Monthly Archives: October 2018

United hope to dethrone Premier League champions on home turf

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The experienced Ben Hawken is returning from a hamstring injury for United tomorrow. Photo: Jenny Kingham 0416Hockey_0952
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Parkes United head to Bathurst this weekend to tackle competition heavyweights St Pat’s in what shapes as the match of the round in the mens Premier League hockey competition.

Both teams were held to 1-all draws in the last round two weeks ago and will be itching to consolidate their respective positions on the ladder.

United were held by Souths while Zig Zag surprised St Pat’s.

With both teams fresh from last weekend’s general bye for the Under 18s State Championships it should set the scene for an entertaining match.

United will head into the match with some major omissions as Jack Elliott and Regan Hotham are still on the comeback trail from knee injuries.

Defender Ben Townsend is out with a quad injury while Hamish Orr will miss the match due to work commitments.

It will make for a stern test of the depth of the United squad, however, they should be able to cover these losses with Brad Gardiner and Ben Hawken due back in the side.

The focus for United will be simple after watching Zig Zag spring the biggest surprise of the season so far.

The Lithgow side controlled possession for the majority of the game while pressing St Pat’s all over the field, a plan Parkes will hope to execute as effectively.

United lifted against Souths and will look to put in another strong performance where they compete for the full 70 minutes.

The defensive unit of keeper Nick Kelly, Tim Somers, Matt Job, Dan Wilson and Ben Hawken will have their hands full as St Pat’s have had no trouble in converting their chances this season.

United will put special emphasis on keeping out penalty corners as the Bathurst side have a number of potent variations.

Graeme Thompson will be a key figure in controlling the midfield alongside Damien Morgan and Mitchell Townsend.

All three did plenty of work last time out and will be required to put in another solid stint if they are to contain the premiership favourites.

Up front, United will focus on capitalising on their attacking opportunities with Gardiner’s return set to strengthen their penalty corner options.

Andrew Bourke and Josh Kearney were in great touch against Souths, creating plenty of headaches, and will need to convert at a high level against the competition leaders.

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Drivers need to take more responsibility

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How many times when driving on our roads do you see people doing the wrong thing behind the wheel?
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It could be talking on the phone,not wearing a seat belt, driving too fast when the roads are wet,or overtaking other vehicles when it simply isn’t safe to do so.

Perhaps they’re in an obvious hurry to get somewhere, so they’re running that red light when they clearly had time to stop.

All it takes is for someone to jump the green light at an intersection and you have – potentially – a major traffic crash unfold.

There are many other factors that can lead to people being seriously injured – or worse – on our roads. But inattention is one of the most avoidable.

Not indicating at a roundabout or changing lanes without looking may not lead to a fatal collision, but people not taking their responsibilities seriously in those types of situations is indicative of poor driver behaviour that often does lead to tragedy.

This week is National Road Safety Week, where the Road Safety Advisory Council and Tasmania Police raise awareness of what they label the “fatal five” – driving under the influence, driving while distracted, not driving to the conditions, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.

Tragically, 18 people have died on the state’s roads in 2016compared with 12 at the same time last year. That’s a shocking statistic. You cannot imagine the heartache the families and friends of those 18 people must be enduring.

Sadly, it seems that the road safety message simply doesn’t get through to many people.

It’s difficult to understand why.Do those peoplethink they’rebulletproof? Do they simply not care about other people they share our roads with?

Cars today are safer than they’ve ever been thanks to better design and construction, as well asimproved technology, such as airbags and anti-lock brakes. Unfortunately, none of those modern marvels can stop people drink driving, speeding or not driving to the conditions.

The state government’s Towards Zero campaign -which poses the question topeople: how low should our road toll be? – is an important step in raising awareness.

Accidents will always happen. But at least striving to reduce our road toll is an extremely important step because as the television ads say, even one person dying on our roads is one too many.

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Josephville man arrested on weapons and drug charges

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Scary: The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and about 600 rounds of ammunition was seized from a home at Josephville on Wednesday. POLICE investigating the Hells Angels Motorcycle Clubarrested a24-year-old Josephville man andseized aAR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunitionduring the search of a home on Wednesday.
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About 10 Taskforce Maxima officers descended on the home beside Mt Lindesay Highway andseized600 rounds of ammunition,illicit substances includingmethylamphetamine, GBH, cannabis and prescription drugs.

The 24-year-old man was arrested without incident.

He was later charged with a string of offences including the possession of restricted weapons, possession of firearm magazines and thepossession of dangerous drugs, restricted drugs and drug utensils.

The man was given a notice to appear inin the Beaudesert Magistrates Court on July 5.

