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Why Zak Hardaker nearly turned down NRL offer from Penrith Panthers

Man of steel: Zak Hardaker. Photo: SuppliedZak Hardaker was so desperate to help bumbling English Super League champions Leeds avoid relegation he initially turned down a chance to join the Penrith Panthers and said he has no qualms returning to the north of England next year if required.
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The reigning Man of Steel, the honour in recognition of the English Super League’s best player, is desperately trying to establish himself in the NRL after being the centrepiece of a player swap with former Panthers hooker James Segeyaro.

Hardaker remains under contract with Leeds until the end of 2019 and is yet to field any concrete offers to extend his Australian stay beyond a short-term stint with finals-chasing Penrith.

And the 24-year-old revealed how close he came to rebuffing Penrith’s interest in order to help struggling Leeds, who have been condemned to fighting for their Super League survival after failing to qualify for the Super 8s.

That was despite previously having asked for a release to try his hand in the NRL.

“I said ‘no’ at first [when the Penrith offer came up] purely because of where Leeds were sitting on the table,” Hardaker said. “It’s been tough this year for the boys and I wanted to help them to get out from the bottom four. That was my first answer.

“[But] they knew I had a desire to come out here [to the NRL] and give it a go. They knew I was tied down with Leeds and it was not as if I could go anywhere. It’s just about the experience and they assured me the fullback position was covered back home and I wasn’t leaving them short handed.

“My contract is for another three years and if it didn’t happen [there was enough interest to stay in the NRL] and I need to stay at Leeds I’m more than happy to do that. When my contract is up I’ll be a 27-year-old and things can change. You never say never.”

Hardaker is slowly becoming a key piece of Panthers coach Anthony Griffin’s quest for his young side to inch into the finals picture with a crucial test against the Sydney Roosters at Pepper Stadium on Monday night.

The tattooed English international is desperate for more game time to strengthen his Four Nations claims under the watchful eye of Broncos coach Wayne Bennett, who will be in charge of the side for next year’s World Cup.

Hardaker was booted out of the English squad during the 2013 World Cup for drinking and was last year sent to an anger management course after police probed an assault of a student in Leeds.

And having acknowledged he knew how much more rugby league is in the spotlight in Sydney, the one-time English bad boy said it’s “good to be in the limelight I guess”. But no glare has been as intense as the one afforded by his nurse mother who rebelled against Hardaker’s first tattoo when he was just 16.

“It was four stars on my wrist,” Hardaker said. “My mum wasn’t really happy.

“I kept turning up with the odd one and it kept building up. She kept saying, ‘that’s your last one, that’s your last one’. Then it was, ‘just one arm done’ and then I turned up with a bit on my other arm and now that’s finished and I’ve got three-quarters of my leg done and my back.

“It seems to get a bit more each time and she’s just come to the conclusion I like tattoos and I’ll be getting them.”

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St Kilda Saints coach Alan Richardson will embrace the finals ‘noise’

Saints Josh Bruce, Luke Dunstan Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna belt out the song after their win against Carlton on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images St Kilda coach Alan Richardson will embrace the “noise” of finals talk from outside the club this week after his team kept their slim September hopes alive with a crushing 71-point win over Carlton on Sunday.
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The result moved the Saints up to ninth spot and two games behind eighth-placed North Melbourne, ensuring the heat remains on the Kangaroos with three weeks left in the home-and-away season.

Given St Kilda’s percentage is vastly inferior to North Melbourne’s, they will most probably have to win all three of their remaining games and hope the Kangas fail to win another match to squeeze into the finals.

Richardson said he wouldn’t be making a big deal of his side’s top-eight hopes during the week but would acknowledge the situation in some way ahead of their season-defining clash with the rampaging Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium next Saturday.

“We’d much rather be in a position where we have control over whether we play finals or not, so we’ve still got a fair bit of work to do, there’s no doubt about that,” Richardson said after the match.

“Having said that, it’s pleasing. It’s good for our guys.”

Richardson didn’t expect the external finals talk to affect the way his side played their footy.

“It was the Western Bulldogs game [in round 18] when all of that noise [finals talk] started and we played really strong footy that night,” he said.

“Call it pressure, call it expectation, call it potentially noise that was going to distract [but[ the guys played really strong, aggressive footy and took the game on.

“So if that’s the lead-in to what we’re going to get against Sydney then that’s positive.”

