Month: August 2019

  • John asks: R U OK?

    WHEN a close friend pleaded with John Ward (pictured) to “for God’s sake, do something”, the local farmer launched his own personal crusade against mental illness in rural areas.
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    This week, a sign on the side of the road at Coleambally will be officially unveiled to support Mr Ward’s campaign and to stop the high rate of suicide among farmers.

    He hopes the joint initiative between the NSW Farmers Federation and R U OK Foundation will get people talking.

    Situated on the Kidman Way and bearing the message “Coleambally 8 R U OKs, Jerilderie 76 R U OKs”, Mr Ward said the sign will be aimed at raising awareness of an issue that has claimed too many lives across the region.

    “I realised I had the ability to come in and say ‘g’day, how are you going?’ to people and they’d feel comfortable with me,” Mr Ward said.

    “I wanted to use that talent to make something happen, to be useful to the community.”

    Mr Ward has since joined the R U OK? Foundation and become an ambassador to spread the message across the region and rural Australia.

    “We want to tell people where to go and how to get help if they need it,” he said.

    “I’ve tried to turn mental illness into something palatable that people can talk about.”

    The sign was inspired by a roadside placard Mr Ward saw in Tasmania which read “We fight suicide in Tasmania” – a sign the farmer said “hit me like a tonne of bricks”.

    In future, Mr Ward hopes to organise a fundraising dinner for the foundation.

    He also wants to establish a “farm camp” which would provide a supervised rural environment where those who need help could escape the pressure, sit around a campfire and talk in a way they felt comfortable.

    “This is about making people talk about it and feel OK about it,” Mr Ward said.

    “If you can get people to talk about it, it breaks down the polarisation and stigmatism.”

    The R U OK? Foundation encourages people to ask others the question in the hope that meaningful conversations could help any person experiencing a problem to feel better supported and less vulnerable to a crisis or suicide death.

    If you need help you can call beyondblue 1300 224 636 or Lifeline 13 11 14

    John Ward

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  • Bolding in stellar form as women go off-road

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    A RECORD field of 255 took to the custom Traralgon motocross-bush hybrid circuit over the weekend for rounds one and two of the 2013 Yamaha Victorian Off-Road Championships, where Daniel Milner dominated the senior division.

    The 2012 Australian Four-Day Enduro champion continued his stellar run of form by taking out the pro class first round on Saturday ahead of Alex Stephenson and Daniel Sanders, a result he mirrored in round two on Sunday.

    With an influx in female participation in motorsport, the off-road championships featured a dedicated women’s division for the first time in Traralgon.

    Wonthaggi’s Charlotte Bolding claimed the overall victory in the women’s class in her comeback race.

    Traditionally a motocross competitor, Bolding won round one on Saturday over Rebecca Lipsett and Kellie Catanese.

    A second place on Sunday sealed a spectacular weekend for Bolding, while Tyla Jones took the second round win with Kellie Catanese again in third.

    After a year off due to injury, Bolding was keen to test the recently renovated bushland course at Traralgon.

    “I thought I’d give off-road a go,” she said.

    “I’ve had 12 months off the bike, so it was pretty tough to come back to; It was challenging but I enjoyed it.”

    With local Country Fire Authority brigades on hand to keep dust down and provide much needed moisture to the dirt track, race co-ordinator Steve Mason said the course and off-road format were hits among the entire field.

    “Everyone loved the new bit (bush track) obviously it chewed out a bit as it does with that many riders… everyone had a smile on their face,” he said.

    “One loop was hard and technical and the other one flowed a bit better because you had those two different types of track.

    “Everyone liked the concept of starting together on the motocross track… so it was really good.”

    Traralgon 12 year-old Nick Graham claimed a class second place in his first off-road event on Saturday in a standout local performance.

    Round three of the Victorian Off-Road Championships will be a junior sprint event in Dandenong next month.

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  • WDCA: Falcons’ English import leads charge

    Summer stunner: English import Andrew Ford was a revelation for Wyndhamvale. Picture: Darren HoweA MONTH into the season, Wyndhamvale had a lousy nine points, sat third-last and had lost key all-rounder Trent Lawford to Premier Cricket.
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    Lawford was a big loss; the leader of the pack moved to North Melbourne and was an immediate sensation with 538 runs and 33 wickets in the first XI.

    The Falcons were on the tips of no one’s tongue when it came to finals talk.

    Fast forward five months and the Falcons are perched atop the Williamstown and District Cricket Association A1 turf premiership dais for the first time since 2008-09.

    “No one expected us to play finals after four or five rounds,” all-rounder Ryan Radford told the Weekly.

    “To go on and win it, it’s a team thing, you’re pretty happy with that sort of stuff. It’s a good feeling.”

