Archive for July, 2018

National competition showcases top talent

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

MAGIC TOUCH: Nick Willer, Matiese Trisley, Brin Trisley and Wulaaran Walker.FOUR young Macksville touch football players made the most of their opportunity representing NSW in the School Sports Australia (National) Touch Football Championships in Perth.

Matiese Trisley, Wulaaran Walker and Brin Trisleyplayed in the NSW U15s and U12s girls teams, while Nicholas Willerofficiated as referee

It’s rare for a small country area to have this number of players represent at a NSW level, which is testament to the Falcons development program for both players and officials of all ages.

Both age groups competed strongly across four days of play, performing exceptionally well and defeating all other States except Queensland, with some commanding wins.

“The level of competition wasn’t what Iexpected, against the rest of the States we won to by at least seventries, so that was a bit of a shock,” Matiese said.

A huge learning experience with a much faster pace, particularly in the older age group, saw the girls and Nick lift to another level and adapt to the pace of the games.

“I’m really happy with how Iplayed over there, Ifocused on doing my job and Ifeel as though that worked in my favour.”

Finals day saw all NSW teams draw the fearless Queenslanders who went into these titles with a mental edge knowing they have dominated this competition for many years.

After an almighty effort from NSW, Qld were again victorious in both boys and girls divisions but not without having to fight hard for every point as the mighty Blues never say die attitude made them produce extra goods to retain the trophy.

The three girls were still ecstatic with a silver medal, there were many displays of outstanding sportsmanship and new friendships forged.

The privilege of wearing a blue jersey is a memory that will stay with them.

“It did hurt losing the final, but we lost to such a drilled and well structured team –we were really pushed,” Matiese said.

“They deserved the win, but to medal at nationals was the best feeling and one that won’t be forgotten.”

Nick said the level of competition at Nationals far exceeded anything he had contended with before, but he was happy with his overall efforts.

With growing confidence in each gamehe wasallocated, he was awarded the lead referee role in the under 12s boys grand final where Qld took on NSW.

“The level of competition wasvery high,” Nick said.“It was a lotquicker and a higher skill level–but it was an awesome experience.”

* Brin was co-captain of the U12sgirls team and also received her coach’s MVP award.

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WHAT YOU’RE SAYINGAbout the ambos closure

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Are you concerned about the planned relocation of ambulances from Fairfieldto Bankstown? Last Friday at lunchtime we asked what people around Dutton Lane at Cabramatta what they had to say about the proposal . . .

TIM LY, 17 | “Emergency responses are appropriate as they are. Putting the facility further away isn’t going to help at all. Hopefully, they won’t.”


ROMEL ADAM, 50 | “Lots of sick people here needing ambulances. Why do they want to move it? I’m against it. We should add more, not less.”

GLEN GARCIA, 32 | “I haven’t heard much about this but I say adding another 12 kilometres to the ambulance trip sounds much less convenient.”


LEE BAN, 51 (with wife Sophorn, Rodney 4, Aritha, 2) | “I think it’ll be OK, no worries. 12 kilometres is just 12 kilometres. I went to Bankstown Hospital in an ambulance. It was OK for me.”

PATTY PEREZ, 40 | “It’s a concern. Bankstown is too far. It’s cutting costs but it’s risking lives.”ELIJAH PALE-PEREZ, 17 | “Spend now, save lives.”

BA LOC NGUYEN, 55 | “Closing the ambulance here is very bad. We’ve used ambulances for my father and mother. We need the ambulances close by.”

TRONG NHAN TRAN, 49 | “It wouldn’t bother me. My niece uses the ambulance all the time and they come and pick her up no problem. If there was an accident it could be different.”

CALVIN BOUTASKA, 16 | “I think they should leave it. Better for the people of Fairfield. If they stay here it will be quicker for the ambulance.”

OWEN ATKINSON, 62 | “I think it’s a load of shit. Then you gotta travel extra.”MAUREEN ATKINSON, 59 | “He had a heart attack, he’s got emphysema, You need ’em quick!”

