April, 2019

Outlaws fight off resurgent club-mates to stay in first

THE Bathurst Bushrangers Outlaws held off a resurgent Bushrangers Rebels at George Park 2 on Saturday, winning 12-8-80 to 9-9-63 to move closer to the Central West AFL minor premiership.
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BATHURST BATTLE: Outlaws player Peter Grundy tries to evade Rebels rival Matt Griffin at George Park on Saturday in their Central West AFL local derby. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 080616cafl1

With two rounds remaining, Outlaws and Cowra are on equal competition points with just one loss. However, the Bathurst side has a superior percentage.

Outlaws booted five majors to one in the opening term against Rebelsand led 9-4-58 to 3-2-20 at the long break.

However, after half-time the Rebels players lifted. They outscored their club-mates in the final two terms, but fell just short.

“We knew it was an important game to win and to get on top in straight away, so our focus was getting out there, getting a lead and hopefully taking the game away from them. That didn’t happen,” Outlaws coach Brett Archer said.

“We got out to the early lead, our forward line was brilliant and Campbell Martin in the ruck was absolutely brilliant again.

“The first quarter was brilliant, the second quarter was good and in the third quarter the Rebels came back.

“They did put some pressure on us, their marking was brilliant and their tackle pressure.”

Tim Hunter booted four majors for the Outlaws, while Kaleb Crowhurst kicked three for the Rebels.

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Bears put on a show in first win of season

The Burrangong Bears’ First Grade team put on a real show at Cranfield Oval on Sunday in their first win of the season.
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STANDOUT: Burrangong Bears’ Ben Logue put on his best performance of the season in the team’s first win of the year. Photo: Elouise Hawkey

Young didn’t hold back in their 50-16defeated over the Peak Hill Roostersin Round 16 of the Woodbridge Cup.

Come Monday captain-coach Brett Campbell still couldn’t find words to explain where the win came from.

“Honestly I don’t know,” he said.“It was the same team we’ve had all year.”

On reflection he said discipline and consistency were major factors in the outcome.

“Consistency played a big part of it, we played the whole game and that’s what we’ve been lacking all year, it was relieving,” Campbell said.

“We’ve played a similar game in a few close defeats and it was always a bit frustrating, but Sunday we played for the whole game instead of having a few lapses and the game getting away from us.”

This week points went to Ben Logue (3) who doubled as players player, Brett Campbell (2) and Jake Levett (1).

Campbell said Logue had his best game to date, and Jeremy Martin was also worthy of mention with two tries on the day.

“This is Ben’sfirst year playing in half back and he’s been finding his feet,” he said.

“On Sunday he really led the attack with organisation and combined with Josh Logue really well.”

Tries for Burrangong went toJosh Fogg, Jeremy Martin andBen Logue with two each, and one each to Benny Wallwork, Brett Hardy and Brett Campbell. Ben Logue kicked one from one, and Josh Logue kicked six from eight.

The wins kept on coming for the Bears who took the celebrations back to the Aussie Hotel where they went on to defeat Peak Hill in the club’srenowned‘Boat Race’.

Over in League Tag it continue to be a day of first as Peak Hill defeated Young 10-4 in their first win of the season.

Coach Peter Campbell said it was a game played in two halves, with the Bears failing to seal the deal.

“First half we turned over a lot of ball, defence wasn’t up to scratch and our regular fullback Sharon Quinn was missing,” he said.

Kiara Freeman scored Young’s only try off a grubber kick into the in goal.

“She was quick getting to the ball, dived on it and scored, it was a good try,” Campbell said.

Points this week went to Jenny Tome (3), Crystal Collier (2) and Chloe Western (1). Players player went to Karissa Campbell.

The Bears will come up against the Manildra Rhinos and Eugowra Golden Eagles in their remaining two games of the season.

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Mystery Bay’s bird survey success

KEEN: Citizen scientists Richard Nipperess, Mandy Anderson and Ann Christiansen are keen to see what birds show up at their bird baths. Photo: Stan Gorton A GROUP of citizen scientists from Mystery Bay will join fellow birdwatchers or ‘twitchers’ from around Australia in a month-long survey of birds using their bird baths and feeders.
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The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study is a citizen science initiative being conducted by researchers at Deakin University and Griffith University.

Participating locally are twitchers, or bird watchers, Ann Christiansen, Mandy Anderson, Richard Nipperess and Christina Potts, who are keen to see what birds show up at their bird baths.

These locals don’t believe in feeding the birds, but do provide water.

Researchers are interested in the interactions people have with birds in their own backyards, as this can have a huge impact on bird diversity and abundance.

One of the most common ways people interact with birds is through providing food and water.

While providing food and water to birds is a popular activity, little is known about what species are attracted to these resources and why people like to provide them, according to the survey project.

