Quick movement key to Penguin win

Penguin coach Peter Templeton credited his sidefor ‘’sticking to the game plan’’ aftertheir 61-point NWFL win over Wynyard on Saturday night.

TOP GAME: Luke Gorrie’s forward pressure was key in Penguin’s win over Wynyard. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

The Two Blues got the job done 14.22 (106) to 6.9 (45) at Wynyard, a game that Templeton said his boys controlled for the majority of the match.

The visitors led at every change, by 17 at the first change, 30 at half-time and 47 at the final change.

‘’We were just trying to get the ball in a little bit quicker into our forward line,’’ he said.

‘’We looked at where we position ourselves in our forward-line, where the most attacking parts of the ground were, so we could give our forwards the best opportunity.’’

Penguin forward Chris McDonald cashed in to kick five goals, while Will Dau also bagged five for the Two Blues.

Luke Gorrie’s forward pressure and Keenan Slater in the back-pocket drew high praise for Templeton, standouts in what he said was a team performance.

He paid credit to Wynyard’s pressure, which contributed to their inaccuracy, but goal-kicking would be a focus going forward.

‘’We are getting these shots on goals, but we need to straighten up,’’ he said.

For the Cats,Chris Bryan kicked four goals, while Mitchell Englund had a strong game.

Penguin’s win moves them into third spot on the ladder with a 2-0 record, while Wynyard are sixth having split their first two outings.

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Pedigree Tigers at top of the pack

FIVE GOAL BAG: Matt Robinson slotted several majors for the Kelly Tigers.

The Glenrowan Kelly Tigers aren’tshying away from their goal to win three premierships in a row after another healthy start to the season.

The powerhouse club hasdispatched itsfirst two opponents with ease in the opening rounds of theOvens and King season.

Greta couldn’t kick a major in the first half of its gameagainst theKelly Tigers on Saturdayand went on to lose convincingly 4.3 (27) to 30.17 (197).

Jordan Hanstead booted six goals for Glenrowan while teammates Max Scott and Matthew Robinson got five each.

The Kelly Tigers will faceTarrawingee in the next round.

Tarrawingee are also on two wins and beat Bonnie Doon on the weekend 16.10 (106) to 5.8 (38).

In other games Goorambat and District beat Benalla by eight points, King Valley ground out a tough four-point win over Moyhu, Milawa beat North Wangaratta by 134 points and Bright dusted Whorouly.

Full Scores

Glenrowan: 9.3, 16.7, 22.11, 30.17 (197)

Greta: 0.0, 0.2, 2.3, 4.3 (27)

Goal scorers Glenrowan: Jordan Hansted (6), Max Scott (5), Matt Robinson (5), Matt Duffy (4), Mitchell Potts (2), Angus Gray (2), Mitchel Kilner (2), Tristan D’Antonio (2), Christopher Sussyer (1), Josh Garland (1)

Goal scorers Greta: Jason Humphries (2), Patrick Dube (1), Paul Fruzynski (1)

Moyhu: 4.2, 5.3, 8.4, 12.5 (77)

King Valley: 3.5, 7.8, 10.12, 11.15 (81)

Goal scorers Glenrowan: Corey Smith (8), Andrew Balfour (2), Anthony Welsch (1), Peter Sullivan (1)

Goal scorers King Valley: Zachary Blackshaw (3), Brendan Sessions (3), Hayden Sims (2), Adam Evans (1), Daniel Bruce (1), Richard Castles (1)

Goorambat and District: 1.4, 6.5, 9.7, 11.9 (75)

Benalla All Blacks: 1.2, 2.3, 5.4, 10.7 (67)

Goal scorersGoorambat and District:Cameron Symes (5), Liam Hernan (2), Shayne McKean (2), Stuart Sutherland (1), James Dalton (1)

Goal scorers Benalla All Blacks:Harry Moran (3), Samuel MacGregor (3), Max Gallagher (1), Dylan Exton-Cash (1), Joel Eastwood (1),Teague Mcmaster (1)

Bright:5.0, 10.2, 15.3, 19.5 (119)

Whorouly: 1.5, 1.7, 6.11, 12.14 (86)

Goal scorersBright:Thomas Buckley (8), Michael Bradbury (4), Benjamin Bond (3), Brendan Jenvey (1), Darcy Martin (1), Regan Alexander (1),Samuel Buckley (1)

Whorouly:Paul Glanville (3), Nathan Hooper (2), Taylor Fenton (2), Anthony Ivone 2, Josh Kelly 1, James Neary 1,Donald Malsem (1)

