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Ararat Rats ready for Wimmera elimination clash

Ararat forward Tyler Cronin kicked a game high three goals last weekend against Stawell and will be important to the Rats’ fortunes in Sunday’s elimination final.THE Ararat Rats will compete in Sunday’s do or die clash at Horsham City Oval against the team which helped them qualify for their first Wimmera Football League finals’ series in four years.
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Minyip/Murtoa’s win over reigning premier Dimboola in the final round of the home and away season opened the door to the top five for the Rats and they completed the final piece of the puzzle with a hard fought 10-point victory over rival Stawell.

Joint-coach David Hosking said after 16 rounds of highs and low it is a relief to be featuring in week one of the finals.

“We left it to the absolute last moment and had to rely on other results just to get there, so yes relief is a good word,” he said.

“Given the club has had a lean spell in the last couple of years it is good to make the finals and it is an achievement, but at the end of the day there is no point being there to just make up the numbers.”

That ‘lean spell’ of finals’ appearances stretches back more than 10 years, with only skipper Alan Batchelor and Jake Williamson the remaining senior players of the team that lost the 2010 elimination match.

When it comes to senior finals’ campaigns the Rats have been part of the September action on just three occasions over the past decade 2006, 2008 and 2010 for a return of zero wins, five losses.

To notch up a victory you have to flick back through the record books to the first semi-final of season 2003, where the side smashed Horsham United before falling short of a grand final berth the following week by just two points to arch rival Stawell.

“It is time we improved that record,” Hosking said.

“That is pretty poor when you consider that we are a club from the second biggest town in the league, to have that as our recent finals’ record, is not good enough in anyone’s eyes.”

With only a handful of players in Ararat’s line-up experiencing senior finals football, Hosking said those players will need to lead the way.

However, he is also adamant that the only way his team will defeat the Burras is with 21 contributors.

“The obvious ones are the players that have done it before, the likes of Cosson, Mendes, Batchelor, Williamson and Searle — they know what is required,” he said.

“They are players that I guess have a bit of an X-factor. They also have this type of experience and know what needs to be done.

“What I’d also add to that is that we have some blokes who I reckon have got a real ability to have a major impact in games like this too. Guys like Liam Cavanagh and Brady Miller can perform in big games.”

Burras’ leading scorer Clinton Midgely is coming off the back of an eight goal haul last weekend against Dimboola, however in round 11 Miller held the full forward to just one major.

Hosking believes this match-up will be one of the most important to Ararat’s fortunes on Sunday.

“Anyone who can kick eight goals in a game is obviously pretty dangerous, so if Brady can keep him quiet it is going to go a long way to winning us the game,” he said.

“What it is also going to come down to is how well they restrict our delivery into the forwards and how well we restrict their ability to deliver it into their forwards.

“Whichever team has a midfield that is able and prepared to work hard defensively will have the advantage.”

Ararat and Minyip/Murtoa share one win each for the two previous encounters this season.

The Rats claimed the first scalp in round four with a 19-point win, before the Burras turned the tables seven rounds later with a 58-point victory.

Missing from the round 11 clash was Cavanagh and Beau Cosson to VicCountry duties, while injury/illness struck Mick Fratin and Batchelor early in the contest.

Three out of those four players are fit and firing for Sunday’s match.

“I’m not sure the result would have been different in the second game, but it certainly would have been closer if we had have had all those guys available,” Hosking said.

“I take some comfort from the fact that I know we can beat them, we have done that this season and you hang your hat on that a little bit. We were certainly minus a few key players in the second encounter, so that didn’t help our cause, but we didn’t help it either by kicking ourselves out of the match early with six behinds.”

Hosking said he and Andrew Louder have spent this week drumming into their players the need for intensity from the opening bounce.

If the Rats can replicate their early season form and produce a four quarter effort there is no reason the side can’t progress into week two of the finals.

“Expect the same, but at a higher intensity — that is the point we have made to them during the week, that the basics remain the same,” Hosking said.

“To win in finals you have to be at your best for longer.

“They have just got to go out there and play footy the way Andrew and I know they can.

“They’ve got to be true to themselves, that’s it. Don’t try to be anything you’re not.”

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$971k facelift for Capalaba College

CAPALABA State College will undergo a major spruce up after receiving $971,407 from the state government for school maintenance projects.
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Capalaba MP Steve Davies says Capalaba State College will receive $971,000 for repairs and maintenance programs.

It was the largest one-off allocation under the final round of the three-year School Maintenance Backlog grants scheme.

In the first round, the school received $160,000 and $390,000 in the second round.

The total for all Capalaba electorate schools this round is about $1.6million.

