GRFL – Saints on the board

19-03-2019 by admin

QUAMBATOOK held on for its first Golden Rivers Football League win of season 2016, defeating Moulamein by 12 points.

In a match involving the competition’s two winless teams, the Saints battled during the final quarter as the Swans kicked three goals and seven behinds with the breeze to almost snatch the club’s first win since round 13, 2014.

Looking for their first win since last season’s preliminary final, the Saints struggled early as Moulamein’s midfielders – led by Xavia Elford – controlled play.

Ryan Standen kicked the opening goal of the match two minutes in, before the Saints switched on.

Led by captain Gregor Knight, Luke Jackson and Dylan Pascoe, the home team began to take advantage of kicking with the breeze.

Jake Lloyd, Quambatook’s newest recruit, controlled proceedings in the forward line as the hosts kicked the next three goals to lead by 15 points at quarter time.

The Saints continued to control the game early in the second term, increasing the lead to 28 points within the first six minutes.

Swans coach, Tony Mudge moved defender Brendan Blackmore to the forward line – a change that paid dividends.

Blackmore kicked the next two goals of the term, cutting the deficit to 14 points at the main break.

Michael Morson reduced the margin to eight points early in the third term, but Knight, Jackson and Lloyd lifted the intensity.

The Saints kicked four of the next five goals of the game, with Knight’s goal before the siren setting up a 30-point lead for the home side with one quarter remaining.

Needing to kick five goals to record the club’s first win in 25 matches, Morson led the Swans’ charge, kicking truly two minutes in.

However, the visitors could not make the most of keeping the ball inside its half of the ground.

The Swans kicked two extra goals and seven behinds for the remainder of the match, with a rushed behind the sole Saints score for the quarter.

Lloyd kicked four goals for the victors, with Knight (two goals), Jackson and Naythan Downing best on ground for the home side.

Blackmore and Morson kicked two goals each for the Swans, with Mudge and Matthew Battenally playing well.

The Saints travel to Macorna after the AFL Victoria Community Championship bye, with the Swans to host Ultima.

Isma revives ‘Roos

FORMER E.G. Hunt Medallist, Tom Isma played his best match of the GRFL season on Saturday, helping reigning premiers, Ultima account for Hay by 12 points.

Isma kicked five goals and was one of the best players on the ground as the ‘Roos fought back in the second half to record a fifth consecutive win of the season and moved to the top of the ladder.

The Lions controlled proceedings in the opening half, leading by 18 points at quarter time and 19 points at the main break.

However, the visitors had registered nine extra scoring shots up to this point of the match – a factor that would not only keep the hosts in the game, but impact on the final result.

Ultima kept Hay goalless in the third quarter, kicking the only three majors of the term to trail by one behind with one term to play.

A tense final quarter eventuated, with Isma and Basil Althouse standing out for the hosts.

Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for the Lions, including the performance of Ricki Waters, who kicked three goals in his second match for the New South Wales-based side.

Benedict Mahon and Jackson Bishop played well for the victors, with Tim Hanna and Jack Perrignon joining Waters as best players for the visitors.

Ultima will travel to take on the winless Moulamein when competition resumes on May 28, with Hay to host Murrabit.

PACKED: The ball was in there somewhere during the game at Murrabit.

Blues silence rivals

MURRABIT jumped to second spot on the GRFL ladder thanks to a 48-point win against former competition leaders and fierce rivals, Wandella.

Stan Ward (six goals) and Nathan Henry (five goals) led the way for the hosts, who go into the AFL Victoria Community Championship bye with a 4-2 record.

Both sides were evenly matched early in the game, with one point separating the teams at the opening break.

The home side started to control proceedings in the second quarter, kicking four goals to one to open up a 21-point advantage at the main break.

Murrabit broke the game open in the third quarter, kicking five goals to two to increase its lead to 42 points at the final break, with the home side finishing strongly.

Murrabit’s ability to contain Wandella coach, Paul Grayling in front of the Bombers’ goal was key to the win, with the forward only managing one goal for the match.

Greg Dickson kicked two majors for the visitors, with Justin Wilson and Ryan Lancaster standing out.

Ward and Joel Cross were best on ground for the victors, who travel to Hay on May 28.

Wandella fell to third on the ladder as a result of the loss, and take on fellow top four side, Nullawil in 11 days time.

Maroons’ mid-match dominance

MACORNA has dropped to sixth on the Golden Rivers Football League ladder after Nullawil inflicted a third consecutive loss on the former competition leaders.

