Leister atop the Handiskins

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Steve Lynch receiving his prize from Dion and Sarah McAlister. Lynch finished first in B grade.
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Saturday the Cowra Golf Club held a Stableford event sponsored by Dion and Sarah McAlister.Thank you guys for your continued supportandtime and dedication tomaking the club a better place over the past few years.

We had 66 players tee off in what also doubled as our fourthHandiskins qualifying round. Thescore of the day was had by Dave Leister with 41 points off his handicap of nine.

For his effortsDave wins a Leuk the Duck woodcover and bottle of Peter Lehman Shiraz along with being thefirst qualifier for the Handiskins final.

Dave’sthree qualifyingscores are38, 37 and 41 points for a total of 116. He is well ahead of the field and will now be able to warmup for the club final. Well done Dave.

Four others scored themselves 40 points Steve Lynch, Stephen Apps, Leigh Browne and CraigJeffries all had a great day with clubs in hand.

Greg Bowen receiving his prize from Dion and Sarah McAlister. Bowen lead the C grade field in last weekend’s Stableford.

A Grade.1stDave Leister (Hcap 9,41 points), 2ndLeigh Browne (Hcap 7,40 points).B Grade.1st Steve Lynch(Hcap18,40 points C/B),2nd Stephen Apps (Hcap 18,40 points C/B).C Grade.1stGreg Bowen (Hcap 29,37 points C/B),2nd Wayne Howard (Hcap 20,37 points C/B).

Subway NTP’s.5thSteve Lynch,7thAdam Dhrygck,14thMatt Thompson,16thGraeme Clements.Ball competition to 35 points on a countback.

Next Saturday is a Stroke event sponsored by Sportspower Cowra. Wayne asks that you all wearyour brightest, most out there shirt for which there will be a prize otherwise you will be fined.

The Handiskins leaderboard istight. DaveLeister is a runaway leader at the moment but many guys arebattling it out for the threeotherplaces in the final.

The fifthround should prove to be very exciting for all involved.Leaderboard after round four.Dave Leister116 points,Craig Jeffries 111 points,Peter Kirwan 107 points,Paul Jones 106 points,John Holmes 106 points,Matt Thompson104 points,David Howarth104 points,Cookie Dolbel104 points,Terry Johns103 points.

Ryan Howard and Wally Webb haveareaveraging 38 through two round andwill bein the mix next month.

Tuesdaysixplayers tookon the chook run with birds going to Ralph Stretton and JohnWebster, 34 and 35 nett.

Last Thursday 13 players attempted the Thursday Pro Competition. Jeff MacPherson was a runaway

winner with 39 points from Mick Jordan who had 36 points. Balls went to 32 points.

In the 9 hole vets Stableford 21 players battled each other for a tasty tasty chook. Ray Anderson

shone above all others with 17 points to take the day. The lucky last chook went to Keith Miller with

13 points on a countback which will make up for his missing out on the last ball on Saturday.

Upcoming Events at the Cowra Golf Club

Friday 26 th August – Police Charity Golf Day

Saturday 27 th August – Stroke sponsored by Sportspower Cowra.

Sunday 28 th August – Mixed Foursomes Championship sponsored by Cowra Golf Shop

Monday 29 th August – Course Renovations

Tuesday 30 th August – Course Closed for Course Renovations

Wednesday 31 st August – Stableford sponsored by Brooks Bed’s R Us

Thursday 1 st September – Stableford sponsored by Cowra Golf Shop

Saturday 3 rd September – 4BBB Stableford sponsored by the Sovereign Inn Cowra

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Life-saving angel ring program threatened by public liability regulation

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Life-saving angel ring program threatened by public liability regulation Social media officer Brendon Sweeney and president Adam Martin of the ANSA affiliated Tomakin Fishing Club after installing the new angel ring at Snapper Point.
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The before shot of the vandalised angle ring frame and yes, no angler ring.

The angel ring is back at Snapper Point thanks to the dedication of the Tomakin Fishing Club and ANSA.

The angel ring that was washed away from High Rock at Mystery Bay in the June storm has been replaced thanks to the efforts of ANSA and Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club president Les Waldock.

