North bundled out

BRAGGINGrights from the inaugural Northern Inland Premier League All Stars match went to the Southern Conference after a 3-1 victory over their northern opponents at Doody Park on Saturday.
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TUMBLED OVER: Northern Conference’s Heath Milne outmuscles Southern Conference oppenent Ryan Searle on Saturday. Searle and his teammates would have the last laugh however, winning the match 3-1.

That match and the earlier Rising Stars game raised $3000 for Ronald McDonald House.

Southern Conference found themselves up 1-nil after only five minutes after a mistake at the back by the Northern Conference defence.

The match evened out after that early goal and mid-way through the opening half Northern Conference were pushing hard for an equaliser.

But South scored a goal against the run of play to go up 2-nil.

A Josh Quaife penalty just before the break reduced the deficit to one.

Northern Conference coach Andy Lennon thought his side had the upper hand in the second half, but they were unable to find an equaliser and pushed everyone forward in the dying minutes, allowing Southern Conference to nab a late goal for a 3-1 win.

“It was a little diapointing,” Lennon said.

“We didn’t start well, but once we settled in we didn’t look too bad.”

Lennon had nothing but praise for the new concept and believes it will be bigger and better in 2015. “The main thing about the day was to pit the best against the best and we did that,” he said.

“The boys loved the concept.

“To raise $3000 for Ronald McDonald House was great as well.”

Lennon thought 2014 golden boot winner Jake Davies was close to the best on the park and was also impressed with midfielders Rhys Andrews and Willow Grieves as well as back Brendan Hatte.

The Rising Stars match finished at 1-all after Callan Macgregor scored in the dying seconds for Northern Conference. “It was a good game,” Northern Conference coach Mark Gwynne said.

“It was a very entertaining game.”

Southern Conference scored from a free kick deflection in the first half.

Northern Conference had plenty of chances to equalise throughout the match, but were unable to hit the back of the net until Macgregor finished off a beautiful Naran Singh through ball in the final minutes.

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New look for Tamworth in Country Cup

AN ENGLISHMAN, a miner and teenage spinner are the new faces in Tamworth’s Country Cup team to tackle a Newcastle adversary first up in Sunday’s Country Cup clash at Tamworth’s No 1 Oval.
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Adam Jones plays a back foot drive for his Bective-East side against South Tamworth and wicketkeeper Tom Groth. The pair will be united in the Tamworth side on Sunday for a Country Cup clash with Toronto, with Groth to skipper the side. hoto: Geoff O’Neill 191014GOF03

Tamworth selectors named one of North Tamworth’s two English recruits, Adam Mansfield, in their side to play Toronto on Sunday as well as Boggabri-based miner Brad Jenkinson and young Old Boys spinner WillChesterfield.

Mansfield was in sparkling form with the bat and gloves in Sunday’s War Veterans Cup run chase against Namoi at No 1 Oval.

He struck a fine 45, including some spanking off drives against left-arm Gunnedah seamer Troy Sands.

He and Redback teammate Kris Halloran (75) added 105 for the fourth wicket on a dying wicket to snare North Tamworth a six wicket win and a War Veterans Cup semi-final berth.

With Halloran playing for Gwydir in the Country Plate and Connolly Cup, it enables Mansfield to fill his spot in the Tamworth top order.

“He’s been pretty exciting so far,” said Tamworth selector and fellow top order batsman Adam Jones of the English Redback.

“He hasn’t missed out yet with the bat – he’s scored two or three 40s and a half century in the trial we had.

“He’s earned a spot in the top order and will open the batting with Simon (Norvill).

“That’s a pretty exciting pairing too.

“Adam’s got a pretty tight defensive technique too and I think he and Simon will make a very good opening partnership – I think they’ll be the perfect fit.”

Jenkinson, who plays with Jones at Bective-East, has made an immediate impression on his Bulls teammates with both bat and ball.

He took wickets and scored runs for the Bulls in their two WVC wins on the weekend and will form a four-man pace attack with Angus McNeill, Jack McVey and left-armer Col Smyth.

That leaves Chesterfield as the main spin option, with James Psarakis and Michael Rixon also quite capable of bowling tight off-spin.

“Will’s in good form and been doing all the right things,” Jones added.

