Brown pips Monaghan at the post for Cock O’ the Walk

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Six rifle shooters, including one visitor, competed over 500 yards at the Narromine-Dubbo rifle range on Saturday.

Conditions were, once again, excellent for full-bore competition and some good scores were soon on the board.

In the first stage, Norm Brown fired a 49/50 to lead Scott Monaghan with a 48/50, while in F-class; Rob Rainbow had a 59/60.

The second stage had similar conditions and scores remained high including visiting shooter, Ian Corcoran who hit a 55/60 in his first attempt in F-class.

Norm Brown edged out Scott Monaghan on a count-back for the A-grade Cock O’the Walk badge, both finishing on 97/100.

Rob Rainbow won the F-class badge with a 118/120, Noel Thompson had a good second stage to win B-grade and Lachlan Simpson won the C-grade badge.

The weekly handicap trophy went to Noel Thompson who was one of four shooters to break handicap, while Norm Brown hit the white spot to take the jackpot.

Individual scores were: Rob Rainbow 59/59, F-class total 118/120; Scott Monaghan 48/49, off-rifle 97, handicap 6, total 100; Norm Brown 49/48, o/r 97, hcp 3, total 100; Lachlan Simpson 42/39, o/r 81, hcp 18, total 99; Noel Thompson 44/47, o/r 91, hcp 18, total 100; Ian Corcoran 49/55, F-class total 104.

On Sunday, the club held the first 1000 yard bench-rest competition for the year with eleven shooters competing in good conditions.

In International Light-gun, Larry Bartimote won the group aggregate with 7.972 inches while Dave Goodridge top scored with a 47.05.

In Standard Light-gun, Ben Profke won the group aggregate with 7.008 inches and top scored with 45.55.

In the Jim Clifford trophy competition, for .308 and .223 rifles, the winners were Scott Monaghan (Standard LG) and Rob Rainbow (International LG) Next Saturday, shooting is from 600 yards beginning at 12.30 pm.

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A terrific first half — and what a crowd

TWO wins from three games is not a bad start to the season for Wests Tigers.
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Winning our last two home matches at Campbelltown Sports Stadium and Leichhardt Oval were very important and helped to erase the disappointment of our round one loss.

Last Friday night’s win over Parramatta was a tale of two halves for the team.

I thought we played some of our best football in the first half, and to walk off with an 18-0 lead at half-time and receive a standing ovation from the Leichhardt Oval faithful was a great feeling.

The second half saw us drop our intensity a little and we allowed the Eels back into the game although I always felt we were in control of the match.

In a solid team performance, I thought our captain in hooker Robbie Farah was amazing.

Having settled his playing future the day before with a new four-year deal to stay at the club, Robbie was really pumped-up for the match and it showed. He truly led by example. It is a real pleasure to play alongside him.

As for the crowd, what a feeling it was to run out on Leichhardt Oval.

It was my first appearance in a Wests Tigers jersey at Leichhardt Oval and I’ll admit I got goose bumps when I looked up and saw the packed hill.

The atmosphere was electric and it is a special place to play at. I’d like to thank all those Wests Tigers fans who travelled to Leichhardt Oval. We love playing in front of packed crowds at our home games, be it at Leichhardt, Campbelltown or Allianz Stadium, as it really does lift you when things are getting tough.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), we face a stiff test when we take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium. Manly will be determined to make up for their last round loss to the Gold Coast Titans, and from what I’ve been told by the boys, there is plenty of feeling whenever we take on the Sea Eagles. It will give us a good indication of where we are at the moment.

It might be a Manly home game but I know just how big of a supporters’ base we have on the central coast so I’m expecting to see plenty of Wests Tigers flags in the crowd.

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Dubbo’s talent on show for judges

Kirsten Jones sang Danny Boy in memory of her grandmother. Photo: LISA MINNERNERVOUS hopefuls lined Brisbane Street yesterday waiting for their chance to shine in front of Australia’s Got Talent producers at the Dubbo RSL.
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Into the show’s seventh series, Freemantle Media producer, Paul Riggio, said the crew were hoping to find a broad range of talent in the central west.

