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Junior Rams flying Muswellbrook flag

THE Muswellbrook Rams under-18s will fly the local flag for the club in this weekend’s Hunter Valley Group 21 grand finals.
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While the organisation’s other grades have all bowed out of the premiership race, the young guns face off against the Denman Devils at Greta Central Oval on Sunday.

But, they’ll have their work cut out for them.

“Denman has been the form side all year,” Rams’ co-coach Steve Haylen said.

“We’re definitely going into the match as the underdogs.

“The Devils beat us in the major semi a fortnight ago, but we knocked over the Singleton Greyhounds last weekend.

“That was a great effort by the boys.

“They played some gritty league and didn’t give up, which pleased myself and fellow coach Matt Durham.”

Despite the previous results between the two clubs in 2014, Haylen said Sunday’s encounter was anyone’s for the taking.

“We know what to expect from Denman; they’re pretty strong in the forwards,” he told the Chronicle.

“Our guys need to keep it simple, cut back on mistakes and work to our strengths.

“We’ll be concentrating on our game, not the Devils.

“If the guys play to the best of their ability, I think we’ve got the side to win it.”

The under-18 match kicks off at 10.25am.

In reserve grade (1.10pm) and women’s league tag (11.55am), the Scone Thoroughbreds face the Singleton Greyhounds in both fixtures.

LOCAL HOPES: The Muswellbrook Rams under-18 squad, back from left, Michael Upton (manager), Jacob Connor, Steve Haylen (coach), Sam Heriot, Rohan Pottinger, Mitch Taylor, Brady Benkovic, Andrew Pritchard, Jacob Kennedy, Jayden Sampson, Noa Durham, Seaton Graham, Matt Durham (coach), Gus Mather (trainer); and, front from left, Nathaniel Hoffman, Mark Glew, Shelby Stevens, Ryan Holman, Beau Dixon, Ryan Symington, James Collins, Jackson Anshaw, Curtis Farrell, Kyle Robertson and Gary Jones (trainer).

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Design for small spaces

Design for small spaces Ligne Roset’s Ploum sofa, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
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Designer Nick Rennie will exhibit at Living Large In Small Spaces.

Ligne Roset’s Serpertine chair, designed by Eléonore Nalet.

The Ruché bed, designed by Inga Sempé and part of the Ligne Roset product range.

Nick Rennie’s CHART rug in blue, part of the Ligne Roset range available from DOMO.

Interior designer Hamish Guthrie.

TweetFacebookLiving It Large In Small Spaces exhibition, which is set to highlight the benefits of good design and a smaller space.

The exhibition will run for two weeks from September 5 at Allpress, within the urban precinct of Collingwood in Melbourne, and will feature products from the luxe French furniture brand Ligne Roset.

“It will demonstrate that every space within an apartment should have a central theme and be designed around specific activities,” DOMO founder Frank Novembre said. “After 30 years in furniture retailing, we’ve seen a shift in people’s lifestyle and living requirements and we recognise the need to provide pieces that cater for apartment living,” Novembre said.

“Fortunately, good design is recognised across the globe and brands such as Ligne Roset can often cut through cultural boundaries and break down traditional models of furnishing spaces.”

The exhibition will feature five distinct themed spaces: Eat, Live, Sleep, Work and Outdoor, with Ligne Roset products selected by interior designers Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie from Hecker Guthrie.

Co-director Hamish Guthrie said the exhibition was aimed at encouraging people to re-think the way they “inhabit domestic space” by living in smaller spaces.

“Apartment living requires a slightly different mentality. You can’t live as you would in a four-bedroom house but there is no need to compromise – you should always be able to live in a space to create a successful environment,” Guthrie said.

Rennie has had several of his designs produced by Ligne Roset, including the Chart rug and Saldo table.

He said living and working in Australia had brought challenges with breaking into the European market.

“You have to constantly be talking to manufacturers, design houses and the like. I travel regularly because with the difference in time and distance you cannot be quick to change things if there is a problem with manufacturing or for them to regularly be in contact with you.”

Rennie’s Saldo glass-top coffee table was the first product made by Ligne Roset four years ago.

“It was a simplistic and minimalist design so it was quite an easy product to develop,” Rennie said. He added understanding the manufacturing process, budgeting and having a solid working knowledge of production techniques was important for designers to succeed, here and overseas.