“Last year he was one reason why Old Boys won the first grade premiership and has shown that talent all the way through the juniors as a 15 and 16-year-old.

“He is our main spin option but Jimmie and Ricko are also handy.

“This is the best-balanced Tamworth side I’ve seen for a while.”

Tamworth selectors have also come up with a strong Second XI to play Armidale in their Country Shield clash in Armidale on Sunday.

Matt Everett, Will Howard and English teenager Jack Beaumont drop back from the Tamworth First XI squad to bolster a side to be captained by Ben Middlebrook and containing the likes of Aaron Hazlewood and Adam Lole.

Hazlewood and Lole have been long- term members of the First XI and the pair of left-handers ensure there is a strong batting lineup, with Everett in the top order with Middlebrook.

“It was hard on Matt but we couldn’t fit him in with Grothy to keep and Adam his backup,” Jones said.

“With Ben to captain the side, Matty can concentrate on his keeping and batting.

“Will (Howard) just missed out as well and he and Jack (Beaumont) will be very handy in the bowling.

“It’s a very good side too.”

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‘It was definitely satisfying’: Kate Pulbrook looks back on undefeated national hockey title with NSW

ORANGE BORN AND BRED: Eva Reith-Snare (left) and Kate Pulbrook (right) with Edwina and Meredith Bone in Brisbane two weekends ago.AFTER the Hockey Australia Under 13s Girls’ National Championships in Brisbane earlier this month, Hockey NSW western region coaching coordinator Kate Pulbrook has found herself boasting a forgotten sporting success story.
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It’s become common knowledge Orange guns Bailey Ferguson and Eva Reith-Snare were a part of their respective boys’ and girls’ undefeated national title winning NSW teams.

However, few are aware Pulbrook coached the girls’ side to the championship – in her first crack at the job. Despite having a wealth of coaching experience, Pulbrook acknowledged mentoring a young side at the national level presented a welcome challenge, which turned into a wonderful success story.

“It was definitely satisfying,” Pulbrook said.

“The girls did an incredible job. [Winning] was definitely an aim, but with a group of girls from all over the state you never really know.”

Pulbrook’s side’s title was NSW’s second in as many years, and the sky blues’ mentor said the expectation from outside and within the camp posed a problem for her side, one the players dealt with exceptionally.

“There was a bit of expectation,” she said.

“In fact, the girls who played last year had that expectation on themselves for this year, so we had to try and get them to just focus on our game rather than that, which they did well.”

NSW won nine of its 11 games and drew the other two to secure the title, and had the added advantage of being able to learn from, and mingle with, several Australian Hockey League (AHL) teams.

Pulbrook said she had personally made a huge effort to watch the ACT Strikers’ games, to have the chance to watch and catch up with Orange’s Edwina and Meredith Bone.

“Yeah that was great, the NSW AHL came and worked with our under 13s, and I’m sure they learned plenty,” Pulbrook said.

“We had pool sessions, and some of them answered questions for the girls if they asked. It was great.

“And I’m pretty good friends with Eddie and Mere (Bone) so we caught up with them and always made sure to watch their games. More for me, but Eva knows they’re from Orange and wanted to see them in action.”

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A winning start

PLAYED AWAY: Tim Hartshorn, pictured here batting last week, captained Batemans Bay to its first win of the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association season.BATEMANS Bay Cricket Club’s first grade side eroded last season’s finishing faults to upset Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen at Hayden Drexel Oval, Worrigee on Saturday.
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The Bay made a great start, hitting 265 in their first innings last week, leaving the home side with plenty of runs to chase.

Ex-Servicemen’s were on the back foot early, with opener Chris Bramley absent and unable to resume his innings from last week.

Shoalhaven then lost early wickets, with Paul Britt dismissing Brett Jones for a duck, and Tim Sethi removing skipper Mat Ganderton for 11.

Sam Stewart (14) was the only other player in the top order to reach double figures, as Shoalhaven slumped to 7/40.

Aaron Van Essen (27) added some runs late in the piece, but the damage had already been done.

Marc Stiller, David West and Luke Condon each dismissed a lower order batsmen and Shoalhaven was bowled out for 70.