Tarrawingee: 1.3, 7.5, 13.9, 16.10 (106)

Bonnie Doon:1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 5.8 (38)

Goal scorers Tarrawingee:Kyle Raven (5), Daniel Salmon (3), Chris Penney (2), Matthew Solimo (2), Jordan Solimo (1), Jarrod Everitt (1),Michael Cornish (1), Daniel McCormick (1)

Goal scorersBonnie Doon:Shannon Galea (2), Kaine Greening (1), Ben Kelleher (1), Kieran McMillan (1)

Milawa: 4.5, 8.9, 20.11, 28.16 (184)

North Wangaratta: 2.0, 6.1, 8.1, 8.2 (50)

Goal scorersMilawa:Jack Stamp (7), Dylan Pritchard (4), Brent Newton (3), Ben Clarke (3), Sam Bowers (3), Edward Dunstan (2),Ryan Hussey (2), Steven Williamson (2), Scott Pell (1), Steven Burke (1)

North Wangaratta:Dayne Carey (2), Haydn Cook (1), Jay Dale (1), Ryan Hearne (1), Michael Denholm (1), Daniel Williams (1),Toby Marx (1)

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Bruce’s toughest battle of all

RECOVERY: Golden Square man Bruce Wright went into cardiac arrest twice during last year’s Tough Mudder event. Picture: DARREN HOWEWITH just a few kilometres left to goin one of Victoria’s toughest endurance events, Golden Square man Bruce Wright thought he could battle through crippling stomach pain.

The 50-year-oldhad already made it past 17 kilometres of the 2015 Tough Mudder event on Phillip Island in October, battling through thick mud and some of the toughest obstacles on earth.

The stomach pain was the only indicator of what was to come.

Next thing Bruce knew, he was being loaded into a helicopter on a stretcher.

“It’s amazing, but all I had was this one silly thought: I hope I paid my ambulance cover,” Bruce said.

But what really surprised the non-drinker, non-smoker was what had happened in those minutes between first falling into cardiac arrest, and the arrival of the helicopter.

Bruce had died twice.

His main arteries were blocked solid.

When he first collapsed to the ground, two other competitors saw the scene from the top of a hill.

They were Epworth HealthCare nurses Kaddy Fogarty and Adam Cuthbertson, who quickly grabbed a defibrillator and raced to Bruce’s aid.

Adam started compressions while Kaddy kept Bruce’s airways clear and out of the mud. A tough task, after a 17 kilometre run through almost solid mud.

A crowd had gathered as the pair worked on Bruce, managing to re-start his heart.

The cheers and applause from onlookers was short lived however, as Bruce fell into cardiac arrest for a second time.

He was resuscitated again and the helicopter arrived to take him to The Alfred.

Bruce underwent a triple bypass and remained in hospital for three weeks.

“I was really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars, so I hoped I could pull through,” he said.

From the comfort of his lounge chair, Bruce underwent two blood infusions a day for five weeks.

He has now returned to work at Freedom Aged Care, telling his story to his many friends at the residential care community.

Bruce Wright thanks the two nurses who saved his life at last year’s Tough Mudder race – Kaddy Fogarty and Adam Cuthbertson.

But one of the most important steps of his recoverytook place on Monday last week.

Bruce visited Kaddy Fogarty and Adam Cuthbertson at Epworth Health, to thank the two nurses who saved his life that day on Phillip Island.

He continues to keep fit with a home gym, and is still confused at why his arteries had become blocked.

“There hadn’t been any history of cardiac arrest in our family, but it’s got to come down to genetics,” Bruce said.

Either way, he could thank his lucky stars the two nurses were nearby when disaster struck.

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Mannes​ awarded Meyer scholarship

GREAT ACHIEVEMENT: Ryan Mannes with Dorothy Meyer at the school assembly. Picture: Supplied.

This year’s successful applicant for the Rudy Meyer Memorial Scholarship is Ryan Mannes.

The Rudy Meyer Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity provided to a 15-17 year old student from Coleambally to participate in an Outward Bound Navigator course.

Two of Rudy’s daughters, Ingrid Corcoran and Vicky Meyer, sponsor this scholarship in memory of their father who greatly loved the outdoors and had a passion for farming, community and flying.Rudy demonstrated amazing survival skills through his teenage years spent in a Japanese concentration camp, his family’s migration to Australia and eventual settling in Coleambally.

