80th anniversary show thrills crowd

The FMX Kaos International Freestyle team were popular at the 2012 show.Organisers of the 80th anniversary Gresford Show are on a high after a spectacular Saturday made up for the rain-depleted Friday program that resulted in the campdraft and horse events being postponed.
Nanjing Night Net

“The weather was perfect, the crowd was good and everyone was happy; what more could you ask for,” Gresford District Agricultural Society secretary Rosemary Lawrence said.

“I have had a lot of positive response, particularly from out-of-towners who had never been to Gresford before.”

The show was officially opened by country music matriarch Joy McKean, the widow of Slim Dusty, who has strong links to the Gresford area.

“It’s really quite an honour for me to be here,” she said. “I have never before had the honour of standing in the ring in the midst of a grand parade.”

Mrs McKean said she was told Gresford Show was the best kept secret in the nation.

“I am not sure if I am able to let the secret out but I’ll be telling everyone how wonderful it is,” she said.

While crowds enjoyed the animals and work in the pavilions, they were wowed with some spectacular ring events

including displays by the FMX Kaos International Freestyle team, post-splitting and a fireworks extravaganza.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Junior Cricket presentations

CROOKWELL JUNIOR CRICKET concluded on Sunday March 18, with a presentation and barbecue at the Golf Club.
Nanjing Night Net

Well done to the kids of Crookwell for another great season and congratulations to all the trophy winners.

Thank you to all the coaches, umpires, scorers, parents and participating children for making Junior Cricket run smoothly.

The Milo In2cricket children finished on the same day and they received their participation certificates and medals.

Although this only ran as a shortened programme this year, it proved to be very worthwhile with the children involved learning a lot of new skills.

Thank you to Gary Anable and Graeme McCarten for your time and effort.

The club would like to thank Geoff and Margaret Fahey and family, as well as, McGeechan Rural Supplies, Elgas, Crookwell Hotel Motel, Penrose Rural Supplies, TJC Products, Gary Mortimer (Tully Park Sports Centre) and JD’s Rural & Hardware for their continued support of Junior Cricket, your involvement is really appreciated.

After the presentations the AGM was held and pleasingly all positions were filled.

Thank you to outgoing members and welcome to new ones.

The committee looks forward to making the next season a success.

Remember kids, Crookwell has great facilities at Todkill Park, so in the off season kept up the practise. Contributed.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Weather wins

With the Dungog golf course unplayable there are no results from Saturday’s competition, however a good roll up for last Wednesday’s chook run saw Jeremy Cross win with a nett 27.
Nanjing Night Net

Runners up were Sara Dowling 31 nett, Rowan O”Neill with nett 32, and Judy Olsen 33 nett.

The monthly medal was washed out on Saturday and it will now be played on March 17.

Coming events: Today chook run, Saturday 2 person ambrose and Sunday chook run.

Saturday, March 17 monthly medal, Saturday 24th Keno mixed 2BBB plus single stableford.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Plans to remediate local soccer field

Dungog Shire Council is to remediate a botched weed spraying job of Reg Ford Oval but the ground could be out of action for the upcoming soccer season.
Nanjing Night Net

Clarence Town Football Club’s main soccer ground was sprayed for tussocky grasses by council just prior to Christmas, leaving all the grass dead.

In a report to last Tuesday night’s council meeting, executive manager infrastructure and assets Steve Hitchens said a selective herbicide designed to kill existing and emerging serrated tussock grass and seedlings was applied.

But the application of the herbicide had the unexpected effect of eradicating the majority of grasses on the field.

“Council staff has consulted with a number of agencies and turf growers to formulate possible options for the effective regeneration of the turf surface of the ground,” Mr Hitchens said.

Three options were brought to the meeting, which was well attended by soccer club members, and discussed by councillors and staff.

Rye-grass sowing was considered but there were concerns about the residual poison still in the soil.

Partial re-turfing with kikuyu was not really an option due to the unevenness of laying turf rolls with two metre gaps and the spreading of the turf from the rolls across the unturfed areas.

Full re-turfing with kikuyu appeared to be the preferred option by a number of councillors but the cost would most likely exceed $30,000.

“There is, however, an element of risk if a cold spell was experienced in the short term as there may be insufficient time for the applied turf to root into the existing soil surface thereby creating a loose subsurface and the possible loss of turf,” Mr Hitchens said.

Cr Peter Ainsworth said there was a genuine risk with regermination.

“It’s six weeks before the season starts and with away games for a month, it would buy some time,” he said.

“Putting turf down on aerated, fertilised soil is the best option.”

Cr Glenn Wall said if [council] goes like a bull at a gate “we will stuff it”.

“To remediate the ground we need someone who needs to know what to do.”

Cr Wall moved a recommendation for council to remediate the oval by the most appropriate method determined to be the most expedient and in consultation with the soccer club.

