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Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Role reversal: Ashley Delaney, a backstroker now also swimming freestyle. Photo: Simon Scluter.When Ashley Delaney made his first major national team, as a backstroker at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, team captain Grant Hackett was among the earliest to applaud. Yet although Hackett knew Delaney’s name, his time, and something of his joy, the veteran could not have imagined back then that, almost a decade later, both would be relay swimmers bound for next week’s world championships in Kazan, Russia.
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Delaney, reinvented as a versatile freestyler, is a member of a 4 x 100 metre squad missing injured superstar James Magnussen. Hackett, reborn as a mature-aged 4 x 200 metre swimmer after a seven-year retirement and some well-publicised personal difficulties, will be the oldest team member in Russia, with 100-metre breaststroke defending champion Christian Sprenger the middle peg between 35-year-old Hackett and Delaney, 29.

“I still look at him in awe,” says Delaney of the elder statesman. “He’s just a great guy, and a great swimmer. Now that he’s back on the team we’ve had chats and stuff, and it’s just been good to talk to him. He’s just got so much experience and respect around the team and he’s a good leader for the swimming team, as well.”

Delaney, as another of its senior citizens, is also in a different, happier, place these days. At this stage of the last Olympic cycle, the Beijing silver medallist was growing closer to needing a change after almost five years at the AIS; keen to return home to his family and friends in Melbourne.

The problem, as he now sees it, was in the timing. He returned late in 2011, leaving himself little chance to adjust to a new training regime before the 2012 Olympic trials. The cost was immense, with a shattered Delaney missing his first team since that 2006 debut. It was a difficult period for the swimming nut and aspiring coach/swim school owner, who nevertheless did his best to train through the London Games. “There was just a few times where I was …,” he trails off. When you didn’t have it in you? “Yeah.”

At that stage, Rio seemed even further away than the 13,214km Delaney still hopes to travel to a second Olympics next year. “Even some of my family of members asked ‘oh, do you think maybe that’s enough’?” he recalls, along with his reply that while his motivation remained intact, so did his ambitions to swim on. At the world championships in Barcelona the following year, Delaney won a silver medal in the medley relay, and swam a personal best en route to sixth in the 100 backstroke final. “So I knew that I still had my best swims in me.”

What came as a surprise, though, was the role Delaney’s freestyle would play. He had swum “a little bit of it” along the way, but never at nationals. Until last year, when the result for the long-time VIS scholarship-holder was an encouraging ninth. “So then this year I thought I might take it serious and try and sneak in for that relay, which I did, which was a little bit of a blessing in disguise, because my backstroke was a little bit off at that meet.”

Now, he wishes he had broadened his focus earlier in a career that has nevertheless brought a silver medal as a heat swimmer in the medley relay in Beijing Olympics, four medals – including three gold – at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, multiple national records and one Commonwealth mark.

“Definitely regretting that a little bit,” he laughs. “But in saying that it’s given me a little bit more excitement to my swimming, it’s given me something fresh to focus on. After doing the same thing year in, year out, racing the same races, to flip over onto my front has been something fresh. I was still motivated with my backstroke, but it’s sort of given me that little bit of a spark that I can actually do both strokes and be competitive as well.”

He hopes to make a second Olympic team in both disciplines next year, when Hackett will be the oldest, Sprenger next, and Delaney third in the seniority race if all goes to plan for the trio in Rio. ” It’s sort of tough, because people ask me about my age … (but) Geoff Huegill swam his best times at 32, 33, when he came back after he’d had a lot of time out of the water,” says the Sale-raised, Hawthorn-based swimmer.

“So I think if the motivation’s there and you’re doing the right training then you can still get the best out of yourself later on in life. And I started being serious about swimming quite late, at around 15, 16. You’ve got some kids who burn out around 18, 19, because they were winning age nationals from when they were 10. I only ever got a bronze medal at age nationals at age 18, so I feel like I’ve been hungry for a long time, and I still am.”

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Wickers’ finals hopes hurt further by Crows

Wickers’ finals hopes hurt further by Crows

HARD FOUGHT: Jake Hart (Beaufort), Michael Griffin (Creswick) and Brendan Foster (Beaufort) battle for the ball on Saturday. Pictures: Kate Healy.BEAUFORT ‘S five-goals-to-none second half sank Creswick on Saturday.
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A slender three-point margin at half time blew out to a 34-point Crows victory in front of adisbelieving Wickers crowd at Doug Lindsay Reserve.

Creswick matched Beaufort quarter by quarter until half time and the Crows only managed slenderleads because of the home side’sinaccurate kicking.