Richardson admitted it could have been easy for his men to drop their bundle after their finals hopes were severely dented in their loss to North Melbourne last week, but praised them for staying focused on the job at hand against the Blues.

The Saints coach was most impressed by his team’s even contribution on Sunday and their lack of reliance on star players such as Nick Riewoldt and Jack Steven.

Youngster Jade Gresham in particular benefited from the close tag applied to Steven as the first-year player got off the chain to produce his best game to date with a personal best 25 touches, 13 contested possessions and eight clearances.

“He’s quickly becoming one of those guys that you want in the front half and you want in and around ball,” Richardson said of Gresham.

“When we were struggling with clearances, we put him in there. His second quarter when he had six clearances and 10 possessions really did start to positively turn it our way.”

Richardson also lauded Tim Membrey who booted his fourth five-goal bag of the season and now has 39 goals from 14 games in 2016.

“He’s a great example to our group that if you work hard, you end up with positive results,” Richardson said.

The news wasn’t as good for Luke Dunstan, though, with his season looking seemingly over after he dislocated his shoulder in the final quarter.

“It doesn’t look great, it’s likely that he will have to have surgery,” Richardson said.

“Disappointing for Luke. It’s yet to be confirmed but the early diagnosis is that’s what it looks like.”

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Goondiwindi locals Cook up prime cattle win

Grand champions: Purchaser Craig Price, Kilcoy Pastoral Company, exhibitors Noel Cook, Ben Fogg, and Liz Cook, Moruya Feedlot, Goondiwindi, and Chad Driscoll, also Kilcoy Pastoral Company, display the winning ribbon.While the precision and flair of stud cattle judging continued in the main arena, the Royal Queensland Show prime beef classes drew a keen audience of beef producers and buyers into the grandstand to witness the judging of 200 quality animals.
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Judges David Bassingthwaighte, Waco Santa Gertrudis, andGlen Franz, Jandowae, each offeredlong running beef industry experience and agreed the quality of entries was second to none.

“The prime cattle this year are a credit to all vendors and they should be rewarded with a good sale tomorrow,” Mr Franz said.

“It’s been a solid week across all markets right across Australia so I can’t see any reason why that shouldn’t follow through here in the auction tomorrow.”

Mr Franz said he and co-judge Mr Bassingthwaighte made clear cut decisions in their role as judges and were happy with the end results.

“The cattle were that good you could have 10 different people judging and get 10 different answers, but I believe the cattle will hang up well,” he said.

“People go to a lot of effort to enter cattle in the Ekka prime beef classes so we try to get it as close as we can.”

Atthe conclusion of judging, Noel and Liz Cook, Moruya Feedlot, Goondiwindi, claimed the title of grand champion pen with their pen of six Charolais cross steers.

Mr Bassingthwaighte said the steers were a powerful pen and asked for a round of applause from the crowd to congratulate the winning exhibitors.

“Their evenness as a group got them over the line. The width and depth of these steers is outstanding, there’s no waste on them and theysuit the 100 day job down to a T,” he said.

Exhibitor Noel Cook said the steers averaged 663kg and were bought as weaners out of the Toogoolawah sale thathe and his family attended regularly.

“They’re all milk tooth steers and they’ve been fed for 120 days after being grown out in the paddock,” he said.

“We’ve entered cattle here for four years and received a few places here and there but this is our first big win.

“The difference is we bought these cattle as weaners specifically for the competitionand grew them out whereas previously we’ve made up a pen with whatever we’ve had in the feedlot.”

The Cook family feed about 4000 head in their on-property feedlot, buying in cattle from sales such as Toogoolawah and sending about 1100 head to Kilcoy and Coles meatworks monthly.

They also run a 3000 head pure Hereford breeding herd with progeny finished at Moruya Feedlot andaimed for the Coles market.

The champion pen of three award went to Greg and Kel Kelly, Juandah Grazing, Guluguba, for their entry of three Charolais cross heifers averaging 420kg.

Kel and Greg Kelly, Juandah Grazing, Guluguba, won the champion pen of three ribbon with their Charolais cross heifers.

Juandah grazing operate under organic accreditation and Mrs Kelly said the heifers were “sacrificed” as part of a publicity strategy.

“We breed and sell about 20 Charolais Charbray bulls each year mainly to local graziers and into the Brisbane Valley so we enter cattle in the prime and carcase classes at the Ekka to get our name out there,” she said.

