Key Hawks on board for 2016

LOCKED IN: There was a good turnout at the Harden Hawks Rugby League Club AGM. Picture: John McLaurin.After coming quiteclose to winning their respective George Tooke Shield competition campaignsin the past couple of seasons, the Harden Hawks Rugby League Club believe that they will be around the mark again in 2016 and they are looking forward to taking it up to the opposition teams once again.
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The Hawks met up on Saturday evening to select and announce their office bearers for the year ahead. At the meetingJason Pollard was re-elected as President of the club and he was also reappointed asLeague Tag coach.Maryanne Fitzgerald remains in the Secretary post, while Robert head stayedin theTreasurer role and Shane McKellar jumped into the Vice President role and Andrew Jones was named as the Junior Vice President.

In further exciting news for the club, it appears as though the Hawks are on track to field an under 18 team for the first time in a few seasons with senior coach Michael Quinn taking the reinsof the youth side also.Quinn, a former star player in the club’s group nine days, was reinstated as the Hawksmain man in October, after guiding the first grade side to third position earlier in the year and he is looking forward to working with club’s up and comers.

He announced that pre-season will most likely commence in late January and that tentative dates for practice matches were in the pipeline with the club due to faceGrenfellat Henry Lawson Oval in Grenfell on March 19 and there will also be ahome game againstGunning at McLean Oval, Harden on April 2.

Also discussed at the meeting was the talk about a couple of new additions to the George Tooke Shield. At this stage Gunning Roos and Canberra Bears have been declared certain startersand a final call on the other potential sides is expected over the next few weeks.

The beefed up competitionwill be welcome news to everyone supporting the pride of the twin towns effectively making a stronger competition especially after a disappointing end to last season where the Hawks had very little match practice going into the finals series, due to a few sides forfeiting games in the last few rounds.

A number of Hawks and Hawkettes players as well as a large contingent of youth in the twin towns have been busy finding some touch andkeeping fit over the off season, playing in the ever popular Harden Touch Association.

In other news, the long awaitedwomen’s change shed at McLean Park is progressing well and is expected to be completed before April.

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No day off for paramedics to receive bravery award over Lindt cafe siege

Paremedics at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe Siege. Photo: Andrew MearesNSW Ambulance will not give time off to paramedics who have been cited for bravery over the Lindt cafe siege to be presented with their awards.
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The awards, to be presented at the NSW Ambulance Graduation ceremony on December 11, recognise the courage displayed by paramedics who worked through the siege in December last year.

Hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson lost their lives in the siege, along with gunman Man Haron Monis.

But the ambulance service has declined to give recipients a day off to attend the awards if they are rostered to work.

Paramedics were also unable to attend the Premier’s thank you morning tea in January for emergency staff who worked through the siege, although their managers were able to go.

NSW Ambulance said 40 to 50 paramedics had been involved in the siege as it ran over a few days, and operationally it was not possible to remove that many people from the front line.

“Ideally, NSW Ambulance would like all paramedics receiving awards to attend the official ceremonies however this is not always operationally possible due to the need to respond to incoming requests for assistance from callers, particularly when high numbers of paramedics are being recognised on the same occasion,” the statement said.

“In such circumstances, NSW Ambulance works to organise an alternate means of presentation to paramedics to ensure awards recipients are recognised by their peers.”

Staff who received bravery awards for attending the Quakers Hill nursing home fire were also prevented from attending their ceremony.

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Pulling together the family threads in art

FAMILY SHOW: Ballarat photographer Scott Fredericks with his mother, mosaic artist Pam Fredericks, and aunt, fibre artist Joan Asmussen. Picture: Kate Healy
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“THIS is lovely,” Pam Fredericks said, looking around a full room of people appreciating the full bodies of work she has pieced together with her son and sister.

Next of Kindraws together Ms Fredericks’ bright, botanical mosaic artwith her son Scott Fredericks’ structured photography and her sister Joan Asmussen’s fibre art from nature and plant material. They opened their exhibition at Backspace Gallery in Camp Street on Saturday.

The trio is thrilled to have teamed up their creativity.

Ms Fredericks, an art teacher, said her artistic outlook was encouraged as a young child, alongside her sister. Their work is inspired by their mother.

“Our mum loved nature when we were children in the 1950s, in a time when most other mothers didn’t love nature,” Ms Fredericks said.“Mum was into nature, the environment and she was a minimalist, our house was never cluttered with things but there would be simple beauty always around.”

