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Female cricket players on rise

AT 15, Hannah Linsley already knows what she wants to do with her life: play for the Australian women’s cricket team.

‘‘I loved watching it,’’ she said of the Southern Stars’ sixth World Cup win last weekend.

‘‘When they won, it … inspired me even more.’’

Hannah’s first foray onto the pitch came when she joined twin brother Callum in the boys under-11s side at the Tigers Junior Cricket Club at Adamstown-Kotara.

They have played in the same team ever since, progressing to the under-15s first division side.

But Hannah hasn’t stopped there.

As well as starring in the girls NSW Cricket Academy and representative teams, Hannah has been named for the past two years in the Newcastle Junior Cricket Association’s under-15 representative boys team.

She was even named player of the match at the under-15s boys Hunter carnival in January.

Newcastle Cricket Zone women’s representative Tracey Bates said the popularity of cricket among girls traditionally came in waves but was currently at an all-time high, because organisations had learned how to better recruit girls with quicker games, more colour and an emphasis on social opportunities.

She said the continued success of the Australian women’s team was also stoking excitement among existing players.

‘‘The ones who are in the game already who want to get to that level now want it even more,’’ she said.

‘‘They see what the girls are doing and they want to wear the green and gold.’’

Newcastle Junior Cricket Association president Sharyn Beck said about 50 girls played in her association, with about 28 girls aged 10 to 13 playing in the girls-only T20 Twilight Friday competition that finished in December.

About 30 play in mixed teams alongside boys in either the T20 Wednesday night competition or in the Saturday morning competition.

Ms Beck said the girls don’t hold back and often play in the higher divisions.

‘‘Some of the girls would kick the boys’ butts, so I think they are treated with a lot of respect.’’

Girls may choose as they get older to start playing in the Newcastle and District Cricket Association or Newcastle City and Suburban Cricket Association.

But Ms Bates said most Hunter girls who took their cricket seriously played in the Sydney Women’s Grade Competition, usually for Northern District Women’s Cricket Club, which has a first grade, second grade and third grade side.

The Women’s National League is relatively small compared to other national sporting competitions, with one team of 17 from each state, excluding the Northern Territory.

SKILLED: Hannah Linsley, is inspired by Southern Stars. Picture: Marina Neil

Former Wallsend RSL Junior Sam Bates is the captain of the Tradies ACT Meteors, while Wallsend’s Leah Poulton plays for the NSW Breakers.

Newcastle’s Corinne Hall plays for the Tasmanian Roar.

Ms Bates said there was still more work to be done to promote women’s cricket.

Sarah Evans, 11, Tara Campbell, 12 and Emily Gaal, 11, play T20 at Adamstown. Picture Marina Neil

Moora children developmentally vulnerable: study

A STUDY conducted on children intheir first year of school shows that children in the Moora district are moredevelopmentally vunlnerable than other children tested in WA and nationally, asthey start school.

TheAustralian Early DevelopmentalIndex(AEDI) is apopulation measure of young children’s development.

Teachers complete a checklist forchildren in their first year of full-time school to create a snapshot of children’s developmentin communities across Australia..

The list measures five key areas ofearly childhood development – physical health and wellbeing, social competence,emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based) and communicationskills and general knowledge.

These areas are closely linked tothe predictors of good adult health, education and social outcomes.

The Moora study – conducted in 2009and 2010 – showed that 28 percent of children were developmentally vulnerablein the area of physical health and wellbeing and 31 percent of children weredevelopmentally vulnerable in the area of language and cognitive skills.

Some 40 percent of children weredevelopmentally vulnerable on one or more of the key five areas.

Results from the next AEDI will bepublicly available for most Australian communities in 2013. Theywill beprovided through a national report, online community maps and community profiles.

Health Promotion Officer with the WACountry Health Service, Marissa Yeo said the years before children start schoolare fundamental to their future development and the Moora district wouldbenefit from an Early Years Network.

“It is important we identify issuesearly on and fill the gaps by linking parents with the appropriate services,”she said.

“If we intervene and make adifference early on, it can have a huge impact on the rest of their lives.

“We want parents and communitymembers to come forward to support child development in Moora.”

Those who are part of a communitygroup involved with children aged up to four years of age are welcome to meetat the Delmoor Centre, Moora on Monday March 11, from 2-3pm to hear more aboutthe network.

