Twos fight and win back pride

AFTER a four-week break from football via holidays and a bye, Trinity’s second senior rugby team held up well in their first game back from a mid-season break last Saturday-week.

They took on Uni Norths at Kaleen in Canberra with 14 players.

Trinity was not only undermanned, they tackled an opponent that boasted greater size.

Plan A was to run the Uni Norths boys off their feet and it worked a treat. The first 15 minutes proved scoreless and close.

That scoreless streak broken when the Uni North fullback ran and Trinity failed to effect a complete.

After three quick tries, Trinity trailed 19- nil at half time.

Some fundamental talk at the break sank in and Trinity opened the scoring in the second half. A clever ‘downtown’ kick, followed by a relentless set of possession, saw the forwards score out wide. Then Trinity repeated the kick, chase and grind, to score closer to the posts and also convert. The Uni North fullback awoke from his slumber, put Trinity to sleep, and ran in two quick tries.

Trinity ran the ball a little more in their forwards, with the big Uni Norths boys struggling, and scored out wide again.

At this stage the Uni boys were run off their feet and countered the only way they could, with an aggressive scrum. Naturally, the fisty-cuffs broke out. The result: Trinity down one, injured (minor); Uni Norths down two, sent off.

All up, low on numbers and a bit rusty, Trinity put on their most determined and disciplined performance so far this season. The final score read Uni Norths 36, Trinity 17.


TRINITY’S under 14s squad played the undefeated competition leaders the Tuggeranong Vikings on the last Saturday in July.

The Vikings came out with all guns blazing and put two converted tries on Trinity in the first five minutes of the game through their powerful backline. Trinity came back hard with some solid tackling by Steve Anable, Will Croker and Ben Croker in the backs and Justin Downs and John Vassallo in the forwards.

The Vikings powered forward again through their massive pack, which allowed them to run in five more tries before half time.

Trinity worked hard in defence, forcing the Vikings, when they did score, to score wide out. This assisted with a number of missed conversions. However, at half time the score read: Vikings 41 Trinity 0.

After a good half time talk by the coaches, the boys went back to it and pressured the Viking line for several phases with some great ruck work by Oscar Cunningham, Justin Downs and Jack Bell.

Trinity powered away at the line but the resolute Vikings’ defence kept them out. Against the run of play, the Vikings scooped up a loose ball and ran 60 metres to score and convert.

Trinity came back again with good mauling by Brad Roberts, Lachlan Phelps and James Carter, which allowed Trinity to drive downfield. Good runs from Tom Snow, Sam Coggan and Oscar Cunningham came to nought as the Vikings kicked long to clear the ball and forced a turnover. This allowed their slick backline to again score in the corner. The try was converted and the Vikings led 55–0.

Trinity ground away with James Dent, Lachlan Corbett, Tom Shannon, Sam Hayes and Harry Coles working hard in defence, but to no avail as the referee blew fulltime with Trinity on attack. A much improved second half saw Trinity concede only 14 points.

If the boys can get their act together from the kick off, then they certainly proved in this game that they can match it with the best in the Black Division.

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Clayton Granger (main) ran the ball with vigour at Wexted Oval on Saturday – a week after his team’s 36-17 loss to Uni-Norths.

Jason Selmes eyes off an opponent moments before bringing him to turf. Photos: Anthony Atkinson.

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Pedestrians should obey the rules

Driving around the city I have noticed down in Peel Street and Mair Street, people are only a few steps away from traffic lights and still cross in the middle of the intersection.

Its quite annoying when you drive down towards the Bridge Mall and people dart in front of you when there is a pedestrian crossing only a few steps away.

There are also traffic lights in the same short block. If a driver hit one of them running out from behind cars they would be in big trouble.



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Localsmake dash for TV glory

IT’S been a busy week in local greyhound racing after the first TAB meeting last Tuesday. And best of all, it happens again tomorrow with another 10 event program. Local trainers may get their chance at TAB glory with Denice Warren (Goulburn) and Brian McKivat (Marulan) strong chances at the meeting.

