MALLEE FOOTBALL: First round of finals previewed

Big grab: Matt Whitford, of Peake, takes a mark over Kael Harkness, Border Downs-Tintinara. in his side s come-from-behind win.
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PEAKE overcame a 34-point deficit at three quarter time to outscore Border Downs-Tintinara 6-4 to 0-1 and record their first ever win over BDT in A grade football last week and give themselves plenty of optimism leading into finals.

BDT on the other hand go into finals with an unprecedented three-game losing run.

Lameroo looked comfortable against Murrayville and will enter the second semi final with confidence while Karoonda accounted for Pinnaroo and take on Peake next week on a three-match winning sequence.

First Semi Final at Tintinara

A grade: Peake v Karoonda

These teams will roll the dice on some injured players in the elimination final this week with Trevor Rigney and Shane Heinrich for Peake and Ben Quinn at Karoonda likely to play and there is a thought that Gabe Phillips may also line up in a risky gamble after a knee injury.

Peake will be brimming with confidence after their win over BDT last week and with Patrick Gabb able to control the stoppages their on ball brigade will be hard to stop

Darren Hare and Michael Baker good at the clearances with Aish Simper, Ricky Piggott, Wade Saunders and Ryan Sargood hard at it players who use the ball.

Matthew Whitford’s late season form has been exceptional while Nick Gregurke is a young player who makes a difference when he is home from college.

Sam Janetzki, Ryan Morris and Ben Woodhouse will also add to the attack with Trevor Rigney to return at full forward after a hamstring injury.

Karoonda will need Lucas Neumann & Josh Rudiger to compete strongly in ruck to nullify the influence of Patrick Gabb.

The midfield will need to work on defense as well as attack with Josh Smithson, Zakk Bullard and Danny Walker all capable of pushing the ball Karoonda’s way.

Jarred Graetz and Corey Knight have been good all season either in defence or attack while Daniel Thiele has made centre half forward a strong point in the second half of the season.

Veteran Luke Hocking has once again shown how to kick goals at full forward with support from Wayne Luckett and Wes Thomas.

The defence is solid with Andrew Smithson and Josh Rosenzweig in key positions and Eli Koch and Todd Boughen providing rebound.

Peake have been the better team all season and will go into their first final in the Mallee league as favourites.

Reserves: BDT v Murrayville

BDT won two of the three contests during the season but are not the formidable force of past seasons.

Murrayville have some players qualified from A grade and may have an impact in finals.

BDT only have reserves playing this week so can play some extra players if they wish.

BDT have experience on their side and can win the first semi final.

Senior colts: Peake v BDT

BDT won a tight contest in the first round but Peake have won the last two matches, the latest last week by a large margin.

Peake have won three more matches than BDT during the season and will start as favourites to advance to the preliminary final.

Junior colts: Peake v Murrayville

Peake have been a traditionally strong side in junior colts competition.

t is a positive sign to see Murrayville in the finals after the senior colts just missed out in 2014 after fielding a team again after missing the past few seasons.

Peake should be too strong for Murrayville in this match.

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45 not out – driver blows .377

SHANE Mann had almost 45 standard drinks before driving his car and crashing into a sign in South Albury, according to his solicitor’s calculations.
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Solicitor Jason Hanke said Mann, 37, of Melbourne, drank six bottles and one glass of wine over an estimated 28-hour period before driving.

He flattened a road sign and the front number plate of his vehicle was left at the scene when he drove erratically to Mate Street.

Mann sought assistance from a friend associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and drank another two bottles of wine while waiting for him.

His friend took Mann to the Albury police station where he was incoherent and unable to stand without support.

He was not breath testeddue to health concerns and was taken to Albury hospital by ambulance for observation.

A blood sample was taken which revealed a blood alcohol reading of 0.377.

Mann, 37, appeared in Albury Local Court for sentencing yesterday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mr Hanke said Mann had abstained from alcohol since the incident and two days after his arrest went into residential rehabilitation.

He is estranged from his wife and two children, who are living in Albury, but is attempting to restore his relationship.

Mann is living with his parents in Huntingdale, has been unemployed since May and wants to resolve his alcohol problem before going back to work.

The court was told in tendered police facts Mann started drinking at midday on May 12.

About 4.40pm the next day he hit the sign in Atkins Street, and his friend took him to the police station an hour later.

The blood sample was taken from him at the hospital at about 6.40pm.

“He is deeply remorseful for his offending,” Mr Hanke said.

Magistrate Tony Murray said Mann’s true blood alcohol reading was contaminated by him consuming more wine after he ceased driving.

“Unfortunately it is just a drunken binge you went on over a period of time,” Mr Murray said.

He said Mann had no previous convictions, had held a Victorian driver’s licence for 19 years and had a good traffic record.

“You have made important steps to address your alcohol issues,” he said.

Mann faced a maximum disqualification of 12 months with a minimum period of six months.

He received a two-yearbond and was sent to a drink-driver education course, fined $800 and disqualified for eight months.

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Men’s Shed gets a step up

STEP UP: Men’s Shed president Gary Misan tested out the new ladder with Student’s Association representative Mitch Wilson, Student Experience leader Sara Da Costa, Denis Stephenson and Men’s Shed coordinator Brian Marshall.Whyalla Men’s Shed has been given a boost after receiving a ladder from a student initiative at the UniSA Whyalla campus.
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The ladder donation was made last week by representatives from the Centre for Regional Engagement – Student Initiative Program (CRE-SIP).

