Monthly Archives: December 2018

  • Vince Badalati back as Hurstville mayor


    Hurstville Council’s new mayor and deputy are Vince Badalati and Dominic Sin.
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    Both from the ALP side, they were elected at an extraordinary Council meeting on Wednesday, September 9.

    Cr Badalati said he was looking forward to working closely with the other Hurstville councillors and the community during the next 12 months.

    ‘‘The Hurstville local government area is currently undergoing a great transformation with many key projects now underway including the Forest Road Streetscape Project Stage One and I am delighted to serve the Hurstville community,’’ he said.

    ‘‘Being Mayor at this time also has an additional focus as local government issues are of critical importance which include possibility of amalgamations across NSW councils.’’

    Cr Badalati said that in the next 12 months, the council would continue with significant capital works projects and keep improving community facilities, renewing assets, delivering services alongside prudent financial management.

    Cr Sin said he was proud to be elected deputy mayor and would work diligently over the next year to further improve the vibrant city. See more in Tuesday’s Leader.

    What would you like to see on Hurstville council’s agenda in the next 12 months?

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  • Match-ups a key


    LEADER: Leitchville/Gunbower coach, Matt Hawken with the club’s 1995 Northern and Echuca Football League premiership cup.
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    INDIVIDUAL match-ups will be the key to tomorrow’s Heathcote District Football Netball League grand final, according to Leitchville/Gunbower coach, Matt Hawken.

    The Bombers have played one match since their round 18 loss to North Bendigo, but have been keeping up their intensity behind the scenes.

    A group of Melbourne-based players have been training at Charlton, whilst the senior group held a session at Heathcote last Saturday before heading to Toolleen to watch the Bulldogs defeat Colbinabbin.

    “North Bendigo is a really good side, they had a few players out for the qualifying final against Colbinabbin, but they have all returned,” Hawken said.

    The Heathcote training session was the second match-day preparation held in the past month, with a similar program occurring during the first weekend of the finals.

    Twenty-five players took to the track last Saturday, with the same number of players in contention for tomorrow’s grand final.

    “During the home and away season we’ve played 34 players, so there are 24 to 25 in the mix,” Hawken said.

    “Conditions will play their part. Huntly is a fast track and we’ve got to be able to run for four quarters.”

    The Bulldogs’ three pre-season recruits – ruckman Troy Kelm, as well as forwards Sam Barnes and Brady Herdman – are key players Hawken identified as individuals who can turn the match North Bendigo’s way.

    Barnes and Herdman have played in both encounters against the Bombers this season, with Kelm taking to the field in the Bulldogs’ 32-point win against the minor premiers in round 18.

    “The Bulldogs also have a good midfield that put tags on our players back in round 18, but this is something our players have to overcome,” Hawken said.

    The Bombers also have a number of key players at its disposal, including Joel Helman, Matt Perri and Adam Deccico.

    “North Bendigo has also not seen Brendan Hancock this season,” Hawken said.

    “I hope the Leitchville and Gunbower communities will come out to Huntly and support us.”

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  • Drive-through drunk gets licence suspended


    DRUNK AND DISORDERLY: The Hallidays Point man was more than three times over the legal limit.FORSTER McDonald’s staff last night had to deal with a drunk and abusive customer who held up their drive through for 15 minutes.
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    Manager Matt Walton said last night’s manager could only move himout of the drive through after police showed up.

    He said the drunk verbally abusedstaff.

    “It’s pretty rare we have an incident where you have to get the police involved,” Mr Walton said.

    “But they came instantly once we called them.”

    Acting Inspector Matthew Hinton said they approached a 24-year-old Hllidays Point man about 8.20pm last night (September 9) at the Forster McDonald’s.

    Act Insp Hinton said the man’s blood alcohol level was 0.158 per cent, more than three times over the legal limit.

    The man was issued with a suspension notice and will appear at Forster Local Court on October 7.

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  • Narooma Golf Club newsSept. 9


    IT is Father’s Day as I begin my article and we are about half way on our travels north to celebrate a family affair. I hope all the dads had a pleasant day on Sunday last.
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    As we left the shire it was still raining intermittently and a check of the weather details tells me the past week was mild with temperatures as low as 4 on Wednesday and the maximums around 17 degrees. Hardly enough to kick start the tomato plants with gusto.

    Sad farewells!

    I would like to acknowledge the passing of a couple of friends before talking golf. Firstly, at All Saints church in Bodalla on Tuesday last week there was a service commemorating the life of Liz Ferguson. Liz was 94, lived a full life and was a Potato Point community pioneer. I met her in 1980 soon after buying a block at the Point and as recently as three weeks before her passing she was giving me cheek after dinner at the club. She was involved in the Fire service and a host of community organisations. She will be sadly missed after a long life.

