Forbes ready to welcome camels

Camel Races committee members Deb Downey and Lee Marsh.The countdown to this year’s Good Friday Camel Races is now on.

With less than two weeks until the April 6 event, Good Friday Camel Races Secretary Lee Marsh and Publicity Officer Deb Downey said everything is on track for a great day out.

Looking to this years program Marsh said 26 camels are registered for the eight race program.

Cameleers will be travelling from Victoria, South Australia, Queeensland and NSW.

“It’s a really strong program,” Downey said.

“We are excited. We are expecting a bigger and better crowd.”

This year marks the 11th year of the Forbes Good Friday Camel Races.

Marsh said the event has grown so much that it is now considered to be a national annual event.

“It’s the only recognised racing meeting for NSW,” she said.

This year’s event has seen the off-track attractions grow with gopher races a new addition to the program.

Other favourites will be back with the RM Williams fashion parade, karate demonstration, peddle powered shearing demonstration, helicopter rides and sheep dog trials all locked in.

A raffle run during the day will give two lucky patrons a double pass for a free helicopter ride.

Children will be well catered for with an animal nursery, jumping castle, merry-go-round, spray tattooing, lolly drop and foot races.

Also booked for the races are stalls of home-made candles, children’s wear and jewellery.

“We have tried to source stall holders locally where we can,” Downey said.

Patrons are invited to participate in the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed’ competition, sponsored by Allure on Main.

Dress can be anything patrons deem to be appropriate to the event, Marsh said.

Entertainment will be by ‘The Battlers’, who will be performing during the day.

Marsh and Downey said there will be plenty of food available for race goers, with wood fired pizzas, sandwiches by the Forbes Railway Arts and Tourist Information Centre volunteers and fish and chips cooked by the Forbes Magpies.

CanAssist is the nominated charity for the Good Friday Camel Races and members of the Forbes branch will be out in force during the day, Downey said.

Tent sites are available for the event but no alcohol is to be brought on to the grounds.

A fully licensed bar will be operating during the event.

Charity sweeps will also be operating and will be run by the two Forbes Rotary Clubs.

Anyone looking to secure a souvenir can do so at the merchandise stall, operated by the Forbes Dragon Boat Club.

The cameleers are expected to start arriving at the end of this week with all cameleers to be in Forbes by Wednesday or Thursday the following week.

The community is encouraged to take advantage of the growing race meeting.

“There’s not many events where the adults are entertained and the children are entertained,” Downey said.

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Footy Talk

Osborne has continued its resurgence as a Hume power by thrashing an undermanned Howlong at Howlong in the Hume FL match of the round.

Both sides went into the blockbuster unbeaten, but the late withdrawal of Daniel and Matt Bradshaw to go along with the already injured Darren, left the Cats ready to pounce.

Pounce they did, completely outclassing the stunned Spiders keeping them to just six goals for the match, winning 14-13-97 to 6-4-40 to remain top of the ladder after five rounds.

The win by Osborne has now set up a huge clash at home this Saturday against fellow front runners Henty, who are also unbeaten and in blistering form.

Farrer league recruit Steven Crowhurst starred with four goals, while Jamie Parr at half back and Rory Muggavin were amongst a host of Osborne good players.

With the three Bradshaw brothers missing and star wingman Troy Cooper, Howlong after much pre season hype came back to the field and face a tricky few games in their absence.

Walla took its winning streak along to three and in the process jumped into fifth position. The Grasshoppers were not at their best against a plucky CDHBU in a 30 point win.

They did unveil another high profile recruit with former Richmond player Relton Roberts joining the club, to play alongside fellow AFL player Troy Taylor.

Roberts did not let spectators down with a dazzling display of footwork and skills, to kick six goals, while Taylor was kept quiet by Power defender Andrew Ollington.

Coached by former Essendon team of the Century member Merv Neagle the Hoppers are having a great start to the season with its seconds and fourths also winning plenty of games.

