Unbeaten Cougars firing in T20 defence

ILLAWARRA Twenty20 champions Corrimal clinched a spot in next month’s semi-finals and remain unbeaten in all forms after beating Balgownie at Judy Masters Oval on Saturday.
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The Cougars defended 8-170, though Bally (8/159) were always a threat led by skipper Jamie Fleming’s 60 which included six sixes.

Corrimal’s top order set up their third straight T20 victory, with skipper Joe McDevitt (54) top-scoring and well-supported by his brother Tom McDevitt (35) and Kurtis Trindall (28).

Cooper Tym (2-18), Michael Toussis (2-11) and Fleming (2-29) bowled well, while Brandon Brown claimed one of the best catches seen at Judy Masters with a diving grab on the boundary to dismiss Trindall.

Despite the loss Bally are second behind the unbeaten Corrimal in Pool B, with a double-header final roundon January 9 remaining.

Joe McDevitt was rapt with his side’s performance, particularly his top order.

‘‘We posted a really good score and the top order hasn’t always fired for us but did the job today,’’ McDevitt said.

‘‘We’re undefeated in all forms heading into Christmas andyou have to be happy with that.’’

Also in Pool B, Northern Districts (2/101) remain in the T20 semi-final race after an eight wicket win over Wests Illawarra (7-100).

Wests batted first with Matt Calder (23) top-scoring but Norths reached the target in the 16th over. Jake Reynolds (33no) and skipper Matt Salakas (26no) top-scored.

Meanwhile, Port Kembla (8/132) made it two wins in Pool A with a one run thriller against University (8/131).

Chris Lewis slammed 56 off 30 balls for Port, while Michael Waldren took 4-28 for Uni.

The Students needed 14 off the last over and managed two boundaries but also scored just one run off the last two balls to finish one run short.

Vijay Karthik (47) top-scored, while Jason Ralston took 2-24 for Port who with two wins from three games are in T20 semi-final contention, but winless Uni are out.

In Pool A, Keira made it two wins from three games after thrashing win-less Wollongong at Keira Oval.

The Lions bludgeoned 5/181, led by Kieren Richards’ 45, Neel Honavar (44) and Nick Theodossiadis (41).

Wollongong were bowled out for 109, with Wesley Van Kempen taking 4-12 and Matt Scavarelli 3-14.

Finally, Helensburgh remain unbeaten leaders in Pool B after a six wicket win over Dapto at Reed Park.

The home side made 7/132, led by Chris Georgiou’s unbeaten 33, while Luke Falkiner took 2-16.

Mitch McCrae anchored the Burgh to victory with a fine 75, as the visitors won with two balls to spare.

Captain’s knock: Joe McDevitt made a half century as the T20 champions beat Balgownie to book a spot in this season’s semi-finals.

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Give the gift of Cowra for Christmas

Cowra Tourism Information Officer Andrew Grinter with a variety of Christmas HampersWith Christmas just around the corner and the festive season fast approaching, Cowra Tourism has prepared a great range of Christmas Hampers for sale at the Cowra Information and Visitor Centre, providing a great gift option for family and colleagues.
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Packed with Cowra’s regional wine and produce, the Christmas hampers showcase the region’s vibrancy and what the community has to offer.

The hampers are a great option as thank you gifts for business clients, valued members of staff, family and friends or even just as a personal treat this Christmas season!

With a variety of hampers ranging from $40 – $70, there is something for everyone.

And if you can’t find one that is right for you, Cowra Tourism are happy to customise a hamper to suit your needs.

Just pop in to the team at the Visitor Centre to see the great range of hampers on offer and to receive any assistance you may need in choosing the perfect gift.

The team at the Visitor Centre also encourage people to join them for a glass of bubbly this festive season as they extend their trading hours on Thursday December 17 and Tuesday, December 22 until 8pm for late night Christmas shopping.

Should you be interested in purchasing the Christmas hampers or any other retail stock, visit the team at the Visitor Centre or contact them on 6342 4333 for further details.

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Godolphin farewell assistant trainer Tom Ward with winning treble

Too good: Jockey James McDonald rides Medcaut to win at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Bradley PhotosGodolphin farewelled assistant trainer Tom Ward in style with a winning treble at Randwick on Saturday, producing a Golden Slipper contender and a couple of others that returned to form.
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Head trainer John O’Shea said after Medcaut and Fitou had scored narrow wins to go with the victory of impressive two-year-old Astern, his team had gone to Randwick with a touch of confidence.