“We pulled out 12 head to feed at Glenidyll Feedlotjust for the Ekka. From a financial point of view it’s not really worth doing- 100 day grain fed cattle are making about 600c/kg whereas grass fed organics are paying about 730c/kg, but it’s our way of advertising.”

Mrs Kelly said the heifers were rising 12-months-old and their sisters were awarded grand champion last year.

The Queensland Country Lifechampion single steer ribbon went to the O’Dwyer family, Tallara, Roadvale, for their entry of a 694kg Charolais cross steer.

Matt O’Dwyer, Tallara, Roadvale, Peta Grunske, PG Limousins, Roadvale, and Ben O’Dwyer, also Tallara, Roadvale, celebrate their win.

Exhibitor Matt O’Dwyer said the family had entered in the prime cattle section once before and won the same class then so the odds were in their favour to return next year.

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City recommends against direct mayoral electionsPoll

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe could have the power to eject disruptive councillors from future meetings if state government recommendations are accepted. Picture: GLENN DANIELSThe City of Greater Bendigo council will decide whether to endorse the city’s submission to the Local Government Act reviewdirections paper at this Wednesday’s council meeting.
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One ofthe paper’s recommendations was to provide the Local Government Minister with the power to approve the direct election of mayors where certain conditions were met, including the size of the council, its significance in its own terms or in terms of the widerregion and community support.

But the council’sproposed submission cautions against such a move, arguing that it “potentially creates more problems that it is intended to solveand reduces the election of a mayor to simply a popularity vote”.

“The consequential interface between a popularly-elected mayor and other councillors can be fraught and easily avoided,” it reads.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe said popularly elected mayors’ agendas often clashed with those of other councillors.

“There are plenty of examples around Australiaof mayors being popularlyelected on one platformand the councillors have been elected on theirplatforms on issues that may not be related,” he said.

“We’re all of a mind that the mayor should be elected by peers, the councillors themselves, rather than popularelections,so you don’t get a situation like you’ve got in Geelong.”

The submission also recommends against affording mayors the power to remove a councillor who is disrupting a council meeting, in favour of such an action resulting from a motion moved by the mayor,seconded by another councillor and taken to a vote.

The submission argues that this process would make the removal adecision of council as a whole, rather than that of an individual.

“This is consistent with the principle of autonomy,” it reads.

Also on the agenda for this week’s meeting is a petition requesting the sealing of Myrtle Creek Road in Axe Creek and the subdivision of land in Sedgwick Road, Sedgwick into two lots.

The council will also consider the future use of two parcels of land on Victoria Street, Eaglehawk, assessed as surplus by the Department of Environment,Land, Water and Planning.

A report to council on the land identifiestwo scenarios as beingoutcomes which would beof benefit to the Eaglehawk community.

One includes part public open space and part residential housing, while the other would see the expansion of the Eaglehawk cemetery onto the land.

The second option would also make“appropriate provision for public space access and use”.

Councillors will also consider submissions to the Bendigo Urban Flood Study planning scheme amendment.

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Staff preparing for opening of South Eastern Livestock Exchange

READY: New SELX staff members Michael and Troy are ready for the opening of the new South Eastern Livestock Exchange on August 18. Photo supplied.STAFF orientation took place last Tuesday at the soon to be opened South Eastern Livestock Exchange (SELX), which will be officially opened on Thursday,August 18.
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SELX will provide 4 permanent and 20 casual employment positions, helping to increase job opportunities and prospects for local residents in the agricultural industry.

“It was a great day today meeting all the new staff, there was a real buzz in the air, everyone is very excited and looking forward to being part of this project,” said SELX Manager, Rod Bourlet.

“The employment opportunities being created are fantastic, especially for the younger staff, who are just starting out and hoping for a career in the agricultural industry.

The economic stimulus that these sale yards will provide to the region will be enormous,” added SELX Director, Col Medway.

“Agents, buyers, sellers, carriers – they will all need some where to stay, some where to eat, some where for a coffee and with the town of Yass right on the sale yard’s doorstep, the opportunities are exciting.”

SELX is located at the intersection of seven highways and arterial roads, just off the Hume Highway in Yass.

Construction of the $15 million, 16 hectare world-class, regional livestock selling centre commenced in September 2015, with the final touches currently being added before sales commence on Thursday, August 18.

