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Volunteers: Mike Vasey, Ross Croft, Gail Sargentsen, Josh Whiteland (Koomal Dreaming), Charles Gilbert and Ashley Kidd. Photo: Cheryle Brown. IT’Sthe time to celebrate Nannup’s volunteers again during National VolunteerWeek from May 9to 15. Nannup, like many communities,relies on itsvolunteers to ensure that our town continues to develop and thrive.
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Continuing the Give Happy Live Happy theme from 2015, this year celebratesthat there is so much more to volunteering than simply giving your time andskills to help others. Volunteering builds communities, is a healthy lifestylechoice for those who volunteer and is one of the strongest predictors we have ofincreasing our health andhappiness according to volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw.

Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’tvolunteer – doctors should recommend it.

“Australia was ranked number 10 in the latest World Happiness Report and we think it has a lot to do with Australia’s dedicated volunteers. The report highlighted Australia as having the second highest percentage population share of volunteering in registered organisations and we know that number would be even higher outside of the established organisations,” Brett Williamson OAM, CEO, Volunteering Australia said.

“Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a difference, so pledge to volunteer this National Volunteer Week and you too can Give Happy, Live Happy. We want to make Australia the happiest place on Earth.”

Nannup has more than 50 community groups who rely on the invaluable workand commitment of volunteers. Nannup’s volunteers contribute in a range ofareas from emergency services; to sporting and recreational clubs; to arts andculture; to the environment; and community services.

Where would Nannup be without the volunteers for our successful Musicand Flower and Garden Festivals? If paid labour was the only alternative therewould be no event, major or otherwise.

To all the volunteers in Nannup, both seen and unseen, thank you.

More information on volunteering in Nannup can be obtained from the NannupVolunteer Resource Centre on 9756 3022.

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REDLAND City’s three state MPs are remaining tight-lipped about the battle within the Liberal-National Party.
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The then Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek leaves the Redland Bay Golf Club in March 2011 minutes before Jeff Seeney calls a press conference about the plan for a change in the party’s leadership.

Cleveland MP Mark Robinson and Redlands MP Matt McEachan will be in the party room when the Opposition decides whether to hold a leadership spill on Friday.

If the bid is successful, a three-way battle for party leadership will be held between former National Party leader Lawrence Springborg; long-time leader hopeful and former LNP Treasurer Tim Nicholls; and the former Housing Minister and NRL umpire Tim Mander.

The party room meeting and spill motion were raised by former deputy leader Jeff Seeney following Mr Mander’s resignation from the Opposition frontbench and questions over Mr Springborg’s grip on power.

The move was reminiscent of the party unrest, which came to a head in March 2011 at an Opposition Community Cabinet meeting at Redland Bay Golf Club when Mr Seeney hinted the party leadership of John-Paul Langbroek and Lawrence Springborg would change.

Both Langbroek and Springborg tendered their resignations the day after the Redland Bay event, when the then Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was named leader of the party outside cabinet.

On Wednesday, Mr Mander dismissed claims the move could jeopardise his re-election to his seat of Everton. Mr Springborg said he was confident of maintaining the leadership.

Cleveland MP Mr Robinson was not willing to say who he would back but used the opportunity to have a swipe at the Labor government.

“In my view, Lawrence Springborg has done a good job across the state to hold to account this do-nothing Labor government,” he said.

“Secondly, whoever emerges as the leader from Friday’s LNP party room, we all need to unite behind them and quickly get back to focussing on jobs and growing the economy and working hard in our electorates.”

Redlands MP Mr McEachan said the most important thing for Redland taxpayerswas a strong Opposition team holding the Palaszczuk Labor government to account.

However, Capalaba MP Don Brown, a member of the government, said the rift in the Opposition was ominous.

“The Palaszczuk government and I are focused on delivering for our community, whether it is compulsory preferential voting or the leadership,” he said.

“It is clear the Opposition only cares about their own jobs.”

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The final round of the Pennants season was played last weekend.
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The Grade 2 side travelled to Grenfell and lost a close match.

Graham Fliedner’s team won by three shots while Garry Carberry’s team won by four.

On the other rink, Col Hayward’s team were beaten by 11 shots with the overall result going to Grenfell by four shots.

Depending upon other results, the Grade 2’s may progress to the playoffs.

The Grade 5 side travelled to Caragabal and will be in the playoffs after a good win.

Warren Bevan’s team went down 20-19, but the other two teams had wins.

