Monthly Archives: February 2019

Rachel Coverdale covets hard slog on hills training

Rachel Coverdale.
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A MORE aggressive attitude to training rewarded fitness instructor Rachel Coverdale with a satisfying win in the five kilometre David O Jones Stawell Mitre 10 Handicap at Stawell last Saturday.

From her back mark, she could see the entire field stretched out in front of her as she began one of the steadier climbs through the Ironbarks.

She had momentum on her side and gradually picked off the front markers one by one to have the race in control for the last kilometres.

Sven O’Flynn, still not fully fit, showed courage to edge out Robert Freeland for second place in a desperate drive for the line with Rhonda Rice showing improved form by battling into fourth place.

Coverdale lacks little in fitness, conducting eight group training sessions per week at Stawell YMCA as well as putting a number of her personal training clients through their paces.

Her race times with the Stawell Amateur Athletic Club had stagnated until she began challenging herself at Stawell’s Big Hill every Wednesday with waif-like clubmate Meggy Boan whose work ethic is relentless.

“I’m fitter, I’m stronger and have a lot more stamina since I’ve been running the Big Hill,” Coverdale said.

“To run hills effectively you have to train on them. It’s given me confidence and I’m able to finish off my races with more strength than I have before.”

She plans to run in the Stawell Hospital half-marathon on October 3 and is hopeful of a personal best from her third attempt at the 21km.

Horsham’s Nitschke brothers made a worthwhile trip down the highway for a one kilometre dash in the sub juniors races with Jordan prevailing to win bragging rights over Jay Jay and Lily O’Flynn splitting the pair.

A tougher challenge awaits in the eight kilometre Stawell Toyota Handicap at Stawell tomorrow with race distances building towards the 16 kilometre Hyperno Marathon warm up on September 13.

Fun runners are welcome.

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Is Tatyoon the new premiership favourite?

TATYOON’S display on Saturday against a hapless Hawkesdale/Macarthur was awesome.
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Tatyoon won by 132 points after taking the foot off the pedal in the third quarter. It was clearly preservation football from then on as the Hawks looked forward to this week’s encounter with Moyston/Willaura.

Tatyoon is now the short priced favourite to win the premiership.

The Southern Eagles were decimated by injury and will struggle to be able to come back from the loss, but that does not take away from the Hawks’ display.

It was an even team contribution, but it was the new kids on the block who stood up and were outstanding Mitch Cronin and Arthur Armstrong were the standouts.

For these two players the world’s their oyster and it will be interesting to follow their football careers.

In the elimination final conditions were wet and made handling the greasy ball difficult, but in the end Penshurst was too good for Lismore/Derrinallum.

Even though they only won by eleven points the potential was there for the Bombers to win by a lot more.

In the reserves Wickliffe/Lake Bolac overcame SM&W Rovers, with Chris Hillet a very handy inclusion in the Pies’ team.

The cat was set amongst the pigeons when Pies’ legends Brian McInnes and Pat Hoey were seen in the team rooms, with a few people wondering if they were going to play.

Finals times has everyone on their toes.

Tatyoon beat Lismore/Derrinallum in the other reserves’ match, with that result being the reverse of the U16.5 game.

Moyston/Willaura beat Hawkesdale Macarthur in the U16.5 elimination final.

Tomorrow is the second semi final, where the all conquering Tatyoon take on the rested Moyston/Willaura in what should be the grand final preview.

Pumas beware because after last week’s performance the Hawks seem unstoppable.

The Pumas need to play at their best and this is not beyond them as they have played well all year, however a moment’s lapse could be costly.

The loser will be destined to play Penshurst who take on Hawkesdale/Macarthur in the first semi. Injuries have dampened the Southern Hawks’ chances.

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The ‘new’ Roving Eyes can announce that this year’s Mininera and District Football League grand final will be played at Glenthompson.

It is the first time since 2006 that this venue has been used to stage the main event.

The preliminary final venue is yet to be announced and will be dependant on this weekend’s results. Keep an eye out in next week’s Over The Fence for that announcement.

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This week’s ‘Kiss of Death’ tips, which were not very good last week are…

Second Semi Final – Tatyoon (seniors), Tatyoon (reserves), Ararat Eagles (U16.5)

First Semi Final – Penshurst (seniors), Wickliffe/Lake Bolac (reserves), Tatyoon (U16.5)

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One unusual sight at the qualifying final at Caramut was an aeroplane in a trailer!

Obviously a project in the making, but it was a real talking point.

I suspected Caramut was making a statement about the very good condition of the oval.

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Another interesting on-looker at Sunday’s game was long time coach of VFL team the North Ballarat Roosters, Gerald Fitzgerald, whose son plays with Lismore/Derrinallum.

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Congratulations to ex-SM&W Rovers’ player and current Springbank footballer Luke Fisher who won the Central Highlands Football League best and fairest on Monday night.

