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SOUTH-WEST Victoria will boast strong representation at the Foundation Interstate Challenge in Melbourne this week, with three participants in the eight-strong 13-and-under Victorian side.
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Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club players Patrick Drake, 13, of Warrnambool, Eloise Swarbrick, 12, of Hawkesdale, and Harry Boyd, 13, of Woodford, have smiles as wide as the net after being selected to play in the Foundation Interstate Challenge in Melbourne.150108LP08 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

The competition will see Victoria take on other states from around the nation, with age groups ranging from 10 years and under to 15 years and under.

Patrick Drake, 13, and Harry Boyd, 13, are the two male representatives in the 13-and-under age group, while Eloise Swarbrick, 12, will make up one of four places in the 13-and-under female team.

The inclusion of three competitors from the south-west is the first time in about five years that Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club has had a representative present in the state squad.

Co-organiser Helen Swarbrick said that the selection of three players was a testament to the emphasis that the club had put on junior development.

“There’s a big emphasis on junior development. We’re focusing on bringing the juniors through and into regionals, taking them to lots of tournaments,” she said.

“It’s very hard to get into the team. You think of all the kids competing (to be selected for the state side) — around 48 girls and 48 boys. It’s been about five years since we’ve had a representative, so to have three in a team of eight is a huge honour.”

The tournament will see the youngsters given a glimpse of the lifestyle that comes with the professional game, an experience which Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club junior committee member Brenda Boyd said was great for their development.

“They all get on and they all mix, and they have a ball together. These kids have made it over all the Gippsland kids, all the Mildura kids — 12 country regions in total,” she said.

Boyd also praised Tennis Victoria for beginning to look to country regions for talent.

“Not many kids get the opportunity. Selectors are actually looking at the south-west now and saying wow, there is actually talent. Tennis Victoria tend to concentrate on the Melbourne kids, but the country kids can do it. They’re actually starting to look at our kids,” she said.

Patrick, Harry and Eloise said that they were nervous but excited.

The tournament is at the South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club from January 12 to 16.

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BEST EFFORT: Coastal runner Brian Lyons placed second in yesterday’s Cadbury Marathon in Hobart. Picture: Meg Windram.COASTAL runner Brian Lyons had two reasons to celebrate after placing second in yesterday’s Cadbury Marathon in Hobart.
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As the first entrant from the state across the line and second overall, the 30-year-old claimed the Tasmanian marathon championship.

Lyons’s time of two hours, 31 minutes and 48 seconds was also a personal best, improving his previous mark, in Melbourne in 2013, by one second.

New South Wales runner David Criniti, who won the event in 2009, was first across the line in two hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds.

Lyons, in only his second marathon ever, said he was pleased with the result but it could have been better.

“I was a bit disappointed because I overshot the turn by 200 metres so I ended up running 400 metres more than I should have,” he told The Advocate.

“I felt really good out there and the conditions were perfect.

“This is my first senior title and I’ve had lots of seconds and thirds, so it’s nice to win.”

Lyons praised the encouraging crowd and thanked his parents for their support.

Lyons has recently relocated to the Coast after some time in Sydney.

In yesterday’s women’s race, Adelaide’s Sheena Jackson won from Amy Lamprecht in three hours, two minutes and 30 seconds.

David Thomas, of Beechford near Launceston, took out the half-marathon race and in doing so successfully defended his crown.

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2015 Penguin Island Swim at the Port Sorell SLSC.Taking line honors for the race is Ray Winstanley, of Hobart.
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SO POPULAR is Port Sorell’s Penguin Island Swim it has top level state competitors passing up national events.

“Ray Winstanley chose to do this swim instead of going to Lorne, and he won it last year,” event organiser Jo Coates said.

Same goes for 2015, with Hobart’s Winstanley claiming first over the Coast’s Hamish Chapman yesterday.

Hobart’s Olivia Sanderson finished first in the women’s section.

“Hamish Chapman has got off the plane this morning after the Lorne swim to participant in this swim,” Mrs Coates said.

“This particular swim has a good reputation.

“I don’t know whether that’s because of the management of the course or whether it’s just the swim conditions.

“We were hoping for about 60, which is on average what we have been getting over the past few years, so it’s increasing numbers.”

More than 80 competitors completed the 2km swim, some going further by entering the Port Sorell Life Saving Club’s first iron person challenge.

“It’s leading up to the Devonport Hydrothon,” Mrs Coates said.

The club’s new challenge is anything but easy.