Ms Fredericks offered her own children a rich, creative upbringing filled with good quality materials at their disposal. Scott has also worked in commercial sculpture, one of his brothers is a furniture and drum maker, the other a chef.

This is Ms Asmussen’s first exhibition. A member of Basket Makers of Victoria, Ms Asmussen started her art in its traditional style then developed into random weaving, wrapping and free-form. Her brightly coloured and textured work with gourds has correlations to her sister’s mosaics.

“I admire Scott and Pam’s work so much and I’m just thrilled to be a part of it,” Ms Asmussen said. “They’ve always encouraged me and now I’m here.”

Scott Fredericks has been seriously showing his work since the start of the year, including Ballarat International Foto Biennale. He said this exhibition offered a chance to pay homage to his upbringing and his creative exposure.

While Mr Fredericks photographs a lot of people, a lot of portraits, his graphic work tends to always dominate his work on show.

“For me, I’m always excited to take a photo now of something temporary that looks solid, like it has and will always be there….I’m interested in line and structure, organisation. There’s a lot of childhood references with mum, a predominantly common thread of colour and graphic.”

The trio plan to reunite for an exhibition mid-next year in Wodonga, close to where Ms Fredericks and Ms Asmussen live.Mr Fredericks is based in Ballarat.

Next of Kinis Backspace Gallery’s final exhibitionfor 2015. It will be shown until December 20 with the gallery open Thursday to Sunday.

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Bial Taha refused bail for alleged spear attack

A man has been refused bail after he allegedly threw a spear at his neighbour on Friday night in Sydney’s west.
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Bial Taha of Telopea appeared before Parramatta Local Court via audio visual link on Saturday.

The 43-year-old man was charged with assault and being armed with a weapon in a public place at about 9pm on Friday in Telopea.

Taha’s legal aid lawyer Ms Maranga, said the incident was a result of a “long standing issue”  between Taha and his neighbour.

Taha said he was “defending his house,” because he was being “threatened” in his own front yard.

Ms Maranga said there were CCTV cameras at Taha’s house and his neighbour’s house, and told Magistrate McRobert that Taha had asked police to get the footage, but this did not happen.

The fight between the neighbours involved a two-metre pole with knife-head attached, which Taha admitted to police he threw at a garbage bin on his own property.

However, Magistrate McRobert dismissed this claim.

“He says he was throwing it at a garbage bin in his front yard, but I’ve never felt the urge to do so and I don’t think anyone else would,” Magistrate McRobert said.

“It was an act of a threatening nature towards neighbours.

“He shouldn’t have a pole with a knife blade attached to it.”

Magistrate McRobert was “concerned” about Taha’s conduct during both the incident and his court appearance and said there was a risk Taha would commit more offences and refused bail.

However, Taha objected and yelled “your decision is wrong. I was defending my house”.

Taha will re-appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday, December 9.

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Extra sparkle for Merimbula

The Pambula-Merimbula Lions Club and Merimbula Chamber of Commerce are providing an added sparkle this Christmas with fairy lights and decorations around Twyford Hall.
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Lion Phil Hall, Jany Butta from the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce Christmas decorations committee and Lion Darryl Hay outside Twyford Hall.

The lights and decorations are up at Twyford Hall.

The Lions Club did the work in placing and connecting the many lights and Christmas decorations and the chamber provided the finance.

Jany Butta, from the chamber’s Christmas decorations committee said that it was a foundation for coming years.

Decorations have also been placed aroundMerimbula’s Market Street shops and at the Tura Beach shopping centre.

President of the chamber, James Smith thanked both Jany Butta and the Lions Club for helping light up Twyford Hall.

In the run up to Christmas there will be two chamber supported late night shopping days:

Wednesday, December 16 until8pm

Wednesday,December 23 until8pm

Younger members of the community may wish to note that Santa will be in town very soon.

He will be at

Twyford Hall –Saturday, December 12 and Saturday, December 19.

Woolworths Tura Beach – Sunday, December 13 and Sunday, December 20.

Robert Smith, Pambula –Saturday, December 12 from11am to 2pm, Friday, December 18, from 1pm to 4pm andSaturday, December 19, from11am to 3pm.

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Sydney FC players and coaches throw their support behind marquee Filip Holosko

Struggling to find the net: Filip Holosko. Photo: Brendan Esposito Game-breaker: Alex Brosque celebrates after cracking home the only goal of the game. Photo: Getty Images
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Sydney FC’s players and coaches threw their support behind under-firing marquee Filip Holosko after their million-dollar man failed to hit the back of the net against Newcastle Jets despite an abundance of good chances.