The Wickers coped well in the muddy conditions for most of the first half, before losing the plot in a scorelessthird term.

The return of ruckman Josh McDermott tothe Graintech Crows’ line-up was evident. It freed Jake Garvey andJarrod Trigg, who had juggled McDermott’s spot the week before.

McDermott was one of four changes to the team before the clash. Branden Sternberg, Brendan

Foster and Mike Cachia replaced Michael Foster, Rohan Brown, James Blackburn and Zach Lockie.

But nothing comes without cost – especially winning.

Skipper Damien Day may be out for the rest ofthe season with a compound fracture to a finger and goal-sneak Jack Duke was hampered with anankle problem.

Duke kicked a spectacular goal off the ground in a rolling wrestling matchduringthebreakaway third term.

Kyle Orr kicked three majors for the Crows and combined with Brendan Foster in aslick play that snagged a great goal in thefirst term.

Foster also got on the scoreboard, along with Levi Cox, Lee Marshall, Joe Mason, Lachie Pfeifer,Aaron Bones and Jake Hart.

Best players for the Crows included Zac Marrow, Steven Lodge and Sternberg.

Joel Berry and Brennan Deppeler were among the bestfor Creswick. Others included Joel Antonio, LukeRobertson and Alex Code.

Beaufort coach Dale Power celebrated the win after a string of close losses to Gordon, Buninyong and Hepburn in recent weeks.

“It’s been tight, frustrating. But we have to play four competitive quarters every week because wedon’t have the scoring capacities to do otherwise. A couple of losses lately could have gone eitherway,” he said.

“That’s footy. We have to roll with the punches.”

Creswick coach Damian Lubeek blamed the loss –which leaves the team 10 points adrift of the Central Highlands Football League top eight with four games to play–on a mental fade-out by his players.

“After the game I told the group I don’t have the answer. The fitness work they’ve been doing isfantastic. The training is really good. It was just above the shoulderstoday. That’s a real disappointingthing,” Lubeek said.

Tim Rieniets

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Magpies begin to fly with successive wins

Magpies begin to fly with successive wins

YOU BEAUTY: Clunes’ Jesse Baird celebrates a goal during Saturday’s 16-point victory over Rokewood-Corindhap. Picture: Kate Healy.
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CLUNEShas managed consecutive wins for the first time this season, after grindingout a 16-point victory over Rokewood-Corindhap.

In an intriguing affair between two inexperienced outfits, the Magpieseventually wore down their opponents to break away in the final term.

Until then, there was little between the two sides.

An even opening quarter saw Clunes lead by a solitary goal at the first change, whichwas reduced to just four points by half time.

Little changed in the third term, as the Magpies once again entered the final breakwith a six-point buffer.

Grasshoppers’ forward Aaron Clarke kicked truly in the opening minutes of the finalquarter to put his side in front, but Clunes quickly replied with a centre clearanceand goal.

From then on, the Magpies dominated.

In a game that was remarkably low-scoring until three quarter time, thingsquickly opened up for Clunes.

Suddenly it was able to find space in the forward line and hit the scoreboard, withJayden Hind (four goals) and Jesse Baird (three) proving a force in attack.

Joint-coach Jason Hill said his young side was able to find another gear in the last quarter.

“We carried the ball and broke the lines,” Hill said.

“At times we caught (the Grasshoppers) flat-footed on the rebound and I think that’swhere the difference was.

“We encouraged our quick runners and ball-users at three quarter time to tackle,tuck the ball under their wing and go with it.”

It was another missed opportunity for Rokewood-Corindhap, which performed wellin the midfield, but struggled to capitalise on its good work with scores.

Too often the Grasshoppers missed easy shots on goal or failed to hit targets in theirforward 50m.

Coach Michael Hynes described the result as “frustrating”.

“Our inability to use the football costs us week in, week out,” Hynes said.

“We continually don’t take our opportunities in the forward line and turn the footyover. Our last month of footy has been really good, and our contested footy, but wecontinually cough the ball up and don’t kick goals when we’re having easy set shots.

“It’s very disappointing and frustrating.”

Forward Cauis Barrenger was excellent for the Emerald Grain Grasshoppers, kicking three goals,while the performance of Jake Weston was also a highlight.

For the Magpies,utility Nick Hind showcased his class,as did Josh Lee.

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Tribute to a lost mate

Tribute to a lost mate

SOMBRE: Lee and Mitch Botting outside a debutante ball in Albury on Saturday night which paid tribute to their late son and brother, Spencer.FRIENDS of late teenager Spencer Botting have paid their respects to their friend during an emotional debutante ball in Albury.
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The popular 16-year-old, who was killed in a car crash in May, had been due to attend Saturday night’s event at the Albury Entertainment Centre.