KEVIN BOUTASKA, 46 | “Why are they doing it? Saving money for what? I haven’t used one recently but we need them handy, especially for old people.”

JESS THAI, 21 | “Taking longer to get here is a problem. Depends on where you live of course. Most people would be for keeping them here.”

UYEN PHAM, 37 | “I don’t live here but I travel to the region quite a lot. It could be a worry, I don’t know, but especially if you live in the areas surrounding Fairfield, even further away.”

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Nail-biting win for Donny

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Photo: Erika KarlssonDonnybrook Cricket Club took a big step forward towards getting their season back on track with a thrilling one-wicket win over the second placed Colts Cricket Club at the Bunbury Recreational Ground on Saturday.

After losing the toss and sent to field first the Dons welcomed back paceman Neil Robertson (2-21) after a three-week absence with the new ball.

It took the quick a few overs to find his rhythm again, but an early wicket seen him back to his best . At the other end Brad Swarbrick (2-29) took wickets in consecutive overs to have the home side in trouble early at3-44.

The fielding of the Dons was the highlight of their innings as they took a number of quality catches and also a run-out which stoppedColts building any momentum. Chris Morgan (1-12) was among the wicket takers with some outstanding fast bowling and young gun Joel Parker (3-25) returned with the best figures of the day with his off spin, ripping through the middle order to help bowl the home side out for just 122 runs.

The run chase couldn’t have started any worse for the Dons with James Harcourt (0) spooning one to mid wicket in the first over, and when Phil Welsh (1) and Norm Bedford (10) fell cheaply the modest total suddenly looked a mile away at 3 for 16.

Joel Parker and Wayne Clifford began the rebuild as they dug deep for their runs but when Parker was dismissed for 37 that sparked a middle order collapse for the Dons as they lost their next four wickets for just17 runs.

Tail-ender Morgan played his role beautifully holding up an end and allowed Clifford (38 not out) to score the runs;although he did give the opposition a number of opportunities in the field, none were taken,which proved to be the difference in the end as the hard hitting veteran hit the winning runs in the 33rd over to give the Dons a one-wicket win– their second of the season.

The Dons return home this week to host Dayellup Beach in what will be the last of the 50-over matches until next year.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

WALK A MILE: The Griffith Black and Whites have thrown their support behind ending domestic violence in the local community.Men of Griffith it is time to pull out your high heels.

For the third year in a row Griffith is poised to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes as the men of the community show they won’t accept violence against women.

The Soroptimist International organised event has met with success in the Griffith, as a community who knows well the pain domestic violence causes.

“Last year was our second year and we had 360 people who marched,” organiser Sheila Brady said.

“Sadly it was due in part to Stephanie Scott’s murder in Leeton and also Ms Penrith’s death the year before.

“This is the one big advocacy thing communities can do to get the message across that violence against women in any circumstance is not acceptable.”

For Mrs Brady the burgeoning community support is unsurprising in light ofthe devastating impact domestic violence has hadin the local community.

She said seeing so many men walk to show their support to ending violence against women sent a powerful message.

“It is an amazing sight,” she said.

“The whole idea of the march is men wearing heels and walking to say they will not commit violence against women and all of those men who are walking are sending out a message that there is no excuse for domestic violence and that in no circumstances will it be tolerated.”

”In the past next-door neighbours, family members and others in the community sometimes knew it was going on and turned a blind eye –what this march says is people are willing to speak up and tell the women in the community they will stand up for them and not accept violence.”

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will start in the carpark opposite Rossies Foodworks supermarket from 12pm –participants will walk to Memorial Park, and Mrs Brady emphasised all are welcome.

“It is just a male walk but when the men are brave enough to get out there and wear heels a lot of women wanted to support them and we do encourage that,” she said.

A sausage sizzle run by Griffith East Rotary following the marchwill raise money for the local women’s refuge.

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Olivia’s right on target

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Greta’s Olivia Erickson barely slept during August when she took in all of the shooting action from the Olympics in Rio.

