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Tratt reaches for new heights at nationals

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Neve Tratt and Claire Hargreaves head off today to represent NSW as player and coach at the Australian Under-14 Basketball Championships. Photo: BELINDA SOOLESTAR junior basketballer Neve Tratt will spend the next week in Townsville taking on the best under-14 players in the country, and while she will be a long way from home she will have a familiar face helping her.
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Tratt is a member of the NSW squad that will contest the Australian School Sport National Championships in Townsville, with the team to be mentored by Dubbo-based coach Claire Hargreaves.

The pair have been working hard in recent times, with their two-hour weekly sessions complemented by Tratt’s individual training and Hargreaves’ off-court preparation and planning.

Their involvement in a national tournament is a further boost for the growing Dubbo junior association, which is developing quite a production line of talented youngsters.

The tournament kicks off tomorrow and while it’s never easy taking on the best players in Australia, Hargreaves is confident her side can perform well.

“Last year we won bronze and I think this year we probably have a better squad assembled,” she said.

“We’ve got five players from the country and five from the metro areas, and the thing we really have this year is height.

“Neve is quite tall (186cm) and we have three girls at that height or just under. In the past we’ve had good depth at guard but this year we have height and that is going to help us a lot.”

Tratt gained selection in the squad after a standout performance at the PSSA Championships at Albury earlier in the year, and Hargreaves admitted she took a great deal of satisfaction in watching her protege’s progression.

“Neve has been playing for two or three years now and she has really found her feet,” Hargreaves said.

“When we first got her she hated being the tall kid and things were a bit awkward for her but the amount of improvement she’s shown in that time has been amazing.

“I still think she’s got a lot of growing to do, she’s only 12 years old, but we’ve harnessed that height and it’s turned into a major weapon for her on the court and she’s learned to embrace it a bit.”

Putting together a squad that is separated by distance hasn’t been easy, but Hargreaves got the players together during the most recent school holidays for a three-day camp to help prepare them for this week’s tournament.

“That camp helped introduce the players into the squad and work on a few things,” Hargreaves said.

“Neve and I have been working together for two hours every week and she does her own practice a few times a week on top of that so she will be well-prepared.”

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Julia Gillard to tell her story at GV lunch

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Julia Gillard will recount her days as Australia’s first female PM when she is guest speaker at a Grand View Hotel literary lunch in October.
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Ms Gillard is one of two high profile Australian women who will appear at the Cleveland hotel in coming months.

Journalist and and television presenter Geraldine Doogue will address the representation of women at the top levels of power in Australia when she is at the GV for a literary dinner on September 23.

Ms Doogue will discuss her book, The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power.

The 7pm dinner costs $40 for GV members or $45.

Julia Gillard became Australia’s 27th prime minister on June 24, 2010. She was PM for three years and three days one of the more turbulent times in Australian politics.

She will speak about those days and discuss her book, My Story, at a literary lunch on Tuesday, October 14 at noon.

The book also reflects on what it means and what it takes to be a woman leader in contemporary politics.

The lunch costs $35 for GV members or $40.

Booking for both events is essential; phone 3286 1002 or email [email protected]老域名出售.au

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Junior Soccer vies for $5000 prize

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KICKING BACK: Enjoying themselves at junior soccer here in town on the this season are (from left) Will English, Michael Perry and Logan Collins. New goals and nets will benefit the current crop of players as well as budding soccer stars into the future.THE Cootamundra Junior Soccer Club is calling on all community members to get behind a voting campaign which could see them win $5000 towards their new goals and nets.
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In July this year, the club entered the national ‘Dynamo Refresh your Club Competition’ and late last week were informed they had made the top 10.

Our entry was to ‘refresh’ their goals and nets, and along with nine others, has now been published on the competition website.

This is where the community comes in.

The five entries with the highest number of votes at the end of the voting period will each win $5000, and the entry with the most votes will also be presented with their prize by a Fox Sports celebrity at their home sporting ground.

Voting opened last Friday and will continue until 11:59pm Thursday, August 28 with voting limited to one vote per IP address per day.

“This means that each of us can potentially vote 14 times over the voting period (or more if you have more than one IP address),” Cootamundra Junior Soccer secretary Raylene Godbier said.