Dorothy Meyer presented Ryan with a copy of Rudy’s biography at the Coleambally Central School end of term assembly.

Rudy loved the land, working first in shearing sheds then as a rice farmer.His experiences wererevealed in his biography Let’s Look at the Sunset, which shows his incredible perseverance and survival skills to achieve his dreams.

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Bat inquiry gathers momentum

BATS OUT OF HELL: Problem flying fox colonies around the Hunter Region. Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has called for a Senate inquiry into the management of camps in urban areas. SUPPORT is growing for a review of bat management policies as an increasing number of Hunter communities grapple with colonies of flying foxes taking up residence on the urban fringe.

Blackalls Park residents are the latest to call upon all levels of government to address the noise, health and environmental problems faced by people living near camps with thousands of flying foxes.

Singleton has battled bats at Burdekin Park for more than 15 years but the uneasy coexistence of flying foxes and humans is a problem also besieging neighbourhoods in East Cessnock, Lorn, Raymond Terrace and in Newcastle suburbs around Blackbutt Reserve, Islington and Carrington.

Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon is seeking a Senate inquiry into flying foxes and has made contact with federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s office in a bid to “take the politics” out of the issue.

“It would give politicians the opportunity to ask scientists and experts the questions that people in the street would like to ask them,” he said.

“I appreciate the ecological value of flying foxes but there must be a way to protect the species and also alleviate the problems of communities living near large colonies.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the timing of the next election would preclude an inquiry in the current term, but he was confident the proposal would gain the approval of the next parliament.

A spokesman for Mr Hunt confirmed on Friday the minister would support an inquiry into flying foxes.

CSIRO scientist David Westcott also saw merit in Mr Fitzgibbon’s call, but warned that finding a solution would not be easy.

“People want a simple answer but the reality is that in some instances there is a solution and in others there isn’t,” he said.

“It has been shown that relocation is not the answer because it just tends to move the problem on.”

Dr Westcott, who leads the National flying Fox Monitoring Program, said while bat colonies in urban areas were increasing, it did not necessarily follow that the overall population was increasing. The last count in November had recorded 700,000 grey-headed flying foxes along Australia’s east coast.

A previous count in 2004 recorded about 400,000 animals, but Dr Westcott said direct comparisons could not be made because of changes to methods, seasonal variations and other factors.

Australasian Bat Society president James Welbergen said bats were ecologically important because they provided “ a very expensive ecosystem service for free”.

“They are long-distance seed and pollen dispersers. They have an important role in keeping the integrity of the Australian forest intact.”

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Perth plans up for debate

PERTH POTENTIAL: Northern Midlands Council mayor David Downie expects the construction of the Perth bypass will spark new development opportunities for the town.THE Northern Midlands Council has asked residents to share their thoughts on the future of Perth.

The council has commissioned GHD Consultants to prepare a structure plan for the future of Perth over the next 30 years, which is hoped to encourage growth and revitalise the town centre for future generations.

The plan will consider commercial opportunities, residential growth and infrastructure needs.

Northern Midlands mayor David Downie said the construction of the Perth bypass would createdevelopment opportunities for the town.

“(The bypass) opens up a lot more land which can be developed,” he said.

“Perth is close to Launceston, so it’s easily accessible, (there is)more affordable housing for the people, with easier access into the city also adds to the potential of the area.”

A survey has been developed for residents, businesses and visitors to detail their thoughts and opinions on the future of Perth.

Respondents are asked to give their thoughts on the most important growth opportunities for the town, the biggest challenges facing the town, and their favourite aspects of Perth.

Cr Downie said the Northern Midlands Council also faced a number of infrastructure issues that would need tobe addressed, such as ensuring adequate drainage for the town.

He said there were sewerage and water issues which would need to be addressed by TasWater.

“The bypass will create development opportunities, but therewill also be demands on infrastructure which needs to be addressed,” he said.

Work on the Perth to Breadalbane duplication has already begun, and is expected to be completedin 2018.

The Northern Midlands Council is seeking feedback from local residents, businesses and visitors to assist with thedevelopment of the plan.

The survey can be completed online, or hard copies are available from council offices in Longford.

Forms can also be requested by calling the Council’splanning department on 6397 7303.

The survey will be available until April 20.

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Great ideas from next gen sought at LambEx

YOUNG GUNS: LambEx 2014 Young Guns winners Isaac Allen, Caris Jones and Royce Pichford with Australian White Suffolk Association sponsor Andrew Heinrich.YOUTH will be celebrated during LambEx 2016 on August 10-12 at Albury, NSW, with the Young Guns competition back for a second time.

