Cobras too good for Bulls

Clarence Town Cobras scored another convincing win to boost their confidence and prove the team’s ability to win away from home.
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Clarro ran in 7 tries against the Morpeth “Bulls” on a gloomy Saturday afternoon at Morpeth Oval.

An almost faultless completion rate in attack during the first 40 minutes laid the foundations for a handy lead at the break.

Clarro asserted their authority early in the game when centre James Foot ran on to a neat pass from Kieran Hinton to score. Badior added the extras from wide out for 6-0 lead.

The Cobras were in again when Tom Rumbel proved too strong for the opposition when he crossed for a splendid individual try.

Badior again added the extras from wide out to give Clarro a 12-0 lead with only 10 minutes gone in the game.

A huge effort in defence from the Cobras forwards continually forced the Bulls into error.

Midway through the first half Brad Johnson stormed on to an inside ball from Badior and raced 30 metres to score leaving a trail of defenders in his wake and stretching the lead to 16-0.

Only five minutes later it was Foot again scoring as he stepped his way through the defence to score his second try for the afternoon. A one flag up one flag down unsuccessful conversion left the score at 20-0 in favour of the Cobras.

The Cobras deserved their lead and went to half time well in control of the game.

The second half was a totally different game altogether, frequent lapses in concentration and half hearted attempts at tackles enabled the homeside to post early points and put themselves on the scoreboard at 20-4.

From the restart Clarro regained possession from a loose pass and Johnson did what he does best and that is score a try when its needed when he ran on to a clever pass from Matt Hinton and increase the lead to 26-4.

At this stage the game turned into a seesawing affair as far end to end attack, possession and try scoring went.

The Cobras defence was at times was uncommitted and therefore allowed the Bulls to gain momentum and it wasn’t long before they were able to score again closing the gap to 26-10.

Clarro looked to be in big trouble when the Morpeth centre scored without a hand laid on him to bring them right into the game at 26-18.

Fortunately for the Cobras Ben Trappel defused another dangerous situation when he intercepted a Morpeth raid close to the line and raced 90 metres to score and give the visitors a little more space and a 32-18 lead.

It was fullback Joe Gorton that saved a certain try for his side when he turned and chased down a runaway Morpeth hooker just short of the line. Unfortunately the chase was in vain as the Cobras were unable to regroup quickly enough and the Bulls were in again from the next play the ball and close the gap once more to 32-22.

Rob Elliott completed the days total by scoring his first eighy point try when he was fouled after grounding the ball. Badior had no trouble with the two conversions making the final score 40-22.

Although it would seem easy to be critical of the Cobras short lapses in commitment they thoroughly deserved their victory.

They did have to contend with a sinbinning during the second half and overall were by far the better team. There were several fine efforts on the day but young winger Brodie Thackeray continues to improve and his involvement was rewarded with the players’ player award, something he should be very proud of.

Congratulations to Phil Badior who passed the 100 points mark for the season.

No games played this weekend, the Cobras are at home the following weekend when they take on competition leaders Abermain on Sunday at 2pm.

Best forward Brad Johnson, best back Tom Rumbel, supporters award Andrew Bashford, best benchy Daniel Crozier and players’ player Brodie Thackeray.

Best and fairest points: Brad Johnson 3, Kieran Hinton 2 and Tom Rumbel 1.

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Regional champs off to state

Dungog High School teacher Steve Young (centre) with bowlers Jordan Mitchell, Andrew Deasey, Jared Ford and Jake Ballard after their recent win against Callaghan College to make it through to state level.Dungog High School lawn bowls team has taken out the Hunter regional competition and will compete at state level next week.
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Jordan Mitchell, Jared Ford, Jake Ballard and skip Andrew Deasey defeated Cardiff High School in round one in February.

They went on to play Belmont, who they defeated before playing Callaghan College at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club at the beginning of May.

Victory came down to the last points with the young team holding their nerve to the end.

Andrew Deasey and former student Haydn Bojkowski teamed up together three years ago to form the first lawn bowls team at the school.

After Haydn left school, Clarence Town juniors Jared Ford and Jake Ballard made up the triples team and Jordan joined earlier this year.

The players rotate at the games to make up the triples team.

The tournament will be a first for the triple Js – Jared, Jake and Jordan, with Andrew no stranger to state competition.

