High School win B-grade title

High School are Forbes cricket’s B-grade premiers for 2011/12, after defeating Bowling Club by six wickets in the consolation grand final last Saturday.

Man-of-the-match was young High School batsman Jason Hoswell, who scored 59 of the 87 runs required for victory.

Hoswell’s innings at Botanical Gardens last Saturday featured two sixes and four more boundaries and he was unbeaten when High School hit the winning runs in the 25th over.

High School had won the toss before Saturday afternoon’s B-grade finale, and sent Bowling Club into bat.

Hindsight revealed it was the right choice with Bowling Club all out for 86 in 36 overs.

Jacob Allegri made 19, Brett Stirling hit a dozen and Jarrod Andrews 10, but High School’s youthful bowlers would have felt they had won the first innings.

Fast bowler Tim Prior saved his best for the last game of the summer, taking 5/15 from eight overs, including top order scalps of Mark Stirling, Andrew Quirk and Shane Bolam.

Not to be outdone, Jack Janetzki finished with 2/12 from 10 overs, four of which were maidens.

With Kyle Sharpe’s two wickets and the tidy opening bowling of James Rousell (1/16 from nine), Bowling Club were all out for 86 and needed to defend well to have a chance of victory.

High School’s innings didn’t start well, with Jye Skinner out on the fourth ball for one, but that brought Jason Hoswell to the crease to join Gus Coles.

The pair added 25 before Coles was bowled by Abel Bernardi for eight, but Hoswell and Jordan Coles produced what proved to be a match-winning partnership.

The younger Coles gave Hoswell much of the strike but he stayed out in the middle for another 12 overs, until he was caught off Jarrod Andrews’ second over for 11.

Jason Hoswell had passed his half century by this stage and shortly after, with new partner Jack Janetzki, scored the winning runs in the 25th over.

Bowling Club’s bowlers all tried hard and none were too expensive, but defending 86 was too difficult a task. Abel Bernardi gave another impressive performance with the ball (1/12 from seven overs), while Clint Hurford (1/22 from seven), Jamie Hoswell (1/20 from 3.4 overs) and Jarrod Andrews (1/8 from two) also picked up wickets.

Bowling Club would have had little hesitation in naming Jason Hoswell (59no) the man of the match.

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Footy Talk

Billabong Crows forward Nathan Finnen flies over Rand-Walbundrie Tigers defender Gerard Telford.HENTY THRASH CULCAIRN AND EYE FLAG

Henty has shot into genuine premiership fancies, following a stunning win over old rivals Culcairn in another impressive performance at Culcairn.

The Swampies have taken on and defeated the top three teams from last year following a round one bye and are looking the real deal to break their premiership drought.

The game was all over at quarter time after Henty turned on an opening quarter of sustained pressure and superb ball use to kick seven unanswered goals.

They did not let up for the remaining three quarters and went on to win by

74 points 20-17-137 to Culcairn 9-9-63

to remain in second spot on the


A functional forward set up led by Ryan Hon (4), Jon Mercuri (4) and Shannon Terlich (3) complemented the dominant midfield led by Heath Ohlin and Simon Hillier.

James Paton was best for Culcairn, with excitement machine Jarrah Maksymow (3) goals, Luke Taylor and Shannon Gilson also good contributors.

Osborne burs ted the unbeaten run of Lockhart, inflicting a 45 point defeat at Osborne in a tough encounter before a large crowd.

The Cats are still unbeaten and have taken a hold on top position in a promising start to the season. Their real test will come this week, when they travel to Howlong.

Reliable forward Trent Perczyk kicked four goals in a low scoring game to be the dominant forward. Ben Davis, Stace Creasy, Daniel O’Connell and Jamie Parr were other good players.

Lockhart really struggled up forward in perfect conditions with only five goals being the result of a tough day out against a tight and committed Osborne backline.

Mitchell Pilon, Chris Cerato, Zach Sheather and Josh Maniscalco continued on their excellent form, but lacked enough support to threaten the pacey Cats on home turf.

Holbrook recorded its first win for the 2012 season, by belting Jindera, in a replay of last years premiership decider, winning at home by 135 points.

The feature of the game was one of the most dominant forward displays possible from Michael Lamb, who kicked an incredible 11 goals and 11 behinds in a master class.

Lamb tore the Bulldogs defence apart with his strong leading and marking and second efforts. James Breen was a good support with four goals.