Halfway through their hunt for talent, Dubbo is the seventh city the cast have visited.

“We love coming to regional Australia just because of the colourful characters,” he said.

“If we can find a really unique act that represents what it is to be Australian that would be great because the show is really about anyone doing anything of any age.”

Mr Riggio said it didn’t matter what you did or how you did it, Australia’s Got Talent wanted to see it.

Dancers, magicians, singers and even a man who sheared sheep blind-folded had auditioned for the show.

Mr Riggio said he had noticed country folk tended to hang on to some traditional aspects of Aussie culture he believed city dwellers had lost.

He was quick to add that anyone who missed out on the auditions yesterday had not missed out all together.

“People can send in videos through our online submissions too,” Mr Riggio said.

Those who auditioned yesterday and got a thumbs-up were selected to go through to audition for the judges later in June.

Fifteen-year-old Jarrod Eisel was ready for the judges and armed with a unicycle and other circus props. Jarrod said he had been involved with Circus West for five years and had auditioned for Australia’s Got Talent three years ago.

“Last time I got a no,” he said.

“This time I’m juggling clubs and balls, I have my unicycle and I’m playing a diabolo,

“If they say yes, I’ll chuck a party!”

Kirsten Jones travelled all the way from Bathurst to sing for the judges. Danny Boy was her song of choice.

She said the song was very special to her because of her grandmother, who was an inspiration to her, had passed away two weeks ago.

“She’s always been there for me and supported me along so I’m doing this for her,” she said.

Seventeen-year-old birthday boy Christopher Perring from Mudgee came to dance. He said he had been honing his skills for the last three years.

Hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and ballet were some of the genres he was trained in.

“I’m trying a new style today; a mix of animation and hip-hop.”

“I would like to continue with dance in the future or basketball.”

Christopher said he felt living in a country town posed no problem as far as opportunity or access to dance classes.

“I have a great teacher,” he said.

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Jarrod Eisel wowed the judges with his circus skills. Photo: LISA MINNER

Christopher Perring dances hip-hop. Photo: LISA MINNER

Alyssa Lambert warming up. Photo: AMY McINTYRE

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A plea for safe travels

WIMMERA authorities have urged people to take care when travelling during Easter.
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Horsham Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Heath Martin said all available police would be on the roads for the long weekend.

“Wimmera police will be participating in the statewide Operation Crossroads, which starts on Thursday and will end on Monday,” he said.

Operation Crossroads targets dangerous driving and the main factors of accidents, such as speeding, drink or drug driving, distraction, no seatbelts and fatigue.

Leading Senior Constable Martin said police encouraged travellers to take a break from driving every two hours, and to swap drivers regularly if possible.

“There will be extra vehicles on the roads so extra care is needed and drivers should remain patient,” he said.

“There is no need to be in a hurry.”

Victorian State Emergency Service spokesman Stefan Delatovic said emergency service volunteers and Lions club members would operate Driver Reviver sites throughout the long weekend.

“We encourage people to take advantage of these stops, where free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available,” he said.

Mr Delatovic said drivers could also get a free music download card at the stops. He said the stops encouraged drivers to take a break and avoid fatigue.

“We want everybody to stay safe this weekend,” he said.

Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells said driver fatigue was a major cause of road accidents.

“Fatigue is a contributing factor in about 20 per cent of all fatal car accidents in Victoria, resulting in about 50 deaths and 300 serious injuries each year,” he said.

“Driver Reviver sites offer motorists a safe place to rest, have a drink, change drivers or have a power nap away from passing traffic.”

Country Fire Authority community education co-ordinator Jenny McGennisken said Wimmera residents still needed to be aware of fire risks.

“As we move into the Easter period, the fire danger is forecast to be high,” she said.