Instead, his friends were remembering the former Wodonga Senior Secondary College and marking his life by donning red –his favourite colour.

Spencer’s family also attended and sat on the same table as Rylea Brooks, who had been due to go to the ball with Spencer.

Lee Botting said rather than getting easier to cope with, his son’s death was becoming more painful with time.

“We really miss him,” he said.

“At the start, I was expecting him to walk through the door every day.

“His brother said to me last week, ‘my brother’s not coming home, is he?’.

“That was tough.

“But there are so many reminders of Spencer which is great for us.

“All of his mates, they’ll never forget him.”

Rylea lit a red candle during Saturday night’s deb ball and broke down several times while reading out a speech remembering Spencer.

Spencer Flynn, who was a passenger in the utility that rolled at Staghorn Flat, also attended.

“He’s still suffering,” Mr Botting said.

“He looked me in the eye and said it has changed his life forever.”

Mr Botting is continuing to look at ways to educate young people on road safety so that other families won’t have to go through the pain of losing a loved one.

He hopes to use the utility involved in the fatal crash if possible, and take the vehicle to young people to show them the impact of road trauma.

“The kids want it themselves,” he said.

“They all want something positive to come from this.”

Officers from the Major Collision Investigation Unit, which is investigating the crash, will head to the Border this week to conduct interviews.

FLAME: Rylea Brooks lights a candle in memory of Spencer. Picture: DYANNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Strategy reveals vision for 2040

Strategy reveals vision for 2040

Councillors look set to approve the Today, Tomorrow, Together: Ballarat Strategy which outlines a plan for the city next 25 years. A 25-YEAR plan to shape Ballarat’s future looks set to be approved by city’scouncillors.
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The draft Today, Tomorrow, Together: Ballarat Strategy will come before Wednesday night’s Ballarat City Council meeting. It follows more than two years of publicconsultation

Its purpose is to show how the city will ideally look in 2040, focusing on development, transport, economic, environmental and land use issues. Two of its main plansinclude making Ballarat a “10-minute city” and turning the town greener.

An officer’s report to the council says the “10-minute city” concept promotes more local neighbourhood centres within the larger town, so that residents can carry out their day-to-day shopping and access services and businesses within 10 minutes of home.

Following almost two years of community consultation, including more than 6,500 individual submissions and ideas, the draft Ballarat Strategy was released for comment in April 2015.

In the last six weeks of publicconsultation 64 submissions were received including 50 in support of the plan, 10 generally supported the the plan but requested minor changes. Onlytwo said thestrategy fell short of their expectations.

The strategy was formed from community discussions since early 2013, including Ballarat Imagine, 10 Game Changing Questions and the Preliminary Ballarat Strategy.

Ballarat Imagine asked residents to provide feedback on community values and collective aspirations for the town via postcards, social media and online, resulting in more than 6000 responses.

The Council’sstrategic plannerCaroline Reisacher said in her report that giventhat thousands of ideasand submissions wereconsidered to date, it was an“overwhelmingly positive result.”

Ms Reisacher said asmall number of submissions requested refinement of the document, often focusing on wording, local issues, specific projects or specific pieces of land.

She said allsuggestions have been reviewed and the document updated where possible.

Ballarathas more than100,000 residents which is expectedto swellto more than 160,000 people by 2040.

If the strategy is approved, the council will submit a request to the state government requesting an amendmentto the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

To view the document, visit 梧桐夜网ballarat.vic.gov419论坛

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Big second half for Power

Big second half for Power

Linda Clifford
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ANOTHER step has been taken in Kolora-Noorat’s path to cementing its place in the top three.

At Noorat on Saturday the Power were too good for Russells Creek winning 35-29.

The Kangaroos took it up to the home side in the opening two quarters and at half-time an upsetwas brewing with Russells Creek leading 20-16.

But it was the wake-up call Kolora-Noorat needed, producing a telling third quarter where they stole the lead with a 9-3 burst.

They finished the job in the last quarter with wing attack Claire O’Connor best on court and Linda Clifford shooting 21 goals.

Kolora-Noorat coach Glenice Justin said she was happy with her teams performance.

“The most pleasing thing was the way we came back after being down at half-time,” Justin said.

“Credit to Russells Creek, they played well which we were expecting, there are no easy games this season.

“At half-time I put it on the girls to work really hard and they responded really well and by half way through the third quarter we were back in front.

“The aim is to finish top three because in such an even competition that double chance is going to be so valuable.”

