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WHITE Hills’ Brayden Stepien slammed a brilliant century to lead Northern Rivers to a first-up win in the under-18 Victorian Championships on Sunday.
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Brayden Stepien.

Playing against Mallee Murray Bulls at Huntly, Northern Rivers restricted the visitors to 9-171 off their 50 overs.

Sandhurst spinner Liam Bowe was the star of the show with the ball for Northern Rivers.

The Bulls had put themselves in a good position at 2-104, before the left-arm spinner turned the game by taking 4-25 off his 10 overs.

Strathfieldsaye’s Xavier Crone took 1-9 for Northern Rivers.

Stepien made sure the home team made light work of the run chase.

He slammed six fours and seven sixes and his century came off just 75 deliveries.

He fell a short time later for 107 off 81 balls. He was dismissed with the score on 142 in the 23rd over.

Kyle Winter-Irving, younger brother of Victoria Country representative Mitch Winter-Irving, made a quickfire 53 off 36 balls.

Strathdale’s Jack Neylon added 23 off just 18 balls and Sandhurst’s Isaac Conway made 18 off 22 balls to lift Northern Rivers to 302.

Northern Rivers play Western Spirit at Melbourne Uni in Monday’s second round.

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Talented performer Ryleigh Donald, 13, masters the silks at the Mount Isa School of Dance acrobatics intensive master class.STUDENTS at the Mount Isa School of Dance and North West Gymnastics Club enjoyed a week of intensive acrobatics master classes during the school holidays.
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Dancers attended five intensive sessions learning the basics of tumbling including aerials, tiniscas, handsprings and spiders, as well as having a go on the silks.

Silks is a gravity-defying, graceful aerial art form that has been made famous in recent times by Cirque du Soleil and this skill of dance is usually part of the standard curriculum.

With Mount Isa School of Dance the only dance school in Mount Isa, this program helps build and develop the skills of dancers in the area.

“Dance, like any other sport, is constantly evolving and the bar is always on the rise,” Mount Isa School of Dance teacher Lara Lavers said.

“Incorporating acrobatic elements into choreography is the latest way for dancers to push the envelope, and it also gives our students an exciting new challenge.”

Two years ago a partnership was forged between Mount Isa School of Dance and North West Gymnastics coach Sally Hollier to teach the program to interested students.

Ms Lavers said the two groups had similar goals to refine their students’ skills in different areas. “Sally mentioned she had a few elite gymnasts who had fantastic acrobatic skills but needed a little help to polish the dance elements of their routines,” Ms Lavers said.

“Similarly, the Mount Isa School of Dance had beautiful dancers with amazing flexibility and strength who were keen to learn some more advanced acrobatic tricks, so we struck a deal.”

Ms Lavers and Ms Hollier agree that joining forces has helped their students improve and refine their skills.

“I think it also demonstrates what you can achieve when local groups put their heads together and work with the skills available in the community to create new opportunities for local kids,” said Ms Lavers.

The Mount Isa School of Dance will hold its annual sign-up day in January.

For more information join the Mount Isa School of Dance Facebook page.

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ONE of the key messages from the Mount Isa City Council is ‘Think Smart, Plant Smart, because trees and powerlines don’t mix’.
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PLANT SMART: Ergon Energy advises Mount Isa residents about ‘Think Smart, Plant Smart, because trees and powerlines don’t mix’ in a new brochure.

The new Plant Smart brochure has been created to highlight the danger of planting trees near powerlines by Greening Australia, Ergon Energy and the council.

Mayor Tony McGrady said the new brochure had useful tips and information for residents and ratepayers.

‘‘With the wet season here, the launch of council’s new Plant Smart brochure is perfectly timed to provide helpful information to residents and ratepayers intending to undertake maintenance or tree planting activities under or near powerlines,’’ he said.

‘‘Council, in partnership with Ergon Energy, is committed to keeping our community safe and their power uninterrupted.

‘‘Please be aware of services above and below the ground before you plant and follow the species list and guidelines.’’

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BATTING heroics from Darren Webb and David West have put finals aspirant Hawkesdale in a commanding position against Yambuk.
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The Cats have 9-314 on the board after day one of their Grassmere Cricket Association two-day clash at Hawkesdale Recreation Reserve.

Opening batsman Webb was the central figure in the score, holding the innings together with a well-crafted 104.

West, who made an agonising but career-best 98, was similarly prolific and more destructive. Together, they put on 154 for the fifth wicket.

Cats captain Ben Julius lauded the efforts of the pair. He said Webb survived a run-out chance when on 20, when a throw at the stumps ricocheted off his bat.

“That was the only chance he gave. The ground was lightning quick yesterday. He was getting good value for his shots,” he said.

The skipper was more rapt with West, who batted “absolutely the best we’ve seen him bat”.

The knock came after a spray in November after a string of low scores.

“We gave him a spray halfway through the year after we lost to Wangoom when we should’ve won. He’s been batting really well since. He made a 30-odd against Grassmere and 98 yesterday.”