Col Mudie and his team won 19-17 and John Corcoran’s team won 18-14 for an aggregate score of 58-51.

In Grade 7, the winner of the match between Parkes and Railway Diggers would go on to the playoffs.

Railway got off to a good start, but Parkes fought back and had the lead for a while.

Railway came back to take the match by four shots, winning two of the three rinks.

In Club Championships, Brett Frame teamed with Paul Henry to play the father and son team of Warwick and Matt Parker in Major Pairs.

Brett and Paul won the early ends to lead 5-2 before the Parkers drew level at 8-all.

Brett and Paul steadily built a lead and ran out 26-20 winners.

In Major Singles, John Corcoran scored a convincing win over Arthur Corbett.

John teamed with Tom Casey in Major Pairs to defeat Garry and Michael Went.

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Homes of this calibre on such large parcels of land don’t come up too often in Gear Avenue. The inhabitants know they are onto a good thing and stay put, but here is your chance to join them.
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Set on five peaceful acres of bird sanctuary, this property has many established plants and trees to attract wildlife.

The home is circa 1993, two storey in solid brick veneer. Downstairs are the three spacious living zones, kitchen, utility areas, office, and games room while upstairs are four bedrooms designedfor restful slumber.

There is a sunken formal lounge and dining area with feature open fireplace and mantle. On the other side of the front entrance is a more informal family room with wood fire and everyday dining space with copious bush vistas.

A bay window in the kitchen frames an enclosed pergola area. The kitchen itself is set in green and white laminate, has stainless steel appliances and a huge under stairs pantry.

On the way to the rumpus room, a converted garage, is a powder room and laundry.The rumpus room is tiled, spacious and snug. There are French doors to a second outdoor area with clear, pull down blinds.

Upstairs is carpeted and there is a study nook or extra living space in the landing as well as functioning sink and cabinet.

The master bedroom has an en suite and built-in-robes with gold rimmed sliding doors. There is also a main bathroom witha massive corner spa.

Outside is a carport, large four-cargarage, landscaped gardens and shedding.

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BIG BOST: Orange City Council Economic Development Community Committee chairman Cr Jeff Whitton.THE redevelopment of the former Orange Base Hospital site has the potential to create 40 jobs a year in the construction industry over five years, according to Orange City Council Economic Development Community Committee chairman Cr Jeff Whitton.
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Earlier this week Orange City Council announced it had signed the contract for the sale of the site, formalising the agreement by NSW Health Infrastructure (HI), which will see council contribute $1 million to the project, with HI agreeing to place $2.3 million of the purchase price in trust to fund the necessary demolition on the site.

The former 1970s style main three storey hospital building and the old ambulance station on the corner of Prince and Anson Streets will be the only buildings remaining on the site after demolition is completed.

Cr Whitton said council has had a strong focus on job creation over the last couple of years including supporting emerging businesses and ensure appropriate employment land is available.

“The old hospital redevelopment is part of that big picture,” Cr Whitton said.

“In the coming years this will be a significant driver of economic growth in the city,” Cr Whitton said.

Cr Whitton said residential opportunities continue to grow in Orange, including the fringes of the city.

“We have locations like the Waratahs development and the Shiralee development to the south and these suit the needs of a significant sector of the homebuyers market,” said Cr Whitton.

“The development of the old hospital will offer something new and different,” he said.

The detail in an initial masterplan released by council earlier this week and created by Michael Heenan of Allen Jack Cottier Architects shows a combination of duplex, terrace houses, granny flats and detached housing options for the site.

The masterplan includes a 28 apartment design for the old 1970s main hospital building.

Council says it expects a development application for demolition to be lodged in June, with the work due to be finished by December and construction work anticipated to start in January 2017.

Cr Whitton said the old base hospital site project has the opportunity to set Orange apart from other regional cities.

“As well as creating jobs it will add to Orange being a drawcard for people looking to relocate,” he said.

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GUILTY: Ian Thomas is brought into Melbourne’s Supreme Court earlier this week. Picture: JOE ARMAOAn electrician accused of killing his parents on the family farm near Wangaratta has been found guilty of their murders.
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The Crown case against Ian Thomas, 38, was that he strangled his mother after an argument, before laying in wait for his father, shooting him in the chest and caving his head in with a wooden pickaxe handle.

The key witness, Mr Thomas’ married lover JacintaEmselle, told the Supreme Court jury he had confessed when they met at the Cremorne Hotel in Geelong the day after the alleged murders.

