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Local shares are poised to open lower as oil extends its rout and investors were disappointed with the latest data from both Europe and the US.
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What you need2know:SPI futures down 40pts at 5382 on Saturday morningAUD at 82.06 US cents, 97.1 yen, 69.3 euro cents On Wall St, S&P 500 -0.8%, Dow -1%, Nasdaq -0.7%In Europe, Stoxx 50 -2.9%, FTSE -1%, CAC -1.9%, DAX -1.9%Spot gold up $US14.46 or 1.2% to $US1223.25 an ounce on Friday in New YorkBrent oil down 85 US cents or 1.7% to $US50.11 per barrel on Friday in New YorkIron ore has dropped 0.3 per cent to $US71.18 a tonne

What’s on today

Australia housing finance, credit card and debit card lending, job ads.

Stocks to watch

Energy shares, iron ore producers.

Ben Potter banking analyst TS Lim has a “buy” on Commonwealth Bank and he’s increased his price target to $92.50 from $86.50.

CIMB has retained an “add” recommendation on Qantas and affirmed its previous price target of $3.50 a share.

Credit Suisse has increased its price target on Computershare to $13.60 from $12.60, and has raised it to “outperform” from “neutral”.

Currencies

CIMB has revised its outlook for the Australian dollar and now expects it to trade down to 77 US cents in the third quarter of this year, before rising to 84 US cents by the end of 2016.

Goldman Sachs has cut its long-term forecasts for the euro. It expects the single currency to slide to $US1.14 in three months, $US1.11 by June and $US1.08 by the end of 2015. It foresees euro parity with the greenback by the end of 2017.

Commodities

Global oil markets resumed their slide on Friday, with Brent and US crude hitting April 2009 lows and ending down for a seventh straight week.

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 61 last week, the most in a week since 1991, Baker Hughes reported. The rig count has fallen in 10 of the last 13 weeks, from a record high of 1609 in mid-October. The current count of 1421 in the week to January 9 is the lowest since February.

Oil analysis firm Wood Mackenzie said in a report on Friday that even at $US40 levels, less than 2 per cent of global crude production was at risk of making losses.

United States

US stocks fell on Friday following a two-day rally as December’s jobs report gave a mixed view of the economy, with financial shares leading the way lower.

All three major indexes posted slight losses for the week and fell back into negative territory for 2015.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 252,000 last month after an upwardly revised jump of 353,000 in November, the Labor Department said on Friday. The jobless rate fell 0.2 percentage point to a 6-1/2-year low of 5.6 per cent, but that was mainly because people left the labour force.

Europe

A slump in Spanish and Italian lenders sent European stocks down for a second week, the longest streak since October.

The European Central Bank is studying models for buying as much as 500 billion euros of investment-grade assets, reports said. The amount is far lower than some market participants have been expecting.

Banks were the biggest losers among the 19 industry groups in the Stoxx 600, falling 3.2 per cent to their lowest level since September 2013. Spain’s Banco Santander shed 14 per cent.

German exports fell sharply in November and industrial output also declined. Later in the day, S&P affirmed the AAA rating it has for Germany.

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J.K. Rowling: “I’ll auto-excommunicate”. Photo: AP Photo/Lefteris PitarakisThe creator of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, has taken a scathing swipe at Rupert Murdoch over his call for all Muslims to be held responsible for violent extremists.
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The media mogul was widely criticised on social media after he tweeted on Saturday: “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.” Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015Charlie Hebdo in Paris and has been retweeted almost 5000 times.

The 83-year-old later tweeted that there was “jihadist danger looming everywhere”, and blamed political correctness for causing denial and hypocrisy on the issue. Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015

The publicity-shy multimillionaire then tweeted: “The Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence. Oh, and Jim Bakker.” Jim Bakker is a controversial American televangelist. . @dom209 The Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence. Oh, and Jim Bakker. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 11, [email protected] “they” as in most Muslims????? You can’t hold an entire religion of billions responsive for the actions of a few — beiruti brit (@BeirutiBrit) January 10, 2015 Maybe all Australians lovely but until we recognise and destroy the growing pus sore that is @rupertmurdoch we must be held accountable. — Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) January 10, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The festive season has come and gone for yet another year.
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I hope Santa was very kind to everyone and you all welcomed in 2015 in fine style.

