Monthly Archives: July 2018

  • Ellerston students sprint to success


    Smart sprinters put Ellerston on the map recently when the youngsters competed successfully at the Regional Athletics Carnival.
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    Ellerston Public School PP6 relay team Cody Grimes, Jack Grimes, Sarah Schiffmann and Ned Foley at the Regional Athletics Carnival at Glendale recently.

    Four senior primary students qualified to represent Ellerston Public School at thecarnival at the Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale.

    The students ran against primary students from across the Hunter and Newcastle region in a bid to qualify for the NSW Public School Sports Association State Athletics Carnival at Homebush next month.

    The PP6 Relay Team, consisting of Cody Grimes, Jack Grimes, Sarah Schiffmann and Ned Foley were successful in placing second in the relay, qualifying them for the state championships.

    Schiffmann also performed well to secure fourth place in the 800 metres.

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  • Lower EP aims higher


    TALENTED teen Cooper Lower is taking his first steps into a bigger world with the release of his debut EP.
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    Lower will play two shows at The Loft this weekend–an over 18s gig on Saturday from 9pmand an all-ages one on Sunday from 3pm –to launch Just A Thought.

    Up in lights: Warrnambool-based teenager Cooper Lower hopes his new album will put his name up in the spotlight. Picture: Rob Gunstone

    The former Mortlake singer-songwriter (now based in Warrnambool)is part of the wave of talent pouring out of Emmanuel College’s VET music program.

    Through that course, Lower has been part of recording sessions at Studio 52 in Melbourne, but for his own EP he headed to Tyler Crimmin’smuch more low-key studio in Terang with the aim of digging deeper into his songs and sounds.

    “Tyler and I gave ourselves more time to flesh (the songs) out and get the right feel,” Lower said.

    “I had a fair idea what I wanted to do, but Tyler’s production guidance, especially with harmonies and arrangements, was great.”

    No singles or snippets from the EP have been released ahead of the launch,but a video of Lower performing a solo live version of the trackDeluded Eyes attracted over 30,500 views on Facebook.

    Drummer Jayden Galbraith and Crimmin playonsome tracks, creating more of a band feel on three of the songs, although Lower said it’s still best described as “acoustic pop”.

    “We tried out some tracks with strings and really raw vocals with no harmonies, and then there’sanother track with solos and drums and plenty of harmonies,” the 16-year-old said.

    “I think with the EP I focused a lot on my songwriting, so I hope people can take something from what I have to say –it’s five songs of me expressing my views and feelingson various things,” he said, citing the likes of Lewis Watson, Ed Sheeran and Arctic Monkeys’Alex Turner as influences.

    He will be supported by Jack Senior and Nancie Schipper on Saturday night.

    Lower said he was excited that Sunday’s gig was all-ages as it allowed his peers to attend.

    The songwriter is also playing at the all-ages Uncharted Soundslaunch at the Lighthouse Theatre on September 16.

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  • Scholarship winner to travel to Sandakan


    2015 Sandakan Scholarship participants: Winner Taleah Della Vedova, Maddison O’Connell, Millie Coole, McKenzie Simons, Hannah Marsden, Brodie Grant, James Charteris and Katrina Shaw. BOYUP Brook student Taleah Della Vedova has won the 2015 Sandakan Scholarship, which will take her to Sandakan, a prisoner of war camp in World War Two in Borneo.
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    She will also visit the historical sites of the Ranau death marches and will represent Boyup Brook at the 2016 ANZAC ceremony. Every year students who win this scholarship come back deeply moved by the tragic events.

    As one of their major projects the Boyup Brook Lions Club awards a scholarship to a Boyup Brook District High School student to travel to Sandakan and participate in these memorial events.

    Eight students entered this year, Taleah Della Vedova, Katrinna Shaw, MacKenzie Simons, Hannah Marsden, Millie Coole, Brodie Grant, Madison O’Connell and James Charteris. The students could choose to do a trilogy, speech or digital presentation. This year all chose to do a speech. Students are assessed in three areas, a score given by their teachers on their research, drafts and critical analyses; an interview with the judges’ panel; and a public presentation of three to five minutes. Judges Graham Bateman, Peter Lamb and Irene Jones, all from the Mandurah Lions Club, said the standard was high.

    In second place was Hannah Marsden and equal third were Mackenzie Simons and Millie Coole.

