Port Lincoln tennis upgrades

19-09-2018 by admin

PORT Lincoln Tennis Association has been working to upgrade its club house and courts over the past five years. Before this, the facilities were somewhat run down. Upgrades have been madepossible due to memberships, sponsorship and ongoing fundraising, including manning aCoke vanat Tunarama. The association is lucky to have hard working president Julie Polkinghorne and a strong proactive committee.The association will continue to fundraise, to keep our facilities in top condition.Included in City of Port Lincoln’s 2016/17 proposed draft annual budget, more than$100,000 has been proposed for car parking at Tennyson Terrace, including disabled car parking, footpath and kerbing.

Renovations over the past five years have included:

2010:The Courts at Tennyson Terrace, the main location were resurfaced at a cost of $200,000.2011:Fences were completely renewed at a cost of $70.000.2012:Lights were constructed on courts one and twoat a cost of $38,000. This has enabled us to run night competitions, using 6 courts with lights.2014:The kitchen was relocated and updated at a cost of $28,0002015: Toilets were completely upgraded, including a disabled facility at a cost of $71,0002016: Construction is underway, including a new roof, asbestos removal, new windows, decking, disabled ramp and storage room, at a cost of $128,000. Work is ongoing at present.Total $535,000 after this stage is complete. UPGRADES: More than $100,000 has been proposed for car parking at Tennyson Terrace, including disabled car parking, footpath and kerbing.

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‘Don’t get zapped on farm’

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Farmers, who are taking advantage of opening season rain, are being reminded aboutthe deadly threat posed by power lines on their properties.

“The deaths of two farmers in Queensland in March and April are tragic reminders of the danger frompower lines on farms,” said Paul Roberts, spokesman for SA Power Networks.

A range of power lines criss-cross South Australian farms, including transmission lines of more than132,000 volts and mountedon steel-framed towers, and sub-transmission lines at 66,000 volts and 33,000 voltswhich are strung betweentaller Stobie poles and link tosubstations.

Then there are Single Wire Earth Return, or SWER lines, which carry 19,000 volts and constitute about 30 percentof the State’selectricity distribution network.

These SWER lines are difficult to see as they are thin, single lines strung tightlybetween poles that can be hundreds of metres apart.

“We often respond to outages that have been caused by activity on farms during intense work periods such asplanting or harvesting,” Mr Roberts said.

“It is amatter of luckthat we have not had any recentdeaths in South Australia. We havehad some serious injuries and several very lucky escapes.

“Incidents happenin all kindsof situations, from people operating tip trucks, augers, headers, excavators, elevatingwork platforms, scissor-lifts and spray booms, to assembling of irrigation pipes and even scaffolding.

“A new issuethat has emerged in recent years is the use of GPS for guiding ever-bigger farm machinery.”

Mr Roberts said the fatalities in Queensland had involved boom sprays contacting power lines and showedthethreat posed by operating tall or wide machinery around power lines. But this hazard can be reduced through proper risk assessment.

“Farm workers should always carry out a safety check before starting a task. Will the work happen near overheadelectricity power lines or require movement of tall or wide equipment under or around lines? Is there analternative?” he said.

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Heat stroke: corals to south coast

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The pin-up child for climate change might be the Great Barrier Reef, but the south coast is also feeling the heat.

Marine ecology professor David Booth of theUniversity of Technology Sydney has been studying the impact of climate change in our region for over 15 years, with data recording adefinite trend.

“The East Australian Current (EAC) is strengthening and this is climate change related,” Professor Booth said on Monday May 16.

“Tropical species are using this current to travel further south. Certain groups like surgeon fish have had a huge increase over the past few years in the Eden/Merimbula area, and 2016 has been a particularly big year for butterfly and damsel fish as well as many new species we haven’tseen in this area before.”

Professor Booth said water temperatures need to stay above 17 degrees for most tropical species to survive winter and establish themselves, butan invasion of sorts has already begun.

“Urchins have come down with climate change and have destroyed kelp beds,” Professor Booth said.“Ironically, tropical fish prefer this bare boulderhabitat, but sadly it’s at the expense of the kelp which many southern fish speciesrely upon.”

Professor Booth said Eden sits “right on the edge of Australia’s productive fisheries” but climate change is driving coolwatersand good fisheries away from NSW.

“So unfortunately the future of commercial fisheries will be grim in that part of the world, where it has always been so good.”

