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300 game perfect way to win tournament for young gun Swallows

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IN THE ZONE: Hayden Swallow delivered his first 300 game last weekend. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0813mchayden2HAYDEN Swallow’s first 300 game ensured he took out the scratch honours at last weekend’s Bowl Inn Cafe Junior Tournament.

Swallow delivered the first perfect game of his career in his last game of the tournament at the Orange Tenpin Bowl.

The 18-year-old had bowled 163 and 186 in his first two games.

Then he delivered perfection.

“It was a bit up and down,” Swallow said of his form.

“It just all came together in that last game.”

Swallow admitted his hands were shaking as he prepared to bowl his final delivery, and when it struck he felt relief.

He delivered his 300 game on lanes 13 and 14, the two lanes which have delivered the most success at the Orange Tenpin Bowl.

The perfect game means Swallow’s MOTIV Raptor has become his new favourite bowling ball.

“It used to be my second favourite ball. I guess it’s my favourite now,” he laughed.

Swallow’s 649 total allowed him to take out the scratch prize, ahead of fellow Orange bowlers Harry Betts (480) and Joel Patey (479).

The teenager has been bowling for more than 10 years but has changed his style in that time.

It is a chance which has paid off.

“I bowl two-handed. I used to bowl one-handed but I changed about three years ago,” Swallow explained.

“I was flat-lining in my averages. I changed to two hands and my average has gone up and up. Chucky (Jason Brown) has been a big help.”

The next achievement Swallow would like to tick off his list is bowling an 800 series, which is three games totalling 800 or more.

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Pressure valve released on Hawks

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Eaglehawk veteran Damien Lock.


COACH Luke Monaghan says there’s a sense of the pressure valve being released at Eaglehawk this week with the club’s Bendigo Football League finals destiny now out of its control.

The Hawks are in sixth position with two rounds remaining. As well as needing to win at least one more game, the Hawks must now also rely on fifth-placed Kangaroo Flat to stumble if they are to snatch a finals berth from the Roos.

The Hawks travel to Barkers Oval Princes Park to take on Maryborough on Saturday on the back of consecutive losses to Golden Square and Gisborne.

“To be honest, we can release that pressure valve now and just go out and enjoy ourfooty for the next two weeks and the results will take care of themselves,” Monaghan said on Friday.

“If there’s an opportunity to play finals, we’ll grasp it, but if not then we only have ourselves to blame.”

Maryborough promises to be stiff opposition for the Hawks on its home turf.

The Magpies have beaten South Bendigo and Golden Square the past fortnight and pushed the Hawks all the way back in round eight when they hadn’t won a game yet.

“They have been in really good form with a few wins on the trot and were obviously good enough to take the scalp of Golden Square, so we’re certainly aware that we’ll have to play very well for four quarters to get over them,” Monaghan said.

The Hawkswill use their 46th player for the season on Saturday when Ollie Butler, who has been picked on a wing, plays his first game.

Saturday’s game starts at 2.20pm.

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Parramasala set to spring to life

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Dancers from Nrityagriha School of Indian classic dance at Parramasala at Price Alfred Park, Parramatta. Picture: Helen Nezdropa.Parramatta and Harris Park will once again spring to life when the vibrant sights and sounds of the fifth annual South Asian festival Parramasala returns from October17-19.

Featuring an exciting program of local and international artists, Parramasala is set to transform Parramatta with contemporary music, dance, theatre, film, workshops, exhibitions, free concerts bazaar market and Bollywood-style dancers.

Lord mayorJohn Chedid, said Parramatta is looking forward to reaping the social, cultural and economic benefits from this annual festival.

“Parramasala draws thousands of visitors to Parramatta and brings some of the world’s best performers and artists to our City, helping reinforce our position as one of the leading major events destinations in Sydney,” Cr Chedid said.

“Our city is home to one of Australia’s largest Indian and South Asian communities and this festival not only highlights our thriving cultural diversity but also provides a great opportunity to showcase Parramatta and Harris Park to a large number of visitors from across Sydney.”

Some of the highlights of Parramasala 2014 include the free opening night parade through the streets of Parramatta, events in Harris Park and a range of entertainment and celebrations over the weekend.

The full 2014 program for Parramasala will be available in late August.

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OPINION: A few more good women

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HIGH PRICE: The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies.A POLITICIAN’S spouse is supposed to be seen – at functions, fetes and fund-raisers – and rarely heard. Arguably, there aren’t many other roles more limiting for a woman. (Obviously men can also be partners of women politicians, but Australia’s three tiers of government are dominated by men.)

Yes, she can throw her energy into supporting charitable and community causes, but essentially she is required to be a glorified host and a well-presented plus-one.

Charlotte Thaarup-Owen, the wife of fallen former Newcastle MP Tim Owen, was never going to fit the mould. Before embarking on his short-lived political career, Owen spent 30 years in the Australian Defence Force. Thaarup-Owen told me in a 2011 interview after her husband’s successful election campaign that she had struggled with ‘‘constantly starting again’’ while he was with the ADF.