The 12-Hole Wednesday Summer Competition began again on Wednesday December 31 after the little Christmas break.

Marg Hollow won with 23points (a new hip must be what we all need to play well) with Marie Cornish runner-up on 22pts.

The last game of 2014 was played on Wednesday December 17 which saw Carmen Cohen take home the Christmas turkey with 24points from Marie on 23pts.

Last Wednesday, many ladies must have decided their new year’s resolution was to get out and enjoy the earlier start of 8am for the summer months.

Thirteen turned up with 12 playing – Captain Sue Martin decided to be Marie, Lois Lang and Heather Peiper’s caddie for the morning due to stitches in her hand, but she assures us she will be back among the trees next week.

Congratulations girls on such a good roll-up with Marie winning on 25points from Carmen Cohen with 20pts.

Dates for the 2015 Calender

Wednesday February 25 – Committee Meeting after golf.

Sunday March 1 – Canteen at Vintage Fair.

Wednesday March 4 – Ladies Opening Day – “Bring a Friend” 9 Hole Fun Morning.

Annual General Meeting

The 2015 Golf Club has a number of new board members to take them forward for another 12months.

The board is:- Robert Baker (President), Gary Cusack (Vice President), Col Arnold (Treasurer), Rod Irwin (Captain), Alan Ritchie (Secretary/Manager) with Marie Cornish, Malcolm Payne, Normie Royal, along with two new members Pauline Potts and John Gersbach (who returns after a number of years away).

We know you will all do a great job promoting and looking after the club.

Robert thanked David Naveau for his many years of being an active board member and all that he has done for the club as well as wishing him and Leonie the very best for his future residence in Dubbo. Col Arnold and Ron Frappell were inducted in to the Life Members Club – two wonderful gentlemen who the Club and their families couldnt be more proud of. They have freely donated their time over many many years to assist the Club whether it is out on the course or doing the figures.

I will be back intwo weeks, so in the meantime enjoy your golf and no doubt watching the many Cricket and tennis matches being shown on TV at present.

Best of Wishes to you all for 2015

“Dimples”

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Sutherland police arrested a woman who fled the scene of an accident at Menai earlier this month.
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Police said the Menai woman, 50, lost control of her car at the intersection of Menai Road and Alfords Point Road on January 4 at 11.50am.

Her car continued over a pedestrian refuge and collided with a car waiting at the lights.

She drove off without exchanging details and police were called.

No one was injured.

Sutherland police found the woman and her car at a house in Schofield Place at Menai.

Police said she was consuming alcohol and assaulted officers when they tried to arrest her.

She was taken to Sutherland police station where she refused to submit a breath test.

She also refused to give more details about the collision.

She was charged with assault and resisting police, refusing to submit to a breath analysis, being a responsible person not disclosing driver’s details, not give particulars to another driver and altering the concentration of alcohol before being tested.

She will appear in Sutherland Court on January 29.

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BOWLED: Wimmera teams were not at their best in the Warrnambool under-17 Country Week. Picture: AARON SAWALL, WARRNAMBOOL STANDARDWIMMERA teams had a lacklustreweek at the under-17s WarrnamboolCountry Week tournament.
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Friday’s final was won byWarrnambool Gold, whichplayed Warrnambool Blue.

An impressive top order battingperformance from WarrnamboolGold saw it make3-195.

The effort was backed upwhen Gold bowled its hometownrival out for 73 runs.

Wimmera teams did not fareas well, with Wimmera-Malleewinning two games, West Wimmeratwo, and Horsham none.

