NBL finals beckon for Bruce, Creek

READY: Horsham basketball export Mitch Creek and fellow Wimmera product Shaun Bruce are ready for the NBL finals. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

HORSHAM basketball exports Shaun Bruce and Mitch Creek looked to maintain momentum heading into the NBL finals at the weekend.

Bruce’s Cairns Taipans finished atop the league ladder after beating New Zealand yesterday afternoon, while Creek and the Adelaide 36ers put themselves in third position with two wins at the weekend.

It was a big result for the 36ers, giving them 10 wins on the trot.

Perth had a three-point lead against the Sixers at halftime on Friday nightbut Adelaide responded with a big third quarter, holding the visitors to just 16 points.

The Sixers held on in the final term to win 101-94 against the reigning premier.

Creek was outstanding in the win, notching up 17 points and eight rebounds.

He worked his way to the free throw line and helped contain dangerous Wildcat DeAndre Daniels at the other end.

The American import is one of the top 10 scorers in the league but was held to just eight by Creek.

The win was clearly important to Creek and the Sixers.

After the game, he took to social media, posting a photo of him fighting for a loose ball on the floor with two Wildcats players.

The photo was accompanied by the caption: ‘‘Nothing more I’d rather be doing in life than playing for the club I love most, alongside some extraordinary gentlemen!’’

The win put Adelaide in third position on the ladder, meaning the team only had to defeat bottom-of-the-ladder Wollongong to stay there.

The team easily accounted for Wollongong yesterday, winning 105-85 with Creek scoring 21 points.

Bruce’s Taipans finished atop the ladder after downing second-placed New Zealand 81-77 yesterday afternoon.

Warracknabeal’s Chloe Bibby and the Dandenong Rangers did not fare well in their WNBL final against the Sydney Uni Flames.

The Rangers went down 89-80 despite leading by 13 points at halftime.

Bibby played just over two minutes in the contest, scoring two points.

The Rangers have now been eliminated from the finals.

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Braving bald

AFRO: Greg Wheeler’s afro is his defining character, something that makes him stand out from a crowd. This identifying feature is being sold off to the highest bidder in the name of leukaemia.With the World’s Greatest Shave nearing, many locals have decided to sacrifice their hair to support those battling blood cancer.

For 22-year-old Greg Wheeler, his afro is his defining character, something that makes him stand out from a crowd – an identifying feature he is selling off to the highest bidder.

“I’ve been wanting to do the shave for a few years now,” he said.

So it seemed like fate when an advertisement for the shave popped up in Greg’s Facebook news feed.

“My aunty had cancer and battled her way through it, the chemo messed with her a bit, so I thought it would be good to do it for such a good cause,” he said.

Greg has been fundraising for the shave online with a goal of raising $1200 for the cause.

The shave will be held in Westland Shopping Centre on Thursday, March 12 with hairdressers from Dare to Be Different taking the honours.

“I’m hoping people will walk past and donate, I will be out there a couple of hours before trying to collect with cans and posters,” he said.

Greg said he had the support of his friends and family for the shave who all thought it was ‘brilliant’.

Not the slightest bit vein, Greg said he wasn’t apprehensive to lose his hair, beard and possibly his eyebrows, given the right amount of money was donated.

“I’ve had a bald head before, it wasn’t a good look,” he said.

“It will look good this time [though] because it would have been well worth it and for a good cause.”

To donate to Greg’s cause, head to his online website here or head to Westland Shopping Centre on Thursday, March 12 at 1pm.

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Welcoming women to celebrate in Murray Bridge

Getting together: International Women’s Day committee members Alison Barr and Melinda Rankine, chairwoman Annette Korzeba and committee member Peggy Bennett will welcome women from all walks of life into the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery on Thursday, March 5, for the International Women’s Day celebration.Women of all ages and from various cultural backgrounds will unite at the Murray Bridge Gallery on March 5 for the rural city’s International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations.

