Good win for Western Districts

UNDER 15: Hawks’ Yahna Chynoweth followed Elliston’s Jade Ryan as she led for the ball. Hawks’ Lucy Tucker was pictured defending Elliston’s Jazmyn Weiland in under 15s. Photographs: Emma Williams.Mid West netball
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A grade

Western Districts def Central Eyre 52-28

THE first quarter was tightly contested with both teams moving the ball well.

Western Districts finished the quarter strong and went into the first break with a five-goal lead.

The second quarter started off even with all goalies shooting well.

Western Districts’ defenders were working well together creating more turnovers as the quarter went on.

Janelle Grocke was trying hard in defence for Central Eyre but Western Districts’ attackers were combining well and some great lobs into goal shooter Coby Tomney saw them lead by 10 goals at half time.

The third quarter saw Western Districts take control of the last half with some great pressure in defence resulting in numerous turnovers.

The quarter finished off with some brilliant passages of play into Western Districts’ goalies, who continued to shoot accurately.

It was the Western Districts who were well on top of the final whistle to finish the mach with a comfortable 24-goal win.

Best: Western Districts: C. Beard; Central Eyre: J. Grocke.

West Coast Hawks def Elliston by forfeit

Wirrulla def Wudinna United 66-31

B grade

West Coast Hawks def Elliston 64-21

In the first quarter West Coast Hawks’ defence worked really hard getting a lot of turnovers.

The goalies were shooting accurately.

The first change saw the Hawks leading, 17-6.

The second quarter was steady and saw much of the same however the Hawks managed to pull away significantly entering half time with 31 goals to Elliston’s 10.

In the third quarter Elliston made changes. A lot of credit goes to the juniors who worked really hard all quarter.

In the final term it was a fantastic display of netball from the Hawks girls and they had a convincing win.

Best: West Coast Hawks: C. Kelsh.

Central Eyre def Western Districts 43-32

The first quarter started off fast with determined efforts by both teams.

Great defensive work saw Central Eyre capitalise on opportunities and they had a nine-goal lead at the end of the first quarter.

Western Districts found their momentum to start the second quarter with play even up and down the court.

Good ring work from both teams saw some accurate shooting under desperate defence.

Western Districts however out scoring Central Eyre for the quarter with 16-23 leading into the final half.

The third quarter was another hard and fast quarter with both teams under pressure.

Central Eyre continued to capitalise on opportunities in their goal circle and this ensured they maintained their lead.

Central Eyre went into the final quarter with a lead of 10 goals.

The last quarter was high intensity and there was an increase in turnovers, but Central Eyre still had their lead when the umpire blew the final whistle.

Best: Central Eyre: S. Georgiou; Western Districts: A. Moroney.

Wudinna United def Wirrulla def 53-26

C grade

Western Districts def Central Eyre 36-27

The first quarter was unsettled but thanks to accurate shooting Western Districts took a five-goal lead into the first change.

Bonnie-lee Barnes and Nicole Brands were also defending well.

The second quarter saw accurate shooting from Kelsey Trezise and she was backed up by great defence.

Excellent feeding from Western Districts’ Maddy Horgan and Tegan Watts saw them extend their lead by 10 goals.

The third quarter was a tight contest with Western Districts continuing their lead with steady play.

The fourth quarter saw Central Eyre leaving their run too late and Western Districts took the game.

West Coast Hawks def Elliston by forfeit

Wudinna United def Wirrulla 43-19

Under 15

Elliston def West Coast Hawks 54-46

The first quarter was evenly matched play and it was goal for goal.

Elliston had a couple of turnovers, which resulted in a small lead but towards the end of the quarter Hawks pegged the score back to be even at the break.

The second quarter was even and although the Hawks got some quick goals a few mistakes cost them some turnovers.

Elliston came back to make scores even at half time.

The third quarter was fast with Elliston getting some quick turnovers that lead to a six-goal lead.

Injury struck the Hawks half way through the quarter so changes were made to the team.

Play continued to be unsettled and Elliston maintained a five-goal lead.

In the fourth quarter Elliston continued to play steady netball and although the Hawks defended hard, Elliston were still able to increase the lead to get a win by eight goals.

Wirrulla drew with Wudinna United 31-31

Under 13

Western Districts def Central Eyre 40-14

In the first quarter play was messy with some mistakes made due to congestion.

Central Eyre settled first and took the lead.

Western Districts fought hard to come back and took the lead by five goals at the first quarter break.

