Month: June 2019

  • New coach aims for the top

    UPPER Murray league club Corryong has signed Andrew Reid as playing coach.
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    He replaced favourite son Evan Nicholas who coached the Demons outright since 2009 and was co-coach with Justin McKenzie this season.

    Reid, 29, has coached Howlong reserves for two seasons.

    The Howlong junior led his home club to its first reserves flag this season with boom forward Darren Bradshaw booting nine goals in the decider — he was eligible to play after an injury-ravaged season.

    Reid has signed Spider teammates Aaron Barnes and brothers Adam and David Hansen to join him at the Demons.

    Barnes won back-to-back league goal-kicking titles in 2009-10. Hansen was an Azzi medallist in 2006.

    Reid said he had jumped at the chance of a senior coaching position after Nicholas stepped down, believing the club needed a new face and fresh ideas.

    “I have been at Howlong my whole career and I wanted to get away from coaching my mates in the reserves and get into a senior position,” Reid said.

    “Corryong has got a good young group and just needed some experienced players to help develop the list.

    “The club was looking for some older guys and a new voice after Evan had coached for four years.

    “Evan is the stand-out player in the league and won the league medal this season.

    “He can become an even better player without the burden of coaching.

    “Our aim is to finish top-two.

    “Bullioh has raised the standard of the league in the past four or five years and we have to aspire to that.

    “The league has been in the paper for all the wrong reasons but I think the standard has been rising and our quality recruits will only add to that.”

    Corryong snapped a 30-match losing streak this season when it broke through for a win against Border-Walwa in round five.

    The Demons went on to win four more matches and make finals for the first time since 2008. It lost the first semi- final to runner-up Cudgewa by 61 points.

    McKenzie is the only confirmed departure, with work commitments in Melbourne.

    The Demons recently held their annual meeting.

    David Colbert replaced Andrew Whitehead as president.

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  • Brave Jace’s fight

    LITTLE Jace Knowles has a lot of people in his corner.
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    The mischievous three-year-old is the youngest child of Mick and Tara, and is their only son.

    Besides the pressures of having three older sisters, Jace also has an exceptionally rare degenerative medical condition.

    Mucopolysaccharidosis is a metabolic disorder caused by the absence or malfunctioning of lysosomal enzymes.

    These essential enzymes are used to break down glycosaminoglycans – which help to build bone, cartilage, tendons, corneas, skin and connective tissue.

    There are seven strains of the disorder, and Jace has MPS 2, known better as Hunter syndrome.

    It’s a condition that occurs in only one in 150,000 male children.

    “Basically his organs are shutting down,” Tara said.

    “He has an enlarged abdomen due to an over-sized liver and spleen.

    “His bones and joints are deteriorating, and there are thousands of holes all through his brain.”

    Jace was diagnosed with the condition on February 5 this year.

    It’s thought that he has had the condition since birth.

    His condition is further complicated because of the neurological aspect.

    “Enzyme replacement is normally offered for kids with Hunter,” Tara explained.

    “But, if it’s in the brain, the government won’t fund it.”

    In addition, he has difficulty with movement and has to be very careful due to the fragility of his joints.

    “He is still walking and talking at the moment, but that will become difficult over time,” Tara says.

    “Even know he is a little old man in a kid’s body.

    “He’s very irritable because of all the pain he’s in.”

    Jace has just started his third year at Columba Cottage Learning Centre.

    He attends three days a week, with Columba providing a scholarship for him to attend one of those days.

    The Cottage has been heavily involved with Jace and the Knowles family.

    Earlier this year, two staff members, Lucy Sales and Linda Will, volunteered their services to assist the family.

    They travelled earlier this month to the 13th National Mucopolysaccharidoses and Related Diseases Conference at Point Wolstoncroft .

    The two carers were able to provide assistance and supervision for Jace and his older sister Lacie, who is a quadriplegic, throughout the conference.

    At the time, Jace had just been diagnosed, so the opportunity for Tara to interact with specialists and the parents of other Hunter-afflicted children was essential.

