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STRATEGY: Max Strauss, Kevin Kearns and Peter Dougherty talk tactics at the Legacy Bowls Tournament. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERORGANISERS of WimmeraLegacy’s bowlstournament arehappy despite rain affectingplay.
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More than 30 teamstook to the greens atHorsham City BowlingClub on Saturdayfor the annual event.

Play was due tostart at 12.30pm butrain forced bowlers towait until about 1pm.

One of the scheduled matches in boththe men’s and women’ssections wasmissed, but bowlerscompleted the tournament.

Winners of themen’s section wereHux Mitchell, GerardMurphy and RonBoehm from runners-upJohn Hickey, AnthonyKing and HenryMitchell.

Mavis Janetzki, BevDean and Judy Cassidytook out the women’stitle, winningfrom Betty Cousins,Noela Wardle and JosieLeyonhjelm.

Wimmera Legacymember and tournamentorganiser JohnHoffmann said theday was a success despitesome difficulties.

‘‘Entries were downon last year but sponsorshipwas up.

‘‘There was a combinationof factorsthat led to fewer entriesincluding badweather in the lead-upto the tournamentand the fact that itwas moved forward aweek, meaning somepeople were still onholidays.

‘‘We are confidentwe have raised in excessof $3000 forWimmera Legacy so itwas still a success.’’

Mr Hoffmannpraised the efforts offellow Legatees, andorganisers, Betty-LouStewart and BillMcGrath.

Mr McGrath saidHorsham City BowlingClub greens keeperPaul Hill had alsodone a magnificentjob to prepare thegreens.

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Dennis Madden holds one of his many rugby league premiership trophies.
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Former Gunnedah sportsman Dennis Madden was bothversatile and talented, excelling in cricket, rugby league and athletics.

Sadly, the retired school teacher who won rugby league premierships with Eugowra, Scone, Warialda, and Gunnedah, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

He was 72.

Born in Buhadelah, Madden attended St Therese Convent, Krambach and then Taree High School where he excelled at cricket, helping the school’s First XI to a Mid North Coast Championship in 1959 and then captaining the team the following season.

After completing his schooling he then attended Newcastle Teachers College and began a long teaching career with stints at Wallangra (1963-1964), Eugowra (1965-1969), Gundy (1970-1974), Gunnedah (1975-1978) and Blandford (1979-2002) where he was the principal.

His footballing career, both rugby league and rugby union, was impressive.

In 1962 he was a member of the Alderton Cup-winning rugby union premiership team in Newcastle.

In 1963-64 he was a member of the Warialda rugby league team that won two Group 5 (now Group 19) premierships.

From 1965 the outstanding halfback played with Eugowra in Group 11, winning premierships in 1965, 1966 and 1967.

He also captain-coached the club in 1968 and 1969.

Madden then helped Scone to a 1970 premiership and was captain-coach two years later when it won the Group 21 premiership.

The next two years, Scone made the grand final only to lose the decider.

Madden’s work then took him to Gunnedah and five years with the Bulldogs in Group 4, captain-coaching the first grade side in 1976.

After moving back to the Hunter he returned to the Scone club and coached junior and second grade sides.

Cricket was also a passion and he batted and bowled in Eugowra, Scone and Gunnedah first grade competitions for many years.

In 1981, he was a founding member of the Murrurundi Cricket Club and played for them for 14 seasons, helping them to B Grade premierships in the Scone competition in 1983-84 and 1984-85.

Touch football was another sport he excelled at and he won premierships with Murrurundi Smithy’s Mountain Men from 1979 to 1982.

However his biggest battle started against cancer five years ago.

He wasn’t expected to last as long as he did but fought a long and proud fight.