UniSA Student’s Association representative Mitch Wilson and Student Experience leader Sara Da Costa said CRE-SIP encouraged student engagement with the community and organised fundraising events.

“We encourage students to have engagement with the community,” Ms Da Costa said.

“We do lots of fundraising to give back to the community.

“To raise money, we run different events.”

Ms Da Costa said the events included dinner and drinks, poker and movie nights.

“Last year we raised $700 for the local special school but this year we are making lots of different donations around the community,” she said.

The Men’s Shed is this year’s first recipient.

Mr Wilson said the Student’s Association and Student Experience “work together collaboratively to engage the community”.

Whyalla Men’s Shed president Gary Misan, who is also an associate research professor at UniSA, and shed coordinator Brian Marshall, a project officer at UniSA, said the ladder donation was the latest step in an ongoing partnership between the university and Men’s Shed.

Mr Misan said the $220 industrial A-frame ladder would help the group reach new heights.

“We are very appreciative of the donation; it’s certainly going to come in handy,” he said.

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Yarramundi’s fresh food lifestyle

Rob Carrat with his son 7 year old Jai and his mother Dot Carrat. Photo: Geoff Jones Some things just run in the family — including careers — so they become ingrained in family ideology and are passed down from generation to generation, almost like genes.
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This is the case with the Carratt family, whose heritage lies firmly in fresh food.

Together, they hold over a century of experience working at supermarket chain, Woolworths.

Robert Carratt, who lives in Yarramundi, is the third of four generations of Carratts who have worked – or are still working –for Woolworths.

‘‘My grandmother Elizabeth Butler started work in the early 1930s at a supermarket store in Balmain called Broadhead and Barchem; Woolies acquired them soon afterwards, and that’s when she became a Woolies employee.

‘‘She worked there from 1940 to 1976 — that’s 36 years with Woolies,’’ he told the Gazette.

‘‘My mother started work in 1966 in the first Woolies to open in the Blacktown area, on the main street of Blacktown. She had six months off when she had me, and then straight back to work.

‘‘She worked so hard, after hours; it was all about service, supervising and hiring people, including a lot of young kids.

‘‘If you were a kid and wanted to work you came and saw Dot Carratt for a casual job in Blacktown. She retired in 1993.

‘‘I started in Marayong as a casual, then got an apprenticeship butchery role in Woolies Campsie.

‘‘I just celebrated 30 years at Woolies last week – I’m 45 and started when I was 15.

‘‘I was an apprentice butcher, then a meat manager … then went on to be a NSW state co-ordinator.

‘‘Now I’ve come into the buying office where I do the [national]category manager job (beef) basedin the head office in Bella Vista.

“My twin daughters – 20 years old and both at uni – have five years’ service.

‘‘My nephew Matthew also works at Richmond Woolies, and his twin brother Paul works at Dan Murphys – a Woolworths store – in Double Bay. They have about 15 years of experience each.

‘‘Both my sisters and both my brothers have also worked for Woolies over the years.

‘‘There is about 110 years of combined service there.

‘‘I’m sure that my seven-year-old son will work as a casual at a store at some stage.”

Mr Carratt’s 30-year Woolies anniversary coincides with the supermarket giant’s latest marketing campaign, which highlights its ‘‘Fresh Food People’’ theme by telling a story about its chain.

Mr Carratt features in the campaign through a television advertisement, screening on both free-to-air and paid networks.

It follows a group of farmers, suppliers and store staff members as they prepare the store’s fresh food for the day.

‘‘In their commercials they like to use people from within the business.

‘‘I’m a butcher by trade [so] I do know meats – I helped Woolies launch the Meat Standards Australia quality endorsement with our beef,’’ Mr Carratt said.

‘‘In the commercial, I’m the butcher sharpening his knife.

‘‘I’m also on the point-of-salein stores.’’

The advertisements also feature on M2 and M4 billboards.

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St Mary’s take top three

ACHIEVEMENT: St Mary’s Primary School Year 5 and 6 rugby league team secured third place in the 2014 Mortimer Shield competition. Pictured with the Origin Shield is (back) Matt Noakes, Mitch Prest, Cooper Powderly, Archie Bolger, Laurie Daly, Nick Jenkins and Blake Coombes, (centre) Cooper Morrison, Lachie Summerfield, Albert Cavanagh, Thomas McIllhatton, Ethan Newham and Oscar Nuthall, (front) Ethan McEvoy, Kynan Davies, Declan Telfer, Thomas Telfer, Campbell Harden and Charlie Corcoran. (sub)Sensational sporting news from St Mary’s Primary! Our Year 5 and 6 rugby league team travelled to Wagga on Thursday, July 29 to compete in the Grand Final of this year’s Mortimer Shield Competition.
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The journey began back in May when the boys played in the first round competition in Young against other schools from Young and Harden.

A resounding win took them to the semi-finals held in Cootamundra in June with the boys making it through to the final round.

Their first game proved to be very close with the only points scored occurring in the last 10 seconds of the game.

The boys finished third on the day and were proud of their achievements.

We are very grateful to the National Rugby League and in particular, Luke Branighan, for providing the opportunity for our boys to be involved in such an amazing competition.

On the day they had the opportunity to meet Laurie Daly and have their photo taken with the State of Origin Shield.

A big thank you must go to the boys’ coach Troy Newham who has worked tirelessly over the last couple of months to train and prepare the boys.

This commitment by parents, like Troy, really shows the tremendous school spirit alive and well at St Mary’s.

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