Contact Marissa to register yourinterest, on96520200.

An Early Years Network could help to link parents with services available for their children up to the age of four.

Revised Tamworth history a great read

A GROUP of dedicated history buffs have rewritten some of the history of Tamworth – but in the very best tradition of showcasing our heritage and our history pioneers.

Research officer Barry Ford did the lion’s share of the work, first painstakingly produced by the late historian and former Tamworth teacher Jim Hobden.

Mr Hobden’s original text, a paperback edition economically produced with photocopiers and typewriters, has been transformed this time around into a colour-cover production.

Mr Hobden’s book was published in 1988 after he’d produced a series of talks for radio on the lives of the early Tamworth pioneers, one of a number of selfless and generous acts where he shared the long hours of his love for research into our history.

According to Tamworth Historical Society spokeswoman Del Brooke, the demand since its first print prompted the publication of this updated version.

Retired accountant Barry Ford updated the detail, his wife, retired teacher Marlene Ford, proofread it all and published author and historian and academic Warren Newman assembled it all ready for printing.

It was done, says Mrs Brooke, to fulfil Jim Hobden’s original intention “with a sincere desire that it will be of assistance to teachers, particularly the younger ones and those with a limited knowledge of Tamworth and the history of the Peel Valley”.

Among the changes to the original text are updated property information, including new owners and better identification of properies. The new edition has added either the name of the present occupier, street numbers or a description of the site to enable better identification.

They’ve also updated the appendix to include listings of significant events since 1988.

“The book is a detailed story of Tamworth and the surrounding district from the time of occupation by the Kamilaroi people, of the explorers, squatters and adventurers who were the first white people to view the fertile Peel Valley,” the society says.

It includes the involvement of the Australian Agricultural Company in establishing the town of Tamworth and the way of life of the people who helped in this development.

There are chapters devoted to life in general, communication, law and order, schools, hospitals and health, and gives us an insight into how and why streets and place names came about.

Called From The Dreamtime to the Iron Horse, it also encapsulates the coming of the train to this region – the reason for the title.

The original edition contained 14 photographs but in this new edition Warren Newman has included more than 50 photos from his own collection.

The book is available from the historical society and will be officially launched at 10.30am on Wednesday at Calala Cottage, the Denison St home of the society.

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China invests in Hunter vineyards 

Executive director of Winston Wines Michelle Jin at the Vineyard. Picture Peter Stoop AUSTRALIAN red wine has become a gift of choice for Chinese bosses to their employees, driving a boom in exports of reds to China and leading to investment in the Hunter Valley.

Two Hunter vineyards have been bought by Chinese interests in two years, and according to Alan Jurd, of Jurd’s Real Estate, six more are under negotiation.

Xiamen-based Winston Wines bought the Wynwood and Capercaillie vineyards in the Hunter, and Ross in the Barossa Valley.

A Winston Wines’ director, Michelle Jin, said: ‘‘The Chinese are drinking more wine now because of the increased trade possibilities – they simply have a lot more access to Australian wine than ever before.’’

The Chinese desire for red wine is not just based on taste and quality, but colour. Red symbolises joy and prosperity, making a splash of Australian cab sav a perfect accompaniment to Chinese New Year.

John Davis, the owner of the Hunter Valley-based Pepper Tree Wines, started his foray into the Chinese market by selling 10,000litres of red in 2005.

Last year he sold almost five times as much, and plans to open an office in Shanghai as soon as he hits 200,000litres.

“We sold a thousand cases of wines to a Chinese corporation who wanted to give them away to employees,’’ he said. “We’re focusing on China.’’

China accounted for nearly 40million litres of red wine exports last year, up from half a million a decade ago. NSW contributed a quarter of that, figures from Wine Australia show.

From about 1400 wineries exporting overseas, Wine Australia estimates about 800 are exporting to China.

In 2006 Westend Estate Wines in Griffith began a joint venture with Chinese clothing entrepreneur Yonggang Zheng, whose Shanshan Group manufactures for well-known brands including Le Coq Sportif.

“It has exploded,” Westend’s chief winemaker, Bryan Currie, said.

‘‘China is where most of our wines are now sold. Luckily for us our red wines go well with Chinese food.’’

Mr Currie believes sales will continue to boom as China’s middle class – and the size of its disposable incomes – expands.