The 14-year-old was keeping a close eye on Cessnock Pistol Club teammates Dan Repacholi and Blake Blackburn while her own Games dream was born.

AIM: Greta 14-year-old Olivia Erickson will represent the Australian junior shooting squad in Europe early next year. Picture: Josh Callinan.

“I would love to represent Australia at the Olympics,” Erickson said.

“Tokyo 2020 and 2024, wherever they may be, are definitely a goal for me.”

The year 8 student at All Saints College, St Joseph’s Campus, Lochinvar, will take her first step towards that target in January when she travels to Europe for various events with the Australian under-21 squad.

Erickson will don the green and gold uniform in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany as part of a three-week tour with the national junior team.

And it comes less than 12 months since officially taking up the sport.

“It’s all happened veryquickly, but I’m so happy to be selected,” she said.

Erickson has been under the guidance of national head coach VladimirGaliabovitch and closer to home Steve Blackburn, father of recent Olympic debutant Blake.

She was first in the junior women’s 10 metre air pistol at the state championships in Sydney in October with a personal best score of 371.

And earlier this month she went up in grade to open competition at the International Grand Prix event in Sydney and finishedthird in the 25m sport pistol and fourth in the 10m air pistol.

Two major 2018 events also on the horizon are the Youth Olympics in Argentina and theCommonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

TARGET: Olivia Erickson lines one up at Cessnock Pistol Club. Picture: Josh Callinan.

* FELLOW All Saints College student – Amelia Hodgson from St Peter’s, Maitland –has earned selection in the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges water polo squad for next year’s state trial.

* NEWCASTLE teenage trio Yasmin Skene, Kiahni Abell and Tayla Hull have been picked in the Australian women’s floorball team to contest the Asian-Oceanic Championships in Wellington early next year.

* AND Maitland-Tenambit BMX Club, including recent junior plate winners from the NSW and Victorian state titles, will take part in a charity event on their home track this Saturday.

The 12-hour ride-a-thon will help raise funds for injured Australian representative Sam Willoughby.

15 per cent backpacker tax compromise

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Treasurer Scott Morrison. Pic: Stefan Postles/Getty ImagesFEDERAL Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced support for a compromised 15 per cent backpacker tax that he’s hopeful will pass federal parliament this week during the final sitting week of 2016.

The tax will revert to 32.5pc if the parliament is unable to resolve the matter this week causing further upheaval in the agriculture sector amid concerns about the ongoing loss of critical, seasonal overseas workers.

Mr Morrison said he hoped the backpacker tax issue would be resolved as soon as today and expressed gratitude for the support of SA Senator Nick Xenophon and Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch, while adding he was now waiting for One Nation’s response.

He also pointed to the pragmatic input of SA rural Liberal MP Tony Pasin and other crossbench Senators and members who had worked “passionately” with the government to find a solution.

But he was scathing of the Labor party for “blowing up” the issue and the federal budget with the government’s 15pc compromise, from its original position of 19pc, set to cost the budget $120m.

“This matter has gone through needless difficulty because of the bloody mindlessness and the political game playing of the Labor party which we see writ large every single day,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s not an opposition committed to actually helping people in rural and regional Australia or in areas that are deeply affected by changes taking place in our economy.

“It’s just an opposition led by a phoney who wants to cause havoc, on every single occasion.

Mr Morrison said the government had been listening to members who’ve been working with the government on the backpacker tax issue which the farm sector opposed increasing to 32.5pc.

The increase was deferred to January 1, during the federal election campaign pending a cross-departmental review.

Mr Morrison said he didn’t think anyone would be disappointed with the 15pc outcome.

But he said the federal parliament would now have a $120 million bill to deal with, as a result of making this change “and that is something I expect the Labor party to come to terms with”.

“Every time they engage in this bloody mindedness and political games with the budget they put our AAA credit rating at risk,” he said of the ALP.

“The villains in this process once again are a wrecking Labor party.

“The villain in this, the phoney in this is Bill Shorten and the Labor party who are quite happy just to blow up the show, blow up the budget on every single occasion, without any regard to the impact that has on hard working Australians every single day.