    A former teaching colleague of mine, Geoff Bell, passed away suddenly last Thursday. Geoff spent a lot of time in the Eurobodalla when he wasn’t at work in Canberra and I recall when he was at Tuross Head on holidays years ago. He had come over to Potato Point to see us just after Christmas and reported that a CSIRO guy that he knew from work had kept ocean temperature records for several decades. This was during one of those summers when the water goes cold. Well he reckoned the temperature was 12 degrees. That is ice cream headache material. Geoff was a gemmologist who also kick started Forensic Science courses at CIT and the University of Canberra. He was a top bloke!

    Thursday’s Stableford Competition

    The athletic and long hitting Justin Bennett won A grade with 39 points just ahead of Clive Williamson and Graham Kerr. B grade was a ding dong battle with Graham Small managing to pick up first prize with 36 points on a count back from Chris Goldsmith and Tony Ings. In C grade the clear winner with 42 points was Ross Giblett and he was six points better than the next best.

    As we drove north to Forster – Tuncurry on Friday, now there is a retirement town or two, I heard there had been another incident involving a shark and this time a surf ski paddler. What is going on with the number of north coast shark “attacks”. Climate change, warmer waters and early morning surfers seem to be linked in the spate of recorded cases in the last year or two. I have seen them surfing and diving, but have never been too close. It is their domain after all!

    September Monthly Medal

    The prestigious stroke event to start spring saw Chris Brown win the medal and A grade with a net 69. Well played Chris. The next best was Bob Knipler with a net 70. James O’Sullivan had a 73 to take out B grade from the well-known Peter O’Kane and the happy go lucky Mark Westwood. C grade belonged to Derek Smith with a net 74 and in the ladies, Diana Williamson was the winner once again with a net 71.

    Congratulations to you all. Well played.

    Spring thoughts and aspirations

    One Pablo Neruda cunningly wrote “spring is sooner recognised by plants than it is by us” and similarly “they can cut all the flowers but spring will still come”. I read these on a blackboard in a cafe in Blueys Beach recently.

    First meeting of the new board of Narooma

    A full and frank meeting was held last week and all looks in readiness with detailed reports received from the course superintendent, Brendan Warby, treasurer Phil Haynes and general manager, Dominic Connaughton. I can’t go in to detail except to say progress continues and augurs well for the rest of this year and next. Hopefully the big challenges of the past two years are history. Hope so.

    I look forward to a further report from travels north next week. Hope you have a pleasant week and stay well.

    Cheers and regards, Bill Baker.

    Men’s GolfTuesday, September 1 – 12 Hole Stableford

    Winner, Gil Mott 29 points. Runner-up, Reg Shooter 23 points c/b.

    Nearest to pin: 9th Colin Pratt, 14th Ken Adams, 17th Colin O’Sullivan.

    Golf balls down to lucky Peter Kape on 19 points.

    Thursday, September 3 – Men’s Stableford

    A Grade: Winner, Justin Bennett 39 points. Runner-up, Clive Williamson 38 points. Third, Graham Kerr 37 points.

    B Grade: Winner, Graham Small 36 points c/b. Runner-up, Chris Goldsmith 36 points c/b. Third, Tony Ings 36 points.

    C Grade: Winner, Ross Giblett 42 points. Runner-up, James Gibson 36 points c/b. Third, Bruce Day 36 points.

    Nearest to pin: 3rd Bill Hannam, 9th Peter Elliott, 14th Colin Pratt, 17th Cameron Rowley.

    Golf balls down to all on 32 points.

    Friday, September 4 – 9 Hole Stableford

    Winner, Wayne McMillan 16 points. Runner-up, Ian Vincent 13 points.

    Nearest to pin: 3rd Wayne McMillan, 17th Peter John.

    DPP 17th Veronica Shakeshaft.

    Golf ball down to lucky J John on 11 points.

    Saturday, September 5 – Men’s Monthly Medal Stroke

    A Grade: Winner, Chris Brown 69 net. Runner-up, Bob Knipler 70 net. Third, Robert Ackling 75 net.

    B Grade: Winner, James O’Sullivan 73 net. Runner-up, Peter O’Kane 74 net. Third, Mark Westwood 75 net.

    C Grade: Winner, Derek Smith 74 net. Runner-up, Phillip Johnson 77 net c/b. Third, Kevin Simpson 77 net.