Warren prepares Ay Grade who is engaged in race three. He opened his career at Nowra last month running best of day figures then after a fair break ran on when third at Bulli.

On his home track, Ay Grade will be better for the race experience and will know his way around Goulburn, but does have one rival that will put him on alert.

Dream Sequence scored on debut at Goulburn in June in impressive fashion after being last away and had to sustain a long run through the field to rail to the lead on the home turn and raced away for six lengths win.

He was one of three winners on the day for Appin trainer Mark Azzopardi, who is having an amazing run with a kennel of highly promising youngsters. Dream Sequence has since been unplaced twice at Maitland in far harder races and should have finished in the placings there last Thursday.

Rails runner in the race Brother’s Memory has won two at the track but is yet to run time but is very capable on his day.

But Warren will have down everything possible in having Ay Grade switched on and ready for his home challenge tomorrow.

Then in race five Brian McKivat has Get The Nod engaged after an excellent second last Tuesday behind the talented Proven Looper in scorching time.

Get The Nod shared the lead early before being dropping back to third then held his position from the first turn in his bridesmaid finish.

That was his first run back from a victory at Grafton during the carnival which McKivat is a regular visitor to. Get The Nod has rarely put in a bad run on his home track with six placings from eight runs.

His main threat will come from the in form Cawbourne Thump who has won his last three at Bulli and Canberra, all in best of night figures.

Trained by Michael Clayton, Cawbourne Thump is now resuming from a two months spell and would have been tuned up with a look at the Goulburn circuit during the last fortnight.

Clayton prepares new track record holder over the 700m Peplenish who opened the meeting in sensational style last Tuesday.

Both Warren and McKivat have plenty of competition in their respective events but have the right chasers to take up the challenge.

The unlucky runner of at last weeks meeting was Ky’s Memory who was within four to five strides from victory but was whipped out be the eventual winner at the first turn when run off the track.

He has drawn the five box in the first tomorrow and if he can get clear running can atone for his debut defeat and maybe at good odds.

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BFL: Lakers lift in dry to down Bloods

Lake Wendouree 13.16 (94)

Melton 8.14 (62)

NO MUD, no weary legs and no soccer-like final score. There were many benefits for Lake Wendouree when it downed Melton by 32 points in its transferred home game at Eastern Oval on Saturday.

The Sectrol Lakers relished the dry conditions, producing a stylish display for a 13.16 (94) to 8.14 (62) victory.

The youthful Lakers outfit set up the win with five unanswered third quarter goals.

Lake Wendouree coach Gavin Webb acknowledged the shift from the Lakers’ heavy Harcourts Oval to the league’s premier venue in town helped his side considerably.

“It helped because Melton has some bigger bodied players,” Webb said.

“We knew it was going to take four quarters where we had to keep doing the little things to succeed.

“We have the bye and then we will treat our next two games, against East Point and Redan, as mini finals. We want to finish on a positive note to take something into next year.”

Webb surprised the Metricon Bloods by starting the game at full forward and the move paid immediate dividends with the three first term majors.

Melton, also enjoying the benefits of playing on a smooth green top, responded to take a four-point lead into quarter time. Two early second quarter goals to Melton’s James Aquilina extended the Bloods lead to a handy 12 points, but it could have much more if three Melton shots had not bounced off the woodwork.

The Bloods’ margin was further reduced when Webb bobbed up for his fourth major and teammate, Ben Hayes successfully converted a tight angle shot into two flags.

Further shots at goal from both teams only resulted in a flurry of minor scores and Melton held a three-point lead at half-time.

However, the Bloods had bigger worries when centre half forward Darren Haby left the ground with an ankle injury leaving the visitors without a key focal point.

Lake Wendouree took full advantage of Melton losing Haby and fellow big man Ash Webber in the third term to dominate the inside 50s and break open the match by slotting through five goals.

The Lakers stuck resolutely to their team plan in the final quarter and were rewarded with early goals to midfielders, Ben Taylor, Billy Anderson, and Brock Orval.