    The Cottage has continued pushing to help Jace.

    Director Michelle O’Brien noted the involvement of multiple staff members in providing ongoing assistance.

    “We’ve got four different people on the staff who’ve formed a committee to determine the best way to raise funds and help Jace,” she said.

    “We’re looking at whether he needs occupational therapy, or how the fundraising can be best spent in the future.”

    Oneof the fundraisers will be a trivia night and silent auction at The Westport Club on Saturday, May 25.

    Prizes and auction items include VIP passes to theme parks on the Gold Coast, jewellery and snowboard equipment.

    The Port Macquarie Roller Derby League is raising funds through an entirely different venture.

    Tomorrow night, the group will host a dinner, with the Knowles as special guests.

    They’ve been busy selling raffle tickets to raise funds.

    The league is only a year old, and is already heavily committed to serving the community.

    “We aim to do a charity event each time we have a round of recruitment,” the group’s secretary Jo ‘Psycho Bunnie’ Sampson, said.

    “When we heard about Jace we just knew we had to get involved.

    “This is actually our very first fundraiser and we’re going to try to make it a big event.

    “We’re all women and we’ve all got children, so we’re going to do whatever we can to help.”

    The lady at the centre of things is overwhelmed by the community’s show of support.

    “It’s been so wonderful the way people have got involved,” Tara said.

    The steadfast mother is unable to break her focus however, and is looking to the future.

    “At the moment we’re trying to get a bone marrow transplant for Jace,” she explained.

    “It involves chemotherapy and it’s potentially a huge step.

    “At the end of the day it’s worth a shot.

    “It’s all we can do.”

    Little Jace Knowles with his mother Tara.

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  • Australian Zircon hosts Drung mine information sessions

    MINING company Australian Zircon will release some results of its environmental impact studies on Wednesdayfor its proposed mineral sands mine at Drung.
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    The mining company will host two information sessions on its plan to develop a 12,850-hectare deposit 20 kilometres south east of Horsham.

    Australian Zircon has proposed that the mine operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and recover ilmenite, zircon, monazite, rutile and leucoxene minerals .

    The mine would employ up to 250 staff while in operation.

    Project manager Andrew Reeves said the company had completed a range of studies on the proposed mine’s impact, including water, radiation, noise, air quality and rehabilitation effects.

    “The reason we have called the meeting is because we are getting towards the tail end of our environmental studies,” he said.

    “We have some of the results and we are looking at sharing the results and giving some feedback to our many stakeholders in the area.

    “Basically, from our perspective, we believe that there is really no impediment to the project proceeding but that is a decision that is made by the Planning Minister.”

    Horsham mayor David Grimble said the mine would be a positive project for the Wimmera.

    “When you have the potential to create up to 250 jobs and the flow-on economic benefit, it has enormous potential for the Wimmera,” he said.

    “It is north of the Grampians National Park, which is a major tourist area so some tourism operators are concerned about that.

    “But my understanding is that this will be a staged project so we are not going to see broad-scale open cut mining.”

    Mr Reeves said Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy had to approve the project before it could go ahead.

    The sessions are at Horsham RSL from 2pm to 4pm and at Taylors Lake Football Club from 6pm to 8pm.

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  • Mid Gld falters at line

    Desperation: Mid Gippsland Green and Alberton battled it out for the Eastern Region title. photograph laura fergusonNetball
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    MID Gippsland Green went into Friday night’s Eastern Region Netball State League final as firm favourite following an undefeated season, but fell at the final hurdle against Alberton 48-33.

    All eyes were on the critical goal circle matchups, but both sides started nervously and consistently missed the hoop in the early stages.

    The first quarter had Alberton put up 23 shots for a 14 goal result compared to Mid Gippsland’s seven goals from 10 shots.

    Alberton took advantage of the lack of creativity Mid Gippsland was offering in its goal circle, reading the run of play with ease to thwart several attacking raids.

    A personnel change for Mid Gippsland on the attacking end breathed new life into Green’s shooting, and while they outscored Alberton for the first time in the match it was too little too late.

