Saints make Turvey Park work for win

EYE ON THE BALL: Turvey Park’s Jade Olsen looks to get bat to ball in the match against Saints at French Fields on Saturday. Turvey Park had to work hard against a valiant Saints team before winning1-0in a tense feature match of theWagga Softball competition on Saturday.
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In a game which wasdominated by the defences of both teams, Turvey Park managed to score the only run of the match in the bottom of the fifth innings and held on in a nail-biting finish.

With the score at 1-0 entering the top of the seventh, the Saints’ Sarah Wardley hit safely to left field. She was advanced to second base when Jess Cole picked a walk.

With runners on first and second, Seona Dwyer bounced one past the Turvey pitcher, loading up the bases.

The pressure was on, with three on base and no outs.

Alison Burgess hit a catch to a shallow-fielding Jane Wadley at centre field and no progress was made by the runners. Kate Looney then struck out Mahala Hofert, bringing, arguably the Saints best batter, Gemma McGlynn to the plate.

After a couple of foul balls, McGlynn belted the ball back to pitcher Looney, who, despite an initial fumble recovered to throw her out at first, leaving the result as a 1-0 win to Turvey Park.

Safe hits were certainly scarce, with Jane Wadley, Sharon Hall and Jamila Piercy, the only Turvey Park players to register one.

The Saints also had only three safe hits with one each to Gemma McGlynn, Sarah Wardley and Seona Dwyer.

In defence, Turvey Park’s Kate Looney became the first pitcher this season to record a no-run game.

Saints’ starting pitcher, Gemma McGlynn, was also in grand form, conceding only three hits in 4.7 innings with two K-2s.

Sarah Wardley carried on the good work for the remainder of the game with no hits and two K-2s.

INCOMING: Lake Albert’s Sarah Rose looks to hit the ball in the A grade softball match against Blu-Js at French Fields on Saturday.

In the other fixture, Blu-Js had to come from behind to beat Lake Albert13-5.

Whileit was yet another mercy-rule finish for the Lake team, their good start to the game certainly gave their players, officials and supportershope for better performances in the future.

TIMING: Saints batter Sarah Wardlen looks to hit the ball out of the park in the A grade match against Turvey Park at French Fields on Saturday.

After Shae McMahon was walked, Jess Grant hit a three-bagger to score her and Lake Albert had a run on the board before the three dismissals were made.

It was an even better effort in their first defensive innings when they had Blu-Js ‘three up-three down’.

Another three-bagger, this time from the bat of McMahon, sent Kelly Eves across the plate and the Lake had a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the second.

That margin was retained when Lake Albert shut out Blu-Js for a second time.

However, Lake was ‘brought back to earth’ in the top of the third when the Blues’ Kristy Mohr struck out both Grant and Mel Lill, and Deb Funnell was thrown out at first by Libby Schofield.

Blu-Js then took controlin the bottom of the third when they scorednine runs, with some wayward pitching, fielding errors and hits to Michelle Blake (two), Libby Schofield and Erica Guy all contributing to that tally.

Lake Albert kept in the contest with Eves and Georgia Noack both scoring in the top of the fourth, but a return of four runs to the Bluesplaced Lake in line for another mercy rule finish.

BATTER UP: Blu-Js’ Jayla Nix looks to hit the ball out of the park in the A grade match against Lake Albert at French Fields on Saturday.

ON TARGET: Saints’ pitcher Tessa McGlynn fires in a pitch to the Turvey Park batter in the A grade softball match at French Fields on Saturday. Pictures: Laura Hardwick

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Netballers selected for state

TALENT: Ally O’Connor and Sacha McDonald, both from Ballarat Clarendon College, have been selected to represent Victoria in netball. Picture: Lachlan BenceTWOyoung netballers have been selected torepresent Victoria in next year’s Underage National Netball Championships.
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Ballarat Clarendon College’s Sacha McDonald and Ally O’Connorwere included in the Victorian 17/under state team squad of 12, which will travel over to Perth for the tournament in April.

McDonald revealed that the duohad endured a nervous wait in the hours leading up to the announcement.

“They said they would put the teamup (on the Netball Victoria website)at 12, butthey didn’t put it up till three,” the talented goaliesaid.

“The whole day we were just like ‘come on, come on,’so it was a bit of a drain.”

O’Connor, who hasonly just made the move to BCC from South Warrnambool, saidit was a relief after having had some doubts about being selected.

“I knew Sacha would for sure though, I had so much confidence in her,” O’Connor said.

Both of the young stars have also been included in theSovereigns’19/under squad for the 2016 Victorian Netball League season.

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Expense claims ‘above board’

EXPENSES: Member for Riverina Michael McCormack claimed $226,000 in parliamentary entitlements in the first half of 2015, headlined by two ministerial overseas trips to Turkey and Azerbaijan.Member for Riverina Michael McCormack believes the expenses scandals of this year have drawn too much scrutiny to the entitlement claims of politicians.
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The latest round of parliamentary expense disclosures were released by the Department of Finance on Thursday afternoon, covering the period from January 1 to June 30 of this year.Mr McCormack claimed just shy of $226,000 of taxpayer funds during that period, with his major expense items being two ministerial overseas trips to Turkey and Azerbaijan in February and May.

Despite claiming nearly a quarter of a million dollars in entitlements for the first half of this year, Mr McCormack said being a politician wasn’t quite as glamorous as the expense account would suggest.He was forced to stay in a caravan park in Cloncurry in October when he travelled to the Queensland town to speak at a major agricultural conference.

“I yearn to be home with my family, who I’ve only seen twice in the last five weeks,” he said.