Not only do local businesses stand to benefit from China’s insatiable thirst. Chinese investors have snapped up vineyards and wineries with the goal of exporting premium reds.

Mr Jurd said 70per cent of transactions last year were with Chinese businessman buying properties worth $1.5million to $5million.

Cervantes and Jurien cricket fundraiser

THE Cervantes and Jurien Cricket Clubs will be participating inthe Pink Stumps Day 2013fundraising forthe McGrath Foundation, on Saturday February 23.

The venue is yet to be confirmed, said Angie Lowe, president ofthe Cervantes Cricket Club, but I’m thinking at this time, it will be CervantesPrimary School oval.

“We envisage both an adults and a kids game,” she said.

The club has a fundraising website:http://pinkstumpsday2013.gofundraise苏州美甲美睫培训.au/page/CervantesCricketClub


VIDEO: Crown St Mall bashing victim in home invasion

A young Kanahooka man, savagely beaten two years ago and who later became the face of an anti-violence campaign, has fronted court over his role in a home invasion that left another man with serious stab injuries.

Bart Gilmore, 21, was severely injured when he was attacked by three thugs in the Crown Street Mall on October 2, 2010.

The vicious and unprovoked assault was captured on CCTV and later used by police in a campaign against alcohol-fuelled violence in Wollongong’s CBD.

At the time, Gilmore fronted the media calling for an end to the thuggery.

Wollongong District Court judge Paul Conlon yesterday accepted that Gilmore had suffered from post-traumatic stress since the incident, and it had led him to surround himself with “protectors” who could help him if he got into trouble.

Judge Conlon said this was the nature of his relationship with co-accused Nathan Hill, who had taken advantage of Gilmore’s vulnerable state.

“All the references speak of him [Gilmore] being a polite and respectful young person … [referees] are shocked at his participation in the crime as it was totally out of character,” Judge Conlon said.

“I am satisfied that anyone listening to the material [presented in court today] would be satisfied that this is not a person who deserves to be sent to prison for one evening where there was an incredible lack of judgment on his behalf.”

The court heard the duo were at Hill’s home in the early hours of June 21, last year when they agreed to go for a drive to Gwynneville so Hill could “pick up a few things” and “collect some debts”.

CCTV footage from the attack on Bart Gilmore in 2010When they arrived in the suburb Hill, unbeknownst to Gilmore, proceeded to break into a home while the occupants slept inside.

He stole jewellery and a backpack before returning to the car, parked in an adjoining street, and a waiting Gilmore.

Hill then said he wanted to go back to the house and asked Gilmore to come and act as a lookout, to which he agreed.

However, when Hill entered the home a second time, he woke a woman sleeping in the bedroom, who called out for help.

The noise woke her sons, who gave chase to a fleeing Hill.

During an ensuing struggle, Hill stabbed one of the men in the face with a knife he had been carrying.

Gilmore also fled the scene and was later found by police hiding behind a row of garbage bins.

Judge Conlon yesterday said Gilmore’s involvement in the incident was in no way similar to Hill’s and accepted that Gilmore had no prior knowledge of the fact that Hill intended to break into the home or that he was carrying a knife.

He acknowledged that Gilmore was extremely remorseful for his role in the incident, had no prior criminal convictions and had a low chance of reoffending.

He ordered Gilmore to enter into a two-year good-behaviour bond.

Hill was sentenced to at least two years’ prison on Thursday for his role in the crime.

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Liberal government committed to transport infrastructure

ASan agricultural consultant in the Moore region, I do some serious kilometres oncountry roads every day, especially on the Great Northern Highway.

Sincebecoming the local Liberal candidate for Moore, it has been made very clear tome that safety on our regional roads is always going to be a major issue forpeople living in the bush.

As part of the Barnett Liberal team, I am pleasedthe State Government has recognised the importance of transport infrastructurein the Mid West Region and is making sure this is provided.

Overthe past four years around $265million has been allocated to maintaining andupgrading the Region’s road network.

Thisis a significant increase on the $191million spent during the last four yearsof Labor.

Over$830million will be spent on regional roads across WA in 2012/13.

Eversince becoming the Liberal Candidate for Moore, I have been making it extremelyclear to the Premier and Transport Minister that fixing the Great NorthernHighway from Waddington to Walebing, and at the Bindi-Bindi bends will be amatter of urgency for me if elected on March 9.

