Globe-trotting adventure

Kelly Krusic (pictured at Wimbledon) will officiate in her own backyard at the Traralgon ATP Challenger.GIPPSLAND school teacher Kelly Krusic has made a life travelling the world tennis circuit, without even lifting a racquet.
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Krusic will be officiating during the Traralgon ATP Challenger 2 in November – just another stop on her tennis world tour.

The Sale-based teacher has officiated at tournaments across the globe, including the French Open, United States Open and the home of tennis, Wimbledon.

Despite her exposure to the international scene, Krusic said she always looked forward to coming home and working at regional events that brought the community together.

“It’s great to give something back to the sport, and players come from all over the world for these events so it’s exciting to get back to my roots where it all began,” Krusic said.

“It makes a great part time job while at university, and we are so lucky to be able to work at the Australian Open in our own back yard.”

Krusic started her career in tennis as a ball girl at the Australian Open in 1999 before volunteering in 2003 at Tennis Victoria when she met the officials and decided to give it a go herself.

Her ultimate goal is to umpire the women’s final at the Australian Open.

Tennis Australia officiating development coordinator Sof Megas said watching regional officials transition from local events to working at the Australian Open was a rewarding experience.

“It’s such an incredible opportunity to work at the highest level of a sport. We are so fortunate to have talented Victorian officials who represent us on the global stage,” Megas said.

Traralgon Tennis Association manager Susie Grumley, who has been heavily involved in the Challenger circuit since it came to the region last year, said it was beneficial to have high quality officials in Gippsland.

“It’s great for the quality of our tournaments here to have the support of local officials. We have so many great events here at the Traralgon Tennis Complex, and it’s great to see the community get involved at all levels,” she said.

Tennis Australia will offer locals the chance to be on court with some of Australia’s best players, with a training course in Traralgon on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.

The course is free and registration forms will be provided on the day along with details for practical development leading up to the Bendigo Pro Tour.

For more information and to sign up, visitwww.tennis南京夜网.au/officials or phone Sof Megas on 0411 762 410 or [email protected]南京夜网.au

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Making a splash to start the season

BACK FOR MORE: Samantha Pett returned to rowing for the first time in half a year for the season launch on Saturday on a successful day for Bathurst rowers. 083113psamTHE Central Tablelands Rowing Club started the 2014-15 season in perfect fashion at Penrith on Saturday, recording a number of standout efforts in the club’s first major regatta since the winter spell.
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A team of 11 rowers went to the International Regatta Centre to race in the Rowing NSW season launch, the Spring Regatta.

The Central Tablelands Rowing Club group took part in singles, doubles and quads sculls racing and picked up three wins to do their coaches and support group proud.

Georgie Shiels took a win in the women’s novice single scull and clubmate Kayla Pett was in second, and that was followed by Ben Le Breton winning division four of the men’s D grade single scull.

Morgan Brooking was another winner, taking out division five of the men’s D grade singles.

Among the other eye-catching efforts was Ashleigh Brooking, who posted a personal best of four minutes, seven seconds in finishing second in the women’s D grade singles.

Club star Samantha Pett also returned to the water after a six-month lay-off due to a serious shoulder injury.

She picked up second in the women’s C grade single sculls second division.

Among the other placings were Ashleigh Brooking, with second in a division three women’s single sculls race.

Daniel Madden was second in the men’s D grade division one singles. Aaron Simmons and Nick Le Breton finished second and fourth respectively in division three.

Jackson Riley was another placegetter in D grade.

The team of Morgan Brooking, Nick and Ben Le Breton and Aaron Simmons were fourth in the men’s D grade coxless fours.

A team of Nick Le Breton and Simmons was fourth in the men’s D grade division two doubles, and Ben Le Breton and Morgan Brooking were third in division three.

“Most of them trained throughout the winter and went in a few Winter Series regattas, but they were generally for the novice rowers and not so much the more experienced ones,” club coach Joe Martin said.

“A few of them competed at a meet a couple of weeks ago at Nepean. I couldn’t have been more pleased with how they all went on the weekend, though – the results were outstanding.

“Samantha Pett was out of action for about six months and had surgery on her shoulder, but she looks like she is back and ready to go.

“Next up for us is the Hunter Valley Grammar School Regatta on Saturday week and that will be followed by another meet the following day. It will be a busy weekend.”