She said Mr Thomas was drinking a beer and reading the paper when he told her,with a strange smirk on his face, “Let’s just say my parents are no longer with us”.

Mr Thomas denied ever confessing to the crime, claiming he had been out drinking alone in bushland near the farm when he came home to find his mother lying dead in the shed covered by a drop sheet and his father waiting for him in the master bedroom armed with a single-barrel shotgun.

Mr Thomas said he managed to wrestle the shotgun away from his father before shooting him in self defence.

He claimed he then repeatedly hit his dead father’s head with the axe handle because of what he had done to his mother.

The jury on Thursday found Mr Thomas guilty of murdering his parents, William, 65, and Pauline, 63,at their Great Alpine Road home between Wangaratta andTarrawingee, on April 21, 2013.

Thomas, who showed no emotion when the verdicts were read out, was remanded for a pre-sentence hearing on a date to be fixed.

Mr and Mrs Thomashad been married for 40 years and had five children.

Three of the children — Bernadette, Ian and John — claimed their father regularly beat them when they were growing upwith a belt he’d nicknamed “Joey”.

The other two children — Jacinta and Madonna — denied ever being physically abused by their father.

In his closing address to the jury, Crown prosecutor Peter Rose, QC, said there was nothing to suggest any animosity between William and Pauline Thomas on the day they died.

“They were a loving couple. There’s no suggestion they weren’t getting on that day,” Mr Rose said.

The prosecutor reminded the jury of MsEmselle’sevidence where she talked of Mr Thomas’ confession.

“She [MsEmselle]gives evidence of walking into the hotel and Ian sitting there having the beer, says he has ordered some food,” Mr Rose said.

“Strange look on his face. And that’s effectively when he tells her that he’s killed his parents. Tells her, ‘Mum was annoying me, nagging me, driving me crazy … come out of the shed, we had an argument, put my hands around her neck and squeezed until she fell to the floor’.”

Mr Thomas later changed his clothes and “prepared himself for his father’s return in order to murder him also,” the prosecutor said.

Defence barristerTheoKassimatistold the jury MsEmselle, who met Mr Thomas at a Queensland rehabilitation clinic for alcohol dependency in 2010, was an unreliable witness given her heavy drinking at the time.

“She’s no ordinary liar,” MrKassimatissaid.

“We are talking about gold medal-winning, world champion liar.

“You might think you can’t believe a word she said. You might think if she told you it was Tuesday the first thing you’d do is run to a calendar.”

On the issue of Mr Thomas’ evidence, MrKassimatissaid the electrician told how his father lay in wait for him, how he had disarmed him and how he shot him in self-defence.

“This wasn’t just anyone pointing the shotgun at Ian Thomas, it wasn’t just a stranger that he’d come home to,” MrKassimatissaid.

“It was his father. It was the man who hadmonsteredhim throughout his childhood …

“Add to that your father’s just strangled and killed your mother, and it might go some way, it might go all the way, to explaining what Ian did to his father after he killed him.”

MrKassimatissaid William Thomas, the man who beat his children savagely when they were young, was the same violent, angry man who killed his wife.

The defence barrister highlighted how the autopsy results showed Pauline appeared to have been hit in the face and William Thomas had bruising on his knuckles, which Ian didn’t.

The Crown said the bruising was caused by William Thomas’ years of working on the farm.

MrKassimatissaid William’s DNA was also found on Pauline’s clothing under her armpits.

“Could he have strangled her in the shed and then lifted her up and dragged her to a spot a little less conspicuous before putting the drop sheet over her?”

Strands of William Thomas’ hair were also found on his fingernails and palm of his hand.

The defence barrister asked was William Thomas holding his head after killing his wife and saying, ‘F–k, f–k, f–k what have I done? F–k’?

“The evidence is compelling. Bill Thomas killed his wife.”

The jury did not agree.

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For the first time in his tenure as Central West Blue Bulls Under 20s coach, Scott Hatch will travel to the Country Championships with what he believes could be one of the hardest-hitting packs in the competition.
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Hatch has spent several years coaching the Under 20s outfit, but never before has he had as much confidence in his forward pack as he does for this weekend’s action at Armidale.

The Bulls are vying for a chance to jump back into the top division of the Colts competition next season, the Rowlands Colts Cup.

Their first step to achieving that will be to triumph over the Mid North Coast tomorrow and then, should they achieve that, find another victory over either Illawarra or Far North Coast the following day.

