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Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

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Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

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Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013.

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Era ends for debutantes

SIXTEEN young debutantes and their partners have added their own history to a quarter of a century of social presentations at Cohuna.
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A crowd of up to 300 people attended the final Cohuna Youth Care debutante ball at the Cohuna Memorial Hall on Friday night.

The evening marked the 25th CYC committee debutante ball in celebration of young adults.

“From Geraldine O’Callaghan our first “deb” to Emily Hore our final “deb”, we have been blessed to see some 950 debs and partners go through their paces,” CYC president, Neil Crouch said.

“And I know that Marcy (Crouch), Edith (Harrison) and I would do it all again if we could.”

Compere Julie Smith welcomed guests and acknowledged the 25th evening of the Cohuna Youth Care and Youth Squad debutante balls.

“Sadly it will be their last,” she said.

“You will see tonight a group of extraordinary young people who have trained exceptionally hard to make this evening special for you, and for this we thank them immensely.”

History was repeated when the debutantes and their partners were presented to retired State politician, Noel Maughan, and his wife, Dorothy.

Mr Maughan, the former Nationals’ Member for Rodney, received the debutantes and partners at the group’s first ball and has attended a number of others since.

The debutantes made their formal presentations to guests of honour and the formal party with the help of their fathers and partners before Cohuna society.

Led down the steps of the hall stage, the young women circled the hall decorated with balloons and fairy lights among families, friends and community members.

After 10 weeks of dance training with Geoff and Betty Thompson, the young couples performed a set of Rock n Roll dances, including Neon Moon, The Wanderer, Rock n Roll Waltz and the Box Rhumba.

“For 10 weeks these young people have been training to be here this evening, and their dedication to hard work and discipline throughout the training period will be on show for you all tonight,” Mrs Smith said.

In a sign of dedication, Tara Whittaker’s debutante partner, Jake Thrum, who sustained an injury preventing continued dance training, was in attendance to support Tara.

Mr Crouch said the night’s theme was about young people celebrating, and thanked families, friends and the community for enjoying their journey.

“You see 16 energetic and extremely independent young adults before you tonight,” he said.

“It goes to show what some old-style discipline coupled with youthful exuberance can achieve.”

Mr Crouch said the Cohuna debutante ball had marked the historic landscape and video footage from the evening will be recorded.

“To the debs and partners here tonight, this is a significant event in your lives – I trust that you cherish it as I know Edith, Marcy and I certainly will,” he said.

Proceedings were completed with informal dancing and a light supper.

Debutante couple, Lachlan Van der Drift and Kalani Walerys were part of the final debutante set presented by Cohuna Youth Care after staging the annual ball for the past 25 years.

The 2013 Cohuna Youth Care Debutante Ball participants and official party.

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Teams line up for cup glory

School-age Australian rules football
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WITH four teams at the final of the Giants Cup at Wagga on June 18, Leeton’s St Francis College was unlucky not to come home with one of the age group titles up for grabs.

St Francis fielded teams in the finals of the girls opens and under 15s and boys opens and under 16s.

Open girls

The opening game was against Finley High School and St Francis fell short by five points.

The first half was a matter of getting a feel for the competition. However, St Francis dominated the second half, but could not get the win.

Next was traditional rival Kildare Catholic College. The game was physical, but Kildare was too strong and won convincingly.

By the time the third game against Xavier High School came around, the ground was a quagmire.

It was another physical game and St Francis worked hard. However, they could not kick between the big sticks and went down by eight points.

Under 15s girls

Although ending up winless, the result didn’t reflect how well St Francis played on the day, especially after they were in front at halfway through each of the last quarters.

Against Finley High, the final kick of the game denied St Francis victory as the ball dribbled through for a goal.

The second against Kildare was physical, with both teams attacking the ball. The final five minutes proved the difference as Kildare slamming on three late goals to win by 16 points.

In the final game against eventual winners Billabong High School, St Francis went down by 11 points.

Best players on the day were Georgia Everett, Ashlee Armstrong, Mary Sandral, Ruben Bennett, Hannah Buchanan and Evie Morrison.

Open boys

St Francis battled throughout the day against strong opposition.

In the first game against TRAC, St Francis played well in patches and went down by about six goals.

Against Finley High the inability to score proved costly, losing by 20 points.

The last game against eventual champions Xavier High was closer. After dominating for most of the game, poor kicking in front of goals proved to be the difference as St Francis lost by 11 points.

Best players were Jakob Vearing, Lachlan O’Callaghan, Matthew Gaynor, Kurt Jenson and Greg Halden.

Under 16s boys

This team retuned the best results fro St Francis on the day.