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Students assist in Compassion Shield

CAN COLLECTION: Pictured with cans collected, from left, Hayden Materne, Margaret O’Brien and Anne Roenfeldt (Lutheran Care), Brittny Connaughton (Nuriootpa High teacher), Nina Sims and Rachael Golder.Term three this year saw an enthusiastic cohort of year eight students from Nuriootpa High School engage in a new initiative during their extracurricular activities (ECA).
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Over a two week period late last term students from all year eight home groups (nine classes) had a chance to give back to the community by donating cans to the local Lutheran Community Care in the Barossa.

Every week staff and volunteers and Lutheran Community Care meet with individual and families struggling to meet their financial commitments.

This project has been part of the Compassion Shield that has started this year.

The students accepted the challenge and starting bringing in numerous amounts of cans each day.

A total of 345 cans were donated by just the year eight students in the school which is an amazing effort to all involved. Food donations will go byhelp people who are struggling to put food on the table.

With Christmas around the corner this gesture has been a tremendous help.

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Broulee surges toward Thursday ladies’ finals

GAME ON: Bay Breeze’s Jeanette Sinclair and Debbie Bellette and Broulee’s Marilyn Viljoen and Marie Barritt-Eyles.ONLY two weeks remain before the Eurobodalla District Tennis Association’s Thursday ladies’ competition finals begin.
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Committee member Tricia Wheeler praised the effort of reserves who filled in last week and players who stepped up grades.

In division one, Bay Rockets defeated Tomakin 2 5/44 to 3/23, Tomakin 1 defeated Narooma 1 6/47 to 2/34 and Moruya/Tuross defeated Narooma 2 5/39 to 3/27.

In division two, Broulee picked apart Bay Breeze to win 7/43 to 1/20, Bay Beatles defeated Tomakin 6/45 to 2/30 and Moruya defeated Bay Breakers 6/41 to 2/24.

In division three Bay Dolphins defeated Dalmeny 5/39 to 3/33 Tuross defeated Moruya 6/46 to 2/21 and Tomakin had a bye.

Progressive scores as of October 16:

Division one: Bay Rockets 92, Tomakin 1 83, Moruya/Tuross 68.5, Tomakin 2 66, Narooma 2 41 and Narooma 1 39.5.

Division two: Broulee 86, Moruya 73, Bay Beatles 65, Tomakin 57, Bay Breeze 56 and Bay Breakers 53.

Division three: Tomakin 3 67.5, Tuross 52, Dalmeny 2 49.5, Moruya 48 and Bay Dolphins 36.5.

The Thursday ladies’ presentation night will be held on December 4.

The theme is Alice in Wonderland.

“Looking forward to seeing some interesting characters,” Wheeler said.

Tickets will be on sale at the finals.

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Kapunda Show is ready

Yard dog challenge. The Kapunda and Light Agricultural Society is excited to celebrate its up-coming 157th annual Kapunda Show on the first weekend of November at the Harness Racing Club venue.
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The committee has been working hard throughout the year to put together a program of events for the whole family to enjoy.

The show jumping program runs over three days, beginning Friday, October 31 and finishes on Sunday, November 2. Horses in Action, including hacks, harness, tiny tots and the thoroughbred ‘Off the Track’ series, will run on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 and the public is invited to watch the horses. The main show day is Saturday, November 1 and is an affordable, fun day out.

The pavillion will be filled with baking, fruit and vegetables, wool, agricultural produce, photography, art, cut flowers and much more.

Entries for most sections can be lodged until Wednesday, October 29 and the show book can be downloaded from kapundashow.org.au or at shops around Kapunda.

The official opening will be at noon, with patrons Andrew Morphett and Peter Hayward of Anlaby Station, with the presentation of the Rural and Young Rural Ambassadors and performances by local school choirs.

There will be a number of activities for the kids, including, free showbag trail, storytelling sessions, performances by Cool 4 Kids and the Kid’s Corner including mosaics and Playdough and a jumping castle. For adults, the show will have an outdoor bar area overlooking the arena with live music from Mac Hales.

The bucking bull will be running from 10am – 4pm and the arena will feature the yard dog challenge throughout the day.

Registration is open of teams of four (18-years-old and over) for the young farmer challenge, a relay of farm skills and fun activities for the crowd to enjoy and where the winning team will be awarded a prize of $200.