Friday’s finals were changed toTwenty20 games due to rain.

Wimmera-Mallee beat Colacby four wickets to take fifth spotin the tournament.

Colac batted first and made 67runs from 15 overs, with DominicDare the top-scorer with 18runs, followed by Dylan Slaterwith 17 runs.

Wimmera-Mallee’s HarleyDurward was the pick of thebowlers with three wickets fromtwo overs, while Liam Leith andJordan Summers had two wicketsapiece.

Wimmera-Mallee had a shakystart to its innings, with the topfour batsmen making only 15runs, before number five batsmanEvan Douglas steadied theship with an unbeaten 23 runs.

Colac’s Rhys Barry took twowickets from three overs and ZacZdybel had three catches in thefield.

Horsham and West Wimmerafinished last in their respectivegroups and played each other,with West Wimmera taking thehonours and securing seventhspot.

Horsham coach Steve Leithwas disappointed his team didnot win a game.

Leith said it was clear his sidelacked the experience of some ofthe opposition teams.

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Out and About in Bathurst: January 12, 2015 Family Markets: Carol McGrath with Lesley Veitch. 011115cmkts1
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Family Markets: Beekeeper Max Schoenmaker with his Cobblers Natural Honey for sale. 011115cmkts2

Family Markets: Carol Dobson was at the markets. 011115cmkts8

Family Markets: Calligraphy artist Brian Gillies at work demonstrating the various applications. 011115cmkts7a

Family Markets: Myrtle Naylor with her selection of home-made jams, pickles and relish. 011115cmkts6

Family Markets: Kylie and Kevin Hines with their stall at the Family Markets. 011115cmkts4

Family Markets: Imogen Storm with Allira Larnach selling perfumed candles. 011115cmkts3

Soaking up that sun: Terry Rymer and Mel Brown enjoying Machattie Park.

Soaking up that sun: Gigi and Ray Edwards from Springwood enjoyed their day tripto Bathurst, having a picnic lunch in Machattie Park. Ray said they often go on day trips on weekends. 010415cmach1

Soaking up that sun: James Kennedy and Gabby Boylan-Smith. 010415ckings

New Year’s Eve celebration at Bathurst RSL Club: Jenni Ryan and Ralph Delander. 123114crsl1

New Year’s Eve celebration at Bathurst RSL Club: The West Brothers entertained the guests. 123114crsl7

New Year’s Eve celebration at Bathurst RSL Club: Joyce Cranston and Pat Kane hitthe dance floor. 123114crsl6

New Year’s Eve celebration at Bathurst RSL Club: June Martins with Norma Godbold. 123114crsl5

New Year’s Eve celebration at Bathurst RSL Club: Gary Turner and Margaret Hammond were among the guests who rang in 2015 at the Bathurst RSL. 123114crsl4

New Year’s Eve celebration at Bathurst RSL Club: Bob Packer and Robyn Warn were out and about on New Year’s Eve. 123114crsl3

New Year’s Eve celebration at Bathurst RSL Club: Lyn Drury with Noel Wild. 123114cparty2

Pigments and Palettes junior art program: Libby Nicholls and Mikayla Cookeshow off their artworks at Pigments and Palettes this week. 010715cpaint1

Pigments and Palettes junior art program: Sisters Tianna and Keira Copeland enjoyed the art workshop. 010715cpaint5

Pigments and Palettes junior art program: Annabelle Jeffries, Imogen Larkin andAbby Dinger. 010715cpaint4

Pigments and Palettes junior art program: Laura Scott, Chloe Limbrick and Morgan Shiels at the art workshop. 010715cpaint3

Pigments and Palettes junior art program: Art teacher Julia Foxall with Layla Williams. 010715cpaint2

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Tahlia Higgins, 10, and Izabell Johnson-Deveney,10. 010115zdam2

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Amali, 6, and Mila Rollinson, 4. 010115zdam1