The 23-year-old won the Geoff Taylor Medal by a convincing seven votes.

Luke, who is also an MDFL Lewis Medal winner, had nine best on ground votes and recorded the equal highest tally for the medal.

Congratulations also to Stacey Rea, wife of ex-Pumas’ coach Matt Rea, who was equal runner-up in the Central Highlands’ A grade netball B&F the same night.

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Good luck to all teams playing this weekend and go and watch the netball.

There were some very close games last weekend and it shows how tight a competition it is.

In the words of Wolfgang Riebe: “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

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Tractor Trek for the kids is on again

PETER and Bill Henry with the restored veteran tractor that has been returned to service as a charity fund raiser.
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OUT of the paddocks and onto the country roads — the Camp Quality Tractor Trek is set to get under way again next month.

And again Lithgow will be well represented.

The Trek resembles a charity ‘bash rally’ except the participants travel by vintage tractor.

Funds raised through sponsorship go to Camp Quality, the organisation that supports children with life threatening illness.

In its inaugural year in 2012 the Trek raised $80,000.

Last year this more than doubled to $180,000 with the biggest individual fund raiser being an entry by Henrys Plant Hire, of Lithgow.

The old tractor was driven by Peter Henry who said the support from the Lithgow district and outside sponsors had been tremendous.

Mr Henry and the trusty tractor will be back on the road from September 18 to 20 with his fellow trekkers helping support the 3500 children registered with Camp Quality.

Each year the participants also visit schools along the route providing a puppet show with an anti bullying theme.

More than 40 tractors are expected to take part when the Trek sets out from Borenore on September 18 to proceed through Cudal, Murga, Forbes, Eugowra, Gooloogong and Canowindra before finishing back in Borenore

As part of the Lithgow district fundraiser the Donnybrook Hotel Fishing Club has organised an auction night at the hotel this Saturday night with lots of memorabilia and other items up for grabs.

Proceedings get under way at seven o’clock.

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Guitar theft victim speaks outvideo

Merv French, the owner of 14 signed guitars stolen in the past week, is not letting the theft affect his love of country music. Photo by Stephen Jeffery.THE OWNER of 14 stolen guitars signed by some of rock’s biggest names says the thieves left behind the most treasured instrument in his collection.
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Detectives are investigating the theft of the collector guitars from a shed at the back of Merv French’s property in Manly West, on Brisbane’s bayside.

The instruments, which Mr French purchased from a friend two years ago, are worth an estimated $30,000 and were signed by rock luminaries including the Eagles, Kiss, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss and The Choirboys.

However, the culprits left behind all of the acoustic guitars, including the most valuable instrument in the collection; one signed by country music stars Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Slim Dusty.

“If someone wanted to buy it I would take $6000 for it, nothing less,” he said.

“It’s a beautiful old Fender; I’ve seen Slim playing it on videos.”

Mr French, a country music aficionado who cites Dusty as his favourite artist, turned to guitar playing six years ago as a way to cope with the death of his wife.

The 81-year-old continues to host friends for jam sessions at the makeshift studio in his Berrimilla Street house.

While Mr French said he’d have “a few words” to say to the thieves if he ever met them, he asked that they either return the instruments to him or forfeit them to police.

Merv French points out some of the guitars left behind in his collection after a burglary this week. Photo by Stephen Jeffery.

“They’re not going to be any good to them, because anyone who knows guitars [won’t touch them],” he said.

Officers from Cleveland CIB have informed local pawnbrokers about the theft, and are searching websites such as Gumtree and eBay for the stolen goods.

Anyone with information about the burglary can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Rare guitars stolen from Manly West

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Narromine granted over four thousand for Heritage Grants

Narormine Shire has been granted $4500 from the NSW government Heritage Grants Program.
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The Shire is one of four in the Dubbo electorate who recieved funding.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the heritage of the electorate would benefit from the $35,000 investment in the program.

“I’m delighted these grants have been awarded for valued heritage services in the local area,” Mr Grant said.

Along with Narromine Shire, Dubbo City Council received $12,000, Forbes Shire received $11,000 and Parkes received $7500.

The grant funding represents eight of 181 heritage grants being announced across NSW.

“The NSW Heritage Grants program is designed to provide direct financial assistance to private owners, councils and community-based organisations to maintain and improve their heritage assets,” Mr Grant said.

Minister for Heritage, Robert Stokes said $1.46 million for 181 new projects would protect heritage places and conserve historic places for future generations.

“The NSW government is committed to caring for places of heritage significance and supporting projects which protect our heritage while adapting sites for new uses,” he said.

“New heritage projects can also boost tourism and employment opportunities, particularly in rural and regional communities.”

Funding has also been provided for a wide range of conservation, interpretation, community youth and seniors heritage projects.

Local governments are receiving funding assistance for heritage studies, advice and networking events designed to better protect their local heritage places.

A full list of projects funded under the 2014/15 NSW Heritage Grants program can be found at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/.

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