“The Labor party should be ashamed of themselves.”

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomed Mr Morrison’s comments that the government had agreed to a compromise with a 15pc backpacker tax.

NFF CEO Tony Mahar said it had been a painful process but expressed gratitude a 15pc compromise rate had been reached.

“The NFF back to the Colbeck Review said that a rate between 15pc to 19pc was a fair one that would attract backpackers to the sector and be comparable with rates paid to Australian workers,” he said.

“We now ask that the Senate expedite passage of the relevant legislation to provide the long needed certainty to the sector and allow businesses to start rebuilding backpacker interest in on-farm jobs.

“In time we hope that lessons are learned so that the farm sector is never compromised in this way ever again.”

Last week the government’s original proposal to lower the tax rate to 19pc was cut to 10.5pc after amendments passed the Senate with Labor’s support and crossbenchers.

But the 19pc rate was restored after the legislation returned to the Lower House.

WA Liberal Senator Chris Back said the backpacker tax issue should have been resolved long before this final sitting week of parliament but was confident it would now be concluded.

Senator Back said the 10.5pc rate was “far too low” and there was no reason why Australian workers should be disadvantaged over overseas workers.

He said there was also no reason why backpackers should get a benefit over Australian workers on superannuation payments, simply for being non-residents.

No other country where backpackers would be likely to go and visit and work in like NZ, South Africa or Canada had an employer based superannuation scheme, he said.

“It’s essential the backpacker tax issue is resolved this week because we need to remove the uncertainty for the agriculture, horticulture, tourism, hospitality and fishing industries and I’m confident it will be resolved this week,” he said.

“The matter is back before the Senate again for reconsideration and if indeed there is no resolution by Thursday afternoon the default position is 32.5 cents in the dollar which would commence on the 1st of January next year.

“That would be bad for everyone and to be perfectly honest, it’s not beneficial to anybody involved in the process.

“We’ve come to rely so heavily on backpackers in each of those industries but I believe it can be resolved this week.”

Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said the government had not approached the opposition with any alternative to its 19pc backpacker tax and 15pc was not good for farmers.

“This is the government’s tax and is a problem of their own making and we believe 10.5 – the equivalent of the NZ headline rate – is the only way of restoring Australia’s international competitiveness in terms of backpackers,” he said.

“I think 15 per cent will be a bad result for Australian farmers.

“Treasury themselves admitted that 19 was no better than 32.5.

“If the government does come forward with an alternative proposal, it needs to demonstrate how that proposal restores our international competiveness.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the backpacker tax and other issues with the Murray Darling Basin Plan and APVMA’s relocation were all problems of the government’s own making with Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce the common factor.

“Barnaby Joyce shows time and time again he is prepared to put his own political interests ahead of the interests of the Australian community and in particular, Australia’s farmers,” he said.

Mr Morrison said finding the $120m was a process that would be worked through in MYEFO with announcements set to be made on December 19.

Asked whether Labor would support the 15pc rate he said it didn’t matter what they did now, “because they’ve already had their fun at the expense of the Australian taxpayers”.

“They have already had their fun at the uncertainty in rural and regional communities, and frankly the Labor Party can go and take a flying leap,” he said.

“If they wanted to be constructive about this issue they could have been, but they chose not to.

“They chose to play cynical, childish politics, but the government is the adult in the room and we’ve got together with some other adults in the room on our own side, particularly people like Tony Pasin and we have got together with the crossbench and we have been able to sort this issue out.

“But it will come as a cost to taxpayers, let’s not misunderstand that.

“What the Labor Party have done is they’ve said they want a lower rate of tax – remember, they were asking for 10.5 cents – they wanted a lower rate of tax for foreign workers and they wanted that to be paid for and it will have to be paid for, by Australian taxpayers.

“So, don’t give me all this rubbish from the Labor Party about standing up for Australian workers and Australian taxpayers – they have just given them a kick in the guts.

