Pound dogs need love

Cate Hardy, a self-confessed “serial adopter” of pets, wants everyone to think about adopting a dog from the pound.
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BEST MATES: Cate Hardy and Bea, the rescue dog who’s undergone a stunning transformation after a week of love and care. Picture: Supplied.

“If I could talk everyone into seeing past the pound and the dirty hair more people would adopt, I’m sure,” Ms Hardy said.

Last week she picked up ‘Bea’, a silky terrier cross, from Griffith pound. It was only supposed to be short term ‘foster care’, but Bea had quickly become part of the family.

“When I saw her I knew she’d belong with us,” Ms Hardy said.

“You see these dogs and you know they deserve love and I just can’t bear the thought of what might happen to them.”

Bea is the third rescue dog the family has taken in.

The Hardys adopted their first dog years ago when they were searching for a lost dog.

Ms Hardy said they went into a pound and her daughter saw an abandoned dog called Gizmo and asked if they could take it home.

“He was already house trained and had manners,” Ms Hardy said.

“Thejoy of seeing him light up after being so scared is amazing.

“That’s why you do it, in no time they know you want them there and they love you for it.”

Shireen Donaldson from Griffith City Council saidtheir Griffith City Council Animal Handling Facility Facebook page, where Bea had been listed, hadbeen very popular.

BEFORE: Bea at the pound.

“It’sa good way to spread the message about what animals are available at the pound as the page gets shared many times,” she said.

“Rescue work is always going on behind the scenes, but for those people who are looking to adopt, this is an easy way to see what is at the pound.

“From there, people can make an appointment with the compliance officers to meet the animal they are interested in and maybe progress to adoption.

“It might be a bit of a cliche, but rescued animals always seem to ‘know’they have been saved and make wonderful pets.”

Adoption from the pound is free, aside from microchipping and registration fees, whichcan be further reduced if the dog is desexed.

Ms Donaldson said council’snew pound was also under construction, the floor slab has beenlaid and wall panels should be raised by the end of June depending on weather.

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League washout

It is a rare thing for a rugby league match to be cancelled due to rain but that was the case in Group 11 on Sunday when Nyngan’s fixture with Dubbo CYMS was abandoned.
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The recent rain around the region gave the Bogan Shire Council no option but to close the sodden Larkin Oval in order to not only protect the playing surface, but also the players’ safety.

The match between the competition leading CYMS and the Tigers will now be rescheduled, most likely to the weekend of July 16.

Neither Group 11 secretary Ross McDermott or CYMS president Kevin Walkom were critical of the decision but both are now left to work alongside the Tigers to come up with a new date for the match.

“I know they were umming and aahhing about it out there but the Nyngan boys rang me at around six-thirty this morning,” McDermott said on Sunday.

“Council looked at it and they have the final call. They had no option but to close the ground.

“We’ve now said to Nyngan and CYMS they can organise an alternate date.”

The weekend of July 16 is scheduled to be a general bye for all clubs, allowing them to run social and/or fundraising events.

Walkom confirmed CYMS have a club function set down for the 16th and added he could scarcely remember a Group 11 match being washed out.

“In my tenure I think there’s only ever been one, and that was on a Friday night during the floods and I can only remember that vaguely,” he said.

“Of course it’s disappointing and as we said the boys had a good four weeks of competition coming up at the right time so they were all ready to go out and have a good day.

“And it was Nyngan’s home game so it affects them too, they’d prepared to play as well.”

While it’s not ideal for the Fishies for the match to go ahead on the weekend of the general bye, Walkom admitted it looks like there are few other alternatives.

In years gone by matches cancelled for various reasons were often replayed during the week, but that appears to have very little chance of happening in this situation due to almost everyone involved with both clubs having work commitments.

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Excellence in Innovation for Truckie Gear

DOING COOTAMUNDRA PROUD: Truckie Gear co-founder Simon Sutherland with Excellence in Innovation Award sponsor Heath Harrison of the Cootamundra Herald and NSW Business Chamber solutions execultive Sue Mills. Picture: Jennette LeesSomething as simple as a well-packed bag can make the world of difference when on the road for truck drivers, or in fact any business traveller.
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Identifying a gap in the market in 2013, Truckie Gear was born by local man Simon Sutherland and former local Anthony Wells.

At Saturday night’s Cootamundra Development Corporation Business Awards, the business partners and theirassociated products were recognised with the 2016 Excellence in Innovation Award.