    The Falcons completed the fairytale with a 219-run victory over minor premiers Williamstown Imperials in a six-day grand final at Bryan Martyn Oval.

    They controlled the match from the outset to give the Imps a second consecutive loss.

    “It wasn’t as easy as the scoreboard looks,” Radford said. “We had to bowl pretty well.”

    Victory was set up with a century to the Falcons’ overseas import Andrew Ford, who made 112 and found a partner-in-crime in Lee Veal (62) as the Falcons made 244 in the first dig.

    “He was inspirational on day one,” Radford said of man-of-the-match Ford. “Getting him into the team was probably the turning point in the season.”

    The Imperials found it hard to get out of first gear, reaching 159 and giving the Falcons an 85-run lead.

    In the second innings, the Falcons were 4-29 and in a spot of bother until a 150-run stand between Andrew Mundey (91) and Adam Moscatiello (59).

    “Their partnership took a lot of the pressure off us,” Radford said.

    The Imperials were set a massive 321 for victory but mustered just 112.

    Young quick Jake Styles left a trail of destruction with eight wickets in the innings and 11 for the match.

    Styles finished on 50 wickets for the season. “It’s a pretty big season for a 19-year-old,” Radford said. “He’s pretty sharp, but he’s carefree. He just runs in and bowls.”


    A1 turf:

    Williamstown Imperials 159 (D Slattery 33 A Royston 26 M Craig 25 L Macdougall 3-35 J Styles 3-36) and 112 (J Haines 26 J Styles 8-47) lt Wyndhamvale 244 (A Ford 112 L Veal 62 B Slattery 3-22 G Robson 3-46) and 236 (A Mundey 91 A Moscatiello 59 RD Radford 30 R Hilson 5-57)

    B1 turf:

    Deer Park Ardeer 306 (G Bennett 97 M Szulikowski 50 M Beljac 40 P Tawaf 34 S Brown 3-46 C Tucker 2-18 S Dyson 2-31 T Stanchinotti 2-93) d Williamstown Congs 81 (R Suvada 4-32 J Bonnici 3-22 R Bonnici 2-19) and 146 (M Leach 65no R Suvada 5-75 R Bonnici 3-30)

    B2 turf:

    Melton South 118 (D Grero 39 D Croft 5-66 R Bolton 2-9 A Fine 2-20) and 184 (R Catlin 57 B Wilson 39 D Croft 5-33 J Bulbeck 4-57) lt Gellibrand 389 (S Buttigieg-Clarke 164 C Kennedy 78 J Bulbeck 33 D Croft 30 A Gusic 5-58 B Landers 2-51 D Grero 2-67) and 263 (D Croft 84 M Taylor 40 C Kennedy 27)

    C composite:

    Melton Centrals 108 (T Robinson 41 M Konjevic 4-30 S Najdek 3-21 W Donaldson 2-26) and 130 (S Bairstow 30 A Kendall 27 J Charge 25 M Konjevic 2-23) d Grand United 90 (C Patmore 3-22 B Todd 2-7 J Charge 2-18 A Zenonos 2-31) and 108 (C Patmore 4-43 J Charge 2-24 A Zenonos 2-30)

    A grade matting:

    Caroline Springs 158 (C Viola 58 T Blackman 39) and 291 (G O’Toole 72 V Sohi 46 M Psaila 45 N Kashyap 36 T Chhimwal 26) d Melton Centrals 109 (V Sohi 7-29 N Kashyap 2-35) and 159 (V Sohi 3-26 I Shattock 2-6 M Kannambra 2-15)

    B grade matting:

    Caroline Springs 442 (J Forbes-Anthony 99no N Vulic 84 R Shankar 73 D Le-Paez 61 P Singh 27) d Williamstown Imperials 137 (N Vulic 2-4 M Rahman 2-29 W Jaensch 2-29 G Gray 2-30)

    C grade matting:

    Grand United 437 (J Ralph 178 C Metcher 71 J Edwards 71 MC Dyke 36 T Ralph 27 C Amla 4-69 S Sachdev 2-61) d Williamstown Colts 202 (S Mahendru 90 P Bordoloi 25 BJ Bostock 5-20 D Sutherland 2-27) and 200 (BJ Bostock 3-42 MC Dyke 3-43 J Ralph 2-29)

  • TAC Cup: Jets’ costly errors help fuel Dragons’ win

    THE Western Jets were made to pay for untidy football at certain times in their 23-point loss to Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup season opener at Visy Park on Sunday.
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    The Jets’ endeavour could not be faulted and there were early periods when they even dominated the contest.

    However, careless errors at crucial times gave the Dragons the ascendancy and they needed no second invitation to run away with the game.

    “It was not the start we were looking for,” Jets region manager Shane Sexton said.

    “But there were positives in the game that we can take away.

    “We can go away and work on a few things and be better because of it.

