November, 2018

Tigers too good for Panthers

TOUGH LOSS: Penrith Panthers Intrust Super Premiership side went down 22-18 to Wests Tigers in the NSW Cup on Saturday. Picture: Penrith PanthersA Wests Tigers side led by Origin hooker Robbie Farah proved too strong for Penrith Panthers in the NSW Cup at Pepper Stadiumon Saturday.
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The scores were locked at 6-all at half-time but a gallant Penrith could not match the Tigers in the second half.

Farah scooted over from dummy half two minutes into the second period asthe awayside seta quicktempo.

Andrew Heffernan hit back for Penrith when he dummied and danced around Farah to score before Josh Hall’s conversion once again had the scores level at 12-all.

However, the Tigers quickly regained the ascendancy, scoring consecutive tries throughManaia Cherrington andCurtis Sironen in the 62ndand 71stminutes respectively.

Captain Justin Hunt maintainedhis 100 per cent conversion rate to hand Wests a 10-point lead with just nine minutes remaining.

Penrithscored its third try of the afternoon when skipperZach Dockar-Clay was in the right place at the right time in the 78th minuteto score and createa nervy finish to the match.

However, trailing by fourpoints and gifted a set play from a scrum in the final seconds, the Panthers’ were unable to pull off the Houdini act.

The result leavesPenrith in sixthon the Intrust Super PremiershipNSW table after Wyong Roos leapfrogged the Panthers with a 20-16 win overNew Zealand Warriors.

Penrith have the chance to right that wrong when it hosts Wyong at St Marys Leagues Stadiumon Saturday, August 13.

Grenfell celebrates 150 years

Please keep your entries to one A4 page, please do not laminate your entries. Entries can be left at the Weddin Shire Council office.
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With 2016 marking Grenfell’s 150thBirthday celebrations members of the Sesquicentenary committee are asking for local businesses, clubs, emergency services and schools, along with any other willing participants to have a photo taken in front of their establishmentwith their employees, students andvolunteers.

The photo can then be placed onto a document withnames included as well as a brief explanation of your organisation, as per the example shown here fromlocal law firmGordon, Garling and Moffitt.Gordon, Garling and Moffitt have included a logo above the photo along with staff details and the date as well as a short explanation of the origin of their business.

These entries will be placed into a time capsule to be opened in fifty years time.The time capsule will beburied at an official ceremonyduring the October long weekend to coincide with the towns culmination ofSesquicentenary activities.

Emergency Services – it would be great to have a photo of some of your equipment you use currently so it can be compared to what they will be using fifty years from now.

Why is this you may ask? If you look back 50 years ago to 1966 there is not much at all besides memories and the committee believe a time capsule and tree planting ceremony would be a great gift forfuture residents of Grenfell and the Weddin Shire on it’s 200th Birthday.When the community opensthe time capsule in 2066they will recognise their grandparents and friends, as well as receiving information on items such astheprice of a mug of coffee, a litre of milk ora litre petrol.

Committee members are encouraging as many organisations as possible to take part, please keep your entries to oneA4 page, please do not laminate your page, pages can be left at the Council offices in Weddin Street.If you would like to take part in this exiting initiative please contactLloyd Thomas on 0423344314 for details.

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Pornskas playing tunes to make you dance

LONE TROMBONE: Andrew Wallace plays trombone in Newcastle’s Pornskas.FORMED in 2000 Newcastle’s Pornskas have been playing the traps and keeping the punters happy with their original ska-infused tunes for yonks.
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The band formed when guitarist and vocalist Richard Puxty moved into a Carrington housenext door to trombonist Andrew Wallace.

“We just decided to start a band and Anthony Dean had been suggesting to me for a while to start another ska band,” Puxty said.

Puxty was an original member of The Porkers.

“It was the right time to do another project and within a short period of time we had a set,” he said.

Puxty is the main songwriter, although drummer Anthony Dean has penned one tune, My Girlfriend is a Beer.

“We have two kinds of songs, one about beer and one about girls,” Puxty said.

“Anthony in his wisdom combined both themes.”

A Pornskas’ set will feature some of the band’s classic material such as The Solution to Your Problem is Between My Legs.

“That song is self explanatory,” Puxty said.

Puxty said the inspiration for the band’s material was all around him.

“I just have to go outside to draw on what I see for the songs,” he said.

The Chicken Wingis a song based on one of Puxty’s original dance moves, but is also a rugby league manoeuvrewhich the songwriter claims to have introduced into the code.

“It’s a nice tune, a lot of the songs have good melodies and are easy to dance to,” Puxty said.

“That’s the whole motive behind the band, to have good fun, bouncy music.

“We are not ska fundamentalists in any form but most of our songs have an off-beat rhythm.”

In a bit of a new direction the Pornskas have recently introduced some funk numbers as well.

At any Pornskas gig the band will begin the show with their audience march through, which sees the entire band move through the audience with the horn section playing.

“It heralds the performance, lets people know we are about to perform, and sometimes we end with the march of the Pornskas as the finale,” Puxty said.

The current line-up seesPuxty, Wallace and Dean, joined by bass player TonyCollins and saxophonist Kim Pink, performingabout 20 shows each year.

The band released its first EP The March of the Pornskas,featuring Amanda Roff on bass and Carmen Delprat on Saxaphone, in 2002.A decade later came the full-length album Surf Horn.

A third album featuring rare previously unreleased material is imminent.