The loss is a damaging one for the Kangaroos who have now dropped six points from the top five.

Six-placedMerrivale did its finals chances no harmwith a 47-28 win over East Warrnambool.

Kate Ryan, Chantelle Moloney and Danielle McInerney were the stars for the Tigers while Tanaya Harradine was the Bombers best.

It was the Tigers seventh win for the season and puts them just a game outside the top five, chasing Allansford and Timboon Demons who have eight wins.

The Cats were comfortable winners over Deakin University on Saturday, cruising to a 57-37 victory.

Stephanie Jamieson had a game to remember shooting 43 goals while Liz Bryne was also a good performer in the centre.

For TimboonDemons wins are proving hard to come by, losing their second game in a row when they went down to Old Collegians 50-44.

The Demons were up and about early and at quarter-time they led 12-9 and had the unbeaten Warriors on the back foot.By half-time the Warriors had reduced the margin to one goal before taking their game to another level in the second half and sealing win number 14.

Kylie Grayland was best on court for the Warriors while the dynamic duo, Steph Townsend and Sophie Ballinger, were again dominant in goals.The Demons leading goal scorer was coach Hayley Plozza with 24 while wing defence Sharni Smethurst was the teams best player.

The Dennington juggernaut continues to steamroll anything that gets in its way with the victim on Saturday being South Rovers.A 17-8 first quarter paved the way for the Dogs to have a percentage boostingvictory, finishing with a 63-21 scoreline when the final whistle sounded.

Captain Lana Keane was a star for the Dogs at goal keeper and also drifted forward briefly to shoot three goals.It was Kate Burt who done most of the damage in the goal ring shooting 44 while JessicaHaberfield shot 16.The Dogs also had control through the midcourt with Rebecca Madden at wing attack and Victoria Davies in centre controlling play.

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Man of principle

Man of principle

Home: Ken and Audrey at their Tolland home in Wagga. The couple are now dual citizens in Australia and America after becoming Australian citizens in 1996.“My story is very typical of many educators, I didn’t start out to be a teacher, I thought I was going to be a minister to the Lutheran Church,” Dr Ken Albinger said.
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After studying for four years to become a minister he realised he was meant to be a teacher and transferred.

In what ended up being 51 years in the Lutheran school system, his presence certainly would have been missed if he had gone down the path of being a minister.

During his career he has held some of the highest positions within Lutheran schools, completed a masters degree and doctorate, changed the way Lutheran teachers were trained and has a very positive view on what education can be in the future.

He didn’t jump into the high positions, he started where most do, as a teacher and moved to working as principal before moving into the administration side of the schooling system.

A fiercely humble man, you wouldn’t know about any of those achievements unless you ask.

“What does one actually achieve? Essentially you try to be a faithful steward of whatever responsibility you’re given,” Dr Albinger said.

Speaking with a slight accent and sitting comfortably in his Tolland home, Dr Albinger and his wife Audrey love their home in Wagga but it is a long way from where they first met.

The couple are originally from America, and first met when they were both studying to become teachers at Concordia Teachers College in Nebraska.

Audrey finished her study six months before Dr Albinger and was sent to California to teach.

“I went in for an interview and they asked where I wanted to go and I said California. They asked why and I said because I am engaged to a lady who is teaching in California and they said ‘well son, in the church the women follow the men, the men don’t follow the women, so they assigned me to Philadelphia,” he said.

The couple were married the following July in 1964 with their first daughter, Dawn, born the following year.

A few years later, they had their second daughter, Danielle, before moving to Iowa, Audrey’s home town where they had their third child, a boy, Chad. Their fourth child, Nathan, was born in South Australia in Loxton.

A shortage of teachers in Australia saw the Lutheran schools reaching out to America to fill the void.

Dr Albinger wrote to the Lutheran Church of Australia for more information on the positions.

Instead of more information, he was offered a position at the Loxton Lutheran Parish School as principal.

Adventure: The passport photo that started his journey to Australia in 1973.

They packed what belongings they could fit into seven 44 gallon drums which included linen, clothes and books. These drums were loaded onto a ship and transported to Australia.

The young family left for Australia during a blizzard in Iowa and landed in Australia a week later, welcomed to Adelaide with a dust storm.

In 1973, long haul flights didn’t exist and their trip consisted of a series of short hauls from Iowa to California to Hawaii, Noumea, Sydney, Melbourne and finally Adelaide.

At that stage, their three children were aged seven, four and two.

“After 35 or 40 hours travel we arrived with some very tired children,” Dr Albinger said.