“Australian designs are world class and the reality is that conceptually a handful of designers are starting to work with some of the best companies in the world, the hardest part is not the design, but having having access to the manufacturer and being selected by the manufacturer amongst mostly designers based in Europe and some of the biggest designer names in the world.”

Rennie said he overcomes the tyranny of distance and networking opportunities by ensuring he speaks viaphone, email or Skypewith international companies a few times a week to “build relationships”, as well as travel regularly.

“It is infinitely easier if you are based there (but) Ligne Roset has been fantastic (as) for them the whole focus has been on whether the product suits the range… it is a really nice company to be involved with.”

While good collaboration was key, Rennie said, to the success of a product suiting a range, being open to new ideas or reinterpreting creations in a modern context was equally important.

“In this day and age the real innovation comes through new materials and manufacturing,” he said. “We live in a world with diminishing resources so innovation comes from minimising the impact on this.”

Rennie said when choosing furnishings and decorating a space, whether small or large, it was also important for people not to compromise on style and functionality.

“In Australia the biggest problem designers face is the copy industry, so don’t compromise on the object you want nor compromise on the quality because at the end of the day you pay for what you get.

“If that table and chair suits your needs go and buy it – no one buys copy cars. At home, I have a mix of IKEA, as they make good quality, through to design classics. When decorating it’s about making the decision on what is important to you …to make the most of situations.”

Living It Large In Small Spaces will exhibitfrom September 5 to 19 September at Allpress at 80 Rupert Street, Collingwood. For more information visit domo南京夜网.au.

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Not end of line just yet

MUSWELLBROOK residents stood united alongside locals from Scone, Aberdeen and Denman at the Save Our Rail rally in Newcastle last week.
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And, while they joined forces from different parts of the Hunter, they all shared the same goal.

To protect the transport lifeline for everyone without a car or licence or who simply prefers to travel by train.

As of Boxing Day this year, Upper Hunter City Rail will stop at Wickham and Sydney services at Broadmeadow.

“There is much conjecture as to whether Upper Hunter trains will actually ever get closer to Newcastle than Broadmeadow,” Denman, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook Scone Healthy Environment Group’s Wendy Wales said.

“Given the recent ICAC controversy about property developer and Lord Mayor of Newcastle Jeff McCloy funding election campaigns for a number of Newcastle Liberal MPs, the rally protestors felt justified in calling a halt to the destruction of the inner city heavy rail service and replaced by a vague covered outdoor replacement shed-as-terminus and promised light rail – till at least after an election.

“Apart from the proximity of the rail line to the harbor and city centre, the land under the rail has never been underground mined and so is capable of supporting high rise buildings.

“It is not surprising developers would try to secure it.

“For us in the Upper Hunter, whether we get to Hamilton and then have to get to Broadmeadow to get to Sydney, or whether we get to Broadmeadow and then have to catch a bus to Newcastle, there is a clear signal that our journey is going to take longer and cost more.”

Ms Wales said she did not think the Wickham Transport Social Impact Assessment addressed the needs of the people in the region.

“Consultation went no further than Newcastle and Maitland,” she told the Chronicle.

“The Social Impact Assessment identifies those disproportionately affected as with limited mobility (aged and disabled), large items (such as bicycles, surfboards and luggage), or otherwise encumbered (including people travelling with young children).

“This adverse impact is multiplied for those of us travelling longer journeys from Scone, Dungog, the Central Coast and Sydney.

“Increasing travel time makes journeys ridiculously long for those travelling from the Upper Hunter to Sydney.

“At the moment it takes three minutes to get from Broadmeadow to Hamilton by staying on the train.

“When travellers need to take a bus from one to the other it is surely going to add at least 25 minutes to their travel time each way, assuming they make their connection.

“With an early start it has been possible for Upper Hunter residents to use the train to have four effective hours in Sydney – arrive at Central 11.10am and depart 3.15pm to make it back to Muswellbrook by 7.30pm.

“This has been a valuable service and saves the expense and inconvenience of an overnight stay.

“Additional shuttle time added to the inevitable uncertainty of whether the train will run to schedule will make this journey quite stressful for those who can’t find an alternative.

