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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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Blues battle mud to beat Bulldogs

Blues battle mud to beat Bulldogs

WASHING machines will be running around the clock after Ballan overcame the heavy conditions and Smythesdale on Saturday.
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The Bluesheld the Bulldogs goalless to record a 134-point win in the mud at home to keep a firm grip on seventh spot.

Ballan hit its straps with a seven-goal third term, ignited by the play of the day from midfielder Shaun Campbell. Campbell’s mid-air volley from the centre clearance hit Sam Hitchings, who found Dan King for the third of his seven goals.

Smythesdale coach Stephen Frys praised the efforts of his charges, despite losing three players to injury.

“I’m very proud of our effort today, we made them work for it. Our attack on the footy was pleasing,” Frys said.

The Bulldogs lost midfielders John Cranny and Aaron Cameron to shoulder issuesand Stephen Smith to a possible rib injury.

The Dogs were best served by Rylan Rattley, Damien Kennedy and Mark Hocking, who never stopped working despite a one-man bench and the trying conditions. For the Blues,King, Campbell,Kyle Doyle andDanny Mullane led the way.

After the win, Ballan coach Mark Williams spoke about the future in light of his new two-year contract.

“We want to keep this list together. We have seven or eight players aged between 21-25 and another nine in the 25-28 bracket, so the future’s looking good. Today was very pleasing, the boys got the job done,” he said.

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10 QuestionsParis Shacklock

10 QuestionsParis Shacklock

1. Who inspires you?
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There are two people really. John Nash, who was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and was the inspiration behind A Beautiful Mind. The other is Martin Luther King.

Mental health advocate and Devonfield Enterprises employee Paris Shacklock. Picture: Katrina Docking.

2. What are you reading and how do you like to relax and wind down at the weekend?

I’ve just started reading the basics of political science for university. And the way that I relax at the weekend is by watching a movie and having a couple of glasses of Bundaberg Rum.

3. What thing couldn’t you live without and what are your three favourite things?

The one thing I couldn’t live without would be my internet connection; particularly my email. My three favourite things are food, four-wheel drives and all of the people I know.

4. If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and what would you eat?

Prince William. And we would have a scotch fillet steak.

5. What do you know now that you wish you had known before?

The basics of topics like sociology and political science. But in saying that, life is about learning.

6. If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?

An improvement in the social fabric of our community. It’s unfortunate that we have people from disadvantaged backgrounds in our community and I wish there was more opportunity for self-improvement so that we could all get along together.

7. Do you have a favourite place?

My couch chair. Because it’s comfy and it allows me to ponder the universe.

8. Most embarrassing moment?

I was 23 years old and in my second year of university during my agricultural science diploma. The class organised to all get Canterbury rugby tops and I was so excited about mine when it arrived that I put it on straight away.I was in the cafeteria getting a coffee when a friend of mine came up to me and told me I’d left the tag on. She pulled it off but there was about 100 people in there at the time.

9. What’s a defining moment in your life?

There’s so many. But probably receiving the top performance award for agricultural science diploma class.

10. What do you daydream about?

Farming ventures. I’d love to have my own farm one day to run beef cattle and maybe have a couple of paddocks of poppies.

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Defenders help Blues take bite out of Bulldogs

Defenders help Blues take bite out of Bulldogs

GOT IT: Panmure goal keeper Eliza Smith can’t prevent Nirranda goal attack Joanna Couch from getting to the ball first. Picture: Rob Gunstone.
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DEFENDER Rose Delaney has added another string to her bow and led her team to a valuable win along the way.

Delaney was best on court in Nirranda’s 48-36 win over Panmure at Nirranda.

With regular goal keeper Callen Bourke missing the game, Delaney moved from her normal posting at goal defence to fill the void left by Bourke.

It was a successful tranistion as she teamed well with Georgia Haberfield at wing defence to give the Blues a winning edge.

Nirranda coach Anna Murnane said she was thrilled with the way her team fought out such a tight contest.

“We were a couple of goals up at quarter time and then they came back and leveled the score and the game was still in the balance at three-quarter-time,” Murnane said.

“But the girls played well for the whole game and we were able to keep going and finish it off in the last quarter.

“We are just going out there trying to win every time we play and if we make finals that is a bonus.”

The Blues are seventh,just one game from the top five.

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Drink drivers ‘locked out’

Drink drivers ‘locked out’

INTERLOCK: Crocker’s Auto Electrical Service installs interlock devices.
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DRINK-DRIVERS convicted of high-range or repeat offences are having to pay thousands of dollars to have alcohol interlock devices fitted to their vehicles.But it is hoped the impost will save lives and give offenders the chance to get back on the road sooner – legally and sober.Legislation making interlocks mandatory came into effect in NSW on February 1.An interlock is a breath-testing device connected to a vehicle’s ignition.

If the interlock detects alcohol on the driver’s breath it prevents the vehicle starting.