Those entrants must keep going past the 2km swim finish line for the main swim event, running for 1km before an 8km.

Then it’s back onto the sand for another 1km run, followed by a 1.5km board paddle to the finish.

William Clever took out the challenge in one hour and 37 minutes. Isabelle Sharman was the first female to cross the line in one hour and 51 minutes.

The Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club has seen steady numbers over the years, with about 100 nippers ensuring the next generation of athletes and lifeguards are there for the future.

2015 Penguin Island Swim at the Port Sorell SLSC.The first woman across the line, Olivia Sanderson, of Hobart, makes a dash out of the water to the line.

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George Bailey
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IT WON’T be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth in Australia’s World Cup campaign, George Bailey insists.

Selectors retained Bailey as Michael Clarke’s understudy for the one-day tournament, despite Steve Smith earning widespread praise for the way he recently led Australia’s Test side.

Throw in knowledgeable keeper Brad Haddin, experienced allrounder Shane Watson and national Twenty20 skipper Aaron Finch and it’s a cavalcade of potential caretaker captains.

“The more leaders you’ve got within the squad the better,” Bailey said in Hobart yesterday.

“Teams would be worried about it if you are relying too heavily . . . on any one person.

“It is about coming up with ideas and tactics and a lot of them you come up with in team meetings.”

If Clarke is unable to show selectors he is fully fit by February 21, Bailey will lead Australia’s bid to reclaim the World Cup.

Bailey’s experience, having captained the one-day side in 24 games, gave him the edge over Smith, according to chief selector Rod Marsh.

Clarke noted Smith did a “fantastic job” captaining Australia in the final three Tests against India, while Bailey was also full of praise.

Bailey was selected in the World Cup squad alongside fellow Tasmanians Xavier Doherty and James Faulkner.

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WATER WISE: Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club patrol members David Dowling and Bronwyn Menzies are concerned at the number of kayakers they have had to rescue recently. Picture: Meg Windram.PORT Sorell lifesaving members have carried out five rescues so far this summer due to people ignoring ocean conditions or not wearing lifejackets in kayaks.
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Last summer the club rescued 10 people in the area, the majority using kayaks.

“For a surf club we do a lot of prevention and craft rescues,” club member Jo Coates said.

“We have a lot of families using kayaks and things and it’s not very safe because it’s wind affected and current affected.”

Mrs Coates said beachgoers, some children, weren’t wearing lifejackets.

“The kids don’t have PFDs [personal flotation devices] and it is mandatory to wear a PFD when you are in a kayak,” she said.

“We can tell people and remind people, but we can’t confiscate their gear.

“It’s just important that children who are very young get the message that when they are in a kayak they need to wear a PFD.”

The rescues at Port Sorell are not just restricted to kayaks.

“We did a retrieval the other day where a couple of guys in a dingy, their motor just stopped and they had no PFDs and no oars to get them back to safety,” Mrs Coates said.

She urged beachgoers to read ocean conditions.

“Know the conditions, because a beach can look safe but it’s not necessarily as safe as it looks.”

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WELL DONE: Gift winner Bonnie McCarthy shakes hands with back marker Morgan Gaffney after the race at Penguin yesterday. Pictures: Meg Windram.
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COASTAL runner Bonnie McCarthy turned her solid form during the Christmas carnival series into two victories at yesterday’s Central Coast track carnival at Penguin.

McCarthy, of Burnie, won the Camerons Women’s Gift in the closest of finishes from her mark of nine metres.

In a time of 14.22, she just held out fellow teenager Brooke Jones (14.23), with Laura Nicholson just another hundredth of a second away in third.

It was an identical quinella in the women’s 400-metre final, with McCarthy (30m) getting the prize from Jones (20m) in a time of 54.96.

Sandy Loring was third.

Burnie runner Declan Murray also picked up a double in taking out the Hardings Hotmix Men’s Gift and the open 70m final.

From a mark of 8.25m, Murray claimed the honours in the gift in a time of 12.97, while running 7.76 to win the 70m dash.

David McCrae and Daniel Reeves rounded out the minor placings in the gift.

McCrae fought a close battle with Patrick Chilvers in the men’s 400m, before winning in a time of 47.95.

Hobart runner Dan Lemoto placed third, before being the best of four runners in the masters 300m race.

Doug Hamerlok, who won the beep test event at the Devonport carnival, won the open mile from a mark of 90m in a time of 4.04.9.