Illawarra beat the Bulls in a recent trial match, but the Central West team utilised their initial 40-man squad for that match and were missing several key players.

“We have got a very big side,” Hatch said.

“It’s a side that is big right across the forwards, right through to our number 8, and including our six and seven.

“We can really play the power game and we have got a plan to accommodate that.

“Going to the Country Champs with Central West, you know you would normally be going there with one of the smaller forward packs so this year will be a bit different,” he said.

The team features three Parkes Boars – Aron Peters, James Peters and Cody Bruce.

Central West are hoping to find some vigour after their campaign last year came to a crashing halt, losing both their Cup fixtures to be relegated for this time around.

“Mid North Coast are probably in a similar position to us, with a couple of weeks of training together, but we don’t know too much about their players,” Hatch said.

“We have generally done pretty well at the championships, but last year was a bit of an anomaly.

“We took over a really strong side, but the conditions turned out very adverse to our style of running rugby.

“We were pretty much playing in a pool.

“We’ve got a group of guys together who are really keen to play and they’re building up a culture where everyone really wants to be playing representative rugby.”

Hatch said his side contains plenty of players he considers ‘key men’ that could turn the tide of a game.

“Our number 8, Dylan Carter, is a Bathurst Bulldog who is having a really big year,” he said.

“He’s been in the shadow of his brother Jaymen but now he’s coming into his own.

“Charlie McIntosh is our captain and number seven, who is a great leader in the forwards and strong in defence.

“In the backs we’ve got Alex Webster from Cowra who has got impressive organisational skills and a cracking step.

“Adam Plummer is having his first year stepping up and doing well and he was picked in the Country Under 20s side last year.”

CENTRAL WEST UNDER 20s: Joel Harper, Josh Carter, Dylan Carter, Brad Glasson, Callum Mokaroka, Cameron Sinclair, Adam Plummer (Bathurst Bulldogs), Jack McIntosh, Charlie McIntosh, Tim Seruki, Ethan Kelly (CSU), Tuppi Taekata, Josh Exner (Dubbo Kangaroos), Tia Ravudi (Geurie Goats), James Peters, Aron Peters, Cody Bruce (Parkes Boars), Lachlan Buttenshaw (West Wyalong), Travis Gibson, Corban Selwyn (Mudgee Wombats), Lochie Stewart (Orange City), Alex Webster (Cowra Eagles), Josh Lees (Yeoval)

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Sunday is Gunnedah Cup day with well over a thousand expected to turn out for the annual feast of racing.
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Race day major sponsor Peter Pryde from Pryde’s EasiFeed and Gunnedah Jockey Club secretary manager Mark Storey with the perpetual trophy and 2016 Gold Cup in the lead up to this weekend’s Mother’s Day race meet at Riverside Racecourse in Gunnedah.

The Mother’s Day program features eight races at Gunnedah’s Riverside Racecourse including the prestigious 1600-metre Gold Cup.

2016 marks a special year for the Gunnedah Jockey Club as they celebrate their 150th year.

It also marks the 15th year of a relationship between the annual race and local business, Pryde’s EasiFeed.

Owner Peter Pryde said it was about more than just being the chief sponsor.

“This day is part of the local community. It’s nice for us to be involved,” he said.

“We feel we want to do something for Gunnedah and that’s why we remain a part of it.”

Jockey Club secretary manager Mark Storey said the support continuef to be cherished.

“Not many sponsorships or associations last 15 years. We’d like it to continue – we’ll do everything to make sure it continues,” Storey said.

On the track, Mr Storey said the recent rain was a huge bonus to their preparations.

“The track is looking fantastic after that 30 millimetre rain. Fingers crossed the weather is good on the day,” he said.

One of this year’s races will pay special tribute to a club stalwart who recently passed away.

“We’ll be having a tribute race to remember John Clift,” Mark said.

“He was a jockey club committee member between 1944 and 1966.”

Record nominations are rolling in with, 155 registered by Wednesday morning. Storey said they’d considered bumping the day up to nine races but backed down from that plan after conversations with stewards.

For those more concerned with off-track entertainment, organisers have been busily finalising preparations for marquees, lawns and gardens.

The day is especially targeted at families, with rides and musical entertainment provided trackside.

There are colouring-in competitions for the kids and Fashions on the Field is set to be bigger than ever.

“We know it’ll be a hotly contested affair,” Storey said.