The second quarter saw Centrals make one change, which lead to some great defending.

Western Districts were able to capitalise on some great intercepts to increase their lead by 13 at half time.

In the third quarter Western Districts made some changes but were still able to increase their score.

Some great intercepts by Central Eyre saw some great passages of play.

While Central Eyre fought hard, Western Districts still dominated and increased their lead by 36 goals.

The fourth quarter was lower scoring but Western Districts came out comfortable winners.

Best: Western Districts: R. Forrest; Central Eyre: A. Dowden.

Elliston def West Coast Hawks 32-26

Wudinna United def Wirrulla 41-25

First semi final, Piednippie

Under 15: 10.30am: Elliston v Central Eyre; West Coast Hawks: Alicia Carcuro, Tina Smith.

Under 13: 11.45am: West Coast Hawks v Wudinna; Elliston: Bronny Tomney, Karen Paul.

C grade: 11.45am: Western Districts v Wirrulla; Elliston: Elaine Seal, Nyssa Bell.

A grade: 1pm: Western Districts v Elliston; Central Eyre: Rach Mont, Sheree Joyce.

B grade: 2.30pm: Wirrulla v Central Eyre; Wudinna United: Jan Wheaton, Karly Oswald.

D grade: 2.30pm: West Coast Hawks v Central Eyre; Wudinna United: Fiona Carey, Tamara Armstrong.

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NETBALL: Round 19 River Murray netball preview

IT wasn’t very long ago that the Murray River Netball Association teams were trialling their squads for positions, testing out and rotating players to find the best combinations and working out their coaches and what to expect through the season.
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Now it’s here – the final game of the minor round season and how quickly it has come around.

In previous years, finals positions are secured and players are planning the weeks ahead, but for a couple of teams this weekend’s games are vital on whether they get to participate in the finals series or not.

There isn’t just one game of the round this week, but two exciting games coming our way.

The two top teams Mannum and Imperials play against each other in what will be a test for both, before they line up again on each other next weekend in the important qualifying final.

The second game of the round would have to be the Meningie versus Mypolonga game, the decider on who makes the top four.

If Mypolonga win this game they will sit on 18 points, equal with Jervois, and play next Sunday in the elimination final, but if the Bears defeat the Tigers, it will all come down to the final percentage and they could kick Mypo out of fourth position, and may find themselves playing next Sunday instead.

Ramblers travel to Jervois to take on the third-placed Bluds and Tailem Bend has finished its 2014 season as they have the bye this weekend. Game times: 12.45pm – B grade and intermediates, 2pm – A grade and C grade, 3.15pm – A reserves.

Meningie v Mypolonga

This game will be one of the most important games of the season for both teams.

Fourth playing fifth, with the chance of Meningie dropping Mypolonga from the top four position in the last minor round of the year.

Meningie won’t hold back in this game as they have nothing to lose, but neither will Mypolonga.

In round four, Meningie defeated Mypolonga by 15 goals but the Tigers reversed that result in round 11 beating the Bears by four.

Mypolonga have had a hoodoo hanging over their heads in the past few weeks, with injuries hitting the team and player absences, but they are back on track and ready to play finals with the remaining players staying focused and committed.

The Tigers team know how to play great netball and when they are on a roll they are very hard to stop.

Meningie has continually improved each week this season and have shown other clubs that they aren’t messing around and are up to playing finals.

On paper, these two teams have classy, talented players who will put on a good show this week for their supporters. Stacey Peckover and Marni Hood in Meningie’s goals are standing tall and frustrating the best of defenders and in Mypolonga’s goal circle Kara Bolt and Zoe Gepp have formed a bond and surprise their opponents with their swift moves.

Mikayla Smart, Bec Longden and Natasha Hertel in Meningie’s defence, always have a good competition against Bolt and Gepp and have the added advantage of height over their shorter opposition.

Sheridan O’Brien has been controlling the back court over the past couple of weeks for Mypolonga but with the inclusion of Kate Nolan back in to the team, O’Brien can be moved to any of the three defensive positions.

Meningie has a strong midcourt with Krystal Gibbs, Eden Harkness and new player, Olivia Gallio settling well into the team. Gallio should match up on Mypolonga centre Kelsey Gepp, leaving Harkness with a tight battle on Ashleigh Horsnell in wing attack for the Tigers.

Bottom line: This game will go down to the wire and every turn over will matter for both clubs.

My tip: Mypolonga in a very close game.

