Hot cricket – stay cool in Canberra

Stay cool while you watch hot cricket this summer in Canberra. Fairfax image.Don’t be stumped on what else to see and do while you’re in Canberra…Catching an over or two of cricket in Canberra? Don’t get stumped for ideas or caught out by not visiting Canberra’s hidden gems all within a stones throwof the stadium…….

Afghanistan take on Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Afghanistan batsman Shinwari Samiullah is run out by Bangladesh wicket keeper Rahim Mushfiqur. Fairfax image.

For the pre-match warm up, or chill out….Take a dip at the historic Manuka Pool and lounge around on the grassy lawns. After grab a coffee at ONA on the Lawns, Urban Pantry or My Cafe in Manuka or venture to Penny University, Me and Mrs Jones, Silo Bakery and Idelic Cafe in Kingston.

Cool off after the cricket at the Manuka pool. Fairfax image

During the lunch break, a quick 45 mins…..Explore the new lakeside dining strip along the Kingston Foreshore. Drop into Walt & Burley for a bite to eat or drink. The pub has a great selection of local Canberra District wines and the pub’s name, Walt & Burley, is an ode to Chicago architect Walter Burley Griffin who designed the city. Open: 11am until late.

Walt and Burley offers a great selection of local wines as well as many boutique beers on tap. Fairfax image.

For a hat trick: three local activities that tick the boxes…Explore the shopping villages of Manuka and Kingston. Find a mix of boutique shopping, art galleries, cafe and restaurant dining just a stone’s throw from Manuka Oval.

The process of glass blowing at the Canberra Glassworks. Fairfax image.

Watch glass artists in action on the hot-shop floor or sign-up to make your own glass object at the Canberra Glassworks in Kingston. Open: Wednesdays-Sundays 10am-4pm. Free entry.

James Turrell Sight unseen. supplied image.

If you’re feeling energetic walk down to the Kingston Foreshore and follow the bike path around the lake taking in the views until you reach The National Gallery of Australia. If the mood takes you wander the outstanding James Turrell: A retrospective exhibition or grab lunch at the Stephanie Alexander pop up cafe in the Sculpture Garden.

For that one perfect six (or ten)…. Don’t just dream it, eat it at Brodburger. Fairfax image.

Find out why Canberrans rave about Brodburger, a locally owned flame grilled hamburger outlet at the Canberra Glassworks in Kingston. This one hits home every time.

Go all out, once the match is wrapped up head out …Top nightspots in the surrounding Manuka suburb include Public Bar and the politically themed Polit Bar or head to the Kennedy Room and Little Brooklyn in Kingston. Along the Kingston Foreshore don’t miss The Dock or Rum Bar.

A Japanese slipper might be just the ticket at the Polit Bar Manuka, after the cricket. Fairfax image.

For more information on Canberra’s star attractions head to Visit Canberraand to find about more about the cricket head to ICC Cricket World Cup.

Wimmera Netball Association undefeated in state league

THREE IN A ROW: Wimmera Netball Association picked up its third straight state league win at the weekend to remain undefeated. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRITHE Wimmera Netball Association open team remains undefeated in the Central Highlands Regional State League competition after its third win in a row.

The team beat Riddell District Football Netball League 50-38 on Friday night.

Wimmera coach Gayle Leith said it was an impressive performance from her charges.

‘‘It was a really good game of netball for all four quarters,’’ she said.

‘‘We started slow but the pressure on the ball we applied all down the court made for great netball.’’

Leith said the team was dominant for most of the game, but the intensity dropped a bit in the second quarter.

‘‘After half-time, we put some fresh legs on and made some positional changes and everything started to flow nicely down the court,’’ she said.

Leith said Zoe and Jedda Heard were dominant in defence, while Tiffany Boatman and Carly Werner also played strongly.

‘‘The game was contested hard and our defence shut the avenues down in the goal third,’’ she said.

‘‘The other team had a lot of trouble getting the ball into the goal ring.’’

Leith said Kirby Knight had a fantastic second half, which helped the team finish with a 12-goal margin.

‘‘Kirby Knight really stepped up on Friday,” she said.