Free shuttle buses will depart from the Golf Club at 11.10am, Wolseley Oval at 11.40am and McDonalds at 12.10pm.

“It should be a big day. It’s shaping up to be fantastic,” Storey said.

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The Howie Bros.The Howie Bros and Wayne Horsburgh are taking their harmonies to Laura.
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The Howie Bros, identical twin brothers John andGraeme Howie,have always loved vocal harmony in their music and are the only Australians to have won the International Harmony Award in the United States.

They have also won threeGolden Guitars at the Australasian Country Music Awards in Tamworth, when they were members of their original band, “1901”.

They have recorded 40 albums, the latest being “The Love Songs Collection” 2CD Set, featuring 40 love songs.

It has also just been released as a two discDVD set, along with three other new two discDVD sets:”The Celtic Collection” (40 Irish andScottish Songs), “Singalong with The Howie Bros” Vol 1 and2 (100 Singalong songs like “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “I Belong To Glasgow”), and “Gospel Songs” (40 Songs of Faith andInspiration).

The twins were secondary school music teachers for 30 years, in government schools in Melbourne –in fact, John taught Kylie Minogue at Camberwell High School, in Melbourne.

As Graeme said,The Howie Bros music is similar in style to Irish duo Foster andAllen.

“We have always been involved in singing andplaying country music, bluegrass music, Irish andScottish music, andperform lots of Singalong medleys in our showswhere the crowd usually join in andsingalong with us,” Graeme said.

“We use lots of instruments during our shows, including piano, guitars, ukulele, piano accordion, andmandolin.

“The Howie’s have a million stories to tell of their ‘life on the road’ as travelling musicians andthe crowd will enjoy plenty of laughs throughout the show.”

Wayne Horsburgh is a wonderful performer, having won six”Mo” awards for Club Entertainment in Australia.

He is a wonderful yodeller, similar in style to Frank Ifield, Slim Whitman andMarty Robbins.

Born and raised around Benalla (like the Howie’s, also on a dairy farm), Wayne spent 25 years performing in America, with greats like Merle Haggard, George Jones andVince Gill.

He has just released a new album called “Songs Of The Islands Vol 2”.

So, those who attend The Howie Bros and Wayne Horsburgh show at Laura Memorial Civic Centre, on Saturday May 28, 8pm-11pm,can expect some wonderful entertainment – lots of “singalongs”, lots of songs people know, lots of laughsand a great night’s entertainment.

Tea, coffee anda little something to eatwill be available during interval.

The Howie Bros andWayne Horsburgh will also be performing at Moonta Town Hall on the evening of Thursday May 26.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door prior to the performance.

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TAKING A STAND: Narrandera coach and captain Tim Sullivan is taking a stand after he claims he was violently king-hit during a Riverina League game last week.
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A local Australian rules coach whose motionless body was hauled off the field after hisjaw was brokenby an alleged “coward punch” has considered pressingcriminal charges.

Narrandera’sTim Sullivan, who has taken a stand against “on-field thuggery”,was hospitalised and bed-ridden for two weeksby a “completely random attack” duringSaturday’s game.

The team captain and coachtold The Daily Advertiser he has had sleepless nightstossing and turning sincehis 16-year-old proteges watched on while he was “hit and driven to the ground”.

“It simply doesn’t give you a license to become a thug,” Mr Sullivan said.

“I’m definitely looking at pressing charges – I don’t want to be a dibber dobber or a snitch but I’m now two weeks off work, over my head with medical bills andI’ve had constant headaches and a throbbing jaw.

“I have 16-year-old kids out there watching, you certainly worry a domino affect there when they see that.”

Mr Sullivan was taken to hospital after being knocked out in the second quarter of Narrandera’s 44-point win over Turvey Park.

A Turvey Park player was reported by umpires and will face a tribunalafter allegedly striking Sullivan in the second quarter.

But Mr Sullivan said a match ban “simply isn’t enough” for people who think it is okay to commit violence because they are a sportsman.

“After talking to a few close people and informing the league, I have to consider taking this further,” Mr Sullivan said.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances of the incident.

Wagga police duty officerInspectorPeter Robertson said it can often take some time to determine whether on-field action constitutes assault.

“The laws concerning assault give some exemptions during sport, but we’ll have to investigate whether the people involved crossed the line,” he said.

“There are lots of things that happen during sporting contests that aren’t brought to our attention so we need to ensure we find out if what occurred was reasonable or unreasonable.”