Jarrod Twitt, Josh Jones, Brendan Hankel, Zach Fulford and Hayden Hibberson ran riot in the midfield and provided silver service to Lamb and co up forward.

Holbrook looked to have turned the corner after a sloppy start and with some good news on the recruiting front pending; they are looming as a sleeping giant.

RW Tigers overcame a determined Billabong Crows first half effort, to grind out a workman like 51 point win at Rand, to stay in fourth place.

Josh Jarvis and Josh Warren-Marmo kicked three goals each, as inaccuracy in front of goal cost the Tigers valuable percentage opportunity.

Former Barnawartha star Cameron McNeil starred in the centre, with great support from Ryan Kirkwood, Hayden Tyrell and Justin Dickson.

The Tigers face a crunch game this week, when they make the journey to Lockhart with a win to either side being critical to finals appearances.

Howlong led by a six goal haul from star forward Daniel Bradshaw and five goals from Troy price proved too good for

BB saints winning by 55 points at Howlong.

Kylin Morey also kicked six goals for the saints, but it was not enough to damage the Spiders winning run as they remain in third position.

Youngster Beau Walker maintained his sizzling form with a best on ground effort. Damian Russo, Josh Duffy and Steven Bradshaw controlled the clearances for Howlong.

The final round four match was played under lights at Lavington Panthers Oval, with CDHBU overcoming a first

quarter deficit to run out 45 point


Phil Dudley was the shining light for the combined Power, kicking seven goals, while Joel Rippingale was the star in the midfield. Shane Franz kicked four goals for Magpies.

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Students take skills to the world

Year 12 Red Bend Catholic College student Max ­Ridley with the gold medal he received for ­winning the state title during the World Skills Australia State ­Championships last week for his efforts in ­Agriculture and Primary Industries.Year 12 Red Bend Catholic College student Max Ridley can now add gold medallist to his list of accomplishments after taking out the World Skills Australia State Championships last week.

Max and his fellow year 12 student Blake Osborne travelled to Sydney to compete against other vocational education students in the state championships last week after earning their places in the finals late last year.

The two students had between 1 ½ days and two days to show off their learned skills, taking out gold and sixth place respectively.

Agriculture and Primary Industries student Max completed five set tasks over two intensive days of competition to finally edge out his fellow rivals by less than one point.

The first task was to move livestock into a set of yards, draft them off, weigh them and work out how much drench they needed to be given.

Max was then required to drench them.

The second task involved farm machinery and saw Max conduct a pre-service check on a tractor and then attach an implement.

In task three Max had to construct a farm fence.

Task four required Max to give first aid in a mock scenario where a child had fallen from a silo.

Although Max performed well in each task it was the final stage which saw him edge out his rivals.

As part of the fifth task Max was required to put his maths skills to the test by working out the percentage of pasture in a paddock and calculate the cost of replacing the pasture.

Agriculture teacher Susan Earl said while it was good to be practical with agriculture, maths was still required.

“It is important to realise that all the skills taught at school can be useful in the outside world,” Mrs Earl said.

“The separating points in the end came down to the ability to do farm based maths calculations.”

Max said he was very pleased and surprised by the final result.

“There was a lot of competition there,” Max said.

“[The chief steward] said it was the hardest level of competition he had seen.”

According to Max one of the hardest aspects of the competition was performing under pressure – with all tasks set against a time limit.

Fellow student Blake competed in the Metals and Engineering section to achieve sixth place.

As part of the competition Blake was required to construct a transportable metal sheep feeder using sheet metal and square tubing.

Like Max, Blake’s skills were pitched against 11 other vocational students all vying for the top spot.

Blake admitted to experiencing some nerves before the competition but said he enjoyed the competition.

“It was good. It was a good experience,” he said.

Through the competition Blake said he gained some new skills and hopes the experience will help him gain employment in the metals or mines industries.

Red Bend Catholic College Technical and Applied Studies (TAS) teacher Col Hawthorn said both Max and Blake had won at the regional finals to reach state selection.

Mr Hawthorn said it has been six years since the college has had a student reach the National Titles.

Max is the second student of Mr Hawthorn’s to go to Nationals and looks like he may follow in the footsteps of former student Todd Grace, who won the state title before going on to win at Nationals.

Max will return to Sydney in August this year to compete in the National World Skills titles.

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Fire danger season ends early

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has ended the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Mid Lachlan Valley Team area early due to continuing mild weather conditions.