“She had 10 goals from 14 attempts in the third quarter and nine goals from 12 attempts in the final quarter.

‘‘Kirby worked brilliantly with Georgia Duncan, who had six goals from seven attempts in the third and hit five in a row in the final quarter.’’

Leith saidfrom what she had seen, Riddell District Football Netball League was one of the better teams at the competition.

She also flagged Ballarat Football Netball League as strong competition.

The Wimmera side will play Ballarat in round five.

Leith refused to talk up the team’s finals chances, but said she was pleased to see the team playing together so well.

‘‘We’ve got six clubs represented in our squad and to be playing the standard of netball they are playing is fantastic to see,’’ she said.

Leith said the team would lose Tiffany Boatman for the remainder of the season because she was going to university.

The association’s 17 and under team had the bye.

This week, the open team will play the Sovereigns, while the 17 and under team will face Riddell District Football Netball League.

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Horsham businesses lose confidence

LOW: Horsham business confidence in the city’s economy has reached a record low. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERBUSINESS confidence in Horsham has plummeted to record lows,according to the latest Business Horsham survey.

Of 77 businesses surveyed, only13 per cent of respondents believedconditions would improve in thenext six months.

Business Horsham chairman andsurvey co-ordinator Brian Wattssaid it was a record lack of confidence.

‘‘The January 2015 survey hasturned out to have the least confidentresults since this survey startedback in June 2009,’’ he said.

‘‘Given some weak local harvestresults and low national confidence,it is not surprising to see thepessimists outweighed by optimistsby a ratio of 48:10 in regard to localconfidence over the next sixmonths.

‘‘The news is not quite so grimwhen looking forward to the nextsix months in your industry with aratio of 32:17 pessimists to optimists.’’

The January 2014 survey showedalmost 60 per cent of businessesbelieved the region’s economywould improve.

Mr Watts said it was the first timebusinesses were more pessimisticabout the region’s economy thanAustralia’s economy.

He said the survey quizzed businessesin Firebrace Street, HorshamPlaza, south Horsham in the Wilsonand Hamilton streets area, thecentral business district peripherysurrounding Firebrace Street andnon-central business district.

‘‘Horsham’s prominent FirebraceStreet was again the least confidentgroup with 80 per cent of participantsin the survey expectingconditions to worsen over the nextsix months,’’ he said.

Of the 33 retailers surveyed, only15 per cent believed the region’sconditions would improve in thenext six months.

A majority of businesses are infavour of pop-up shops, with 21 percent unsure and 18 per cent againstthe idea.

Almost 60 per cent of businesseswanted Wimmera operators inpop-up shops, with 26 per centresponding they did not mind whooperated them.

Businesses appeared to be followa ‘‘shop local’’ mantra at Christmas,with 86 per cent of people buyingtheir gifts in person in the Wimmera.

‘‘When people did shop outsidethe Wimmera, the most commonreason was because the item oritems they were looking for werenot available locally,’’ Mr Wattssaid.

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Thrilling final’s contest

Malcolm Swan overcame Daniel Gardner in a thrilling semi-final of the Swan Hill Lawn Tennis Club’s men’s singles title on Saturday morning, before regular pennant. PHOTO – Pamela Blackman.Gray (8 sets, 102 games) were defeated by Beveridge (9 sets, 102 games) in a thrilling contest.

However, Gray will be awarded the points when the match review panel deducts 1 set and 10 games due to Max Carroll stacking his side with Matt Whitney subbing in at number 2.

Beveridge dominated the men’s sets winning 8 out of 9 but Gray women fought back winning all 4 sets comfortably and carried that form into the mixed winning 3 out of 4 sets.

Max Carroll, Matt Whitney and Julie Wardle all won 3 sets for Beveridge while Annie Mullan, Rebecca Grey and Teagan Mays won 3 sets for Gray.

McCallum ended Werril’s winning streak by the narrowest of margins 114 games to 113.

Tacca McKissack confirmed his ranking as the leagues premier number 2 player by dominating a sluggish Richie Wardle.

Nat Plant also won all 3 sets in a good contest with Ange Smith.

Darren Barnes and Corey Tonkin won all their sets for Werril on a day where there were a lot of very even sets.

