Belmont get the jump on Phoenix

20-12-2018 by admin

STRONG START: Belmont pitcher Chris Hook. Picture: Simone De Peak

BELMONT returned to the top of the Newcastle Major League table with a 7-4 win over Phoenix Charlestown at Miller Field on Sunday.

Phoenix went into the game as competition leaders, but the defending eight-time champions came out determined to show they were still top dog in the Hunter.

The Seagulls got on top of Phoenix starter Adam Berwick early and raced to a 4-1 lead after two innings.This forced Phoenix into an early pitching change after Berwick conceded three walks and three hits in two digs.

Belmont pitcherChris Hook lasted six innings, leaving the mound with his side up 7-1.Phoenix found reliever Mark Dries more to their liking, but their comeback fell short.The visitors out-hit Belmont 12-9, but the hosts’blasts came with runners in scoring position.

White Sox continued their march up the ladder, beating Boomerangs 9-2.Boomers were in touch until the eighth, whenan error, five walks and a sacrifice fly ball produced five runs.

It was symptomatic of Boomers’ wayward pitching for the game with their three hurlers throwing 16 walks between them.

In contrast, Sox pitchers Cal Davies and Leigh Halpin did not allow any free trips to first base and combined for nine strikeouts.

Hits were hard to come by for both sides as Boomers collected seven to Sox’s five.

Scott Anderson (Boomers), Brock Ridgewell (Boomers), Travis Searle (Sox) and Clarke struck two hits each.

After starting the season with two losses, Sox have won two straight to move to third, above Toronto, who had the bye last weekend.

Tigers face Phoenix at Windsor Park on Sundayneeding victory to stay in touch with the leaders. They have one win from three games this season.

Boomerangs head south to take on Belmont at Miller Field in Sunday’s other game.

Poor health at the bottom of the food chain

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The thoughtthat money tends to dwell where power resides seems to be borne out by the ongoing trouble at Milton Hospital, which has just seen a long-standing obstetrician walk out in frustration at the slow diminishing ofthe maternity ward’s ability to handle local demand.

The departure of Dr Brett Thomson comes after a long fight to preserve the level of service available for mothers and babies in Milton. He has simply run out of puff battling the Wollongong-based bureaucracy as it slowly turns the screws on a vital local facility.

There is growing alarm at what appears to be a deliberate strategy of running down the services at Milton’s maternity ward, with many mothers directed to Nowra to give birth.

The removal of vital fetal monitoring equipment from the hospital last week illustrates starkly what the local hospital is up against. Demands to have it returned were met but it was a fight that should not happened in the first place.

Mothers facing birth complications should not be forced to undertake the trip to Nowra. The expectation they do so adds further strain to the ambulance service, let alone Shoalhaven Hospital in Nowra, which suffers a host of its own resourcing problems.

There is a growing suspicion that the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District bureaucracy is moving towards a home birthing model for the southern Shoalhaven but that presents its own set of potential problems, not the least being the lack of midwives.

Particularly alarming is Dr Thomson’s assertion many local midwives have, in utter frustration, walked away from the profession by letting their qualifications lapse.

Eyes were focused on health funding earlier in the year ahead of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in March when it was suggested the states consider raising the Goods and Services Tax to pay for improved health services. Unfortunately, that bold opportunity was lost and small communities like Milton Ulladulla appear condemned to suffer the death by a thousand cuts to their health services.

And as that happens we are destined to see more doctors like Brett Thomson walk away.Worse, we are likely to see the few doctors who remain in chronically under-resourced public hospitals make poordecisions because they are simply too overworked.

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Brahmans and Bears still without a victory

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Perfect pass: Binalong young gun Dylan Arabin showed some of his class on Saturday against the Burrangong Bears. Picture: Riva Potter.

A thrilling draw at the weekend has kept both Binalong and Burrangong winless in theWoodbridge Cup season.

The Waldren Construction Binalong Brahmans and the Burrangong Bears will have to try and accomplish their first victory inanother game following the 22-all draw.

Apart from the final 15 minutes of the match,neither side could really get going in what wasa rather lack-lustre affair for the majority of the afternoon.

In an error riddled game which involved volumes offrivolous passing, both sides struggled to complete sets of six tackles.

It was the home side whichstruck the first blowwhen at the 20-minute mark of the first half.

In a great solo effort,Haydon Beefound a gap and converted his own try to take Binalong6-0 up.

