GALLERY: Giant-killers Centrals add Orange City to Royal Hotel Cup scalps

GALLERY: Giant-killers Centrals add Orange City to Royal Hotel Cup scalps CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Daryl Kennewell. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
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CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jock Cartwright is dismissed as Centrals celebrate. Photo: MATT FINDLAY



CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jake Pauletto retires hurt. Photo: MATT FINDLAY








TweetFacebookCRICKETCENTRALS continued their giant-killing ways on Friday night, knocking off another Royal Hotel Cup heavyweight to claim their second consecutive Twenty20 win and earn guaranteed progression to the semi-finals.

Following their upset of last year’s runners-up Cowra a fortnight ago, Centrals stunned one-time T20 champions Orange City at Wade Park on Friday, producing a dominant performance to thump the Warriors by seven wickets.

The win gives the red and blacks a guaranteed place in the final four, with a game in hand, and also signals the first time the side has even looked like passing the group stage.

“It’s awesome, it really is,” Centrals T20 skipper Jake Pauletto beamed.

“That’s what we were hoping for, it’s what we came here for.

“We did ourselves proud out there in that one, particularly in the field.

“I think that was the difference between the two sides, we took our chances and Orange City didn’t.”

Batting first after stand-in skipper Jackson Coote won the toss, Orange City didn’t fire at all.

Openers Adam Cowden (1) and Jock Cartwright (7) went early, and the Warriors’ cause wasn’t helped when Daryl Kennewell (2-19) had marquee man Josh Toole caught behind for a second ball globe.

At that point, Orange City was reeling at 3-15.

Outside a fighting 30 from middle order bat Ben Findlay and a timely 24 from Coote in the lower order, the Warriors surrendered meekly, skittled for 114.

Outside Kennewell, Zac Reimer (3-23) continued his sterling T20 form and was the pick of Centrals’ bowlers.

In reply, once again Centrals’ marquee in Blayney’s Jameel Qureshi led the way, knocking up 60 not out in the chase, combining mainly with Josh Coyte (27 not out) to get the red and blacks over the line with seven wickets and two overs to spare.

“Jameel’s been a real rock for us, with 60-odd not out in both chases, he’s been handy,” Pauletto said.

“He’s great to have in the field too, with his ideas, experience and his positivity. I know the young blokes really look up to him too.”

Pauletto said considering his side had traditionally struggled in T20 cricket – that was the side’s third win in almost four seasons in the shortest format – Centrals would make the most of their form and were gunning for top spot in pool B.

“I’m not sure what’s changed from previous years, I think it was just a case of having not really won before, we weren’t sure how to do it,” he said.

“We got a sniff against Cowra and the attitude changed. I think the guys just figured out yes, we can do this.

“We’re looking to knock off CYMS Moroneys now in our last game, get three from three, finish first and get what should be an easier semi-final.”

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Another twist in Nate Jawai racist slur saga as NZ Breakers deny Perth Wildcats claims

Allegation: The Wildcats say racial abuse was directed at Nate Jawai during the Breakers game in New Zealand. Photo: Paul KaneFresh accusations have emerged that suggest we may not have heard the last of the alleged racist taunts controversy involving giant Perth Wildcats centre Nate Jawai and a NZ Breakers fan.
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The saga erupted after Wednesday night’s 99-78 victory by the Breakers over their NBL rivals at the North Shore Events Centre when Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson told the post-game media conference Jawai had been racially abused by someone in the crowd.

“We’ll take that up with the league afterwards. It wasn’t pretty,” Gleeson said of an incident that saw him call for extra security behind his bench. “We don’t come here to get racially abused and we don’t want to see that in sport.”

But the following day the Wildcats appeared to distance themselves from the racial nature of the abuse allegations when they released a statement saying: “During the first half of Wednesday night’s loss to the Breakers … Jawai was taunted whilst being subbed out of the game.

“As this was an isolated incident limited to one person, Nate and the club have decided to move on and focus on Friday night’s home game against the Adelaide 36ers.”

Breakers chief executive Richard Clarke said he had been “disappointed” by the way the allegations were aired by Gleeson at the media conference, and not through any of the official channels available to him on the night.

He said he would be taking that up with both the league’s head office and the Wildcats organisation.

Clarke also conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations and said that had confirmed emphatically no racial abuse had taken place.

“Everything we’ve uncovered, all the responses from our members, from the Sky production crew, and from the NBL referees coach (sitting in the area concerned) are all backing up there wasn’t anything racial in what was said,” Clarke said.

He said the club’s fans had been “vindicated” by both the investigation and the Wildcats’ backtrack.

However, there appears to have been a further twist in the saga from the Wildcats on their return to Perth, or at least the threat of one.

According to The West Australian newspaper, there have been allegations the term “monkey” was directed at Jawai, the 2.08m, 140kg centre who is an indigenous Australian of Torres Strait Islander descent. A report in the newspaper said: “The Wildcats are adamant the term ‘monkey’ was used.”

Jawai said on his return to Perth he would leave the issue in the hands of the league. “It’s up to the NBL to do something about it. If not, I’m not worried about it any more,” he said.