-obituary courtesy Parkes Champion Post

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JUNIOR BRIGADE: The safest placefrom the rain was under the tents forGoulburn’s junior riders. (L-R): AlexWallace, Callum Emmerton, TassieDavies, Zac St Vincent, Sebastian Corht,Tamika Wallace and Dominic Corht.Photo: Chris ClarkeGOULBURN Cycling club president Adam Lambert said “it’s unfortunate but that’s life,” after heavy rain cancelled the senior racing at Saturday’s Trackpower event at Seiffert Oval.
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“After it began to rain at 5pm we hung around until around 7pm, which at that point we made our final decision to cancel the rest of the carnival,” Lambert told the Post.

“The conditions were just too dangerous and the track wouldn’t have dried up enough in time. “That’s the chance you take when you ride outdoors.”

Only three scratch events for the seniors were completed before the downpour began.

The silver lining of the day was the junior component of the event successfully being completed before the track became too dangerous.

“A lot of people put in a lot of hard work to get this event going,” Lambert said of the event, which is one of the biggest track racing days in NSW.

“We’d like to reschedule for another date, but it’s hard to find a clear date. At the start of the racing year the dates are settled so it may be hard to find a time.”

Graeme Northey, who MC’d Saturday’s racing, said the feedback of the day was positive even though most of the racing was washed out.

“Once the track is wet you can’t race on it,” Northey said.

“The nature of the track and the fact the bikes have no brakes and are fixed gears makes it too dangerous.

It’s not like on the road, plus everyone is close together and going at high speeds.” Trackpower had attracted riders from different clubs across NSW.

In the junior racing, Goulburn’s 10 up and coming racers put in good performances against large contingents from Orange, Illawarra and Vikings Cycling Club in Canberra.

Goulburn’s Zac St Vincent was awarded the Sportspower award for best performed junior on the day after his racing in the men’s 15 years B.

“Our junior riders are going from strength to strength,” Lambert said.

“They train hard. All our riders give it their all. I’m a proud president because the current family feel of the club is brilliant.”

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SHOOTERS were competing on the 400 metre range in hot steamy conditions.
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Despite this there were some outstanding scores from A-graders and F-class competitors.

The star of the day however was junior Todd Barnard in F-class B who smashed the junior record in his first round, and broke another record with his aggregate, a wonderful display of marksmanship.

A-grade was won by Steve Southwell with two excellent rounds for a total of 100.11, followed by Peter Thurtell 98.11, Tony Moon 97.10 and Wendy Moon 90.6.

B-grade was won by Max Purnell posting a score of 95.6, and Nick Kenny 78.2.

The action in F-class A was very exciting with Chris Barnard having a scorching second round of 59.4 to win with a total of 112.5, followed by Mike Rogerson with a super first round of 57.2 for a final score of 111.5, then Rob Bartlett firing a terrific second round of 57.5 for a total of 110.6, then Tony Galati who fired an excellent first round of 57.5 but could not follow up in the second round for a score of 107.7.

F-class B was won by Todd Barnard with a fantastic shoot scoring 115.7, his nearest competitor was Gordon Higgins 101.2, Jon Knight 99.3 and Bev Rogerson 90.1.

Handicap trophy went to Todd Barnard.

Next week 500 yards.

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A MAN has been arrested for assaulting a young woman and police officers in a violent late-night attack.
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Police are appealing to the public for any witnesses of the assault to come forward and assist in their investigations.

At about 11pm on Tuesday, January 6, police were alerted to an assault taking place at the intersection of Hill and Sturt streets, Murray Bridge.

An 18-year-old female victim was taken to the Murray Bridge Hospital for treatment following the incident.

A 21-year-old Murray Bridge man has been charged with making threats to kill, assault causing harm, affray and assaulting police.

He was refused bail and appeared in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court.

Murray Mallee police warned they will not tolerate domestic violence and will take every action to protect victims.

Investigators believe at least one vehicle passed the location during the incident and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the event to call police.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers南京夜网.au

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Patients and staff could both suffer if SA Pathology’s Murray Bridge operations are outsourced according to Family First MP Robert Brokenshire.Patients and staff could both suffer if SA Pathology’s Murray Bridge operations are outsourced, Family First MP Robert Brokenshire believes.
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A review of the organisation has recommended the State Government consider outsourcing its regional laboratory operations, such as the one at the Murray Bridge hospital, to private companies.