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TASMANIA’S independent Economic Regulator has released the Draft Price Determination and Draft Report on the state’s water and sewerage price probe.
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The report outlines the Economic Regulator’s preliminary views on TasWater’s proposed prices and service standards for the second regulatory period from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2018, according to the regulator’s chairman Glenn Appleyard.

Among some pricing arrangements proposed by the Economic Regulator are:

■ Customers whose current fixed charges are above the nominated target tariffs will have their prices reduced to the target tariffs from July 1, 2015.

■ Customers whose current fixed charges are equivalent to the applicable target target tariff will not see any increases in those changes.

■ Most residential customers whose current fixed charges are below the target tariffs, will face price increases capped at the greater of 10 per cent or $100 per year until they reach the target tariff.

■ Customers not on the respective target tariffs for water usage and trade waste charges will move to target tariffs over the period in three equal annual steps.

If the above arrangements were adopted by TasWater, the Economic Regulator says TasWater will have sufficient revenue to;

■ Allow it to achieve financial sustainability

■ Fund its proposed capital expenditure program to address non-compliance with required health, environment and dam safety standards.

“The proposed arrangements will see all residential customers on target tariffs and paying the same price for the same service by 2017-18, with a small number of non-residential customers achieving target tariffs by the legislated deadline of June 30, 2020,” Mr Appleyard said.

TasWater has said it looks forward to reviewing the Economic Regulator’s Draft Report with chief executive Mike Brewster saying TasWater was pleased the Economic Regulator had acknowledged the importance of managing price transitions for customers.

“We now look forward to working through the regulator’s proposal to understand how it supports us in achieving sustainable long term outcomes for the Tasmanian community,” Mr Brewster said.

The Tasmanian Economic Regulator invites all interested parties to comment on the report’s proposals.

The Economic Regulator will complete its investigation and publish its final price determination and final report following consultation and submissions.

Submissions to the Economic Regulator must be made by February 27, 2015.

■ The Draft Report and Draft Price Determination are available on the Economic Regulator’s website at: www.economicregulator.tas.gov.au

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ONE drink-driver was nabbed across the south-west for every day of a summer road safety operation.
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One drink-driver was nabbed across the south-west for every day of a summer road safety operation. Picture: FILE

A total of 52 drivers were caught during the Victoria Police summer stay operation across the Western Region Division 2, which takes in the Warrnambool, Moyne, Southern Grampians, Corangamite and Glenelg local government areas.

On top of that, 25 drivers returned a positive result to roadside saliva drug tests.

Police carried out 51,938 preliminary breath tests in the period from November 14 to January 4, almost 1000 a day, and issued 1979 infringement notices for traffic offences.

Division 2 traffic advisor Senior Sergeant Steve Thompson said the high level of offences was concerning, but reflected the commitment of regional police.

“It’s disappointing that some drivers continue to put themselves and other road users at risk,” Senior Sergeant Thompson said.

“There can be no excuses for placing yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk by driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“The overwhelming majority of motorists are out there doing the right thing. It’s just unfortunate a minority are continuing to do the wrong thing.”

Senior Sergeant Thompson said while there were some drivers returning a significant blood-alcohol level, the trend was a lot of low-level readings.

“Anecdotally, it seems people have taken the message about planing ahead if they know they are going to be drinking,” he said.

“But there are still too many taking the risk after one or two drinks and falling on the wrong side.”

Senior Sergeant Thompson said a large number of unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles were also detected during the operation with the help of number plate recognition technology. The operation uncovered 126 unregistered vehicles and 49 unlicensed drivers.

“As that technology becomes more widespread, its going to be harder for those drivers who knowingly drive an unregistered vehicle to go undetected,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Thompson said while the summer stay campaign had finished, police would not let up on their regional road safety campaign.

“Our road toll last year was disappointing. In the year ahead we want to see that figure brought right down.”

During the summer stay campaign statewide, police carried out 1.2 million breath tests and 12,000 drug tests, catching 27,651 speeding drivers, 2553 drink drivers and 816 drug-affected drivers.

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MOUNT Isa City Council will continue to pump water from Lake Julius as water continues to flow over the spillway.
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Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady

The announcement was made after Mayor Tony McGrady met with the Mount Isa Water Board on Friday to discuss switching back to Lake Moondarra.

With Lake Moondarra now at 64 per cent, and Lake Julius currently overflowing, Mount Isa City Council is asking: When do we stop pumping water from Lake Julius and start using Lake Moondarra again.