A Riverina court is now regularly imposing interlocks on drivers who are convicted of high-range drink driving or repeated mid-range.The drivers must first serve a driving disqualification period before they can apply for an interlock licence.The minimum period for an interlock device is 12 months.Costs of installing and servicing interlocks are paid for by the driver and can be around $2200 a year.

Drivers who fail to meet interlock requirements can be banned from driving for an additional five years.

“It’s early days yet, but I think overall it’s a good piece of legislation to get people back on the road sooner and able to get on with their lives,” said Wagga criminal lawyer, David Barron.

“And it’s a good prevention because every time they get in the car they are reminded (about drink-driving) because they have to blow in the machine.

“Their passengers are also reminded, as well.

“It has a real deterrence effect.”

Mr Barron said interlock was not a cheap option, but points to financial assistance that can be given to people short on cash.

According to the Centre for Road Safety, interlock service providers offer a concession rate of 35 per cent off the standard cost of installing, leasing, servicing and removing interlocks for people who have afull rate pensioner concession card, a health care card or a Department of Veterans Affairs gold card.

A number of safeguards are in place to stop people gettingaround their interlocks.For example, the device takes a photo of a person blowing into the device and requires drivers to pull over and provide samples throughout a journey.

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Footy fantastic at BeechwoodPhotos

Footy fantastic at BeechwoodPhotos

Footy fantastic at Beechwood | Photos THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO
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THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

THERE was an excellent afternoon of rugby league and rugby union at Beechwood on Saturday afternoon. Pics: MATT ATTARD and IVAN SAJKO

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GALLERY, VIDEO: Orange City overcome slow start to run down Cowra Eagles

GALLERY, VIDEO: Orange City overcome slow start to run down Cowra Eagles Orange City took on Cowra in Blowes Clothing Cup action. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718rugby16
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Orange City took on Cowra in Blowes Clothing Cup action. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718rugby17

Orange City took on Cowra in Blowes Clothing Cup action. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718rugby18

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Orange City took on Cowra in Blowes Clothing Cup action. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718rugby1

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Mounts score crucial victory

Mounts score crucial victory

FOCUSED: North Bendigo’s Jacqueline Button sets up another attack in the match against Heathcote. Picture: GLENN DANIELS MOUNT Pleasant is still a chance of figuring in this season’s Heathcote District Netball Association A-grade finals series.
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The Blues scored a crucial 23-goal victory in Saturday’s play against Elmore at Toolleen.

A 43-20 result lifted Mounts’ points tally to 22.

The seventh-placed Blues moved within two points of Huntly and Lockington-Bamawm United at the end of the 13th round.

Line-ups in second to fourth on the ladder recorded emphatic victories.

The second-placed North Bendigo scored a 58-goal win at Superior Roofing Oval in Atkins Street.

Colbinabbin won at Lockington by 21 goals.

The third-placed Grasshoppers beat the Cats, 51-30.

Closest contest of the afternoon was at Leitchville-Gunbower where the fourth-placed Bombers beat Huntly by 13 goals.

White Hills had the bye.

A-grade ladder: White Hills 11 won 1 lost 0 drawn 1 bye 182 per cent 52 points; North Bendigo 11 2 0 1 185 48; Colbinabbin 10 3 0 1 168 44; Leitchville-Gunbower 8 3 1 2 141 42; Huntly 5 8 0 1 101 24; LBU 4 8 0 2 88 24; Mt Pleasant 4 8 1 1 85 22; Elmore 1 11 0 2 37 12; Heathcote 1 11 0 2 31 12.

Highlight of next Saturday’s 15th round will be the showdown between top teams, White Hills and North Bendigo at Scott Street.

The fifth-placed Huntly and sixth-placed Lockington-Bamawm Unitedclash on the Hawks’ court at Strauch Reserve.

Elmore hosts Leitchville-Gunbower, and Heathcote faces Mount Pleasant.

Colbinabbin has the bye.

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Royal Blues stun St Arnaud

Royal Blues stun St Arnaud

PADDLE: Donald’s Josh Reichman tries to keep the ball alive against Wedderburn’s Ben Dearaugo in round 13. Picture: JASON SMITHDONALD has announced itself as a legitimate premiership contender in the North Central Football League, comfortably beating St Arnaud by 55 points on Saturday.
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The two sidesfought out a thrilling top-of-the-table-clash earlier in the season, with the Saints prevailing by 20 points.

But as the toptwo sides met again at Lord Nelson Park at St Arnaud, itwas the Royal Blues who proved too strong on Saturday, winning 14.11 (95) to 5.10 (40).

Donald did what most sides this year have struggled to do, quelling the Saints’ ability to score heavily.

St Arnaud had just one goal to its name by the main break as the Royal Blues slammed home six to lead by 31 points.

Donald hung tough again to win the third term despite a lift by the Saints, with the 38-point, three-quarter-time margin proving too large to reel in.

Seamus Young booted four goals for the Royal Blues as Glen Wyatt, BrodyHaddow and Josh Reichman chimed in with two-apiece.