“It was 104 degrees (Fahrenheit, 40 degrees C). When we stepped onto the tarmac it was semi-fluid because it was so hot.

“The people from Loxton had met us and one of them was going to drive us back so we hopped in his white Kingswood and were driven the three and a half hours to Loxton.

“By the time we got there we were exhausted to put it mildly.”

Family: Ken and Audrey with their three children Dawn, Danielle and Chad before they left the states for Australia. Their youngest son, Nathan, was born in Loxton, Australia. The young family left Iowa in a blizzard and were welcomed to Adelide by a dust storm.

During his five years at Loxton the school increased from 89 students to 210.

At the completion of this job, the family was planning on going back to the US but decided to stay as teachers and principals were still needed in Australia.

After accepting a role at Grace Lutheran Primary School in Redcliffe, Queensland, the family relocated again.

Although he believed he was taking up the role as principal, upon arrival he was told the school was starting a high school.

For two years he developed the high school which started with just 16 enrolments. Today the school has 1653 students.

Leader: Ken (centre) with staff at Grace Lutheran Primary School. He worked as principal at the school for three years, two of which were spent developing the school’s high school.

Starting the high school was quite stressful and saw Dr Albinger have a serious accident on the playground damaging his left knee.

“I went into the hospital to get it fixed and they said it was cartilage. So I went to sleep thinking it was cartilage and woke up in plaster from my groin to by big toe,” he said.

It was discovered he had damaged the cruciate ligament and did a knee reconstruction.

“That was fine except I got golden staph, and I almost died before they found out what I had,” he said.

“They had to cut a hole in the plaster and when they did it just ballooned.”

Arthritis followed and eventually he got the knee replaced.

“It was very stressful and I felt that I needed to move on and was offered a position at a small school in the Barossa valley,” Dr Albinger said.

“As it turns out, that small school had just been given 27 acres and they were going to build a new school.”

When he started, the school had about 80 students and five years later there were around 200 in a new campus.

“It was like Loxton all over again, it was a good time, I was really enjoying my work and I told the family we’ll stay here for a while, it’s a lovely place to live,” Dr Albinger said.

Due to the massive growth in all Lutheran schools across the country, Queensland and South Australia both appointed directors for Lutheran schools.

The first person they appointed was a businessman – not an educator. It was quickly evident that an educator was needed in the position.

Dr Albinger was recruited back to Queensland in 1986 to take up the position as the second director for Lutheran Schools in Queensland which he stayed in until 1999.

Although in the position he was working upwards of 90 hours a week travelling around to schools which were expanding rapidly he undertook his masters degrees in curriculum studies (how curriculum is developed and delivered in schools).

“It must have been a bad year, I ended up taking out all the prizes for top scholarship in the master program,” Dr Albinger said.

He was offered scholarships to work on his doctorate and he decided to look at the Lutheran school system.

“I had noticed that a number of principals lost their jobs when their boards didn’t like what they were doing or there was some kind of stress,” he said.

“They would make what I considered crazy decisions and they end up losing their work and I couldn’t understand why. I thought it needed research.”

After 13 years in the position of director, Dr Albinger decided it was time to step down and let someone else take over the role.

This gave him the opportunity to work on his doctorate and develop his teacher education program, getting teachers ready to work in Lutheran schools. The program stemmed from the study he completed in his Master’s Degree.

Educated: Dr Albinger’s Degrees, Masters and Doctorate hanging proudly on his office wall. He completed his doctorate in 2005 at 65 years of age.

He started as head teacher in Adelaide and eventually the program spread to Queensland where he found a lecturer.

But in 2002 that lecturer left partway through the year, leaving the program in Queensland without a staff member and nobody to go there.

His passion for the program he developed was obvious when he moved back to Queensland to keep it going.

“Essentially my understanding of my work is as a servant, I’m in service to the church and however my gifts and abilities can be used that’s what I want to do,” he said.

In 2008 the church requested he retire but he wasn’t ready to stop working so sought out a new position, this time in Canada.

At the end of October the same year they packed up their lives and headed to Edmonton Alberta and back to being a principal.

“Unfortunately the school wasn’t in good financial situation – we couldn’t keep it going,” Dr Albinger said.

At the end of the school year (June) in 2012 the school was closed.

Despite being 72 he still felt he could be service to Lutheran schools and got in touch with the National Director for Lutheran Schools, Stephen Rudolph.

Mr Rudolph was the founding principal of Lutheran School Wagga and convinced Dr Albinger to take on the role of principal.

Dr Ken Albinger took over the job as principal of Lutheran School Wagga in 2012 after working around Australia, America and in Canada.