John Wardle and Barry Dow fought out an epic battle with Dow getting the honours in the end. Wardle’s 1 set win out of 3 sees him trailling Dollar Grinham in the futsal cup by 1 set.

Campbell were too good for Splatt by 5 sets and 27 games stamping themselves as clear flag favourites.

Renee McCaig and Spider Evans suffered their first mixed defeat for the year and will now have to stop claiming to be unbeatable.

Campbell’s top 3 men all won 3 sets while for Splatt – Russ Wardle filled in and won all 3 sets as did Jasmine Sinanaj.

Daniel Gardner quickly put his agonising loss in the singles club championships behind him and won all 3sets -again.

The match against Malcolm Swan earlier in the day was one of the best singles matches played at the Swan Hill Lawn Tennis Club in many years.

Swan got the first set with some powerful hitting but Gardner regrouped and won the second set with some vintage tennis.

The final set was in the balance and could have gone either way but it was Swan who gained the ascendancy and moves on to the final to play the winner of Matt Whitney and Chris Mitchell.

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Man found with implements for break-ins: police allege

A man has been charged in Armidale with possessing implements which could be used into breaking into homes.

About 2am, police were patrolling Watson Avenue, after reports of a number of break-ins the area, when they stopped a man riding a bicycle.

They searched the man and allegedly located a number of items in his backpack including fingerless gloves, screwdrivers, hex keys, pliers, stainless steel folding knife and a type of slingshot.

Police arrested the 44-year-old and he was taken to Armidale Police Station.

He was charged with possess house breaking implements, possess prohibited weapon, custody of a knife in public place, and not wearing a helmet.

The local man was granted conditional bail to appear at Armidale Local Court on Monday, March 16

Inquiries are continuing.

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Fire brigade junior championships a success

TEAM WORK: Horsham’s Ash Carter and Nicholas Piera compete in the Y coupling event at the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria State Championships, hosted in Horsham on Saturday and Sunday. Stawell and Warracknabeal also entered teams in the competition, with both teams grabbing a fourth place in an event. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERDESPITE minimal success for Wimmera brigades, organisers are thrilled with how the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Junior State Championships played out in Horsham at the weekend.

Tatura Fire Brigade won all three categories – under-14s, under-17s and aggregate – at the junior championships on Saturday and Sunday.

Tatura is located just outside of Shepparton.

The state championships aim to prepare future firefighters to get organised to battle a fire in the shortest possible time, while also building camaraderie between competitors.

Horsham Fire Brigade 2015 championship committee chairman John Davies said the weekend went off without a hitch.

‘‘Everything has gone very smoothly, with just under 700 competitors taking part,’’ he said.

‘‘The track and grounds have been in good order all weekend and there haven’t been any problems with the equipment.

‘‘We are extremely happy with how it has all gone.

“The competition has been very friendly in nature between the competitors.

‘‘On the track the competition is fierce, but the moment it finishes they are all friends.

“They challenge and compliment each other right throughout the competition.’’

Mr Davies said Wimmera teams, from Horsham, Warracknabeal, Ararat and Stawell, had varying degrees of success.

‘‘Horsham only had three competitors and was a bit restricted in the events it could enter,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of the events required four competitors, so obviously it could not go in those events.’’

Mr Davies said Warracknabeal came fourth in the under-14 one competitor marshal event on Saturday, while Stawell came fourth in the under-14s wet hose striking one disc twice.

In the under-17s category, Tatura beat out Swan Hill and Moe, while in the under-14s category Drouin-Bunyip was second and Benalla came third.

Overall, Tatura had 72 points, followed by Benalla with 28 points and Drouin-Bunyip with 26 points.

Mr Davies said competitors displayed strong skills and had few mishaps throughout the two days.

‘‘No records were broken on Saturday but some very good times were recorded,’’ he said.

‘‘The placing spots were all up for grabs. Benalla, Swan Hill, Drouin-Bunyip, Euroa and the Western Australian team Kellerberrin all had only a few points between them.’’

Mr Davies said he was pleased to see emergency services dignitaries mixing with the competitors and spectators on Saturday.

‘‘Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett officially opened the competition and then went and spoke to a lot of the competitors,’’ he said.