Melton rallied with several late goals including two majors from ruckman Shane Undy, but it wasn’t enough to stop Lake Wendouree from recording a well deserved third victory of the season.

Melton coach Bob Heaney refused to blame injuries to key players as a reason for their loss.

“We started well and our tackles were really good in the first half, but Lake Wendouree were much harder and wanted the ball more,” he said.

Lake Wendouree’s Andrew Pitson marks over Melton’s Nick Gale. Punching to the right is Lakers’ Sam Clifton and Melton’s Heath Drape with Melton’s Ben Kennedy looking on in front. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD.

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Cheer Fusion centre stage

SOME 53 athletes from Goulburn based Cheer Fusion travelled to the Shellharbour Sports Complex to compete in the Winterfest 2012 Cheerleading Competition, run by the AASCF.

They competed in the top level of the mini group, the five-to-eight years, 8-11 age bracket, and 11-14 years category.

The All Stars cheerleading format requires all groups to perform dance, cheer moves, gymnastics and lifting stunts. It was the very first competition appearance for all of our members and it kicked off with the Mini group who, although nervous and excited, performed their routine perfectly to lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the audience, particularly for their very strong lift sequences.

Next up was the youth age group, who collectively showed great enthusiasm and energy and couldn’t wait to get on stage. Their lifting was very sound and the first tumbling sequence amazing.

The junior group was the last to perform on the day. They had prompt timing with their group round-offs and cartwheels and performed a stunning extension pyramid lift – with one of the girls extended above head height. In total over 1000 athletes performed on the day and although none of the groups placed in the top three in their categories, the coaches and team were very pleased.

The Cheer Fusion teams train two nights a week and have three fully qualified cheerleading coaches. They’re now preparing for their next competition in Canberra on August 19, before heading to the state titles in Canberra on September 16.

The year culminates with the Nationals at Homebush from October 26 to 28.

For more photos and information, Cheer Fusion has a Facebook page and is also performing locally on Sunday, August 12 at the Workers Arena. The girls have a chance to cheer for the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs.

Cheer Fusion would like to thank all the parents for their time and also local business for their support, namely: Goulburn Workers Club, Woolworths, Eagle Boys Pizza, Angela Storrier Real Estate, Alan Christie Dental Surgeon, MBK Painters, Robert Lomas and Baileys Garage.

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UP-AND-AWAY! Complex dance moves, catching cheers, gymnastic manoeuvres and lifting stunts. They were some of the feats undertaken, not by a professional cheerleading troupe, but rather a hardworking group of Goulburn girls last month. Fifty-three athletes from Cheer Fusion unleashed a spectacle at the Winterfest Cheerleading Competition at Shellharbour on July 29. They excelled.

EYE CATCHING: Joey Keegan plays to the crowd at the finish of a junior straddle lift.

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Strikingwin against odds

The Goulburn Strikers had no right to win Saturday’s Cookabundoon showdown with Canberra City.

They found a way – against the odds.

The 2-0 triumph is reward for two years’ hard work and could serve as impetus for back-to-back victories – an achievement not realised since their competitive Capital Football days of 2010.

“It’s a pretty big reward for working hard,” on-field captain, makeshift goalkeeper, club secretary and regular physio patient of late, David Albrighton, said yesterday.

“We’ve had a couple of unlucky losses and poor outings in the last few weeks. To come up with this is great.”

As if rocking up to Cookbundoon undermanned and unwell wasn’t a roadblock big enough, the Strikers enjoyed pressure little possession, and subsequently, shots on goal.

Yet it was the hosts who scored first – and against the run-of-play.

The prolific foot of Adam Mills added the last touch to some clever Jason Dinsmore lead-up work.

Leading 1-0, the sick-and-sorry Strikers transformed.

Dinsmore gave City nausea soon after, slotting a penalty – the by-product of a full-field counter attack play.

Up 2-0, the sting was on. Big time.

Canberra City rallied. Goulburn clawed. Canberra City shot timeand- again at goal. The ‘onelegged’ David Albrighton and resilient backline, inspired by coach Ben Stephenson, found ways – luck among them – to deny the opposition.

