Ashford Show 2015 – Mega Gallery

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Warrnambool band competes at annual Highland gathering

Listen to the band: Drummer Peter Muir, of the Warrnambool and District Pipe Band, and pipier Stacey Riches play during the Ballarat Highland Gathering at Lake Wendouree. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTERVICTORIA’S highlandcommunity converged at Lake Wendouree on Saturday for the annual Ballarat HighlandGathering.

The competition is state pipe bands’ last opportunity to compete before the state championships held in Geelong next weekend.

The day was previously run by Royal South Street Eisteddfod and now by Federation University Australia Pipe Band.

There were about 15 teams competing from all over the state, including school bands from Scotch College, which won grade three and the juvenile section, and Haileybury, which won grade four.

The City of Whitehorse took out grade two and Moorabbin won grade one.

Federation University Australia Pipe Band president Tim Bodey said it was ‘‘an absolutely fantastic day’’ set on a beautiful backdrop of the lake.

“The highlight is always the all-in at the end of the day, where all musicians from the bands come together,” Mr Bodey said.

They played Scotland the Brave, one of eight songs all pipe bands know and play together at the end of their meets.

With about 20-25 musicians in each band, about 400 competitors played on the day, bringing their family members and supporters along.

Mr Bodey said there would have been about 800 spectators, plus another couple of hundred for the highland dancing competition.

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Eye on women’s bowls

At homeWE played social bowls and had the “all important” pennant practise; for we start on March 3.

Results are:

Division two

D Matheson (skip), L Cross, M. Hollebone and L Gilford defeated K Carlton (skip), N Foy, C O’Donnell and D Polley 25-15.

Division four

J Ditton (skip), P Marcus, P Weir and J Thorburn defeated G Bell (skip), L Dennes, T Rushworth and J Duncan 18-13.

In one game of pairs M Hinton and J Pedron defeated N Sandford and S Wolters 15-5.

Winner was lucky rink No 9: J Ditton, P Marcus, P Weir, and J Thorburn.

It was very pleasing to see our president Nancy Sandford resume lawn bowls after having a recent hip replacement.

NextThursday February 26 will be pennant practise and social bowls ladies.

Division two

K Carlton (skip), N Foy, C O’Donnell and D Polley versus D Matheson (skip), L Cross, M Hollebone and L Gilford.

Division four

J Ditton (skip), P Marcus, P Weir and J Thorburn versus G Bell (skip), L Dennes, T Rushworth and J Duncan.

And social bowls ladies.

May I take this opportunity to wish both divisions two and four, the very best for good bowling; as you take on district pennants for 2015 season.

We have quite a few new bowlers this season and hope they all enjoy the competition between our district clubs.

Special mentionQUARTLEY meeting on Thursday February 26 after bowls ladies.

Every bowling lady member may attend.

On Monday February 23 and Tuesday 24 the district will be back at Wingham Bowling Club for round one of the pair’s event.

Monday – morning match only.

Tuesday – morning and afternoon matches.

Please, if you would like to pick up a “few pointers” on the art of bowling, please come along to watch.

Refreshments are a plenty while enthralled!!

See you on the green.


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Rainbow denies Winiam a finals berth

FINALS-BOUND: Rainbow’s Brett Jensz helped his team qualify for the finals in a thrilling tie against Winiam at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

RAINBOW denied Winiam a fairytale finals berth with a last-ditch run-out in Saturday’s thrilling match at Davis Park, Nhill.

Rainbow set a target of 181 for victory in its first innings on day one of the match.

The Wolves resumed at 1-10 on Saturday.

With both teams tied on points and Rainbow ahead on percentage entering the final round, Winiam needed a victory to keep its premiership defence alive.

Rainbow all-rounder Brett Jensz said his side began the day well on Saturday.

‘‘We started off pretty well with some early wickets but then we had a bit of a lull and took our minds off it for a bit,’’ he said.

‘‘Ben Marra batted well and didn’t give many chances, so once we got him out, we felt pretty confident we could win.

‘‘As it turned out, it came right down to the last batsman.’’

Marra’s knock of 87 put his side in a good position after batsmen Brad Clark, eight, and Shannon Launer, duck, fell cheaply.

Victory looked within reach for the Wolves at 6-162, but disaster struck.

When Jordan Gurry was run out for a duck by Nathan Cocks, the Wolves were 9-162.

Needing 20 runs for victory, Chris Jenkins and Alistair Stott set about building a last-wicket partnership for the Wolves.

The pair inched to 9-181, tying Rainbow’s total.

Then Stott tried to get home for a match-winning single but was run out by Chris Heinrich.

‘‘We knew we only needed a tie to make the finals,’’ Jensz said.

“I was told by people at the other game they could hear us yelling all the way over there once we got the run out.”

The other match was less eventful, with Kiata easily chasing down Jeparit’s total of 9-155.

Nathan Alexander nearly outscored the Redbacks on his own, producing an innings of 133 at the top of the order.

His brother Brad Alexander was also more than handy, notching up 71 not out.

Trevor Polkinghorne, 52, was the third Highwayman to make at least a half century in the team’s innings of 6-322.

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Help Murray Bridge Lions clean up Australia

Lions Club volunteers participate in Clean Up Australia Day several years ago.Each year, Murray Bridge Lions Club members get out and about to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.

Murray Bridge Lions are proud of their town and its environs and for almost 10 years, the club has made a concerted effort to select a site in need of its attention.

Members are continuing to do their bit to ensure visitors leave with a great impression of Murray Bridge and return again with friends.

“Let’s face it, there is nothing more off-putting than entering a town only to be greeted by unsightly, unhealthy rubbish littering the streets and parklands,” club member Ann Hughes said.

This Friday, February 27, the Lions will again clean-up along the Adelaide Road area from Thomas Street to the top of White Hill.

“It seems a long way but with a combined effort by locals helping the Lions club members, the job will be done in record time,” Ms Hughes said.

The clean-up will start at 9am at the Johnstone Park gates.

Participants should wear hats and bring water and gardening gloves.

“Why don’t you join us and contribute your efforts to help?” Ms Hughes said.

“We would love to have you join us to contribute your time and efforts to assist.

“Afterwards, refreshments will be available to all.”

– Details: For more information contact the Murray Bridge Lions Club on 0408 803 723.

Murray Bridge Lions Club member Ann Hughes set yo a display in the council foyer for Clean Up Australia Day several years ago.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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


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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