Henty sisters number one at Sydney Royal Junior Judging

(L/R) Lauralee Terlich and Keiley O’Brien winning at the Sydney Royal. Marilyn Terlich with Group 8 delegates (L/R) Graham Lieschke and Wal Blezard.
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Sisters, Marilyn and Lauralee Terlich were a winning double at this year’s Sydney Royal.

Marilyn took out 1st place honours in the Royal Agricultural Society/Agricultural Societies Council NSW (RASASC) Fleece Junior Judging competition while younger sister Lauralee was equally successful winning the RASASC State Junior Grain Judging

competition.

Twenty four year old Marilyn began competing nine years ago following an invitation from her Year 8 Ag Science teacher to join the school team for the Albury show and has been competing at regional shows ever since.

Competitors are judged on their fleece handling and judging expertise by assessing four fleeces, ranking them 1-4. Finalists are then asked to deliver an oral report on each fleece.

Marilyn, who is in her final year of eligibility, intends to use her win to inspire other older competitors to keep going.

“As you get older the competition is extremely tough. I want to encourage older entrants not to give up and to keep going,” she said.

“I also want to contribute back to the show societies that have given me so much support by being a mentor to other competitors”

“I learnt by watching and picking up tips so I hope I can pass on my knowledge to others,” said Ms Terlich.

Marilyn also came 5th in RASASC Merino Sheep Judging competition.

Young sister, Lauralee Terlich, was awarded 1st place in the RASASC State Junior Grain Judging competition. Lauralee has been a keen competitor in various sections of show judging for more than 7 years and has competed at the Sydney Royal for the past 5 years.

Entrants in the competition are required to judge the overall best grain from four types – wheat, barley, oats and canola by a process of elimination.

Qualities including protein content, test weight, oil content and colour are assessed. The entrant with the score closest in match to the judge wins.

Lauralee intends to continue competing and mentor up and coming competitors.

“I hope my win helps to raise the profile of Junior Judging and inspire others to enter competition,” she said.

Another Henty girl, Keiley O’Brien came 2nd in RASASC judging

competition.

All three entrants qualified at the Henty Show.

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ANZAC Day

I saw a kid marchin’ with medals on his chest.
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He marched alongside Diggers marching six abreast.

He knew that it was ANZAC Day – he walked along with pride.

He did his best to keep in step with the Diggers by his side.

And when the march was over the kid was rather tired.

A Digger said “Whose medals, son?” to which the kid replied:

“They belong to daddy, but he did not come back.

He died up in New Guinea on a lonely jungle track”.

The kid looked rather sad then and a tear came to his eye.

The Digger said “Don’t cry my son and I will tell you why.

Your daddy marched with us today – all the blooming way.

We Diggers know that he was there – it’s like that on ANZAC Day”.

The kid looked rather puzzled and didn’t understand,

But the Digger went on talking and started to wave his hand.

“For this great land we live in, there’s a price we have to pay

For we all love fun and merriment in this country where we live.

The price was that some soldier his precious life must give.

For you to go to school my lad and worship God at will,

Someone had to pay the price so the Diggers paid the bill.

Your daddy died for us my son – for all things good and true.

I wonder if you understand the things I’ve said to you”.

The kid looked up at the Digger – just for a little while

And with a changed expression, said, with a lovely smile:

“I know my dad marched here today – this is ANZAC Day.

I know he did. I know he did, all the bloomin’ way”.

Today, Australians will gather at Anzac services in villages, towns and cities all across the country.

Many more will gather in far away places; Gallipoli, the Somme, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Singapore, East Timor, Malaya, Kakoda- places where the Anzac spirit has left its mark.

Wherever they are Australians and those from other nations will join together to honour the men and women of our armed forces and remember those who served in conflicts and battles long ago as well as in more recent times.

Please take the time today to remember those who didn’t come home and the families and loved ones left behind, remember their sacrifice, remember their courage, remember their stories and remember, they did it for us and future generations to come.

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Irrigator’s basin concerns

Robert Caldwell holds his submission to the Murray Darling Basin Authority.Forbes farmer Robert Caldwell plans to be at Town Hall next Monday to learn more about the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan.
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The Murray Darling Basin Authority has announced it will hold an ‘open house’ at Forbes Town Hall on Monday afternoon (3.30pm – 5pm), where staff from the MDBA and other government departments will be available to talk to local stakeholders.