It is easy to vote, simply go to http://extra.foxsportspulse老域名出售/competitions-and-offers/refresh-your-club/ and select the ‘vote’ tab.

“Remember to also please ask your family and friends outside of soccer to vote for us and remember to vote every day,” Raylene encouraged.

Fundraising for the desperately-needed goal posts and nets is already underway by the club with a Trivia Night planned for this Friday night, August 22.

The current posts are not approved for use anymore by the governing body of junior soccer due to their risk to safety of the kids.

The new posts and nets are worth $16,000.

They will be made of aluminium, rather than steel and will be removable making maintenance of the park easier and allowing Mitchell Park to be used for other sports also.

The club has been successful in obtaining funding for 50 per cent of the project from NSW Government Department of Sport and Recreation.

The cootamundra Junior Soccer Club must match this coming up with $8000.

A prize of $5000 would go a long way towards meeting this goal so get voting!

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Mount Hunter Public School students ensure diggers’ stories are remembered

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Research and restore: Students at Mount Hunter Public School have researched and written a book about local diggers and are anticipating the unveiling of their restored war memorial. Pictured are Isaac Latham, Chantel Wright, Ellie Maiwaring and Chloe Angilley. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeNext year marks the Anzac centenary, but nextFriday, August 22 Mount Hunter Public School is marking another centenary — 100 years since the first Mount Hunter digger enlisted.
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George Iley Dunn was that first digger, and his name along with those of 39 other Mount Hunter locals is listed on the school’s war memorial which will be restored for their open day nextFriday.

In addition to unveiling the improved war memorial, the school will present a book researched and written by students in years 5 and 6, detailing the histories of the 40 Mount Hunter diggers.

P&C executive Mark Latham, who organised the centenary event at the school, said researching the local diggers was an exciting learning opportunity for the students.

‘‘We [the P&C] looked at discovering the reality of the 40 names on the war memorial, because we didn’t know much about them,’’ Mr Latham said.

‘‘Constructing the book was a chance for students to look at the archives and into the history of World War I, and who those 40 people were in our community, not just some obscure names found on a wall on the other side of the country.’’

Mr Latham’s 11-year-old son Isaac was one of the students researching the book, and he feels like he has helped ensure the diggers’ stories are never forgotten.

‘‘The reason I wanted to help was because I felt that some other books don’t have detailed reports on the Mount Hunter soldiers — I want them to be remembered correctly,’’ said Isaac, who is in year 6.

‘‘I felt that I was making a contribution and helping diggers to be remembered well and it felt really nice to be having a purpose in documenting the history.’’

Mr Latham hopes that descendants and relatives of the 40 Mount Hunter diggers commemorated on the war memorial will come to the school and share in the celebrations.

‘‘It’s a chance to honour the men that fought, and many who died over in the war, and find our more about Mr Hunter’s war history,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we can raise awareness of the event and get people to come along — it’s significant for the school.’’

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Mount Hunter Public School students ensure diggers’ stories are remembered

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Research and restore: Students at Mount Hunter Public School have researched and written a book about local diggers and are anticipating the unveiling of their restored war memorial. Pictured are Isaac Latham, Chantel Wright, Ellie Maiwaring and Chloe Angilley. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeNext year marks the Anzac centenary, but nextFriday, August 22 Mount Hunter Public School is marking another centenary — 100 years since the first Mount Hunter digger enlisted.
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George Iley Dunn was that first digger, and his name along with those of 39 other Mount Hunter locals is listed on the school’s war memorial which will be restored for their open day nextFriday.

In addition to unveiling the improved war memorial, the school will present a book researched and written by students in years 5 and 6, detailing the histories of the 40 Mount Hunter diggers.

P&C executive Mark Latham, who organised the centenary event at the school, said researching the local diggers was an exciting learning opportunity for the students.

‘‘We [the P&C] looked at discovering the reality of the 40 names on the war memorial, because we didn’t know much about them,’’ Mr Latham said.

‘‘Constructing the book was a chance for students to look at the archives and into the history of World War I, and who those 40 people were in our community, not just some obscure names found on a wall on the other side of the country.’’

