

His wines are highly awarded, lauded for their restraint, and elegance. “Sunshine is everything,” Forsyth says. “Central Otago is a series of villages, each with a completely different microclimate – temperature and rainfall,” he says. “Combine that with wildly varying typography – forests, tussock covered hills, and soil that ranges from rocks and platelets of schist; to river rocks just 100 metres down the hill, and you have many subregions within Central Otago itself.”

These subregions each produce different styles of wine renowned for their individuality and particularly, their diverse minerality and aromatics. “A part of the appeal of living, and growing wine here is taking the rough with the smooth. There are no smoke and mirrors in these parts; you live with the forces of nature.”

Forsyth has been making his wines in a natural, organic way for the past seven years. “We intervene as little as possible with the natural process. If we do intervene, we have to have a very good reason.” The philosophy extends to the vineyard. Pigs, their new piglets, and cattle roam among the vines. “It doesn’t look like a golf course, there are flowers, sheep, chickens, pigs and cows, who are the best manure producers,” he says. “It’s a little bit like an episode of The Good Life making wine down here.”

Last year Forsyth produced just 88 cases of his Drumlin Vineyard riesling, 200 cases of his Mount Edward rosé and 4000 cases of pinot noir, he makes four different pinots using grapes grown across three different subregions. “We try to combine all the very best elements of a Central Otago pinot,” he says. “The aim is to make silky, pretty pinot noirs, with less richness than a traditional pinot from these parts.” Delicacy is the key, he says. “It is difficult to identify which vineyard a wine is from if it is too big, and too rich.”

Lighter style white wines from the region are also in fashion. “People love pinot gris,” Forsyth says. “It is an easy wine to understand; and a good entry-level wine for someone just becoming interested.” Taylor agrees. “Pinot gris has taken over from sauvignon blanc,” he says. “It is the wine people are asking for.”

“Pinot gris is our best-selling white,” says Roz Knox, of Peregrine Wines (peregrinewines.co.nz). Chardonnay is also attracting attention. “Seven or eight years ago we took out chardonnay grapes because chardonnay was out of favour,” she says. “We’ve recently replanted them.”

Peregrine Wines, was founded by winemaker Greg Hay, a local who started his career down the road at Chard Farm. Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago, making some 30,000 cases per year, and is a 100 per cent organic vineyard, Knox says. “We think it’s easier to be organic here than it is in most regions, we have very dry weather and low humidity, which makes us less susceptible to bugs.”

Knox leads the Peregrine Vine to Table experience. The two-hour tour; begins among the vines. “We take guests right through the winemaking process from seeing the grapes on the vine, and explaining how we grow them to when, and how, we’ll harvest them,” she says. From there, visitors are walked through the process of the fruit being turned into juice, placed in vats, and aged in barrels. The tour ends with a tasting of a number of varietals. Limited to eight visitors at a time, many guests elect to undertake the tour exclusively. “We like small groups,” Knox says. “We are a bus-free zone.” Go Otago

Central Otago

Queenstown is the gateway to New Zealand’s Central Otago wine region, and its many subregions. queenstownnz.co.nz

At a latitude of 45 degrees south, Central Otago is the southernmost wine-growing region in the world. Two hundred vineyards lie within a 90-minute drive from Queenstown, 80 with cellar doors. Daily direct flights depart from the east coast of Australia, just three hours away.

Central Otago comes to Sydney

If you can’t get to Queenstown this autumn, experience a taste of Queenstown at Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney (thebentley南京夜网.au) in March, when wineries including Mount Edward, Peregrine, Valli, Amisfield, Gibbston Valley and Two Paddocks, will showcase their exceptional wines.

On Tuesday,  March 24, Bentley Restaurant and Bar will host an Urban Vineyard menu with matching Central Otago wines. Five-course menu with matching wines $175per person. Further information and bookings: [email protected]南京夜网.au

The article brought to you in association with Destination Queenstown.

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Mini Roos session on this week

GOAL KEEPER: Croatia’s Abby White getting her kick away after making a save during a Sunday morning junior soccer game
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Children aged eight and younger are invited to participate in AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick-Off fun session this week.

Hosted by the Whyalla Soccer Association, the clinics are designed to encourage both boys and girls aged between four and nine to get involved in soccer and have fun.