The event, sponsored by the Australian White Suffolk Association, encourages participants from high school students to those starting out in the workforce to share their ideas and interest in the sheep and lamb industry.

The three sections comprisehigh school or undergraduate students,Honours, Masters or PhD students,and early career professionals (up to 30yearsold as of August 10, 2016), withthe winners of each category receiving a $400 cash prize and chance toshare their on-farm or post-farmgateideas in front of the LambEx 2016 audience.

Entrants must submit a one-slide powerpoint and a one-page document on a lamb industry topic.

A selection panel will then choose the 12 finalists – four from each of the three sectors – who will receive free admission to LambEx 2016 and be invited to develop a laminated, hard-copy, poster on their topic.

Finalists will deliver a three-minute presentation to the judging panel at the event before the winners are announced.

Young Guns convenorTracy Lamb said the competition helped to promote the many opportunities available in the lamb industry to a younger audience.

“It’s important to help support and provide opportunities for young people in agriculture,” she said.

“We need to ensure more young people become involved in the lamb industry to help secure its ongoing success.”

Entries close June 6.

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Best of Mays is yet to come: Chalmers

IT was as flashy a play as you’d expect to see from two American imports on the floor of the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

A steal, a pass, and then analley-oop.

Fresh face Greg Mays did the hard yards on defence and slammed the ball home after getting it back from Donte Nicholas –an ominous sign of things to come from the USduo.

After struggling on the road in round one last weekend, Bandits coach Brad Chalmers said he was tipping big things to come for Mays.

“He was serviceable tonight, I thought he finished well when he got his looks and touches,” the coach said.

“I think he’s got a pretty high ceiling.

“Hopefully over the next month or so he can continue to settle in.

“I still don’t think he’squite there yet, there’s going to be a necessity for him to be a strong low-post presence.”

Mays dropped a solid16points in his first home game for the Bandits, to go with his eight rebounds and onesteal.

JUST WARMING UP: Import Greg Mays was solid in his first outing at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre, dropping 17 points against the Tigers.

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Drug-addled driver cops longer jail sentence for fatal crash

A state’s highest court has increased a jail sentence handed to aBomaderry drug addict responsible for a horrific car crash that killed an elderly couple and left his own young son a paraplegic.

Jeremy Paul Price, 35, was high on a cocktail of drugs when his Toyota Altis crossed to the wrong side of Bolong Road at Coolangatta and ploughed into an oncoming Holden Barinaon April 24, 2014.

The Barina driver, Bernard Hayden, was killed instantly while his wife, Eileen, died in hospital two days later.

Price’s two-year-old son, who was in the car with his father at the time, permanently lost the use of the lower half of his body.

Price pleaded guilty to dangerous driving charges andwassentenced to six year’s jail, with a non-parole period of four years, byNSW District Court judgeIan McClintock last June.

However, the Crown appealed the decision to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, claiming Judge McClintock’ssentence was “manifestly inadequate”.

Price’s lawyer argued the sentence had been just and reasonable, however appeal judges Fabian Gleeson, Richard Button and Des Fagan ultimately found the original sentence did not reflectthe seriousness of Price’s offending.

The trio increased the overall sentence to eight years and sixmonths and set a new non-parole period of five years and eight months.

“In short, the objective gravity of the offences, and the offender’s moral culpability for them, was profound,” the judges said.

“Two people were killed and one person was gravely disabled for the rest of his life by an intoxicated person who had a very poor driving record.

“The injuries inflicted upon the two-year-old victim were approaching the worst class of case.”

Price will be eligible for parole in July 2020.

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Injuries temper Rooster elation

NORTH Ballarat is counting the cost of a hard-fought victory over Coburg in the Victorian Football League on Saturday.

Tony Lockyer

The Selkirk Roosters limped away fromCoburg with two more of their most experienced players facing an extended time out of the team.

Tony Lockyer finished the day on crutches after injuring an ankle early inthe second quarter, while marquee recruit Louis Herbert strained a hamstring.

They join AFL-experienced duoOrren Stephenson (hamstring) and Andrew Hooper (ankle), who miss the Coburg game, on the injury list.

Stephenson is not expected to be back for at least another few weeks, while Hooper is doubtful for Friday night’s encounter with Essendon in Bendigo.

Roosters coach Marc Greig said the full extent of Lockyer’s injury was not yet known.

“It’s not a standard ankle injury.We expect to know more on Monday,” he said.

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