The official opening and first sale will start at 8am on August 18.

The SELX is located at 1623 Yass Valley Way, Yass.

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What’s on this weekend?

Friday, August 12DJ at Alexandra Hills Hotel: 9pm
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Loaded Dice at Capalaba Sports Club: 7.45pm

Belly dancing at Efendi’s Turkish Restaurant: 7pm

DJ at Elysium Lakeside: 9pm

Ricky Taite at Grand View Hotel: 8.30pm

Kulaz at Redlands RSL: 6.30pm

Matrix at Redlands Sporting Club: 7.30pm

The Eagles Band at Sharks Sporting Club: 8pm

Underwood Excess Duo at Wynnum Manly Workers Club: 7.30pm

Funsters Trio at Wynnum RSL: 6.30pm

Saturday, August 13DJ at Alexandra Hills Hotel: 9pm

Fiddle Me Please at Capalaba Sports Club: 7.45pm

Karaoke at Capalaba Tavern: 8pm

Belly dancing at Efendi’s Turkish Restaurant: 7pm

Daniel Lewis at Elysium Lakeside: 7.30pm

Punchline at Grand View Hotel: 8pm

DJ at Hogan’s Hotel: 9pm

Simon Meola at Redland Bay Hotel: 12.30pm

Beatle Deuce at Redlands RSL: 6.30pm

Blonde Chocolate at Redlands Sporting Club: 7.30pm

Old Skool at Sharks Sporting Club: 6.30pm

Second Gear at Sirromet Cellar Door: 12pm

David Hynes at Wynnum RSL: 5.30pm

Sunday, August 14Stephen Dorrington at Elysium Lakeside: 1pm

Steely Brothers at Grand View Hotel: 1.30pm

The Jive Cats at Redland Bay Hotel: 12.30pm

Robbie Rosenlund at Redlands RSL: 12.30pm

Gemini at Redlands Sporting Club: 1pm

Dave Hynes at Sharks Sporting Club: 2pm

Phoenix at Sirromet Cellar Door: 1pm

Cathy Drummond at Wynnum Manly Workers Club: 3pm

Brian Avery at Wynnum RSL: 1pm

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Gerald’s life flashback

FLASHBACK: Tuncurry’s Gerald Germon with his unearthed copy of the front page of the Daily Telegraph in 1963. Gerald featured in a front page story on his participation in rescuing 14 people from a rip in Forster. Photo: Laura Polson. GERALD’S heroic rescuewas a topic of national news in 1963, and yet he was none the wiser.
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At 18 years old, Tuncurry’s Gerald Germon was more preoccupied with catching wavesthan picking up a copy of the Daily Telegraph, even after he made the front page.

Gerald’s front page debut occurred on January 14, 1963.

He was involved in therescue of 14 people who had been swept away by a rip on a Forster beach.

The article reported, “Lifesavers yesterday rescued 14 people who had been swept more than a quarter of a mile to sea at Forster”.

Together withbeach inspector David McManusand a visiting Redhead Surf Club memberRobert Dixon, Gerald helped save all 14 lives that day.

The article which featured on the front page.

It was reported Gerald, “brought several of the bathers back on his surf board”.

Gerald said he recalls carrying four people on his board.

“It was exhausting paddling them all,” he said.

“But it was all I could to do to not have them drown against therip.”

Gerald said he believed it wasone of the biggest rescues that had ever taken place in the Great Lakes area.

Despite theheroic efforts from the three men, therewas no awards or recognition for the lifesavers.

Those who weresaved quickly ran up the beach andothers were transported to Cape Hawke Hospital suffering from shock and asphyxia.

Gerald’s blast from the past came when the news clipping was found byfamily members cleaning his mother’s house.

They found twosignificant news clippings. One on his sister’s graduation from nursing in Sutherland and second on Gerald’srescue.

“I didn’t even know it was in there –this was the first time I had seen it.”

Now in his 70s, Gerald looks back withfondness to his lifesaving and surfing days.

“I would paddle from Tuncurry over to Forster for a surf, then back again!”

“I couldn’t imagine doing that now.”

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Greens back in good form

ON THE MOVE: Greens player Brad McDonell powers down field with Yenda nowhere in sight on Saturday. Photo: Anthony StipoTHE Leeton Greens are back in the winner’s circleafter taking a 36-32 victory over theBlueheelers in Yenda on Saturday.
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The Greens drew first blood over the Blueheelers, scoring a try in the first five minutes of play.