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  • GRFL – Improving sides to meet


    FRONT-RUNNER. Quambatook’s Tim McIntosh is one of many Saints players who need to see plenty of the ball during tomorrow’s preliminary final against Hay.TWO of the Golden Rivers Football League’s most improved teams of season 2015 – Quambatook and Hay – are one win away from making the competition’s grand final.
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    The Saints and Lions will clash in tomorrow’s preliminary final at Moulamein, with the match tipped to be one of the games of the season.

    Quambatook lost last Saturday’s second semi-final to Ultima, whist the Lions’ 22-point first semi-final win was the club’s first victory against Nullawil in more than a decade.

    Steve Reeves’ men will have learnt plenty from last weekend’s loss to the ‘Roos. The Saints were second to the ball when it mattered and its potent forward line – consisting of Jake Rennie, Andrew Spengler, Tim McIntosh and Ricky Jochinke – was kept quiet.

    Things will be just as difficult tomorrow. The return of Jackson Ferguson on Sunday helped the Lions win their first semi-final, and his battle with Jochinke across the half-forward line will shape tomorrow’s result.

    Mitch Busch will go to Spengler, with Gardean Ellis to rotate in the ruck with Justin Ellis when he is not battling Rennie.

    Hay also has a potent forward line, evident last weekend with Daniel Gash’s four-goal effort.

    The Wedderburn premiership player has the ability to step up on the big stage, and his battle with Jack Baker will be another key match-up.

    Daniel Edwards can crumb the ball in the Lions’ forward 50, but will have a challenge to get the ball against Luke Parker.

    However, it will be in the middle of the ground where this match will be won or lost.

    David Fevaleaki is proving to be one of the recruits of the season, with the former Bendigo Pioneers player providing strength and speed in the midfield.

    Saints captain, Gregor Knight will take on Fevaleaki, with Brodie Bennett to battle Lions coach, Simon Bunyan.

    James Steinfort will battle both Justin and Gardean Ellis in the ruck, but will receive assistance from Jochinke when needed.

    These sides have a 1-1 record against each other this season. The Lions prevailed at home by 26 points in round two, with the Saints recording a five-point win in round 12.

    Finals experience – as well as an extra day’s break – gives the Saints a slight edge, but the Lions showed last weekend that anything can happen in the finals.

    PREDICTION: Quambatook will hold on for a 12-point win.

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  • Life member overwhelmed


    THE crowd of 350 at Singleton Netball Association’s presentation on Saturday night erupted into a loud applause when Carolyn Lambkin stood to collect a life membership from the club.
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    A very surprised Lambkin was overwhelmed with the acknowledgement and the response as she was presented with her award.

    Association president Kerri Koosmen said it was her great honour andpleasure to award life membership to her friend and netball colleague.

    “As with most volunteer sporting organisations, committee members are often begged into getting involved,” Koosmen said.

    “The vast majority of people servefor a few years then move on when their daughters stop playing – and theassociation is very grateful to everyone who has assisted in the running of the club over many seasons.

    “There are a few however, that stayon for several years and continue tocontribute for the benefit of theassociation and its members, people like Carolyn and I sincerely thank her for that commitment.”

    Lambkin has been a committee member with the association since 2003.

    She is now the club registrar and deals with the arduous task of sorting all registration issues.

    In the years since joining thecommittee she has become a national badged umpire, a team manager and a representative coach.

    “We accept that today’s lifestyle is hectic in many ways,” Koosmen said.

    “And, we understand that people do what they can when they can and we are grateful for that but we must ensure we show our gratitude to the ones that go above and beyond to ensure we have a successful association.

    “Carolyn has given 13 years of service to our club as an official, umpire anda coach and many members havebenefited from her commitment.”

    Shellie Walker, who was unable to attend the event, was also given a club service award.

    It recognised her contribution to the Net Set Go program as well as herclub and representative coachingobligations and the fact that she umpires on a weekly basis.

    “To watch Shellie each week with our future superstars is priceless and I think she gets as much from them as they get from her,” Koosmen said.

    The evening was almost called the Claire McHattie night with this member of Agi Allstars recognised for her contribution to the 2015 netball season.

    Agi Allstars featured in the grand final against the much experienced Blisters, losing the hard-fought battle 51-41.

    McHattie came off the court smiling, excited to have experienced the Division One decider but more exciting things were to come that night.

    She was named Division One grand final most valued player, and she received a gold whistle alongside Jasmine Maher for achieving their C grade national umpiring badge.

    McHattie also collected the 2015 Peg Moore Junior Club Person of the Year award.

    This plaudit recognised her umpiring achievement, her support with the umpires mentoring program and her involvement in the representativeprogram for the past seven years.