Capalaba MP Steve Davies said the money would be used to give the school a much-needed facelift and denied it was pork-barrelling in the lead up to next year’s state election.

He said the college was earmarked for increases to maintenance funding before the 2012 election.

“Of the final $100million under this program, Capalaba State College received nearly $1million – so it’s a great outcome for the school which desperately needed repair work,” he said.

The college will use the money to fix broken doors, windows, drains, downpipes,paint rooms, and make the school safer.

The Newman Government allocated $300million to the school maintenance program when it took office in 2012 and so far $200million has been spent.

Alexandra Hills State High School will get $294,409, Alexandra Hills State School $52,376, Birkdale South State School: $52514; Birkdale State School: $51,405; Coolnwynpin State School: $51,238; Hilliards State School: $53585 and Vienna Woods State School: $48,770.

In the electorate of Redlands, seven schools will share in $591,454 to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint.

Victoria Point State High School received $243,400, the largest slice of the funding.

Redlands MP Peter Dowling said the money allowed schools to use local tradespeople to carry out the maintenance.

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Students’ art then, now and beyond

Aris Ioannou-Marsh and other students from Elonera Montessori High School will show works in the Then, Now, Beyond exhibition. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN Young artist Aris Ioannou-Marsh has learned a lot about art in the last two years.
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The fruits of the year 12 student’s labour will be clear to see in Then, Now, Beyond – a student exhibition at Red Point Gallery in Port Kembla, showcasing work from Elonera Montessori High School.

A candidate for the visual arts course in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Ioannou-Marsh is required to curate an exhibition of artwork produced in his senior years which allows him to experience the processes of art-making, exhibiting and to become actively involved in the art world.

This led to Then, Now, Beyond – which opens on Friday, August 29, from 6.30pm at Red Point’s premises at 100 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla, and runs until September 5.

Ioannou-Marsh’s work on display includes watercolours, photography and video.

“I have really enjoyed the process of creating a large body of work over the past two years, which explores themes concerning the self and sense of place,” he said.

“Working freely with these themes has allowed me to experiment with various techniques and materials and create a multi-dimensional and multi-thematic collection of works.”

Selected works from other high school students will be exhibited along with exceptional works by year 11 visual art students Miles Myjavec and Marianne Gillespie.

The students have been working under the instruction of Sharon Loney and Kathryn Orton.

Art teacher Ms Orton said the school in Mount Ousley was tremendously proud of this inaugural event.

“The range of processes on display in the exhibition include drawing, collage, papier mache, mixed media, digital arts and multi-media films show the students’ inventive explorations into art making and self-expression. Everyone is welcome to come and see this exciting, creative beginning,” she said.

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Defence becomes X-factor for Hawks

KEY TRIO: Eaglehawk team-mates Brenton Conforti, Luke Button and Glenn Daly before Thursday night’s training session at Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY
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THEY usually concede height and weight to many of their opponents, but Eaglehawk’s defenders have played an integral part in the club’s on-field success.

The Borough’s latest performance in which it held Sandhurst to 51 points was arguably its best in the 2014 season.

A 19-point victory against the Dragons in what was a must-win clash for Eaglehawk meant it jumped to fifth place and an elimination final.

Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan said the “back six” which has altered at various stages had been superb all season.

“There’s only been two games where our defence really battled,” Monaghan said.

“We learnt a lot from those defeats,” he said of a 69-point loss at Golden Square in round seven and by 115 points in the 15th round at Gisborne.

“In both of those games not all the blame could be put on the defence. Our defensive efforts all over the field were not at the level we needed them to be,” Monaghan said.

The Two Blues will fight to keep their season alive in Saturday night’s elimination final against Golden Square.

Monaghan said the play of key defenders Brenton Conforti and Tyler Miles and the experienced Luke Button and Glenn Daly would be crucial.

“Defence has been a strong focus in my time at the club and those four players have been excellent all season,” he said.

Button’s leadership and ability to swing from full-back, to half-back or to on on-ball role is a key in the coaches plans.

“Tyler Miles is one of the most versatile players in the competition,” said Monaghan.

“He has taken on classy small forwards like Stephen Milne at Strathfieldsaye and Mitch Dole at Sandhurst, or been up against big forwards Cameron Rinaldi at Kangaroo Flat and Tyson Macilwain at Maryborough.”

After a six-week stint overseas earlier in the season, Conforti has slotted back into the Hawks’ defence with ease.

Daly’s rebounding and long kicks off half-back have set up many attacking moves.

The Hawks also have Ricky Dudley available for selection in week one of the finals series.