It was a classic win played-out in modest surrounds before a small crowd. But it’s one the current crop of Strikers will not forget, Albrighton in particular.

“I got a bit lucky with a few saves… I gave away a penalty at one stage, and somehow saved the next shot,” the skipper said.

“They probably had 70 per cent of the ball in the second half. In that second half we didn’t do anything but hang on.”

Victory was soured slightly by the loss of Tim Dally 10 minutes from time. The key defender walked from the field with a busted wrist. He won’t play against bottom-placed Weston Creek this weekend. Nor will, Albrighton.

“I definitely won’t be there next week,” he said.

“Justin Daly [injured on Saturday] will come back in and I’ll be out… And that suits me fine. I can’t play up in the line.”

Now, sore physically but content mentally, the Ben Stephenson coached squad eyes consecutive wins.

On Saturday they face Weston Creek – a winless team with a habit of conceding goals.

Should the Goulburnians replicate the intensity of Saturday’s performance, they’ll win easily and celebrate accordingly. If, however, they rediscover bad habits a shock loss isn’t out of the question.

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London 2012: inside the arena

Filing from London, North-West Coaster and Advocate “roaming reporter” Jayde Russell takes a snapshot of some of the London 2012 Olympic Games sporting arenas.

Inside the athletics arena.

Crowds outside one of the stadiums.

Jayde Russell at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The basketball stadium.

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Sterling effort

THEY’VE done it. Goulburn-born, Crookwell-raised Brooke Pratley and rowing partner Kim Crow on Friday night conjured the strength to win a double sculls silver medal for Australia, for their towns, their families, and themselves.

It took the world’s most accomplished rowing team of Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger – a pair that’s won 23 races consecutively since 2009 – to deny them the luxury of gold.

Pratley, a 32-year-old physiotherapist by day, will cherish her silver forever in the knowledge that she and Crow left nothing out on the Eton Manor regatta.

Her race partner, once a champion runner who ultimately moved into hernewfoundsport by mistake, capped the pair’s silver medal with a bronze of her own not 24 hours later.

With the weight off her shoulders – and firmly around her neck – Pratley immediately slipped into supporter-mode.

“Oh, how are the men’s hockey going? I want to get there to see Glenn [Turner],” Pratley said to the Sunday Canberra Times moments after the most incredible race of her life.

“I’m actually just excited to get to the hockey now I’m finished up, it’s amazing to have so many athletes for my home town.

“The support from Crookwell has been phenomenal, I’m actually a bit embarrassed by it. In the shop windows there are messages for us, they had a fundraiser, people were coming up to my parents in the street and giving them money … it’s overwhelming.”

Pratley’s silver medal is unlikely to be the last attributable to Crookwell and Goulburn at these Games.

Hockey players Emily Smith and Glenn Turner are travelling the gold medal line.

Smith, 20, has helped the Hockeyroos win three matches straight since a shock 1-0 first-up defeat to New Zealand.

Turner, meantime, has been prolific up forward for the Australians.

Smith tomorrow morning (6.15am) lines up for the Hockeyroos in a must-win affair with Argentina.

The Kookaburras last night faced host Great Britain and a Riverbank Stadium packed to the corners with hysterical fans.

Tomorrow (7.45pm local time) Turner and the gold medal favourites meet Pakistan in their final Pool A match.

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CHAMPIONS: Goulburn-born, Crookwell-raised Brooke Pratley (right) and her rowing partner Kim Crow won an Olympic silver medal for Australia on Friday night in the women’s double sculls. Photo: Harry How, Getty Images.

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BFL: Three quarter dominance leaves East Point wanting more

East Point 25.9 (150)

Sebastopol 13.9 (87)

BEFORE Saturday’s match against Sebastopol, East Point would have taken a 12 goal win as the Red Lion Kangaroos build towards this season’s Red Onion Ballarat Football League finals.

However a late rally by the Globe Hotel Kookaburras has left East Point playing coach Dan Jordan wondering what impact the Kangaroos’ 25.9 (159) to 13.9 (87) victory might mean in terms of percentage, in the run for positions two and three in the finals.