“Particularly here in the Wimmera, we haven’t had much rain and the fire danger period is still current and restrictions are still in place.

“People need to think about where they are going and where they could get information if there is an emergency.”

Ms McGennisken said the fires on Thursday last week were a perfect example of how the Wimmera was still at risk.

“People need to be aware of restrictions, particularly if they are camping and lighting campfires,” she said.

“They need to know what they can and can’t do, and that information is on the CFA website.”

Ms McGennisken said the Department of Sustainability and Environment had started planned burns this week.

“The public need to be aware that they may start seeing smoke later in the week and at the weekend,” she said.

She said the department website had a list of planned burns and information about fires in the area.

PLEA FOR SAFETY: State Emergency Service’s Crystal Sanders, Horsham Highway Patrol’s Alan Perry and Horsham Fire Brigade’s Rej Johnson want drivers to behave over the Easter long weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

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Tumbarumba take home Cornell Memorial Shield

Paul Adams of the Dubbo DemonsPHOTO: CHERYL BURKE Demons Jacob Maljers takes on a player from Tumbarumba Kangaroos. Photos: CHERYL BURKE
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Dale Lawrence with the ball for the Demons in their trial game against Tumbarumba Kangaroos at South Dubbo Oval on Saturday.

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DESPITE losing their trial game by almost 50 points against Tumbarumba, the Dubbo Demons remain confident of success with the return of their more experienced players once the regular season begins.

Defence was definitely one of the stronger points in the trial game against the Kangaroos on Saturday and Dubbo’s back-line was “quite good”, according to senior coach Kim Woodman.

Tumbarumba came with a relatively strong outfit and had seven players from their 2012 first-grade team play in the twilight game at South Dubbo Oval.

“During the game I spoke to the Tumbarumba coach and he told me who the players were and we could see how strong they were on the field,” Woodman said.

“Our back-line played well but it was our mid-fielders who needed to improve their fitness and skills.”

Shaun Coyle, he said, was good in the back line, David Batten as a half-back flank and Mick Daly as center half-back.

“Our back six played consistently throughout the game.

“Tumbarumba had a strong line-up. They were above us in terms of two goals ahead of each quarter. In the end we were down by eight goals and lost by 48 points,” Woodman said.

The Kangaroos kicked 12 goals to Dubbo’s five.

Woodman said that with the return of six of their regular first graders, the Demons may be held in higher stead to win future games.

Last week Woodman said there had been good numbers at pre-season training since January.

Fitness, he said, would be a key focus and would continue to be after Saturday’s trial game, particularly with the mid-fielders.

The Isaac Cornell Memorial Shield was awarded to Tumbarumba after the game was won, in memory of the former player of both clubs.

Tumbarumba are the current premiers of the Upper Murray Football League.

The Dubbo Demons’ first official game will possibly be against Bathurst on April 13, although the AFL draws are still being decided.

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Big task great fit for Glen Alpine’s Abbey

Big show: Abbey Smith, 14, is the youngest of about 150,000 competitors taking part in a world-wide fitness challenge. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeGLEN Alpine teenager Abbey Smith had a birthday to remember this year when she entered the CrossFit Games Open as the youngest competitor in a worldwide field of about 150,000.
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CrossFit involves weightlifting and powerlifting (bench, squat and dead lift) gymnastics, calisthenics (body weight strength exercises) and cardiovascular conditioning (running, rowing, skipping, riding).

An Elderslie High School student, Abbey turned 14 years old on March 10 which was the cut-off date for this year’s event.

“It was the best present ever. I couldn’t believe my luck,” Abbey said.

“It was awesome. I thought I’d be too young to register.

“Competing in this year’s open will be a great experience for me and I’ll be using my results to determine the course of my training for the next 12 months and track my progress in future competitions.”

The games’ first stage is the open, a worldwide, five-week competition with the top athletes in each of the 17 regions throughout the world qualifying for the second stage of the competition, the regionals, a three-day competition.