Sethi (4/8) was the pick of the bowlers for Batemans Bay, while Britt bowled well with figures of 2/15.

Sethi’s accurate medium pace deliveries troubled the batsmen as he constantly made them play.

“He put it in very good areas, particularly with the pitch doing a little,” Batemans Bay captain Tim Hartshorn said.

“He put the ball in a position where they had to play which made a big difference.”

Batemans Bay had a 195-run lead and decided to enforce the follow on, but there was a lot more resistance from the home side in its second dig.

Blake Morris (23) and Stewart (18) made some starts at the top of the order, while Josh Jones (51) displayed some big hitting, with three sixes on his way to a half-century.

Shoalhaven batted out the rest of the day, reaching 5/109 before the close of play, giving Batemans Bay first innings points.

Marc Stiller (3/13) was the best of the bowlers in the second innings and was unlucky not to remove a batsman who played and missed several times in one of his spells.

The win was a big turnaround for Batemans Bay, after they struggled in their first season in the Shoalhaven last year.

Hartshorn was impressed by the Bay’s ability to finish off its opponent, especially with new addition, Ryan Chamberlain, unable to bowl due to a side strain

“It’s a good start to the season knowing we have enough firepower to bowl sides out,” Hartshorn said.

Hartshorn highlighted Stiller’s consistency and low economy rate – 24 runs from 23 overs – which helped his side build pressure.

“He bowled exceptionally well and in one particular second innings spell he made a batsman miss numerous times,” he said.

Batemans Bay’s first grade team has a bye next weekend before a two-day match against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads on November 1 and 2.

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Nature Coast stars in whale of a trip

GREAT LEAP FORWARD: A humpback calf shows what it is made of at Merimbula in 2012. Picture: WAYNE REYNOLDS.GeoffRoss will have a ringside seat as whales ply the Eurobodalla coastline this season.
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The scientist sets sail next week from Sydney aboard the HM Bark Endeavour Replica, bound for the Far South Coast and an annual festival of all things hugely marine.

The replica of the HMS Endeavour, which was commanded by Lieutenant James Cook, will be a major attraction at the Eden Whale Festival.

Mr Ross, a National Parks and Wildlife Services whale and dolphin expert will join the crew on the once-in-a-lifetime five-day voyage.

“This is a joint venture with National Parks and the Australian National Maritime Museum and it’s going to be exciting,” Mr Ross said.

“This replica will be just like the ancient whaling vessels that once visited the region,” he said.

However the ship hands have swapped harpoons for cameras.

“Instead of hunting whales, we will be watching them and shooting photos,” Mr Ross said.

Built in 1988 for Australia’s Bicentennial, the ships masts and spars carry 28 sails spanning approximately 3048 metres.

Mr Ross said he would be thrilled to see a glimpse of how sailors’ lives were during Cook’s world voyage of 1768 to 1771.

“I’m excited about being on the replica of the 18th century ship,” he said.

“Sleeping conditions will be just like they were when Cook sailed, with hammocks and all,” he said

“There is other accommodation, called supernumerary, for those who don’t want to be part of the crew.

“They get a single cabin and get to relax in the Great Cabin, just as Cook himself would have done.

“I will teach people about marine mammals and help them identify sea birds.

“We will climb the mast and watch the humpback northern whale migration in the Pacific Ocean.

“It should be a once in a lifetime experience.”

In port, festival patrons can board the famous replica and explore the ship’s mess deck – where sailors lived and ate their meals – including the large fire-hearth (stove).

They can also glance around the Great Cabin where botanist Joseph Banks and his scientists worked and documented their botanical specimens.

The expedition leaves Sydney on Monday, October 27 and arrives in Eden on October 31.

The ship departs Eden on November 3, arriving in Sydney on November 7.

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Suspended jail sentence follows Moruya car chase

A Moruyaman who led police on a car chase in August was handed an 18-month suspended jail sentence when he appeared in Moruya Local Court this month.
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Anthony Craig Pittman, 34, of Costin Street, pleaded guilty to driving recklessly and speeding and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended licence.

Police facts tendered to the court on October 10 stated officers saw Pittman driving out of Woodbridge Avenue, Moruya, at 10.05pm, August 16.