“Most importantly we need to understand the ecological and behavioural effects of bird feeding as almost all information from other countries regarding bird feeding simply does not apply here,” Deakin and Griffith University researchers said.

“We acknowledge that feeding of wild birds is an important activity for large numbers of people and that the practice may be a significant way for many to connect with nature.”

The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study aims to gather quantitative data on the effects of supplementary feeding and providing water for birds and the reasons why people provided food and/or water.

In doing so the aim is to develop purpose guidelines for people who feed birds to do so with minimum risk to birds.

Anyone who provides food or water for birds and would like to take part in this exciting study simply needs to sign up as soon as possible.

Even if you can’t commit to the whole survey period, they still want you to do what you can.

Also you can join anytime during the survey period, which runs until August 28.

Find out more at https://csdb.org419论坛/feedingbirds/home.aspx.

Bird bath advice

KEEN photographer Ann Christiansen also sent us a lovely photo of some honeyeaters and silvereyes visiting her own bird bath and has some advice for people interested in setting up a bird bath.

“Often commercial bird baths are expensive, too deep for many small birds and difficult to keep clean.

A large, unglazed ceramic pot plant dish makes an ideal bird bath,” Ms Christiansen writes.

“Place it on any simple stand, preferably near trees or shrubs so that birds have somewhere to hide and preen.

Having a bird bath is very pleasurable, but it is also a responsibility.

Change the water in the bird bath often, and give it a scrub several times a week to remove slippery algae and to help avoid the spread of disease between bird visitors.

In summer keep the bird bath out of direct sunlight and fill up several times a day if possible.

You will be surprised at the variety of bird species visiting your bird bath throughout the day, especially if it is maintained consistently.

Have fun.”

Ann and her fellow Mystery Bay twitchers were also excited last summer to see a pair of critically endangered hooded plovers nesting on a Mystery Bay beach for the first time they know of.

COMMUNITY: New Holland Honeyeaters also enjoying a communal bird bath. Photo by Ann Christiansen.

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Blues too strong for Saints

“Don’t let that scoreline give you any indication of how the game went –it was four quarters of full on, beat up football.”
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TOUGH: Young’s Cameron Elsley was put to the test in the weekend’s match against ladder leaders, Cowra. Photo: Peter Guthrie

First Grade Saint, Geoff Harmer, was quick to dismiss assumptions the 149-point thumpingYoung endured was a walk in the park for the Cowra Blues.

Harmer said Young were “right in it” at quarter time, and continued to put the pressure on the ladder leaders throughout the game. He said while Young’s backs and midfielders played consistently over the park, it was the third quarter the Saints came to life.

“We managed to score a majority of our points through silly penalties from Cowra, but then they switched back on and ran away with it in the last quarter,” he said.

“We had a goal of keeping them to 100 points, we were doing okay and half way through that last quarter they flooded forward and we couldn’t keep up with them.”

The full-time score was174-29 to Cowra.

In the women’s grade the Saintees took a 70-14 win in a “brutal” match.

“I think grown men wouldn’t have gotten up from some of the hits, it was absolutely brutal,” he said.

The Under 18s were also in good form for Young, taking an 80-50 win. Harmer said the undermanned team started slow before putting their foot down in the second half of the match.

The Under 14s were defeated by Dubbo in their last match of the season.

“They did their best this year, they’ve copped a hell of a lot of floggings but not once did their heads fall,” Harmer said.

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Judd first over the finish line

RUNNERS: The Little Athletics cross country season is drawing to a close. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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Judd Marsh finished firstin the Ararat Little Athletics Club’scross country event on Thursday.

Grace Wheeler came second, followed by Lilli Turpin in third.

Patterson Belcher took out the lucky number across the line prize.

He also finished in first place in the under-7 boys one kilometre race.

Jamie-Lee Burton received the encouragement award for her performance in the under-8 girls one kilometre race.

She finished second behind Isobel Leggett.

Holly Louder finished in third position.

Thomas Bartlett continued his good form winning the under-12 boys two kilometre race.

Matilda Grant finished ahead of Addison Lardner and Stella Wheeler to win the under-7 girls one kilometre race.

Harrison Grant and Cohen Fenn both put in solid performances in the under-9 boys 1500 metre race.

Aaron Chaplin took out the under-10 boys 1500 metre race.

Jack Bartlett managed to hold off Harry Belcher and Marcus Day in the under-8 boys one kilometre event.

Charlie Bartlett won the under-6 boys 500 metre race ahead of Lawson Belcher and Judd Marsh.

Charlotte Grant won the under-6 girls 500 metre race ahead of Grace Wheeler and Lilli Turpin.

There are only a few weeks left of the cross country season.

Registrations will open later this month for the summer track and field season.

The next event will be at One Tree Hill at 4.30pm onThursday.

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