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Ximena, Kate and Ella McPhillamy in the boat as Paul McPhillamy pushes off. 010115zdam8

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Steve Hiley, Emily Mitchell, Claire Hiley and Vivienne Thatcher. 010115zdam6

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Steve Hiley and Vivienne Thatcher. 010115zdam7

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Steve and Michelle Carter from the Central Coast. 010115zdam5

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Robert Wright, Zoe Duke and Shawn Marks. 010115zdam4

New Year’s Day at Ben Chifley Dam: Paul, Ximena, Kate, 13, and Ella McPhillamy, 11. 010115zdam3

Twilight Christmas Markets: John and June Corby. 122014pmarkets3

Twilight Christmas Markets: Barbara Andrews with one of the famous Lions Christmas cakes. 122014pmarkets2

Twilight Christmas Markets: Cathy Ryan hard at work. 122014pmarkets

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Colin Simons, Kimberly and Damon Allport. 122614ztrots1

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Karen Buttsworth, Dale Smith and Julie George were impressed with the new complex. 122614ztrots8

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Nigel Sharp and Jessica Knight. 122614ztrots7

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Natalie Sharp and Chris Sullivan.

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Margaret Duncan and Tom Jefree enjoyed thebeautiful weather at the big harness racing meeting. 122614ztrots4

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Among the many guests were Kylie Gordon and Steve Blair. 122614ztrots3

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Tristian, Sharon, Ivan and Mitchell England loved all the action at the Shirley Turnbull Memorial. 122614ztrots2

Shirley Turnbull Memorial: Jakob Ryan and Mackenzie Siejka had a great night out at the new Harness Racing complex. 122614ztrots2

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IT was as long as a car and as fat as a cow – and it may well have had a mate.
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The tales of the great white shark which glided a little too close to some of Newcastle’s favourite strips of sand for comfort were lengthening to rival the size of the beast itself, which those in the know believe could have stretched to five metres.

The fin of a shark that closed Newcastle’s beaches on January 10

Beaches from Stockton to Merewether were closed for differing lengths of time over the weekend after a keen eye first saw a dorsel fin off the iconic Merewether ocean baths about 11.30am on Saturday.

Authorities continued to monitor the situation through Saturday, where rubber duckies, jetskis and water police vessels patrolled confirmed sightings off Merewether watch tower, Ladies Reef and further north off Susan Gilmore Beach as late as 8pm.

Nic Tonks, aged 14, from Merewether, photographed the fin of the shark at Merewether beach on Saturday.

And just when they may have been breathing a sigh of relief, a jetski rider saw a massive shape at the northern end of Nobbys about 12.30pm on Sunday afternoon, confirming it as a large great white, and the shark alarms went off again.

Large schools of baitfish were reported off the coast early on Saturday morning, prompting some experts to suggest that the large shark may have been ‘‘chasing the stuff that eat the fish that eat the baitfish’’.

Whatever caused it to spend almost two days within a few hundred metres of the sand, the shark’s visit caused a frenzy of discussion.

Part-time lifeguard Mark Woodcock said the first confirmed sighting was about noon on Saturday, when a Merewether surf club member saw it off the baths.

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Sand Dune (Simon Miller) on the inside holds on to defeat Strong Boy (Eleanor Webster-Hawes) to record a long neck win in the 2015 Australian Hotel Cowra Cup yesterday.The long drive from Albury proved fruitful for jockey Simon Miller when he steered Sand Dune to victory in the 2015 Australian Hotel Cowra Cup over 1700 metres yesterday.
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Miller gave the Tumut trained six-year-old the perfect ride from the two barrier to hold out Strong Boy (Eleanor Webster-Hawes) by a long neck with a further two and one quarter lengths to DashExpress (John Kissick) in third place.

Miller allowed Sand Dune to settle behind the leading brigade on the run out of the straight on the first occasion with Strong Boy on his outside, keeping Scene of the Crime three wide for much of the journey.