Henty warmed up for its local derby top of the table clash with Osborne this Saturday, by belting the BB Saints by a whopping percentage boosting total of 114 points at Henty.

Rick Hon, Matt Tolsher and Todd Spencer led a sparkling display up forward with fifteen goals between them on the back of a dominant on ball division.

The Saints were kept goalless in two of the quarters and if it was not for standout performances from Darryn McKimmie and Trent Storey they would have been humiliated.

Henty now has its sights set firmly on this week’s huge local derby against Osborne with both teams the only two undefeated teams in the competition.

It will be the biggest clash between the two teams since the fiery 1998 grand final decider when Osborne defeated the Swampies by eighty points.

Lockhart gave itself a real finals boost with a hard fought win over a tenacious RW Tigers at Lockhart. The home team overcame a tight first half to win by 212 points.

With the scores level at half time 39 apiece, it was Lockhart who put the game out of the Tigers reach with a withering third term effort.

David Johnson, Chris Cerato and Matt Polman ignited the Demons in the midfield as they piled on 5-5 to just two points to the Tigers.

Brendan Simmons was best for Tigers across half back, while Jess Corrigan-Dale with five goals and Ben Joos were others to contribute for four quarters.

The Tigers have a tough month ahead with games against Howlong, Henty, Holbrook and Culcairn in between the interleague bye.

The remaining game saw Billabong Crows score its maiden win for the 2012 season, by easily accounting for Murray Magpies at Oaklands.

Josh Evans rocketed to the top of the goal kicking ladder with nine goals while former Jindera premiership star Brad Preston was best for the Magpies.


Osborne v Henty

Culcairn v Holbrook

RW Tigers v Howlong

Murray Magpies v Lockhart

(sat night LPO)

Walla v Billabong Crows

BB Saints v Jindera (Brock)


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Herberts hammer opposition

Brad and Laura Herbert recently competed at the Youth and Junior Nationals athletics championships in the sport of hammer throwing.Forbes’ location is a tyrant, but it hasn’t stopped two of our young athletes from competing at a national level.

Earlier this month Brad and Laura Herbert travelled to Sydney to compete in the Youth and Juniors Nationals, where the sibling-duo threw hammers along side some of Australia’s toughest junior competitors.

Although hammer throwing is an individual sport, Marj Herbert said yesterday getting her children ready for competing at a national event is a family-team effort.

“They have done really, really well considering they do most of their training at home,” Marj said.

“All these other children live in Sydney, Hobart and other places where they train six out of seven days per week at least.”

Marj said either she or husband Neil drive the children to Sydney every three weeks to visit their coaches – two of Australia’s hammer throw legends – Karen Di Marko and Breanne Clement.

“Karen and Brea were ecstatic [about Brad and Laura’s results]… they said the odds were stacked against them and they did well despite the adversity,” Marj said.

As proof of their hammer throwing prowess, on Saturday, March 17 Laura placed sixth in the under 20s girls 4kg hammer throw with a new personal best of 46.40 metres, smashing her previous best of 42.42 metres.

“That’s a huge improvement,” Marj said.

Marj said yesterday that on Sunday, March 18 Laura placed fourth again with a 49.94 metre throw in the 3kg u18s girls hammer throw.

She said to do two events at that level within two days is an achievement in itself.

“It’s different to change the way you throw… to throw an extra kilogram,” Marj said.

Brad also placed well in his event, arriving on Wednesday in Sydney for training before throwing 49.31 metres in the u16s boys 4kg hammer throw event on Thursday, March 15.

Marj said the children represented themselves, not their schools, at the national competition as they were required to register themselves before going to the event.

“It’s easier to support children who are committed to what they’re doing,” Marj said.

Proud of her children’s commitment, Marj says the Herbert family-team will continue to travel great distances, sometimes more than once per month to see their legendary coaches.