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“Please don’t tamper with them unless it is need to aid in the rescue of someone. They are there to save lives not a trophy in your garage,” he said.

“With the warm weather only around the corner, thousands of recreational fisher people are thinking of fishing and descend on the Eurobodalla region to wet a line.

“We have many locals and also the mass amount of fishos from Canberra and Sydney visiting the region many of which spendtime on our great rock ledges and headlands. With this in mind I personally probably hear of at least twoor threecases a year where some poor fisho has had a brush with death and unfortunately we hear of a fatality every few years.

“I have nearly had all local emergency departments mention at some point that we need more of these devices. So now is the time for more angel rings to be installed along our great coastline because they can help save lives.”

There is akeen committee in the Tomakin Fishing Club ready and willing to boost the number of installed angel rings in the northern region of the Batemans Bay Marine Park but it was unable to do so because of the public liability issue, he said.

“For years the ANSA has bent over backwards jumping through hoops set by a state government department for insurance purposes to install and maintain these life preserving buoys with success but now the bureaucrats of this department are more concerned about covering their own backsides and their jobs introducing a ridiculous amount of new conditions that just cannot be met,” Mr Martin said.

“They are more concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs. No one person, organisation or government department has ever been convicted of assisting the rescue and saving of a life. These angel rings save lives period so it should be a no brainer to keep the program easy to implement rather than next to impossible.”

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ANSA NSWhas runthe angel ring project for over two decades and has installed more than130 angel rings, orlifebuoys,in known rock-fishing hot spots in NSW. ANSA reports angel rings have saved 70 lives in NSW, helped identify coastal black spots and raised community awareness of the present dangers of ocean waves for rock platform users.

The program receives some funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, which is mainly used to fund new and replacement angel rings. The installation and maintenance of the angel rings is done by volunteers from ANSA who have dedicated hundreds of hours over the years to keep this community safety program running.

Concerns have been raised by ANSA NSW regarding additional public liability and indemnity requirements which have been stipulated by DPI Crown Lands and National Parks and Wildlife Service before any new angelring can be installed in NSW

In particular, Crown Lands has requested ANSA enter into a statewide licence agreement for installation of angel rings on Crown land, which includes a requirement for a significant public risk insurance policy.

While ANSA NSW does have a standard public liability insurance for its organisation, it has received advice that its current policy will not cover the Crown lands additional public risk insurance policy requirement, meaning additional insurance cover will be needed by ANSA at significant cost to the association.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has requested ANSA enter into a statewide consent agreement for installation of angel rings on NPWS managed land. This consent agreement includes listing NPWS as an interested party on their public liability insurance policy in order for their members to be covered when installing and maintaining these rings.

There is also a requirement for ANSA to indemnify NPWS for angel ring associated activities. This has also presented similar issues for ANSA with their current insurance cover.

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Horse heaven on market

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PRIVATE TREATY: Cavallino is 120 hectares, 14km from Tamworth and just 6km from the Australian Equine and Livestock Exhibition Centre.ONE of Tamworth’s finest equine properties, Cavallino Estate, has hit the market, making wayfor a quarter horse enthusiast(or two) to nab themselves a specially modified complex.
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The estate (formerlyOrange Grove Thoroughbreds)was purchased by Perth businesspeopleJohn and ZhanaDiCandilo in 2013.

Their daughter,Paula Balgera, is anational quarter horse championand the Di Candilosbought the property to house and train her team of show horses.

“I’ve always loved Tamworth and knew I wanted to buy a property there one day. We had a place in Victoria and when it didn’t work out, we relocated to Tamworth,” Mr Di Candilo said.

The Di Candilos are selling to concentrate on competitions closer to home.

“We’re changing direction but we’ve absolutely loved our time in Tamworth.”

The estate isspread over 120 hectares and is located14km from Tamworth and just 6km from the Australian Equine and Livestock Exhibition Centre.

During their ownership they carried out multiple improvements to transform the property from a thoroughbred complex.The main investment was the construction of a 60mby 20m indoor arena.

“It is now suitable for dressage, too,” he said.

A homestead was also built to accompany the trainer’s quarters and a small cottage.Other tweaks were made to suit the quarter horses.