“Now, the government has sought to mitigate that impact and we will have to do more work as we go into MYEFO now to ensure that we can cover this off, but that’s my job, to make sure we work the budget, get outcomes and we move forward.”

Mr Morrison said the Labor Party had exactly the same position as the government on the backpacker tax at the last election and did not put forward 10.5 cents before it.

He said the opposition booked in their election budget the same revenue as the government did, saying that they would go through a six month process of consultation.

But Labor lost the election and they went through a six month process of “childish politics and wrecking” he said.

“Now, the government has sorted it out (and) that will be sorted out this week and we can just get on with it,” he said.

“I’m very confident that the backpacker tax will be sorted out.

“What I know is that Senator Xenophon is very committed to ensuring that this matter gets resolved.

“How that works its way through the Senate I will leave to my colleagues who understand the mysteries of the Senate far better than I do, as a mere humble Member of the House.

“But this is an important matter to be resolved this week.

“The Government has put forward our position on 15 cents, together with the package that I had arranged with Senator Xenophon and that means the issue can be squared away.”

The Land

Exciting time to sell the Gong

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

The Wollongong advantage. Picture: Greg Ellis.A new Wollongong Investor Prospectus has been launched at anInvest in the Wollongong Advantagelunch.

Wollongong City Council economic development manager Mark Grimson said the newInvestor Prospectus is available to shareathttps://issuu苏州美甲培训/wollongongcitycouncil/docs/advantage_wollongong_prospectusand the Advantage Wollongong team isavailable tohelppromote the city.

The prospectus includes many interesting facts such as in the last three years 60 new small bars and cafes have opened and Crown Street Mall is now home to Friday Forage Markets and Thursday’s Eat Street Markets that attract up to 8,000 people.

Meanwhile38 facades have been upgraded in the City Centre through Wollongong City Council’s Façade Rejuvenation Program.

Major development highlights listed includethe $200 million upgrade to Wollongong Central by GPT, the $120 million Wollongong Private Hospital, operated by Ramsey Health Care; and the $134 million expansion of the Wollongong Public Hospital.

The prospectus shows that while health, education, manufacturing, tourism and retail are the top employing sectors there are a number of emerging sectors such as knowledge services, advanced manufacturing, trade and logistics as well as defence.

Recent highlights includedPort Kembla opening up to tourismwith Royal Carribean’s Radiance of the Seas making its maiden voyage on October 30 and NEC Australia opening a new corporate office to create more than 130 new technology jobs in a city with a population forecast to grow by 20 per cent in the next 20 years.

Tourism now contributesmore than $1 billion into the local economy and attracts over five million visitors annually.

International overnight visitor numbers are up 45 per cent, domestic day trip visitors up 16 per cent and major events tourism generates $40 million annually.

Affordable living with the houseand units priced 35 to 40 per cent lass that the average price in Greater Sydney is cited as another Wollongong advantage and there is noshortage on development ready sites with 80,000m2 of DA approved commercial space presently available inthe city centre.

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Treasured banner on the move

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

RELOCATIONWHAT: Community banner celebration, display and talk.

WHEN:Sunday, December 4, 2pm.

WHERE:Daylesford Museum, 100 Vincent Street,Daylesford.

INQUIRIES:Daylesford & District Historical Society, 5348 7593.

TRADE FAIRWHAT: Christmas edition withmarketstalls, trade information, music, pop-up cafe andSanta.

WHEN: Sunday, December 11,10am-2pm.

WHERE: Yandoit Community Hall. Township Road,Yandoit

INQUIRIES: Liz Butler, 0414 525 074

CHRISTMAS SPIRITWHAT: In the Spirit of Christmas, with the Marigolds.

WHERE: Convent Gallery Chapel.

WHEN: December 4, 11.30am.

INQUIRIES: Gudrun, 5348 1547.

CAROLS TOURWHAT: Daylesford Community Brass Band tour.

WHERE: Around Hepburn and Daylesford.

WHEN: December 12 and 19.

OPEN MICWHAT: Open mic nights. Weekly prizes.