In a key game for both sides before the AFL Victoria Community Championship break, it was the Maroons who pulled away in the second and third quarters to record a 25-point win.

The match started with high tackling intensity around the contest and was very even. Macorna looked dangerous when they got the ball deep forward with Ethan Tibbles able to hit the scoreboard, while at the other end Austin Hogan was able to convert.

The midfield battle was always going to be crucial, and to help this Nullawil had to restrict the influence of Luke Spalding in the ruck. While he won a lot of hit-outs, Spalding’s taps didn’t result in a tigers dominance in the middle.

After a tight first quarter, the home side was able to pull away in the middle two quarters to put the game beyond reach.

Kyle Doran, Jason Cowland and Tom Fawcett’s rebounding ability across half-back helped create drive, allowing the midfielders to spread with quick ball movement.

Despite having a lack of tall players, the Maroons were still able to score at will, with small forwards Royce Free and Grant Ford lively, along with Daniel Watts through the midfield.

It was evident the Tigers were missing the on-field leadership and hard edge that coach Wayne Mitrovic has, and without him on the field, the visitors lacked the ability to control play.

The Maroons began to dominate clearances by the middle of the third quarter, with Watts and Jack Barry getting first hands on the ball to help increase the lead to 45 points at the last change.

With a huge spray delivered by Mitrovic at the last change, the Tigers responded and showed a glimpse of what they are capable of. They were at their best when the ball got into the hands of Brett O’Hanlon, who used the ball well, and combined with Joel Dwyer and Jordan Simpson worked hard to lead a Tiger revival.

The visitors kicked the first three goals of the last quarter and whilst probably were never going to win the game, definitely made the scoreboard look significantly more respectable, and did not lose any great percentage which could be vital at the end of the year.

Kal Heslop finished with three goals for the victors, with Tibbles booting the same number of majors for the Tigers.

The interleague bye comes at a great time for both sides, with players set to come back after the break.

Nullawil’s season will resume at Wandella on May 28, with Macorna to host Quambatook.

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From soldier to actor: an extraordinary life

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SCREEN STAR: The many faces of local boy made good Frank Hagney.

From boy soldier in the Boer War to Hollywood tough guy, the life and times of Frank Hagney is a boy’s own adventure that is so far fetched that it couldn’t be true. Except, that it isall true.

Born in 1884, Frank grew up in Fairfield with the family later moving to Liverpool.

With the end of the Boer war looming, a thenunder-age Frank enlisted in the 1st Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse in January 1902.

On his return from South Africa, Frank decided to take up professional cycling.

He made his reputation in many races across Sydney and won manytime prizes in the Goulburn to Liverpool race.

By 1911, Frank had taken up rowing. As a professional sculler, Frank raced in many one on one challenges and won races on a tour of New Zealand.

In 1914, hesailed off to England to pursue his rowing career.

The start of the First World War intervened however, and in mysterious circumstances, Frank fell in with former world boxing champion Jack Johnson who employed him as his sparring partner.

Life’s journey now took him to the United States where he toured with Johnson across the USA.

In 1916 Frank was crowned South American Boxing Champion.

After returning to the USA, Frank’s career took an incredible turn when he appeared in his first Hollywood movieThe Battlerin 1919.

His impressive physique was ideal for early Hollywood silent movies.

Cast in hundreds of films over the next 50 years, “the hardest working man in Hollywood”appeared alongside such screen legends such as John Wayne and Gary Cooper.

During the Golden Years of Hollywood, Frank appeared in legendary movies such asIt’s a Wonderful Life,Gunfight at the OK CorralandThe Ten Commandments.

In 1927 aged 44, Frank made an incredible comeback when he won the World Long Distance Rowing Championship.

With the advent of television, Frank appeared in programs such asThe Lone RangerandGunsmoke.

Long forgotten in his homeland, Frank died in 1973 and is buried in Los Angeles.

It was certainly an extraordinary life for a local lad.

Glen op den Brouw is the president of the City of Liverpool and DistrictHistorical Society

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Bach with bite at Priory, Bingie

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Musical treat: String trio Three Piece Suite will perform J S Bach’s The Goldberg Variations, at the Priory Gallery Bingie next month. Come and enjoy Bach By Candlelight at the Priory Bingie.

On Saturday, June 4,at 4.45pm, string trio Three Piece Suite will perform anew arrangement of J S Bach’s masterpiece of invention The GoldbergVariations, in a stunning setting, under the dome at the Priory Gallery Bingie.