Jervois v Ramblers

Jervois go into this game sitting in third position on the ladder, and whatever the outcome no positional changes will be made.

Tailem Bend felt the grunt of Jervois’ powerful play last week, and the Roosters will go through the same heartache this week.

The Bluds, under coach Tessa Thurston, are determined to win this year’s premiership and if they play like they have been they have got a great chance of being the surprise packet.

Jess Bell, in Jervois’ midcourt, has played hard netball all year and even with her tiny stature can hold her ground and use her speed to lose many opponents.

If Ramblers’ coach Bree Leibhardt plays her quick midcourt player Nikki Dougall on Bell, it could be quite a competition between the two and worthy of a look.

Jervois’ Thurston in goal defence, had a good game on Rambler main player and goal attack, Tania McFee, when they last met and will take on the role again this weekend.

Backing up Thurston is Maddie McGinty in goal keeper, who is continually developing her game and becoming a real threat for opposition shooters.

Kelly Barton-Ancliffe and Mandy Smith in Ramblers defence will have a the tiresome task of deflecting passes and holding the Bluds shooters Jo Hill and Candice Love out of the goal circle.

Helen Partridge and Bell are clever passing players and strategically get the ball into their shooters without hesitation.

Ramblers have some young players in their midcourt in Annie and Georgia O’Neil and Kenisha Seidel who are learning each week but will be overshadowed by the experience of Partridge, Bell and Charly Heym in the centre court.

Bottom line: Jervois are on a roll and ready to pounce on the top teams in the next few weeks. Ramblers will make the Bluds work for every ball but Jervois has a classy outfit this season and will dominate in most positions on the court.

My tip: Jervois.

Mannum v Imperials

This game will show spectators the talent and class that will be on court during the finals series as these top two teams use this game as a guide to see how each will fare the following week in the quarter finals.

Both teams had convincing wins last weekend and deserve their current positions on the ladder.

Playing coach Amy Loechel is back in form after a slight injury and is shooting like a pro.

She rarely missed a goal against Mypolonga and those rare few she did were picked up by her shooting team-mate Abby Williams.

These two girls have had the opportunity to spend the last few weeks in goals together, after juggling the team around with injury and travel, and have responded by coming in to great form at the best part of the year.

Imperials know what to expect and have the players to challenge Mannum. Trudy Holland and Ali Rumbelow in the Blues defence are tough defenders and will compete for every ball.

This end of the court will be very interesting.

At the other end, Mannum’s Tracy Loechel will once again be standing Imperials goal attack, Olivia Scholz, which is always a highlight to any game and there will be a good battle with Mannum’s Jaime-Lee Paterson and Hannah Dreckow under the Blues goal ring, but if Dreckow is on fire she will make it hard for Paterson to stop her.

The midcourt for both teams boasts plenty of talent.

Mannum has speed and versatility with Kelly Allen, Kim Smithson and Jemma Woollard and the young Imperials line up of Jess Byrnes, Laura Berling, Sarah March and Gemma Harkness have developed into a unique combination under the guidance of coach Tracey DeMichele.

Bottom line: All areas of the court will be evenly covered by both teams, making it a cracker of a game for spectators.

My tip: Surprise win by Mannum going into the finals on their form from last week but only by the bare minimum.

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Diabetes help is at hand

A programknow as HELP, offered by the Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local (NBMML), is a healthy eating and lifestyle program for people living with type 2 diabetes in the Hawkesbury and surrounding areas.
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Hawkesbury resident, John de Boer, is a mountain bike enthusiast and soccer referee who was diagnosed with diabetes seven years ago.

He enrolled in the program and said it had helped him improve his quality of life.

“I knew diabetes was fairly significant but I didn’t take it seriously,” Mr de Boer said.

‘‘Having grown up in Holland, I inherited a love of pastries and I have maintained the taste for sweet food.

‘‘I never realised how important food was in managing diabetes.

“The program put me on the right track and helped me understand the significance and potential seriousness of diabetes.

‘‘I now know how to manage it and I’m already eating better, more interesting meals for less money.”

Delivered by dietitians, participants learn about lifestyle changes, weight loss goals, nutritional food labels, healthy selections when eating out and exercise options.

The program consists of one individual assessment followed by eight group sessions held over a three-month period.

NBMML Board Chair, Dr Shiva Prakash, said the prevalence of diabetes in the Hawkesbury was “concerning” with high rates of smoking, obesity, inactivity and unhealthy eating which are risk factors for diabetes.

“Regular visits to the GP will help to make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes or take control of the condition in its early stages,” Dr Prakash said.