‘‘Your career gets chopped,’’ she said candidly.

Her ambivalence about her husband’s new career in politics was obvious. ‘‘I can’t say I was a great supporter of it because it was a little bit like going back into the military in terms of the demands on his time. I was so passionate about my business and I didn’t want to become the ‘wife’ again … That’s not how it’s going to be.’’

Thaarup-Owen is an intelligent, sophisticated woman – ‘‘a feminist at heart’’ – who grew up in Denmark with its culture of social equity. It was no surprise when she ignored protocol in May after her husband was first mentioned in evidence in the ICAC and took to Facebook to express her views about political corruption.

‘‘When we do the wrong thing,’’ she wrote, ‘‘we not only violate ourselves and our own integrity but we also tarnish those close to us with our poor choices. The further consequence of the actions displayed the last couple of years by both parties is that it becomes increasingly unlikely that decent people enter politics, that is sad for Australia and so very sad for the decent ones left.’’

In the past couple of weeks, a rapid procession of Newcastle men – from politicians to their wealthy developer contacts – have walked into the ICAC and obliterated any lingering community faith in fair and decent government.

The exposure of shady deals and a strained web of lies has been extraordinary.

Amid the condemnation that followed Tim Owen’s admission on Tuesday that he had lied under oath about accepting $10,000 from Newcastle developer and now lord mayor Jeff McCloy, it was Thaarup-Owen’s response that had an impact.

‘‘I am absolutely disgusted with Tim and what has happened,’’ she told me.

Her anger and sadness indicated that she, like the rest of us, had been lied to.

While Thaarup-Owen’s comment was brief, it was also rare. I struggle to think of another instance where a politician’s spouse has publicly denounced their wrongdoing. Even well-rounded fictional characters such as The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick don’t do it. I’ve joked that politicians must have iron-clad contracts with their partners that forbid them from ever speaking their mind in public. Nothing would surprise me.

Amid the awfulness of the ICAC proceedings, Thaarup-Owen’s integrity shines through – as does that of Kerry Schott, Kristina Keneally, and Jodi McKay. These women have paid a substantial price because of the appalling behaviour of a gang of influential, power-hungry men. Others have, too. A friend resigned last week from her role as Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell’s senior adviser as soon as his illegal actions were exposed. ‘‘I’m devastated,’’ she told me.

Coincidentally, I ran into Tim Owen’s adviser at a function on Monday morning and was surprised she was there given he was on the stand at the ICAC for the first time that day.

‘‘It’s business as usual,’’ she replied optimistically.

When I suggested it might not be by the end of the day, she touched her rounded belly and explained she was heading off in a couple of weeks to have a baby. This was the same woman who stood near Owen in tears during his May press conference as he announced he would not recontest the seat of Newcastle next year. I can only imagine how she feels now.

Sadly, we are confronted with a vicious cycle: women are treated badly in politics therefore we aren’t prepared to put ourselves forward in the numbers needed to gain fair representation. Look what happens if you do. In Jodi McKay’s case, not only did the opposition work against her, her own party helped to engineer her downfall.

It is a bleak state of affairs, but rather than hope for any remaining honourable men to take a stand, I think we need more good women. Many more.

Once stars take time out in Bendigo

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MUSIC: Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones play songs on the steps of The Capital theatre.LEAD actors for the new Australian production of musical Once visited Bendigo on Friday ahead of starting rehearsals.

Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones play an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who meet in Dublin and fall in love over their passion for music.

Once was initially filmed and produced in Ireland and released in 2006.

The Irish film won the Oscar for best song (Falling Slowly) and in 2012 premiered on Broadway to sell-out performances.

Music and lyrics for the show and film were written by Glen Hansard and Maketa Irglova who also starred in the film.

Jones graduated from the Actors Centre in 2009 and has featured in shows such as Cabaret, Equus with New Theatre and the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of Wind in the Willows.

The Sydney-based actor was cast in the role of the girl in February before Parsons was added to the cast.

“A role comes around every so often that you think I could do that, I’d love to do that and thankfully here I am. It’s amazing,” Jones said.

“It’s a simple beautiful love story full of some of the most amazing music you will ever hear.”

“I’ve done mostly straight theatre shows since finishing drama schools but I really loved music and played piano when I was younger.”

The pair are eager to get on the stage and start rehearsals.

“It’s been a bit of a wait and we’re keen to get stuck in,” Parsons said.

“(Glen Hansard’s songs) are big shoes to fill. Vocally it’s a big old sing but his guitar playing is insane, it’s hard to get your head around the rhythms he plays.

“It’s a real gift of a part, I can’t wait.”

Parsons graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has featured in shows such as Mamma Mia, Avenue Q and Concrete Jungle.

The British-born performer toured Australia with the Jesus Christ Superstar tour last year before being cast as the guy in Once.

“There are very few parts that are suited to me as well as this one,” he said.

“I’ve been in bands since I was a teenager so I’ve always been playing guitar but I’ve done a lot of musical theatre as well.”

Once opens in Melbourne on Saturday, October 4.

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