The free sessions will be held on Thursday, February 26.

Football Federation of South Australia (FFSA) is encouraging participation for those who might not have had the opportunity to take part in Football before.

The nation wide initiative uses short, game based sessions to introduce the sport to newcomers, It focuses on learning new skills, being active, making life-long friends and, potentially unearthing the next generation of Socceroos or Matildas.

Children who attend the sessions will have the chance to coached to be by Adelaide United Lady Red’s Tiarn Powell.

Powell began her soccer career at just four-years-old when she began playing at her local club.

She made her first representative side when she was 11 for Manly United, before being approached in 2013 to trial for the Adelaide United Lady Reds – and has been there ever since.

“I am really interested in promoting the women’s game and getting as many girls involved in football as possible, so I can share my love of the game with young girls so they can get as much joy out of it as I have,” she said.

The sessions will be held at Samaritan College oval (Saint John’s campus) on Thursday, February 26 at 5.15pm until 6pm.

For any queries contact Phil MacDiarmid on 0416 973 120

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L&D’s low scoring win

EFFORT: Phantoms player Steven Weckert managed just the one run against L&D Cricket Club on Saturday.
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A COMBINEDtotal of 129 runs were scored for 17 wickets in a low scoring affair between Phantoms and L&D Cricket Club in the Leeton District Cricket Association A Grade competition.

The tight tussle took place at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday, with the Phantoms winning the toss and electing to bat first.

At first, the decision lookedto be a good one as Phantoms captainSimon Wallace (6) and Matt Dedini(5) took the shine off the new ball and looked to set themselves for a long stay in the middle.

Both openers were then removed, closely followed by Steven Weckert (1)and Tim Rolls (0) as Phantoms were reduced to 4-15.

Mitchell Hardie (3-8) and Adrian Axtill(2-10)seemed to move the ball at will, as they took two early wickets apiece.

Richard Keith (18 not out)did his best to give the Phantoms something to bowl at but ran out of batting partners.

Justin Kelly (2-13) and AnthonyTocin (2-9)were handy with the ball taking two wickets each for L&D.

The Phantoms were never able to recover from their early setbacks, all out at the end of their innings for 64.

L&D CC’s Mitch Hardie.

With such a small total on the board, the Phantoms would have to produce something special if they were to have any chance.

Adam Hopkins headed onto the field with a fire in the belly, taking two wickets from the first two balls of the innings, justmissing out on a hat trick.

Axtill (7) was then caught short of his crease following an outstanding pick up and throw from Toby Daniels, removing the opener with a direct hit.

Hopkins continued his good day with the ball to complete a five wicket haul which included five of the top six batsmen.

The regular fall of wickets kept some hope alive for the Phantoms to stage an upset victory.

At 7-45 the boil over looked every chance of happening before Anthony Tocin (10 not out) joined Peter Lashbrook (30 not out) out in the middle.

The pair put on 20 together to guide L&D Cricket Club to a hard fought victory, reaching the total in just under 23 overs.

The win sees L&D Cricket Club retain third spot on the A Grade ladder and stretch their leader over fourth placed Phantoms to 17 points.

The Phantoms remain a chance to drop out of the top four. The final round of the regular season begins next week and they will needto return to the winners circle next round to guarantee a spot in the finals.

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Seven times over legal limit

A WOMAN was arrested and charged with drink driving after recording a breath analysis seven times over the legal limit.
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About 8.30pm on Sunday, police received information that a 2004 white Holden Commodore was being driven in Mahogany Way, Wauchope allegedly in an erratic manner mounting kerbs and front lawns of homes.

Police allegedly located the vehicle parked halfway on the kerb and roadway in Mahogany Way, with a trail of pasta from the vehicle into the yard of a home.

At the house police spoke to the 41-year-old female registered owner who appeared to be well affected by intoxicating liquor.

She was breath tested near her vehicle which returned a positive result and she was placed under arrest for the purposes of a breath analysis.

She was conveyed to the Wauchope Police Station where she returned a reading in the high range, seventimes over the legal limit. Her licence was suspended and she was issued with a court attendance notice to attend Wauchope Local Court on March 12.

Police said the womanstated she had been drinking cask wine from a kid’s tumbler since 12pm.

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