After comfortable wins against Corowa High and Finley High, and close loss to Mater Dei, St Francis progressed to a final rematch against Mater Dai.

After starting well and dominating early, lack of scoreboard pressure proved costly with Mater Dai scoring quick goals at the end of the half for a 21-point lead. The second half was an even affair and both sides scored three goals, but Mater Dai won by 19 points.

Best players were Lachlan Leeds, Harry Leeds, Lachlan Lane, Mitch Hardie and Matt Flynn.

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‘We’ve had enough’

A LOCAL resident for over 12 years has allegedly had a gun pointed at her during a break-in at her house.
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The woman said she went to have a shower when she heard noises, but assumed it was the Frenchman who has been boarding with her and her husband.

“When I got out of the shower I went straight to my room to put clothes on, then walked in the kitchen when I saw three men standing there and I screamed,” she said.

The first and second men were the same height, one had a red hoodie and the other had a green hoodie but all had their faces covered, the woman said. She said the third man was taller than the other two and had a dark coloured hoodie on, and all were of Aboriginal appearance.

“The first man had a long knife and hit my dog when he came to see what I was screaming about, but my dog is old and frail so he just stood there. I said to them please do not hurt me and the second man pulled out the gun and pointed it right in my face,” the resident said.

When the Moree Champion asked the woman if she was sure it was a gun, she replied by saying it was definitely a gun, but said the toy guns were so well modelled and manufactured that it could have been a toy.

“Either way it frightened me and I froze. I didn’t know what to do; luckily the Frenchman was in the house and came to see what I was screaming about which scared the men off and they ran away,” she said.

The woman immediately rang police but was so shaken up she couldn’t talk and they asked her to calm down.

“The police came here straight away and made me go down to the police station to make a statement. The police won’t do anything though, they won’t catch these criminals and they won’t stop the break-ins.”

According to Detective Sergeant Brent Falkiner of Moree police, there is nothing to confirm the man was holding a firearm.

“The woman saw something and jumped to the conclusion that it was a gun,” he said.

“We don’t have crimes involving weapons here,” Det Sgt Falkiner explained.

“The police do not believe there was a firearm and we certainly do not want to alarm the community,” he said.

The police are concerned by the number of rumours swirling within the community and the fear it is creating within residents.

“People are hearing third hand information and it keeps building,” Det Sgt Falkiner said.

During their time in Moree, the resident and her husband have built a business and enjoy seeing their son and daughter-in-law, along with their three grandchildren but said having been broken into seven times has taken a toll on them.

“I have even been assaulted by 13 children down at the skate park and (the police) couldn’t even stop that. I was down there looking after a child who suffers from ADHD,” she said.

The Champion asked the residents why, after everything, they do remain in Moree, and their answer was simple.

“If everyone who got broken into or assaulted left Moree then there would be no-one left in the town, plus it is a free country and we have a business and family here. It is our hometown and that is exactly what these criminals want; they want us to give up. We have a right to be safe”

Det Sgt Falkiner said the police were working hard at trying to make the community safer.

“There were some spikes in crime but they have been addressed,” he said.

“There has been a decrease in the past two to three weeks with a lot of arrests made under Operation Tilton.

“The operation is ongoing and we are identifying and targeting offenders and getting them whatever way we can, even if it’s for a different offence.

“We have had a lot of plain clothes police walking around at night and we actually caught someone in the commission of a break and enter which is a testament of the operation’s success,” Det Sgt Falkiner said.

“We sit down at the start of each week and assess what direction we will take, and we take a different approach each time.

“We are trying to break down the barriers with the community and build relationships.

“We empathise with the victims but I do believe we need to improve on our customer service and follow-up with people and reassure them.

“Our greatest challenge at the moment is there are a lot of people harbouring these individuals.

“People know what is going on but refuse to give us information. The amount of people protecting these individuals is mind blowing,” he said.

The police have released a number of images of wanted people in the area which you can see on page 2 and are working on a number of strategies targeting local crime.

The Moree Champion will keep the community up to date with any information which comes to hand and hopes to work with police and the community to make a safer region.

A woman has allegedly had a gun wielded at her in her Boston Street home.

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Young Bega Rooster books flight to New Zealand

BEGA Roosters halfback Adam Lucas has been named in the NSW Country under 18s team following a standout performance with the Greater Southern Stingrays at the AAMI Country Rugby League Championships at Dubbo on Saturday.
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Lucas will be joined by Cobargo’s Lachlan Carey when the squad goes into camp on Wednesday.

Country’s first clash will be against Queensland Country at Lismore on Friday night.

The NSW squad will then fly out for New Zealand on July 9 in readiness for its clash against the Kiwis on July 13.