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Urunga Raiders V Boambee Bombers

Coming off the bye in the previous round of the North Coast Hotel Group Premier League certainly didn’t suit the third placed Boambee Bombers on the weekend as the Raiders delivered an eye watering 9-1 result at Ayreshire Park on a greasy surface. Dave Thorn the man with the whistle had the sides engaged slightly after 3pm and the Raiders with an adjusted side missing Tim Ruprecht and Harry Gale from the usual line-up. Showing scant signs of complacency the Urunga side began an onslaught that had Jake Stitt, the Bombers keeper, bending over in his own net no less than nine times – now that’s gotta hurt. Raiders’ Craig Simpson the first to score on 12 minutes after Lachie Indian Manning as he does so often hammered down the right flank delivering a cross that only the swift could get to (ruling out Luke France), the Turtle though quick enough and unmarked slapping in a delicious finish from close range that Stitt could only flap at.
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Oh, it was ominous for the home side as their defence scrambled to adjust to the waves of Raider pressure. On 22 minutes Kale Hopper collected a pass from Ben Dooley and leaning one way sent an eager Nathan Pollit the wrong way leaving open passage for Hopper to thump in number two low to Stitt’s right side. Five minutes later Ben Dooley was fouled and had Mr Thorn pointing at the penalty spot. Perhaps a bit of luckfor the Raiders, but they were not complaining and Kale Hopper scores his second goal and the Raiders third. The score at the break was 3-0, it might have been more but for the acrobatics of Stitt and the errant shooting of the Raiders.

The second stanza and the floodgates that were creaking really opened with the Raiders adding six more goals my pick perhaps the goal from Wamara via Mick McCormick’s accurate long pass and Wamara’s vision seeing Stitt advancing and at full pace chipped him with a deft flick and into an open net. The Bombers did respond with a strike in the second half, via the ‘Bad Boy’ Brady Parker who was on the spot after Ben Sonta failed to control a crossed ball and Parker on the spot to finish a close opportunity.

Raiders’ scorers: France 3, Hopper 2, Wamara 2, Dooley 1 and Turtle 1 in a consummate performance that might give pause to other title aspirants, we shall see I suppose as some sides eye the upcoming final series. In the earlier match the Raiders reserve grade machine collected the minor premiership in fine style with a 6-2 win, a hat trick in consecutive appearances for Josh McGovern who attributes his good form not only to the man above but also respect for the man in black, one goal to an effervescent Emar Foran and a brace for Cale Simmonds. The women not fairing so well going down 3-2 to Boambee and the first grade down as well 7-0.This weekend the Raiders men play a catch up game againstMaclean at High St, Woolgoolga –kickoff at 3pm.

Go you Raiders!

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Tony Abbott hits out at Liberal Party’s ‘factional warlords’

“This is a potentially corrupt position”: Tony Abbott criticises lobbyists in the Liberal Party. Former state MP turned lobbyist Michael Photios. Photo: Daniel Munoz
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Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has hit out at lobbyists and backroom powerbrokers in the NSW Liberal Party, branding their interactions with elected representatives “potentially corrupt”.

Mr Abbott called for a renewed debate about using plebiscites of the party membership to preselect MPs.

The Liberal Party was now smaller and less representative and therefore “easily controlled by factional warlords”, Mr Abbott told the ABC.

“Some of these factional warlords have a commercial interest in dealing with politicians whose preselections they can influence,” he said.

“Now, this is a potentially corrupt position and the best way to see off the factionalists is to open up the party.

“The more members we’ve got, the harder it will be for the factional warlords to control.”

Mr Abbott made the comments in a clip from Four Corners about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s future that is to be aired in full on Monday night.

It comes as Mr Abbott’s conservative-right faction struggles with increasing irrelevance in NSW, where the moderate faction has become dominant, led by key figures such as party president Trent Zimmerman and lobbyist Michael Photios.

Mr Abbott appeared to take aim at Mr Photios but did not identify him by name.

“There is absolutely no doubt that there is a dominant faction, there is a dominant individual within that faction, and that individual is a lobbyist,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that there are people not on state executive, who caucus regularly on the phone and face-to-face with people who are on the state executive to try to get pre-cooked outcomes.”

One of Mr Abbott’s first acts as prime minister was to rule that party officials could not lobby his government, a move mirrored by then-NSW premier Barry O’Farrell.

Mr Photios, who runs the PremierState and CapitalHill lobbying outfits, promptly resigned from the Liberal Party’s state executive, alongside fellow party powerbroker Joe Tannous. At the time, Mr Abbott said he was “determined to ensure that you can either be a powerbroker or a lobbyist, but you can’t be both”.

Mr Zimmerman, who is also a federal MP in Joe Hockey’s old seat of North Sydney, said Mr Abbott’s continued criticism reflected a tendency for Liberals to “demonise” factional enemies during times of difficulty.

“There’s a tendency when there’s internal rivalry within the party to demonise your internal opponents. I’ve seen that happen a lot in my time and I think we’re seeing a lot of that happen at the moment,” he told Fairfax Media.

He said some of the people Mr Abbott appeared to target had worked for the party “since they were in their teenage years”, including service in Parliament.

“We don’t have second-class membership,” Mr Zimmerman said. “The party works best when it’s a broad church and there’s respect for everyone’s involvement in the party. We shouldn’t disparage people who are actually working hard for the party.”

Mr Photios has been approached for comment.

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