Mr Latham’s 11-year-old son Isaac was one of the students researching the book, and he feels like he has helped ensure the diggers’ stories are never forgotten.

‘‘The reason I wanted to help was because I felt that some other books don’t have detailed reports on the Mount Hunter soldiers — I want them to be remembered correctly,’’ said Isaac, who is in year 6.

‘‘I felt that I was making a contribution and helping diggers to be remembered well and it felt really nice to be having a purpose in documenting the history.’’

Mr Latham hopes that descendants and relatives of the 40 Mount Hunter diggers commemorated on the war memorial will come to the school and share in the celebrations.

‘‘It’s a chance to honour the men that fought, and many who died over in the war, and find our more about Mr Hunter’s war history,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we can raise awareness of the event and get people to come along — it’s significant for the school.’’

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Creating a voice

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A FORMER Mildura district parliamentarian, chair of Sunraysia Daily, and innovative farmer has been honoured at a centenary dinner of the National Party in Melbourne.
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HONOURED: Mildura’s Peter Stewart has been recognised as a founder of what would later become the National Party.

Percy Stewart of “Eastern View”, Carwarp, along with Isaac Hart (Trentham) and J.J. Hall (Bendigo), was recognised as founder of the Victorian Farmers’ Union, forerunner of the Country Party and, in 1974, The Nationals.

Mr Stewart was born in Melbourne in 1985, the son of a master mariner, and secured work at a bottle factory, then on the Mildura railway line, before sailing around Cape Horn.

Working on wheat farms in western Canada he saw the need for parliamentary representation for growers, guaranteed prices and bulk handling.

Returning to Australia in 1913 he selected an uncleared Mallee block at Carwarp and married Edith Roberts in 1917, later experimenting with various wheat varieties and holding open days to share the knowledge.

He volunteered three times for military service with the AIF, but on each occasion was found to be medically unfit, no doubt because of malaria he contracted during his sea faring days.

As president of the Carwarp Progress Association he was integral in forming the Victorian Farmers’ Union, later becoming one of four VFU members to be elected to State Parliament representing the seat of Swan Hill, which then included Mildura and most of the Mallee.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Saturday’s Sunraysia Daily 16/08/2014.

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Wanderers up for a big finish: young brigade to face off against Zig Zag

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YOUNG GUN: Gerry Shea (pictured) and his brother Louis will both look to help Wanderers finish its season with a win on Saturday. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0802lswand8AFTER a “gutting” draw with Bathurst Souths last weekend, Orange Wanderers coach Andrew Reddan said he has no doubts his players will “be up for it” on Saturday.
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Wanderers host Lithgow Zig Zag in Saturday’s men’s Premier League Hockey final round clash, and with neither side able to make the semi-finals little more than pride is on the line.

Wanderers conceded in the dying stages of last week’s game to draw with Souths, when nothing but a win would suffice.

“It was gutting. I’ve never seen guys so gutted,” Reddan said.

“But I think that is testament to how far they have come this year. Their attitude has changed, and their mindset has changed significantly.

“We saw it at training on Thursday, it was one of best sessions of the year. They want to win this game.”

With several players unavailable, Wanderers will roll out its young brigade, with Caiden Reddan, Gerry and Louis Shea and Mitch Vennard all listed to play.

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“They deserve the chance to finish the season,” the Wanderers’ mentor said.

“They have all trained hard every week and it’s fitting they get to play the last game. It’s unfortunate for the guys that are away.

“We have a lot of young guys like that, even younger too, coming through. We’re in good stead for the next few years.”

Wanderers has scored two victories against Zig Zag prior to today’s game, 7-3 in round two and 4-3 in round seven.

“I think we should be okay against these guys,” Reddan said.

“We’ve won against them before. They’re like Souths, you just need to stay out of their niggle and play hockey.

“I think if we play the way we trained during the week we should be able to grab a win to finish off.”

Wanderers host Zig Zag from 1.10pm at Orange Hockey Centre on Saturday.