Police said they followed him into Bergalia Street intending to stop him for a random breath test.

While in a 50km/h zone, Pittman accelerated to an estimated speed of 100km/h after going through the intersection of Bergalia and Francis Street.

He turned left onto the Princes Highway where he again accelerated and drove over the roundabout at the intersection of South Head Road.

The police pursued him until he spun his car 270 degrees at the roundabout at the intersection of Vulcan and Campbell Streets.

He got out of the car and ran, but police said he was found crouching in a garden bed.

Before arresting Pittman, police asked him why he didn’t stop for them, and he replied “because I don’t have a licence”.

He had been driving while his licence had been suspended from July 30 to October 29 for being an unaccompanied learner driver.

The court heard Pittman had a poor driving record, but other than these matters, had not offended since 2008.

“Your record has come back to haunt you,” Magistrate Doug Dick said.

“I need to protect other road users.”

Pittman was convicted on both charges, fined a total of $1500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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Councils see red in vote to head off budget black hole

The peak body for NSW councils has resolved to lobby for the end of a measure it says will cause a $288 million funding hole across the sector in the next three years. The peak body for NSW councils has resolved to lobby for the end of a measure it says will cause a $288 million funding hole across the sector in the next three years.
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Councillors at the 2014 Local Government NSW (LGNSW) conference unanimously voted to lobby the federal government to abandon freezing the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants to councils.

In June Dubbo City Council estimated the measure would leave it more than $1.9 million worse off in the next four years.

Dubbo council has delegates at the conference, which on Monday considered motions from councils about the issue.

After the vote LGNSW president Keith Rhoades said councils were living the reality of the government’s budget decision not to index the important grants.

“The consequence of this funding freeze is a $288 million hole for the NSW local government sector – and our communities – over the next three years,” Cr Rhoades said.

“All NSW councils, both country and city, will feel the pinch, as shown by the 11 councils who submitted motions on this issue to the LGNSW Annual Conference, including the Blue Mountains, Blacktown, Randwick and Wakool.

“Financial Assistance Grants are extremely important as they are untied, which means they can be used for council services, facilities and infrastructure that the community deems to be most important – not as directed by the Australian government.

“They are also an essential part of councils’ revenue base, particularly as NSW councils are constrained from increasing their own source of revenue by rate-pegging.

“$288 million over three years will not drastically impact the Australian government, but it is a severe hit to individual councils, and even more so in country areas where they have extensive road networks and small rate bases.”

Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson and councillors Greg Mohr, Kevin Parker, Allan Smith and John Walkom are attending the conference on behalf of the council.

Dubbo councillors Greg Matthews and Ben Shields are also in attendance as board members of LGNSW.

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Top opera talent to hit the Dubbo stage

Pianist Julia de Plater, Joshua Rogers, Jessica Westcott, Joshua Oxley, Anna McDougall, Soonki Park and Deepka Ratra are part of the group that will sing at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club on November 2. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDEarly next month a group of Sydney Opera singers will converge on Dubbo, where they will perform musical hits and feature a local choir and two young local artists.
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The seven opera singers who have performed in Opera Australia productions, will take their Rising Stars Tour to Dubbo on Sunday, November 2.

Local talents Billie Palin and Nathan Byron will also be showcasing their creativity at the concert, which will be held at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club.

Dubbo South Public School administration manager Lindy Blekemore has also organised a choir to perform on the day.

Rising Stars manager Jessica Westcott, who is one of the seven opera singers, hails from Parkes and said after many years living and studying in Sydney she was excited about coming back to the country.

“I’m looking forward to performing in front of a home audience,” Ms Westcott said.

“When I was growing up there were not many places to perform or train. It will be great coming back to the country and helping regional kids.”

Before the performance takes place, the Rising Stars opera singers will conduct workshops for the local choir, as well as Billie and Nathan.

“We’ve been told by Ms Blekemore that the choir are really excited,” Ms Westcott said.

“We’ll be conducting performance-based games and giving them advice on how to work together as an ensemble.”

The concert will feature various acts from the Rising Stars opera singers, including performances from much loved broadway and musical hits, gospel songs and solo acts.

Tickets can be pre-purchased at the Dubbo RSL, or at the door.