Council will also support the club to facilitate a successful 2012 season.

Club president Frank Fardell said the Dungog club has offered the use of their grounds for a long as needed.

“If we don’t have the ground registered by the Hunter Valley Football Federation this season there will be no club for 2012,” he said.

“If we break for 12 months it would doom the club and I don’t think we would recover easily.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

What’s On

From Crookwell Tourism – April to June 2012
Nanjing Night Net

THE WEATHER has certainly turned however there are still many great events to look forward to over the coming months –

April 7 – Bigga’s Biggest Market is on again this Easter. 9.00am until 2.00pm at Bigga Memorial Hall and Park. For further info contact Helen on 4835 2234

April 9 – Jerrawa Show – affectionately known as the “Little Royal”, the Jerrawa show includes a fantastic horse program including showjumping. Events start from 8.30am at Jerrawa Showground, for further information contact Gloria on 6227 5441.

April 21 and 22 – Australian Open Gardens Scheme – this year both Killoren and Markdale will be open for inspection. Come and be inspired or just relax and enjoy these beautiful cold climate gardens. For more information call 4832 1988 or go to www.opengardens南京夜网.au

April 21 and 22 – 2012 Gravel Pit Challenge – Round 2 of the NSW Off Road Championship held at Storrier’s Gravel Pit on Grabben Gullen Rd. Spectator entry is FREE so get on up to the pit for some adrenalin fuelled action.

April 21 – Old Time Dance at Laggan Hall. Turn off the TV, drag the kids away from the internet and come and enjoy an evening of fun, have a yarn, have a dance and help raise some money for the Laggan Hall refurbishments. Dancing starts at 7.30pm for more info contact Mike & Elaine on 4837 3397. $5 for singles / $10 for families.

April 22 – ‘Pastance’, the trio that performs Australian, Celtic, American and other ancient and modern folk music returns to Gunning on Sunday 22nd April. Their concert will be at 2pm with a program including a mix of fun, history and superb musicianship. Tickets $25, concessions and Focus Group Members $20. Enquiries and bookings 4845 1566, 0417 663 045 or [email protected]南京夜网

May 5 and 6 – Team Penning Competition at the Crookwell Showground. These events provide a fantastic spectator sport for the whole family. For more information contact Gillian on 0429321380.

May 5 – Gunning Anglican Parish Fete – come and grab a bargain.

May 6 – Collector Village Pumpkin Festival – the day for all things pumpkin!! The 2012 Collector Village Pumpkin Festival will again feature a wonderful array of pumpkin exhibits, food stalls, art, craft, gifts and entertainment for all the family

May 18 to 20 – “There’s A Monster In My Closet” – the 2012 Kids Acting On Stage Production hits the stage for a entertainment packed three days this May. Come and find out if there really is a monster in the closet! Tickets on sale from the Crookwell Visitor Information Centre after Easter.

May 19 – Bag A Bargain Shire Wide Garage Sale Trail. Now in its fourth year, the 2012 event is shaping up to be the best ever. Registrations open April 10 and close May 19. Forms and details are available on line at www.bagabargaintrail南京夜网.au or by calling or dropping into the Crookwell Visitor Information Centre – 4832 1988.

June 9 to 11 – Focus on Taralga Art Exhibition and Sale. The annual art show of the Taralga Progress Association is once again on this June long weekend. Lock it in your diary now and watch out for details closer to the date.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Large squad for regional swimming championships

Dungog High School’s super swimmers, back, Patrick Long, Bryce Lloyd, Josh Long, Corey Smith, Andrew Muddle, James King; front, Isabella McInnes, Aimee Robinson, Emily Muddle, Madelyn Beetham, Rhianon Denniss and Jordan Long.A large contingent of Dungog High School swimmers qualified for the Hunter secondary schools regional swimming carnival.
Nanjing Night Net

The zone carnival was held last month at Tomaree Aquatic Centre with Josh Long and Aimee Robinson named zone age champions.

Hot on their heels in second place were Rhianon Denniss, James King and Jai Darr.

Heading to the regional carnival in individual events were Madalyn Beetham, Jai Darr, Rhianon Denniss, James King, Josh Long, Patrick Long, Ellen Maytom, Isabella McDonald, Liam Norris, Aimee Robinson and Corey Smith.

The school will also be represented by five relay teams including girls 16 years 200m, 17-19 years 200m and 12-19 years 300m.

The boys will contest the 15 years 200m and 17-19 years 200m.

Male relay swimmers include James King, Corey Smith, Jai Darr, Jordan Long, Patrick Long, Liam Norris and Joshua Long.

The girls will be represented by Rhianon Denniss, Aimee Robinson, Emma Rumbel, Isobella McDonald, Ellen Maytom, Madelyn Beetham, Isobella McInnes and Laura Inwood.