“Quarter horses don’t need as much room to roam, so we made the paddocks smaller; we installed [LED]lighting to keep the horses’ coats shining and added some foaling yards.All the improvements were carried out bylocal tradespeople, who were fantastic.”

Cavallino Estate is fenced into 28 main paddocks and 16 yards. It has a 12 box stable barn with an eight-horse electric walker and an outdoor arena.

The paddocks are irrigated and are sown to pasture.

The property is for sale via private treaty for $4.2 million.Michael Burke, McCallum Inglis, Sydney; and Terry andSimon Burke, Burke and Smyth, Tamworth, have teamed up to market the property.


Chase for East Gippy glory begins

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EASTGippsland football minor premier Lindenow will take on Paynesville in the second sem-final in Bairnsdale on Saturday.
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The Cats have been missing key players in the past few rounds, and haven’t won as strongly as they’d probably like, but remain a formidable team.

Paynesville, meanwhile, has played exceptionally well, only losing five games and finishing the season with an high percentage.

The winner of the match will go straight into the grand final, with the loser having to play the winner of Sunday’s match next week.

In the first semi-final on Sunday, also at Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance will have to fight to knock dark-horse Orbost-Snowy Rovers out of the competition.

The Seagulls have had a rough few weeks, apart from their victory over wooden-spooners Stratford last week.

The Blues, however, have rampaged into the finals, but will have to step up even more for the higher-standard finals football.

Boisdale-Briagolong will take on Wy Yung in the reserves second semi-final, and Stratford in the under 18s first semi-final.

EGFNL semi-finalsSecond semi-finals:

Saturday, August 27, at Bairnsdale CityOval:

Football – seniors:Lindenow v Paynesville, 2.15pm; reserves:Boisdale-Briagolong v Wy Yung,12.30pm; under 18s:Wy Yung v Lakes Entrance,10.45am; under 16s:Lakes Entrance v Lucknow,9am.

Netball -A grade:Wy Yung v Stratford, 2pm;B grade:Wy Yung v Lakes Entrance, 1pm;C grade:Wy Yung v Orbost-Snowy Rovers,noon;D grade:Wy Yung v Stratford, 11am; under 17s:Wy Yung v Stratford, 10am; under 15s:Wy Yung v Orbost-SnowyRovers, 9am.

First semi-finals:

Sunday, August 28, at Bairnsdale CityOval:

Football – seniors:Lakes Entrance v Orbost-SnowyRovers, 2.15pm; reserves:Lindenow v Paynesville,12.30pm; under 18s:Stratford v Boisdale-Briagolong, 10.14am; under 16s:Wy Yung v OSR, 9am.

Netball -A grade:Lakes Entrance v OSR, 2pm;B grade:Boisdale-Briagolong v Lindenow,1pm;C grade:Lakes Entrance v Lindenow,noon;D grade:Lindenow v Boisdale-Briagolong,11am; under 17s:Lindenow v Paynesville, 10am; under 15s:Lucknow v Stratford, 9am.

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Grammar rowers on the river

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Gippsland Grammar principal David Baker and McColl Rowing Club vice-president Angela Lowe christen the school’s new rowing boats. Photo: Maree McGrathGIPPSLAND Grammar’s rowing squad began its summer campaign with a barbecue and boat christening on Saturday.
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Two new quadruple scull boats were named after two school families who have had a significant impact on the rowing program over the past few years.

The first boat, The Baker, is named in honour of the school principal David, his wife Jane and daughters Amy and Caitlin, all of whom have been instrumental in the successes of the program.

The Lowe is named in honour of the out-going vice-president of the McColl Rowing Club, Angela, and her husband Peter and daughter Emerson.

Emerson and Caitlin were two members of the state championship-winning senior girls’ crew last season.

After winning events at the Victorian and New South Wales state championships last season, Grammar’s new coaching team of Katherine Shaw, Andie Hinitt and Carol Moorehead, along with rowing director Peter Campbell are preparing the school’s rowing squad for the coming season.

The school will race in the first regatta of the season on Saturday, when Bairnsdale Rowing Club will be hosting the annual Head of the Mitchell Regatta.

The director of rowing is always looking out for new rowers, with anyone inspired by the recent Olympic regatta asked to phone the school.