“Community organisations such as Two More Trains for Singleton have been calling for an improved service to the Upper Hunter because we need a better, not diminished, service.

“The train is a lifeline and independence for young and old in the Upper Hunter.

“It enables us to travel by one mode to the beach, university, Newcastle TAFE and the city and is a short distance from many medical facilities.

“I therefore urge the government to take this opportunity to rethink and work on well-planned improvement to our public transport system.”

You can find out more about the proposed change by contacting Upper Hunter MP George Souris, visiting the Save Our Rail website and lodging your concerns with [email protected] by midnight (tonight).

Use the Wickham Transport Interchange REF as the subject.

SAVE OUR RAIL: Denman, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook Scone Healthy Environment Group’s Wendy Wales (second from right) and Bev Atkinson (right), from Scone, drum up some support in Muswellbrook.

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Drug supply strike force makes arrest in Wellington

POLICE investigating drug supply in the Dubbo area have charged a man in Wellington.POLICE investigating drug supply in the Dubbo area have charged a man in Wellington.
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Detectives from Strike Force Salco arrested the 35-year-old at a Wellington residence on Wednesday.

He was taken to Wellington Police Station and charged with possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug on ongoing basis, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, participate in criminal group and self administer prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail ahead of an appearance inDubbo Local Court.

Strike Force Salco, comprising detectives from Orana Local Area Command, was formed in March 2014 to investigate the alleged supply of methylamphetamines.

During investigations police allegedly identified a man dealing prohibited drugs on 28 separate occasions from premises in Hunter Street, Dubbo.

On July 22, 2014, the 35-year-old man was stopped by police and submitted to a search where he was allegedly found in possession of 18 deals of methylamphetamine and cash.

The drugs were seized and sent for scientific examination which confirmed they were methylamphetamines (Ice).

Detectives later conducted a search warrant at the Hunter Street premises where they allegedly located amounts of methylamphetamines and cash.

Two other people were arrested at the premises and charged with a number of drug offences. Their matters are now before the court.

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Pies progress as Pumas crash out in Mininera netball

WICKLIFFE/LAKE BOLAC has sent Moyston/Willaura crashing out of the 2014 Mininera and District Netball Association finals’ series.
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The Magpies only entered the top five in the final round of the home and away season, but were desperate for another win and this was evident as the players led strongly, took time with their passing and put the score on the board in the wet conditions.

While it appeared Wickliffe/Lake Bolac was playing the better brand of netball, the Pumas remained close on the scoreboard, with just one goal separating the teams at the first break.

The duel between Magpies’ shooter Amanda Clark and Moyston/Willaura’s Katy Jewell kept the crowd on their feet, with both tall players contesting the ball strongly and not holding back.

Clark was supported in the circle by sister Simone McDonald and together they made the most of their opportunities.

Wickliffe/Lake Bolac pushed out to a six goal lead at the main interval, while the third term was full of loose balls and plenty of turnovers with both defences working hard to restrict scoring opportunities.

Pumas’ Zanetta Hosking was relatively quiet in the first half, but lifted her work rate in the third quarter and each time she put the ball up it meant a score for her team.

Nothing separated the sides at the final break locked at 25 goals apiece although the Magpies came out with some renewed energy in the last quarter which allowed them to play some strong netball and go on to claim victory 38 to 31.

The C grade elimination final saw Tatyoon keep its season alive by downing Caramut 35 to 23.

Little separated the two teams at the first break, with the Hawks holding the slight advantage, with Heidi Astbury a steadying influence.

Astbury’s delivery of the ball was of a high quality, setting up numerous scoring chances which allowed Tatyoon to push out to a three goal lead at halftime.

The Hawks stuck to their game plan and continued to break away during the third term and while Caramut’s defenders tried everything to unsettle Tatyoon’s attack, the tactics were to no avail as the Hawks claimed victory and a pass into week two of finals.

In Saturday’s B grade qualifying final SM&W Rovers fell short to Glenthompson/Dunkeld in a low scoring affair.

Rovers’ defence, led by Stacey McKay, worked hard at contested balls consistently throughout the match, but weren’t rewarded for their efforts on the scoreboard as the Rams built a lead of 12 goals over three quarters.