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Bay sailors under the starter’s gun

HIGH SEAS: Wishful Thinking, skippered by Andrew Bain, was the first home of the three Adams 10.6s.A MODERATE nor’east sea breeze greeted the Batemans Bay Sailing Club’s keel boat fleet at the start of the racing season.
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Under fair skies 10 yachts crossed the starting line of the Bay Cup race, held over new courses to test all points of sailing.

It was also the first race test for Accolade’s new rig, fitted earlier in the month.

Skippered by Matt Craig, the Adams 10.6 proved to be on the pace straight away against Andrew Bain’s sister ship, Wishful Thinking, the current club champion yacht.

Jim Levy’s Farr 9.2 Ghoster was back in racing action after a couple of seasons in absentia.

The two S80s had new skippers, John Drummond on Hotspur and Tony Sutton on Avior.

In the battle between the three Adams 10.6s, Wishful Thinking beat Accolade over the line by 45 seconds, followed by Simon Byrne’s Attitude eight minutes later.

Apostrophe’s skipper Tim Davis, who had to tow Accolade out of the marina when the engine wouldn’t start, steered his Bakewell White 36 to fourth ahead of Avior, James Gardiner’s Xanthia, Hotspur and Ghoster.

Two boats didn’t finish the course.

On performance handicap, Attitude turned the tables on Wishful Thinking and Accolade.

On AMS calculations Wishful Thinking pipped Accolade, by two seconds, and Avior.

Batemans Bay Sailing Club’s Try Sailing Day will be held on October 26 at Batemans Bay Marina.

Sailing captain Lachlan Brown says the public is welcome to find out what the sailing club does, have a look over some of the boats and go for a sail from 10am to 4pm.

“Sailing is a sport for all ages, budgets and skill levels,” he said.

“Several club yacht skippers are on the lookout for additional crew members and new sailors are always welcome in either the Batemans Bay-based yacht fleet or the off-the-beach fleet which races at Coila Lake at Tuross Head.”

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Fresh skills for Southern selection

UNITED TEAM: Southern’s SAP under 11s team (back, from left) Jacob Zerafa, Keegan Kulcsar, Nick Boom, Tully Dennis and Jayden Kerr, (front) Josh Sanders, Adam Brennan, Harrison Hage, Henry Whatman and Charles Whatman.THE Southern Branch Football Club’s Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) trials continue on October 26.
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The trials will be held at the South Nowra Football Com-plex for under 9s to 11s, boys and girls, from the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Far South Coast.

The under 9s kick off at 9am, under 10s at 10.30am and under 11s at noon.

Southern Branch and 29 other associations are involved in the program.

Players train two to three days a week with experienced and qualified coaches and play 18 games over a 40-week period.

Southern Branch’s coaching and development manager Matthew Shepherd said the program enabled players to learn the skills of the game while being exposed to the best level of competition in NSW.

“The program is focused around the four core technical football skills of one versus one, striking the ball, running with the ball and first touch, as well as functional game skills,” Shepherd said.

“It provides girls and boys with an opportunity to experience an enhanced football environment above that provided by their local football clubs.

“Our players from the Eurobodalla area train locally at a satellite training centre and travel to Nowra for a team training session and match game.”

Shepherd said the club was encouraged by the number of players from the Euro-bodalla who wanted to attend the trial.

“We have had players from Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay in the program and continue into higher levels of football competition with Southern Branch.”

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Phone Shepherd on 0419 925 006 for information.

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An insight on the life of Gough Whitlam from a long-time friend

Gordon Jaques long-time friend of the late Gough Whitlam. Photo: STEPH KONATAR.THE late Gough Whitlam touched many lives, today Dubbo’s Gordon Jaques reflected on the time he spent with him at university.
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He was saddened to hear of the former prime minister’s death and wanted to pay tribute to a great man.

Mr Jaques met Mr Whitlam as a freshman studying law in 1939 at St Paul’s College at the University of Sydney.

Mr Whitlam was a second year law student, captain of the debating team and him and Mr Jacques became good friends.

Mr Jaques was also a friend to the Dovey family, particularly Bill and his sister Margaret Dovey.

Margaret Dovey of course came to be Gough’s wife of almost 70 years.