Bendigo Bank Pioneers clubmates Josh Ryan and Dylan Hanley are likely to start in Eaglehawk’s defence against Square.

“For a 17-year-old, Dylan Hanley play with a lot of composure, has great skills and makes good decisions,” Monaghan said.

Eaglehawk could use Cam McGlashan and Sam Thompson, son of club legend and senior team runner Darren Thompson, through defence as the elimination final rolls on.

In his fourth year as senior coach at Canterbury Park, Monaghan said defensive pressure must rise in a match where so much is at stake against a club chasing a sixth consecutive premiership.

“Tackles, smothers, spoils are so important in every part of the ground.

“Quality teams like Sandhurst, Strathfieldsaye, Gisborne and Golden Square can tear you apart if the defensive effort is not there.

“We must have four quarters of sustained pressure.

“Some 10-minute lapses cost us in matches against the top four, but we have kept learning and improving.

“Our defensive play against Sandhurst was great, but we must take it to another level.

“It will take 22 contributors for us to beat Golden Square. The belief we can beat them is definitely there.”

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Grandparents Day: photos

Grandparents Day: photos
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Grandparents Day: photos THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Grandparents Day was a popular event at Muswellbrook Public School.

THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Grandparents Day was a popular event at Muswellbrook Public School.

THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Grandparents Day was a popular event at Muswellbrook Public School.

THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Grandparents Day was a popular event at Muswellbrook Public School.

THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Grandparents Day was a popular event at Muswellbrook Public School.

THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Grandparents Day was a popular event at Muswellbrook Public School.

THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Grandparents Day was a popular event at Muswellbrook Public School.

YOU’RE THE BEST NANNA: Scarlett Troy, 7, enjoyed the company of her nanna Pauline Long to celebrate Grandparents Day at Muswellbrook Public School.

PLENTY OF FUN: Pam and Dick Marriot of East Maitland visited their grandson Daniel, 8, from Muswellbrook Public School.

THANKS GRANDMA: Lexie, 5, and Molly, 4, with their grandmother Marion Medhurst last Wednesday.

SCHOOL TOUR: Tyson, 6, showed his grandparents, Jim and Nell Lonergan, around his school.

LUNCH WITH GRANDAD: Ray Knight and Tyler Powell, 10, had a sausage sizzle lunch together at Muswellbrook Public School’s Grandparents Day.

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Home invaders with gun and tomahawks attack Orange man

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding an aggravated break-in at a home in Orange where a man was threatened with a gun and tomahawks.
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About 9.30pm on Wednesday a 43-year-old man was home alone at a house on Maxwell Avenuewhen he heard banging at the front door.

Following this, three men who had their faces concealed smashed through the front door.

Two of the men were armed with tomahawks and the third was armed with a firearm.

Police have been told the trio struck the man in his back and made off with money and property.

Officers from Canobolas Local Area Command were alerted and attended a short time later, however the men were not found.

A crime scene was established and examined by forensic specialists.

The 43-year-old did not sustain any injuries or seek medical attention.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

It’s believed two of the men were of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance and the third man was of Caucasian appearance.

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NETBALL: Narromine teams get ready for the semi-finals

The Narromine Netball Club will be well represented in the semi-finals this weekend.
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The Destroyers and the Gladiators are just two of the teams qualifying for the finals.

The Destroyers are playing in division four major semi-final after finishing second place in ordinary rounds.

These 13 and 14 year-olds will be playing in Dubbo.

DESTROYERS: (Back) Andrea Finlayson, Emily Bell, Frances Sinclair Katie Powell (Front) Ahrienne Wynne and Breah Johnston.

The Gladiators are playing in the minor semi-finals against Macquarie.

GLADIATORS: (Back) Sheridan Munro, Melissa Healey, Bethany Quarmby (Front) Nicole Apap and Brittney Haddon.

We wish the Destroyers, Gladiators and all the Narromine Netball teams in the semi-finals all the best. Photos from the weekends matches on page 6.

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I heart Art exhibition on in September

Excitement is building for the St Augustine’s second Biennial iHeartArt exhibition being held across two days, Friday September 12 and Saturday September 13.
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Opening on Friday evening with a Gala Cocktail Party and Auction, the exhibition will include almost 400 catalogued works of 60 artists from right across Australia.

“The number of artists exhibiting has almost doubled from our first exhibition in 2012,” iHeartArt team member Flic Ward said.

“Our 2014 exhibition has so much depth and really gives an opportunity for visitors from Narromine and across the region to enjoy a mammoth spectacle of art in all its mediums.”