“My job as I saw it was to breathe some fresh life into the program at the school,” Dr Albinger said.

“Change can be dangerous, it’s a two-edged sword.

“In any situation if you’re an agent of change there is always a price. Not everyone has been happy with the changes that had been made at the school, generally we have prospered but enrollments have generally remained the same.”

Unlike the 80s Lutheran schools now have to fight for their share of the market but Dr Albinger believes the Lutheran philosophy will continue to attract parents.

“What makes Lutheran schools special in my opinion is their commitment to the understanding that every person, every single person, is created by God for a purpose,” he said.

“A school’s job is to help the families of their students uncover the students’ gifts and abilities and develop them for a purpose.

“That purpose, obviously, is to make a contribution to the world.

“It is an overriding understanding of that that says if everyone is important, everyone’s gifts are important then everybody is worthy of our attention care and concern.”

Although he is now retired from Lutheran School Wagga due to age and health considerations, he hasn’t finished serving Lutheran schools.

He plans to continue his mentor work with young principals and work with others as well as writing a book.

Using his experience within the Lutheran schooling system, his book will develop a philosophy for Lutheran schooling which will be appropriate for the church in an era where not all staff are from the Lutheran tradition.

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An authentic Aussie yarn

An authentic Aussie yarn

LITTLE RIPPER: Henty author Terry Richardson has penned a mystery set in Wagga and surrounds.
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HENTY author Terry Richardson writes stories based in realism.

The retired Fire and Recue NSW officer and former cop is celebrating his second ripping tale, The Justice Force.

Richardson’s new bundle of joy is set on our own streets, a mystery based in Wagga and surrounds.

The genuine Aussie bloke puts his authentic stamp on this story of a detective who notices a pattern in the deaths of the state’s most wanted.

The detective must wrestle with his conscience and his loyalties to get to the bottom of a powerful mystery.

Richardson, a dyed-in-the-wool league fan, again brings a real Australian character to his story, which has touches of intrigue and plenty of mirth to keep the reader turning the pages.

With the author’syears spent in the emergency services and the Riverina connection, The Justice Force is a genuinepearler.

The Justice Force is now available at in atThe Book Shop in theMarketplaceand the Henty Newsagency as wellas online through Xilbris (bookstore.xlibris南京夜网).

The Justice Force

Quick-fire questionsMy earliest memory is … 1960, prior to starting school at Rhodes, Sydney

When I was a child I wanted to be … a doctor or a professional footballer

My parents always said … I was too cheeky

The greatest moment in my life was … meeting Linda (wife of 40 years)in July, 1971

In four words, I am … Old-fashioned, polite, open and concerned

I wish I’d never … left school at 15 years of age

I often wonder … if there is life in some form in space

When I want to spoil myself … open a beer and a good book

The first thing I reach for on Sunday morning is … a cup of tea

The hardest thing I’ve done in my life is … retire from Fire and Rescue NSW

My ideal day would be spent … with all of my ten grandkids together

I love … Australia, before we went soft

In life, I have learned … you cannot please everyone

My pet dislike is … political correctness

I can’t live without … my wife Linda

Before I die I would love to … watch rugby league live in England, NZ and USA

If I could invite any five people to dinner they would be …Allan Moffat, Paul Gallen, Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown),Julie Bishop and Sandra Bullock.

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Marsh’s crucial impact

Marsh’s crucial impact

Mitch Marsh. Picture: Getty Images.Australia are likely tohave about five sessions to bowl England out for a second time and complete victory in the secondAshesTest after they remained in a commanding position on Saturday,helped by two crucial breakthroughs by Mitchell Marsh that served to justify his promotion here ahead of Shane Watson.
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Ben Stokes (87) and Alastair Cook (96) looked destined for hundreds during a lengthy partnership that hadrestored hope for England but when they bothfell at the hands of Australia’s new all-rounder the tourists’ chances of squaring the series by Monday were enhanced significantly.

Clarke, as is his custom, did not enforce the follow-on despite Australia exceeding England’s first-innings 312 by 254 and the only question now is when he will declare the second innings. That began to plan late on Saturday as Chris Rogers (44not out) and David Warner (60not out) led Australia to stumps at 0-108.The overall lead is now 362. There are are no shortage of runs to be made on this Lord’s pitch butthe highest ever successful fourth-innings chase at the home of cricketwas the West Indies’ 1-344 in1984.

The key moments of the day were undoubtedly the departures of Cook and Stokes, who had set themselves for the kind of marathon union that England were searching for in their bid to save this match.