“You sometimes come to the races thinking it could be a good day and this was one of [those] sort [of] days and things have gone our way,” O’Shea said.

“We thought we could have a good day and it being Tom’s last day with us we wanted him to go out a winner, so it has been good. He has been a major part of our team and he is going to be hard to replace.”

Ward will take up a role with Richard Hannon in the new year and has enjoyed his two years at Godolphin.

“It was a tough decision to go home because I have learned so much in Australia,” Ward said. “It is a bit sad to be going but it has been a good day to finish with a couple of nice horses.

“Astern is certainly a very good two-year-old and I will watching what he does from over there next year.”

Fitou earned herself a spell and will be prepared for the Dark Jewel at Scone in May after being clearly headed and fighting back to just nose favourite La Speciale.

“We have always had an opinion of her and the Dark Jewel is a good target for her,” O’Shea said.

James McDonald had to lift Fitou in the final 100m after being headed and believes the best is yet to come.

“She is not there yet as a stakes horse with another six months of development, she could measure up,” McDonald said.

The Godolphin team was happy to see Medcaut back in form after thinking at the start of his preparation that he could measure up to the Villiers Stakes.

“It was good to see him back winning and we will find another race for him now,” O’Shea said. “He is the sort of horse that will keep improving and I think there is going to more wins there for him.”

The three winners were all ridden by retained jockey McDonald, who summed up the Randwick track perfectly finding the ground about three from the fence. He added another with Felines.

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Inge Visser hosting Rugby 7s development day

Inge Visser is hoping to grow women’s rugby in the central west and is hosting a Western Region under 17s development day this Saturday in Parkes.NSW rugby star Inge Visser is hosting a women’s under 17s Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) Rugby 7s development day in Parkes on December 12.
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Inge has been living in Cowra for two years, captaining Central West and NSW Country teams and has been a member of the NSW Rugby 7s team.

She is spearheading the program which is designed to support the development needs of the western region’s talented Rugby 7s players by providing an industry leading pre-elite performance sport development program.

Trials began the program, with the majority of work completed in the off-season, and will be followed by matches at the Clubs NSW Academy Games on the Central Coast from April 8-10 next year.

WRAS Rugby 7s on field training days will be held monthly in December, January, February and March.

Inge, who plays for the Cowra Eagles in the central west competition, has been coaching and teaching rugby throughout her career and is now coach of the WRAS Under 15s and 17s girls.

“My goal is to get womens rugby growing in the central west and to help every rugby club to have a girls and womens side in the near future,” the former Dutch international said.

“At the moment there are four womens teams in the central west competition – Cowra, Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst.

“Mudgee is putting a team forward for the coming season which is great.

“But, with the girls and talent we have at WRAS, and the enthusiastic attitude from most clubs, we hope to set up more women’s sides throughout the area,” she said.

The December 12 development day will see the WRAS Rugby 7s under 17 girls train at Pioneer Oval from 9.30am until 12pm.

Included as part of the training, WRAS will hold an open training for all girls in the region who are interested in playing rugby.

There will be a team of experienced trainers on hand and the morning will include some introduction games, ball and contact drills and a game.

Rugby 7s is now an Olympic sport and is growing all over the world.

WRAS is doing their utmost to give girls in the central west an opportunity to get involved in the sport.

All girls aged 14 and older are welcome to check Rugby 7s out at Pioneer Oval.

Interested girls need to take sports shoes or footy boots, clothes which can get dirty, water, healthy snacks and sunscreen.

For more information or to show interest for the training day, contact Inge at [email protected]南京夜网.

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Labor calls for investigation into potentially illegal Malcolm Turnbull posters

Labor claims this poster is illegal because it doesn’t carry proper authorisation. Photo: Fiona Morris Read the fine print: If you look closely you can see the Liberal Party authorisation. Photo: Fiona Morris
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Liberals hold Hockey’s seat despite 13 per cent swing

Labor will ask electoral authorities to investigate whether the Liberal Party used illegal posters of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in its campaign to hold on to Joe Hockey’s former seat.