She said while Brad and Laura do a good job of training at home as much as possible, they will soon commence making videos for their coaches to watch from Sydney.

“So we can fine tune everything… hammer throwing is an extremely technical event and if you don’t have it right then you won’t improve,” Marj said.

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Trundle’s ‘tree changers’

Trundle will feature on ABC TV tonight.A touch of Hollywood will come to Trundle today.

The town has been the focus of a television documentary which will screen on ABC television for the next six weeks.

And the local residents are planning a gala launch in true Hollywood style to mark the occasion.

It is expected the entire population of the town will also turn out at the local hall to watch the first episode this evening.

The launch of the documentary ‘A Country Town Rescue’ is the result of 12 months of filming, and more than 300 hours of taped footage, capturing Trundle’s project to entice more people to come and live in the town.

What began as a result of Trundle’s Strategic Plan – to ensure Trundle’s sustainability – the Tree Change project has seen five new families settle and live in Trundle.

They are vibrant members of the Trundle community and have brought with them a variety of skills, interests and personalities ensuring the spirit of Trundle is alive and well.

Zapruder’s other films have been making the observational documentary about this experience, and have followed several of the families as they moved to Trundle and began their new life in a country town.

This six part series airs this evening and the Trundle community is celebrating with a red carpet launch.

A private reception will begin at 6pm for those people who have made the project possible, and to celebrate the achievements of Trundle Tree Change.

Following this, at 7.30pm the entire Trundle community has been invited to the Trundle Memorial Hall to watch the first episode live on the big screen.

Audio Visual equipment is being brought from Orange, and the hall will resemble the finest function centres in Hollywood!

One of the organisers of the Tree Change project, Cherie Quade said the entire community is excited about the big day.

“The focus will certainly be on Trundle,” she said, “with many media organisations coming.”

“ABC Radio will have a live broadcast for its morning program with Angela Owens, as well as for the Rural Report, and will also have report for its Night Time show.

“Today/Tonight is also doing a follow-up and we will have speakers on the night from ABCTV.”

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Pumpkins to take pride of place

Forbes North Public School students Alyssa Gooden and Maggie Henley waded through the school pumpkin patch to locate one of their best white Atlantic pumpkins.The District Exhibits at Sydney Royal Easter Show are famous for their over-size pumpkins.

This year will be no different except for one very important factor – three of the over-sized pumpkins were proudly grown by students at Forbes North Primary School.

The three Atlanta pumpkins were collected last week by the Manager of the Western District Exhibit Les Clarke and Western District Exhibit committee member Tom Dwyer, along with three Jam Melons from the school’s vegetable garden.

Mr Dwyer said the school was invited to grow the pumpkins specially for the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the end of last year as a way of getting young students involved with shows.

“Our students have done well to produce such excellent pumpkins against such adverse conditions,” Principal of Forbes North Primary School Phil Thurston said.

“It’s just like growing any other vegetable. You have got to keep the soil nutrients up and water them appropriately.”

Mr Thurston said although the pumpkins do receive some water via a watering system, the students have all taken turns in tending to the patch.

“It’s been a crazy season in terms of rain so we haven’t had to water so much,” Mr Thurston said.

Mr Dwyer said the biggest pumpkin to ever be displayed as part of the district exhibits was on show last year and weighed a whopping 396 kilograms.

Although the school’s pumpkins and melons will weigh in a lot less than last year’s record beater, they are impressive nonetheless.

Mr Dwyer commended the students on their efforts, particularly with this year’s high humidity and tumultuous weather conditions.

“They are good for the year because there has been that much disease around,” Mr Dwyer said.

The pumpkins were transported to Sydney last week.

Mr Clark and Mr Dwyer were to join the produce and the rest of the district exhibit team at the end of last week.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show will run from April 5 to April 18, 2012.

Pumpkins are also being grown for the exhibit by students at Red Bend Catholic College. They will be collected this week.

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