“I love doing my job, I think it’s the best job ever and I’ll continue to do my very best at it, but I’ll continue to travel because it’s a necessary part of the job.”

Mr McCormack acknowledged some politicians –most notably former speaker Bronwyn Bishop –had misused their expense entitlements, but said for the most part claims were genuine.

“I do think the scrutiny (over entitlements) will weed out those who do the wrong thing, but what you’re entitled to and what the public’s perception of it is, sometimes there’s a gap there,” Mr McCormacksaid.

“Some people think all politicians are on the take …because one or two, maybe three or four politicians maybe do the wrong thing, by what the pub test would say they were doing, every politician gets branded as doing the wrong thing. It’s unfortunate because it gets in the way of good governance.”

His trip to Turkey in February, where he attended the G20 Finance Ministers Meeting, came about as a result of the Liberals leadership spill. Then-treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann were required in Canberra for the vote, leaving Mr McCormack to fill in at the last minute.

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Conference: Climate crisis or just hot air?

Broelman’s cartoon last Wednesday repeats the myth of Pacific island sea level rises, says columnist Keith Wheeler.Last Tuesday’s climate change editorial contained the cute phrase, “… denialists, seemingly made up of older men …”
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I would suggest that “older men”, and quite a few older women, were at university when “global cooling” was in fashion. As weather patterns evolved, they watched as oil millionaire Al Gore popularised “global warming” as a scare campaign.

Just one column is not long enough to summarise the “global warming” saga. However, while the Paris Climate Conference is progressing, the world press has ignored the story from America’s mid-west where at least 18 people have frozen to death during a bitterly cold start to winter.

I’m disgusted that peas-in-a-pod Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Kevin Rudd, and co have pledged (to borrow!) a billion dollars to fund the $100 billion United Nations’ World Socialism bid. Perhaps they didn’t notice that the Paris “climate activists” were carrying “anti-capitalism” banners!

Australian Foreign Aid money that we once gave to close neighbours, Papua-New Guinea, Indonesia, and Pacific Islands, will now be distributed by the UN, as it sees fit.

Not all younger voters are easily led, but over-hyped and exaggerated weather reports don’t help. Last Tuesday, the first day of summer, an afternoon news reader described the Sydney temperature as a “record”, another calling it a “scorcher”, at the ABC “a mini heat wave”, when in actual fact Sydney reached only the mid-30s.

For the record, Sydney’s hottest first day of summer was in 2004 when it was 40.0 degrees. Sydney’s coldest December 1 minimum was in 1862 when the temperature only reached 10.9 degrees, the highest rainfall was in 1888, but of course those older records aren’t counted in homogenised climate calculations.Australia’s new “homogenised” records are now calculated from 1910, which avoids having to recognise the “inconvenient” record temperatures and floods recorded in the late 1800s. Records like Bourke’s 51 degrees have been removed.

Homogenisation is the “trick” mentioned in the “Climategate emails” scandal, when the scientists from East Anglia University in Britain were caught discussing how to adjust data to match their computer models.

Carbon dioxide continues to rise, but temperatures do not. While “homogenised” temperatures have been reworked to show rising temperatures, satellite readings show a near-20-year temperature hiatus.

Satellite data shows a 14 per cent increase in the amount of green vegetation on the planet since 1982, according to Richard Betts of Britain’s Met Office. Commercial greenhouses buy carbon dioxide because carbon dioxide feeds plants.

NASA has found a 14 per cent increase in global forestation and arable land since the 1970s. World food production has never been higher. Yet Q&A’s Tony Jones recently hosted alarmist Paul Ehrlich, who predicted in 1967 that, “The battle to feed humanity is over.”

Broelman’s cartoon last Wednesday repeats the myth of Pacific island sea level rises. Giff Johnson, editor of theMarshall Islands Journalpointed out that, “23 of the 27 atoll islands across Kiribati, Tuvalu and … Micronesia have increased in area or remained stable over recent decades”.

A sobering fact is that so far the Earth has warmed 0.9 degrees since pre-industrial levels. None of the predictions of alarmists such as Tim Flannery have come true – the rain is still falling and the Opera House is not under water.Young readers can be assured that the world is not about to end.

–Keith Wheeler

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Elmore rags to riches continues

ELMORE’S rags to riches season in the Northern United Cricket Association continued on Saturday with a 20-run win over ladder-leading Bagshot.
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Chasing Bagshot’s 7-166, Elmore was under pressure at 8-153, before Joshua Milne (59 n.o.) and Joe Harney (4 n.o.) guided the visitors over the line and to 8-186.

After winning the toss and batting, Bagshot’s innings featured an opening partnership of 105 between skipper Marc Sherwell (71) and Stefan Anderson (48).

Jauvane Bannon (3-15) claimed three wickets for Elmore.

• Heathcote is breathing life back into its season, with a second-consecutive win.

Bottom side Heathcote (149) defeated Colbinabbin (142) by seven runs.

Steven Morgan (3-14) bowled well for Heathcote, while the best batting performance of the game was from Colbinabbin skipper Hadleigh Sirett (69).

• Calivil bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat Raywood by 52 runs.

A knock of 55 from Matt Gilmore helped Calivil to 7-179, while Glen Wallis claimed 3-19 for Raywood.

Raywood was held to 7-127 in reply, with only captain Braden Latter (41 n.o.) making more than 20.

Phil Brown snared 3-26 off eight overs for Calivil.

• Goornong (9-100) defeated Dingee (90) by 10 runs.

Scott Lawry (4-19) and Nick Hobbs (3-12) combined for seven wickets for Dingee.

No Goornong details were supplied by deadline.

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