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Fire station open day Saturday

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Firefighters are encouraging people to visit Wellington Fire Station for the Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual Open Day on Saturday, 21 May.

Wellington Fire Station will be open from 10am to 2pm and families are encouraged to come along and meet their local firefighters and learn more about fire prevention.

A range of free activities will be on offer, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations. Firefighters will also be able to provide advice on installing smoke alarms, changing smoke alarm batteries and preparing a home fire escape plan.

Children will be able to see fire engines and firefighting equipment up close, which is always one of the highlights of this much-anticipated day. For the first time, FRNSW is this year partnering with LEGO City to spread the fire safety message on Fire Station Open Day. The partnership will see a new Brigade Kids activity booklet and LEGO City minifigures available for Open Day visitors.

Station Commander Mark Moroney said: “With May being the 10th anniversary of the introduction of smoke alarm legislation, Open Day is a timely opportunity to talk to the experts about replacing your smoke alarms.

“Given that not all smoke alarms last beyond 10 years, this year we’re encouraging residents to replace their outdated alarms with the latest photoelectric smoke alarms, which provide earlier detection and fewer false alarms.

“Why not come along to Wellington Fire Station on Open Day and come and talk to us about how you can reduce the risk of fire destroying your life,” Station Commander Moroney said.

Natalie Curr, Brand Manager for LEGO Australia said: “LEGO City is based on everyday heroes such as firefighters, allowing children to build and role play. This partnership with Fire & Rescue NSW is the perfect opportunity for LEGO City to support the real life heroes in our community.”

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Thumbs up and ready to run

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TAMWORTH Greyhound Racing Club officials are hopeful they might pick up 13 TAB races next year.

Chosen Origin Powers home for the second week in a row at Tamworth on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140516GGC03

TGRC president Robert Munn said his club awaited a ruling from Greyhound Racing NSW as to which New England track is going to pick up the 13 TAB races promised for next year.

Independent track reviewers gave the club and track a thorough look over two weeks ago.

Munn said they received “the thumbs up” and his club is ready to take one or all of the designated Sunday afternoon meets, which could either go to the one club or be shared between several clubs, with Tamworth and Gunnedah the frontrunners.

“I thought we would have heard by now but they haven’t decided,” Munn said.

“It should be announced in the next five to 10 days but everything has been positive so far.”

Meanwhile, Single Origin snared a second win in just five starts at Tamworth on Saturday when the two-year-old favourite lived up to expectations and blew away the Volunteers Appreciation 5th Grade (402m) field.

While the Hayden Munn trained blue dog didn’t make full use of the outside box, he did quickly eat up the metres from early leavers Watta Miss and Wise One to be leading by the start of the bend, and by the top of the straight was a few lengths in front of the chase pack.

Curlewis trainer Kevin Sills charge Typhoon Marty tried to blow home late but just came up short by half a length at the line, with Alexander Verhagen’s Watta Miss holding the rail for third.

Hayden and father Robert have had a great run over the four week Cup carnival, claiming a win in the opening week followed by a double in all three following meets, including Single Origin’s sister Chosen Origin taking out the Community Mutual Maiden two starts later on Saturday.

“We are pretty happy with how the carnival has gone,” Munn said.

“Two last week and two the week before has been good.”

While many trainers are looking to get their dogs going over the longer distances these days, Single Origin is about to come down a few metres with one goal and a big paycheck in mind.

“He is a good young fella,” Munn said.

“We are going to bring him back a few metres and aim for the $4000 Hoteliers in Gunnedah.”

“We will give him a short spell and then take him to the heats in three weeks.”

Single Origin has only missed a place once in five starts, having an unlucky run two starts ago to finish last in Tamworth over the 457m, before bouncing back last week to take out a 457m mixed grade on Cup day.

“He couldn’t get across on the corner a few starts ago,” Munn said.

“But that was a strong run today.”

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Farmer petition calls for action

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The plight of dairy farmers is an emergency that requires the action of everyone, Farmer Power presidentChris Gleeson says.

Mr Gleeson isappealingtobusinesses and members of the south-west community tobecome industry champions.

“Every day we are likelyto lose more farmers and the rest won’t hold on for long,” he said.“We need help tocampaign for a decent outcome.”

A Farmer Power petition now circulating the south-west is calling for community action.

Mr Gleeson said an easy way the community could help was make sure they buy Australian dairy products.