WHEN: Thursdays. Register by 7pm.

WHERE: Horvat’s Supper Club, Howe Street.


NEWLYN CAROLSWHAT: Newlyn and Dean community carols.

WHEN: Friday, December 2,7.45pm.

WHERE: Newlyn Community Sporting Complex.

INQUIRIES: 5345 7458.

TRADE FAIRWHAT: Christmas market – stalls, trade information, music, pop-up cafe and Santa.

WHEN: Sunday, December 11,10am-2pm.

WHERE: Yandoit Community Hall. Township Road.

INQUIRIES: 0414 525 074.

SPECIAL SERVICEWHAT: Ecumenical carols service.

WHEN: Saturday, December10,7.30pm.

WHERE: StJohn’s Anglican Church, Creswick.

INQUIRIES:5345 2060.

BUSH PLAYGROUPWHAT: Nature-based play, songs, stories, morning tea and a leisurely walk through the bush. Babies to pre-school age.

WHEN: Fridays, 9.30-11.30am.

WHERE: Wombat Forest (call for directions).

INQUIRIES: Jen Bray, 0428 330 640.

SPA QUILTERSWHEN: Thursdays, 11am-5pm.

WHERE: Holy Cross Hall, Daly Street, Daylesford.

INQUIRIES: Janet Blain, 5348 3365.

MEN’S SHEDWHAT: Clunes Men’s Shed.

WHEN: Wednesdays, 10am-12.30pm.

WHERE: Clunes Community Garden, 18 Alliance Street.

INQUIRIES: Vaughan Brown, 0419 430 250.

PLAYGROUPWHAT: Playgroup. Fun and socialising for littlies and their grown-ups.

WHEN: Thursdays throughoutschool terms,9.30-11.30am.

WHERE: Creswick Neighbourhood Centre’s Playscape Garden.

INQUIRIES: 5345 2356 or [email protected]论坛.


WHERE: Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre.

WHEN: Tuesdays,3.30-4.30pm.

INQUIRIES: Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre,5348 3569.

5000 CLUB LUNCHWHAT:Free, hot three course meal. Volunteers needed.

WHEN: Friday, noon to 1.30pm.

WHERE: Stanbridge Hall, Christ Church, Central Springs Road, Daylesford.

INQUIRIES: Loretta, 5348 4193.

BUSHWALKINGWHAT: Morning walks in Daylesford district. Reasonable level of fitness required. No charge.

WHEN: Fridays, 9am.

WHERE: Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre.

INQUIRIES: Ian, 5348 4283.

BOXING SESSIONWHAT: Boxing for young adults.

WHERE: The ARC, Daylesford.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 3.30-4.15pm.

INQUIRIES: Justine Pilgrim, 0417 056 687.

COMMUNITY YOGAWHAT: Daylesford Community Yoga.

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.20am to 10.45am.

WHERE: 5 Ninth Street, Hepburn, enter via Church Avenue.

COST: By donation. All proceeds to charity.

INQUIRIES: 5476 4350.

CANCER SUPPORTWHAT: Hepburn Shire Women’s Cancer Support Group.

WHEN: First Friday of each month at 2pm.

WHERE: The Cosmo, Trentham.

INQUIRIES: Gai Hovey, 5424 1655.

MEN’S SHEDWHAT: A space for men to socialise, learn new skills and undertake projects to benefit the community.

WHEN: Tuesdays,10am-3pm.

WHERE: Lake Road, Creswick.

INQUIRIES: Shane Richardson, Hepburn Health 5321 6578.

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Skating sensation

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

National talent: Blacktown teen Shiarna Tarasenko has been selected for the Australian under-18s ice hockey team, less than three years after switching to the sport. Picture: Isabella LettiniShiarna Tarasenko will achieve her dream of representing Australia.

A representative netballer throughout her youth, Shiarna, 15, made the switch to ice hockey less than three years ago and quickly caught the eye of national selectors.

The Blacktown teenager has been picked inthe Australian squad to play at the women’sunder-18 world championshipsqualification tournament in Spain in January.