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DEBUT: Mersey Leven Power’s Grace Huxtable and Karina Cowling ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Dockers. Picture: Cordell RichardsonMersey Leven Power are more than ready for their Tasmanian Women’s League debut.
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Coach Trent Huxtable on Thursday saidhis players were ‘’jumping out of their skin’’ ahead of their clash with Burnie at West Park on Saturday night.

The Power is a combined effort between the Ulverstone, Latrobe and Devonport football clubs.

The team has takenover the Tasmanian Women’s League license held by Devonport last season.

Huxtable described his squad as being a ‘’really good group’’.

He has seven members of the youth girls academy, with three of those seven (Zoe Knight, Sarah Skinner andLauren Stevenson)part instate’s youth girls championships side.

‘”We have a good mix of youth and experienced senior players, and it is a good blend of girls,’’ he said.

‘’It will be very exciting to see them play, and I know the girls are excited to have a crack.

‘’We played Burnie in a practice match a few weeks ago and we were competitive. and we are hoping to take it right up to them on Saturday night. ‘’

The Power will wear Latrobe jumpers this week and Ulverstone next week before their new ones arrive.

Burnie coach Jamie Bradley said she was expecting a ‘’hard fought battle’’ against the new outfit, after being impressed with what she saw in thatpractice match.

She said having a new team made up ofthree clubs was a sign of the growth of the game on the Coast.

‘’From what I have seen they (the Power) are a fantastic bunch of girls who have formed what should be a very strong club,’’ Bradley said.

Bradley said her side would be boosted by the inclusion of Britt Gibson this season.

The women’s match will be part of a football feast on Saturday at West Park.

As well asNWFL matches with the Dockershosting Devonport, theirmen’sState League team will welcomeLaunceston.

The women’s game is scheduled to start at 6pm.

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A TIMING gate malfunction at Jubilee Parkthrew a spanner in the works at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday.
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Parents pitch in for seamless event Dylan Haissell, 11, in the discus at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

PJ Webb, 12, winning his 100m heat at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Keegan Gramson, 10, winning his 100m sprint at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Tristen Koga, 10, in the long jump at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Jayda Skews, 8, wins her 100m heat at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

PJ Webb, 12, flying high at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Aidan Davis, 11, winning the 100m sprint at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Tristen Koga, 10, winning his heat of 100m sprint at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Ebonye Plum, 10, winning the 100m sprint at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Drew Burton, 9, winning the 100m sprint at the Forest Hill athletics carnival on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

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Clare Showgrounds Market is getting a revamp and is being re-launched on Gourmet Saturday, May 14. You’ll see a number of stalls there including Joyce and her Pelargoniums. Clare’s Showgrounds Market has been held monthly for about 10years and it’s about to have a revamp.
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A new sub-committee of the Clare Agricultural & Horticultural Society, which includes Cheryl Koglin, Phil Pese, Sharalyn Bond and Lois Lewis, hopeto bring some new and exciting stall holders to its monthly market.

“We are hoping to revamp it to make it more appealing for people to come along,” Cheryl said.

The market has seen many different stall holders come and go throughout the years and the committee hopes to attract some new producers and sellers/dealers to the monthly market.

They plan to host a re-launch of the Clare Showgrounds Market on Saturday, May 14, in line with Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.

Cheryl said, as always, the fruit and vegetable man would be on site for you to purchase all the best in fresh produce.

Along with Joyce and her Pelargoniums (geraniums), they’re also hoping a busker will perform on the day for them.

It’s a market that attracts many people from the Clare Valley and the new committee hope to further its popularity and include new stall holders each month.

With the relaunch being held on Gourmet Saturday there’s bound to be plenty happening and many people stopping in to see what’s for sale.

Held on the second Saturday of each month, apart from Clare Show day, it’s onfrom 8.30am-1.30pm.

It is held in the Main Pavilion and, when the weather permits, often spills outside.

“We are looking at keeping all the same holders, but adding new things in to give it more life.”

By adding the additional stalls and new exhibitors, they hope to improve the atmosphere and encourage even more people to attend.

All monies raised at the Clare Showgrounds Market goes straight back into the show society and assists with maintaining the grounds.

Have you got a business you would like to show off at the Clare Showgrounds Market?

If you do, the committee would love to hear from you –call Cheryl Koglin on 8847 2472 or email: [email protected]南京夜网

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