Cricket grand finalists decided

Cricket grand finalists decided Lucindale bowler Haydn Cox watches as Kyby’s Dave Farley cuts hard at a ball outside off stump.
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Padthaway and Townies players enjoy a bit of shade as they take a drinks break on Saturday.

Justin Redding bowls for Townies.

Sam Graetz bowls for Lucindale.

Dave Farley sets himself to cut for Kyby.

Kyby’s Daniel Giersch guides one over the slips.

Lucindale wicket keeper Brendan Voss takes an incoming ball next to Kyby’s Daniel Giersch.

Lucindale’s Hayden Cox throws in from the boundary watched by Brock Kelsh.

Lucindale’s Brad Maloney bowls.

Lucindale players celebrate a wicket.

Jamie Bittner crashes a cut shot over cover.

Kyby’s Olly Barr cuts at the ball in front of Lucindale keeper Brendan Voss.

Kyby saviour Jamie Bittner bangs a six straight down the ground.

Townies’ Brodie Foster watches the ball onto his bat.

Townies batsman Mark Collins flicks to the leg side.

A hot and dejected Ethan Vogelsang leaves the ground after being dismissed.

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Emotional Brock speaks of loss of first wife

GeoffBrock’s loss of his first wife Arlene in a car crash is still raw for the Cabinet Minister and Independent Member for Frome.
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Mr Brock reflected emotionally on the incident which happened 23 years ago while speaking about the State Government’s consideration of reducing speed limits on country roads to help save lives.

“It has a life-long impact on the family – it is something you never get over,” he said.

“People never understand it unless they have been through it.” He said Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo was consulting country councils about the speed limits they believed were appropriate for their local roads before making a final decision.

“We also need to take responsibility for our own actions on the road,” he said.

“It is not always the fault of drivers, but I do see so many idiots on the road. People need to drive to the conditions.”

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Bullants upset Blue Panthers in Horsham Cricket Association

YES: Horsham Saints batsman Craig Klemm calls through a run after hitting the ball against Homers in the A Grade. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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NORADJUHA-TOOLONDO scored an upset win against ladder leader Rup-Minyip in Horsham Cricket Association’s A Grade competition at the weekend.

In a low-scoring game, the Bullants were bowled out for 138.

In reply, Rup-Minyip could only manage 115 runs in 42 overs.

Justtin Combe top-scored for the Bullants, making 39 at the top of the order, while Josh Colbert, 28, and Ben Anson, 26 not out, chimed in with handy performances.

Four Rup-Minyip bowlers took two wickets each, with Corey Morgan, 2-13 off six overs, and Craig Morgan, 2-19 off 10, the pick of the bowlers.

Rup-Minyip took regular wickets and would have liked its chances heading into its innings with the bat.

However, in-form Bullants bowler Jordan Huff took four wickets and Justtin Combe took three to skittle Rup-Minyip’s powerful batting line-up.

Adam Carter, 34, and Craig Morgan, 32, were the only batsmen for Rup-Minyip to reach double-digit scores as the team fell short of the required total.

In another low-scoring affair, Horsham Saints defeated Homers to take second place on the ladder.

Saints captain Tony Caccaviello said it was a great effort by the team, which made 7-131 to take victory.

‘‘We bowled very well against a good batting side, with Karl Goodwin taking six wickets,’’ he said.

‘‘Sebastian Dalgleish played his first game in A Grade at only 14 years old and he did quite well, keeping pressure on at one end to allow Karl to take the wickets.

‘‘Pat Niehus batted brilliantly in the end to get us home.’’

Niehus, 32 not out with the bat, was part of a 63-run partnership with Caccaviello, 29, and also took two wickets with the ball.

Homers captain Lachie Jones said the team played poorly and put itself in a tough position with a total of 125.

‘‘We were always going to need to take early wickets, which we did, but they had a couple of guys who hung around at the end,’’ he said.

‘‘It was always going to be pretty tough to defend that total.

“We would have liked to win but credit is due to them, they outplayed us.’’

Homers’ Adam Atwood top-scored for the team with 30, while Chris Hopper was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-17 off 10 overs.

In the final game, Jung Tigers drew level with Laharum on the ladder after a comprehensive victory.

The Tigers batted first, with David Puls, 98, and Nathan Neumann, 43, making an opening partnership of 124 runs, to put them in the box seat.

Captain Tyler Neville said the pair batted brilliantly to help get over Laharum.

‘‘Any time you have both openers still in the middle at drinks, you’re setting yourself up for a big innings,’’ he said.

‘‘Pulsy unluckily couldn’t get the final two runs to reach 100 but he played very well.’’

Laharum had a good crack at chasing down the Tigers’ score of 7-249, but ultimately fell short of the total, all out for 172.

Captain Dan Griffiths said it was good to see most batsmen make starts, but lamented they could not go on to make big scores like the Tigers did.

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Wagga woman awakes to car inferno

A Holden Commodore ute is engulfed by flames. Picture: Wagga Neighbourhood Watch/FacebookAn Ashmont woman was awoken from her sleep in the early hours of Monday morning after her car was set alight, police said.
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About 2am police responded to the Connorton Street blaze and arrived to a”completely destroyed” car.

A post on a Wagga community Facebook page shows a Holden Commodore ute well alight.

Wagga police duty officer Inspector Peter Robertson said two unidentified youths were seen running from the scene.

It follows a string of car fires in the Wagga area over the past two months.

A Holden Commodore ute is engulfed by flames. Picture: Wagga Neighbourhood Watch/Facebook

“It is a concern to us,” Inspector Robertson said.

“We don’t know whether it’s linked, but we will investigate it.”

Inspector Robertson said it helped for property owners to make themselves a “small target” for thieves, which includedlocking doors, keeping valuables in safe storage and parkingcars off the street.

“Thieves will always take the easiest avenue.”

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.

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Seaspray glad of a reprieve …for now

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MYfamily and friends in Seaspray are pleased to hear that Lakes Oil appears to be leaving us alone, for the time being.

It is shifting its focus to Western Victoria, as claimed by Rob Annells in the Herald Sun on February 14.

However, that is just not enough for us.

We will not celebrate until there is a permanent ban on onshore gas mining in Victoria.

We have little faith in anything Lakes Oil says.

We feel as if we have been dragged away from our lives, our businesses, our work and our families.

Our health has suffered; we believe the value of our farming and residential properties has been affected, and our beautiful coastal area is dotted with wells and produce ponds in a disgraceful state of disrepair.

We are angry.

We are not ignorant or ill informed we are a powerful little community which has achieved amazing things in the past few years.

In recent weeks a glossy promotional brochure has been widely distributed in mailboxes throughout our community.

We are unsure exactly the motives behind recent activities but remain sceptical and committed to continue our campaign against onshore gas mining in our beautiful coastal community.

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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.


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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