    Ladies Grade: Winner, Diana Williamson 71 net.

    Nearest to pin: 3rd Jim Grant, 9th Brett Thompson, 14th Colin Pratt, 17th Mitch Jeffery.

    Golf balls down to all on 79 net.

    Ladies golfMonday, August 31 – Stableford

    AFTER a very wet week, a small field braved the soggy conditions to enjoy a nice day out!

    Winner: Dorelle Monteith – 36 points. R/U: Lorraine McCarthy – 35 points.

    NTP: D Landells.

    Wednesday, September 2 – Monthly Medal

    Division 1: Winner Madeline Robinson – 75 ocb. R/U Sue Neil – 75.

    Madeline and Sue will play off next month for the medal.

    Division 2: Winner – Janice Eardley – 76 ocb. R/U Ris Cheale – 76.

    NTP: Division 1 – Sylvia Donohoe. Division 2 – Jan Boxsell.

    Please get your names in for the Molly George Day on Sunday, September 13.

    It is a mixed Medley to raise money for Junior Golf – which was a passion of Molly’s that we would like to continue. Importantly it is men against the women, and it is time the women retrieved the trophy – so help is required.

    9 Hole Ladies Golf stroke/putt competition 2/9/16

    Winner: J. Mapsom 46 net.

    Runner Up: I Whitty 48 net.

    Putting: Gerrard 15 putts

    Call 0408 366 726 for information to play 9 holes golf or ring 4476 1203 or just come along meet outside pro shop 9am Wednesdays.

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  • HDFNL – First flag sought


    EXPERIENCE: Leitchville/Gunbower’s Daniel Couwenberg – in action during the Bombers’ round 18 loss to North Bendigo – will provide assistance across the midfield.HISTORY beckons tomorrow for Leitchville/Gunbower and North Bendigo, with both sides vying to claim their first Heathcote District Football Netball League senior premiership.
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    The Bombers and Bulldogs have been the two form sides of the competition, thanks to pre-season recruiting and injury management.

    Both sides lost a combined total of three games between them this season, with the Bombers’ sole loss coming to the Bulldogs in round 18.

    Tomorrow’s match is the first time Leitchville/Gunbower has made the HDFNL grand final, with the Bulldogs losing to Lockington Bamawm United twice (2012 and 2014) and Colbinabbin (1998) in their past three grand final appearances.

    Despite this, both teams boast plenty of premiership experience, thanks to their key recruits.

    Leitchville/Gunbower’s Pascoe Vale contingent – consisting of Daniel Couwenberg, Daniel Meroli, Matt Perri and vice-captain, Steve Pretty – all played in an Essendon District Football League flag in 2011, with ruckman, Lee Pollock and midfielder Brendan Hancock tasting success with Golden Rivers Football League side Wakool in 2013.

    A further 11 Bombers players were part of the club’s 2012 under 17 premiership, whilst numerous others have felt the pressure of playing in a grand final.

    The Bulldogs boast plenty of grand final experience, thanks to their 2012 and 2014 efforts, whilst three key players have tasted premiership glory.

    Key forwards Sam Barnes and Brady Herdman both played in Wedderburn’s North Central Football League four-peat between 2011 and 2014, with ruckman Troy Kelm guiding Kerang to Central Murray Football Netball League success in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

    The battle between Kelm and Cam Ross – who will receive assistance from Pollock – will be pivotal to the result.

    Whichever midfield combination controls proceedings will win the grand final. The Bombers will look to Couwenberg, Helman, Bart Walsh and Hancock – who has not played this season against the Bulldogs – to provide plenty of ball to their forwards, but Sean Morris and Jaran McKay will have other ideas

    One player who will not take part for the Bulldogs is Michael Leech, who tore his he anterior cruciate ligament in last weekend’s preliminary final win against Colbinabbin. It is anticipated North Bendigo captain, Jordan Ford will take his place.

    Bulldog utility, Alex Shipard will be best suited to run with dangerous Bomber forward, Matt Perri, with Darcy Richards to battle Jake Truefeldt.

    As for the trio of Barnes, Herdman and Jeremy Mills, Bomber coach Matt Hawken will ask Hoby Bussey, Keiran Treacy and Pretty to work as a unit to prevent the Bulldogs from scoring as often as possible.

    The other factor to this match will be the weather. With an expected maximum of temperature of 21 degrees, the fact the Bulldogs have played during every weekend of the finals will be a mitigating factor come the last quarter of tomorrow’s match.

    PREDICTION: Leitchville/Gunbower will break its 20-year premiership drought with a 20-point victory.

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