Review authors Ernst and Young were not able to put a figure on how much money the measure would save SA Pathology.

But they did find the organisation had failed to meet a savings target of 12 per cent of its budget, and that its diagnostic services in particular cost almost 50pc more than was acceptable.

In total, the outsourcing and five other recommendations could save up to $43.6 million and result in the loss of the equivalent of 332 full time jobs.

An SA Health spokesperson said the report made no recommendations to change services in regional areas.

However, Mr Brokenshire criticised what he called a slippery step on the slope to privatisation.

“Medical practitioners and patients could be at risk all because the government is looking for an easy fix to its budget woes,” he said.

“A lot of the work done by the men and women at these laboratories needs to be done quick and efficiently.

“Cutting jobs and privatising regional labs is not the solution.”

Staff and other stakeholders will be consulted on the changes before February 6, and the State Government will respond after that.

As well as its Murray Bridge laboratory, SA Pathology has patient collection centres at the hospital, Bridge Clinic, Southside Clinic and Mannum Medical Centre.

– Details: Staff and stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposals before February 6 by writing to health.sapatholog [email protected] sa.gov.au or Consultation SA Pathology Review, Office for Business Review and Implementa-tion, GPO Box 287, Adelaide, SA 5000.

Critic: Family First MP Robert Brokenshire is sceptical about proposed changes to SA Pathology that could include outsourcing the operation of its Murray Bridge laboratory.

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A truck from Barry Hale Removals Whyalla travelled to Adelaide to deliver donations for bushfire victims. Helping to sort donations were Barry Hale Removals Whyalla receptionist Prue Tooby and owner Susan Burgess.Barry Hale Removals Whyalla has come to the aid of bushfire victims by helping to deliver donations on behalf of the wider community.
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A truck left Whyalla on January 9 bound for Adelaide, containing a large number of donations from locals wanting to help.

Owners Les and Susan Burgess said it was the least they could do as a business for people who had been left displaced or lost their homes as a result of severe bushfires in the Adelaide Hills.

“We decided to give back,” Mrs Burgess said.

The business had been a drop-off point for community donations but also helped to transport Shoeboxes of Love collected by registered drop off point, Australian Mortgage Brokers.

Mrs Burgess said they were working closely with BlazeAid that would ensure the donations they had collected would reach where it was most needed.

“We’ll be delivering the donations to selected locations, which will then be distributed to people in need,” Mrs Burgess said.

The business was inundated with donations such as non-perishable food, clothes, nappies, toilet paper, toiletries and manchester.

Receptionist Prue Tooby and staff member Thomas Shannon helped to organise the items ready for transport.

Mrs Tooby said the community had been generous in wanting to help those affected.

“I was overwhelmed by how many donations we received,” Mrs Tooby said.

Mrs Tooby said it was good to see community members “paying it forward” by giving items to people truly in need.

“It’s great to see the community coming together to support another community,” Mrs Tooby said.

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FIRST: Holly McKechnie rides Casino Wizard to victory in the 1300-metre Grampians Halls Gap Cup. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA jockey HollyMcKechnie had a successfulday at the GrampiansHalls Gap Cup on Friday,winning two races.
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McKechnie rode four-year-oldgelding CasinoWizard to victory in the1300-metre GrampiansHalls Gap Cup.

McKechnie started fromthe second gate and got offto a quick start beforesettling for fourth placealong the barrier.

At the 800-metre markshe briefly dropped a fewplaces before surginghome to win by one and ahalf lengths.

McKechnie also won the1300-metre Halls Gap LakesideTourist Park threeyear-oldmaiden plate.

She rode Ballet Time, athree-year-old filly trainedby Horsham’s Paul Preusker,to victory after startingfrom the sixth barrier.

Stawell’s Terry andKarina O’Sullivan trained VihannaVictory finishedin sixth spot in the race.