Turning for home Miller was able to secure a lovely run to charge to the lead and hold off Strong Boy which looked a fleeting chance.

Sand Dune was the second leg of a winning double for trainer Kerry Weir and jockey Miller.

Sand Dune relished the heavy conditions to take out the day’s feature event after a drama charged start to the day’s racing.

Racing was held up for more than 30 minutes when the ambulance was delayed arriving at the track and patrons faced a further delay after the running of the first event when the barriers became bogged.

It was a huge credit to the Cowra club that the meeting went ahead despite the drama and the overnight drenching that saw more than one inch of rain dropped on the track.

Historically the Cowra track has always been a great wet weather track and this again proved to be the case yesterday.

Adam Gain and Andrew Molloy combined to take out the day’s other feature event the Breakout River Meats Japan Cowra Cup over 1200 metres with the flying Zarhron.

Third up from a break Zarhron obviously enjoyed the return to his home track to race away from Mineral Deposit (Greg Ryan) and Your Excellency (Brendan Ward).

Local punters had to wait until the last for success but were well rewarded with Zarhron returning $23.80 on the win tote.

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Northern NSW Hereford Youth Show Bonnie Smith and Sophie McWhirter and Brooke McWhirter. Pic No: 3440
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Bonnie Smith, Sophie McWhirter and Brooke McWhirter. Pic No: 3441

Ryan Grosser, of Maitland Pic No: 3442

Ally Stanfield, from Wee Waa Pic No: 3444

Ally Stanfield, from Wee Waa. Pic No: 3445

Team effort, loading the hay. Pic No: 3446

Team effort, loading the hay. Pic No: 3447

Team effort, loading the hay. Pic No: 3448

Team effort, loading the hay. Pic No: 3449

Kate Turner. Pic No: 3450

Kate Turner. Pic No: 3451

Anne Starr, Guyra, Ken Ikin, Crookwell, Kate Morris, Bathurst and Pip Hann, Bellata Pic No: 3453

Laura and Claudia Burbury, Coolatai. Pic No: 3454

Laura and Claudia Burbury, Coolatai. Pic No: 3455

Jorjia Durkin, Coolatai, and Camilla Thompson, Duri. Pic No: 3456

Jorjia Durkin, Coolatai, and Camilla Thompson, Duri. Pic No: 3457

Riley Weller, Toowoomba Qld. Pic No: 3458

Riley Weller, Toowoomba Qld. Pic No: 3459

Reevesdale and Tybay team. Pic No: 3460

Brodie and Liam Snaith, Inverell. Pic No: 3461

Brodie and Liam Snaith, Inverell. Pic No: 3462

Rebecca Bennett, Lorne, and Sophie Hann, Bellata. Pic No: 3463

Rebecca Bennett, Lorne, and Sophie Hann, Bellata. Pic No: 3464

Sophie Angel, Toowoomba and Matilda Hann, Bellata. Pic No: 3466

Bonnie Smith and Sophie and Brooke McWhirter. Pic No: 3468

Frank Bundock, Michiel Haynes, Amy Whitechurch and Jake Cracknell. Pic No: 3470

Glenys and Emily Mcdonald, Aiden Faulks and Angus Faulks (Manilla). Pic No: 3471

Glenys and Emily Mcdonald, Aiden Faulks and Angus Faulks (Manilla). Pic No: 3472

Judging of Steers Placings:4, 3, 2. Pic No: 3473

Judging of Steers Placings:4, 3, 2. Pic No: 3474

Judging of Steers Placings:4, 3, 2. Pic No: 3475

Winners Ribbon presented by Anne Starr. Pic No: 3476

Winners Ribbon presented by Anne Starr. Pic No: 3477

Second Place (No3). Pic No: 3478

3rd Place (No2). Pic No: 3479

Winner Steer class. Pic No: 3480

Bulls Class 2: Winner No 7. Pic No: 3481

Bulls Class 2: Winner No 7 Pic No: 3482

Bulls Class 2 second place (8). Pic No: 3483

Bulls Class 2 third place (9). Pic No: 3484

Bulls Class 3 winner No 7. Pic No: 3485

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Bulls Class 3 third place No 12. Pic No: 3488