    The 17 and under Alberton side made it two from two on the night with a 52-32 win over Sale.

    Gippsland sister act Kylie and Stacey O’Brien featured in the awards for the open division; Stacey (Gippsland) was named most valuable player and Kylie (Churchill Indoor) earned the ‘hot shot’ award.

    The All Star teams for both divisions were announced and presented few surprises.

    Open All Stars Goalers: Jessica Hilliar (MG Green), Kylie O’Brien (CINA), Jarney Thomas (Alb) and Rachel Shaw (Gippsland). Mid Court: Stacey O’Brien (Gipp), Rachelle Chapman (MG Green), Danielle Ryan (EG) and Allison Tewierik (MG Green). Defenders: Ebony Best (Gipp), Kara Wogan-Browne (Alb), Catherine Bulmer (EG) and Christie Hillberg (Alb).

    17 and under All Stars Goalers: Hannah Flanders (Alb), Hannah Buys (Sale), Amy Houghton (MG) and Ashleigh Wyatt (Gipp). Mid Court: Montana Holmes (Sale), Piper Bennett- Swinley (MG), Shelby Wulffers (MG) and Elis Sim (MG). Defenders: Sarah Greenwood (MG), Kirsty Hodgson (NG), Karlee Dal Pra (NG and Bree Guttridge (Gipp).

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  • Gellibrand preselection: Safe seat sparks battle of the sexes

    NICOLA Roxon has thrown her support behind a former staffer, Katie Hall, to replace her in the federal seat of Gellibrand.
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    Eyes on Canberra: Katie Hall says she cares about the community, and wants to get involved and be heard. Picture: Darren Howe

    The move appears to put her at odds with Labor Senate leader Stephen Conroy, who is understood to be backing his former adviser Tim Watts.

    Ms Hall, who lives with her husband in West Footscray, is 30 — nearly the same age Ms Roxon was when elected.

    The former attorney-general, who is quitting politics to spend more time with her young daughter, said it was healthy for two influential Labor figures to be backing different candidates for preselection.

    “It won’t surprise anyone as a person who’s always encouraged women to run for office that I am supporting Katie Hall because she is a strong and capable woman. She’s a good campaigner and she’s local, and all of those things are very important for this region.

    “I think it’s important, where we have the opportunity, to select women, and in this instance where we have a woman with enormous potential, a lot of talent, and is local, that’s going to be a combination that is difficult to beat.

    “Of course, Stephen has influence within his community, as do I, and I think the fact that two senior Labor people can be backing different candidates is actually a healthy sign in the party that there are good choices to be made.”

    Ms Hall, who works in corporate affairs for the City of Melbourne, said Ms Roxon had been a great mentor.

    “I think, and I think a lot of people think, that it’s important that the next generation of female Labor activists step up and say, I care about my community, I’m committed to Labor values and I want to get involved and I want to be heard. When women in the Labor Party who I’ve always looked up to, like Nicola Roxon and Joan Kirner, are supporting you, that’s a really motivating thing.

    “I think we need fierce campaigners. We need people who are going to be willing to get out there and give it a red-hot go . . . we need to be reaching out to the community and telling our story and telling the people why Labor values are good values and why Labor members of parliament are good for the west.”

    Ms Hall’s stiffest challenge may prove to be a tight preselection battle, especially if Mr Conroy throws his support behind Mr Watts.

    The Telstra executive, 31, lives in Fitzroy but plans to move to Footscray with his family before the September 14 poll.

    Mr Watts moved to dispel concerns that he was not a local candidate and would be preselected only with the weight of Senator Conroy’s backing.

    “I’m proud to have worked with Stephen in the past; I think people will see I have a good track record,” he said. Acknowledging the anointed Gellibrand candidate would be replacing a high-profile female member in the nation’s second-safest seat, Mr Watts said it was important that the ALP elevate more women into Parliament but noted they were replacing men in other seats.

    He said the prospect of a Tony Abbott government was a threat to quality education, harmonious multiculturalism and job security in the western suburbs.

    “They are my three major priorities.”