He thanked committee members who helped organise the event and Horsham Rural City Council for its support.

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Shellharbour aged care services could close

File picture.Shellharbour City Council staff have recommended the council close down its aged care services in response to Commonwealth funding reforms.

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and proposed changes to the Commonwealth Government policy about the service system has led to council staff recommending Shellharbour council close its Home and Community Care Services, National Respite Carers Program and Community Transport service from the end of October.

General manager Michael Willis said that when Shellharbour Council took on its community care role there was a gap in service provisions, particularly community transport.

‘‘The gap in community care that council has filled for 19 years is no longer there and under these new reforms, our advice is to exit this service and support our staff, volunteers and clients through the transition,’’ Mr Willis said.

‘‘The introduction of the government’s customer centred service model in the future means that others can provide the services that are more competitive than we are able.’’

Shellharbour Council currently provides a range of centre-based services, social services, in-home respite, and referral services for 281 service users and carers.

The Albion Park HACC Centre employs six staff, has five vacant positions and has 46 volunteers.

The council is part of a community transport ‘‘consortium’’ which has Wollongong City Council as the lead council.

The proposal to ‘‘transition’’ out of aged care services will be debated on Tuesday night.

Shellharbour councillor Peter Moran said he felt the council’s hand was being forced by the federal government.

‘‘A lot of the services are funded by grants from the federal government that won’t be available in the future,’’ Cr Moran said.

However, Kellie Marsh said in her opinion the council should be at the grass roots of the community especially when it came to community transport.

‘‘We have had an exceptionally good service for many years and we have the cream of the crop in volunteers and ‘‘people would not be able to get the same sort of service elsewhere,’’ she said.

Mr Willis said he believed the services provided by the council would be absorbed by Shellharbour’s aged care sector.

‘‘The council’s service has fulfilled a valuable role in our community for a number of years … the service has been declining as the aged care sector has developed,’’ he said.

Facing the axe:

Shellharbour City Council Services to go:

Centre-based respite: Looking Ahead Group, Friday Friendship Group and Friday Bowling

Social Support: Rosie’s Tours, Shell Cove Group, Wednesday Bowling, Transport, Shopping, Gardening and Minor Home Maintenance

In Home Respite

Information, Advocacy and Referral

Source: Illawarra Mercury

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Horsham’s Muriel Conn celebrates 97th birthday

GOING STRONG: Horsham’s Muriel Conn, 97, has been volunteering at the Wimmera Base Hospital Ladies Auxillary Opportunity Shop for more than 25 years. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIHORSHAM’S Muriel Connturns 97 today and showslittle sign of slowing down.

Mrs Conn regularly volunteersat the Wimmera BaseHospital Ladies AuxiliaryOpportunity Shop in Horsham.

She has been volunteeringat the shop for morethan 25 years and is incharge of pricing items.

‘‘I love it. It is better thansitting at home,’’ she said.

‘‘The people I work withare delightful, I look forwardto it.’’

Shop manager Ethel Hollandsaid Mrs Conn was anextremely valued memberof the team.

‘‘She’s still as sharp as atack,’’ she said.

Born in Colac in 1918, MrsConn moved to the Wimmerawhen she was 16.

Mrs Conn married farmerJim Conn in 1941 and theylived on a Wail farm untiltheir retirement in 1974,when they relocated to Horsham.

She still lives in her Horshamhome and lives anindependent life, includingdoing all of her own housework.

Mrs Conn has three children,Barry, Neville andShirley, and eight grandchildren.

One of Mrs Conn’s otherpassions is cooking.

‘‘I love cooking of everysort,’’ she said.

Mrs Conn’s speciality isbaking and decorating traditionalwedding cakes.

She said now that she wasolder, she only made weddingcakes for special occasions,but still brought inmorning tea for shop staff.

Mrs Conn said this yearshe decided not to make herown birthday cake for thefirst time in decades.

She will celebrate herbirthday by travelling toSydney to visit her two sonsthis week.

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Winners defend strong totals

BIG first innings scores paid handsome dividends for winning teams in day two of the penultimate round of the Swan Hill District Cricket Association’s A grade competition.