In other matches, Wangoom is locked in an even battle with Grassmere at Wangoom Recreation Reserve. The Meerkats made 175 and have the Roosters 2-21.

Killarney has 208 on the board against Mailors Flat at Winslow Recreation Reserve. Jamie Poumako top-scored with 51 while captain Joel Henry made 45. And Panmure has the ascendency in its top-of-the-table clash against Purnim at Purnim Recreation Reserve.

Five wickets from Paddy Mahony helped the Bulldogs dismiss the Bulls for 163.

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ULVERSTONE will fly the flag for the North-West in this weekend’s Greater Northern Cup one-day final after surviving a tense finish against Devonport in yesterday’s semi-final.
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The runner-up in last summer’s one-day cup competition chased down a modest victory target of 141 for the loss of eight wickets in a low-scoring affair.

But it is not yet known who Ulverstone’s opponent will be in Sunday’s final, after yesterday’s other semi-final between South Launceston and Mowbray at the NTCA No.2 Ground was abandoned.

However, there is some conjecture about whether the decision for that to happen came about mutually between the teams, or if one team will be judged to have forfeited.

A resolution was not known last night, but whoever the opponent, Ulverstone will definitely host the final.

Yesterday on a slow pitch at UCI Oval, Ulverstone set a modest pace in pursuit of the Orions’ small total.

Opener Jacob Snare (37) and Josh Walmsley (22) laid a good foundation, but when Snare, Sam Perko and Jordan Quaile fell in quick succession, Ulverstone had slumped to 5/100.

When Orions paceman Jackson Saggers (5/28) took a further three quick wickets, the home side was 8/129 and the game in the balance.

But Sam Murfitt (15 not out) helped to guide Ulverstone home.

“It was pretty slow early on in the chase, but with the guys we had in the shed all the way to No.11, I was pretty confident,” playing-coach Walsmley said.

“While we had someone from the top five out there batting, I always thought we were cruising along but when Steven Murfet got out, it was a bit tense.

“The wicket was slightly slow and hard to get in on and hard to score.”

Earlier, Ulverstone used its spinners to good effect with James Smith (1/24 from 10 overs) opening the bowling with his off-spinners.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Jacob Snare (2/13 from nine overs) then further put the clamps on Devonport’s innings, while Darren Rossiter also picked up three crucial wickets, including the prized scalp of Brent Mullett.

KEY PLAYER: Bowler Darren Rossiter dives for the ball. Picture: Jason Hollister.

No Orions batsman went on to make a big score, with Miles Barnard top scoring with 27, Mullett adding 25 and Richard Cowlard 22.

Ulverstone, which lost last year’s Greater Northern Cup final to Wynyard, was missing key players Corey Murfet (under-18 nationals), Ben Bott and Jeremy Soden (unavailable) from the semi-final line-up.

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WEST Coast Region was bundled out of the Bowls Victoria men’s region sides championships after the preliminary rounds.
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The 12-man team, consisting of Western District, Far Western and Corangamite division players, won one of its three pool games at Corowa on Saturday.

Only four of the 16 regions made it through to the finals yesterday. West Coast Region started strongly, defeating Strzelecki 40-36.

But its fortunes spiralled downward after that, suffering a 53-42 loss to Ovens and Murray and a crushing 50-26 defeat in its final game.

West Coast Region team manager Robert Anderson said inclement weather made playing conditions difficult.

“The greens ran at 13 seconds so they were very good,” he said. “There was no trouble with the greens but there was heavy rain and right from the word go bowlers were saturated. Some handled it better than others.”

Anderson said West Coast Region selected a strong team and was disappointed with its results.

“Conditions yesterday meant you had to play a tight line and we failed,” he said.

“It is good experience (to play in these tournaments) but I thought we had the people there that could adapt.”

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YOU BEAUTY: Michael Hill, of the Hurricanes, celebrates after reaching 50 runs during the Big Bash Leauge match against the Perth Scorchers in Hobart yesterday. Picture: Getty Images.
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PERTH Scorchers have gone to the top of the Big Bash ladder after Hobart Hurricanes fell short in their run chase at Bellerive Oval.

Batsman Michael Hill’s best Twenty20 score was not enough to secure victory for the Hobart Hurricanes who finished 18 runs short against the tight bowling of the defending champions.

Set 142 for victory Hill added 64 runs from 56 balls for a career best Big Bash innings.

But he couldn’t find support and was the only standout for the hosts, who had been well-placed to win at the innings break.

Openers Ben Dunk (one off three) and Tim Paine (19 off 15) were dismissed in the first four overs

Skipper George Bailey added six (from 10) during his final Big Bash appearance of the season before he goes into the Australian World Cup squad.

Hobart finished at 7-123 with Yasir Arafat claiming two last-over wickets.

Leading competition wicket-taker Jason Behrendorff (2-21 off four overs) again proved valuable for Perth, claiming the scalps of Dunk and Paine.