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GALLERY: The Week in Pictures

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GALLERY: The Week in Pictures Glen Eden (in Red) and James Plowright have returned home from the world stick fighting championships, they won several titles. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
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Sunday weather.Sunset over the New Bendigo Hospital cranes.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Bendigo Lady Braves vs Kilsyth at Bendigo Stadium. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

CFA crews responding to a fire in vacant land off Lester St EaglehawkPicture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Football action at Malone Park, Marong. Marong vs BridgewaterPicture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Kangaroo Flat v Strathfieldsaye in netball.Picture: PETER WEAVING

Young Lady Braves basketballer Caitlin McLachlan is about to head off to the US to take up a college sporting scholarship.Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

The Great Moscow Circus.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Curator and one of the Artists of the Nature in the Dark Exhibition at VACJan Hendrik BrugmeierPicture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Karen celebration is taking place on Saturday.Gay Proth Soe LaMyint.Picture: PETER WEAVING

The Police and SES search for a man after he escaped custody near the Bendigo Magistrates Court.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Citizenship Ceremony, Bendigo Town HallMarlene Sullivan of the Inner Wheel Club of Bendigo hands over a native tree Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Opening of the new Naunton Family Building at Girton. Year 11 students Nyankiir Arok and Logan Rochford test the water in the science room aquarium. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

The Great Moscow Circus.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Venerable Ashin Moonieinda at the site the Karen community centre will be built on. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

La Trobe University Performing Arts Club is putting on “The Miscellaneous Musical”. Chris Pedler to name.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

The two leads in new Melbourne musical ONCE (based on the film) are in Bendigo to promote the show. Picture: PETER WEAVING

Sikh community would like to highlight their monthly gathering in Kangaroo Flat to try and connect with other parts of the Bendigo community.The Sikh Community making flat bread and Chai TeaPicture: GLENN DANIELS

South Bendigo V Maryborough in the BFNL clash at the QEO.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Boxing Camp being held at La Trobe Uni Gym. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo football central umpire Paula Shay will officiate her first senior match at the Loddon Valley Football League clash between YCW and Mitiamo tomorrow (Saturday). Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Saturday morning at the writers festival.Indigenous Australian session at the Capital.Alex Miller and Raimond Gaita.Picture: PETER WEAVING

An apparent “Supermoon”.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Bendigo Writers Festival. Allison Nye, fewstival goer from Castlemaine gets stuck into a book at Borchelli Ristorante. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Russell Forbes Sharp is the first Australian patient to receive the latest, hi-tech pacemaker, a device about as big as a 50-cent piece and able to send text messages direct to the doctor.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

An alpaca in Sedgewick. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Spring Gully Primary School students with Crossing Supervisor Carmel Pollock. Carmel has been awarded best crossing supervisor in the region.Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

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Trelour roses will be a reminder

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APPRECIATED: At the presentation of the rose bushes were (from left), Alanna Grosfeld (CEO Lithgow Aged Care Ltd), Trish Fitzpatrick, Maree Statham and Judy Nolan (Lithgow Council), BarbaraWendon (Director of Care Service Lithgow Aged Care Ltd), Norma Stephenson (Red Cross president and Narelle Whalan (Three Tree Lodge) and at front Marie Evans (Three Tree Lodge).IT was a capacity crowd that packed into Lithgow RedCross House in the picturesque Queen Elizabeth Parkfor the presentation of a number of Trelour Roses tomark Red Cross’s centenary.
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The Trelour Roses are a symbol for Red Cross Groupsthroughout Australia marking their 100 years of service.

The roses were presented to Three Tree Lodge,Cooinda, Lithgow Aged Care Ltd (Tanderra) and theLithgow Council to plant in their gardens.

Representatives from all four organisations were onhand to gratefully except the plants that will grow intodeep red beautiful rose bushes.

Accepting the rose bush on behalf of the council,Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said: “I always enjoyaccepting invitations from the local Red Cross group.

“They do a magnificent job throughout the community.

“Another good thing about attending Red Crossfunctions is that there is always beautiful home cookedmorning teas served up by the hard working members.

“The Trelour Roses will be a reminder to us all justhow much good work the Red Cross members put inaround our district.”

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Rock fisherman’s body found at Kiama

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Rock fisherman’s body found at Kiama Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN
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Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Emergency services search for a 65-year-old rock fisherman on Friday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

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