It had seemed three figures and beyond was an inevitability for Cook – who hasnever scored a century in an Ashes Test at home – as he produced atypically obdurate display, determined not to give victory to Australia despite thecollapse of his top order the afternoon before.

Just before tea, however, and crucially only two overs before the new ball was due, he drove at a ball that angled across him from Marsh and made contact only with the inside edge of his bat. It careered intohis stumps and Cook dropped to his haunchesin disappointment at himself. From there, theEngland tail did not last long as Mitchell Johnson (3-53) and Josh Hazlewood (3-68) swooped.

Stokes earlier had himself to blame as much as Marsh when he also clipped a ball that stayed low back onto his stumps.

Marsh, used in short bursts by Clarke from the Pavilion End, couldn’t claim to have knocked over the duo with unplayable deliveries. There was nothing special about them but there is also no footnotes on the scoreboard. They all count andno more can have been asked of the 23-year-old on Saturday then to take down Cook and Stokes.

“It was nice to get those wickets like that. Itdoesn’t matter how you get them,” Marsh said. “I’ll take a few more chop-ons in the second innings, I’d be happy to have them.

“(With) the attack we’ve got I’m certainly not going to come out and try to blast blokes out.Butwherever the skipper needs me I just want to be there for him and bowl whenever. Hopefully I can do that in the second innings and take a few wickets.

“We’ve got ourselves in a great position now to drive the game. Hopefully we bat well tomorrow and we can put England under some pressure tomorrow afternoon and on day five.I’m sure Michael’s got a total in mind (for England to chase). He’ll talk to us before the game tomorrow or even tonight. I’m not sure but I imagine it will be around the 450 to 500 mark hopefully if we bat well tomorrow.”

Stokes said: “We’vegot to get our heads around that we’re probably going to have to batabout 150 overs to try and save the game.If there’s ever a wicket todo it on, it’s this one.”

Marsh ended with 2-23 from his eight overs, just the kind of contribution selectors desire from their fourth seamer in support of the frontline attack. The man he replaced at Lord’s, Shane Watson, spent some time on the ground on Saturday, fielding at first slip in place of Adam Voges, who sat out the day with a bruised hip from aStokes sweep he wore at short-leg on Friday afternoon.”I think it’s just a part of being in Dad’s Army…his bones are a bit brittle”, Marsh joked of Voges.

As for Watson, he put on his own show, playing up to the broadcaster’s cameras with his shirt off in the dressing room later in the day.

The more Marsh performs in the middle, though, the furtherWatsonwill be away from another opportunity.

While the new all-rounder collected the two big wickets, Johnson was unlucky his figures were not even better. He hadCook dropped by Steve Smith at square leg on 63 and then after celebrating what looked a brilliant low catch by Peter Nevill of Jos Buttler, the third umpireChris Gaffaney judged the ball to have touched the grass.

Hazlewood, whose pitch map looks like a dollop of tomato sauce has been dropped on the strip so precise is he,was also excellent while Nathan Lyon (1-53), who ended up having Buttler(13)caught behind, could have had another if not for umpire Kumar Dharmasenaturning down his lbw appeal against Moeen Ali (39) when the ball appeared to be taking a big piece of leg stump.

Warner was later fortunate himself not to be caughtbefore scoring by Adam Lyth, who made a mess of an edge that he should have taken at gully. Lyth’s contribution to this match is now a second-ball duck, one maiden over and a dropped catch.

Marsh then left the post-day press conference, where the team’s player of the day is usually sent,making no doubt about his own ambitions for Sunday.

“Hopefully I’ll see you back in heretomorrow night,” he said.

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Blacks belted by ‘Tahs

Blacks belted by ‘Tahs

HEAVY LOSS: Griffith inside centre Alapati Taifai looks for options as Waratahs defenders Matt Shortis (left) and Tim Corcoran come in to make a tackle at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday. Picture: The Daily Advertiser
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AN UNDERMANNED Blacks outfit have slumped to its second since the Southern Inland splitto fall further down the pecking order.

Griffith came into the split thirdbut Waratahs have moved around them following a 57-10 win at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.

Missing some of its best players including co-coaches Nick Gleeson and Matt Vitucci as well as premiership players Chris Latu, Dan Dowson andLafa Lale, the Blacks struggled to contain the firing Wagga outfit.

Waratahs ran in eight tries to oneto take the coveted third spot with three more games beforefinals.

Finishing third enables a second chance come finals time but Gleeson is more concerned about getting his team to play its best football.

Gleeson wasdisappointed in his team’s performance despite missing 10 players.

“In the first half there was patches were we turned up to play as well as the first 10 minutes of the second half but after that we missed a bit of quality and direction whichthose (missing) players bring,” Gleeson said.