He was named man of the match.

Earlier it had been a somewhat lacklustre performance with the bat for Perth.

Ashton Turner top-scored for the visitors with 37 off 25, and formed a 62-run partnership with Sam Whiteman (36 off 32).

Hurricane’s British recruit Tim Bresnan was the pick of the host’s bowlers, finishing with three for 18, two of which came in the final over of Perth’s innings.

Behrendorff admitted Perth was below-par with the bat, but said the Scorchers’ bowling group remained confident.

The fall of Hobart’s early wickets were possibly the most crucial of the match, pegging back the Hurricanes’ run rate.

“That was a big thing for us and luckily enough I was able to get both of those guys,” Behrendorff said after play.

“Once you start taking early wickets . . . it goes a long way to winning the game and we did that again today.”

Hill said Hobart succeeded in their plan to limit Perth’s total, but then couldn’t claw back.

“It was tough but it was still a good wicket and we still should have been able to chase 142.”

Scorchers have now scored a semi-final berth.

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THE Electoral Commission of Queensland urges all Queensland voters to check their enrolment details before the state election on January 31.
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“Updating your enrolment details is important so that we can correctly identify you on the electoral roll when you come to vote,” commissioner Walter van der Merwe said.

Under Queensland electoral legislation, electors have two opportunities to update their elector details.

The first, which closed at 5pm on Saturday, was the close of rolls. The second deadline closes at 6pm on Friday, January 30.

Electors who did not update or enrol by the first deadline will be required to complete additional paperwork to cast a vote for the election to correctly verify their identity and eligibility.

Queenslanders can check, update and register their enrolment details via the ECQ election website at www.ecq.qld.gov.au.

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Yellowglen Burnie Cup Fashion On The Field, at the Burnie Showgrounds.Winner of the Senior section of the competition is Kristy Smith, of Launceston.INDULGING in racewear created a fun, girls’ day out for Kristy Smith, her two daughters and niece.
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Winning the senior section in the Yellowglen Burnie Cup Fashions on the Field yesterday, Mrs Smith, of Launceston, said it wouldn’t have been as much fun without the girls there.

Her daughters Bella, 13, and Remi, 10, and her niece Leila Woods, 3, also competed in Fashions on the Field yesterday, sharing in the fun.

She was dressed head-to-toe in classic black and white, and said looking stylish did not have to come with a high price tag.

“I got my dress from Asos and my fascinator is by Jendi, it is not about spending a lot of money but putting together a matching look,” she said.

Cale Barrett, of Penguin, and Rebecca Greaves, of Devonport. Mr Barrett won the men’s section of the fashion’s comp.

While she follows her heart when it comes to planning cup day attire, Mrs Smith said she took some influences from reputable sources.

“I watch the Melbourne Cup to see what they are wearing there, but I always like to have my own twist on it. I like outfits that are a bit different,” she said.

Despite her success yesterday, Mrs Smith said she had competed in Fashions on the Field previously and not made it into the finals.

Alif Hooper, of Burnie, and Brooke Overton, of Devonport.

“I used to compete years ago and then I started getting back into it recently, I do it as a bit of a challenge to prove to myself that I can,” she said.

Coming from a racing family, Mrs Smith said there were a large group that travelled around the race meetings and cup days across the state together.

“It is such a lovely day out for us, and we like how country things tend to be a bit more relaxed,” she said.

Brianna, 5, Danielle and Mikayla Coates, 3, all of Burnie.

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Family members Layla McCarthy (left), 6, Nicole McCarthy and Lauren King help Ron McCorkell reach the finish of the Surf ‘T’ Surf walk yesterday in Warrnambool.FOUR generations of the one Warrnambool family linked arms as they crossed the Surf ‘T’ Surf finish line yesterday.
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Ronald McCorkell, walking stick in hand, proved the well-worn adage age is no barrier as he finished the six-kilometre walk with his daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter by his side.

They were the last of the 1524 entrants across the finish line but received warm applause as they made their way down the straight at Lake Pertobe.

Mr McCorkell, 84, completed his first Surf ‘T’ Surf walk last year.

The former Warrnambool premiership footballer admitted it was tougher the second time around.

“I got through it. It was just about too far,” he said.

Mr McCorkell, who said it was special to have his family’s support, finished the hilly course in one hour and 29 minutes.

“I have been doing a lot of walking to keep myself fit,” he said.

“I try and walk three times a week. I walked 6km last week so that’s what made me think I could do it again today.”

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steve Moneghetti, a strong supporter of the Surf ‘T’ Surf, praised organisers for their dedication.

“There were people here on Friday night handing out numbers and lots of people are involved just to get this run on,” he said.

“We turn up, the gun goes off, we come back and get a recovery banana and off we go. But there is a lot of work that goes into putting a race on.”

Moneghetti finished second in the 10km men’s run behind Geelong’s Brenton Rowe, who made it a hat-trick of victories.

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