Western Phantoms post straight sets win

DESPERATION: Phantom Dimitrios Vettos lunges for the ball as team-mates Brady King and Josh Gordon watch on. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIWESTERN Phantoms’ men’s reserves team continued to build towards a Volleyball Victoria state league competition finals campaign with a straight sets win on Saturday night.
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The Phantoms played Yarra Ranges at St Brigid’s College stadium and recorded a 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 win.

Coach David Berry said his side showed its class in the crucial stages of the match.

“Yarra Ranges didn’t play the closing stages of each set well, where we did,” he said.

Berry was impressed with the support for the Phantoms, who were playing a rescheduled round 11 match.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the support, especially given the Horsham Hornets were playing in basketball finals at the same time,” he said.

“Yarra Ranges were appreciative and spoke kindly about us at the end of the game.”

Tim Ladlow and Chris Radford returned to the Phantoms’ line-up.

Berry said it was important the duo got court time in the lead-up to finals.

“We used all 10 players. Everyone got on the court,” Berry said.

“Tim played well he is a very deceptive player.”

Nick Adamson also returned to the Phantoms team, replacing Jimmy Winzar in the middle blocker role.

The ladder-leaders now have two home and away matches left before finals begin.

In a blow to the side, regular Phantom Tim Eldridge injured his hamstring playing football for Horsham RSL Diggers in the Wimmera Football League on Saturday.

Berry said the injury could prevent Eldridge from qualifying for finals.

The Phantoms’ men’s division two and women’s division two teams both had byes this week.

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Reservists recognised at Horsham Reserve Forces Day

HONOUR: Captain Dave Ellis, reservist James Fidler and Major Carl Edwards with the new 15 Transport Squadron RACT training depot sign at Reserve Forces Day in Horsham yesterday. The depot was offi cially named the James Lawson Depot after Lieutenant Colonel James Lawson. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERPRESENT-DAY reservists in the Wimmera and western Victoria were recognised at the eighth Reserve Forces Day in Horsham yesterday.
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The day also recognised the service of Australia’s past ‘citizen soldiers’.

The service was in conjunction with an open day at the 15 Transport Squadron RACT training depot, where replicas of Second World War weapons, military vehicles and other pieces of equipment were on display.

The service included the renaming of the depot to James Lawson Depot in honour of Lieutenant Colonel James Lawson.

Lawson moved to Australia from England in 1905 and was commissioned second lieutenant in the 19th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1912.

He later joined the Australian Imperial Force and served in Egypt, Sinai and Beersheba.

He won the Distinguished Service Order and returned home in 1919 where he became a stock and station agent at Rupanyup.

He reverted to part-time soldiering with the Australian Military Forces and was promoted to lieutenant colonel and commander of the regiment in 1927.

Horsham Reserve Forces Day chairman Bob Lockwood said the army reserve had a special place in Australian history.

He said the day had great significance for reservists and their families.

“It was great for past members to have a look at the old barracks and see where they were recruited from,” he said.

Horsham Reserve Forces Day committee secretary Jim Amos said Horsham was the only city not in a metropolitan area to have a Reserve Forces Day.

“It is about coming back to remember those who are not with us and to promote the reserve unit,” he said.

“It is great to catch up with everyone I served with.”

Mr Amos said he was pleased to see so many young people attend the service.

“We are aiming at the young ones because they are the future,” he said.

For more pictures from the event, see this week’s editions of the Mail-Times.

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Marrar strong before losing plot in fourth

MARRAR took a big step towards playing Farrer League finals with an important win over Northern Jets at the weekend.
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The Bombers took charge from the opening bounce and streaked away to hold a big lead at the last break at Langtry Oval on Saturday.

A massive fourth quarter from the visiting team had Marrar on the ropes and defending a meagre nine-point lead when the finals siren blew, but held on to win 16.11 (107) to Jets’ 15.8 (98).

Marrar coach Danny Malone was impressed by his team’s effort for the first three quarters but knows complacency could have cost the Bombers a finals spot.

“Over three quarters I thought we were terrific,” Malone said.

“We made a pact today that our intensity would be up and we would work really hard around the footy.

“For three quarters we did that really well.”

Marrar got on the board early through Brad Turner but Northern Jets fired back with two goals of their own to snatch the lead.

That was as far as the visitors got in the first quarter as Marrar kicked away to lead by 27 points at the first break.

Dean Howard was on song early and ended up with four goals, and combined with Craig Websdale and Turner up front to take the home team to a 13.10 (88) to 7.4 (46) lead by three-quarter time.

Marrar looked home and hosed and took its foot off the pedal in the final term, much to the delight of the Jets. The Jets began to work well in the centre, delivering the ball into their forwards and piled on the goals at an alarming rate.

They kicked 8.4 for the term and finished just nine points shy of an unthinkable comeback.

“If we’re talking finals there can’t be any repeats of the last quarter,” Malone admitted.

“We just didn’t give them the respect, we didn’t do the hard stuff.”

Turner was named best for Marrar for taking countless big grabs and kicking five goals, while Adam Howard was outstanding jumping and punching across half back.