In 2011 he competed in the singles and pairs, a feat he will repeat again this year as well as the Hunter combination fours.

Sixteen schools will compete at the state competition to be held at Kemps Creek near Liverpool next Wednesday and Thursday.

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Getting physical with wool

Armidale is at the forefront of new developments to better measure the comfort levels of wool with trials being run by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) comparing ratings from a Wool ComfortMeter tool against subjective assessments by wearers.
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The Wool ComfortMeter, a device which tests the comfort levels of woollen garments, is on the cusp of becoming a commercial reality with accuracy testing underway in Armidale.

A group of around 40 Armidale women are participating in specialised wearer trials being held at Curves gym to test the accuracy of the technology.

The women are participating in newly designed sleeve trials, which see them test out two different sleeves at a time, based off research showing that the forearm is most sensitive part of the body to wool comfort.

The volunteers each participate in twelve gym sessions, wearing the sleeves while working through standard circuit exercises.

Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe said the use of individual sleeves instead of more generalised wearer trials meant that the research goes beyond any that has been conducted before.

“We’re looking at a broader range of fabrics because it’s a simpler and more robust test and we can compare two fabrics at the same time,” he said.

“A third component which is very important is that we’re asking people to rank sleeves in term of their willingness to pay for their comfort.”

The ComfortMeter has been developed by the Sheep CRC in conjunction with the CSIRO, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA), Deakin University and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) and will pick up any fibres sticking up within a garment which are likely to cause discomfort.

Mr Rowe said Meat Standards Australia’s success was proof that consumers appreciated quantifiable measures of quality.

“We expect to find a similar thing here, that people are willing to pay for a quality that is measurable and predictable,” he said.

“The comfort of wool is just so, so important if people are going to wear wool next to the skin.

” Wool’s got all these really great properties, but people won’t appreciate them if the thing isn’t comfortable.”

The ComfortMeter is currently being tested at the world’s biggest knitwear company, the Crystal Group, in its Chinese mills, Mr Rowe said.

“There’s no reason to think it will be very long before it’s being used within the supply chain,” he said.

Sheila Kent, Madeleine Keaton, Helen Sisson and Fay Haynes participating in sleeve trials at Curves gym.

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Local farmer wins big

Dungog Norco Rural Store manager Craig Matheson hands the keys of the ride-on mower to Peter Dillon. Also pictured at back is Norco employee Morgan Anderson, Simon Martin from HANS trailers and Charlie Bezzina from Husqvarna.With more than 440 entries from the 24 Norco Rural Stores on the east coast of Australia, Dungog’s Peter Dillon was drawn as the winner of $6000 worth of prizes.
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Peter took delivery last week of a Husqvarna ride-on mower, line trimmer and chainsaw, Hans box trailer, Beefeater barbecue, and $550 Waratah Onesteel voucher from the U Beaut Deal competition.

Entrants were required to purchase select products from Norco Rural stores to be in the running to win the prizes.

Peter purchased two bags of Groommaster horse feed valued around $35 and took home a trailer load of prizes valued at $6000.

Dungog store manager Craig Matheson said it was great to see the prize come to Dungog.

“It was good to get one up on our Queensland stores,” he said.

“We can’t seem to win a State of Origin game, but this was a great surprise.

“It isn’t the first time success has come to Dungog with Mark Darr winning a quad bike a few years ago.”

Peter was thrilled when he received the phone call to tell of his win.

“For someone who normally can’t win a chook raffle, I’m very happy,” he said.

“I was in here a few weeks ago to get a price on a ride-on mower as I really needed one.

“Lucky I didn’t rush in and buy one.”

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Opening his home to film festival visitors

Ken Moate has opened his Dungog home to film festival visitorsAs Dungog’s former police officer, Ken Moate has always shown an interest in the town.
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The Dungog Film Festival began while he was living in the police residence and not long after home hosting for visitors began.

And now the time is right for him to offer two rooms in his home to film festival visitors.

“We bought our home 18 months ago and I heard last year that organisers were looking for people to host,” Ken said.

“My three children have all moved away from home and Dianne and I have two spare rooms with a bathroom in between them which is ideal.

“They are isolated in the house so guests would have their privacy.