Mr Jaques said he “looked a leader” even in university.

“What I liked about him is that he strode through St. Paul’s College as though he owned the place,” he said.

“He got the room next to his at college made into a living room and had an archway cut out of it.

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Law and Order: Newcastle candidates have their say

STEVE O’BRIEN, SOCIALISTALLIANCE
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CRIME prevention is always better than cure. As legal and illegal drugs cause significant individual and community harm, Socialist Alliance advocates the implementation of evidence-based stances towards drug use focusing on health promotion, harm minimisation and regulation.

The underlying causes of drug dependency, such as poverty, social isolation, racism and family violence need to be addressed.

Such an approach would be in contrast to a ‘‘tough on crime’’ stance which obscures problems caused by inequality, unemployment and social service cutbacks, and can be used to justify anti-democratic laws.

In the meantime multimillion-dollar shady deals, such as those exposed in the recent corruption hearings, go unnoticed.

Institutions such as policing, corrective services and court recording must not be privatised and must remain under public scrutiny.

Some laws, such as abortion, should be removed from the Crimes Act.

Law and order needs to focus on domestic violence and corporate crime.

TIM CRAKANTHORP, LABOR

NEWCASTLE is known for its friendliness. Residents and visitors alike are entitled to continue to feel safe here.

Young people should be able to get home safely after a night out, and our senior citizens deserve to feel secure.

With population growth come the challenges of crime facing any Australian city and I will ensure our local police stations are properly resourced.

Labor will also expand Newcastle’s role as a major justice precinct, building on our funding of the new law courts.

We will introduce specialist courts to deal with domestic violence and sexual assault, aimed at addressing the under-reporting of abuse and reducing the trauma felt by victims.

In fact, this campaign, I have been proud to confirm the Hunter as an initial trial site.

Sadly the Hunter has a high incidence of domestic violence. While the Liberals have cut funding to shelters for women and youth, Labor will not let people fall through the cracks, and we are determined to break the cycle of abuse.

MICHAEL OSBORNE, GREENS

THE Greens support a humane justice system that focuses on genuinely addressing the causes of crime rather than increasingly punitive measures and curtailing civil rights.

In the pursuit of short-term electoral gain, Labor and Liberal exploit community fears and outbid each other with ever more draconian legislation.

The disadvantaged and powerless suffer most from this brutality.

This “law and order” approach has failed to reduce crime but has massively increased the prison population. It is expensive and damaging. It costs as much to hold a person in prison as it does to employ a teacher.

The Greens support early intervention measures such as better educational opportunities, which has been shown to reduce crime.

As a society, we should be looking to reverse the trend towards greater disparity between rich and poor, for example, as part of a broader reform of the tax systems, to promote greater equality and address poverty.

JACQUELINE HAINES, INDEPENDENT

ALTHOUGH I am heartened by the fall in alcohol-related violence since the introduction of the ‘‘Newcastle solution’’, we should also recognise that one size does not fit all when it comes to alcohol restrictions in the CBD.

For our night-time economy and small bar culture to flourish we need more co-operation between police, council and licensees.

On a broader level, the interests of the police do not always equate with the interests of the public and I am concerned by the number of politicians (state and federal) who lack the strength of character to defend our rights to personal liberty.

I respect the need for judicial discretion and I do not believe politicians should create laws that cut across the ability to assess the individual merits of cases.

JENNIFER STEFANAC, PALMER UNITED INDEPENDENT

“Police need to develop practical interagency connections”: Jennifer Stefanac.

NSW Police need to be highly visible in our streets and on our roads with more civilian staff to provide administrative functions to allow more officers in the field.

Police need to develop practical interagency connections to educate and minimise offending behaviours. This will reduce incarceration rates and the costs involved on many levels for the community at large.

The corrective services and juvenile justice systems are unfortunately experiencing growth and more treatment programs need to address living skills, access to training and supports to change anti-social behaviours to stop criminality.

KAREN HOWARD, INDEPENDENT

THE greatest demand on our police resources comes from areas such as domestic violence. These are statewide issues and need universal treatment.

Nonetheless I want to see an increase in police numbers in the city of Newcastle.

The recent closure of the Terrace Bar in Hunter Street put the spotlight on law and order in terms of how our city functions. The owner complained of ‘‘unreasonable’’ liquor licensing conditions in the city.