“Ice hockeywas my opportunity to represent Australia,” Shiarna said.

“With netball, it’s really hard to represent the country but with ice hockey, it’s a much smaller sport so there was less competition to represent Australia.

“I just trained hard and once netball season was over, I put most of my time into hockey and then I made it.”

Interestingly, Shiarna said netball had helped with her ice hockey.

“Netball has helped with my fitness,” she said.

“I thought with netball I needed my fitness up but when I got into ice hockey and played an intense game, it was next level. And I sweat so much, my gear reeks!”

After shedabbled in figure skating in her youth at the former rink in Blacktown, Shiarna wasselected in the Sydney Sirens squad in the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey Leaguelast season, training with the team but not making her debut.

Shehad to wait untilthis season to get a start and scored her first goal in her debut game against the Adelaide Rush.

Shiarna’s proud mother Kylie said it was a big moment for the team.

“All the girls were crying, I don’t think there was one dry eye,” she said.

“They were all coming up to me after the game and hugging me saying‘oh my god, she got a goal’.They’re all behindShiarna 100 percentand they’re so good.”

The support doesn’t stop there she said, highlighting the work of Blacktown Flyers under-18 midgets coach Tony Turpeinen, who she said is like her “poppa in ice hockey” and asks her to play up in a higher grade.

Mr Turpeinenalso helped set up a GoFundMe page. Shiarna also wanted to thank Mr Turpeinen’s wife Sophie from Younique, George Madfouni from Master Windows, Eddie Safar from Safair and Jack from City Form who have all helped sponsor to help her take the opportunity.

“Without them, I don’t think I could have gone,” Shiarna said.

“It’s great to know I have that support behind me. It’s a pretty big opportunity and to miss it, I would have been pretty devastated.”

A year 10 student at Cerdon College in Merrylands, Shiarna accepted that she had to work hard at school or she would be pulled out of her sporting exploits.

It’s something that she will work hard to avoid.

“I just want to keep playing and keep my fitness up,” Shiarna said of her aims for the future.

“If it all happens well, it would be good to go overseas, go studyand play hockey.”

Community fundraiser gives a hand

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Wayne, with his children Ben and Emily, who are now aged in their 20s.It’s been a tough couple of years for long-time Great Lakes locals and business owners, Wayne and Leanne Anderson.

Partners and owners of Twin Towns Meats, the couple has been described as ‘two of the best’; ‘two of the most hardworking people you will ever come across’.

Like many small business owners, they work seven days a week and have not enjoyed a holiday in more than a decade.

Wayne has had a tough couple of years with his health to say the least.

He has just finished some very aggressive treatment and is now home and concentrating on his recovery.

Sadly, for the Andersons and their many customers, they have had to sell the business as Wayne has been unable to keep up with the demands of the shop.

Though he gave it his absolute best!

Wayne only gave up work few months back when his treatment became too intense.

These two locals are an inspiration to us all – such caring, positive and hardworking people who deserve the best.

They have been married for 24 years and have two amazing children Ben and Emily who grew up here in Forster and are now living and working in Newcastle.

Over the 28 years of living locally – 17 of those years owning Twin Towns Meats –the Andersonshave consistently supported numerous sporting groups, including the Forster Tuncurry Hawkes, junior rugby league, soccer clubs, lawn bowlsand the local schools.

We, as a community need to come together and help the locals who help locals!

Organisers have put together an outstanding package of great raffleprizes including fresh seafood, meat and vegetable trays, fishing tacke,and off-shore fishing charter, tickets on the Amaroo for dolphin watching, meal vouchers from local pubs and clubs, a beauty package and a signed soccer jersey by Harry Kewell

Please show your support and come down to the Bellevue Hotel this Saturday, December 3 from 2pm and enjoy a cold beer, buy a handful of tickets for the raffle or have a bid on the auction and sit back and enjoy the live music in the beer garden.

We are still seeking donations so if you want to lend a hand in this way please contact Simon or Haley at the Bellevue 6554 6577.

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