    Abby Burden would have easily had the most difficult season, jumping in with both feet on her first year of the committee and taking on the role ofrepresentative convenor.

    Not only did she have to deal with organising accommodation at twodifferent venues, but also the stressof being told the motel had made amistake with the booking.

    On top of that, the uniform supplier also made a critical error with the wrong tracksuits arriving a week before State Age Championships.

    Burden’s ability to think on herfeet and seek alternative options was amazing and the reason why she was awarded the Mary and Margo Robinson Senior Club Person of the Year.

    Olivia Hebei was presented theindividual sportsmanship award in recognition of her love of the game, her keenness to assist with umpiring every week and always playing a hard but fair game demonstrating respect to her team mates, opposing players, umpires and spectators.

    JUST REWARD: Abby Burden (right) with Nicole Paul after she received the 2105 Senior Club Person of the Year.

    The team to receive the Janice Gardiner encouragement award for 2015 was Persas Amazons.

    The 2015 Jenny Knight Team Sportsmanship Award went to Swerve.

    Other awards were:

    Foundation Accreditation: Erika Markham, Emma Johnstone, Chloe Norton-March, Rebecca Muller, Cheryl Rodgers, Wendy Robards and Krista Rix.

    Development Accreditation: Holly Radmacher, Neryl Manns, Caitlyn Paul.

    Coach of the year: Holly Radmacher.

    Life member overwhelmed GREAT HONOUR: Carolyn Lambkin with Glencore’s Michelle Hunter after receiving her life membership award from the Singleton Netball Association on Saturday night.

    OUTSTANDING: Claire McHattie with the Peg Moore Junior Club Person of the Year award that she received from Singleton Netball Association life member Debbie Senior.

    TOP OFFICIALS: Umpiring encouragement awards went to Emma Welsh and Di Merrick.

    WELL DONE: Jasmine Maher and Clair McHattie received their national C grade badge umpiring accreditation this year and were presented with gold whistles.

    BIG EFFORT: Marley Stewart from M&Ms was named the most valued player from the Division Six grand final.

    SPORTSMANSHIP: Olivia Hebei was awarded the individual award. 

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  • Narooma students impress at Club Muzo


    STUDENT NIGHT: Music teacher Merinda Antill on stage with Ali Casu, who was one of the stand-out Narooma students. NAROOMA High School has done it again this year with a line-up of very talented music students who performed to a large audience at Club Muzo at Club Narooma this month.
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    Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 performed first up with a great selection of songs – all girls this year – accompanied by music teacher Dan Efraemson and Harry and Hayden on drums and bass.

    Next up was the HSC students Ali Casu and Samantha Sly from Narooma High and Ashley Hogan from Moruya High, who totally captured the audience with their HSC pieces, which they all performed with incredible talent, style and confidence. Wow!

    Harry and Hayden and music teachers Merinda Antill, Dan Efraemson and John Hoorweg accompanied the girls and there is no doubt the music students of Narooma are in good hands.

    “Malumba”, consisting of John and Dan, finished the night with a few gorgeous tunes.

    The audience was treated to a very special night of music.

    Best wishes to the HSC students in their approaching exams.

    Thanks to all the wonderful Narooma students and families, the great audience, Wayne Redman on sound and Club Narooma for continuing to support live music.

    Next Club Muzo will be this Friday, September 11, with a line-up of bigger kids. All welcome.

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  • Lakers’ big man cops two matches


    LAKE Wendouree’s Tanner Robertson hasescaped with a two-match suspension after pleading guilty for a high hit on North Ballarat City teenager Ben Hurley.
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    GUILTY PLEA: Lake Wendouree’s Tanner Robertson received a two-week ban for hitting North Ballarat City’s Ben Hurley in the head with a straw elbow.

    Hurley suffered concussion from the stray elbow in the semi final match on Sunday, playing no part in the match after half time.

    Robertson was sent straight the AFL Goldfields Region Independent tribunal on Wednesday night without the option of a set penalty, pleading guilty for striking.

    He will miss the first two games of the 2016 season as a result of the hit.It was the third suspension to arise from the fiery encounter.

    Lakers teammate Isaac Kirby had previously accepted a one-match set penalty for pushing North City’s Shaun Lyle over the fence during the third quarter.

    Most importantly, however, North City’s Jarryd Graham will miss his side’s preliminary final after he accepted a one-match suspension for punching Lakers key defender Tom Carey in the stomach.