However, the NBL has said it cannot conduct its own investigation unless a complaint is received.

Gleeson said after Friday’s home game against Adelaide, won 90-72 by the Wildcats, that the club would discuss the issue. “If Nate wants to take it further we’ll support him 100 per cent,” he said.

Gleeson indicated the full story had yet to come out. “It’s just Nate’s instant reaction, it’s not like his personality to do that straight away,” he said.


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Teen critical, dozens of drug arrests at Stereosonic festival in Melbourne

Police used sniffer dogs as partygoers arrived at the Stereosonic festival in Melbourne. Photo: Craig SillitoeA teen remains in a critical condition after attending the Stereosonic festival in Melbourne as police arrested nearly 70 partygoers for drug offences.
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Six other people are suspected of overdosing on drugs at the festival held at the Flemington Showgrounds on Saturday, while a man died at a similar event in Adelaide – the second fatality linked to the popular dance event in the past week.

The latest death comes as Victoria is set to review the use of sniffer dogs and if drug-testing should be offered at events during the summer music festival season.

At the Melbourne event, a man in his late teens was taken to the Western Hospital, where he arrived in a critical condition, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.

Officers used drug sniffer dogs as thousands arrived at the event in Flemington, with 66 people arrested over a range of drug offences.

Only two were charged and bailed while two others are expected to be charged later on summons.

Most of those caught had taken ecstasy, although police also found amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Despite seven suspected overdoses, paramedics praised the large crowd that attended the Melbourne event.

“Most people heeded warnings about the risks of taking drugs, behaved responsibly and looked after their mates,” Ambulance Victoria State Health Commander Paul Holman said in a statement.

Stereosonic finishes its run on Sunday with an event in Brisbane.

Festival organisers said they were “devastated to hear of another loss to drugs” in a statement published on its Facebook page.

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New start discovered

VOLUNTEER: Berkeley mum Michelle Maltby volunteers at UOW’s Early Start Discovery Space while studying and running a family day care business. Picture: Paul JonesAt the age of 45 Berkeley mum Michelle Maltby is on a huge but thoroughly exciting learning curve.
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As avolunteer at UOW’s Early Start Discovery Space and a student studying for a degree in early childhood, Mrs Maltbyspends her weekends teaching others new skills, while at the same time she is also hitting the books undertaking her own studies.

A mum of two school aged children, Mrs Maltby began studying the new flexible Bachelor of Education –The Early Years, this year and soon decided to beginvolunteering at the newly opened discovery space.

As a younger woman, Mrs Maltby hadalways wanted to pursue teaching, but a steady job that saw her become a manager was too good to give up. It wasn’t untilshe was made redundant20 years later, that she decided the time was right to give teaching a go.

Enrolling in TAFE, she undertook a Diploma of Children Services, and decided to open up her own family day care business. But within a few years she realised shewanted more, and decided to give university a go.

Once on campus she was immediately drawn to theEarly Start Discovery Space. Watching it develop from rubble to a magnificent buildingwas inspirational and she couldn’t wait to be part of it.

“Iwas so attracted to it,” Mrs Maltby said. “It was like a beacon.”

“When they said they needed volunteers I applied straight away.It was so exciting to be there from the start.”

As thousands of people in the Illawarracelebrated International Volunteers Day on December 5, Mrs Maltby reflected on the satisfaction she has gained from giving up her time to help others most Sundays.

“To know you are helping someone, is just great.”

She relishes the opportunity to help childrendevelop their communication skillsand build confidence by encouraging them to engage in a range of activities.

She said she also loved the opportunity volunteering gave her to interact with children and their parents through play.

“At the discovery centre we want parents to play with their children, to climb through the stomach with the kids and put on a hat in the construction zone.

“Thatis somethingI really enjoy encouraging the parents to do.Most parents are very receptive to that.

“It’s an excellent environment to volunteer in. I get a lot of satisfaction.”

When she graduates Mrs Maltby hopes to runan early childhood education and care centre or become involved in government education policy development.

The Discovery Space currently has about 60volunteers, with more needed. Anyone interested in volunteering canvisitearlystartdiscoveryspace.edu419论坛.

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Car hits police officer at roadblock

A police constable was hit by a car at a roadblock on Gipps Road at Gwynneville on Saturday night. Picture: Adam McLeanA Shoalhaven police officerwas hit by a car at a Gwynnevilleroad block on Saturday night.
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The roadblock, which formed part of the road closures for the transportation of nuclear waste to Lucas Heights,was onGipps Road at the Princes Motorway overpass.

The driver of the blue Holden Astrawas travelling eastbound along Gipps Road at about 20km/h according to police when apolice officer called for him to stop.

Police allegehe failed to stop and hit the left knee of the officer,a senior constable from Shoalhaven LAC.

The officer then jumped on the bonnet of the car and rolled off the side.

Hesuffered only minor bruising from the incident.

When the car came to a stop, the officer arrested the driver.

Police will be taking further action over the incident and the driver will be attending court at a later date.

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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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