“We are also walking distance to the James Theatre, the main street and the RSL Club where the opening night party will be held.”

Ken is not sure what to expect but thinks hosting is a good idea to promote the town.

“The mill has closed as well as Drovers and I think tourism is now our major drawcard,” he said.

“I am happy to do anything that will bring people to town.”

The home host program, which is co-ordinated by the Dungog Shire Visitor Information Centre, is now in its fifth successful year.

Dungog Council’s economic development and tourism coordinator Ivan Skaines said the program is integral to the success of the Dungog Film Festival.

“It complements the accommodation available in local motels, hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, which are usually at capacity during the festival.

“It provides an opportunity for film festival visitors to stay with local people and gain a greater appreciation of the town and the shire.

“Local people also get the chance to meet people working in the film industry or people who are very interested in Australian films.

“Tourist officer Wendy Farrow has done a wonderful job over the years, under sometimes difficult circumstances.

“She tries to juggle people to best suit their needs and those of the host family.”

For more information contact Wendy at the Dungog Visitors Information Centre on 4992 2212.

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Final tally of JT Stakes money

The JT Stakes fundraiser held at Bennett Park in March has raised $17,809 for Dungog’s iconic James Theatre.
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Following on from the success of the GP Stakes last year where more than $40,000 was raised to help fund a general practitioner to the Dungog Shire, the JT Stakes money will go towards the ongoing restoration of the historic theatre.

Chairman of the committee Kim Wright said it was a fantastic day, despite being postponed due to heavy rain earlier in March.

“It was great to see 19 teams from across the shire come together to have fun and at the same time raise money for one of the shire’s historic buildings,” Mr Wright said.

“It is good to see the funds raised being used to improve local facilities.”

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Three action-packed days for film festival

While the Dungog Film Festival will only be held over three days instead of four it will still be action-packed said organiser Allanah Zitserman.
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The festival will be held from Friday to Sunday, June 29 to July 1 in the iconic James Theatre.

“It’s all coming together really well and we have a fantastic new Australian film for opening night,” Ms Zitserman said.

Not Suitable For Children starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty) and Bojana Novakovic (Edge of Darkness) and directed by Peter Templeman is a romantic comedy about a young playboy who learns he has one month until he becomes infertile sets out to procreate as much as possible.

“Ryan and the other actors will come to the after party at Dungog RSL Club on Friday night,” Ms Zitserman said.

“There will be films shown daily from 9am to 11pm and the filmmaker who worked on Gotya’s Somebody That I used to Know will be working with Dungog High School students on Friday.

“Popular In the Raw will be held in the public school hall on Saturday from 4pm to 7pm where the community gets together to listen to the reading of unproduced screenplays.

“It’s a great way to showcase some of the most exciting Australian screenwriters.

“The parade on Saturday is going to be huge and is themed this year to pay respect to last year’s blockbuster Australian film, Red Dog.

“The Settlers Arms Hotel will play host to filmmaker networking events with live music every night, and a mouth-watering bar menu showcasing the best local produce the region has to offer.

“There will be street stalls . . . a real carnival atmosphere.”

Ms Zitserman said there has been a slight change in the structure of the event but the quality and content will not change.

“I don’t expect there will be as many people and we have had problems with accommodation and transport in past years,” she said.

“But it will be a great three days.

“There will be five new Australian feature films, three life changing documentaries and over 60 short films packed into three inspiring days at the James Theatre, Dungog.”

Tickets can be now be purchased online at www.dff南京夜网.au

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State president visits local CWA branches

President Dungog-Clarence Town CWA Margaret Watson, state president Elaine Armstrong , Joyce Byron, Kathy Neilson, Maureen Humphrey, Patricia Pointon, Hazel Andrews, state representative Hunter River Group Brigita Falconer, vice president Hunter River Group and mentor Kay Teterin; front, Reta Shelton, president Hunter River Group Noelene Grainger, Judy Flannery, Kris Burnet and Ena Wade. CWA state president Elaine Armstrong talking to Gresford CWA members.
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The state president of the Country Women’s Association Elaine Armstrong paid a visit to the Dungog-Clarence Town and Gresford branches last week.

On Wednesday evening an informal get together was held at the Dungog rooms with members before they were joined by husbands and guests Gordon Ewin and Dungog Council’s economic development and tourism coordinator Ivan Skaines at Chillbillies for dinner.