Round 14 saw RSL, Nyah District and Woorinen all defend strong totals set the previous week.

Blues def Saints

ST MARY’S Tyntynder fell 51 runs short of RSL’s total on Saturday.

The Saints were chasing 241 to make par on the Blues’ first innings score, but regular wickets and a sluggish run rate ensured RSL claimed the points.

Craig Fletcher removed both of St Mary’s openers with Pat Noonan being caught and bowled for 21 and Sean White dismissed lbw for three.

Brent Daniels helped steady the innings with a fine knock of 73 — complemented by Matt Smith’s 31 — before being bowled by Brenton Caldwell.

Fletcher finished the day with three wickets, as did fill-in Scott Worner.

Demons def TUF

ULTIMA TUF couldn’t match Nyah District’s first innings performance with the bat at Nyah on Saturday.

The Demons set UTUF a massive target of 248, and easily defended it after a strong start by the visitors.

Kaine O’Connell and Andy Abbott had the RooDogs off to a good start, with scores of 27 and 22 ensuring TUF had a chance at 2/73.

But with eight wickets falling for just 70 runs, the Demon bowlers proved too much for the Ultima line-up.

Brad Jones and Ben Shadbolt finished with three wickets each for the Demons.

Tigers def Swans

WOORINEN reaped the benefit of a strong first innings total when it claimed first innings points against Swan Hill on Saturday.

The Tigers batted strongly to score 261 on day one, then restricting the Swans to 200 to conclude the match.

Matt Lanigan’s 39 was the batting high point for Swan Hill, with Brock Freeman chipping in with 32.

Stefan Mangiameli claimed three wickets for the Tigers, with Kade Groat taking a double.

Luke Crow managed one wicket to go with his 111 from day one.

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Young Wimmera actors land roles in Peter Pan

READY TO GO: Lucinda Binney and Jamie Thomas learn their roles as Peter Pan and Captain Hook respectively. Horsham Arts Council started the rehearsals for its production of Peter Pan yesterday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERHORSHAM Arts Council hasannounced the cast for itsjunior production of Peter Pan.

Horsham College studentLucinda Binney will play themain lead of Peter Pan.

Sophie Trudel will playWendy Darling, Liam Robertsonwill play John Darling, Georgie Schwarz will play MichaelDarling, Lara Bowmanwill play Tinkerbell and Jamie Thomas will play CaptainHook.

There are 45 cast members intotal.

Director Larissa Riddell saidit took two days to decide onthe cast.

Riddell and vocal directorLisa Thomas, dance coordinatorAmy Amselmi, assistantdirector Luke Mitton andtechnical director Ron Thomasselected the cast after viewingtheir acting, singing and dancingskills in auditions.

‘‘There was a lot of discussionand we arrived with whatwe know is a brilliant cast ofkids,’’ Riddell said.

She said a range of youngpeople made up this year’scast, which was formally finalisedon Friday.

‘‘We got a mixed bag – somekids had done stuff when theywere very young, some hadbeen in musicals before, othershad had no experience,’’ shesaid.

Riddell said the young peoplecast in the lead roles reallystood out.

‘‘Those kids were reallystrong in all three performingaspects – acting, singing anddancing,’’ she said.

‘‘Lead characters need tohave that real strength.’’

Riddell said Lucinda was theperfect choice for Peter Pan.

‘‘Lucinda is an extremelytalented performer, she doesdancing and she’s been inmusical productions at thecollege before,’’ she said.

‘‘She’s a real all-rounderwhen it comes to performance.

‘‘She’s going to be a brilliantrole model for people aroundher.

‘‘She’s got it all and she willbe a wonderful Peter Pan.’’

Riddell said she hoped peoplewho weren’t cast for thisyear’s productions would notlose interest in performing.

‘‘This is something we’re goingto be doing again in thefuture,’’ she said.

‘‘To all the kids who triedhard at the audition and didn’tmake the show, next year willbe a different show with differentcharacters and differentrequirements.

‘‘So polish your craft, practiseyour singing, dancing andacting and who knows whatwill happen in the future.’’

Riddell said the productionwould be presented in the finaltwo weeks of June.

Rehearsals started yesterday.

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