Holosko walked into the dressing room at half-time apologising to his coach and teammates after missing four sitters against Newcastle Jets and was in a sombre mood after the match. A flurry of chances fell to the 65-time Slovakian international who continuously put himself in goal-scoring positions by out-manoeuvring Jets defenders for the entire match.

However, his inability to hit the back of the net from a point-blank range header, a one-on-one, a close range shot and another in front of an open net left the player visibly upset after the match.

Holosko declined to talk to the media after the match, even though his coach and teammates were pleased with his overall performance that deserved at least one goal.

“Any player who hasn’t scored and is an attacking player is going to be frustrated but he’s creating chances so that’s the main thing and if he wasn’t, we’d be more worried. We support him and i”m sure he’ll break the goal drought soon,” defender Matt Jurman said.

“Filip’s a great guy and he’s very passionate and he wants to do very well for the team and at half-time he came in and said sorry but there was no need for that, we’re all a team, we all make mistakes and we go through the positives together. It’s no problem at all, next week he’ll probably score a hat-trick.”

“I thought he was excellent all night,” Arnold said. “The second half, he was very good. Anyone else could have thrown the towel in. The most important thing is that he keeps getting in those goal-scoring positions, it will come.”

At the other end of the field, Jurman continued his impressive form this season leading the Sky Blues to another clean sheet. The central defender has been ever-present for Sydney this season as their backline remained watertight for six of the nine games thus far.

“It’s been the same, both those players, they come in and do a good job so it makes it easier for me. It’s been the same for me every week, we work hard as a team, we try and make it hard to break down,” he said.

Partnered with Seb Ryall in favour of Senegalese international Jacques Faty, Jurman was forced to adjust to different defensive partners throughout the course of the season but says the task is easy given the familiarity with both players.

Jurman and Ryall have played alongside one another in some capacity for about a decade whether it be at youth representative level, the AIS or in the A-League.

“Me and Seba, we played together on and off since we were about 14 or 15. We were at the AIS together, the Oyroos, young socceroos so we’ve got a good understanding together. It’s great to have more clean sheets,” Jurman said.

Sydney FC face a nervous wait to see whether captain Alex Brosque will be fit to play against Adelaide United next Friday. Brosque scored the winner against the Jets on Friday night but was forced off the field late in the match with a hamstring injury.

Initial fears were that the 32-year-old suffered from cramp but Fairfax Media understands it could be a minor hamstring injury that will require scans to determine the extent of the problem.

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Tim McIntosh has the last laugh as Star Shaft wins at trainer’s first city runner

KIng for a day: Paul King rides Star Shaft to victory in the TAB Highway Handicap at Randwick. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Tim McIntosh’s ex-girlfriend and former apprentice was supposed to be where he was standing after the Highway Handicap: in the winner’s stall, nervously smiling, wondering how it all happened so quickly.
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But as Samantha Clenton was strung up between horses and with nowhere to go on Greg Bennett’s previously unbeaten Clearly Innocent, McIntosh was cheering as Paul King sailed down the outside on Star Shaft to land the 24-year-old ex-jockey his first win with a Sydney starter.

“I was apprenticed to Pat Farrell when I was 15 years old and he is my great uncle,” the Muswellbrook-based McIntosh said. “That’s how I got involved. Pat’s been good for me and he has taught me a lot and I worked for him for a long time. It’s my first time here.

“They’ve got a big opinion of [Clearly Innocent], but I also like this horse. I think this will be his prep because we’ve finally got his feet right and he’s finally stepping right.”

McIntosh was at pains to point out farrier Tom Gallagher had worked overtime to get his unfashionable type back to the races. There is another man, Star Shaft’s managing part-owner Craig Benjamin, he was also thanking.

“He’s a nice young bloke, he’s an ex-jockey so he knows a bit about horses and he’s got a lovely family behind him,” Benjamin said. “I know the horses are always fed and he always rings me up. He’s just a good young trainer and he’s just on the way up.”

Benjamin was going to part with Star Shaft as a yearling after he and a mate pitched in to buy the horse’s dam, Good Question. He’s thanking his lucky stars he didn’t.

“We were going to sell the yearling, but we thought, ‘no, he looks too good in the paddock’,” Benjamin said. “We had an eye for him and put a few friends together [and raced him].”

Settling back in the field, King wheeled the horse to the outside and gunned down Highway Handicap specialist Matt Dale, who produced the runner-up Northern Fury. Another Canberra horse, Keith Dryden’s Bid Of Faith, was third.