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Fish bait gets a nibble

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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER: The Victorian government has announced grants for fishing clubs in a bid to achieve one million anglers by 2020.One million recreational fishers by 2020 –that’s the bold new target the Victorian government has splashed$46 million towards.
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The government’s Target One Million planpromisesto give all eligible angling clubs up to $2000 to promote membership, which is open untilMarch.

Mount Beauty-based Kiewa Valley Fishing Club secretaryPeter Panozzoseizedthe opportunity and successfully secured funding.

“We applied for a grant of $1250 and we’re going to put on a family fishing day, some time in October, on the pondage at Mt Beauty,” he said.

“Part of the criteria for the grant is it has to be to promote fishing and get more members to the club.

“We’re going to try to get a few more members but we also want to teach the kids to fish.

“The pondage at Mt Beauty has been stocked, we’ve just had a stocking of 2700 rainbow trout put in there just after Easter.

“So we’d like to take advantage of it –we’ve got some good fish in there, it’s been stocked since 2000.”

The North East Catchment Management Authority has been on the front-foot, having restored native habitat, built fishways and allocated environmental flows thissummer.

It called on landholders along Mitta River to donate tree logs for a rehabilitation program which aimed to attract native fish back into the waterway.

In response,recreational fishing group Cods of Anarchyassisted North East CMA with members’knowledge of fish movement on where to best place logs.​

Popular angling species in the region include brown and rainbow trout, Murray cod, golden perch, Murray spiny crayfish and redfin.

Plans are also under way to build two fishways on the Ovens River at Bright and Porepunkah in an effort to help endangered species migrate upstream.

The nationally-threatened Macquarie Perch would benefit from the fishway, which is on the brink of extinction.

Murray cod and trout cod could also breed once again in the upper Ovens as they did prior to European settlement.

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Hockey finals hit off

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THE East Gippsland Hockey Association semi-finals will be played on Saturday at the Bairnsdale World Centre, Wallace St.
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The three local clubs will be represented in matches.

Defending open champion Sale will take on Swan Reach in the major semi-final. The sides met last weekend in Sale, with the home winning 2-1 to move to the top of the ladder on goal difference.

Nagle and Bairnsdale will play in the minor semi-final.

Bairnsdale booked its place in the finals with a 6-2 win at Maffra.

Ricky Duncan, Rohan Giblett and Edward Long each scored two goals for Bairnsdale, while Maffra, with only eight players, fought out the match strongly with Grant van Brummellen and Nathan White scoring a goal each.

In the women’s, Maffra will meet Swan Reach for the first place in the grand final.

Maffra last weekend overcame Bairnsdale in a high scoring match, 5-4.

Jessica Cull scored three goals for Maffra, supported by Caitlin Frisina and Kate Steinmann. Bairnsdale’s goals were scored by Jennifer Davis, Erin Doherty, Amy Hooper and Elise Malberg.

Swan Reach defeated Sale 8-0 to seal the minor premiership.

Sale will play Nagle in the knock-out minor semi-final.

In the under 18s, Sale will play Swan Reach in the major semi-final, hoping for a reversal of last weekend’s 4-3 loss.

Coming off a bye, Wellington will play in the minor semi against Bairnsdale, who defeated Maffra 7-0 with Lochlan Duncan scoring four goals, and one each from Rohan Giblett, Baily Stephenson and Tom Supplitt.

Sale and Maffra will meet in the under 15s major semi-final.

Top side Sale defeated Swan Reach 5-1 at home.

Second-placed Maffra had a strong 10-0 win over Bairnsdale. Jess Cull scored four goals, with Ben Harms, Adelle O’Doherty, Ben O’Toole, Nikolas Valette, Tim Valette and Lachlan White scoring one each.

In the under 13s, minor premier Maffra will play Nagle in the major semi, while Sale and Orbost will contest the minor semi. Sale defeated Swan Reach 3-0 last weekend.

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SGL round 16SCORES

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League
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Central Augusta 4.3 8.6 10.9 12.14 (86)

Port 3.3 4.5 7.8 9.8 (62)

GOALS: Central Augusta: A. Ruffles 4, R. Morris 3, C. Crabbe 2, J. Muirhead 2, L. Hill 1. Port: B. Woodards 3, S. Snook 2, G. Phillips 1, D. Puddy 1, B. Inglis 1, M. Thomson 1.