Graeme Reid was busy around the middle of the ground as was Mitch Balding.

Marrar could be without hard man Matt Barnes for a few weeks with suspected broken ribs.

Barnes copped a knee from Jamie Grintell in the third quarter running back into a contest and an ambulance was called.

ON THE RUN: Marrar’s Brett Howard, with the Jets’ Matthew Carroll hot behind him, puts the foot down. Picture: Michael Frogley

FAR REACH: Northern Jets player Jack Fisher grabs for Marrar’s Shannon Williams. Picture: Michael Frogley

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Aussie Brendan:  he’s our  boi, boi, boi …

Pat Sexton of Thornton hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep for weeks.
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First there was Wimbledon. Then the Tour de France. Now there’s the Olympics.

But there’s no way she’ll be popping into bed anytime soon.

She’ll stay glued to her television this week as she watches her grandson, triathlete Brendan Sexton, take on the rest of the world.

Sexton – who celebrates his 27th birthday today – will make his Olympic debut tomorrow, representing Australia in the London 2012 men’s triathlon.

But cake and candles will be the furthest thing from his mind as Sexton prepares his swim, bike and run legs to complete the Hyde Park course for what will be the biggest race of his career.

And motivation, if it wasn’t already, will be sky high after watching national teammate Erin Densham claim bronze in the women’s triathlon on Saturday.

Plus there is the terrific amount of support Sexton has received from back home, including grandma Pat, which help make the sacrifices worthwhile.

“This gives me huge satisfaction and a great sense of pride that I’ve been able to get this far representing Maitland,” Sexton said.

Mrs Sexton has been flying the “flag” – a bed sheet – from her front verandah since day one of the Olympics.

“I always knew Brendan would achieve something great,” Mrs Sexton said yesterday.

“Sport is his life.

“Brendan was a very good cross-country runner when he was at school. Both he and his sister Melanie [also a world-class triathlete] are very talented.

“I’m so proud of all my grandchildren,” the grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of six, said.

Mrs Sexton has been watching fellow Maitlander, Simon Orchard and the Kookaburras, all week and said she was equally proud of him.

Sexton has posted an image of his grandmother’s decorated house on his Facebook page.

n See sport for Brendan Sexton’s full interview with Josh Callinan in London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

CHEER SQUAD: Grandmother Pat Sexton with Shannon Cedar, Ewan Sexton, Loren Pevitt, Kathryn Pevitt, Slab Heaton, Elijah Cedar 4, Wilhelm Cedar 7, Aleshia Lyons, Brayden Cedar, 4 and Aimee Pevitt. Picture by CATH BOWEN

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Science workshop a magnet for students

YEAR 12 science students will be given a rare opportunity to boost their Higher School Certificate (HSC) results thanks to a series of exam workshops at Kinross Wolaroi School on Sunday.
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The “meet the markers” event is open to all Orange students and will give them a firsthand account of what HSC markers expect when they’re grading science papers.

Kinross Wolaroi School science teacher Catherine Litchfield, who helped organise the workshops run by the Science Teachers’ Association, said all students would benefit from attending.

“It is very rare that we get HSC markers up to regional areas,” she said.

“Our kids usually have to travel to Sydney to get access to these lectures and it’s hard and expensive, so I don’t want country students to miss out on what their Sydney peers have easy access to.”

Mrs Litchfield said lectures would include information on a range of exam topics including common errors, good exam responses and the terminology favoured by markers.

“All students should come, they’re going to get improvements in their HSC results if they do come,” she said.

Mrs Litchfield said the workshops would also prove useful as a revision session for the HSC trials and exams later this year.

Teachers will also be able to attend HSC preparation workshops.

Anyone wanting more information about the event should contact their school’s science department or Kinross Wolaroi.

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SWEET SCIENCE: Year 12 students (l-r) Sophie Matthews (James Sheahan), Skye Haigh (Kinross Wolaroi), Patrick Jasprizza (James Sheahan), Jacqui Morgan (Kinross Wolaroi), Caitlin Herbert (Kinross Wolaroi), Gretel Bailey-Preston (Kinross Wolaroi) and Emma Fauler (Kinross Wolaroi) are looking to take advantage of a science workshop before Higher School Certificate exams. Photo: JAIME BRIDGE 0804jpscience1

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Council loses federal funds

A CUT to funds expected from the federal government has arrived as a bitter blow to council.
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Port Macquarie-Hastings Council revealed last week federal funding expected to arrive this year would be cut by a whopping $200,000, and general manager Tony Hayward was clearly disappointed when he made the announcement at last week’s council meeting.

However he planned to fight for more funding, he said.

Slower population growth than predicted was cited as the main reason for the lower final amount as the grants are partially based on the number of residents in the area.

Council expects to receive $8,895,252 from the federal government through the Financial Assistance Grants scheme this year, $200,000 less than expected.

“The federal assistance grant funding has been cut by $200,000 … the funds were based on population projections and CPI,” Mr Hayward said.

In response to the news, Mr Hayward recommended council ask the Local Government Association – an organisation which fights for federal funds on behalf of local Councils – to push for more money to be sent to the Hastings.