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  • Urging others to reach out


    BUSY AT WORK: Fiona Levett tidies the racks at Sportspower. She is telling her story to empower others in the community to speak up.
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    They are three little words that can save someone’s life.

    SPEAKING UP: Emma Jones was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in her teens. She says talking helped her accept the diagnosis.

    Thursday, September 10 was R U OK? Day, anational day of action dedicated to reminding people to regularly check in with family and friends.

    Mental health awareness is important at any age. While the signs of poor mental health may not be visible, they can be as debilitating as any physical condition.

    Cootamundra resident Fiona Levett bravely shared her journey with depression with theCootamundra Heraldthis week.

    In her early 30s, a wife, a mother, with a good job andloving family, Fiona felt so flat she could barely function.

    “I can only describe it as like being a baby again, I couldn’t look after myself and I couldn’t look after anyone else,” Fiona said.

    In her favour, she was quick to recognise the signs something was not right and sought help.

    Fiona spent three weeks in a hospital in Canberra being treated for depression and remains on medication today.

    “I was very lonely, I felt empty inside,” Fiona said of those darker days.

    “I wasn’t sleeping and I was so anxious; the anxiety was a killer,” she continued.

    “It is the cruelest thing you will ever go through.”

    Most knowEmma Jones for her bubbly, smiling face front of house at Woolworths supermarket.

    What they don’t know is Emma has had depression for more than half her life.

    She noticed she wasn’t sleeping and had developed an obsessive compulsion to wash her hands.

    “For me, it was a ‘nothing’ feeling, you don’t feel happy, you don’t feel sad, it’s a numbness,” Emma said.

    When she finished high school, recognising the issue was not going away, shesaw her GP.

    She reiterated that seeing a doctor does not necessarily mean someone with symptoms of depression will be put on medication.

    Emma says communicating about her depression has become important to help others.

    “I look back now and the place I was in terrifies me,” Emma said.

    She said she can see now it was difficult for those around her to broach the subject of her mental health but credits her friends and family with her life for having the courage to speak up and encourage her to seek help and maintain a healthy path.

    R U OK? Day was run in conjunction withWorld Suicide Prevention Day this year.

    Mental Health Australia confirms as many as 2,500 Australians take their own lives each year –this means morepeople are dying by committing suicide than on our roads.

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  • Small schools, big talents


    Thecombined Upper Hunter Small Schools sporting teams showed their bigger school cousins they are competitive contenders last week when they took part in a gala day in Scone.
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    Blandford Public School students Lachlan Teague, Quinn Cornall, Jack Teague, Brady Roser and Brock Roser with their trophy won at the Scone Grammar School Gala Day last week.

    The sports gala day was hosted by Scone Grammar School at the Bill Rose Sports Complex with numerous local schools represented.

    Two teams represented the local small schools in the sports of netball and rugby union.

    The Upper Hunter Small Schools Junior Boys team was victorious bringing home the shield in the junior rugby union competition.

    The team was made up of year five and six boys representing Murrurundi Public, Blandford Public, Belltrees Public and Ellerston Public Schools.

    The boys played two games against Scone Grammar School teams.

    They won the first game 2 to 1 and lost the second by the same margin, however the small schools team won overall in points.

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  • Mineworkers Memorial Day service at Aberdare


    TRIBUTE: A mural will be unveiled alongside the Jim Comerford Memorial Wall at the mineworkers memorial service at Aberdare on Sunday.The CFMEU Northern Mining and NSW Energy District willholdits 20thannual Memorial Day service at Federation House, Aberdare this Sunday to commemorate the 1800-plus lives lost in mine accidents in our region’s coal mines.
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    District president Peter Jordan said the event was an important occasion for the local community to pay its respects to those who have lost their lives in coal mining disasters in the region.

    “This annual event is an important time for the families of the 1800 local mineworkers who are commemorated on the memorial wall,” Mr Jordan said.

    “It’s also important for our community to come together and remember those who are no longer with us, and we’d encourage everyone to come along.

    “This year we are very thankful that we have not lost a mineworker in a disaster in our region and will not need to add new names to the memorial wall.”

    At the service, the union and the Mineworkers Trust will unveila new mural thatwould now sit next to the Jim Comerford Memorial Wall.

    Mr Jordan said thelarge five-panel mural represents the history of the coal mining industry in our district and reflects on the impacts of disasters on local families.

    The mural, titled ‘Waiting’ will be unveiled by its artist Birgitte Hansen and CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor, who will bethe guest speaker at the event.

    The service will start at 10.30am and all are welcome.

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