Darcy’s dream

Darcy Tucker. Picture: GETTYNEWLY-drafted Wimmera footballer Darcy Tucker could well be on the path togreatness, after he was awarded with the guernsey number of retired Fremantle life member and star backman Luke McPharlin.
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McPharlin amassed256 games for the Dockers and wasAll-Australian in 2012.

If Tuckercan emulate the feats of the famous number-18, then he will have a long and fruitful career ahead of him.

Tucker joined theclub’s new recruits in meeting the playing groupon Thursday, before they were presented with their new jumper numbers alongside their parents on Saturday morning.

Fremantle has already likened Tucker’s donning of number 18 as replacing a legacy.

Tucker told the Fremantle website it was an honour to wear the number of such a distinguished player.

“I’m very stoked to have Luke McPharlin’s number.It’s a privilege to have the number of someone of that calibre,” he said.

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Mayor asks: Is flight path right path?

As the deadline for submissions on the proposed Badgerys Creekairport draws closer, Blue Mountains mayorMark Greenhill has made adirect appeal to the community via a video message.
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“The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is supposed to look at potential impacts on the community and the environment. The problem is – it doesn’t,”said the mayor.

The Australian Government released the draft EIS for the proposed airport, together with a draft airport plan, in October. Both have been heavily criticised by western Sydney councilsand independent experts.

“The independent technical review, commissioned by 11 western Sydney councils, proved categorically that the draft EIS is not the rigorous and detailed EIS we were promised,”said the mayor.

“Instead, what we have is a half baked EIS, prepared in a rush that mainly looks at the first fiveyears of airport operation.

“How the community can be expected to make sense of a proposal that is deeply flawed and fails to meet itsown guidelinesis beyond me,”hesaid. “When you are faced with aeroplanes flying over people’s homes and a World Heritage Area 24 hours a day, it is reasonable to expect a thorough and detailed EIS and nothing less.”

The aim of the mayor’s video message is to informresidents of the proposal and the impacts on the community, environment and economy, and encourage people to make their views known.

“When fully operational this airport is projected to have more passenger movements than Dubai,”he said.

“Blue Mountains City Council, and others, has asked the Australian Government to allow more time for the community to respond to the draft EIS.

“It’s not good enough, and quite frankly, the Blue Mountains and western Sydney deserves better.”

Council will holdan extraordinary meeting onTuesday,December 15 at 7.30pm at the Community Hub in Springwood where it will consider its submission on the draft EIS. Before the meeting there will be a drop-in information stand from 4-7pm with council staff available to discuss theissuesand a submissionbooth for the community to make their own submissions.

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Mudgee Cup fall was ‘like a war zone’: Nestor to undergo shoulder surgery

RACINGDUBBO jockey Kody Nestor will undergo surgery this week on shoulder injuries suffered in Friday’s horrific fall in the Mudgee Gold Cup (1600m).
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The popular rider described the aftermath of the five-horse pile up as being “like a war zone” as riders and animals lay on the ground, but conceded things could have been a whole lot worse.

Nestor was riding Scottish Border for Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer. He was caught in the middle of the carnage that marred the $35,000 feature event, won by Garry McCarney’s gelding Fox Solid after just seven runners crossed the line.

Stewards have opened an inquiry into the fall but adjourned it in order to be able to take evidence from the riders involved.

Nestor suffered a dislocated and broken shoulder in the fall, which occurred when Devilgate Road (Aaron Bullock) appeared to clip the heels of the leader Lancelot, ridden by Anthony Cavallo.

It started a chain reaction where Scottish Border, Are You Sure (Jay Ford) and Goldstone (Glenn Lynch) all hit the turf.

Nestor was airlifted from the track to Orange hospital, and after being treated he returned home with wife Anna on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m bloody lucky. We all are really because it’s one of the worst falls I’ve seen, let alone been involved in,” he said yesterday.

Kody Nestor.

“I remember the whole thing and when I hit the deck I looked up and there were blokes on the ground and horses everywhere. It was terrible, it was like a war zone.