Mr Caldwell, who is an irrigation farmer east of Forbes (his property is near Payten’s Bridge over the Lachlan), this week sent off his submission to the plan’s authors, the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

In his second submission to the MDBA, Mr Caldwell says he has no faith in the draft basin plan’s stated objective to set water aside for the environmental recovery of the Murray Darling Basin.

He believes the plan will take too much water out of agriculture and horticultural production and not deliver any of the irrigation efficiencies the Federal Government’s water purchases are supposed to achieve.

Mr Caldwell said irrigators are getting a ‘raw deal’ on the basin plan, and farmers’ rights to reasonable use of water are being slowly dissolved by water reform.

He believes the plan will result in a large reduction in irrigation farming.

“I think half the irrigation farms will disappear,” he said this week.

Mr Caldwell said he has little faith that the O’Farrell NSW Coalition Government would do much to oppose the Federal Labor Government’s plan for the basin.

“I think the O’Farrell / Hodgkinson Government hold the ‘whip hand’ and should reject the reductions on behalf of New South Wales… Labor governments seem to ram through changes without compensation [for primary producers] and the Liberals / Nationals seem unwilling or unable to reverse the damage,” he said.

Mr Caldwell said he doesn’t accept the scientific basis underlining the draft Basin Plan, particularly the water that the South Australian Government says is required to maintain the health of the lower Murray River.

“South Australia is claiming more than their fair share of water,” he said.

“They should remove the barrages [from the lower Murray] and return the estuary to its natural state. This would reduce the need to top up the Lower Lakes with 2,000,0000 ML a year of fresh water in time of drought.”

Mr Caldwell has already written one submission to the MDBA, when it released the guide to the draft plan last year, and hopes his thoughts are taken seriously.

“I am sure my submission will be ignored by the MDBA, but it may be of value to the NSW Government, to Forbes Shire Council and to fellow irrigators,” he said.

The Murray Darling Basin Authority will hold an ‘open house’ at Forbes Town Hall from 3.30pm to 5pm next Monday, March 19.

Those intending to attend are advised to check the MDBA website (www.mdba.gov.au) for any updates on the meeting.

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Floods bad for business

Employees of Forbes electrical business, Shead and Nicholson, Phil Cleal and Glen Read, move stock back to lower shelves after last week’s flood alert.The long-term effects of last week’s flooding are the biggest concern for Forbes business owners, according to the president of Forbes Business Chamber.
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Business Chamber president and Superbee General Manager, Karla Hudson, has sent out a request for feedback on the impact of the floods from chamber members.

Ms Hudson said the early response has indicated that businesses are worried about the longer term impact of the floods on their customers.

She said a large number of businesses had shut down for several days late last week, due to road closures, but owners seemed more worried about the impact after the flood threat had passed.

“Loss of trade was probably the biggest immediate concern, but I think what is worrying businesses more is the long-term affect,” she said.

Ms Hudson said businesses like steel suppliers, rural supplies and engineering firms were concerned how their primary producer clients would cope.

“How long will it take for those farmers who are in low lying areas who have crops flooded to get back in business – that’s the biggest concern,” she said.

Ms Hudson said several businesses had been very busy prior to the floods – particularly supermarkets and pharmacies – but once major roads and streets were closed, many were forced to shut down with staff unable to get through floodwater.

Ms Hudson said she had also received positive feedback from chamber members who praised the regular text messaging and email communication from Forbes Shire Council on latest road closures and river heights, but some are worried whether the shire will be able to pay for repairs to road infrastructure damaged in the floods.

She said the chamber was now asking people to shop locally to help businesses recover.

“We’re just asking people to shop locally – we always ask for people to do that, but if you can get it here, please do, because with losses of 50 to 80 per cent of trade over a week, our local businesses are definitely struggling,” she said.

Business chamber members and other businesses can provide feedback to the chamber by emailing Karla Hudson at [email protected]南京夜网.au.

