Month: November 2018

  • Alberton netball double

    Just as Sale did last year, Alberton won the open and 17 and under Eastern Regional State League netball premierships.ALBERTON wrapped up the 2013 Eastern Region Netball State League competition in style in both divisions at Friday night’s grand finals.
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    With both Sale and Alberton taking to the court in the 17 and under division missing most of their more experienced players due to debutante ball commitments, the title was up for grabs.

    Both teams began nervously with unforced errors providing a scrappy standard early, but players soon settled.

    A massive third quarter from Alberton consolidated the lead it was slowly building as Sale struggled to find any continuity in the mid court.

    The momentum continued for Alberton as it kept Sale at bay, taking the premiership title from Sale with a stunning 52-32 victory.

    Player of the match was Alberton wing attack Tyler Ralph, who was relentless with her continued pressure and drives throughout the match.

    THE much anticipated match in the open division saw the undefeated Mid Gippsland Green looking to keep its record intact against Alberton who snuck into the grand final the previous week by one goal.

    In the first quarter, Alberton put up 23 shots for 14 goals result compared to Mid Gippsland’s seven goals from 10 shots.

    Alberton was by far the more focused team and took advantage of the lack of creativity Mid Gippsland was offering in its goal circle as moves were far too easy to read.

    A personnel change for Mid Gippsland which should have been made earlier saw its goal shooter benched for the final quarter and although Mid Gippsland outscored Alberton for the first time in the match, it was too little as Alberton won 48-33 to complete a premiership sweep.

    Alberton captain Tess Angarene played a stunning captain’s game that earned her player of the grand final.

    SALE’S Montana Holmes was named most valuable player in the 17 and under division and Alberton’s Hannah Flanders was the recipient of the division’s hot shot award.

    Sister act Kylie and Stacey O’Brien featured in the awards for the open division as Stacey, who lined-up for Gippsland, was named MVP and Kylie, Churchill, earned the hot shot award.All stars teams were also named on the night.

    All star teams:

    Open, goalers:Jessica Hilliar (Mid Gippsland Green), Kylie O’Brien (Churchill, Jarney Thomas (Alberton), Rachel Shaw (Gippsland);mid-court:Stacey O’Brien (Gipp), Rachelle Chapman (MG Green), Danielle Ryan (East Gippsland), Allison Tewierik (MG Green);defenders:Ebony Best (Gipp), Kara Wogan-Browne (Alb), Catherine Bulmer (EG), Christie Hillberg (Alb).

    17 and under, goalers:Hannah Flanders (Alb), Hannah Buys (Sale), Amy Houghton (MG), Ashleigh Wyatt (Gipp);mid-court:Montana Holmes (Sale), Piper Bennett- Swinley (MG), Shelby Wulffers (MG), Elis Sim (MG);defenders:Sarah Greenwood (MG), Kirsty Hodgson (North Gippsland), Karlee Dal Pra (NG), Bree Guttridge (Gipp).

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  • Curlewis skate park officially opens

    The Curlewis Progress Association is now seeing the benefit of $73,000 in funding from Shenhua Watermark, after the Hamilton Park Skate Park was officially opened on Friday.
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    The project also received funding of $25,000 from the Curlewis community, including the Curlewis Hotel and Curlewis General Store, as well as grants from Gunnedah Shire Council.

    Curlewis Progress Association President, Tony Rankmore, opened the skate park and thanked those who had contributed to its funding and construction.

    He said the park was initially brought to the attention of the association by local resident Ros Reilly, who with the help of bus driver John Millerd, transported local children to study other skate parks in the area.

    “This project involved 21 volunteers, who worked more than 1250 hours in the past two years, with Ros Reilly the main instigator,” Mr Rankmore said.

    “Local tradespeople donated time and equipment for the upgrade and Adam Marshall, Colleen Fuller and Leon Mills were major supporters of the park concept when it was initially put forward.

    “The skate park is part of the overall picture of what we want to achieve.

    “We wanted to provide a facility for the whole family, which includes something for the kids to do,” he said.

    “We will be planting trees in June and future upgrades will include a toilet block with disabled access and changes to the cenotaph.”

    Shenhua Watermark Communications Manager Melanie Layton said a number of factors stood out on Curlewis Progress Association’s funding application.

    “The amount of community involvement in this project and the work of the proactive progress association, was a stand-out in matching our criteria,” Ms Layton said.

    “It is important to have facilities that can be used by the whole community, if our project goes ahead, Curlewis will be our neighbours.

    “It’s about making communities attractive and rewarding for its residents.

    “We can physically see what we are funding and knowing that the whole Curlewis community was behind it, is rewarding for us.”

    Gunnedah Mayor Owen Hasler said the Curlewis Progress Association is a role model for what others are able to achieve.

    “We were literally gobsmacked at what has been achieved here, they have had help with funding, but the Curlewis community should be very proud of its own efforts in this project,” Cr Hasler said.

    The Curlewis community has also benefitted from previous funding by Shenhua, which allowed the construction of a multi-purpose shed at the local recreation ground.

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  • Macquarie Fields’ reputation as a Sydney property hot spot grows

    South-western Sydney doesn’t get a lot of great property press. It’s more commonly known as a crime hot spot, The Sydney Morning Herald’s property editor Stephen Nicholls says.
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    But Australian Property Monitors senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson says parts of the region are becoming increasingly sought after because of how much bang you get for your buck.