Detectives had been investigating links between outlaw motorcycle gangs and illegal firearms when they received a tip off in recent days about the AR-15 rifle.

Task Force MaximaActing Detective Inspector Russell Jones said the man in custody is the brother of a Hells Angel member.

Acting Inspector Jones said theseized weapon was highly dangerous and could have caused significant harm to the community.

“That type of firearm can only be possessed by a person who is licensed to be a commercial roo shooter or a professional shooter,” he said.

“Once again were are finding drug and weapons in the hands of criminal gang members and their networks.”

Acting Inspector Jones said investigations werecontinuing into whether the gun was stolen and how the man came to possess it.

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Bowelscan month a timely reminder for men over 50

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He’s a survivor: Terry Crossley says he is a prime example of why you should take a bowel scan every 12 months.MAY is Bowelscan month and there is no better time than now to grab a kit and test yourself for the second most commonly diagnosed cancer for males in Australia.
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Bowel cancer is more common in men than breast cancer is in women, with this month dedicated to raising awareness for testing against the deadly disease.

The survival rate for bowel cancer diagnosed at stage one is 93 per cent. The survival rate for bowel cancer diagnosed at stage four is only eight percent.

Testing kits are available at any chemist or through Rotary of Port Macquarie.

It is not an over exaggeration to say that these tests save lives. Terry Crossley is a prime example.

Thankfully, Mr Crossley, a Port Macquarie man, detected his bowel cancer early due to his mindfulness to test for the disease every 12 months using the home testing kit.

Mr Crossley was diagnosed in 2006. Due to the early detection, he was able to fight and defeat the disease as it was in the early stages.

He is now cancer free.

“When I found out it was an enormous surprise. No one ever expects to get cancer,” Mr Crossley said.

“It was the first and the only one I had ever had so it was a significant shock. I was still working at the time and it causes you to do a major revaluation of your life.

“Even at the stage it was caught, at there was a chance I wasn’t going to pull through, so it makes you think.”

The incidence of bowel cancer increases dramatically over the age of 50. The likelihood of being diagnosed with bowel cancer at 80 is 10 times greater than at 50.

These scary statistics are backed up by the fact that more than 4000 thousand Australians will die of bowel cancer in 2016.

More than 15,000 will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and one in 12 people will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

The Australian Government issues people over the age of 65 with a test kit every five years, but that is simply not often enough, according to Mr Crossley.

“I thank God for the testing kit. At the time it was before the Government started providing them,” he said.

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Blues face tough road test

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LAUNCESTON faces one of the toughest road trips in State League football as the Blues prepare totravelto West Park on Saturday to play a powerful Burnie Dockers in round 7.
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GOT YA: Launceston’s Joe Boyce about to tackle Burnie’s Brodie Knight in a clash at Windsor Park last season.

Coach Chris Hills is expectingwet conditions as they take on one of the TSL flag favourites.

“It’s a massive task for us to go down and try to beat them,” Hills said.

“One of their strengths is the way they play together –they trust each other and Clint (Proctor) has them working together as a team and they have that good combination of youth and age which really shows when the game is on the line, the older guys tend to step up and show the guys the way.

“We’ve got to go down there and take our chances and throw caution to the wind and play footy.

“I think we have shown at times that we can match it with the best but we haven’t been doing it for long enough so we need to play 120 minutes of full-on footy.”

Launceston is coming off a week off with the bye following their 39-point loss to Lauderdale in round 5 at Windsor Park.

“I thought we were good for three quarters against Lauderdale but I told the guys that the last quarter was probably the most disappointing quarter of footy I’ve been involved in for a long time in a game where could win on such a big occasion but we didn’t step up so hopefully we can turn that around.”

Jake Hinds will be unavailable due to suspension and Josh Bellchambers is sidelined with a knee injury and will be six to eight weeks away from returning according to Hills.

Burnie will be full of confidence coming off their 60-point demolition job on Lauderdale last week and sitting on top of the TSL ladder with a 5-1 record.

The Dockers included Jameson Foreman, Brodie Knight and Jaidyn Cox.

North Launceston lose Tarryn Thomas andIsaac Thompson to the Tassie Mariners for their road trip south to Kingborough to play the Tigers.

Lochie Young andLouis Venn will be available for selection after missing last week’s win over Clarence and Haydn Goss returns from injury.

Josh Ponting remains sidelined with a broken handand could miss another three weeks.

The Tigers have some injury worriesbut regained captain Tim Peterson.

Devonport named Corey Plumbridge, Kurt Heazlewood and Brayden Butlerfor their road trip south to play Hobart City but lost Ethan Stephenson to the Tassie Mariners.

Lauderdale regained Sam Siggins for their traditional rivalry clash against Clarence with the Roos including Jake Cox.

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