Bryce Lloyd will represent Dungog in the athletes with a disability 12-15 years 50m freestyle event.

The event was due to be held yesterday at Maitland Pool.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Three titles in two months

Hunter District junior pairs and singles title winner Andrew Deasey.It’s only the third month of the calendar year and Dungog lawn bowler Andrew Deasey already has three titles to his name.
Nanjing Night Net

The junior bowler won the Hunter District junior pairs title with Mitch Foster (Kurri Kurri) on February 12. This followed his runner-up status in the fours the day prior.

Then on February 24 he won the junior singles title which was played at East Maitland Bowling Club.

“Winning the district junior singles title is my biggest achievement so far,” Deasey said.

The 16-year-old also found out last Tuesday he was selected in the Hunter Region team to play at the NSW Combined High School lawn bowls championships at Warilla in August.

He was one of eight students selected from the school region which takes in the area from Taree, Muswellbrook and Newcastle and will play as a third in one of the fours teams.

“I know most of the junior bowlers in the school region as many are in the Hunter Academy of Sport squad and you meet others at tournaments throughout the year.”

Deasey has been playing quality bowls over the past 12 months and success this year started at his home base of Dungog Memorial Bowling Club when he won the club fours with Alan Fisher, father Craig and Alan Golledge.

There wouldn’t be many weekends when I am not off playing bowls somewhere, he said.

Deasey will now head to Bulahdelah on May 19 and 20 to contest the pairs and singles play-off against The Manning.

“Whoever is successful will win the zone championship and heads to the state competition,” he said.

“To get to state for both singles and pairs is my ultimate aim this year.

“It’s nice to go as a team but singles would be great.”

The teenager is currently playing pennants in the Dungog grade two side.

“The members of the bowling club are very supportive of my efforts and I am grateful they show so much interest in my success.

“I am especially grateful to Ian Watson and Jack Carroll (Kurri Kurri) for all the coaching they have given me over the last few years”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Gresford’s 80th show plans

Gresford District Agricultural Society committee members have gone all out this year in their plans to stage the 80th show.
Nanjing Night Net

Show secretary Rosalie Lawrence said the centre ring should be full of activity on Saturday.

The Chaos Motocross Bike Show from the Gold Coast will have performances straight after the grand parade and then again just before the fireworks later in the night.

Team members, who are from the Gold Coast, have also appeared at the Royal Easter Show.

“It should be great fun to watch,” Mrs Lawrence said.

“We will also have the young farmers’ challenge where teams of three males and one female will have to carry out farm duties in the fastest time.

“This includes rolling up a bale of hay, putting it on a quad bike and then stacking it in another location.

“Another first will be sheep dog yard trials.

“A big day is planned and there will be extra things to celebrate our 80th show.”

Australian country music singer-songwriter and wife of the late Slim Dusty Joy McKean OAM, will be opening the show.

The show, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, is an exhibition of primary produce, livestock, art, craft, farming technique and skills.

Past visitors including several from intrastate have been most complimentary about the variety of events and displays.

The show will feature stock horses, heavy and light harness horse, camp drafting, Ag-Bike demonstration, log splitting and fireworks around 9pm followed by live band Cosmic Cowboys.

There will be stud cattle, commercial cattle, poultry, angora goats, farm produce, vegetable and fruit exhibits which highlight the experience and effectiveness of local farm production by acknowledgement from industry peers.

The various exhibitions give visitors insight into the quality of the produce from the surrounding districts.

Participants submit a variety of jams, jellies, preserved fruits, pickles, sauces, liqueurs, scones, cakes and biscuits that are testimony to the life style values and resourcefulness of those that choose to enjoy living in the rural community.

Art and craft skills are encouraged with well sponsored prizes for skill, creativity and imagination.

Children’s work is acknowledged and presents as a colourful showcase of up and coming talent.

The barbecue, bar, canteen and CWA dining room provide plenty of choice for all.

All of this as well as some side-show activities will fill a day at the show for all.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Dalton traffic concerns subject of meeting

ENERGY COMPANY AGL will host an information session in Gunning regarding the impacts the construction of a gas-fired power plant could have on traffic in the area.
Nanjing Night Net

The company has put together a traffic management plan with the Upper Lachlan Shire Council and this will be presented at the meeting.

Some Dalton and Gunning residents have raised concerns about the impact traffic could have on the quality of life in the area.

Gunning resident Max Cullen told the Tribune he didn’t want trucks travelling through town “every five minutes… no to mention the mess that it’s going to make of our roads”.

AGL said the gathering will give people an opportunity to discuss any traffic concerns they believe will result from the plan.

“Following consultation we’ve made changes to take account of local concerns, including making route changes to avoid schools and committing to sealing certain roads before construction to avoid dust impacts,” AGL’s project manager for the development, Neil Cooke, said.