King only came for one ride at Randwick. It proved more than enough and saved him a trip to Hawkesbury where “four or five” rides were waiting.

“My manager Wayne Harris rang and said, ‘Tim wants you to go and trial the horse. If you like it you can ride it in the Highway race’,” King said. “I went up and rode him in the trial and got in the car and said straight away to Wayne, ‘I want to ride him’.

“He’s run a lot of places in his short career, but it’s probably due to the fact he burns himself out too early and wants to go too hard. I consider that a strong Highway race – probably the strongest yet by a long shot – and I said to Tim if you can win that you will probably win a few Saturday races.”

Clenton? She said Clearly Innocent “will win next time”, making ground late after his traffic problems in the straight to finish sixth. McIntosh won’t have to wait until then.

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Women’s Big Bash League: Ashleigh Barty makes most of first hit-out for Brisbane Heat

At home: Ash Barty of the Heat looks comfortable at the crease. Photo: Getty Images Ashleigh Barty on Saturday proved she could slog it out with the best of them. In one of the year’s more surprising sports stories, the promising tennis player switched to cricket after a meeting with the national team convinced her of the benefits of playing a team sport.
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Barty notched up 39 runs for the Brisbane Heat in their first match of the Women’s Big Bash League against the Melbourne Stars, holding up under bowling pressure while the rest of the second half of the order fell away.

She was their second top-scorer after Grace Harris on 42, and managed two fours and a big six before she was bowled out by English import Natalie Sciver.

“I was just hoping it’d go over the rope really,” she said of her six. “I was just hoping it cleared it and I wasn’t out, and it was good.”

It was a whirlwind transition – as Barty herself recalled, less than two years ago she was facing tennis great Serena Williams on centre court.

Barty had decided to take an indefinite break from tennis, to spend time at home.

“For me it was a little bit too much too soon, I’d been travelling from when I was quite young and I just needed to spend time with my family,” she said.

“I’d done it previously when I’d just come home for a couple of weeks or months here and there, and this time I just didn’t put a time limit on it. I just wanted to enjoy myself and be around my friends and experience the life of a normal teenage girl.”

She still coaches tennis and has not ruled out a return to the sport competitively, saying Tennis Australia had been supportive of her code switch.

“It’s definitely been a big part of my life and I think forever will be,” she said. “I just think it’s great in cricket to come into a team environment, it’s the first time I’ve ever experienced it. It’s pretty exciting and I’m loving every moment.”

While Barty admits she is still learning the skills needed to take her to the top of the sport, at Junction Oval in Melbourne she used her considerable strength to show her selection was warranted.

Coming in at sixth position, she held her nerve as next in Sammy-Jo Johnson went for four, Jemma Barsby for nine and Kate Cross and Courtney Hill for ducks.

Barty said she had not set any particular goals for where she wants cricket to take her, but was enjoying the banter and camaraderie of her new sport.

“I’m just going with the flow, trying to enjoy it and hopefully score some runs and contribute to the team,” she said.

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Glenn Maxwell says batting, not bowling, will be key to Test recall bid

Maxwell gestures to the crowd during the World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka. Photo: Mark KolbeGlenn Maxwell accepts his prospects of returning to the Test team are hindered by his off-spin bowling not suiting selectors’ priorities for an all-rounder.
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The Victorian also said his poor start to the season, which included being dropped for one Matador Cup match for missing a training session, was because he was temporarily overwhelmed by his disappointment at missing the chance to revive his Test career in Bangladesh.

“It probably affected me more mentally than anything else,” Maxwell said of being selected in Australia’s squad for Bangladesh, but not being able to fulfil that because the tour was indefinitely postponed due to security concerns.

“I was pretty upset I was missing out on an opportunity to play for my country and really put a good step forward. After playing so well in the [post-Ashes] one-dayers in England I was really looking forward to taking that into the Tests, to have that series ripped away from me and the squad to change when we got back to Australia was pretty upsetting.

“It probably affected me too much, because it affected the way I played the game and the way I went about it. It didn’t reflect too well on myself … and it showed in my results as well.”

Maxwell had planned to rest during winter, excepting a Twenty20 stint for Yorkshire, but relented and played county cricket too because he wanted to focus on getting a Test chance in Bangladesh and making the most of it.

“I think it was because all the work I did in England … just felt null and void when the series ended up getting cancelled. It was pretty upsetting, because I felt like that whole winter was almost a bit of a waste. Looking back now, it’s never a waste of time,” he said.