Despite the Stingrays going down 30-14 against Newcastle at Dubbo, Lucas did enough to earn his selection into the NSW Country team.

The Bega High School Year 11 student said he was unsure whether his name would be announced in the side.

“I received a letter two weeks ago that said I was in the 25-man country squad, so I wasn’t sure whether I would be in the final team,” he said

“The Stingrays didn’t play well as a team and we didn’t stick to our structure as much as we hoped to. We let Newcastle run all over us in the first and last 10 minutes of the match.

“They announced the Country side pretty much straight after our game and I was pretty excited to hear my name come out, but I think Dad was more excited than me.

“It will be my first overseas trip, and the highest level of rep footy I’ve played, so it’s going to be pretty exciting.”

Lucas, named as halfback, said NSW Country’s clash with Queensland on Friday night would provide ideal preparation for their match against New Zealand.

“I haven’t played at this level before so I don’t really know what to expect, so it should be pretty interesting,” he said.

“Queensland will be a good test before we head over to New Zealand to face a team which will be probably be bigger and stronger.

“Either way, I’ll be going out there to play my best and improve as a footballer, gain some experience and develop a few more skills along the way.”

Lucas has been a Group 16 junior representative since under 13s, and was a member of the Combined High Schools southern division side. He is also a member of the Group 16 academy squad.

If he is not busy enough already, Lucas travels to Canberra once a fortnight to train with the Raiders.

“I’ve been doing a lot of travelling lately so I haven’t had the time to train with the Raiders, but when I get back from New Zealand I’ll be able to get back into my routine,” Lucas said.

“My goal is to play SG Ball in the NRL next season, so hopefully I can keep improving and perhaps play for Canberra, or another side.”

Bega Roosters president Garry Arkin said the club was thrilled when news came through that Lucas and Carey made the squad.

“Both of these players know how to play the game, and along with all supporters of rugby league we wish them the best of success at Lismore and in NZ,” he said.

Bega Rooster Adam Lucas has been named in the NSW Country team to tour New Zealand.

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Then there were two…….

Jamie McIntyre is confident that his 21st CenturyAustralia Party (21CA) will be in the mix for the seat of New England now thatit has become a two horse race.
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While he says he is not surprised that Tony Windsor will notrun at election time, he also admits that the shock resignation will add to thealready growing support his party is receiving, and says it will be a closerace between himself and the National’s Barnaby Joyce for the seat.

In the wake of the tumultuous week of politics which saw anew Prime Minister sworn in, several frontbenchers go, and two powerfulindependents resign Mr McIntyre said he believes an apology is in order from MrWindsor, Mr Oakeshott, Mr Swan, and especially Ms Gillard to the nation andthe New England.

“Once Mr Windsor realised he was going to lose in alandslide, he backed out as we anticipated he would. The polls that showed himat 49% weren’t rue polls and were very suspicious. We have commissioned our ownpolls which showed that Mr Windsor was only sitting at about 15-17% of primaryvotes, with myself and Mr Joyce much closer,” Mr McIntyre said.

The shake- up in Canberra is not going to change the way21CA views the Labor leadership, and they don’t believe it is going to fullmany voters.

“Rudd is a much better campaigner when he puts that face on,although many of the poor policies and decisions were his to start with. Ruddand his party are still responsible for the changes and bad policies,” MrMcIntyre said.

The 21CA leader said that many people including Barnaby, andespecially Newscorp who he refers to as “arrogant media” have already concludedthat the Nationals will win the New England and are already speaking as such.

“In a poll we conducted 62% of people are now undecidedafter Winsor dropped out. The Nationals were getting a lot of votes solely forthe reason of ousting Windsor, but now that has happened support has droppedfor Barnaby and we are expecting to get a proportion of those swinging votes whonow have a different choice,” Mr McIntyre said.

The 21CA party held its first red carpet event in MrMcIntyre’s home town of Glen Innes on Friday night with a good crowd attending.

The event was an official New England launch with aninformal Q&A session, as well as moderated questions and policy overview.

“I plan on making politics more interesting and engaging forthe voters, the Nationals have had long enough to deliver and haven’t, it istime to break the habit and vote for something different,” Mr McIntyre said.

The 21CA are taking their red carpet launch around theregion with events set to be held in Tamworth, Armidale, and Inverell in thenext few weeks.

21st Century Australia founder Jamie McIntyre flanked by Bruce and Diane O’Hara at the party’s red carpet launch in Glen Innes on Friday night

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Budget black hole

STAWELL – A Stawell ratepayer has raised concerns over whowill foot the bill for a blowout in the Northern Grampians Shire Council’slatest budget.
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Brian Burton raised his concerns at council’s meeting lastFriday night, labelling the potential for a $100,000 budget blowout broughtabout by changes in the waste strategy, as a catastrophe.