Small bars should play a vital role in the revitalisation of Newcastle and two liquor accords may be a solution to the dilemma.

A safe, vibrant evening economy means more people of all ages out and about and safety in numbers.

We have shown that improved safety on the streets is a co-operative effort. The government must do its bit through more policing and we must work with it to protect our community.

MILTON CAINE, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS

THE Summary Offences Act must again be put in place to assist the police in dealing with the disorderly conduct that is on our streets each and every night.

The rehabilitation of offenders must become a significant focus of the legal system. We are currently often returning increasingly angry people to our streets so that the expectation of a new offence is ever increasing.

The role and training of bouncers must face a close examination. Evidence suggests that some bouncers are the cause of the violent nature near our clubs and pubs.

There needs to be an intentional campaign to get rid of drugs from the community. It is common knowledge as to where drugs can be purchased and yet the supply continues.

So much of the aggressive behaviour on our streets is from drug-affected people. Currently little is being done on the streets of Newcastle to shut it down.

BRIAN BUCKLEY CLARE,INDEPENDENT

DRUGS are a growing problem and contribute to attacks on people and house break-ins.

When police breath-test drivers for excess alcohol they should also test for drugs of all sorts.

Anybody found on a public street or place in a drunken condition should be detained and locked up for a night and given a hefty fine.

People going to pubs and or nightclubs should be tested by security when entering the premises and if they are over the .05 alcohol limit they should be refused access to venues and advised to go home.

If they refuse to clear off the police should be called.

Too many persons are boozed up prior to arriving at these venues.

Another major problem is that some people who are over the limit are still being served by bar staff who are not complying with the RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) laws.


One day wonder

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THE last of the scheduled one day games before Christmas gets underway this weekend with Glengarry and Ex Students sharing top spot after dominating their first two fixtures.

Toongabbie v CATS

TOONGABBIE will look forward to its first home game of 2014 in what is shaping as a close encounter with CATS.

Skipper Matt Golding is vital to the home side’s chances as he leads a young side into battle.

After a morale boosting win last week, CATS will be eager to continue the trend.

Barney Webber struck form and his time at the crease will be pivotal if CATS are to record a good total.

Ryan Foulkes and Brad Foster will need to bowl well.

– CATS to win

Raiders v Imperials

A big loss to Ex Students last week means Yinnar will be keen to atone in its first home game.

Mick Higgins and Matt Dyke will be needed to score big runs for Alex Lawson and Kurt Holt to bowl at.

Imperials go into round three in an already dire situation.

After recruiting more than any club the Devils would be seething having dropped their opening two games, and a loss here would pile pressure on their finals aspirations.

Luke Henderson must turn his side’s fortunes around and gun recruit Daniel Hamilton needs to produce for Imperials to win.

– Raiders to win.

Centrals v Traralgon West

CENTRALS go into this clash with cross town rival Traralgon West full of confidence after a massive win last week.

Dylan Freitag showed his resilience and along with Dean Rode and Jamie Hall, will be looking for a good total.

Corey Pollard and Marc Fenech are hard to score off and will bowl tight lines.

The West would be disappointed with their performance last week, but they had a task against the reigning premier.

The Eagles should go into this game with a nothing-to-lose attitude.

Jon Bell and Tim Fitch must turn their starts into a big score for them to be a chance.

– Centrals to win.

Churchill v Glengarry

THE Cobras face an in-form Glengarry in a vital clash for Churchill.

Already two-zip the home team will be looking for John Keighran and Nick Duncan to make big scores.

The Pies are on top of the ladder and in great early season form with Jarrod Allan, Ryan Delaney and Tim Spotswood all playing well.

– Glengarry to win

Gormandale v Rovers

THE Tigers at home will be keen to keep last week’s momentum going.

The bowlers were great with Adam Brady, Kent Hammond and Chris Bell all performing.

The batsmen hit out for 30 overs before declaring with Travis Switzer and Al Jenkin both middling their share.

After the bye last week Rovers will return quietly confident of upsetting the home team.

Todd Mann is in good form and holds the key in this clash.

Peter Ingwersen and Nilla Thillekarathna are both immensely talented and along with young guns Stefan Sbaglia and Dougal Williams, Rovers is a new look side on the march.

– Gormandale to win.

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