An adult ticket costs $30, concession $25 and kids under 12 are free.

The performance will begin at 3pm on Sunday, November 3.

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Special delivery of birthing simulator at Orange hospital

SAFELY DELIVERED: Clinical midwifery consultant Cath Ryan and registered midwife Katie Taylor ‘deliver’ a newborn from the mother-baby simulator now used for training at Orange hospital. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1021simmum5SAFE deliveries for mothers and babies are at the forefront of new technology and training being undertaken at the Orange Health Service.
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A $60,000 advanced birthing simulator of a mother giving birth to a baby is now being used in the training of midwives, doctors, anaesthetists and other health professionals at the hospital.

Orange Health Service clinical midwifery educator Michelle Johnstonsaid the SimMom model was a fantastic tool for students and trainees to be exposed to a range of possible birthing situations in a realistic and safe environment.

A computer operated close to the simulator can program a range of changing situations in the condition of the mother and baby, providing practical experience for staff to practise their responses.

The life-like mannequin of full body size with baby in utero can stand, be supported by staff in a realistic birthing scenario and even kneel or lean on a bed.

Orange Health Service director of women’s health Dr Sachin Kotasthanesaid the SimMomwas an integral part of healthcare training

“This is a fundamental approach to improve patient safety and the safety for mothers,” Dr Kotasthane said.

“I’ve used a lot of simulation technology in the UK and have found that it’s the best way to learn – and it makes teaching easy.”

The simulator installed at Orange hospital is one of 25 across the state, joining those already installed in the major metropolitan teaching hospitals, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo.

The Orange simulator was provided by a $30,000 contribution from Orange Health Service, $15,000 from the Premi-Babes Association of Orange and $15,000 from the University of Sydney School of Rural Health.

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Girls’ Day Out goes swimmingly on the Clyde

Theypaddled in pink, they paddled as pirates and they paddled for a pretty fabulous cause – and the sun shone on Saturday for them.
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Alissia Jordan, Sharon Ball and Lorraine Ball.

Sharon Piert, of the Girls’ Day Out Paddle for Breast Cancer said organisers were “stoked” with Saturday’s fundraising event on the Clyde River.

They raised $6000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“We had 70 registered people enter, which is down by 20 people on last year, but that was because there was so much on, like Granite Town, Tough Mudder in Canberra and heaps of other stuff,” she said.

“However the $6000 we raised, all of which will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, was only $500 down on last year.

“We had our first stand up paddlers, four of them, and we would like to thank the Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club for looking after us.”

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Essential Energy hits back at claims of citywide defects

Essential Energy yesterday refuted claims one in six of Dubbo’s street lights were faulty, saying only three reported defects were yet outstanding in the city.
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Essential Energy Regional Manager Northern, Ben Williams, said Essential Energy was responsible for the maintenance of about 145,000 street lights within 100 councils in NSW.

Mr Williams said Essential Energy accepted public lighting services at Dubbo had previously been unacceptable. A full patrol of street lights was undertaken in July and Essential Energy has since worked to repair identified faults.

The NSW Public Lighting Code requires street lights to be fixed within eight days.

Essential Energy has developed a Public Lighting Management Plan and their response time currently fell well within the required limits, Mr Williams said.

“The average time taken to repair a reported faulty street light in Essential Energy’s network area is 3.2 days,” he said.

Mr Williams said there were currently three outstanding street light defects that had been reported at Dubbo.

Essential Energy encourages residents to report street light faults on 13 23 91 or by visiting www.essentialenergy南京夜网.au to ensure they are fixed as quickly as possible.

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Meeting to discuss risks posed by rare earth mining

A MEETING will take place tomorrow night to discuss what organisers say are the radioactive risks of mining at the proposed Toongi rare earth mine. A MEETING will take place tomorrow night to discuss what organisers say are the radioactive risks of mining at the proposed Toongi rare earth mine.
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The meeting has been organised by Uranium Free NSW, an organisation that has grave concerns about Alkane Resources’ Dubbo Zirconia project, which received conditional approval last month.

If the mine was approved for production, organisers say, radioactive uranium and thorium would be extracted along with rare earths.