Mr Hayward suggested the LGA lobby the federal government for councils to have direct access to revenue from personal income tax.

“Councils are having difficulty finding ways to apply to the federal government,” he said.

The Port News asked Mr Hayward which projects will suffer funding cuts as a result of the lost grant funding.

Mr Hayward did not respond to the Port News enquiries by our production deadline.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council general manager Tony Hayward

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On your bikes

Designated cycle ways linking the city with its surrounds could become a reality if Maitland councillors vote in support of the concept at the next council meeting.
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A comprehensive report that outlines several routes for consideration will be voted on at the next council meeting on August 14.

Mayor of Maitland, Cr Peter Blackmore, said a route between Maitland and Morpeth, and one between Maitland and Walka Water Works, were two suggested routes.

Cr Ray Fairweather unsuccessfully pushed for a shared path between central Maitland and Walka Water Works in 2010.

Cr Blackmore said cycle ways were part of the council’s 2021 strategic plan and general plan.

He said the width of the path was a key factor in any proposal because it had to accommodate cyclists, walkers and parents with prams.

“A lot of parents walk their babies around in strollers and a lot of the strollers are quite wide,” he said.

“There is nothing worse than trying to share a narrow footpath, so we need to accommodate the width according to the users of the path.”

Cr Blackmore said the cost of shared paths varied according to the location and the council would be restricted in the amount of money it could devote to the venture.

“It is costly depending on what kind of cycle way it is and whether or not it is on the road way,” he said.

“We want to provide a safe and enjoyable facility for people and whilst it would be nice to have cycle ways throughout the city the funding will be restrictive.”

Heritage Mall trader Bob Dennerley would like to see bikes available for rent each day at various locations in central Maitland.

He said a bike cluster at Maitland train station and in the mall would bring people into the area and offer an inexpensive way to get around and enjoy the countryside.

Cr Blackmore said he welcomed entrepreneurial proposals.

A decision on cycleways between Maitland and Morpeth and Maitland and Walka is expected at the next sitting of council.

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Parade for Olympic heroes

JAMES Magnussen and his fellow Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be invited toparade through the streets in a special welcome home ceremony planned by council.
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Port Macquarie-Hastings Council administrator Neil Porter yesterday revealed he had spoken to James Magnussen’s father, Robert, to discuss the swimmer’s part in the ceremony.

Olympic rower Tess Gerrand, paralympic wheelchair rugby player Ryley Batt and paralympic wheelchair tennis player Janel Manns will hopefully join the special celebration, he said.

A welcome home parade for paralympians Tom Kennedy, Paul Hyde and Brad Dubberley and games volunteers after the Sydney Olympics in 2000 was a huge success, Mr Porter added.

This year’s parade will similarly see athletes driven in open convertible cars along Horton Street toward Town Green.

Some CBD streets will be closed for the ceremony and it is likely to be held on a Saturday in late September, Mr Porter said.

The newly-elected mayor will officially welcome home the athletes.

“We’ll try and get a date that suits all of them,” Mr Porter said.

Hundreds of Hastings residents braved the cold to watch Magnussen – known as The Missile – win a silver medal at a live outdoor broadcast of the 100m freestyle final last Thursday.

“If 1000 people get out of bed at 4am I’m sure we’ll get a few thousand to welcome him home,” Mr Porter said.

Hastings rower Tess Gerrand qualified for the final of the women’s eight event and despite her failure to win a medal, many locals will be eager to cheer her efforts competing for Australia.

The London Paralympics begin later this month and wrap-up on September 9.

“I’m quite confident Ryley and Janel will go well, they might even have medals to show us on the day,” Mr Porter said.

“It’s a chance for everyone to welcome them back.”

The final arrangements for the parade will be made by the soon-to-be-elected mayor and councillors.

“I’ll certainly put the planning in place. but by that time the mayor will be able to welcome them back,” Mr Porter said.

Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams watched the nail-biting 100m freestyle final when 21-year-old Magnussen won silver by just one 100th of a second behind the winner.

“James is a remarkable young man who has made himself, his family, his local community and his country extremely proud with his silver medal achievement at the Olympics,” Mrs Williams said.

Magnussen finished the Games with silver and bronze medals.

James Magnussen will be invited to take part in a welcome home parade in Port Macquarie.

Crowds gathered outside the Glasshouse to watch a live broadcast of James Magnussen’s 100m freestyle final last week.

Crowds gathered outside the Glasshouse to watch a live broadcast of James Magnussen’s 100m freestyle final last week.

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Crime writer in line for major fiction award 

Crime writer Barry Maitland has been short listed for the Ned Kelly Awards.
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The Maitland author’s book Chelsea Mansions made the cut in the bestfiction section along with Malcolm Knox (The Life) and JC Burke (Pig Boy).

Chelsea Mansions – the 11th book in the Maitland’s popular Brock and Kolla series – is set against a backdrop of London’s Chelsea Flower Show and centres on the inexplicable death of an elderly American woman and a brutal murder.

The Ned Kelly Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in Australia for crime writing.

AUTHOR: Barry Maitland has had a work short listed in the Ned Kelly Awards.

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