The games are described as the world’s premier test to find the fittest person on earth.

The season ends with the CrossFit Games when thousands of entries are whittled down to about 100 of the fittest men and women in the world. Under the competition guidelines Abbey, who trains under the guidance of head coach Mick Geale at the centre at Ingleburn, has to complete “a workout of the day, weekly over five weeks”.

“The workout is released every Thursday at 11am and I have until Monday to submit my judged score online,” she said.

“The workouts are hard and you never know what it will be so you have to be ready for anything.

“The workout is the same for everyone and is scaleable, so everyone can perform a variation of it — which is really cool because some days you can have a first grade footballer working out alongside somebody as young as myself or mums completely new to CrossFit. “When I’m old enough I hope to coach others.”

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Ardlethan Picnic Races 2013

Georgia Bremner of Ardlethan and Alana Hartwig of Temora. Picture: Addison Hamilton (From left) Jake Hamblin, Peter Charles, Emma Charles, Lana Sweeney, Hannah Snowden and Brent Walker. Picture: Addison Hamilton
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Jade McDonald, Brydie Burrows, Emily Smith and Brooke Kaveney. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Ryan Freeman of Temora and Ben Hampton of Tullibigeal. Picture: Addison Hamilton

James Robertson, Jack Ginty and Kurt Allen. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Kay Whitty, Steve Adamik and Sue Adamik. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Jo Harpley, Sharon Young, Ruth McCarthy, Narelle Gentles of Cootamundra. Picture: Addison Hamilton

(From left) Tanya Hackney, Johnny Gown, Angela Barnsley, Paul Hackney and Mark Raymond. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Sandra Mathieson, Joan Richens, Greg Trembath and Marj Clark. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Ann-Maree Thompson and Nilva Close of Griffith. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Brodie Gray, 22 months. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Carus Gray, 3. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Carus Gray, 3, and Nate Wheatley, 3. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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Race 1 winner I’m Flash ridden by Tim Phillips. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Race 1 winner I’m Flash ridden by Tim Phillips. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Race 1 winner I’m Flash ridden by Tim Phillips. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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Perth Zoo’s first dragons

Raja is the first Komodo Dragon at Perth Zoo. Photo: Daniel Scarparolo/Perth Zoo At just 2.1 kilograms Raja still has a lot of growing to do. Photo: Daniel Scarparolo/Perth Zoo
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He may not look very scary now, but Perth Zoo’s newest resident has a fearsome reputation.

The young Komodo Dragon will grow to about the size of an adult human- 70 kilograms- in the next five years.

With a mouthful of long, curved, serrated teeth, one or two bites from an adult Komodo Dragon is enough to bring down a deer.

And if size was not enough, its venom induces shock and stops the prey’s blood from clotting.

Komodo Dragons are the largest lizards in the world but at only 18 months old and just 2.1 kilograms, young Raja still has a lot of growing to do.

It is the first time a Komodo Dragon has been on display at Perth Zoo.

Perth Zoo operations curator John Lemon said as well as their fearsome reputation, Komodo Dragons have some pretty cool traits.

“To survive during long periods of low prey density they can eat up to 80 per cent of their own body weight at a time,” he said.

“And their keen sense of smell enables them to locate food from as far away as 10 kilometres if the wind conditions are right.”

In the wild, Komodo Dragons are found on a handful of Indonesian Islands.

The largest of these is Komodo Island, which is where they get their name.

They are the dominant predator on the islands, using their lumbering yet powerful bodies to bring down prey ranging from water buffalo to lizards and chickens.

They lie in wait until their prey comes near and then launch a surprise attack.

“Unfortunately, just like the dragons of myth and legend, many Komodo Dragons have been slain – or poached – for their meat or the illegal pet trade,” Mr Lemon said.

There are believed to be only 3000 to 5000 Komodo left in the wild.