TheGovernment has now signed off on fundingto straighten and widen the BindiBindi curves section of the Great Northern Highway, with the detailed planningalready underway.

I know this isn’t the only regional WA road project thatneeds attention, which is why I’m pleased that a re-elected Liberal Governmenthas committed to making significant investments into building new country roadsand upgrading existing roads as a part of Royalties for Regions.

Projectsrecently completed or gotten underway around Moore by the Liberal-ledGovernment include:

·Completingthe $52million Stage 2 of the Geraldton Southern Transport Corridor in 2009- onbudget and ahead of schedule;

·Committing$18million to replace the 60-year-old Greenough River Bridge on Brand Highway,to be completed by mid 2014;

·Workson a $20million upgrade of the narrow Perenjori-Morawa section of theWubin-Mullewa Road;

·A$3.5million upgrade on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road and a $20million upgrade of theMeekatharra-Wiluna Road;

·$1.4million to improve safety by widening 11km of the Mingenew-Morawa Road andreconstructing of two curves, east of the Green Brook Bridge.

Asa father of two children nearing school age, I am also pleased that theLiberal-led State Government has fulfilled its commitment to provide a newcontract framework for school bus service operators with the completion ofnegotiations between the Public Transport Authority and BusWA School BusDivision.

Thisdeal will provide fairer and simpler contractual arrangements for the OrangeSchool Bus industry, meaning greater certainty for operators and families,particularly in rural communities.

In2011-12, the State Government spent $103.1million on the school bus program.

New evergreen school bus contracts will be in placeby July 1, 2013.

Withlocal support on March 9, I look forward to fighting for ongoing funding tocontinue the Liberal-led State Government’s investment in improving the safetyof our country roads.

Chris Wilkins.

Families encouraged to be part of the Moora triathlon 

THE eigth annualBe Active Moora Triathlon will be swam, ridden and run on Sunday March 17 at the Moora Swimming Pool, RobertsStreet, Moora.

Consisting ofthree event distances, open, under 16 and under 12 individual, male, female,and mixed team divisions, there is an event category to suit everyone.

The Be ActiveMoora Triathlon is proudly sponsored and supported by Healthway, Shire ofMoora, Elite Podiatry, Topp Dogg Moora Sport, Moora Swimming Club, and severalother local businesses, and the event boasts cash prizes, individual and teamprizes, spot prizes, and the inevitable disaster award as there is always atleast one bike malfunction to commiserate.

Individuals andteams of varying ages and fitness levels are encouraged to give it a go and aimto finish, or to go out guns blazing to cross the line and take home thehonours.

Everyone will have differentreasons for participating, but as far as personal satisfaction and sense ofachievement goes there is no better feeling than setting yourself the goal ofcompleting a triathlon and the personal pride that comes with crossing thatfinish line.

It is afantastic health and fitness goal to have and in true Moora style eachparticipant, regardless of placing, will receive a well-earned cheer from thecrowd as they approach the DSR Pink Arch finish line.

Families canalso take part in the newly introduced family team category debuting in 2013.

Course distancesinclude a 150m swim, 6km cycle, and 1.5km run in the Moora Swimming ClubFun/Family Course, or challenge yourselfwith a 350m swim, 12km cycle, and 3km run in the Topp Dogg Sprint Course, ortest your limits with a 650m swim, 18km cycle, and 4.5km run in the ElitePodiatry Sprint Course.

The swim willobviously take place in the crystal clear Moora Swimming Pool, with the cyclecourse travelling along Dandaragan St, Long St (south), and Brown St, and therun following the Carnaby Cockatoo Trail on the western side of Roberts St, andthe path along Dandaragan St.

Roads will beclosed for the duration of the event, and motorists are asked to take notice ofRoad Closure signage and take alternative routes.

The Be ActiveMoora Triathlon is continuously improving every year with new additions andimprovements to the event, and 2013 is no different.

While the MooraTriathlon is still seeking a major corporate sponsor to help take the event tothe next level, the Shire of Moora has enacted several small but positivechanges through the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Scheme, such asallocated and staggered event registration marshaling, more pre-eventinformation for registered participants, and numbered race bibs just to name afew.

Feedback fromparticipants and volunteers in previous years has helped shape the MooraTriathlon, and the vision for the future of this event is big.