BEST: Central Augusta: J. Muirhead, M. Fuller, E. Edwards, L. Nelson, N. Callary. Port: T. Dickeson, J. Byerlee, S. Snook, C. Pisani, B. Woodards.

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South Augusta 5.1 10.5 19.13 19.13 (127)

West Augusta 2.2 3.3 5.8 5.8 (38)

BEST: South Augusta: M. Kerin, L. Bury, B. Hurt, D. Barnett, C. Ritter. West Augusta: T. Harrison, M. Curley, N. Collins, T. Starkey-Treloar, A. Zubrinich.

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PropRisdon 2.3 3.5 5.8 9.9 (63)

Solomontown 2.0 3.3 5.3 6.4 (40)

GOALS: PropRisdon: A. Slattery 2, S. Edwards 2, N. Saunders 1, A. Simmons 1, M. Newell 1, J. Westley 1, M. White 1. Solomontown: J. Caputo 2, R. Saracino 1, J. George 1, N. Redman 1, R. Bernhardt 1.

BEST: PropRisdon: M. Lagoudis, T. Dunkley, J. Westley, L. Patterson, T. Eckert. Solomontown: R. Saracino, N. Redman, Z. Siemer, K. Head, G. Cooke.

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Seconds

Central Augusta 4.4 8.7 15.9 16.11 (107)

Port 1.0 1.0 1.2 3.3 (21) GOALS:

Central Augusta: J. Little 5, S. Carter 3, T. Phillips 2, R. Harrison 2, C. Edson 2, M. Clarke 1, K. Beattie-Dadleh 1. Port: B. Anderson 1, A. Smith 1, M. Wright 1.

BEST: Central Augusta: M. Clarke, D. Warren, S. Carter, B. Baker, R. Taylor. Port: R. Spence, M. Wright, T. Yarrow, A. Gepp, W. McCourt.

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West Augusta 6.6 6.6 7.9 11.10 (76)

South Augusta 6.3 6.3 7.5 7.7 (49)

GOALS: West Augusta: D. Stapleton 5, A. Ware 1, N. Schmerl 1, D. Colson 1, J. Warren 1, E. Fuschtei 1, J. Carn 1. South Augusta: J. Magarey 2, K. Aitken 2, D. Crombie 1, B. Jones 1, C. Heron 1.

BEST: West Augusta: S. Dorizzie, E. Fuschtei, J. Warren, J. Milera, J. Baker. South Augusta: R. Struck, C. Stuart, J. Magarey, L. Dodd, K. Aitken.

***

PropRisdon 2.7 5.11 8.13 14.17 (101)

Solomontown 2.2 4.3 6.4 7.6 (48)

GOALS: PropRisdon: R. Taylor 4, T. Bradley 3, T. Thorpe 3, T. Pellegrini 3, B. Lavis 1. Solomontown: J. Mezzino 3, T. Foster 1, J. Mudge 1, D. Foster 1, M. Spadavecchia 1.

BEST: PropRisdon: B. Lavis, T. Thorpe, N. Nunan, R. Taylor, S. Kangars. Solomontown: J. Mezzino, J. Davies, D. Kennedy, D. Eldridge, S. Scarman.

Thirds

Port 4.6 6.6 12.9 14.9 (93)

Central Augusta 2.3 4.5 5.5 10.6 (66)

GOALS: Port: D. Puddy 7, H. Magor 3, F. Collins 2, O. Cosmai 1, E. Balmer 1. Central Augusta: J. Dalgleish 3, A. Warren 2, J. French 1, B. Cox 1, M. French 1, C. Williams 1, K. Finlay 1.

BEST: Port: F. Collins, H. Magor, D. Puddy, A. Jorgensen, J. Koumitzis. Central Augusta: C. Ackland, I. Fielding, J. Rigden, J. Dalgleish, M. French.

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West Augusta 5.4 9.12 10.14 13.19 (97)

South Augusta 3.0 3.1 5.1 6.1 (37)

GOALS: West Augusta: C. Shalley 4, J. Ollson 4, L. Woodforde 2, J. Rathman 1, C. McKenna 1, K. Davies 1. South Augusta: D. Solomon 1, T. Ritter 1, R. Irvine 1, C. McMillan 1, K. Brown 1, C. Cuffe 1.

