Political ads

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HOW ironic to see an article (The Examiner, June 27) on page 5 about “no more negative politics … The new Kevin 013 way”.
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Closely followed by an advertisement directly below promoting the exact negative spin, authorised by Senator Helen Polley!

These ads no doubt are paid for by the mug taxpayer as usual, just like the full page ones by Geoff Lyons.

I’d suggest a disclaimer at bottom of any political ads, saying if it was privately funded, or taxpayer-funded.

Any potential candidate who actually tells us how much their ads cost (out of their own pockets) will get my humble vote.

– N. MOORE, Perth.

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Production praise

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I WENT to see Launceston College’s production of Hairspray – what can I say, congratulations, well done to all involved.
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It was a truly great production.

What great talent we have.

– L. SCALES, Punchbowl.

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Speed signs

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IF our fearless leaders were to erect appropriate signage indicating the recommended speeds for our roads I would have no argument.
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Instead, they wish to legislate maximum speed limits for which the only outcome will be that people capable of driving at 100km/h will be persecuted by the usual methods.

– PAUL CHISHOLM, Launceston.

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Body of work pays off 

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Bodybuilding
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ROSIE Trimble has returned from another bodybuilding competition with a podium finish, making the hard work of coming back from a lay-off well worth it.

Trimble’s second competition after about 18 months off was the International Natural Bodybuilding Association All Females national titles in Melbourne on June 23.

Competing in the masters physique, she was competing against five other women and placed third.

While Trimble thought she looked a lot better than when she competed at Wagga in the International Natural Bodybuilding Association NSW titles in April, she put much of her success on the day down to a change in routine.

“I felt more confident when I got up there,” Trimble said.

“I ate more on the day. I had a big muffin, strawberry and white chocolate. The biggest one I could find. I had a normal breakfast, but then didn’t eat the muffin all at once.

“I think it just helped me because it was going to be a long day. I think that muffin hit the spot.”

Trimble placed behind two competitors who finished top-two last year, but there positions were reversed in 2013.

“I was just lacking in the shoulders,” Trimble said. “I have to work on my shoulders.”

There were 200 women all up on a long day of competition. Trimble arrived at the venue at 3pm and after thinking she would be competing at 3.30pm, didn’t hit the stage until 6.30pm.

Trimble will now have a short break, before deciding on her next competitive move.

“We’ll see what my condition is like when I get back from holidays,” she said.

“If I haven’t put too much weight on, I wouldn’t mind doing one at the end of September or October.”

ROSIE Trimble competes at the International Natural Bodybuilding Association All Females last month.

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Second half brings Greens undone

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Group 20 rugby league
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LEETON Greens’ undefeated season has come to a crashing halt after suffering a 38-26 loss to two-time reigning premiers West Wyalong at Ron Crowe Oval on Sunday.

The Greens started well, leading at the half-time break, before a second half that coach Willie McDonald labelled as “shocking”.

“It was disappointing to lose, we were up at half-time and it was anyone’s game at that stage, but it was more of a case of who wanted to win the game more,” McDonald said.

“I think they came out in the second half more enthusiastic, played at a higher tempo with their experienced players controlling the game.”

The Greens simply gave the Mallee Men too many opportunities to score with poor handling and ball security in the second half.

“They had countless repeat sets and we just dropped too much ball to be competitive,” McDonald said.

“I don’t care how good you are, if you drop that much ball, especially against a quality team against like West Wyalong, you are never going to come away with the result you want.

“I thought our defense was pretty good even though the scoreline blew out, but we just wore ourselves out with the amount of ball they had.”

Despite losing for the first time this season, the Kiwi coach doesn’t think it will change the team’s preparation too much ahead of Sunday’s clash with Darlington Point-Coleambally.

“It will be a bit of a wake up call to everyone that we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.

“We definitely can’t afford to take any team lightly and we will need to prepare better.

“They showed us the style of footy that you need to play coming into the second half of the season – just good controlled footy.”

“We won’t be changing too much stuff but just work on the little things.”

Sam Eisenhut was named the team’s players player with McDonald also praising Kolo Lomu’s two-try effort as one of the highlights for the team.

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Wolumla vs Bemboka, June 30, 2013

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Era ends for debutantes

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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

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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’

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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

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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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