This award is aligned with the NSW Business Chamber Regional Awards and Mr Sutherland and/or Mr Wells will now go on to represent themselves, Truckie Gear and the Cootamundra community at a gala event in Albury.

The concept behind the business is simple. Quality products purpose made.

Truckie Gear’s flagship product the Truckie Bag came about when Mr Sutherland and Mr Wells realised transport operators often rely on a travel bagto complete their work week, yet there was no specific product on the market for these frequent travellers.

There are 540,000 people in Australia who hold a heavy vehicle licence. This represents a substantial market and Mr Sutherland and Mr Wells saw a way of better servicing this market.

The Truckie Bag features compartments for a national heavy vehicle driver work diary, separate section for wet clothes, section for two pairs of shoes, security/business card holders and a padded section for a laptop/tablet device.

The end design came from two years of research and development and feedback from customers, trucking across Australia as you read this, speaks for itself.

“Finally a work bag that will hold everything comfortably, whether doing interstate or local runs,” wrote one review on social media.

Mr Sutherland was proud to accept the Excellence in Innovation Award telling the room of gathered small business people just like himself he and Mr Wells are starting to see the business kick some goals.

The duo have known each other for a lifetime, having gone to kindergarten together, and now in business together and going from strength to strength putting Cootamundra on the map.

He thanked wife Gemma for her ongoing support.

“She has heard me come into the kitchen on many occasions and say ‘I’ve got the perfect idea’,” Mr Sutherland said.

This idea has certainly put Cootamundra on the map and as the business continuesto grow and new products are put intodevelopment, Truckie Gear is entrenching itself into the market and showing what is possible when launching a business from regional Australia.

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Uncapped wine pleas

PLEASE LISTEN: Orange vignerons and winemakers Damian Shaw (front), James Robson, Ben Crossing, Tom Ward and Jim Swift are urging the government to listen to their concerns. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0620producersCHANGES to thewine equalisation tax (WET) could have grave consequences for many of Orange’s wine producers.
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Along with the Wine Federation of Australia, Orange producers want the government to retain the $500,000 WET rebate cap and not reduce it to $290,000and also bring forward from July 2019 to July 2017 changes to exclude bulk and unbranded wine from the rebate.

Jim Swift of Printhie Wines fearswine makers could buckle under the burden of the Federal government’s taxation plan.

“This plan not only has the potential to impact heavily on our vignerons, there will be a flow-on effect through the communitybecause Orange is promoted as a wine destination,” Mr Swift said.

He said the changes announced by the government in May to reduce the cap on earnings is a flawed process which will benefit major industry players.

“I just don’t think the government has received the right information about the impact on regional producers Australia-wide before they went ahead with these changes,” said fellow producer Ben Crossing of Angullong Vineyard.

Mr Swift said another disparity of concern is under current legislationNew Zealand producers are allowed to claim a rebate from Australia for wine which is subsequently exported to Australia.

Producers told the Central Western Daily deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has had some preliminary discussions with wine producers and has told them there will be no changes to the WET tax until after the election next month.

“But we need government to sit down with us now, otherwise we are handing our industry over to corporate Australia,” Mr Swift said.

Mr Shaw said the Labor party has indicated its interest in a fairer deal for producers, with strong support also from South Australian senator Nick Xenophon.

“Unfortunately I have tried to organise a meeting with Mr Gee (The Nationals) to explain the full implications of the impact of these changes for producers in our area, but haven’t heard back,” Mr Swift said.

“The same thing has happened with Minister for Regional DevelopmentFiona Nash as we haven’t had any success in securing a meeting with her.”

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Farmers won’t be bogged down by problems

TOO BOGGY: Perthville Feed and Rural’s Matt Seaman with rolls of lurcene that can’t be delivered until the paddocks across the region dry out following well above-average rainfall this month. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 062016cbigwetWELL-ABOVE average rain this month has left Bathurst farmers with boggy paddocks, but they remain hopeful they can get their stock to market in time.
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June’s long-term average rainfall is 44 millimetres, but so far this month 80.4mm has been recorded at Bathurst Airport by the Bureau of Meteorology.

This past weekend’s soaking contributed 31.2mm towards the total.

Perthville Feed and Rural is often the place the region’s farmers catch up, and owner Matt Seaman said sheep graziers are saying they remain hopeful they can get lambs to market in time.