BEST: West Augusta: C. Shalley, B. Newchurch , J. McKenna, K. Davies, C. Ryan. South Augusta: H. Holland, R. Irvine, J. Forrest, M. French, D. Solomon.

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Solomontown 6.2 12.4 16.6 18.9 (117)

PropRisdon 1.1 2.1 4.1 4.1 (25)

GOALS: Solomontown: B. Wauchope 6, L. Munzberg 4, J. Murray 2, B. Stevens 1, T. Baker 1, B. Siviour 1, B. Binell 1, T. Head 1, T. Foster 1. PropRisdon: R. Thorpe 1, B. Cooke 1, B. Miller 1, O. Hogan 1.

BEST: Solomontown: B. Wauchope, A. Norton, L. Munzberg, T. Foster, B. Binell. PropRisdon: D. Fulcher, F. Wyatt, O. Hogan, A. Jacobs, C. Broadfoot.

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Busy year for Hospital Auxiliary

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YEARS OF SERVICE: Linda Swales, UHA Riverina Area Representative and State President of UHA, presented Madge Styles with her 30 year Service Bar.
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In a very busy and rewarding year, the Young Hospital Auxiliary has participated in a variety of events in an effort to raise money for equipment for the hospital.

They recently held their annual general meeting with the committee returned to their respective positions.

Linda Swales, UHA Riverina Area Representative and State President of UHA, presented Cathy Shannon with her 15 year service certificate.

During the year, the Auxiliary has purchased various items for the comfort and safety of patients and for medical procedures costing a total of $13,756.

They included a vein illuminator ($692), a high-low bed ($3,620) eight normal ward chairs, six shower chairs and two bariatric chairs (which support people weighing up to 200kg), totalling $6,679, and three Urine Chemistry Analysers ($1,982).

They also purchased a dryer ($329) and TV ($454) for the Doctor’s Accommodation.

Unfinalised purchases include a CO2 machine, an Oroscope (partly funded from the LHAC dinner) and two Life Pack Machine upgrades.

Another highlight of the yearwas their hosting of the Zone Conference, which resulted in many compliments on Young, the Country Club venue, the guest speaker and the food members prepared.

During the year the Hospital Auxiliarywelcomed five new members, with the present membership being 32.

Many of the members have served the community for a long time, and it was with great appreciation that Linda Swales, UHA Riverina Area Representative and State President of UHA, presented Madge Styles with her 30 year Service Bar.

She also presented Cathy Shannon with her 15 year service certificate.

The meeting was also delighted to recognise the service Nancy McGregor has given to Health and the Hospital by appointing her Patron of the Hospital Auxiliary.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 1, in the Hospital Meeting room.

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Top Dogs enter the finals fray

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Sale City will play Heyfield in the North Gippsland second semi-final.NORTH Gippsland football minor premier Sale City’s sights are firmly set on securing the first spot in this year’s grand final, when it meets Heyfield in the second semi-final on Saturday.
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Star utilities Justin McLay and Jacob Schuback, midfielder Brad McKay, backmen Mitch Evans and Brad Parsons and small forward Rowan Bell are all on track to return for the clash at the Gordon Street Recreation Reserve, Heyfield.

Heyfield’s strong run of form, and impressive qualifying final victory against Churchill, has won the Kangaroos plenty of admirers, but the Bulldogs have no interest in relinquishing its title of flag favourites.

“It’s good to have the opportunity to play finals footy and I would be very disappointed if we don’t turn up to play this weekend,” Sale City coach David Piasente said.

“This is why we put our bodies on the line all year, and we don’t want to finish on top then go out and get beaten.

“We’ve set a strong culture of hard work and reward for that work, so we’re looking forward to it.”

After winning 17 of their 18 home-and-away games, the Bulldogs go into the game full of confidence and refreshed following last week’s rest.

Piasente was aware of the threat Heyfield posed, particularly in the form of Shane Birss, Josh Stubbe and Beha brothers, Jesse and James, but was not concerned about the home ground advantage.