“When you’re in the supermarket, make sure you’re buying Australian,” he said.

He also urged people to ask food outlets if they’re using Australian cheese in their products.

“It’s another way to help save the farmers.”

Mr Gleeson said with every day that passed,moredairy farmers were going under.

“Milk supply has already fallen and is set to plummet further,” he said.

Mr Gleeson said in spite of promises and statements from politicians, there had been no action taken to resolve fundamental issues crippling the industry.

“They’re saying that they are doing all they can with welfare subsidies and appeals for bank sympathy but these are inadequate band-aids measures,” he said.

Mr Gleeson said the problems facing dairy farmers were not new.

“Politicians and industry promised urgent action three years ago.”

Mr Gleeson said Farmer Power wasdoing its best to persuadefarmers to hang on.

“Thebenefits from the Free Trade Agreements are not flowing through to farmers,” he said.

“Soonthere won’t be any dairy product to export.We need decisive action to save the dairy industry now.”

Mr Gleeson challengedassumptions that had beenmade by some.

“The average dairy farm is operating at a loss,” he said.

“Farmgate milk price doesn’t increase when the global price goes up and the depreciation of the Australian dollar more than makes up for the depression of global milk price.

“Regulated or deregulated, in the dairy industry there is no free market to negotiate prices, which is why we need an industry review.”

Farmer Power provided politicians three suggestions for possible action.

“They need to announce anindependent review of the Australian dairy industry, introduce a levy on the supermarket milk price to be passed on to farmers and provide animmediate cash injectionto farmers who are struggling,” Mr Gleeson said.

Farmer Power thanked supporters and encouraged them to sign the petitionat http://chn.ge/1TRp3hc

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Hawk proves handful

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Harden skipper Luke Brown helped himself to five tries on Saturday against Boomanulla Raiders.Foive tries to captain Luke Brownensured Harden HawksFirst Grade Rugby League team comfortablydisposedof the Boomanulla Raidersoutfit on Saturday afternoonwinning the 2016 George Tooke Shield round 6match42-10.

Harden led the match pretty much from the very beginning and they rarely gave the Raiders any room to havea serious sayon the contest.

Apart from Brown, Rhett Foreman, Andrew Jones and Adam Byrnes all scored four pointers, while Jones convertedtruly on five occasions.

Hawks coach Michael Quinn sighted Luke Snedden, Foreman, Jason Smith and Luke Stanton as his best on the day.

“Luke Snedden was by far our best player and Foreman was really good,” the Harden mentor said.

“I also thought Luke Stanton was terrific and Jason Smith also played well.”

Althoughnaturally pleased with the result, Quinnadmitted that he would like to see his team play at a higher level for longer periods of the game.

“You take the points, don’t you”, said Quinn when reflecting on the match.

“At times we tend to fall into bad habits and I’d like to see us play more to our standards rather than being dragged down by the state of the match”, he said.

Earlier in the day, Harden Youth League dished out a 54-4 hiding against Bungendore Tiger Cubs with the three, two and onevotes going to Jordan Menz (3 tries), Will Quinn and Zac Pirie respectively.

The Ladies League Tag game was cancelled due to Boomanulla forfeiting at the last minute.

The team is currently sitting in a healthy position onsecond place on the club championships not far behind Bungendore.

The Hawks and Hawkettes are back at McLean Oval on Saturday, where they willtakeon the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The seniors match starts at 2pm and the Hawkettes will play two games against ADFA (1pm and 3.15pm), which will avoid the two teams having to clash on the long weekend in June.

Harden’s Youth League team returns to Gungahlin Enclosed Oval for the second time this year on Saturday.

They are taking on a young Bulls side who they defeated 18-12 in round 3.

Action starts there at 10.40am.

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Sharp dummy-half work earns points

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SCOTT Blanch shrugged off the disappointment of a 62-point shellacking with his Greater Northern Tigers against Newcastle on Saturday to hand out a 62-4 hiding to the Oxley Diggers with his North Tamworth Bears at Scully Park on Sunday.

Bears hooker Scott Blanch creating more chances for his teammates in Sunday’s 62-4 victory over Oxley Diggers. Photo: Gareth Gardner 150516GGD17

In the process the former Manly and Farrer fullback garnered the three points from the referees in the Group 4 Best and fairest competition for his incisive running out of dummy half.

He scored the Bears first try with a quick in and around dart from dummy half in the 9th minute.