Mr Burton was among several members of the public gallerywho spoke at the meeting, mainly addressing the council budget which was setfor adoption.

Several speakers who had presented submissions to thebudget, said they were concerned mainly for the problems that had been causedby the newly adopted waste and recycling strategy.

During public question time, the focus quickly turnedtowards the bungled waste strategy and how forced changes were going to resultin additional costs of at least $100,000.

These additional costs are due to changes being implementedto the collection routes in rural areas, as a result of public outcry followingthe awarding of the waste and recycling contract earlier this year.

Ratepayers lobbied council for changes to be made to thecollection route, as many residents living in rural areas including WallalooEast, would have been forced to travel up to 16 kilometres just to place theirbins out for collection.

Mr Burton said it was obvious someone would need to foot thebill for the additional costs, which would occur due to the provision of an’opt out’ clause.

The clause gives rural property owners the ability to optout of the service, but the option is there for them to opt in by February 14next year, to commence receiving the services.

“I would like to know if council has had any indicationat all, of how many people wish to opt out of the new scheme,” Mr Burtonsaid.

“We were told at a recent meeting that the cost perproperty would be $375. If you have 100 people opt out, that would mean a shortfallto council of $37,500.

“I would assume for administration purposes, thatcouncil would not be passing the $375 per property onto the contractor. Theywould take something out. Even if you bring it back to $300 that is to bepassed onto the contractor, that would still be $30,000.

“That means council is going to be $65,000 short if 100people opt out. I doubt whether you would be able to re-negotiate yourcontracts with the contractor to cater for that variation.”

Mr Burton said he, along with many other ratepayers, weredisappointed about how the waste strategy was first presented and that was whatcaused the issues with rural ratepayers.

He said the public’s perception of council at present wasnot very positive.

“The public perception, when you walk up and down theMain Street, you hear people talk about Clown Hall and the Taj Mahal and theysay it’s a protected industry,” he said.

“You the councillors, through the CEO, asked staff topresent a waste management program. In the ad hoc way they came up with thisproposal which you have inspected and accepted and have now back tracked.

“I wonder if council has considered taking any chargeagainst the person or group responsible for that decision.”

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice, said councilhad taken all comments on board since the strategy was released and that waswhy changed had since been made.

“We’re not happy with the way we made decisions in thepast,” Cr Rice said.

“We are addressing this, as a result of the way we putthe first letter out telling people it was compulsory and that the routes hadchanged.

“The public has responded to this and we have respondedby going back and presenting an opt in/opt out clause for the service.

“We still don’t have all the matters finalised, as overthe next six months, people in rural areas can still opt into the service ifthey wish.”

Stuart Mill resident, Phil O’Connor, raised a question atthe meeting as to when council was planning to actually survey residents in theshire, to ask what they want from their waste strategy.

“When is council going to survey residents to see whatthe ratepayers want,” he said.

“Hearing the questions asked tonight, a survey wouldhave solved all these concerns and prevented these questions from being neededto be asked.”

John Guest, who lives at Marnoo West, agreed it would havebeen a better option for council to take.

He said the plan by council to now send letters out toratepayers indicating the options available, should have been consideredsooner.

“Why are you going to send letters out now? Why wasn’tit done before to prevent all of this?” he said.

“I’ve been told I have to have two bins. I don’t wantthe recycling service. I’m happy to continue supporting the town recyclingprogram which raises money for the community.

“I think it would be better to have a skip placed inthe town once a month for a collection, so farmers can deposit their waste init, similar to how the Drum Muster program operates.”

Cr Rice responded that such a system would need to beprovided on a user pays basis.

“We (the council) have learnt a valuable lesson out ofthis,” Cr Rice said.

“We should have done it better and have apologised. Wewill be sure this never happens again.”

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice.

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GALLERY: Maitland City Scene

Claire Spinks of Lorn, Amanda Cobcroft of Thornton and Raven Bluegum of Maitland 290612MN007 Breanna McCoy of Lorn, Darcie Winkler of Tenambit and Madalyn Crockford of Ashtonfield.
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ABOVE: Emma Everitt, Zara Shortland and Mikayla Murphy,all of Metford. 290613MN030

ABOVE: Ben and Madeline Jacka of East Maitland. 270613SS006

Patrick Donohoe of Gillieston Heights and Riley Mitchell of Windella. 290613MN010

Lauren Dunn of Thornton, Michelle Clark of Beresfield and Kate Ryan of Bolwarra Heights. 290613MN016

ABOVE: Paulo Mataira of Maitland, Ben Caple of Beresfield and Adam Hewitt of Lorn. 290613MN019

A SELECTION of photos taken during a busy last weekend in June in Maitland.