Promoting ofunder 18 captainDylan Arabinto senior ranks paid dividends for Binalong.

The talented youngster scored a try five minutes shy of the break. Bee made the conversion and the Brahmans were up 12-0 on the brink of half time.

The Bears still found enough time to naila vitaltwo point penalty and the half time score was 12-2.

Things looked to be smooth sailing early in term two for Binalong. star full back Tim Regan whoscored after 12minutes and Beau O’Mara crossed the chalk soon after.

With the scorereading 20-2 three quarters of the way through the contest, you could beforgiven for thinking a Binalong victory was on its way.

However, in the next 17 minutes, Burrangong scored four unanswered trieswhich saw them to a 22-20 lead with only minutes on the clock.

In an exciting finish to theclash, alatepenalty kick directly in front of the sticksenabled Binalong’sBee to level the scores at 22 apieceand both outfits were left to ponder what could havebeen.

The Brahmans were best served byDrew Arabin andLance Adams, while Dylan (Arabin) handled the step up with aplomb.

By contrast, the Jersey Girls continuedtheir winning way after losingto Grenfellthe previous week.

A try to Mel Ings gave the Binalong ladies a slight 4-0 buffer at the break.

The home side kept up the good work in the second half and claimed the match18-0.

For the hosts, ChristieJohnson kept the ball moving all match, Kayla Smith and Tioni were good in defence and attack along with Sam Baileyand Em Banks.Madeline Brayshaw madesome strong runs.

Binalong are at home again on Saturday with the club hostingCanowindra in allthree grades commencing at 12:30pm.

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Storm on the rise as Giants hold fast

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RING DEFENCE: Southern Mallee Giants centre Emma Uebergang looks for options. Picture: GEORGIA HALLAM

THESouthern Mallee Giants toppled Jeparit-Rainbow by12 goals, 43-31 in a tight Horsham District Football Netball Leagueround six clash.

Storm coach Joanne Hiscock said her side played its best game of the season.

“Even though we lost the girls see this as a win,” she said.

“They now know they can be competitive against a top side, we are building in confidence.”

The Storm made someexperimental changes to theside, giving players a run in different positions.

Hiscock’s decision to bring club newcomerBreanna Eastick up from B Grade also paid off.

“We are a whole new side which isstill getting used to each other,” Hiscock said.

“I was justexcited with how well we were playing, we are starting to really gel.”

Hiscock credited her side for its passing and pressure, especially at the attacking end of the court.

“Every girl played a good game,” she said.

“Themid-court positional changes really opened it right up.

“Our wing defence Alex Hewitt got in everyone’s road, putting pressure on the opposition and giving us plenty of drive through the mid-court.”

Hiscock commended the Giants goal defence Courtney Williams for hersolid performance, challenging the Storm in the ring.

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Want to be a local councillor?

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It will be the case of one election down and another to go when Parkes Shire Council hosts a special information night for would- be councillors in late July.

Voters go to the national polls on July 2 to elect the next federal government and about two months later – Saturday, September 10 – shire residents will be given the task of electing councillors to serve the Parkes shire for the next four years.

With several councillors already indicating they won’t be seeking re-election, the proposed Information Night will be designed to provide answers to any questions posed by potential candidates.

No definite date has yet been set for the Information night.

The NSW Electoral Commission expressed its desire to have the Returning Officer for the September 10 Local Government election to be based in Parkes.

The Returning Officer will administer the elections for the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shires.

Mr Les Finn (Director Technology and Corporate Services) informed the most recent Council meeting that an agreement has now been made with the NSW Electoral Commission for the sole use of the Coventry Room for the Returning Office which will be operational from June 27 to September 23.

“We have contacted organisations that had indicated using the Coventry Room during this period and assisted them in locating suitable alternative venues for their events,” Mr Finn said. “This includes the iconic Central West Astrofest.”

Mr Finn said the Returning Office will be used for several purposes including secure storage of materials, training of polling place managers, pre-poll voting and the counting of ballot papers.

The dual purpose of using the Coventry Room as polling place and Returning Office can’t be accommodated.

“The use of the Coventry Room as the Returning Officer’s primary office has caused the primary voting place to be transferred to the Parkes High School or possibly the M and D Little Theatre.

“This is because the election material and ballot papers from the three Council areas will be forwarded to Parkes (Coventry Room) on the Saturday night for scrutiny.

The public will be advised of any changes well beforehand.

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