They remain concerned Alkane Resources lodged an expression of interest and was then invited to apply for a uranium exploration licence, despite the company stating it had no intention to mine uranium and lodged the expression of interest to protect its own interest in the Dubbo Zirconia Project.

Uranium mining remains banned in NSW but the Toongi area was thought to contain one of the state’s largest deposits of the substance, according to Uranium Free NSW.

Those lined up to speak at the meeting included Dr Gavin Mudd, an environmental engineer specialising in the mining sector, campaigner on rare earths and the impacts of radiation on health Natalie Lowrey and Central West Environment Council spokesperson Bev Smiles.

Uranium Free NSW spokesperson Kerry Laws said uranium posed risks to human health, water and the environment, and increased exposure to workers or local communities could lead to cancers, birth defects, stillbirths and genetic mutations.

“Before the go-ahead is given to an open-cut rare earths mine at Toongi, local residents need to consider the impacts of radioactive particles and gases blowing over the central west for the next 20 to 80 years,” she said.

Bev Smiles from the Central West Environment Council said people in central west NSW were concerned the NSW government had targeted the area to open up uranium mining in the state.

She described the mine as “a foot in the door that will expose the people, their water sources and the environment to the risks of radioactive contamination”.

Speaker Natalie Lowrey said the radioactive and toxic substances released into the environment in rare earth processing and refining were a serious concern.

“Radioactive materials, in particular, cannot be seen, they cannot be touched and cannot be smelt,” she said.

“The smallest dose has the potential to cause risks to human health.”

Alkane Resources managing director Ian Chalmers said he was aware of the meeting but had not been invited to attend.

It will take place at the Western Plains Cultural Centre on Thursday at 6pm.

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Central Gippsland upsets GCL premier

TRARALGON and Central Gippsland made winning starts to their Gippsland Cricket League campaigns at the weekend.
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The Tornados breezed past Warragul in a low-scoring affair, while Central Gippsland scored a surprise victory over Sale-Maffra.


Central Gippsland caused the big upset of round one by defeating last year’s premier Sale-Maffra.

The underdog went in without stars Rhys Holdsworth and Andrew Philip, who were trialling for Victoria Country, but managed a memorable heist in their absence.

Acting captain and veteran Anthony Bloomfield won the toss at Bundalaguah and proceeded to bat first.

Bloomfield peeled off a fine 55 at the top of the order and received great support from Daniel Siddle (30) and Fraser Smith (30) as the visitor finished with a competitive 9/167 from its 50 overs.

Rohan Diamond was Sale-Maffra’s best bowler with 3/14.

Sale-Maffra struggled with the run chase, but new skipper Jack Tatterson (43) stood up to the plate along with Josh Rurahwe (32).

The premier only lasted 40 overs and was dismissed for 143.

Tim Dowe (3/34), Chris Johnson (2/21) and Mitchell Cowell (2/28) starred with the ball for the unexpected victors.


Warragul elected to bat first at the picturesque Hallora Recreation Reserve but lived to regret the decision as the side collapsed to be all out for a miserable 89 off only 39.2 overs.

Trevor Gardiner (21) top scored for the home team, while Ben Julin was outstanding for Traralgon, capturing 5/25 off 8.2 overs.

He received great assistance from Todd Mann, skipper Michael Warne and Matt Golding.

Traralgon was able to reach the low target comfortably, losing five wickets along the way.

Jordan Gilmore steered his team to victory with an excellent 41 not out and Traralgon closed at 5/93.

Aaron Fawcett (3/37) was the stand out with the ball for Warragul.


Bairnsdale won the toss at Lucknow and decided to bat.

Prolific GCL batsman Ray Stevens notched a handy 51 and was well supported by Rohan Blanford, who contributed a valuable 47.

Bairnsdale finished with 180 off 49.1 overs.

Tim Wightman (3/28), Alan Jenkins (2/18) and Shane Dole (2/34) were best with the ball for Leongatha.

In reply Leongatha was cruising at 1/74, but collapsed to be all out for 118.

Only Thomas Wyatt (40) and Jason Wilson (25) could make any impression with the bat for the visitors.

Fine bowling from Nick Davies (3/12), Dion Holden (3/15) and skipper Marcus Latham (2/20) sealed the victory for last year’s runner up.

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