For the Saints, five players booted singles as Nick Baldwin and Caleb Bloomer were the standout performers.

St Arnaud remains atop the table in the league, but has had is advantage cut to one game.

Donald remains second.

In other matches, Boort trailed by just 24 points at half-time against Charlton, but was blown away in the second half to go down by 102 points.

Wycheproof-Narraport shocked Wedderburn with a 96-point belting.

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Cummings takes Tour de France stage victory

Cummings takes Tour de France stage victory

JUBILANT: Stephen Cummings celebrates victory at the finish of stage 14 in the Tour de France at Mende.Stephen Cummings celebrated Nelson Mandela Day in style for his African team MTN-Qhubeka by taking a historic first Tour de France stage victory on Saturday.
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The 34-year-old Briton timed his effort to perfection as he outwitted French pair Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot to win the 178.5km trek from Rodez to Mende.

“It’s my first time (winning a Tour stage) and just to be here it’s a dream,” said Cummings.

“When I did it in Vuelta (a Espana), I thought ‘I did it in the Vuelta, so why not in the Tour’, but it’s not as simple as that,” he added.

Michael Rogers (30th overall) and Adam Hansen were the best of the Australians just under 10 minutes behind Cummings.

Compatriot Richie Porte was well back at the tail of the field after getting a puncture while trying to rejoin his teammates with bidons.

Chris Froome tightened his grip on the leader’s yellow jersey but Nairo Quintana jumped over Tejay Van Garderen into second.

With the Alps looming in a few days, Froome said the Colombian was now his major rival.

“Nairo seems to be the biggest threat to me at this stage, he was really strong up the climb today,” said Froome, who leads the Colombian by 3min 10sec.

“But having said that, I don’t think I can write off any of the guys in the top ten.”

Quintana lost only one second to Froome while his Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde lost just 4sec and is fourth at 4min 02sec.

And Quintana has not given up hopes of winning come Paris a week on Sunday.

“We’ve shown that we can fight for the yellow jersey,” said the 25-year-old.

Cummings, who was part of a 20-man breakaway that contested the victory, admitted he didn’t think he could win the stage as he’s not a known climber and the brutally tough 3km ascent just before the finish did not suit his strengths, unlike Bardet and Pinot.

“I knew the climb was really hard and that I wasn’t the best climber. I wasn’t thinking of victory, just my effort and arriving at the top on the limit rather than blowing halfway up.

“There were a lot of climbers better than me but I didn’t get excited because it’s the Tour.

“I went full gas at the top of the climb. I could still see Pinot and when the road tipped and went down, the race changed in my favour because I have more kilos and I’m probably more aerodynamic than those two.

“They didn’t cooperate in front and when I caught them I went straight to front because I knew there were a few corners and Pinot’s a bit cautious in the corners.

“So I tried to do the corners as fast as I could, without taking any risks, and when I came out the last one I saw he (Pinot) wasn’t in my wheel and I just went for it.

“I know from the track that with 400-500m to the finish it’s difficult for a climber to stay in a track rider’s wheel.”

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Inaccuracy hurts Swans

Inaccuracy hurts Swans

BEHIND EARLY: Griffith’s Sam Daniel trying to evade a tackle from Coolamon’s Zac Stibbard in their round 13 clash.
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Griffith’s James Fallon

The Griffith Swans’ battle for a finals spot took a blow on Saturday in their round 13 clash against Coolamon, going down by 48 points at Kindra Park.

The Swans never got going in the game, trailing after each period before eventually succumbing 12.10 (82) to 4.10 (30).

Griffith came into the game sitting fifth and trailing the fourth placed Coolamon by just four points.

After the loss on Saturday they now see themselves sitting seventh on the ladder.

The first quarter saw the Swans fall behind big as Coolamon were near perfect in front of goals, kicking 6.1 (37) for the period.

On the other end, the Swans kicked just 1.3 (9) in front of the sticks.

The second period provided glimpses of the Swans turning it around, but it was the accuracy in front of goals that would come back to haunt them.

Despite having only two fewerscoring shots than Collamon, the Swans found themselves trailing by 32 at the half.

The break didn’t seem to do either team any favours, with both teams amassing just ten points between them in the third period.

It was the Swans that fell behind further as they could only account for one behind in the period.

The fourth period told the same story as the Swans managed just 1.3 (9) to Coolamon’s 2.5 (17).

Joshua Hamilton, James Toscan, Daniel Peruzzi and Chris Cerato each slotted home one goal apiece, but it was Coolamon’s Rick Pritchett who stole the show, nailing seven goals, with four coming in the first period.

Swans assistant coach Tom Groves said Coolamon started the game much better than they did.

“It was avery disappointing loss and we wentin there with full confidence that we could win,” he said.

“They came out of the blocks fast right from the start and we couldn’t weather storm quickly enough.”

He said a lack of finishing definitely hurt their cause.

“They really hit us hard early and kicked some vital goals,” he said.

“We had similar inside 50’s but we just didn’t take our opportunities.”

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