The Bears slowly warmed to their task, lading 28-4 at half time and then waltzing away with the game with a six try second half.

Young fullback James Duchatel also impressed with a hat trick of tries to cement his number one spot.

For Scott Blanch the number nine position looks to be his for a while, especially after the way he dazzled the Digger defence with his sharp dummy half runs.

Jut enjoy getting my hands on the ball,” he said in answer to where he would rather play.

Last season he was mostly at five-eighth but Abel Carney has also made a good fist of his shift to the six as well.

“I enjoyed it (today),” Blanch said of the chance to play hooker/dummy half.

“We’re still coming together.

“We didn’t get to play any real trials and went through the West Knockout playing second division sides.

“This is just our second full game so we’ve got a lot of improvement in us. And we did improve from the Narrabri game (first round win). And we will keep on improving too.”

He said Saturday’s Tier 1 clash with Newcastle was a “tough day”.

His Greater Northern Tigers lost 62-nil.

“They (Newcastle) are a top side. They’ve had their squad together (40 players) since December and we only had two training runs.

“But we did play a lot better in the second half and that will help going into the Dubbo game.”

The Greater Northern Tigers were in the unusual position of playing for a Tier 1 semi-final berth or slipping back to a Tier 2 semi-final berth!

“We’ve got a couple of weeks before we play at Dubbo, and have two or three training runs together. Hopefully we can take that second half form down to Dubbo and give it our best shot.”

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Fraser lands ultra marathon title

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CHAMPION: Tash Fraser crosses the line to win the women’s section of the ultra marathon on Sunday. Picture: SuperSport Images.

TASH Fraser has described her triumph in the inaugural ultra marathon along the Great Ocean Road as one of the biggest highlights of her life.

The 28-year-old charged to victory in the women’s section of the 60km event and finished overall third against the men.

Her time of4:33:01hr was well clear of the women’s runner-upNicole Paton, who clocked 5:00:58hr.

Fraser saidshe placed a strongemphasis on her nutrition throughout the race.

“Ijust made sure Ihad a big focus on getting all that fuel in and drinking at every aid station,” she said.

“The energy levels stayed consistent andI had no cramping, so the nutrition worked out well.”

Fraser believed the hilly nature of the course played to her strengths, with Sunday’s wind and rain bothfactors for the competitors.

She said the atmosphere in the run home was “brilliant”.

“Coming through to the finish line, the crowd was so supportive,” Fraser said.

The Ballarat athlete is now setting her sights on the 50kmCentennial Park Ultra in Sydney during August.

This event will be used as a lead-up to her appearance for Australia at the world 100km championships in November.

These titles have been shifted from Qatar toSpain.

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Jarryd Hayne’s friends feared his NFL dream with the San Francisco 49ers was about to end

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Back at Parra: Jarryd Hayne greets fans at Pirtek Stadium before the round one match in March between the Eels and Broncos. Photo: Mark KolbeMatt Barrows: Hayne may have seen writing on the wallHayne could go to Rio and return to NRL this yearHayne’s announcement shocks sporting worldTrying to make the possible impossible

Throughout last summer many of Jarryd Hayne’s mates were predicting this day would come – they just didn’t think the next step would be playing rugby sevens for Fiji at the Rio Olympics.

How could they? Hayne himself didn’t know until three weeks ago that’s where this strange and magical journey otherwise known as his sporting career would take him.

When Hayne released a statement on Monday morning that he was “retiring from the NFL” after eight regular season games with the San Francisco 49ers – “Signing off, your mate, number 38” – the coterie of former teammates who spent time with him in Sydney earlier this year were barely surprised.

In every respect, it had been the Summer of Jarryd: he partied on Coogee rooftops with Chris Gayle, spruiked his new clothing line wherever he went, walked the streets of Minto with Karl Stefanovic for 60 Minutes and released his own documentary carrying the aspirational title “Aussie Hero, American Dream”.

Hayne seemed relieved. After the exhausting events of the past year, in which he went from NFL dreamer to overnight sensation to suddenly being dumped from the 49ers roster, he had every right to live large in his own trademarked streetwear.

What Hayne no longer seemed to have was the fear: that palpable anxiety that drove him from the moment he walked away from millions at Parramatta with nothing and everything to lose and allowed him to play in the NFL when most had laughed at the suggestion.