The O’Sullivans had asuccessful home race, withtwo victories, a second, athird and a fourth.

Stawell Racing Club operationsmanager PennyPenfold said the weatherheld off just enough for theraces to finish.

‘‘Quite literally after wefinished the last race of theday it started coming downquite heavily,’’ she said.

‘‘The track held up reallywell, but with the showersthe track rating changedfrom good to soft later inthe day.

‘‘We didn’t receive anyrain overnight, it seemedto completely miss theracecourse even though itwas raining in other areasnearby.’’

Ms Penfold said she waspleased with how the eventturned out and confirmedthe meeting would be hostedagain in 2016.

‘‘I think the weatherprobably kept a few peopleaway but we still had about400 people and we arehappy with that,’’ she said.

‘‘The entertainmentproved to be a hit and Ithink the free entry attracteda few more people aswell.’’

In other races, jockeyJack Hill rode six-year-oldmare Must You Go to victoryin the 1600-metreKookaburra Motor Lodge0-58 Handicap.

New Zealand-born BossaNova was ridden byChelsea Hall to victory inthe 1300-metre Lake FyansHoliday Park 0-58 Handicap.

Golden Perfume finishedsecond in the MixxFM Maiden Plate, andPatche ran third in theNorthernGrampians ShireCouncil Maiden Plate.

Majestic Duke, ridden byMcKechnie, finishedfourth in The Views RestaurantBM64 Handicap.

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Social photos from around the region for January 2015.
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The Manning: Holiday Photos on Instagram and Facebook, January 2015 @felicityla

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ACCOUNTABLE: Southern Region Commander and former Goulburn Local Area Commander Gary Worboys fronted the media on Monday about Mr Norris’s deathSource: Southern Highlands News
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HUME local area command police have been caught up in a death in custody.

A Mittagong man died on Sunday night after a violent confrontation with Bowral police at McDonald’s.

Inspector John Klepczarek from Bowral Police Station said police were called to a disturbance at the fast-food restaurant where Kevin Norris, 38, was acting aggressively.

“He had allegedly been involved in a domestic assault with his girlfriend and then left her house and went to McDonald’s and caused a disturbance,” he said.

“Two female officers were assaulted by Mr Norris.

“They sustained facial injuries and were treated at Bowral Hospital.”

Insp. Klepczarek said the two officers were thrown around during the altercation.

“One of the officers used capsicum spray in an attempt to subdue him,” Insp. Klepczarek said.

“He then assaulted the other officer who used a Taser.

“They eventually got handcuffs on him and transported him to Bowral Police Station.”

The officers called an ambulance as a precaution and Insp. Klepczarek said Mr Norris was in the dock when he slumped and lost consciousness and was unable to be revived.

Mr Norris’ girlfriend Raylene ‘Tess’ Waters told Channel Nine that her boyfriend had been on a three-day methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, binge at the time.

“They could’ve cuffed him,” she said.

“If there were that many police there, they could’ve held him down until they got him cuffed.

“He would’ve been that shaken and that revved up and that psyched that he wouldn’t have been able to take the shock of it. I feel the Taser killed him.”

However, Insp. Klepczarek said that was all now before the coroner where an autopsy was expected to be carried out this week to determine Mr Norris’ cause of death.

An independent critical incident investigation team has been formed to investigate.

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Critical incident investigation underway in BowralA critical incident investigation has been launched following the death of a man while in police custody at Bowral.

Police were called to a fast food restaurant on Bowral Road at Mittagong about 8.50pm last night (Sunday 11 January 2015), in response to a man claiming that he had been attacked.

Officers from The Hume Local Area Command attended and the man was involved in a confrontation with police.

He was arrested and taken to Bowral Police Station, but died a short time later.

A critical incident investigation team from Cootamundra Local Area Command will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.

All information will be provided to the Coroner who will determine the cause of death and make any findings about the events leading up to the man’s death.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers南京夜网.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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