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Inquest: baby could have been sedated with one teaspoon of spirits

A baby found unresponsive with a blood alcohol content of .033 before his death could have been sedated by as little as one teaspoon of spirits.
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But whether alcohol contributed to his death remains to be see as little research has been conducted into the affects of alcohol on babies, according to a toxicology expert.

Baby Shorn was taken to hospital by his father on November 1, 2008 after he was found unresponsive and not breathing properly in his cot at 530am.

He died two days later when taken off life support.

A blood sample taken at 11.50am the day he was admitted revealed a significant amount of alcohol in his system.

But that concentration may not have been fatal.

A coronial inquest is attempting to determine what contributed to the baby’s death and how the alcohol got into his blood.

Baby Shorn’ father, whose identity has been suppressed, told police he had given his son formula only at 10pm the night before he lost consciousness.

The baby’s mother and primary career had been admitted to hospital on October 30 with cesarean scar complications.

It was the first night the new father had spent alone with his son.

Toxicology expert David Joyce told the inquest although the .033 reading at 11.50pm was not necessarily fatal, it indicated there may have been a fatal concentration in the baby’s blood earlier.

“We can simply say it might have been,” Dr Joyce said.

Based on the baby’s weight and the alcohol concentration at 11.50pm there would have been about 1.2 grams of alcohol in his body at that time, he said.

“It would take around about a standard teaspoon,” of spirits, or 3.7 millilitres, he said.

But back-calculating to determine what the baby’s intake of alcohol could have been if he was given something with his milk 10pm the night earlier was a guessing game, Dr Joyce said.

“The depth of evidence is so shallow,” he said.

“It’s still very approximate guessing.”

Dr Joyce could only say confidently that slightly less than a teaspoon of alcohol was in the baby’s blood at 11.50pm, which would have been lower than the concentration at 5.30am.

He said if intoxicated the baby would have “become quieter”.

“It may settle off to sleep more easily,” he said.

But if “over sedated” the baby could stop breathing properly or be unable to move if it rolled face down onto its pillow.

Coroner Evelyn Vickers said giving a baby a teaspoon of alcohol, “would seem to be a very small amount to people in the community”.

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If it’s Easter sunshine you want, head south

Sydney’s mild March weather is likely to extend into the Easter weekend, although showers may ruin the recent run of fine days.
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Conditions look set to favour those staying put or heading south for the break, with a wet Easter Sunday forecast for the Hunter Valley and regions further north.

While showers may reach Sydney on Thursday and Good Friday morning, the city should otherwise remain dry until Easter Saturday evening. A wetter spell, though, may arrive on Easter Sunday, Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.

“Most people will experience a dry day on Friday, particularly if they get up late,” Mr Sharpe said. “I’d suggest going south to enjoy most of the sunny weather.”

Conditions would likely be fairly dry all the way down to the Victorian border, he said.

Weather models offer differing views on the effect the rain band will have on Sydney, with the potential for a low pressure system forming early next week.

“Brisbane down to the Hunter could feel the impact of an east-coast low,” he said.

Before the weekend, temperatures should warm to 29 and 30 on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, before settling back to maximums of about 24 to 26 from Friday to Monday.

Drier than Perth

Sydney has so far had 63 millimetres of rain for March, about half the average for the month and less than a quarter of the 270 millimetres received a year ago.

Even Perth, which typically receives just one-seventh of Sydney’s rain tally for March, is likely to register a wetter month than the Harbour City, Weatherzone said.

Rainfall in Perth is running at triple the usual amount, making it that city’s wettest March in 42 years, Mr Sharpe said.

Sydney is in the middle of its warmest March week in a decade. For the month so far, maximum temperatures are running 1.7 degrees above average, with minimum temperatures 1.5 degrees above normal.

“In February and March, it’s likely we’ll have averaged the same temperature,” Mr Sharpe said. “It’s been very consistent [in March], with very little influence from cold fronts,” he said, noting the city at one point had 11 consecutive days of 25 degrees or warmer.

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