On a Marty Busch Reserve oval generously described as “a bit chopped up”, East Point and Sebastopol delivered an extraordinary 18 goals between them in the opening term. East Point had kicked 12 of them.

The Red Lion Kangaroos then pushed ahead with five goals to one in the second, and four to one in the third, setting up a 13 goal lead and the prospect of a much-needed percentage booster.

But it was Sebastopol that stepped up and won the last quarter to deny East Point its leg up.

Jordan, who kicked nine goals himself over the course of the afternoon, admitted that last quarter may yet come back to bite his team.

“I am disappointed with the last quarter. It was a chance to potentially win by 100 points,” he said.

“At the start of the day I would have taken a 12 goal win but, in the run home (to finals) it is going to be tight between three or four sides.

“Having said that, we changed some guys around and tried a few different things to see how they would work, like starting (Paul) Koderenko and Bilts (Matthew Bilton) on the bench.”

That first move may have backfired as it was Sebastopol that kicked the first three goals of the match through Dean Cuthbertson, Michael Powell and Jacob Branch.

That stung East Point into action with four goals in five minutes, and another eight for the quarter.

The match tightened up in the second quarter. The Kangaroo forwards remained dangerous, however, with Brad Whitaker, Tom Cashin and Jack Romeril giving the visitors a plethora of options apart from Jordan.

The third quarter played out in a similar fashion to the second: an early East Point goal, followed by a Sebastopol one, and then the Kangaroos finishing with several in the second half of the quarter.

East Point opened the final term with two goals (Chris Carson and Sam Cooper), but then the Kookaburras responded with five of the next seven, including two to Matthew Powell (one of which may have been fortunate).

Sebastopol coach Shawne Dummett had mixed feelings about the match.

“We started well and I thought we’d be quite competitive but we then allowed them to kick 12 goals for the rest of the quarter. I think we were a bit shell-shocked.

“Apart from that first quarter it was pretty good. The boys did not gived up and, winning that last quarter showed some good signs.”

Sebastopol lost skipper Malcom Niblett to an ankle injury in the first quarter but tyhe injury does not appear to be as bad as initially feared.

East Point’s Matthew Bilton and Sam Van Meel. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

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Good roll-up for bowls

Last week at Tuesday Clique there were 30 bowlers.

Winners on the day were Geoff Olsen, George Vielhauer and Jeff Beard with runners-up Don Chesworth, Ron Moseley and John Flanagan.

The loser’s consolations were won by Bill Walker, John Thronsen and Don Middlebrook.

Treasure chest went to Ian Eyb and the dill of the week was Gary Picton.

Wednesday night twilight bowls has now gone into its winter recess but bowlers are still invited to play socially on Wednesday nights, minus the meal, until the bitter cold sets in.

The major singles are now down to the semi finals with Phil Reeves to play Damien Reeves and Craig Deasey to play Jon Martin.

These games are scheduled for this weekend.

The draw is now on the board for the minor singles and the first round of games is scheduled to be played on or before Sunday.

Please check the board if you entered this event and players are reminded to arrange a marker please.

Also on the board are the Shire Bowls nomination forms which close next Monday.

The events are men’s singles, men’s pairs, ladies pairs, mixed pairs, men’s triples and men’s fours.

The shire bowls are due to commence on the first weekend in July.

There is to be a pennant trial against Gresford on Saturday, June 16 to prepare them for their zone playoff in Forster the following weekend.

They are keen to have a strong outfit to play against. Interested bowlers can place their names on the board.

On Sunday, June 17, a ‘pork run’ is to be held, inviting open nominations from both men and women and on June 30 a gala tournament is to be played inviting nominated teams of men or women for three bowl pairs.

Winners receive $50 meat trays and runners-up receive $25 meat trays with consolation prizes also to be won.

Finally, on Tuesday, June 19 we are hosting 43 bowlers from East Lakes to a Tuesday Clique barbecue and bowls.

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