Bulls Class 3 third place No 12. Pic No: 3489

Judging for Grand Champion: R/U (10). Pic No: 3490

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Grand Champion No 7 Tybay Jeronimo led by Jessie Ryder. Pic No: 3492

Grand Champion No 7 Tybay Jeronimo led by Jessie Ryder. Pic No: 3493

Grand Champion No 7 Tybay Jeronimo led by Jessie Ryder. Pic No: 3494

Grand Champion No 7 Tybay Jeronimo led by Jessie Ryder. Pic No: 3495

Grand Champion No 7 Tybay Jeronimo led by Jessie Ryder. Pic No: 3496

Grand Champion No 7 Tybay Jeronimo led by Jessie Ryder. Pic No: 3497

Grand Champion Bull, R/U No 10. Pic No: 3498

Grand Champion Bull, R/U No 10. Pic No: 3499

Grand Champion Bull Pic No: 3500

Class 4 Junior Heifers. Pic No: 3501

Junior Heifers winner No 15. Pic No: 3502

Junior Heifers second No 16. Pic No: 3503

Junior Heifers third No 14. Pic No: 3504

Winner class 4 Junior Heifers: No 15. Pic No: 3505

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Winner Class 5 Heifers: winner No 20. Pic No: 3510

Class 5 Heifers second place No 21. Pic No: 3511

Junior heifers Class 5 third No 21. Pic No: 3512

Junior Heifers Class 6 winner No 29. Pic No: 3513

Junior Heifers class 6 winner No 29. Pic No: 3514

Junior Heifers class6 second place 25. Pic No: 3515

Junior heifers Class 6 third No 24. Pic No: 3516

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Intermediate Heifers. Pic No: 3520

Winner Intermediate heifers: 30. Pic No: 3521

Second No 35. Pic No: 3522

3rd No 32. Pic No: 3523

Grand Champion Junior Heifer: No 29 Jorja Durkin. Pic No: 3524

Grand Champion Junior Heifer: No 29 Jorja Durkin. Pic No: 3525

Grand Champion Junior Heifer: No 29 Jorja Durkin. Pic No: 3526

Grand Champion Junior Heifer: No 29 Jorja Durkin. Pic No: 3527

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Res Ch Junior heifer to No 15. Pic No: 3530

Res Ch junior heifer to No 15. Pic No: 3531

Senior Heifers line up: 43 41 39. Pic No: 3532

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Winner Class 2 Sen Heifers: No 46. Pic No: 3539

Second sen Heifeirs: No 44. Pic No: 3540

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Winner Class 2 intermediate heifers 59. Pic No: 3543

Winner Class 2 intermediate heifers 59. Pic No: 3544

Second Class 2 Inter heifers No 63. Pic No: 3545

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Winner Intermediate Heifers: No 59. Pic No: 3549

Second Intermediate heifers: 62. Pic No: 3550

Third Intermediate heifers: 63. Pic No: 3551

Winner Class 12 Inter Heifers: No 66. Pic No: 3552

Class 12 inter heifers second: No 67. Pic No: 3553

Third Inter heifers: No 68. Pic No: 3554

Jodie Weller of Toowoomba instructing Ashleigh Aitken and Sophie Hann. Pic No: 2

Jodie Weller and Ashleigh Aitken Pic No: 3

Stalled, fed and watered. Pic No: 4

Committee member, Will Vivers Pic No: 5

Peter Donnelly of Glen Innes with son Lachlan. Pic No: 6

Ben Fraser and Hugo Monie. Pic No: 7

Leisel Cooper. Pic No: 8

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Ally Stanfield Pic No: 10

Lectures. Pic No: 11

Lectures. Pic No: 12

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Frank Bundock. Pic No: 14

Frank Bundock. Pic No: 15

Here Dad hold this. Pic No: 16

Ben Fraser. Pic No: 17

Sophie Hann. Pic No: 18

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Judge Ian Durkin of Coolatai listening to Hugo Monie give his judging comments. Pic No: 20