Names such as David Bromley, Jill Wilson (formerly of Narromine), Kyah Wilson (Dubbo), Nicola McCutcheon (Narromine), Lucy Watts (Dunedoo), Catherine Stewart (Beachworth), Jacinta Haycock (Dubbo) and emerging Sydney artist Laura Jones will be represented.

Unique sculptor Joe Vinks is looking forward to exhibiting his designs created from ‘the ground up’.

Joe is renown for using fallen timber, branches and twigs to hand craft bespoke chairs, benches, stands, tables, stools and the like.

The iHeartArt team is excited to have a great representation of Indigenous works from Queensland artists lending a range of cultural insight and story telling to this year’s exhibition.

Friday’s gala cocktail opening will be a highlight of the weekend with tickets now on sale at Ruby Maine and St Augustine’s Parish School at a cost of $25 per person.

“We’d like to remind people that the tickets to the opening are limited and do sell out quite quickly,” exhibition coordinator Emily Gainsford said.

“The opening night allows guests the opportunity to purchase art works before the exhibition opens to the public on Saturday.”

iHeartArt will continue on the Saturday with visitors asked for a gold coin entry fee to enjoy the full breadth of the exhibition.

A dynamic addition to 2014’s exhibition weekend is Children’s Art Workshops with local artist and teacher Catherine Stein.

Ms Stein comes to Narromine with the support of Western Plains Cultural Centre and is really looking forward to creating take home art with children of all ages.

“During our workshop children will create a simplified collograph using EVA foam,” she said.

“The children will cut out shapes and attach it to a cardboard printing plate and then ink and print their collograph onto re-claimed paper, taking home their printing plate and art work when we wrap up.”

There will be morning tea on Saturday and a jumping castle to entertain the little ones while you explore the full exhibition.

Full details of the iHeartArt can be found on the exhibition Facebook page. Search iheartartnarromine on Facebook. Like and share the page for a chance to win a gift voucher from Ruby Maine.

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Price to pay for hospital parking

The battle to find free parking near Mount Druitt Hospital just got harder.
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Until now, many hospital visitors avoided fees by parking in the nearby Shopsmart Mount Druitt car park, which is a short walk away.

That’s no longer the case after a fence was installed around the rear of car park to stop people using it as a shortcut to get to the hospital.

It also affects people walking from the train station to the hospital via the car park.

Hospital staff said Shopsmart installed the fence due to security concerns.

Readers flooded the Star’s Facebook page comments when the question was raised.

‘‘It sucks that it’s closed off, because walking up the hospital driveway is dangerous,’’ Nate Nelson posted.

Some readers indicated they’d rather park a 15 minute walk than pay for parking.

Disabled people who play sport at nearby Kevin Betts Stadium are also disadvantaged.

‘‘It has actually made it difficult for access to Kevin Betts sports stadium when there are football games played at the adjacent ovals. The spectators for those games use the stadium car park and the disabled guys could park in Shopsmart for access. Now this has been taken away,’’ Kevin Wilson said.

But some understood why the fence was installed.

‘‘I work in the complex. People were parking there for reasons other than shopping , making businesses suffer. Signs were put up and people still parked there so next best thing was a fence,’’ Corinne Hudson wrote.

Katrina Griffiths added:

‘‘How many people had their cars broken into there? Or were robbed there? Yes it’s convenient but it was not very safe, especially at night.’’

The Star has contactedShopsmart Mount Druitt for a comment.

What do you think? Comment at stmarysstar南京夜网.au or join the conversation on the St Marys-Mt Druitt Star Facebook page.

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Editorial 28/08/14 – Islanders committed to strong future

Editorial 28/08/14 – Islanders committed to strong futureWhat a wonderful turnout of locals, residentsand business-owners alike, at the public meetingat the Ozone on Monday night.
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Roger Williams summed it up early on, sayinghow delighted he was that so many people thoughtit important enough to be there and that we wereall in attendance to gain information about the futureof KI.

He welcomed two major projects to KI andhoped to see them coming on-line sooner ratherthan later.

He commented on the report in The Advertiserwith claims purported to be from Con Makris, butRoger said it was his understanding that the ferryproject was not contingent upon any other plansMr Makris had – so that set the scene for a very interestinggroup of presentations and question time. At the end of the meeting, Roger Williams calledupon attendees to look towards forming a group toinform KIFA and local government among others,that the people of KI want these projects to goahead.

To this end, anyone in attendance who wouldlike to send in a comment to The Islander abouttheir thoughts on the meeting and its outcomes,please do so and we will publish as many commentsas we can.

We know The Islander is read at governmentlevel in South Australia, so let’s send our messagesto all the right people.

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