“It’s starting to happen that people can’t get trucks in or out,” he said.

“They have to go to markets with lamb teeth, if they loose those the price drops significantly.”

At the markets lamb teeth signify the animal is a certain age, and younger lambs are worth a premium price.

“It’s certainly in their best interest to sell them with the lamb teeth,” Mr Seaman said.

While the rains have brought some pasture and crop growth, it has not been enough for the region’s pregnant ewes.

“While the paddocks are green, there’s not enough nutrients in what is there to sustain them,” Mr Seaman said.

“People have had to buy nutritional lick blocks and supplements [for the ewes].”

But with the challenges also comes some benefits, and Mr Seaman said the region’s saturated paddocks means that rain is now starting to run-off and fill dams.

“Above-ground [water] storage has been a problem for a while,” Mr Seaman said.

NSW Farmers Association Bathurst branch president David McKay said despite the 39mm of rain recorded at his Evans Plains property on the weekend, his paddocks are not too boggy yet.

“It’s pretty sloppy, but I’m getting around in the tractors and four-wheel-drives,” he said.

Mr McKay said the 80mm of rain he has received at his property so far this winter has been very welcomed compared to the 27mm in June last year.

“It’s the best winter we’ve had in years,” he said.

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CWRU making the right moves to protect juniors

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Junior Rugby Union competitions are looking into how to keep players safe after a Sydney junior board was accused of not protecting player welfare. Photo: FILE

THE body mass index is one tool but the Central West Rugby Union leans heavily on parental involvement when it comes to protecting smaller players.

The CWRU’s board delegate for juniors, Vincent Gordon, said the zone had strong guidelines in place to protect players from the serious injuries the Sydney competition’s junior board had been blamed for after it was accused of not enforcing weight restrictions.

Mr Gordon, from Dubbo, said parents could apply for their child to play in a younger age division if they had concerns about a size mismatch, while the clubs were also proactive in keeping kids safe.

“There are a number of points but first is the BMI [body mass index],” he said, adding observation was also key – some small players had the skills to thrive, others developed slower and this was where parents and club officials had to step in.

Mr Gordon pointed out rugby was a contact sport. But he agreed its positional structure encompassed all body shapes and that provided opportunities for children of all shapes and sizes to take part.

“I think the game [in the Central West] is certainly doing its bit to look after players,” he said.

Orange Emus juniors president Keryn Holland, who had close to 160 players under her watch, said headgear and mouthguards were mandatory for training as well as playing.

Juniors who did get a bad head knock were also required to sit out the next three weeks.

But she admitted the under 12 championships in Sydney, where her son Bailey was a member of the Central West side, was an eye-opener for her.

“My son is not a big kid but he’s tall for an 11-year-old… the size of the kids playing down there – he was one of the smaller kids,” she said.

“I think that just reinforces that Central West is doing the right thing.”

Emus have enjoyed a strong year in the junior ranks, fielding two under 7s and four under s9 sides in the Walla rugby ranks, as well as two under 11s and 13s teams and one under 15s outfit.

Ms Holland sais sometimes size was not the defining factor in grading players.

“We had two under-7s went up [to 9s], not because they were bigger but because they had older brothers who played, they’d already learned some of the skills,” she said.

The body mass index is a formula in which a player’s weight is divided by their height squared. The healthy range is between 18.5 to 25.

Former NSW Waratah player Brad Harrison sent shockwaves through Sydney’s rugby union community when he banned his 14-year-old son from club competition.

Mr Harrison, who oversees the welfare of more than 2000 children at Gordon Junior Rugby Union, said he could stand by “no longer” and watch “late-developing teenagers” being pitted against same-age players who were often more than double their body weight.

He was calling on the Australian Rugby Union to introduce a compulsory safer, weight-for-age system, but Mr Gordon said that wasn’t as simple as it sounded.

“For 12 years I’ve been involved in junior rugby and this is a regular discussion,” he said.

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Plane speaking on loss of trees

AN avenue of trees on Durham Street has been given a winter woollies makeover as part of a protest against a planned council removal.
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Members of the River Yarners group on Monday tied crocheted messages that read “love”, “hope” and “life” to the mature London plane trees between George Street and William Street.

Spokeswoman Sally Neaves said concerns raised with council over the planned removal of the trees had fallen on deaf ears, leaving the group to find other ways to get the message across.