    Take Macquarie Fields, for example. It has an unemployment rate of 11 per cent – double the national average – and was the scene of riots in 2005.

    Yet it was one of the strongest Sydney suburbs for price growth last year, with a 15 per cent jump in the median house price.

    “It’s had both a high number of sales and high price growth,” Dr Wilson says.

    Even with the growth, it’s relatively cheap, with its $312,000 median house price, keeping in mind Sydney’s overall median of $657,000.

    “Macquarie Fields is very competitive, with 103 sales from 106 listings over the last 12 months … that’s basically one property for every buyer.”

    Agents confirm that first home buyers are heading there looking for an affordable entry point into the Sydney market.

    Agent Les Sakis says “buyers came from everywhere” to look at a three-bedroom home he has just sold for $330,000 at 14 Gentian Avenue, Macquarie Fields.

    “We had people from Waterloo, Parramatta and out Penrith way,” Mr Sakis says. “You probably can’t get a studio for that sort of money in Waterloo, let alone a house. And no one’s mentioned the riots.”

    In the same street at No 26, another three-bedder is still available for $324,950.

    “We’ve had tons of interest,” says Wael Elmir of All Property People. “‘Macquarie Fields is nothing like what it used to be as we’re seeing a lot of people coming from outside the area.”

    He says buyers include investors snapping up properties achieving high rents but are mainly first-home buyers trying to get a foothold in the Sydney market.

    “It’s close to Glenfield station, which has minimal stops to the city, so you can be at Central in 40 minutes,” Mr Elmir says. “And it’s a lot cheaper than Glenfield, so buyers love that.”

    APM data shows that the median house price in Glenfield is a whopping $86,500 more expensive, at $399,000. There have been 64 sales there over the past year from 89 listings, but no price growth.

    Ingleburn is cheaper and more popular with its median house price of $347,750. There were 122 sales from 173 listings. Ingleburn house prices have jumped 6.8 per cent over the year.

    Have you bought property in Macquarie Fields recently?

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  • Brahmans fleece Woden Rams

    TheBinalong Brahmans played their second and final trial game for 2013 on Saturdayagainst the Woden Rams. Due to the warm conditions the game was reduced tothree 15-minute stanzas.
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    Itturned out to be a clinical display by the Rawlinson-led Brahmans.

    Followinga Binalong set play, Nathan Schofield crossed the Woden line first and scoredunder the black dot. Rawlinson obliged with the conversion and so it went on.

    WhileBinalong were good, Woden weren’t at their best. Their attack lacked venom andtheir defence was shaky. For most of the game the Rams seemed out of theirdepth.

    TheBrahmans were quick to capitalise on their opponents’ mistakes, Shaun Davis andBen Potts were particularly impressive, as was Andrew Swaffield and Dave Ings.Binalong’s back line constantly caused problems for the Rams’ defence.Captain-coach Chris Rawlinson also had a good game, constantly barking ordersto his players. He injected himself into the attack at critical moments aswell.

    TheWaldren Construction Brahmans took just 45 minutes to defeat Woden by 30 pointsto nil. The most pleasing aspect for Binalong was its defence. This augers wellfor the opening of the George Tooke Shield season, which commences with a homegame for the Brahmans at 2.30pm on Saturday April 6. On the same day, the YassMagpies will host the Harden Hawks at Walker Park.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    Ben Potts charges onto one on Saturday. Photo: Tiffany Grange.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

    The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

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  • Windsor: Albanese best choice for minister

    New Regional Development Minister Anthony Albanese has “a handle” on the issues affecting rural areas and is the best man for the job, according to Member for New England Tony Windsor.
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    Mr Albanese replaces Simon Crean in a Cabinet reshuffle, after he called a leadership spill last Thursday that ended with no contender, and himself getting the sack by the Prime Minister.

    Mr Windsor told the Namoi Valley Independent yesterday he was pleased about Ms Gillard’s choice, and that he is up to the job.

    “In choosing a successor, I would have asked for Albanese. I think he’s got a handle on it. We have a lot to do with him with the Parliamentary stuff.

    “But I have great respect for Simon Crean. He’s one of the few members of Parliament at Cabinet level that gets the regional development thing,” Mr Windsor said.

    Mr Windsor said he’s happy that Minister Albanese has also picked up responsibility for Local Government, given the possibility of a referendum to financially recognise Local Government in the Constitution.

    Gary Gray has been elevated to Minister for Resources to oversee the mining sector.

    In the wake of the leadership turmoil last week, Mr Windsor said he is committed to getting on with the job.

    The independent MP, who is being called on by the Nationals to withdraw his support for the minority Labor government and force an election, said the leadership debacle “wasn’t a good look,” however it did not make the government “less stable”.

    “The instability is being driven internally with Rudd,” Mr Windsor said.

    “They’ve taken him out.”

    The New England MP said he was only talking to Simon Crean – the man who called the bungled leadership challenge – just half an hour before he made the call for Mr Rudd to challenge Ms Gillard on Thursday afternoon.

    “He was disgruntled and he talked about it, but I didn’t realise he was going to do it there and then,” Mr Windsor said.

    Just hours later, Mr Rudd did not challenge and Mr Crean was dumped as Regional Development Minister.

    Despite the recent developments and predictions Labor cannot recover at the next election, Mr Windsor is determined to get on with his work.

    “What they do and the Opposition do is up to them.

    “I’m going to make sure the agreement that was signed is delivered.”

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