March, 2019

Season ends for senior Yabbies

The Reserve Grade Yabbies.The Reserve Grade Yabbies’season came to an end on Saturday as they were defeated 41-7 in the preliminary finals of the John I Dent Cup.
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Young went into the round as the only non Canberra-based team, only to be pipped at the post against what captain-coach Tom Wills could only label as “abetter team”.

“They were bigger, faster, stronger and we didn’t play as well as we did the week before,” he said.

“It wasn’t like we were cheated out of it, they were a bloody good team.

“We didn’t bring our A game and they capitalised on it.

“Everyonehad a good game, put in for the full 70 minutes and we did well to get there.”

The Wests Rugby Club opened the scorecard with a penalty goal, only for Young to respond with a try byCorey Randall who intercepted and ran the full length of the field to score.

That would be Young’s only tryas they were forced to defend for 80 per cent of the game.

“There wasn’t a lot of possession for us, and if you don’t have the football you can’t score points,” Wills said.

While Wills hailed the match a complete team effort, points went to Julian Rolls (3), Matt Happer (2) and Ross Everdell (1). Jack Everdell earned players player.

“Rollsy and Ross were our centres and that’s where most of the traffic was directed,” Wills said.

“They defended well all game and when they did get the ball they tested them.

He added that Matt and Jack –both relatively new to the sport –also showed skill and heart on the day.

On reflecting Young’s first season in the Canberra-based competition, Wills said it’s far more competitive than the Southern Inland Rugby Union Competition and offers more depth in opposition.

“We held our own and came a long way from scraping a team together to making it into the semi-finals, all thewhile beingcompetitive,” he said.

“Ending up third isn’t too shabby in the first year of the competition.”

Meanwhile in the junior grades the Under 18 Yabbies put on show at Queanbeyan in a 71-14 victory.

The Under 16s followed in the Under 18s’lead with a 48-nil win.

With two games remaining of the regular season the weekends’ winsputYoung among the top of the table and looking strong for semi-finals contention.

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Youth takes centre stage for musical

Busy bees: Charlotte Quick and Josephine Eberle work on the set for this year’s final production, Haphazardly Ever After – The Musical.
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Bay Theatre Players’ Youth Theatre has moved into the Playhouse Theatre to begin buildingthe set and continue rehearsals for this year’s final production, Haphazardly Ever After – TheMusical.

The move follows the end of BTP’s season of Forget Me Not.

Haphazardlydirector, Belinda Quick, says her cast have spent the last couple of monthsrehearsing away from the theatre.

“Aside from lots of singing rehearsals, the cast have also enjoyed getting together torun through scenes and work on stagecraft as many members of our cast have never set footon stage before,” Belinda said.

“As a group we have been fortunate to have been able to use the Batehaven CWA Hall formany of our rehearsals.

“Butit is with a tremendous amount of excitement that we now move into the Playhouse andprepare for this fun event.

“Itis a challenge and a privilege to be given the opportunity to workwith these wonderful youth members and we would like to encourage everyone to come andsee the show and end the year on a musical note.”

And while the Haphazardlycast are getting busy in the Playhouse, BTP hopes lots of youngpeople will come along to a special reading of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, nextSunday (August 14) at 2pm at the Playhouse.

“Come along as a witch, wizard or muggle toenjoy this new play which has been on the London stage,” reading co-ordinatorTay Mugridgesaid.

The play is set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsandfollows Harry and his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter.

Being Harry Potter was never easy, but now he must contend with being an overworkedemployee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father of three school children!

Harry struggles to keep his past buried and move on, as young Albus struggles to bear theweight of the family legacy – a legacy he doesn’t want.

But when the past fuses with the present, father and son must both face an ominous truth –sometimes darkness originates where you least expect it!

For more details call Tay Mugridgeon 0419 127 679.

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Hockey match finals fever is here

FOCUSED: Shae Woodlands in action for Wanderers in the Under 18 boys match. Picture: Rachel Sherry
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Wanderers def Marauders 4-0Under 18 boys

WANDERERS’captain Braden Stockham setthe pace with clear cut determination, attacking the ball and creating plenty of opportunities. This putMarauders’ defence into overdrive.

With brother Harry ‘Magic goal’Stockham, the pair tookthis game to another level. Smart ball work fromJethro Eime set Wanderers up for itsfirst short corner.Shaun Fitzpatrick scoredthe first goal.Braden Stockham found the back of the goal, scoringgoal number two.

Marauders’ Guy Murphyunleasheda massive overhead and was picked up with skill by Ivo Satalic. But Wanderers’ Lachlan Fitzpatrickwas unbeatable indefence.Marauders’ Bryce Hammond showedwhat he lacks in height he makes up forwith skill.Each time this lad had the ball you could see there might be a future Kookaburra in the making.

In the second half,Vikings were onthe attack. But there was some great tacklingfrom Shae Woodlands and Harry Stockham.Braden Stockham tookhis second goal for the game, taking the score to 3-0.