From Thursday, March 8, fire permits will no longer be required for the Forbes, Lachlan, Parkes and Weddin Local Government Areas.

“Although fire permits are no longer required, property owners must still adhere to the law regarding the use of fire,’’ Superintendent Ken Neville, Team Manager said.

“This requires people to notify neighbouring land owners and land management authorities 24 hours prior to burning, as well as taking appropriate action to ensure containment and control of fire so it doesn’t escape and cause damage.

“Penalties still apply for failing to notify neighbours that you are lighting a fire and for allowing fires to escape,” Supt Neville said.

“Even though the weather is cooling down, there is still the potential for fires to cause damage to life, property and the environment.

“We encourage people to get advice from their local RFS Fire Control Centre on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities such as slashing, trittering and burning and how to prepare their homes for the next bushfire season,” Superintendent Neville said.

If residents do have to burn they should ask the RFS for advice, permits and approvals:

* Give fire authorities and neighbours 24 hours notice.

* Check weather conditions/Total Fire Bans.

* Delay the burn if concerning winds are forecast.

* Create proper fire breaks.

* Have adequate water resources on hand.

* Supervise the fire at all times.

* Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if fire escapes.

For more information contact Mid Lachlan Valley Team on 6851 1541 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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Grateful for every stride

FOR those who haven’t seen the ABC documentary Running to America, it’s an inspirational uplifting story and, as this journo has no shame in admitting, brings a tear to the eye.

The documentary follows Juan, Joseph, Caleb and Charlie from their homes in remote regions of the Kimberley and Arnham Land to the finish line of the world’s biggest marathon in New York.

The boys are mentored in the task by Australia’s greatest marathon runner Rob de Castella. The documentary was released in December last year to rave reviews, however the Indigenous Marathon Project did not end there. Rob took a second group of runners to complete last year’s New York Marathon and is currently training his third squad of runners for this year’s event, a squad that includes Pacific Palms Primary and Forster High School alumni Nat Heath.

“Like a lot of people I saw the documentary and through work and various people I knew I heard about the project and thought it was a great opportunity,” Nat said from his office at Newcastle University’s Wollotuka Institute.

Nat attended tryouts in Sydney in April which included a 5km time trial and a beep test. The selection process also included a range of interviews.

“They asked my reasons for wanting to participate, what things I already do in the community, what things I hoped to take back to my community and just things to test my suitability for the program.”

Nat was successful and has thrown himself into training, most recently completing the Gold Coast half marathon in a respectable 90 minutes. Nat is grateful for every stride after being struck down in his athletic prime by a neurological disorder which doctors said would put an end to his days as an athlete.

“It’s called Guillian-Baree Syndrome and I was diagnosed in 2010,” Nat explains.

“Basically your immune system attacks the nervous system. It started with pins and needles in my hands and led to paralysis in different parts in my body. I was hospitalized for two weeks and doctors said I would likely never get back to my previous level of endurance.”

It took a lot of hard work for Nat, a first grade rugby player and triathlete, to regain his strength including the indignation of being outrun by a tight-head prop in the early days. “I changed a few of my habits, really looked at my health and fitness and when doctors said it was really going to affect my endurance I took it as a bit of a challenge. I’m ultimately grateful for the experience.”

After completing his first camp at the AIS and the Gold Coast half marathon, Nat is currently pounding more than 80km of pavement per week in preparation for New York and hopes to compete in September’s Forster Running Festival where coach de Castella is the headline act.

“Of all the running events we do that’s the one I’d like to do the most,” Nat says.

“It’ll be up to my coaches but I’ll most likely be there either way. My dad still lives at Smiths Lake so it’s a good chance to get back home.”

Nat, who has a degree has social science, is also completing a Certificate IV in health and leisure as part of the project which he feels will equip him well to give back to the indigenous community. “My two biggest passions are Aboriginal education and Aboriginal health. When people think of Aboriginal communities they think of you know the Northern Territory and places like that, but communities here in NSW like the Cabarita community in Forster and communities and around here in Newcastle are facing the same issues. I want to highlight that by completing the project and taking its benefits back to those communities.”

Nat is hoping to break the three-hour mark in the New York Marathon on November 4.

INSPIRATIONAL PROGRAM: Former Forster High School student Nat Heath is pounding more than 80km of pavement per week as he prepare for November’s New York Marathon as part of Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project.

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