Publicity officer Maureen Humphreys said Mrs Armstrong gave everyone a bigger picture of CWA and emphasised the importance of friendship.

The following day Mrs Armstrong joined the Gresford CWA ladies for morning tea and planted a tree in the back yard of their property in Durham Road.

“This is my 17th group tour since I became president three years ago,” Mrs Armstrong said.

“I have been told you have a wonderful facility here and five new members joined because of your popular book club.

“As an organisation we are gradually getting more and more new members, but we are not holding them.

“Last year 1400 chose not to rejoin . . . and we need to look at what to do to keep them.”

Mrs Armstrong is looking forward to the next 100 years of the CWA supporting women, especially those in the country, and lobbying on important issues.

“I joined 20 years ago because I had no sisters, no daughters and no mum, but never had aspirations of becoming state president.

“I am proud if the fact that over the past two years we raised $75,000 for prostate cancer and hopefully will be just as successful for Crohns Disease which is our fundraiser this year.”

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Asian influence at Dungog High School

Dungog High School students dressed in traditional Asian costume – Gabrielle Walters, Kassandra Long, Rachel Maclaine, Ryan Horn, Emma Newby, Kayla Gilbert, Jake Hunter and Yasmin Ruddy.Dungog High School students had a taste of Asia on Wednesday when a number of students dressed in traditional costume for the school assembly.
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Last year the school applied for funding to increase their understanding of Asia.

Principal Maureen Jarvis said the school’s link to Korea was part of their application.

“This year will be our third excursion to Korea and we’ve had three back here from South Korea,” Ms Jarvis said.

“We were fortunate in gaining a grant of $20,000 to be used to improve our links to and understanding of Asian cultures.

“We hear from many people in government and business that this is the Asian century – that our ties with Asia will become stronger and increasingly important as trade and cultural links increase in coming years.

“Over the next few weeks, we will introduce our first major focus on Asia through activities in many classrooms.

“Faculties have agreed to cover an aspect of Asian culture through cooking, literature, music, history or whatever is appropriate.

“It promises to be an interesting introduction and we will continue this focus throughout the year.”

Students performed a traditional Korean musical item during assembly, Ms Jarvis showed photos of last year’s visit to South Korea and the dressed up students paraded the traditional costumes.

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Clarence Town club earns state award

Making a dying man’s dream to go barramundi fishing come true earned the Clarence Town Bowling, Sport and Recreation Club the NSW club industry’s top award at a gala dinner in Sydney on Friday night.
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The small club scored the prestigious Spirit of The Bush award at the 2012 ClubsNSW Awards for Excellence ceremony.

Radio personality Alan Jones was given the task of selecting the club that best represents the spirit of club industry in the community and the Clarence Town club received $5000 for their nominated local charity.

The club supports many community groups in Clarence Town, including the rural fire brigade, the local museum, the Lions club, the swimming club, the soccer club, the rugby league club, the Westpac rescue helicopter, local schools and the Cancer Council.

But the most significant of their contributions was making the dream of local Sheldon Robinson, who was suffering terminal cancer, come true.

Mr Robinson, like many Australians, grew up with a passionate love of fishing.

Last year doctors told him that he was going to lose his eight-year battle with cancer, a disease he had fought since he was 13.

Knowing Mr Robinson had always dreamed of fishing for barramundi in the top end of Australia, the club set about making that dream come true.

The club called on local businesses and held a benefit night that raised more than $6000 for the ultimate fishing trip.

Mr Robinson died on August 1, last year, but not before living his dream of a barramundi fishing trip in Darwin.

His mother, Michelle, said it was the greatest time of his short life.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club is a worthy recipient of the Spirit of the Bush award.

“The club industry is immensely proud of Clarence Town Bowling, Sport and Recreation Club,” he said.

“They are the heartbeat of their community.

“I’m happy to see the club is now back to its full glory, and doing what it does best, continuing to lend a hand to the good people of Clarence Town.

“I’m proud of what the club and the town did for Sheldon and know it will serve as an inspiration for all clubs to support their community.”

That community spirit shone through last year when the club was robbed at gunpoint twice in six days and the community rallied to help the club repair the $130,000 damage caused by the robbers.

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