ALP National Secretary George Wright will write to the Australian Electoral Commission over corflute posters of a grinning Mr Turnbull – on display across the North Sydney electorate as voters went to the polls on Saturday – with no clearly visible party authorisation.

Mr Wright believes the posters could contravene the Commonwealth Electoral Act, which dictates that all such campaign material must contain the name and address of the authorising person.

A Liberal spokesperson said all the party’s campaign material contained the necessary authorisation details.

Indeed, a close look at one of the corflutes revealed an authorisation was there – but hidden behind a frame and so minuscule it was barely visible.

The federal Department of Finance’s 2013 Electoral Law Authorisation Guidelines says while there is no requirement that authorisations be a particular size they should always be “reasonably legible and accord with relevant signage industry practice”.

If the corflutes do constitute a breach of the act it could be a costly mistake for the Liberals, with fines of up to $5000 per poster.

The Liberals were on track to retain the seat at the Saturday by-election – sparked by Mr Hockey’s decision to resign from Parliament after Mr Turnbull took the leadership – but were bracing for a significant swing.

With 28 per cent of the vote counted at 8pm on Saturday, Mr Zimmerman – a former staffer to Mr Hockey – was in the lead with 47 per cent of first preference votes. That represents a 14 per cent swing against the party since Mr Hockey’s 2013 result.

Independent Stephen Ruff was running second with 19 per cent of the vote and the Greens’ Arthur Chesterfield-Evans was third on 16.5 per cent.

Labor chose not to run a candidate in the seat, which has been in Liberal hands for most of the last 70 years.

Earlier opinion polls had put Mr Zimmerman comfortably ahead of the 11 other candidates but that didn’t stop him making a last-minute campaign blitz of all 36 polling stations across the affluent electorate.

“It’s a tough contest,” he said after casting his vote. “I don’t think you can take any seat for granted any more.”

Mr Zimmerman’s win has made him the first openly gay man elected to Federal Parliament’s lower house.

Analysts put the swing largely down to Mr Hockey’s personal popularity in the seat he held for nearly two decades. But concerns over the NSW Liberal government’s council amalgamation plans were also thought to be playing a role.

Asked whether the messy week in Federal Parliament – marked by ongoing controversy surrounding frontbencher Mal Brough and the defection of Ian Macfarlane – had damaged his campaign, Mr Zimmerman was upbeat.

“It’s not something that residents have been raising with me,” he said. “They’re focused on our local plans but also Malcolm Turnbull’s very positive agenda for Australia.”

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Quirky contest to decide names of new waterslides

The new slides are expected to open within the next three weeks. Picture: contributedShoalhaven council is offering a year’s worth of free rides to whoever can come up with the best names for Nowra’s new waterslides.
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Councilconstructed the slides as part of an upgrade toNowra Aquatic Park. They are due to open before Christmas.

MayorJoanna Gash has called on the community to put forward names foreach of the slides.

“The redeveloped Nowra Aquatic Park has proven to be extremely popular with the local communitysince being re-opened in September,” Cr Gash said.

“The new open tube and closed tube waterslides will provide yet another level of enjoyment.

“We are looking for original and fun names to help capture the vibrancy of the new slides.

“The winning entry will receive free slides for a year, giving the local community plenty of reasons to enter.”

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Watch: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler parody Star Wars in new Sister trailer

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If there’s anyone who can transcend The Force, it’s comedy-duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Filmgoers in the US face a hard decision on December 18 when the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Fey and Poehler’s comedy Sisters both hit screens.

Star Wars is hotly tipped to break box office records, estimated to rake in more than $200 million on the opening weekend. For Fey and Poehler, that’s a tough gig to beat, but they’re determined to try.

Poking fun at Star Wars’ intergalactic hype train, Sister’s mockumentary-style trailer parodies the sci-fi film’s behind-the-scenes reel shown at Comic-Con this year.

The two-and-a-half minute video sees co-star and Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph doing her best Chewbacca impression, while Fey and Poehler speak in a comedic twist of the British accent.

The legendary George Takei of Star Trek fame also makes a surprise cameo.

“R-2 D-2 is my bra size,” exclaims Fey, before Rudolph brandishes a pink lightsaber in a grand flourish. Both Fey and Poehler repeatedly stress that they could not be more “excited” for the film’s release – in complete deadpan.

“I am a legend,” says Rudolph. “Sometimes I see my name in crossword puzzle answers.”