Marauders’goalie Wade Laymond received a constant barrage of attacks. The game ended with a great cross in the Wanderers’ attacking circleand the ball lifted. It wasone of the best goals of the year withStutzer in front of the goal and the ball at chest height as the ball was hitinto thegoal, a truly amazing shot! Wanderers’ eyes are now firmly set towards the finals.

Panthers drew Flinders 2-2A grade women

FLINDERS’ Hannah Stanley shot a goal from the top of the circle in the first three minutes of the game.End-to-end action followed before Stanley found the back of the net again.

Britney Doyle and Zali Forbes worked hard from mid field.But defendersNicole Hancox and Amy Hirst were solid.Panthers’ persistence paid off when Lani Wise scored in the last 10 minutes of the first half.

The second half opened with short corner opportunities for both teams.Forbes converted one.Flinders created multiple opportunities, but were denied goals through the goalie’s pads and solid defence.

Three short corners in a row to Flinders, denied again by the goalie. Panthers’ goalie did a fantastic job to keep the score level.

Marauders def Wanderers 5-0B grade women

ITwas an exciting game between these two teams,with equal determination as they both can feel finals coming up soon in the next couple of weeks.It seemed both sides were missing some key players which made the play more straining on both sides.

Marauders’ attacking was quite fierce whileWanderers’ defence was very impressive.The Vikings had much more get up and go,scoring some sneaky goals.

Top marks for determination and gutsy effort to Wanderers’Stacey McCarroll, Sonia Reagan and Mariah Fox.Forthe Vikings, to Fiona Kavanagh, Amy Cullen and Penny Ellen.

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Happy birthday NellHappy birthday to our very special friend and ex neighbour. Big hug from Lynne and Peter Priskxx
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Train station upgrade tender up for grabs

How about new comfortable and clean trains with decent food? However the station needs a coffee bar there

-Fiona McLennan

Wooloomin submergedI’m with you mark growing up there and still living in the area it is a flood plain and the water always lays around for weeks at a time”Let’s blame the council “

-Jason Wilkinson

Not good enuf

-Pom Hausfeld

Nats letter headed for AFPI personally rejoice in the fact that Tamworth now has a beautiful hospital, a new cancer centre and the awesome Youth Centre in Coledale. None of these facilities would of been possible without Tony siding with Labor. I thought that was the job of the local member to ensure that the electorate receives the most they can.I don’t call that back stabbing.

-Bamber Maree

I received text messages on Election Day bagging out Barnaby, and abusive phone calls with the same tone in them the night before. I prefer the cops tell me who theses low life’s are.

-Paul Fleming

I’m not sure anyone played this election clean. Time to let this go but I think a better control on media through the elections would be a good place to start.

-Jason Wherritt

Perhaps naiveon my part, but wouldn’t it be productive if both parties worked together for the common good of our country. Instead of child like rants of he said, she said?…. with a total lack of moral fibre ?

-Mick Owens

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Call for quality preschool funding

Kindy time: Engadine Preschool teacher Helen Douglas reads to children. Picture: Chris LaneMinister for Early Childhood Education, Leslie Williams, took up Engadine Preschool’s offer to see teachers and children in action this week.
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Community visit: Minister for Early Childhood Education, Leslie Williams (middle) meets with staff including teacher Helen Douglas (right) at Engadine Preschool and Heathcote MP Lee Evans (left).

Her visit came after the preschool director, Eve Hawkes, met with Ms Williams atParliament house in 2015 to discuss funding withincommunitypreschools in NSW.

Mrs Hawkes saidthe latest meeting was a chance for Ms Leslie to see how the service operates.

“It was anopportunity to see the wonderful work that community-based preschools do in providing education and care in the community under the Early Years Learning Framework,” she said.

“Inrecent years the state government has withdrawn funding for three-year-olds, when itimplemented the Universal Access Policy agreed upon by the states with the federal government.

“This had a flow-on effect to preschools and has affected the number of enrolments across the state with less three-year-olds enrolling.”

She says that while 16 Sutherland Shire community preschoolsincluding Engadine exceednational quality standards, families struggle to pay the fees to access the services.

“Research states that children consistently do better socially and academically if they are able to access two years of quality early childhood education,” she said.

“The state government has consistently under spent for preschools,and it is hoped that by keeping open communication between the state government and the preschools we can get better outcomes for the children of NSW.”

Ms Leslie also stopped by Woronora Heights Community Preschool todiscuss funding for the delivery of preschool programs for four and five-year-old children in the year before school.

The preschool received almost$30,000 in additional funding, which will go towards resources and will broaden staff qualifications.

As part of the $24 million grants program all long day care services with four or five year-olds will be eligible for a minimum payment of $300 a child, rising to a payment of $450 for children enrolled for 600 hours.

Four or five year olds from Aboriginal backgrounds will be eligible for a minimum payment of $450 a child, increasing to $675 for those enrolled for 600 hours.

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