In those embryonic weeks chasing his NFL dream Hayne had to succeed. Returning to the NRL wasn’t an option. Now that he had climbed the mountain, those same mates who knew him best cast doubt on how successful Hayne would be in his second season at the 49ers under new coach Chip Kelly.

On Monday, Hayne’s long-time manager Wayne Beavis denied Hayne had jumped before being pushed out by Kelly. Indeed, there was scepticism about whether Hayne would make the final 53-man roster.

“The 49ers were sad to see him go,” Beavis, who has managed Hayne since he was a teenager, told me. “The rugby thing had only come up in the last three weeks.”

Perhaps the seed had been planted during the Sydney Sevens in February.

As San Francisco buzzed ahead of Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium, Hayne was sitting in a corporate box at Allianz Stadium watching the fourth round of the international sevens series.

Hayne is now in London for the series finale. Fiji sits atop the standings and they are favourites to win. It is unknown if the rugby rookie will play.

Whether Hayne can make the leap from rugby league to sevens rugby – via American football – was always going to be a more relevant question than whether he will be WADA compliant to compete in Rio in August.

Hard to track: The Hayne Plane plots his own course.

Former ASADA boss and now doping rent-a-quote Richard Ings took to Twitter to smugly declare Hayne was “no chance” of competing at the Olympics because he was coming from the NFL, which is not WADA compliant.

To be eligible for the Olympics, Ings argued, he would have to be subjected to six months of testing as part of a WADA-compliant code.

“Slight problem, mate,” he tweeted to Hayne. “World Rugby require you to be in their registered testing pool 6 months to be eligible to play.”

Put those thumbs back in the holster for a second, though, Mr Ings. The Hayne Plane has options.

According to lawyers with far greater knowledge of the issue than Richard Ings – because they deal with player eligibility on a daily basis – Hayne can agree to be placed in a “testing pool” that would see him subjected to stringent testing in the lead-up to the Olympics.

Or he can appeal for clemency on the mandatory six-month period, although that is an unlikely avenue given the NFL’s appalling reputation when it comes to doping.

Beavis says Fijian Rugby had told him Hayne had been “cleared” to play in the Olympics – and on Tuesday morning came clarification from the governing body.

It would have been a stunning mistake from all concerned if Hayne had not considered the anti-doping ramifications of his code jump before he did so.

Of greater concern is how Hayne will adapt to sevens play – and whether he will deserve a place in the 12-man Fijian roster most consider to be the best in the world.

Sevens rugby requires an entirely different skills set to the 15-man game. In both the NRL and NFL Hayne was accustomed to anaerobic bursts of power and speed. In sevens, a player must run at top pace for two seven-minute halves.

Making a swift transition is almost impossible.

By the numbers: Jarryd Hayne’s brilliant career. Photo: Getty Images

Earlier this month, Quade Cooper was dumped from coach Andy Friend’s Australian squad for the Olympics. Brumbies winger Henry Speight’s switch has been indifferent. The same applies for Nick Cummins.

Sonny Bill Williams is one of the world’s most gifted and adaptable athletes but the way Kenyan skipper Andrew Amonde toyed with and then stepped around him in Paris at the weekend shows how much he needs to learn before Rio.

We want the Hayne Plane in Brazil, of course.

The miserable cynics moan about too many Jarryd Hayne stories – apparently, someone is holding a gun to their head and demanding they read them – but this fascinating sporting journey continues to entertain. It hasn’t gone Mundine-shaped yet.

Sure, Jarryd’s slightly ahead of himself.

The launch of a clothing line with his NFL career still in its infancy could be considered premature.

And one line from his documentary – which was tied to his lucrative Telstra deal – stood out: “The world these days isn’t about taking yourself out of the kingdom and putting yourself with the peasants.”

Hayne is no peasant. Beavis has invested his money wisely.

But nobody can dispute his courage in walking away from millions at Parramatta to risk it all on an NFL career that might not have happened. And now, out of nowhere, he decides to chase down a start at the Rio Olympics, earning effectively nothing.

When it’s all over he’s expected to return to the NRL. Maybe his former club Parramatta can find some big, fat third-party agreements … or Nick Politis will finally convince him to come to the Roosters.

Some suggest he will shun a return to the NRL, where he often looked bored outside of the headline games, and play rugby in Europe.

But if anyone tells you they know what Jarryd Hayne’s next move is, whether it’s tomorrow, next week, next year, they’re kidding themselves.

He makes it up as he goes. What’s not to admire about that?

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