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The Rock Yerong Creek celebrates 50 years

John Yates former Chief Commissioner of NSW AFL with John Warren former Director of Coaching, Australian National Football Council. Former Club coaches – Bruce Stewart (1979-80), Bob Delanty (1963-64), Bob Driscoll (1977-78), Greg Carroll (1981-82), Bob Little (1965) Jason Brown (2005-07), Matthew Carroll (2003-04), Colin Carroll (1990-91 and 1995) and Peter Elliott (1973-75).
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Lindsay Salter, The Rock Yerong Creek’s first coach in 1962 and current coach Michael Mazzocchi.

Club Legend Don Taylor played 453 games, is a life member of the club, has coached and was president in 1976 and a winner of the Verdon Medal in 1969.

Bill Shaw first president after the amalgamation in 1962 and Lindsay Salter first coach after amalgamation in 1962 reunite.

THE Rock-Yerong Creek celebrated the club’s 50th anniversary on Saturday night at the Yerong Creek Bowling Club.

More than 250 people attended the reunion celebrations following the game against North Wagga.

The reunion brought together past greats of the club as well as present day players and the next generation.

Former Magpies came from as far away as Hervey Bay, Northern NSW and Victoria for the chance to catch up with old friends and team mates.

The Magpies got the day started with two big wins in the first and reserve grades, which only made the night better.

Former coach Bob Delanty was recruited from Collingwood in 1962 and took over the coaching reins in 1963 and 1964.

He had travelled from Tocumwal for the reunion and said it was a marvellous day. “The club has gone from strength to strength since the amalgamation and the local players are the backbone,” he said.

On Saturday night coaches and players from each decade were interviewed and an acknowledgement given to life members.

Former club president and reunion committee chairman Greg Verdon said everyone had enjoyed the day and night.

“The feedback we’ve received has been fantastic and a couple of good wins by the boys made the night that much more enjoyable,” he said.

TRYC players wore commemorative jumpers on the day and they were auctioned off on Saturday night.

“It exceeded our expectations … we left them dirty from the game but that didn’t detract from it,” Verdon said.

A big crowd attended the match and it is estimated about $7000 was taken at the gate.

THE ROCK-Yerong Creek made an ideal start to the season with a comfortable 81-point win over North Wagga on Saturday.

The Magpies never looked in trouble after keeping the Saints scoreless in the opening quarter and extended the lead at each break, finishing 19.13 (127) to 7.4 (46) at Victoria Park.

The win excited the large crowd, who had gathered to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary. Ryan Chamberlain and

Chris Ward inspired the win with classy displays at either end of the ground.

Playing his first game for the club, Chamberlain racked up 27 possessions through the midfield and across half-back.

While Ward, who missed last year’s premiership with injury, was a man on a mission and kicked seven goals in a dominant performance in attack.

Despite the winning margin, captain-coach Michael Mazzocchi was unimpressed with some aspects of the match.

Yet, in the end he was pleased to come away with a win. “I wasn’t overly happy with the first half but that was more to do with North Wagga’s pressure and all credit to them,” he said. “Overall I was happy with the endeavour but we’ll have to work on our skills and those one percenters. “I’m not rapt with how we got (the win) but the result is what’s important at the end of the day.”

Ward kicked the first goal of the season as TRYC kicked 4.5 (29) to nil in the first quarter. North Wagga ramped up

the pressure in the second quarter and the Magpies struggled to adjust as the game descended into a scrappy, error-riddled affair.

TRYC only managed two goals in the quarter and got an angry response from Mazzocchi at the half-time break as they led 6.8 (44) to 2.2 (14). The team stepped up the tempo in the third quarter and Daniel Hore-Smith booted his first goal for the club.

Dale Hugo spent the majority of the game in the forward line and kicked two quick goals to re-establish TRYC’s hold on the game.

Mazzocchi told his players during the final break to concentrate on their skills in the final quarter and demanded a six-goal finish.

The players responded and their tackling pressure resulted in a number of turnovers which were converted into goals.

Although quiet for the majority of the match Jason Brown stepped up in the final quarter with three goals as the Magpies slammed on seven goals to three. Hugo finished with five majors for the match while Bryan Ball was also a solid contributor before hurting his ankle in the third quarter.

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