It isanticipated that with corporate sponsorship and continued community support,the Shire of Moora, through the Midlands District Be Active Coordinator Schemefunded by Healthway, can continue to increase the profile and reputation of theBe Active Moora Triathlon, enticing more participants from metropolitan andregional Western Australia to our town for the event.

Registrationsreceived on the morning of the event will incur a late registration fee so savea few bob and register by 4.30pm on Friday March 15.

Anyoneinterested in becoming a Be Active Triathlon Volunteer in 2013, or for more informationon the eighth Annual Be Active Moora Triathlon, please contact Anna Jamieson,Midlands District Be Active Coordinator, on 96510000 or



or ‘Like’ the Shire of Moora on Facebook.

Elite Podiatry Sprint Course Open Male winner, Todd Maxted, with event sponsors Rachel Nash-Ferguson and Marie-Ann Ishak-Lewis at the 2012 Moora triathlon.

Winner of the 2012 ‘disaster’ award Jess Robinson.

Under 16s short course – Team 1st All Stars Ashley Warrell and Cohen O’Brien.

Rachel Nash-Ferguson, Martha Simpson, Lucy Atty, Jessica Carter and Marie-Ann Ishak-Lewis.

Frankston school crossings row resolved

CROSS words between Frankston Council and the state government were resolved on Friday when Transport Minister Terry Mulder announced Frankston would receive funding for three extra school crossing supervisors for 2013-14.

“Reports of reductions in school crossing supervisors in the Frankston area are wrong,” Mr Mulder said during a visit to Frankston.

Nice to meet you: School crossing supervisor Anna Harding greets Geoff Shaw as Terry Mulder and Donna Bauer look on at the Frankston Heights Primary School crossing. Picture: Daryl Gordon

“Frankston Council has been allocated funding for an additional three supervisor subsidies on top of last year, providing for 70 supervisor subsidies,” he said. “This is a total funding increase of $14,000 in Frankston alone.”

The announcement followed a recent council meeting in which Frankston councillors said VicRoads had informed them it would no longer subsidise crossing supervisors at some primary schools across Frankston, Kananook, Karingal, Seaford and Langwarrin over 2013-14.

The likely $30,000 loss of funding was due to 13 of 72 council-operated crossings no longer meeting the requirements for VicRoads subsidies because of the ratio of pedestrians to cars, the meeting heard.

The councillors voted to tell VicRoads they would not foot the bill and would lead a campaign calling on the state government to reinstate subsidies for the 13 affected crossings.

Frankston MP Geoff Shaw and Carrum MP Donna Bauer were also at the announcement.

Mr Shaw described the council’s comments as “alarming and misleading”.

“I immediately raised the issue of funding with [Mr Mulder] and I welcome the Victorian Coalition’s continued commitment to the school crossing supervisor subsidy scheme.”

Mayor Sandra Mayer issued a statement thanking Mr Mulder “for stepping in to ensure funding will be granted to our municipality to operate all our school crossings”.

“It’s been a great partnership between Frankston Council and our local schools and we congratulate the minister for ensuring the safety of our children,” she said.

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Diamond day for Warrnambool-owned Gregers

WOOLSTHORPE-bred filly Gregers could give Warrnambool businessman Colin McKenna and his partner Janice Thomson their biggest success in racing when she runs in the $1 million group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield today.

Gregers, which was bred and reared at McKenna’s Union property, won her only race start at Moonee Valley over 1000 metres on February 1. She is rated a $21 chance with bookmakers for the 1200m feature two-year-old race in Victoria.

McKenna said trainer David Hayes was delighted with the condition of Gregers following her Moonee Valley victory.

“David said she worked a treat at his Euroa property on Wednesday morning,” McKenna said.

“Her win at the Valley was a bit of a surprise as we thought she would be better suited to a race over a bit more ground. The form from the Valley run is very good.

“It’s just a thrill to have a runner in the most prestigious two-year-old race in Victoria.

“I’m not expecting her to win but as long as she runs well I’ll be pleased as I think she’ll be a better horse next time in work.”

Gregers was set to be sold at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions weanling sale but, following a failed bid, McKenna kept a share in the daughter of Commands and included some friends in the ownership of the filly.

“It’s a great thrill to have her running in the race knowing she was bred and reared at home,” McKenna said.

“She’s a nice filly. David has a good opinion of her.

“We would have liked a better barrier but we can’t complain. It looks like being a big day, win or lose, as there will be family and friends at the track.”

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