One of Bach’s most beloved compositions, it was described in the first editionof 1741 as “composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits.”

For complete refreshment, enjoy a German themed supper and a drink atsunset, before this instrumental tour-de-force.

Coffee and cake will follow themusic.

It’s Bach with a Bite!

Venue: The Priory Gallery Bingie, 67 Priory Lane, Bingie, 2537

Date & Time: Saturday, June 4,at 4.45pm

Tickets: $40pp, phone or email to book, limited places.

Phone: 4473 8881

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The Priory offers easy access toBingie Dreaming Track, an ancient Aboriginal trail that meanders behind the dunes of a string of spectacular beaches. Followthe footsteps of the Brinja-Yuin people who have used the track for millennia.The journey takes you from beach to dunes to red gum and bangalay forest and can be as short or long as you like.

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Life saving project on again

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Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils are preparing, again, to hold free child restraint checking days across the shires as a part of their major road safety initiative – I’m Counting On You.

The Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer (Relief), Logan Dolbel, says the I’m Counting On You project focuses on the correct selection, use and fitting of child restraints.

“Opening last year, the project was warmly welcomed within our community, with the provision of free child restraint checking days held at four different locations across the three shires,” he said.

“The ongoing aim of the project is to investigate local knowledge of the types of child restraints available, their correct usage, and the national laws.

“This is being used to guide the development and implementation of a thorough education campaign to improve child restraint awareness and use in our community.”

National child restraints laws have been in effect since 2010.

Children are required to be seated in an approved child restraint, appropriate for their size until they are seven years of age.

Research shows that a child that is properly secured in an approved child restraint is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.

Every year more than 500 children are killed or injured in car crashes across Australia.

Often injuries are caused by the use of an ill-fitting child restraint (where the child is too young and/or too small for the restraint) or by a restraint being fitted incorrectly. Two out of three child restraints are not being used properly,” Mr Dolbel said.

The second instalment of child restraint checking days are scheduled to take place in Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin towards the end of this month.

For further information please contact Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer (Relief), Logan Dolbel, on (02) 6861 2364.

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Riley rewarded for great form with Cockatoos selection

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Parkes’ Riley Byrne is hoping to make the final 25-man NSW Country squad. sub

Parkes fullback Riley Byrne joins a seven strong Blue Bulls representation named in the initial NSW Country Cockatoos squad following Central West’s swashbuckling Richardson Shield campaign.

Riley played a starring role to help Central West to three straight wins at the NSW Country Championship and was named in the Cockatoos training squad alongside Orange Emus leading men Josh Ellice-Flint and Nick Hughes-Clapp, former Emus bookend John Ellis, Dubbo ‘Roos centre Filisione Pauta, Cowra back-rower Chris Miller, and Forbes half Mahe Fangupo.

Riley was happy to gain selection, but it came as a bit of a surprise.

“I never really expected it,” the star Boars fullback said.

“I was not looking for selection so it was a nice shock.

“I thought my form at the Country Championships was pretty good and that I may be in the running for a spot.

“But, my main focus, like the rest of the team, was to win the Richardson Shield and get back into the top tier competition.

“I have been playing OK for the Boars and that form continued for the Blue Bulls.

“I am now training hard to try and make the final 25 man squad,” he said.

Riley will join the rest of the NSW Country squad – which includes representatives from Illawarra, Newcastle-Hunter, Mid North Coast, New England, Central North and Mid North Coast – for a training camp in Sydney.

From that camp, selectors will cut the group down to form the final Cockatoos squad, which plays its first game against the Australian Under 20 side on Saturday, May 28.

NSW COUNTRY COCKATOOS: Nick Hughes-Clapp, Josh Ellice-Flint, Riley Byrne, John Ellis, Mahe Fangupo, Chris Miller, Filisione Pauta (Central West),Tyler Aitken, Anthony Allport, Niko Degei, Aaron Loudon, Alyd Owen, Rhys Peters, Nik Rangiuira, Paul Tuala, Alex Wilson (Illawarra), Joe Akkersdyk, Sireli Bainvalu, Ben Christensen, Mitchell Howell, Jason Keelan, Steve Lamont, Rapine Mason, Alain Miriallakis, Faava Sila, Phil Bradford (Newcastle-Hunter), Oliver Bartlett, Charles French (New England), Ben Damen, Jerry Faifaise, Robert Richardson, Harry Veitch (Far North Coast), Sioni Halanukonuka, Simon Newton (Central North), Adam McCormack (Mid North Coast).

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