Starting at the end of August, places are limited to 12 people.

■ Details: 47088100 or visit nbmml南京夜网.au/HELP.

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GALLERY: Greater Toronto postcard comp winners

REFLECTIVE: Mirror, Mirror at Coal Point. Picture: Georgie Hill INSPIRED: Wangi Point at Sunrise. Picture: Lisa Ashman
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TRANQUIL: Toronto Baths and Jetty. Picture: Vince Moult

COLOURS: Kite Surfer. Artwork: Stephanie Sullivan

DETAIL: Toronto Hotel. Artwork: Kim Van Koeverden

JUNIOR: Wangi Wonders. Picture: Zachary

PROMISE: Boats at Toronto. Picture: Cath Beverly

STYLISED: Along the Foreshore. Artwork: Cheryl Barrett

ANGLES: T-shaped jetty in Toronto: Picture: Jarrod

PERFECT: Still Morning at Balmoral. Picture: Cath Beverly

ACTION: Seagulls in Flight. Picture: Hannah

COOL: Home Winter Sunrise: Picture: Jane Ferguson

LAKESIDE: Fun at Carey Bay. Picture: Montanna

PRESENTATION: Some of the winners with their awards at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

THE outstanding entries in the inaugural Greater Toronto Postcard Competition will be featured on postcards and a calendar available in October.

Toronto Chamber of Commerce hosted a function at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery where it presented cash and trophy prizes to the photographers of 13 images across the following three categories:

Amateur photographWinner, Wangi Point at Sunrise by Lisa Ashman; runner-up, Boats at Toronto by Cath Beverly; highly commended, Still Morning at Balmoral by Cath Beverly, and Toronto Baths and Jetty by Vince Moult; people’s choice, Mirror, Mirror at Coal Point by Georgie Hill, and Home Winter Sunrise by Jane Ferguson.

Junior photographWinner, Wangi Wonders by Zachary; runner-up, T-shaped Jetty in Toronto by Jarrod; highly commended, Seagulls in Flight by Hannah; people’s choice, Fun at Carey Bay by Montanna.

Art categoryWinner, Kite Surfer by Stephanie Sullivan; runner-up Along the Foreshore by Cheryl Barrett; people’s choice, Toronto Hotel by Kim Van Koeverden.

The glass trophies were donated by Westlakes Trophies, Framing and Engraving.

The postcard competition was supported by the Lakes Mail.

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Martinsville fire station job drags on

SLOW GOING: Building materials lie around the unfinished Martinsville fire station this week. Picture: Jamieson MurphyTHE start of the official bushfire danger period is only six weeks away and Martinsville residents are concerned that completion of their local fire station is being delayed.
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In January, the old Martinsville fire station was demolished to make way for a new one.

Construction started and locals were told it would be completed in March/April.

Work has since been delayed for months.

The locals’ concern went into overdrive when smoke from a recent hazard reduction burn drifted into Martinsville.

A spokesperson for Lake Macquarie City Council said the construction was being completed by a contractor who was engaged after consultation with NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).

“[The contractor] has not completed the work on time or to the standards required,” they said.

“Council has been working with the contractor to achieve an outcome that meets the needs of the NSW RFS.”

Internal wall framing and lining, the internal fit out, external paths, and plumbing and electricity connections are yet to be completed at the new station.

A spokesperson for the company contracted to construct the station said there was an explanation for the construction delay that all parties were aware of, but they declined to share it with the Lakes Mail.

“We are making good and rapid progress, and a completion date is imminent,” they said.

Council could not give a completion date for the construction, but said it was working with the contracted company to complete the building before the start of the bushfire season on October 1.

A spokesperson from the NSW RFS Lakes team said the Martinsville Rural Fire Brigade is still fully operational, despite the lack of a fire station.

“Both of the brigade’s fire trucks have been temporarily located off site to a position close to the old station where they are available for the brigade’s members to respond to emergency calls,” they said.

In the case of an emergency there are almost 30 other operational brigades across Lake Macquarie and Wyong local government areas which can be called upon at any time to assist with local incidents.

“We are concerned with the length of time the fire station upgrade project is taking due to unforseen difficulties with the contractor building the new station, but we are working with the contractor and Lake Macquarie City Council to ensure a speedy outcome and resolution.”

The RFS spokesperson said the new station would be far superior to the old one, with twin tanker bays, kitchenette, amenities, storage and multifunctional areas, and a volunteer support office.

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