Mounting a strong attack, they pushed right through for a second try before Yenda managed to find their footing.

“Our boys really dug deep and put a good performance in,” Greens coach Brent Pike said.

After answering back with a try of their own, the Blueheelers started pushing back and proved to pose a challenge for the Greens.

Despite being at the bottom of the ladder the Greens knew Yenda would still be tough and proceeded to chase Leeton throughout the match.

The Greenscontinued to stay ahead of Yenda throughout the game, thanks to theirstrong defence as they worethe Blueheelers down and never let them take the lead.

On the attack, the Greens were able to fine the weakness in Yenda’s line and exploit it, gaining much-needed ground.

The Greens received aboost fromRhys Wilesmith on the day, who returned to the fieldafter being sidelined from an injury sustained in the match against Darlington Point-Coleambally four weeks ago.

Wilesmith helped drive the team back to victory by scoring two tries.

“He was back to his best and in good form,” Pike said.

“When he gets going he’s hard to stop.”

Also scoring tries and contributing to the winfor the side were Billy Dickinson,Pike, Jeremy Panuccio, Josh Fisher and Danny Maskill.

The Greens have struggled over the past few weeks, after setbacks from injuries and struggling to regain their momentum from losses to Yanco-Wamoon Hawks and the Griffith Black and Whites.

Pike was pleased with the side’s efforts after taking losses over the last two weeks.

With Yenda behind them, the ladder leadingGreens return to the No 1 oval this weekend and willset their sights on the Waratahs Tigers.

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Funds to push freight to rail in the Illawarra

The Illawarra’s share of freight rail funding will enhance the network, according to the NSW government.The freight rail network in the Illawarra will get a share in fundingfrom the NSW government.
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The region will receive part of a $1 million spendto upgrade rail lines at Shellharbour and Unanderra as part of the Fixing Country Rail pilot program.

The $15 million program is designed to alleviate connectivity problems on the network.

Much of the $15 million is being spent in rural areas like Moree and Barellan.

But two projects in the Illawarra will share in $1 million, which will build anew turnout at the centre of Dunmore Loop at Shellharbour and another at Unanderra.

The Illawarra turnouts –which allow trains to transfer from one line to another –are designed to increaseline capacity.

“We got two of the 10projects announced state-wide for this program,” said Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth ward.

“It’s a great win for business. Itmeans more flexible use of the freight network and the existing infrastructure.

“We can have more freighttrains accessing the raillines and that means more freightoff our roads and onto rail.”

The key freight rail infrastructure project in the Illawarra is the Maldon-Dombarton line.

Priced at around $700 million is it vastly more expensive than the two turnouts.

Mr Ward said this project was about making the best of the network now.

“This isn’t about Maldon-Dombarton, this is about improvingthe existingnetwork and the infrastructurethat is there and utilisingit to itsfullest extent,” Mr Ward said.

“I’ve already made it clear the governmentis committed to Maldon-Dombarton buteven the Labor partyagrees that a private sector solution is what’s required.”

Mr Ward said the appeal of the funding was the chance to movefreight off the road and onto the rail network.

“One ofthe reasons I asked for the money is that I could see the benefits of enhancingand increasing the amount of freightthat moves around the line,” he said.

“This helps movefreight quicker and more efficientlywhich means businessis moreinclined to use freightrail rather than freight by road.”

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Warriors take aim at grand final

Rugby league fans will descend on Boggabilla on Sunday.IT’S going to be the biggest day in Boggabilla for years.
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Following a visit from the Group 19 executives at the weekend, the all clear was given to the Macintyre Warriors to host the rugby league major semi-final onSunday.

It bringsus just one win away from creating history, where the tiny township of Boggabilla will swell by monumental proportions to cope with Grand Final day.

During the last fortnight there has been significant speculation that all finals would be moved to a more suitable venue, due to the lack of facilities at the Boggabilla Sports Ground.

That venue was to be Inverell, who finished second in the regular season, which would have placed them at an enormous advantage considering that right belongs to the team finishing on top, which then meant the Hawks would have to travel to Boggabilla for the major semi-final. For this year at least, following plenty of controversy, common sense has prevailed giving the Warriors at least two finals, which will hopefully include Grand Final day.