Director Jason Moore seems to think so too: “For Halloween, I used to dress up as Maya Rudolph,” he jokes.

Sister tells the story of two very different siblings (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) who band together to throw a huge party before their family home is sold forever. It’s Moore’s second time behind the camera after 2012’s Pitch Perfect.

Fey and Poehler are encouraging fans to watch both movies over the holiday season, telling fans to tweet the hashtag #YouCanSeeThemBoth.

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in Australia on December 17 while Sisters hits screens on January 7.

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Razors bowlers upset Oak Flats

The Rail produced their best day’s bowling of the season to upset leaders Oak Flatsat Croome Road.
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Having posted 9/236, The Rail dismissed the Rats for 217, then were7/70 in their second dig.

Mark Damoiseaux starred with the ball for the Razorbacks taking 5/38 off 13 overs., while Ben Mitchell (51) top-scored for Oak Flats, plus took 4/29 in The Rail’s second dig.

Meanwhile, Lake Illawarra claimed first innings points but Kiama earned the second day honours with a strong batting effort at Howard Fowles Oval.

The Lakers dominated day one, dismissing Kiama for only 88, and pushed on from 6/188to declare at 8/246. Ryan McGuire made an unbeaten 57.

Kiama batted well in their second dig and finished 2/149, with Mark Brockman unbeaten on 77 and skipper Nathan Barr making 29.

‘‘It was a really encouraging day for us; now we’ve got to do it over two days, Kiama skipper Nathan Barr said.

Respect: Kiama skipper Nathan Barr made 29 in his second dig against Lakers.

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Billy bowled em for six.

A lightning spell of bowling byHarden quick Billy Bolger ensured that the Hornets A grade cricket team ran riot at Bookham on Saturday bowling the home side out for 86 and then making the runs, two wickets down.
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Bolger took a startling 6 for 23 to effectivelyskittle the opposition, while his younger brother Rory also proved his worth with the ball in hand, taking 2 for 8 in the win and Martin Brown took the other scalps andfinished with 2 for 36.

Brown then continued his good day by making 28 not out and Kai Steele providedvital support knocking them around to finish on 24 not out to steer the Hornets to their third victory of the season.

The news wasn’t so sweet for the Hornets B grade outfit who felt the full force of a strong Murrumbateman line-up.

Down the road at Binalong the Bushrangers cruelly lost their encounter by one run

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Pearson stars for Central, Crusaders roll Ex Services

Joel Pearson in action during Cootamundra’s Country Plate win over Yass early November. Pearson was in fine form for the Central Hotel today, taking four wickets for just three runs and scoring 26 himself. Picture: Harrison VeseyIT WAS blink-and-you-miss-it cricket in town today as the favourites ran out easy winners in all four local games.
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Fisher Park saw its first cricket match since March 2014 as the Central Hotel hosted Young’s Commercial Scorchers.

Joel Pearson was the star player for the home side, taking four wickets for just three runs on the way to seeing the visitors all out for 84.

Pearson backed that up with an impressive knock of 26 runs and Aaron Cronin remained 18 not out.

Meanwhile on Albert Park,Darren Connell and Ryan Connellwere in fine form for the Crusaders.

The father and son combination tookthree and four wickets respectively as they rolled the Ex Services for just 67 runs.

Fill-in batsman Troy Tucker made 12 and Zac Craw remained not out as the ladders leaders reached the target with eight wickets to spare.

The Dunk Insurance Cup saw some similarly one-sided affairs.

On Clarke Oval, the Family Hotel Blues made 176 thanks to a fine knock of 67 from Matt Dickinson and 40 from James Dickinson.

At 4.30pm the hosts were looking comfortable as the Young Hotel Saints opening order collapsed to be 3/9. Fifteen minutes later they still looked in trouble at 5/29.

The Family should have a tougher game next week as they host Stockinbingal at Clarke Oval.

Stock werewinners on their ground, reaching 9/154 as Doug Hunt made 47.

They had the Temora Ex Services Renegades donefor 101 thanks to tight bowling for Luke Levett 4/22 and Brendan O’Callaghan 2/30 from 10 overs.

Out on Barry Grace Oval the unbeaten Wallendbeen Cricket Club enjoyed belting Young’s Commercial Phoenix around the park, riding their luck to make the most of a plethora of dropped catches.

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