“There were players there that stood up and tried to lead us around whichwas good.”

Michael Stalley led from the front which Enoch Tia was strong after stepping up from third gradebut they didn’t have enough answers for the Waratahs’ attack.

Trailing 15-3 at half-time Waratahs scored early in the second half before Manning Doughty hit back for Griffith.

The Hay forward’s try reduced the margin back to 12 points but from there the Waratahs outside men went to a new level.

Letting in five more tries in the second half, the Blacks defence couldn’t handle the pressure to slump to their biggest loss of the season

The Blacks will host their home game as Tumut at Hay on Saturday as they look to bounce back into the winners list.

Gleeson is hoping to have a few more players to call upon to tackle the Bulls, who scored a narrow win over Ag College to remain in fifth, and play like they did in the loss to Leeton two weeks ago.

“Last week we played with a similar team and played a lot better than that and really took it to Leeton,” Gleeson said. “I was a bit disappointed we didn’t win that game and we need to get back to how we got back to how we played against Leeton.”

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Two men charged over Cessnock prison contraband

Two men charged over Cessnock prison contraband

Two men will appear in court after allegedly attempting to bring a loaded firearm and prohibited drugs into a correctional facility in Cessnock.
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Two men, a 26-year-old from Smithfield and a 22-year-old from Eastwood, attempted to drive into the car park of the facilityabout 10.20amSaturday.

NSW Police attached to the Central Hunter Target Action Group, and Corrective Security Operations Group officers, were conducting a joint operation and searched their vehicle.

They allegedly located and seized a loaded handgun, 1.89 grams of white powder, believed to be cocaine, $4960 in cash, and five mobile phones.

The two men were taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with numerous offences including an outstanding arrest warrant, possess unregistered firearm, possess firearm without licence, not comply with safe storage of firearm, introduce firearm into correctional centre, possess prohibited drug, introduce prohibited drug into correctional facility, possess prohibited weapon, introduce prohibited weapon into correctional facility and deal with proceeds of crime.

They were refused bail to appear before Maitland Bail Court on Sunday,July 19, 2015.

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Steamers wrap up top spot

Steamers wrap up top spot

TRY TIME: Tom Boyle launches himself to the try-line in the Steamers’ dominant top of the table win at Murrayfield. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICKDYNAMIC winger Sam Allen has helped the Steamers close in on the minor premiership with an outstanding display at Murrayfield on Saturday.
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The blue and golds dominated the top of the table clash with Leeton, converting a 29-13 halftime leadinto a 49-22 victory.

The win gives the Steamers a handy buffer at the top of the table with three rounds to finals and the week off for the minor premier.

Coach Mick Raynes said he hasn’t seen a winger have so much influence on a game.

“His running just created a momentum that the wholeteam bought into,” he said.

“A lot of the work is done inside butSamtook his own game to another level on Saturday.

”At one stageRichie Manion put up a bomb, there were two Leeton guys converging from both directions and they just hesitated for a fraction of a second and Sam hit the afterburners,took the ball out of the air and thenbeat two others to score –it was freakishly good.”

Raynes said it was a clinical first half performance.

“We dominated the first half and that came after spending sometimetalkingabout ourslow starts butlike the Tumut game we played to our game plan, kept themout of the red zone and executed our plays better than the previousweek,” he said.

“But it was the likes of Jean-Laurent Pozzobon, who must have racked up 30 tackles, Dan Cottrell in the line-out and Lex Botha out wide who reallystood out with Allen.

“The second half was a little scrappy but we now control our own destiny for the minor premiership.”

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Circus fun at Yenda school

Circus fun at Yenda school

CIRCUS TIME: Pupils at St Therese School had a great time on their circus-themed day. Picture: Supplied
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FUN: The circus-themed day was a highlight of the term for pupils at the school. Picture: Supplied

ST Therese School held a circus-themed day recently.

Pupils were asked to dress in anything related to the circus.

The school library was transformed into a circus tent with a parachute hanging from the ceiling.

A mural was painted and put up on the wall and the students drew portraits of clowns that were also put up.

A number of pupils wrote a play to perform to the younger students and the teachers.

There was also a chance for pupils to learn how to juggle and other circus skills.

St Therese is also conducting the Open Days of Discovery Program, which is an eight week program for children who will begin primary school in 2016.

The program aims to provide children the chance to experience school and have fun with older children.

It has proven successful.

The school community would also like to invite residents to become a permanent part of Yenda’s history.

The Sisters of St Joseph Commemorative Garden will provide an enduring link between the past, present and future.

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