“Since the [Sheffield] Shield stuff has started I’ve tried to put that all behind me … almost start from the bottom rung and work my way back up.”

Victoria’s success with the bat, and the positioning of Maxwell generally at No.6, has restricted his opportunities. The only time he has had a long stint at the crease came when he made 98 at home to Western Australia last month.

Even though Maxwell is pleased with the way he is bowling, he said he considered himself to be “a long way off as far as Test selection goes” for home series.

“I’m pretty understanding of where I sit in the Test rankings,” he said

“I’ve probably got to bowl some medium pace for a start, and probably spin the ball the other way to Nathan Lyon [to be considered as a Test all-rounder].”

“I know if I come in and spin the ball the same way as Nathan Lyon it’s … more likely I’ll be used to get through some handy overs, rather than be a key bowler. I’m understanding that I need to have a weight of runs and consistent wicket-taking, as a partnership-breaker type of bowler.”

Maxwell’s only three Tests have all come abroad: two in India in 2013 and one last year against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

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Canberra Raiders plot plan to re-sign Ricky Stuart as club chases premiership

Team building: The Raiders are keen to extend coach Ricky Stuart’s contract. Photo: Melissa Adams The Canberra Raiders will build finals incentives into a new contract offer to coach Ricky Stuart, chairman Alan Hawke declaring the club champion has laid the building blocks to break a two-decade premiership drought.
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The Raiders are on the verge of locking Stuart into a new deal until at least 2018, with potential options to extend his tenure even further if the Green Machine clicks into gear.

Stuart is on a mission to turn the Raiders back into premiership contenders and, despite a lean two years since taking the reins, Hawke says it’s time to extend his tenure into the future.

It is expected an extension will be finalised when Stuart returns from a fact-finding mission in the United States next week with an announcement likely to coincide with a new sponsorship deal on December 16.

Stuart’s contract expires at the end of next year, but the Raiders initiated negotiations with Stuart three weeks ago rather than wait to see if the club will be a premiership contender.

“Ricky has had more success at recruitment and getting players to come to Canberra than we’ve had in recent years. They’re coming because Ricky is the coach,” Hawke said.

“The players who are signing and re-signing will want some certainty about how long Ricky is staying.

“I’ve always thought it would be 2016 before we see the proof of Ricky’s program, his recruitment and the values that drive the players.

“I’ve got no doubts about whether it’s working, I’m convinced it’s working. I’d be incredibly disappointed if we’re not really competitive next year. That’s what we’ve been working on – getting the right squad.”

The Raiders’ decision to negotiate with three-time Canberra premiership winner Stuart follows the ACT Brumbies’ move to lock in coach Stephen Larkham.

Stuart and Larkham guided the Raiders and Brumbies respectively through their golden eras and are now trying to win premierships for their clubs for the first time since they were players.

Larkham’s negotiations have been put on hold for beyond the 2016 Super Rugby season as he concentrates on re-signing players and retaining his squad.

The Raiders have already re-signed Josh Papalii and Jack Wighton, with England international Josh Hodgson expected to follow in the coming weeks and Aidan Sezer, Blake Austin and a host of players already committed to a long-term future in the capital.

Hawke and Raiders Group chief executive Simon Hawkins took charge of negotiations with Stuart and “we just need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s”.

Hawke said the finer details of Stuart’s deal were still being finalised, with the length of the extension, finals incentives and a post-coaching career on the cards.

Hawke hoped that Stuart would be interested in helping the club off the field in an administration role whenever he decided to finish coaching.

“Ricky’s here for the long-term now. We’re after stability. Stability in the board, stability in the funding arrangements, the administrative staff and the coaching staff,” Hawke said.

“I think we’ve got all of that and now we just need stability in the playing ranks and results. That’s what we’re all in this for. We want success for the club, the fans and the sponsors.”

The Raiders haven’t made the finals since the 2012 season and Stuart has revamped the playing roster since taking over in 2014.

There are just five players left from the 2013 campaign with Stuart injecting new blood to ensure long-term success.

The club has won just 18 of 48 games over the past two seasons, but were in finals contention to the last rounds of the 2015 season.

“We could have made the top eight last year but the players learnt so much over that year. You see that Ricky is a different coach … as a playing group, they’ve grown after what happened last season and that will serve them well next year,” Hawke said.

The Raiders are also closing in a new double major-sponsor deal. The arrangement would split Huawei and another company as the major backers of the team.

“We’ve got a lot of people who are rusted-on Raiders fans and we need to settle on if we can have two sponsors on the front [of the jersey],” Hawke said.

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