“Nothing seems to be getting through to council,” she said.

“We are concerned if they take them away there will be very little shade in the area and it will be less beautiful.”

Council adopted a three-stage project in April 2015 in which the London plane trees, as well as some crepe myrtles, would be removed and replaced with different varieties that better suit the area.

The three stages were budgeted to cost almost $190,000, with council planning to bring in mature replacement trees rather than saplings.

While members of the River Yarners support council’s advance tree planting program, they would much prefer to see the mature London plane trees saved.

They believe the benefits of mature trees in a warming climate outweigh the inconvenience and possible extra expense of managing the trees’ root systems.

“The message is that we really value trees and we don’t want to see them torn down,” Ms Neaves said.

The idea for the crocheted banners was devised several months ago, and members of the River Yarners have since worked on the patches.

The River Yarners joined with other environmentalists last December to create a yarn project against the proposed sale of council’s treated effluent to a new gold mine near Blayney.

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Flames blaze on despite wet

FLAMES tightened their grip on the Tamworth women’s first grade lead with a four-goal win over second-placed Waratahs on Sunday.
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Flames’ Bek May shapes to tackle Waratahs’ Anita Collins during their wet women’s clash on Sunday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 190616GOB09

After conceding an early goal, Flames returned fire to lead 4-2 at half-time and run out 6-2 victors in a game played in persistent and at times heavy rain.

They didn’t take long to level after Anita Collins had put Waratahs ahead about five minutes in, with Julie Rodda converting a penalty corner on the left post, coach Barrie Pritchard said.

“All players struggled with the very wet surface,” Pritchard said.

“In the 27th minute Kate Ferguson beat two defenders in a great run to the top of the circle and passed to Tegan Smith who scored.”

Another strong midfield run to the circle, this time by Naomi Spark, was finished by Maddie Doyle to take Flames to 3-1.

Waratahs clawed back a goal in the 31st minute with a well-placed pass across the face of Flames keeper Tracey Freeman but in the final minute a Flames intercept saw Doyle score her second.

Pritchard said they built their first half on strong defence, with Freeman in the action on several occasions and Mel and Ash Allen strong in deep defence.

“Wing halves Bek May and Sophie Littlejohns backed that up by linking well in the wet conditions and getting their strikers away with good passing,” he said.

Flames adapted well to the conditions and were continually pressing the Waratahs players.

That bore fruit when Kim Resch picked off an intercept and “found Julie Rodda in the circle who beat the goal keeper and ran the ball in to score in a spray of water”.

Pritchard said Waratahs continued countering until the end and narrowly missed the post on two shots in the final seven minutes.

Doyle finished off the scoring for Flames from a right-side counter attack to give her three for the game.

“The midfield led by the mercurial Ferguson, with Kim Resch and Naomi Spark on her flanks are beginning to make a formidable combination and their linking with strikers Rodda, Smith, Doyle and Ash Horniman is creating a lot of scoring opportunities,” Pritchard said.

The win pushed them four points clear of Services at the top with the loss seeing Waratahs slip back to third.

Waratahs were a bit undermanned and coach Graeme McKenzie was quite happy with the way they played.

They did, he felt, concede a couple of soft goals but also did some “nice stuff”.

“Flames certainly took their opportunities better than we did,” he said.

“But I was really pleased with the way we moved the ball around in phases.

“When we shifted the ball around we looked good.

“We fell into the trap a couple of times of trying to hit long, which was hard in those conditions.”

He added that if they are going to be a serious threat to Flames they have to start getting everyone there and functioning more consistently.

It was a bit of sister act for them, with Collins and sister Maddie Cryer having strong games along with Tahlia and Katrina Rekunow.

Tayla King was also very strong at the back.

McKenzie is also busily in the throes of organising what is shaping up to be the biggest York Cup/Kim Small Shield yet.

At this stage they’re looking at 45 teams for the July 15-17 tournament.

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Horsham Rural City approves budgetChart

Picture: FILEHORSHAM Rural City Council has adoptedits2016-17 budget that includesa 3.5 per cent rates rise and noextra discountfor farmers.
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Councillors present on Monday night’s meeting, David Grimble, Tony Phelan, Robin Barber and Sue Exell, voted for the budget motion.

Victorian Farmers Federation vice president David Jochinkemade a submission on the draft budget thatcalledfor greater rates relief for farmers.