Patrick and Katrina Jacka of East Maitland.

Scott and Karen Hassall of Ashtonfield. 270613SS024

ABOVE: Michelle Morris and David Fraser of Bolwarra. 270613SS027

Courtney and Ryan Turton of Bolwarra Heights. 270613SS030

Ella Rusak of Clarence Town, Rebekah Auer of Farley and Ashlea Gifford of Gillieston Heights.

Karen and Scott Atkinson of East Maitland. 290613MN448

Rachel Garland of Aberglasslyn, Stephanie Howell of Aberglasslyn and Kate Wetini of East Maitland at the Maitland Blacks Ball at Maitland Town Hall on Saturday night. Pictures by MARINA NEIL 290613MN451

Lynne and Rob Montgomery of Bolwarra Heights. 290613MN453

Grant Atkins and Zoe Sansom of Sydney.290613MN455

Fiona and Ben Emmett of Morpeth. 290613MN458

Ken and Denise Sturt of Butterwick and Graham Andrews of Elderslie. 290613MN466

Bailey Doyle of Paterson, Lachlan Doyle of Lorn and Kelly Baldwin of Bolwarra Heights. 290613MN467

Daniel and Lindsey Lewer. 290613MN470

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Sharks take the wind out of Hurricanes

Group 20 rugby league
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BIDGEE Hurricanes were blown away by a dominant Tullibgeal Lakes United team 40-10 at Narrandera Sportsground on Sunday.

The ‘Canes were simply no match for the Sharks, who dominated the match from the start.

“We got off to a terrible start – it was 20-0 after the 25 minutes – and it just went downhill from there,” Hurricanes coach Chris Bamford said

“Our defense just wasn’t up to scratch and we are still dropping too much ball, something you can’t do against a good team like Lakes.

“We are playing like kids; it is a bit ridiculous at the moment.”

Bamford lamented his team’s poor ball handling, which constantly put his side under pressure.

“We just made too many stupid handling errors and missed too many one-on-one tackles and that’s something that people have to work on as individuals,” he said.

“We are just dropping too much ball in our own half and having to do too much tackling which is affecting how we are finishing off our games.”

The Kiwi coach will be away with Country Bulls representative duties in Perth this weekend but has left his team with plenty of homework before taking on Hay on Sunday.

“It’s going to be defense all week, as it good defense that wins games and it is something that we really need to brush up on.

“Hay are knocking on the door for fifth spot.

“Everyone has been saying how strong they are at home and they have beaten a few top sides and if they have lost they have competed so it will be very tough.”

It was a bad day for the Hurricanes all round with all grades losing.

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United scores upset of season

GDAFA soccer
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LEETON United have pulled off the upset of the season defeating the previously unbeaten Yoogali Soccer Club with a 1-0 victory at Leeton No.2 Oval on Sunday.

Irish import Aaron Houlihan’s first half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides in an effort that has been praised by coach Mitchell Clay.

“It was a really good win and everybody put in and it gave us the win we were looking for,” Clay said.

“We were confident prior to the game, we’ve been playing well and working on a few things in training.”

“We’ve always said they were beatable, and our tactics really paid off.

“We know that they are a quality side that plays good football, so our tactic was to hit them hard, especially in the first fifteen minutes, press quite high and not let them have time on the ball.

“When you stop good teams from playing they get frustrated and it seemed to work, we managed to put them off their game.”

Yoogali SC has been a goal-scoring powerhouse so far this season, having scored 50 goals from their eight games before their clash with United, but Clay was proud of

the way his team shut down their potent attack.

“Everyone has a job and defensively we were great, it is not just the win that we are looking at, but it is how we won as well,” he said.

“We managed to get the early-ish goal and grind them out, stop them not just from scoring, but creating chances.

“They only had two chances and that is unheard of from Yoogali.”

The win was a vast improvement from the corresponding game this season when United were humbled 6-0, with Clay believing his team has clicked, especially after the recent editions of Houlihan and Scott Monaghan.

“Being a new coach, with new players in a new set up it takes a while for settle as a team, but to play the way that I want them to play and it is slowly coming together,” he said.

“It was a good performance on Sunday but we can still play better.”

United will face West Griffith on Sunday looking for another win to help their push towards playing in the finals.

UNITED’S Scott Monaghan winds up to get a kick away against Yoogali SC on Sunday.

AARON Houlihan scored United’s sole goal to lead them to victory.

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