“We don’t care where it is or what type of day it is, we’ll just turn up and play,” he said.

“It was good to have the week off, and we covered a lot of ground at training.

“We trained on Saturday and worked through our structures and zones, and went over our game plan.”

Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe was happy to keep rolling with the momentum which had seen his side rocket into flag contention over the past 10 weeks.

The qualifying final win was built on the back of clean hands, composed ball use and disciplined defending.

“The balance of our side is really good at the moment,” Stubbe said.

“We’ve got those couple of tall guys that can take a good overhead mark and really strong pack marks, and that’s really important for us, especially when we get stuck.

“We can afford to go down the line because we’ve got that option and know they are at least going to put up a contest and bring the ball to ground.

“That versatility we’ve got, to be able to throw guys forward or into the midfield or back and three or four that can go through the ruck, is so important come finals time because if we need to make a change we’ve got that ability.”

With balance the strength of both teams, the one-on-one battles, particularly at the centre clearances, are likely to be crucial.

The Kangaroos and Bulldogs will also clash in the reserves second semi-final, while Sale City will play Yarram in the thirds.

Demons aim for another scalpFRESH from its maiden North Gippsland football finals victory, Yarram has set its sights on another historic scalp, when it lines up in Sunday’s first semi-final at Glengarry.

The Demons are yet to beat Churchill in six attempts since joining the competition in 2014, and coach Chris Pettitt said his side was ready for that to change.

“If there was ever a time to beat them a final would be beautiful,” Pettitt said.

“We drew with them last time, so at least we haven’t lost to them every time now, and that’s a stepping stone.”

Pettitt was at Yarram last Saturday to see the Cougars soundly beaten by Heyfield in the qualifying final, but expected to face a different Churchill on Sunday.

“They definitely don’t play the same game against Heyfield as they do against us,” he said.

“They’re a running side and they had a couple out that they’ll bring back in, so they’ll be a different side again.”

Last weekend’s elimination final was a draining contest, with few stoppages resulting in a high-tempo game.

The rivalry with Woodside ensured it wasn’t short on physical clashes either, but Pettitt was confident in his players’ ability to be ready for Churchill.

“We play this style of footy every week, and these guys are getting pretty good at looking after themselves,” he said.

Mike Pettitt, Jari McDonald and Michael Lush will come into contention should Yarram look to make any changes.

Churchill will need to get more out of its talented forward line, which struggled to generate scoring opportunities against an organised and at times crowded Heyfield defence last weekend.

Cougars coach Allan Chandler admitted his side was second best in just about every area against the Kangaroos, and would need to regroup quickly to avoid being bundled out of the premiership race in straight sets.

“We had a bit of trouble with (Heyfield’s) big blokes, they kicked a few goals and they were all over us from almost the get go, and we weren’t able to get going,” he said.

“We’ll have Travis Brighton and Dean Degroot back to toughen us up, and hopefully we can put in a better performance than we did (last week),” Chandler said.

In the reserves, Cowwarr and Traralgon-Tyers United will clash, while Glengarry and Rosedale will look to stay in the thirds premiership race.

NGFNL semi-finalsSecond semi-finals:

Saturday, August 27, at Heyfield:

Football – seniors:Sale City v Heyfield, 2.15pm; reserves:Heyfield v Sale City, noon; thirds:Yarram v Sale City, 10am.

Netball -A grade:Woodside v Heyfield, 2.15pm;B grade:Glengarry v Heyfield, 1pm;C grade:Rosedale v Sale City, noon;D grade:Sale City v Heyfield, 11am; under 17s:Sale City v Traralgon-Tyers United,10am; under 15s:Heyfield v Traralgon-Tyers United,9am.

First semi-finals:

Sunday, August 28, at Glengarry:

Football – seniors:Churchill v Yarram, 2.15pm; reserves:Cowwarr v Traralgon-Tyers United,noon; thirds:Glengarry v Rosedale, 10am.

Netball -A grade:Rosedale v Churchill, 2.15pm;B grade:Sale City v Rosedale, 1pm;C grade:Woodside v Yarram, noon;D grade:Rosedale v Glengarry, 11am; under 17s:Churchill v Rosedale, 10am; under 15s:Sale City v Yarram, 9am.

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