At the event, secheduled three days before the international day, guests will be able to enjoy morning tea, stories from Valmai Hankel and entertainment from the Willunga Playback Theatre all at no cost and all in a peaceful and relaxing environment.

IWD committee member Peggy Bennett said women and men who cared about the world and the future were encouraged to attend.

“It just about creating awareness of women and it’s fun,” she said.

“It’s for men too, but it’s focusing on the role women play in the society.”

The international event, which has a ‘Make it Happen’ theme this year, gives people around the world the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of women from all walks of life, while calling for greater equality.

It encourages effective action for advancing and recognising women in local, national and international communities.

“Our goal is to raise awareness but I’d encourage people to come because they will enjoy it,” Mrs Bennett said.

“There are a lot of women who are focused to take themselves too seriously now.”

IWD was first held in 1911 and has spread world-wide with thousands of events taking place to mark the economic, politic and social achievements of women each year.

IWD will be celebrated around the world on Sunday, March 8.

– Details: Everyone is invited to attend the Murray Bridge IWD celebration from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday, March 5 at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, on Sixth Street.

If you want to attend the free event, RSVP to Peggy Bennett on 8539 1420 or [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校 before Friday, February 27.

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Another service station for Murray Bridge

Peregrine Corporation has plans for an On the Run at Murray Bridge.THE company behind the SA Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend has unveiled plans for a $2 million investment in Murray Bridge.

Peregrine Corporation plans to build an On The Run service station, car wash and drive-through restaurant at 179 Adelaide Road, formerly Robbie Dee’s Cafe.

The corporation operates co-branded restaurants including Subway, Oporto and Hungry Jack’s at 45 service stations around South Australia.

On the Run chief operating officer Michaela Webster claimed the opening of the station – which would be the eighth in Murray Bridge if all others remained open – would put downward pressure on petrol prices.

“As reported by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), Adelaide has had the cheapest fuel prices in the country over the last four years,” she said.

“That is thanks to OTR being a local, independent retailer and the support of Adelaide because we are local.

“The same approach will be applied at Murray Bridge.”

The Adelaide-based Development Assess-ment Commission is currently considering a development application for the property and will make a final decision after a public consultation period ends on March 2.

If approval were granted, the new service station would open in September and would open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Another On The Run service station will sit on the corner of the Dukes and Mallee highways at Tailem Bend if Peregrine gains approval for its SA Motorsport Park development.

– Details: To formally comment on the proposed development, write to the Secretary, Development Assess-ment Commission, GPO Box 1815, Adelaide, 5001 before March 2.

Peregrine Corporation has plans for an On the Run at Murray Bridge.

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South Australian regional lab shake-up ruled out

Staff and patients at SA Pathology’s Murray Bridge laboratory can breathe a sigh of relief after the State Government ruled out any changes to the service.Staff and patients at SA Pathology’s Murray Bridge laboratory can breathe a sigh of relief after the State Government ruled out any changes to the service.

A review of the organisation had floated the idea of outsourcing the operations of regional laboratories to a private company, but State Health Minister Jack Snelling said the idea had proven unpopular with communities and pathologists alike.

“It’s clear that these services are greatly valued by country communities and the high-quality, efficient pathology diagnostic services are integral to the workings of country hospitals,” he said.

“Based on the feedback we’ve received, it’s apparent this recommendation should not proceed.

“It will not be considered as part of a final response to the review.”

Family First MP Robert Brokenshire, who had criticised the outsourcing option as a step towards privatisation, praised Mr Snelling for his common sense.

“The loss of SA Pathology services and collection centres from regional areas would have been a disaster for country people who need the government to support them,” he said.

“The sell-off of the regional laboratories never made sense from an economic or societal viewpoint.”

None of the other five proposed changes to SA Pathology focused specifically on regional areas.

The State Government is still considering how it will respond to the rest of the review and to 100 public submissions received so far.

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