“I was following Mick Travers [All Sixes] and then I saw that first horse come down. Mick’s horse got over it but then mine couldn’t and I came down hard on my left shoulder and just rolled with it.

“Once things had settled a bit I got up and looked at my right arm and my legs and thought I was OK, but when I looked for my left I couldn’t see it because it was about three inches away from where it should have been.

“That’s when the pain kicked in and I laid back down and started swearing and carrying on. It was excruciating but everyone, from the stewards to the ambulance officers and nurses, were great, and they looked after me and gave me some pain drugs to make me as comfortable as possible.”

After a couple of nights with minimal sleep, Nestor will attempt to get to Sydney on either Monday or Wednesday in order to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder.

“I can’t lay down so Anna has propped me up on the couch, and I actually got a good couple of hours sleep while sitting up on Saturday night, but I got none on Friday,” he said.

“If I can fly on Monday I’ll try to get down there, otherwise it will be Wednesday, but I’m pretty keen to get the surgery done as soon as possible so I can start the rehab.

“I’ve watched the replay a couple of times and some people would probably be spooked off after a fall like that. I’d ride tomorrow if I could, so I’ll do everything I can to be back as soon as possible.

“Now that I’ve had a bit of time to sit back and think about it I’m just glad everyone is OK.

“I know Mark Milton lost his horse, which is terrible, but I just shake my head how that was all.”

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Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunionPhotos

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion | Photos Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.
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Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

Goulburn TAFE Children’s Centre reunion, Saturday December 5, 2015.

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Mortlake shakes up ladder

MORTLAKE Blue ended Terang Green’s unbeaten run and Koroit Blue knocked off top-placed Warrnambool Gold in an intriguing Western District Bowls Division round on Saturday.
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FOLLOW MY LEAD: Lawn Tennis Red skipper Ian Prout helped his rink to a strong win as the side settled for a draw against City Memorial Gold. Picture: Anthony Brady

Lowly pair City Memorial Gold and Lawn Tennis Red also played out a draw.

Mortlake Blue improved its win-loss record to 4-4 –it won three of its first four matches –after surprising the in-form Terang Green.

GALLANT: Terang Green skipper John Gherashe helped his rink to a win over Mortlake Blue but it was the host team which snared overall points. Picture: Vicky Hughson

Terang Green slipped from second spot on the ladder to fourth following the 89-84 defeat at Mortlake.

Koroit Blue, which has found its spark after a slow start to the season, jumped to third on the back of its 101-88 triumph over Warrnambool Gold.

The 2014-15 runner-up won two rinks –John Murnane defeated Glen McNaughton 33-15 and Brian Lenehan downed Paul O’Donnell 24-16.

A three-shot win over Port Fairy Red was enough to give perennial finalist City Memorial Red second spot with one round to play before the Christmas break.

Mortlake Blue skipper George Draffen said the side was rapt with its narrow win over Terang Green.

Rinks were split, ensuring the result went down-to-the-wire.

Don Grant (25-22) and Ian McDonald (32-12) were successful for Mortlake Blue, while John Gherashe (25-21) and Jamie Heffernan (25-11) saluted for Terang Green.

Draffen admitted he was outplayed by Heffernan.

But he said his teammates rallied. The final result came down to the final handful of ends.

“At afternoon tea my rink was 15 down and our other three rinks were up,” Draffen said.

“We were down by three or four shots overall.

“My job was to not get further behind, to get a few shots back.

“Ian’s rink got further and further ahead and they ended up winning by 20 and we lost by 14, so that (McDonald’s effort) covered us.”

Mortlake Blue is in the top-fourhunt, sitting sixth after eight rounds.

Draffen said it had experienced a tough draw to this point and had the potential to enter the finals mix, given the evenness of the competition.

“We haven’t played Warrnambool White, Lawn Tennis and Timboon and they are all sides below us on the ladder,” he said.

“We beat all of them last year so we give ourselves some chance.

“Realistically they are the games we have to win if we want to be any chance of playing finals.”

In other games, Dennington Red proved too strong for Warrnambool White, winning 95-78, and Warrnambool Blue trounced Timboon Gold 115-77.

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