Last weekend was the end of the road for our girls this year and the promise of things to come with a 16-10 loss to the Moree Boomerangs. Toni McGrady and Makiily Sampson both got tries, with Maleika Craigie kicking the goal for the Warriors ten points. Makiily was the best of the girls.

In a dress rehearsal for next week’s first Reserve Grade Semi-Final, the Warriors finished on top of the Boomerangs 32-22, after leading 20-6 at half-time.

The young speedsters were once again the main contributes to the score sheet with Dallas Dennison, Hayden McGrady, Jamal Woodbridge and Quindon McIntosh all getting tries for the backs, while Tyler Dennison held up the forwards end.

The Reserve Grades competition leading point scorer, Derrick Craigie, added four goals to his tally. Robbie McIntosh got the Coaches award.

This Saturdaythe two sides will line up against one another again at Ashford, with the winner moving to the second week of the finals and the loser hanging up the boots for the year. The game will commence at1pm.

In the First Grade match the Warriors suffered just their second loss of the year, and their secondin three weeks. The Boomerangs had to win to be assured of playing finals football, where the Warriors were guaranteed of their spot at the top of the table, regardless to the result.

This showed with the hungry Boomerangs taking a 16-6 lead to the break and then extending that lead into the second half, before the Warriors finished full of running to go down narrowly 34-28. Malcolm McGrady, Rick McGrady, Liam McGrady, Clyde Hickling and Harold ‘Buddy’ Brown (celebrating a birthday) all got tries with Malcolm McGrady and Kerrod Sampson both kicking two goals. Remarkable Robbie McIntosh got the coaches vote for best on ground in First Grade as well. ‘

Saturdaywill see the Boomerangs take on the Ashford Roosters at Ashford, with the Boggabilla Sports Ground coming alive on Sunday when the Macintyre Warriors take on the Inverell Hawks, with the victor earning the first spot in the 2016 Grand Final and the home ground advantage.

There will be four games, with the first kicking off at10.45am, and the gates opening at9.30am.

It is expected that there will be a bumper crowd with prime vantage points in hot demand and early attendance recommended. It is likely that at some stage, due to the large crowd, vehicles will be stopped from entering the grounds, so it would be a good idea to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on the ground.

Entry to the grounds will be via McCosker Street on the Western side of the Oval. Remember this is an alcohol free event and any person found bringing alcohol into the grounds will be asked to leave immediately with no exceptions.

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Ararat’s season finishes on high

Alan Batchelor gets his kick away for Ararat. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT won its last game for the 2016 Wimmera Football League season with a 151 to 69 point victoryagainstDimboola on Saturday.
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The strong performance came in front of the club’s1956 and 1986 premiership players.

The Rats were in control for the whole match as the side booted23 goals13to the Roos’11.3.

Lachlan Hamilton kicked seven goals for the Rats to finish with a season tally of 42 from 15 games.

Coach David Hosking said Hamilton did not start with the intensity required for the game.

“Lachie started slow, so i just pulled him aside and said to focus on attacking the ball,” he said

“I was just trying to get his confidence up for the rest of the game.

“Certainly there were a lot of people around which always makes for a good atmosphere.”

Gordon Laurie and Jack Ganley each added four goals of their own.

Ararat’s fourth win of the season lifted it into sixth position –just two points outside the top five.

Hosking said thatthe final scorelinedid not accurately reflect how competitive the game actually was.

“It was a good win,” he said.

“I thought it was probably a bit closer than the scoresindicated.”

He said it was the evenly spread contributionacross from his players that pleased him the most.

“I think we were pretty even on the day,” he said.

“Wehad a few guys back in the team to make us stronger which always helps.”

Ryan Bates continued his recent good form to finish the season with another strong performance.

He was named best on ground for the second week straight after a good performance against Minyip-Murtoa in round 15.

The Rats had become an unlikely late season finals hope heading into thefinal round.

But their poor percentage was always going to make it difficult for the side to move into the top five.

It proved too much to overcome in the end.

It was a disappointing way to end the season for Dimboola.

Jayden Lehmann kicked three goals and was named the Roos’ best player.

The side had been showing improved form over the past month of the season.

But they could not manage a second win to go with its 12-point win against Nhill in round 12.