    “We just made too many mistakes and you can put it down to that. Decisions with the ball and without the ball . . . some of them were pretty costly.”

    The Jets, coached by Torin Baker for the first time, made all the early running.

    A goal to Omar Abou-Zeid and two more to Harrison King had them right on top.

    King’s early dominance had alarm bells ringing in the Dragons’ coaches box.

    “His first half was excellent and he had a good game,” Sexton said. “He plays predominantly as a lead-up forward, really good overhead and his practice matches have all been good.

    “They put the clamps on him after half-time and that made it a bit more difficult for him.”

    The Jets had nothing to show for their fast start, trailing by five points at the first break.

    The second term was an anomaly in the match as the Dragons booted five of the six goals for the quarter to take a 34-point lead into half-time.

    Try as they might, the Jets could not erode the hefty deficit, with the 30-minute second quarter black-out ultimately costing the Jets.

    Daniel O’Leary was named best on ground for the Jets. The courageous back pocket did what his coaches asked of him.

    “Danny’s a terrific kid, a real competitor,” Sexton said.

    “You can trust him to give it 100 per cent and cover off his man. He was pretty solid today without a doubt.”

    The will-o’-the-wisp Mitch Norton made an impressive debut at the level.

    The lightly-built forward pocket snared two goals to show his smarts near the big sticks.

    “He’s a very clever player, exhibits a lot of class,” Sexton said.

    Ruckman Duom Dawam got his hands on the ball first with regularity at the bounce-downs, while onballer Jake Greiser did a lot of fishing beneath the packs to offer first use to the outside runners.

    The Jets are eager to avoid a repeat of last year’s slow start to the season and will be desperate to get into the winners’ circle against the Northern Knights in the early 10am game on Sunday at Visy Park.

    “It’s a big week next week,” Sexton said. “We don’t want to get left too far behind.”


    Sandringham Dragons 16.9 (105) d Western Jets 12.10 (82).

    Western Jets — goals: H. King 3, P. Manivong, M. Norton 2, O. Abou-Zeid, D. Burton, M. Orr, B. Ferrari, J. Greiser. Best: D. O’Leary, M. Norton, H. King, J. Greiser, D. Iaccarino, B. Bewley.

  • CYMS beat pre-season Blues

    IT may have started with two “underwhelming” knockout performances, but Orange CYMS coach Mick Sullivan is more than happy with the way the green and golds bounced back to finish their 2013 pre-season campaign.
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    Folding under strong expectations with round one exits in both the West Wyalong and the Bathurst knockouts, Sullivan’s men went head-to-head with a strong Queanbeyan Blues line-up on Saturday and came out on top 38-26 at Waratahs Sportsground.

    And, more pleasingly for Sullivan, his red-hot backline clicked.

    Playing in the centres, gun recruits Ali Beale and Ben McAlpine shone while halves Warick Colley and Dom Maley steered the ship in CYMS’ most complete trial effort yet.

    Sullivan said he was stoked with the win and labelled his squad ready for the round one derby versus Orange Hawks in 10 days.

    “We looked sharp and for the first time our backline got a bit of depth about it. I’m confident if we maintain that depth sides are going to find us pretty tough to handle this season starting with round one,” Sullivan said.

    Sullivan said it was tough to gauge where his side stood following the knockout losses to the Bidgee Hurricanes in West Wyalong and rivals Hawks in Bathurst.

    However, Sullivan was only ever concerned about how his team shaped up in its first full match.

    “Obviously it has been a bit underwhelming, a few people probably expected us to go a bit better than we did in the shorter format but I was only worried about our first 80-minute hit-out,” the premiership-winning captain-coach said.

    “We went into the game with a squad of 18 and Sarge (Brett Sargent) picked up an AC dislocation and we lost Josh Nixon after about 10 minutes, but with 16 we were still able to get over the top of a pretty big Queanbeyan side.”

    Sargent will be sidelined with his shoulder injury for close to six weeks while Nixon’s departure in the trial was simply precautionary.

    Sullivan expected the Blayney junior to be ready for round one.

    The former NRL rake said however pleasing it was to see his backline fire, the ability of his forward pack to roll through the middle of the ruck was crucial in 2013.

    “We’ll have Ryan Prevett ready for round one, and Des Knight has been strong for us too,” Sullivan said, not likely to return from a hamstring injury until round three of the Group 10 premier league season.

    “I was impressed with Des last year. He was one of the few props we had to step up against Lithgow. Young Cameron Jones got through a heap of work too. We’ll probably go into round one with the same side.”

    GET OUT OF MY WAY: CYMS’ Ben McAlpine tests the Queanbeyan Blues defence in a trial match at Waratahs Sportsground last Saturday. CYMS won 38-26 to finish the pre-season on a high. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0323league1

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