Peewees waiting their turn. Pic No: 21

Ashleigh Aitken. Pic No: 22

Ashleigh Aitken. Pic No: 23

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Ashleigh Aitken. Pic No: 25

Lucy Ball. Pic No: 26

Lucy Ball. Pic No: 27

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Lucy Ball. Pic No: 29

Leisel Cooper. Pic No: 30

Leisel Cooper. Pic No: 31

Ally Stanfield and Mum. Pic No: 32

Ally Stanfield and mum. Pic No: 33

Machiel Haynes. Pic No: 34

Machiel Haynes. Pic No: 35

Lucy Ball watering. Pic No: 36

Cameron Jones Pic No: 37

Cameron Jones. Pic No: 38

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Cameron Jones. Pic No: 40

Cameron Jones. Pic No: 41

Cameron Jones. Pic No: 42

Toby Powell. Pic No: 43

Peewees waiting their turn. Pic No: 44

Michael Ball of Armidale. Pic No: 45

Sarah Stanfield. Pic No: 46

Peewees. Pic No: 47

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Sophie Hann, Nathan Grosser and Lucy Ball. Pic No: 49

Jane Leake helping Sam Aitken. Pic No: 50

Sam Aitken. Pic No: 51

Jane Leake helping Drew Weller. Pic No: 52

Jane Leake helping Drew Weller. Pic No: 53

Liam Snaith. Pic No: 54

Liam Snaith. Pic No: 55

Amy Whitchurch. Pic No: 37

Future cattlemen: Max Stewart, Riley Weller and Jack Aitken. Pic No: 57

Oscar Monie. Pic No: 58

Max Stewart, Riley Weller and Jack Aitken. Pic No: 59

Max Stewart, Riley Weller and Jack Aitken. Pic No: 60

Max Stewart, Riley Weller and Jack Aitken. Pic No: 61

Oscar Monie. Pic No: 62

Tom Ball. Pic No: 63

Jorja Durkin. Pic No: 64

Jorja Durkin. Pic No: 65

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Jorja Durkin. Pic No: 67

Cilla Monie. Pic No: 68

Cilla Monie. Pic No: 69

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Riley Weller. Pic No: 73

Riley Weller. Pic No: 74

Committee members Will Vivers and Emily Rabone. Pic No: 76

Committee members Will Vivers and Emily Rabone. Pic No: 79

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STREAK: Bathurst members from the Western Districts Masters 63s team going for their fourth straight title in March, from left, Rick McDonald (manager), Ian Clews, Dennis Harvey, Dave Weal, Peter Dodds and John Willott. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 010815pvetsHOCKEY
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BATHURST is not only looking forward to playing host to the Men’s 55s and 63s NSW Masters Hockey Championship in March, but are hopeful of maintaining their dominant position in the age groups.

Players from around the Central West band together each year to form the Western Districts side, one that in the 63s division is aiming for its fourth straight state title.

The competition runs from March 20-22 and the host city’s players begin their training this Thursday as they get ready to defend that streak.

Not only does the competition fall in Bathurst’s bicentenary year but it also marks 30 years since Bathurst claimed its first ever Veterans, now Masters, title.

“The 63s have won it for the last three years … The 55 ones played in the final in 2013 as well,” team manager Rick McDonald said.

“These two age groups are always very competitive across the park. If you took out the Masters players from the Bathurst association there wouldn’t be as many teams running around because those players make up a lot of the sides. They’re there to help the juniors come along.”

Last year the over 55s one side made it, against the odds, to the semi-final stage where their run was eventually brought to an end at the hands of Newcastle.

That effort was made all the more impressive given the team only 11 operated with players.