Concerned local resident, Alister Waine, told the Tribune he was unhappy there was no opportunity for public submissions or comment on the Traffic Management Plan.

He said when he contacted council he was told the document didn’t require community consultation and to forward concerns to the NSW Department of Planning, an answer Mr Waine was not satisfied with.

The power company said it would avoid deliveries of materials during school drop-off and pick-up times and would seek suppliers from the West of Gunning to avoid traffic on the main street.

Roads likely to be directly affected include Grovenor Street, Warrataw Street, Collector Road, Gundaroo Street, Yass Street, Dalton Road, Loop Road and Walshes Road.

Source: Yass Tribune

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The close of cricket for this season

Back (left to right) Geoff Nicholson with daughter Ava, Nathan King, Andrew Nolan, James Weir, Fred Bensley, Jake McGeechan. Front (left to right) Aaron Picker, Jamie Boothman, Charlie McGeechan, Joe Cummins, Ben Evans and Neil Picker.THE GRAND FINALE of both A and B grade was played on Saturday for the senior cricket. The grounds were pristine, the weather was less than perfect but we do have winners. Colts took out the A Grade, defeating Laggan Centrals, and were led to victory with some staunch cricket by Nicho and Andy Nolan.
Nanjing Night Net

Geoff Fahey and Barry King officiated over this game and their commitment to cricket should be applauded.

The Laggan team captained by Gary Cooper took out the B Grade, defeating Footy Club who managed a mighty 210 runs.

Both games were played in true spirit and hopefully this bodes well for cricket next season.

The Presentation of trophies was held at the Top Pub, who is a major sponsor of cricket and indeed all sport in Crookwell. Thank you once again.

A Grade Winners – Colts.

A Grade player of the finals – Andy Nolan

B Grade Winners – Laggan.

B Grade player of the finals – Matthew Mills

Best and Fairest – Bradley White 19 points

Highest Run Score – Bradley White 332

Best Batting Average – Andy Nolan 62.6

Most Wickets – Jason Maberley 23

Best Bowling Average – Jake McGeechan 8.6

Best Individual Performance – Jake McGeechan, 6 wickets for 24 runs.

Most Improved players for the season;

Colts – Joe Cummins

Tuena – Dan Hewitt and Dave Amey

Footy Club – Tom Croker

Laggan – Matthew Mills and Ben Swift

Laggan Centrals – Josh Chilko and Nathan George

Presidents Award for Under 20’s – Brad White

We would like to thank all teams for their participation, all Captains for their tireless organisation of getting a team on the paddock, our umpires, scorers, sponsors and supporters for without you cricket would not happen. A special thanks must go to the Upper Lachlan Council as both Todkill Park and The Grange are picture postcard perfect.

Colts makes it two in a row

IN THE Senior Men’s Cricket Grand Final played at The Grange last Saturday in very cool conditions, the Top Pub sponsored Colt’s side prevailed against the young Laggan side.

Colts won the toss and elected to bat on a good even pitch, but were soon in trouble losing Ben Evans, Nat King, Neil Picker and star batsman James Weir for the total of nine runs – Grant Smith and Marty Reynolds were on fire, having Colts reeling. Charlie McGeechan joined Andy Nolan at the crease and got the total to 35 before McGeechan was bowled by Keady, Jamie Boothman came and went out to Brad White, at 6 for 36 it looked like an early afternoon, before veteran Geoff Nicholson joined Andy Nolan and they set about getting a respectable score. Both Nolan and Nicholson batted exceptionally well with Brad White and Jordan Keedy bowling a great line and length, Nolan eventually fell to White for a great 57. The ‘soon to be married’ Freddy Bensley joined Nicko then and they got the total to 136 before Nicholson was out for a defiant 40, Bensley remained 22 not out and Jake McGeechan 5 not out to get the total to a respectable 158. Laggan’s best bowlers were Grant Smith 2/10, Marty Reynolds 2/42 and Brad White 2/27.

Laggan began their innings the same as Colts having Horton, Rodgers and Shaun Smith back in the sheds to be 3 for 9, this was from a great opening spell of bowling from Spud Weir. Grant Smith and Brad White got the total to 31 before Smith was out to Nolan for 8. Brad White went on to make 27 before he was out to a great caught and bowled by Fred Bensley. The Laggan innings capitulated after their dismissal, before Keedy 19, George 7 put on 20, Laggan were all out for 92.

All Colts bowlers bowled well with James Weir 3/6, Andy Nolan 3/15 and Jake McGeechan 2/18 the main destroyers.

The game was played in great spirit and was umpired well, with Barry King and Geoff Fahey umpiring their fifth Grand Final in a row, their time is much appreciated.

A presentation evening was held at the Top Pub with individual trophies given out

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.