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Funding available for budding garden designers

WINNERS: A child from Yates Junior Landcare garden grant recipient, Blackett Childcare Centre in Western Sydney.
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YATES and Junior Landcare are calling on schools, kindergartens and youth groups across the country to submit a design for their dream garden for the chance to receive a grant valued at $2,000.

The ‘Design and Be Inspired in the Garden’ grants program is offering 12 grants made up of $1,500 in funding, $500 of Yates garden products, and a Yates growing consultation.

Grants will be awarded to the most creative, well designed, sustainable, and environmentally conscious entries.

Landcare Australia CEO, Tessa Jakszewicz, is looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas submitted.

“This program is all about being creative and no idea is too big,” she said.

“We’re hoping to see an array of designs submitted, be they productive vegetable gardens, sensory gardens or recycled gardens.

Junior Landcarers are a creative bunch, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Yates Horticultural Communications Manager Angie Thomas said the partnership between Yates and Junior Landcare was all about helping young people to connect with the natural environment through getting outside and getting their hands dirty.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer the funding, products and expertise to help 12 creative and innovative gardens come to life,” Ms Thomas said.

Any budding gardeners interested in submitting an application should visit the Junior Landcare and Yates Garden Greenie websites, where there are resources and case studies that are sure to inspire.

Applications can be made online through the Landcare Australia website and close on August 15th at 9am (AEST).

Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment.

Yates is Australia’s leading garden care brand and a long-term partner of Landcare Australia and key supporter of its Junior Landcare program.

Proceeds from the sale of Yates’ Nature’s Way products with the Landcare Australia logo fund Junior Landcare projects.

Support includes growing challenges and grants programs, and aims to help young people, schools and youth groups connect with the land and how plants grow, as part of an outdoor learning experience.

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Saints surge for vital win

Tooleybuc Manangatang pair Victor Caristo and Lachlan Gleeson gang up on Koondrook Barham’s Daniel Mowat.WITH the finals series just around the corner,the significance of this game for TooleybucManangatang could not be overstated.
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With both teams near full strength, thescene was set for a cracker of a game between thesecond placed Raiders and fifth placed Saintsat Barham.

Although the ground was boggy in placesand heavy underfoot, both teams went in hardearly and set about moving the ball forwardwith pace.

However, as the quarter progressed, theSaints began to show better control andfinesse, while the Raiders started to fritter andfumble their way forward.

With Ryan O’Sullivan dominating the ruckand Joshua Stone working hard through thecentre, the Saints were putting tremendouspressure on the Raiders defence.

While Shane Guerra, Troy Rogers and FrazerNeate tried hard for the Raiders, Saints JohnWardle, Benjamin Arentz and Trent Baker keptthe pressure on, keeping the Raiders goal-lessfor the quarter.

Although Rhett Sutton tried hard to challengeO’Sullivan in the ruck, he was no matchfor the big man’s efforts all over the ground.

His inspirational work in the second quarterbrought teammates Nick O’Neill, NyaburuKelly and Stephen Lyons to life as they setabout continuing the good work from the firstquarter.

Raiders Troy Rogers, Frazer Neate and JayReynolds were again in the mix, but mostof their work was either nullified or down indefence.

As much as they tried, the Raiders could notkeep up with the Saints’ attacking footy andalthough they managed to kick two goals forthe quarter, they were clearly being outpacedand outplayed.

The pivotal moment in the game came in thethird quarter, where the Raiders came out andthrew everything at the Saints, but failed tomake any real headway or shatter the confidenceof the charging Saints.

In fact, the Saints seemed to relish the challengeand continued to match the Raidersthroughout the quarter.

O’Sullivan again was brilliant as Kelly, SimonMunkara, Rhys Budde and Nick O’Neill allchipped in pressing forward.

For the Raiders, Lucas Mathews put in somehard work through mid-field as did Rogers,but most of it came to nought as the Saintscontinually piled on the pressure.

The final quarter was all the Saints as theRaiders seem to run out of steam, allowingO’Sullivan, Munkara, Stone and Baker to easilyfeed the goal scoring machine Lyons.

His five goals for the quarter was like a trainingrun as the Raiders had no answer to hisstrength and marking prowess.

While Troy Rogers continued to give goodservice, along with Lucas Mathews and JakeHare, the Raiders were no match forthe Saints who now sit fourth on the ladder.

For more Central Murray football/netball coverage, grab a copy of Monday’s Guardian (August 8).

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