The team is hopeful of equalling that strong effort in 2015 thanks to some players moving up into their ranks from last year’s 50s side.

The second division over 55s team enjoyed a good result as they too claimed a semi-final finish in 2014. Once again the numbers will allow Western Districts to field two sides in that age group.

McDonald said having three fields at Bathurst continues to make it a prime candidate for hosting Masters events.

“The reason they liked Bathurst to have it is that we have three turfs. Having three turfs means you can spread the games out a bit more,” he said.

“The last couple of years it’s been up at Grafton and with two turfs they have a very tight time frame.”

Team member of the 63s, Dennis Harvey, said people shouldn’t underestimate how exciting and quick the senior-most Masters age group can be.

“It’s amazing how competitive it can be at that age. You would think that it would drop off, but it doesn’t,” he said.

“We play a Western Districts side in this competition mainly because we don’t get enough players from Bathurst.

“Parkes and Lithgow don’t quite have enough either, so we join forces to make a team. We get some very talented plays come on board.”

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ON THE BALL: Horsham Panthers Rugby League players Roi G, Josh Hiku and Owen Swinnerton prepare for the club’s first match. The team went down to the Eastern Dragons 44-18 but took plenty of positives out of the game. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTHE Horsham Panthersplayed their firstgame in the MountGambier RugbyLeague competition atthe weekend.
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Horsham forwardSean McMaughan saidwhile the team lost tothe Eastern Dragons44-18, there were lotsof positives in thegame.

‘‘I think we weredefinitely competitivefor most of the game,’’he said.

‘‘Fitness let us downa bit and for a lot of theguys it was their firstgame, but they playedwell, there was nodoubt about that.’’

McMaughan said itwas great to see plentyof supporters come towatch the team in itsfirst competitionmatch.

‘‘We had a lot ofpeople who saw thestory in the WimmeraMail-Times and droveall the way to Naracoorteto watch us,’’ hesaid.

‘‘We had a few familymembers out therebut to have the communityat large comeand be part of it wasvery encouraging.’’

McMaughan saidthe team started offwell, but fell away inthe second half.

‘‘We did well withthe ball in hand, andwould have done betterbut we dropped acouple of balls overthe try line,’’ he said.

‘‘We need to improvethe defence abit, but we had guyswho have never playedbefore and probablydon’t understandsome of the things likekeeping a straightline.’’

The Panthers have abye this week and willtake on the Blue LakeKnights on January 24.

McMaughan said anyone interested inplaying could call himon 0409 871 262.

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Marty Moses.
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The Australian Wool Exchange (AWI) eastern market indicatorclosed at 1059c posting no change in the pre Christmas market close.

It was a pleasing result for the 53,000 bales offering because it overcame a price drop of 2c before 1c installments during the following two days.

Despite the solid EMI the Merino MPG’s drifted lower over the course of the week, mostly ending 5 to 15c below pre-Christmas levels.

Merino skirtings mirrored the fleece sector, easing by around 10c, whilethe crossbreds posted further rises this week with increases of up to 30c experienced for the 28-30-micron which sit on or near historic highs.

Merino cardings extended their pre-Christmas rally posting 10-20c rises.

A total of 56,047 bales are expected to be met with good support at theauction series.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
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OVER several years my wife and I donated used clothing to charities in Sale.

The clothing was always washed, ironed and folded, not placed in boxes but handed into the shop, suitable for immediate display.

During the Christmas period I walked past a collection bin in Raymond St, Sale.

On the pavement by the box was a pile of clothing which was half the height of the collection bin.

The clothing was not sorted, washed or ironed just a jumbled heap.

What happens to the soggy mess when it rains?

Did recent strong winds blow it over Raymond St?

Such donations create a great deal of work for the charity workers, probably costing more in labour than the ‘donation’ is worth.

The donors have used the outside of the collection bin as a rubbish disposal.

Have people no sense of proportion or pride?

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