Cr McGrady said it would be a minimum of two weeks before water was pumped from Lake Moondarra, but it would be a “criminal act” if the council was to waste the water that was overflowing at Lake Julius.

“If we were to start pulling water from Lake Moondarra when at the same time water going over the spillway at Lake Julius is going to waste, we would be accused of almost a criminal act,” he said. “We have been through the last 12 months with water restrictions and praying for rain, and then to just stand by and allow this water to go to waste because we want to start pulling water from Lake Moondarra, that would be a criminal act.

“The quality of the water in Lake Julius currently is far superior to the turbidity of the water in Lake Moondarra.”

The council is taking into consideration pumping cost and water quality when changing water source.

Cr McGrady said pumping costs were somewhere between half a million and a million dollars a year.

“Our concern is that while we are pulling water from Lake Julius we still have to pay for pumping.’’

Cr McGrady said the council would continue to pump from Lake Julius.

“We will continue to keep pulling water from Lake Julius until it stops overflowing, and then we will probably start pulling water from Lake Moondarra, providing of course that the turbidity has dropped and the water is fit for human consumption,” he said.

Mount Isa Water Board chief executive Stephen Farrelly said the board advised the Mayor on the future of water pumping for Mount Isa.

“Mount Isa Water Board advised the Mayor that the turbidity of the water in Lake Moondarra was too high to pump into clear water lagoon and was likely to remain so for some weeks,” Mr Farrelly said.

“We also advised that given Julius has been and is likely to spill, continued use of Julius supply for some weeks will maximise the volume available for supply.”

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MATT HUNN AS far as dream debuts go in Newcastle district cricket, beating Merewether is difficult to top.
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But Newcastle City’s Kent all-rounder Matthew Hunn achieved that on Saturday.

Not only did City inflict the defending premiers’ first defeat since last March, Hunn took four wickets and featured in a 71-run 10th-wicket partnership with Rhys Gallen.

The No.10 and No.11 came together in the 35th over at 9-136 chasing Merewether’s 205 at No.1 Sportsground.

Hunn blasted five fours and two sixes in a knock of 45 and Gallen made 36.

‘‘Looking at the field they set, it looked like they thought they had it won,’’ City captain-coach Mitch Claydon said.

‘‘It was incredible, really. From 70 runs out they played a few shots, and from there you never believe you can win. When we got within 15 to 20, we thought we might do it, and then they whacked the last 15 runs.’’

The chase was even more incredible given City were 5-31 before a 74-run partnership between Dylan Hunter (35) and Claydon (45).

City’s other Kent recruits, Ben Harmison (0) and Charlie Hartley (9), had more disappointing club debuts.

City’s second victory was the biggest upset of the season.

‘‘I think it’ll do a lot for the club in general,’’ Claydon said.

‘‘Everyone seemed to go back for a beer last night and enjoyed it.’’

While City appear on the rise, Cardiff-Boolaroo found a new low, rolled for 49 by Belmont on an ordinary Cardiff Oval wicket.

The home side were 6-6 as Belmont quick Jace Lawson grabbed five wickets.

Belmont knocked off the total two wickets down in 6.4 overs for two bonus points.

‘‘It wasn’t a 49-run wicket, none usually are, but it was very underdone and hard to bat on,’’ Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood said.

‘‘Instead of waiting around to get out, we took the chance to play shots and knock the total off quickly.’’

Jacob Montgomery made an impressive start to his captaincy career as he led Wallsend to a three-run victory over Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Lynn Oval.

Montgomery top-scored with 47 in Wallsend’s 147.

Stockton’s Terry Crittenden took 3-18 off 10 overs.

Stockton were cruising at 1-50 but lost 7-40 due to Liam Taylor’s 5-30 off 10 overs.

At 9-106 Stockton were on the ropes, but Benn West (20) and Bryan Warren (22 not out) kept fighting. Montgomery finally broke their 38-run stand by bowling West with the first ball of the 42nd over.

Hamilton-Wickham’s (5-91) bowlers rolled University for 90 to close the gap between second and third on the table.

Sam Webber (3-9) and Mark Dries (3-7) terrorised Uni in 29.4 overs, before skipper Josh Trappel finished the job with 45 not out. Charlestown (8-199) kept themselves in the hunt for the top four by beating Toronto Workers (117) at Kahibah Oval. Skipper Dane Macourt led the way with 51.

Wests (6-214) broke an eight-game losing streak to defeat Waratah-Mayfield (9-212) at Waratah Oval. Lorne Burns (66) and Aaron Wivell (90) dominated the run chase.