The Bulldogs made a concentrated effort in the last quarter in what was probably their best for the day, but by that point the gap was too big to challenge and the team eventually went down 28 to 16.

Seasoned C grade finalists the Ararat Eagles set the pace and established an early lead in their qualifying final match against Lismore/Derrinallum.

With youngster Jordyn Leggett being a pivotal player in the goal circle for Ararat, the reigning premier was able to put 10 goals on the board for the quarter, while the Demons could only manage five.

The Eagles maintained that gap as the first half came to a close, however during the third term the Demons mixed their defence line up, with the changes having an immediate effect on the scoreboard.

Lismore/Derrinallum had reduced the margin to five by the final break and kept that momentum going.

The side again outscored the Eagles in the fourth, but were unable to get across the line as Ararat hung on 25 to 23.

It was a thriller in the 17 and under qualifying final between Wickliffe/Lake Bolac and Glenthompson/Dunkeld, with additional time required after the match ended in a draw.

The Magpies’ defensive end led the way during the contest, with Gabrielle Higgins and Annabelle Millear teaming well together.

With the scores locked at 28-all after normal time, teams took to their huddles before ‘time on’ as a sense of urgency spread over the court.

Wickliffe/Lake Bolac appeared a little more composed, but the Rams quickly answered with goals of their own.

The match looked headed for more extra time, before the Magpies scored the winning goal close to the final whistle to take the win 33 to 32.

Moyston/Willaura will fight to keep its season alive on Sunday following a loss to Tatyoon in last weekend’s 15 and under qualifying final.

Tatyoon player Sarah Phillips and Moyston Willaura’s Kiara Pitcher provided a great contest in the midcourt and were a driving force for their respective team over the course of the match.

The difference seemed to be the Hawks’ Ellie Dickins, who worked tirelessly around the court and was a strong contributor in the circle.

The two teams went goal-for-goal in the final quarter, with some careless errors creeping in as the tension heightened. Tatyoon regained control and was able to hang onto its one goal advantage at the final whistle to win 24 to 23.


A grade

Qualifying final

Woorndoo-Mortlake 38 (J Cameron C Morgan) def Glenthompson-Dunkeld 33 (S Alderman L Pyke).

Elimination final

Moyston Willaura 31 (Z Hosking K Jewell) lost to Wickliffe Lake Bolac 38 (A Clark T Notting).

B grade

Qualifying final

SMW Rovers 16 (S McKay J Bartram) lost to Glenthompson-Dunkeld 28 (J Parker B Watts).

Elimination final

Hawkesdale Macarthur 34 (L Margrie K Habel) lost to Lismore Derrinallum 41 (B Mcphee M Henderson).

C grade

Qualifying final

Ararat 25 (J Leggett, L Harvey) def Lismore Derrinallum 22 (E Baker L Loader).

Elimination final

Tatyoon 35 (H Astbury T Reynolds) def Caramut 23 (K Hargreaves R Russell).

17 and under

Qualifying final

Glenthompson-Dunkeld 32 (J Beveridge S Ferguson) lost to Wickliffe Lake Bolac 33 (A Jackson K Jackson).

Elimination final

Penshurst 27 (L Rentsch R Mibus) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 19 (J Greenburger T Watson).

15 and under

Qualifying final

Moyston Willaura 23 (R Nailon-Williamson L Argall) lost to Tatyoon 24 (S Phillips A Astbury).

Elimination final

Penshurst 23 (A Huf A Boland) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 21 (C Edwards H Drendel).

This weekend’s matches

A grade

Second Semi – Lismore Derrinallum v Woorndoo Mortlake

First Semi – Glenthompson Dunkeld v Wickliffe Lake Bolac

B grade

Second semi – Woorndoo Mortlake v Glenthompson Dunkeld

First Semi – SMW Rovers v Lismore Derrinallum

C grade

Second Semi – Woorndoo Mortlake v Ararat

First Semi – Lismore Derrinallum v Tatyoon

17 and under

Second Semi – Tatyoon v Wickliffe Lake Bolac

First Semi – Glenthompson Dunkeld v Penshurst

15 and under

Second Semi – Woorndoo Mortlake v Tatyoon

First Semi – Moyston Willaura v Penshurst

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