The submissionrequested an increase to the farm differential rate to compensate forchanges in property valuations for the farm sector that have created a“significant rate burden”.

Cr David Grimble chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Heather Phillips.

“Local government is unsustainable, we are moving toward a very unsustainable environment, Cr Grimble said.

“This council has a history of raising rates to keep abreast of maintenance.

“The issues raised by VFF are real concerns.”

Cr Grimble called forthe state and federal governments to provide more money to councils.

The draft budget was not amended to increase discount farmers receive from the differential rates scheme.

Councillor Tony Phelan said farmers were concerned about the affect of rates on their businesses, which are already under drought stress.

“It isto come up with a $45 million budget when 50 per cent comes from rates and 50 per cent from the government,” Cr Phelan said.

“The government side isoften unknown.”

Other changes in the final budget included$330,000 cut to a state grant for ApexIsland playground;almost $1 million cut from expected Roads to Recovery program; and a$296,000 boost to Children’s Hub project.

Councillor Robin Barber said property rates were atax on wealth.

“It’sa very difficult thing, unlesswe come up with a new system,” he said.

Cr Sue Exell said the Victorian government rates rise cap had kept residential costs down.

“Having a rates caphas been a lot of work butyou look at council to see whatyou can tighten,” she said.

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West Tamworth Bowlo shrugs off rain for 80th

WEST Tamworth Sports & Bowling Club’s 80th anniversary celebrations might have been dampened by the weekend but it didn’t stop a happy weekend for the Belmore Park lawn bowling club.
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West Tamworth club president Bob Hennessey (left) and Bowls Australia’s Peter Beven at Sunday’s charity day in aid of the TBH Rehabilitation Unit. Photo : Geoff O’Neill 190616GOA01

The club had a number of teams from around the region turn up to play in a fours format to celebrate the 80 years of on Saturday.

Then on Sunday the club was forced indoors to run a big charity day in aid of the Tamworth Base Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit.

“Obviously the big problem over the weekend was the rain,” West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club president Bob Hennessey said.

“We couldn’t get on the greens again yesterday (Sunday) so we headed indoors and played indoor bowls.

“While the wet weather did keep a lot of people away we still had a great day and raised $1150 for the Rehabilitation Unit,” he said

“The winners of that were Dr Beck and Andrew, one of our casual bar staff.

“Regardless of the weather it was a great weekend for the club and the generosity of people and the business houses is always overwhelming.

“ We had 50 prizes donated by the business houses in town and can’t thank them enough.”

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Rugby Rams welcome a new game

COME AND PLAY: Barossa Rams junior coordinator Mel Morrison invites locals to come and play Viva 7s.
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The Barossa Rams Rugby Club will welcome the first edition of Viva 7s in South Australia to Lyndoch Oval from July 11 and August 8.

Viva 7s is a modified form of rugby that is non-contact with an emphasis on flexible competition and is fun, social and a bit of fitness as opposed to just winning,losing or drawing.

Seven players are on each side, with two handed tags to score a try.

The game is suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes, and features a carnival-like atmosphere.

Barossa Rams junior coordinatorMel Morrison is coordinating the event and is more than happy to welcome the event she says is “going to be a lot of fun”.

She got involved via her work through the ‘game on’ program, and was approached to launch the game in South Australia from SA Rugby.

“I deliver the ‘game on’ program, and I teach rugby in PE lessons in school –Viva 7s is part of that, that’s what I teach because I’m obviously unable to teach contact sports in schools,” she said.

“James O’Keefe from SA Rugby had a chat with me a few weeks back, and then I was asked if I’d like to launch it (Viva 7s) in the Barossa.”

Ms Morrison said there hadbeen interest in the competition, with locals curious about what the game entails.

“[There has been] afair bit of interest so far, a lot of questions have been asked about the game, about the rules,” she said.

She has been doing her best to spread the word of the new style rugby game throughout the Barossa, starting with searching for internal interest at the Barossa Rams.

“I’m trying to get everybody on board within the club, so they can reach out to families, friends, it can be anybody in a team, a group of friends in one team, or families in one team.”

Viva 7s will not just be appearing in the Barossa this year, it willalso be appearing in Woodville, Onkaparinga, Brighton, Elizabeth and Old Collegians for the first time this July.

A team entry to the competition costs $75.

To register interest in playing, go to the website at梧桐夜网viva7s南京夜网419论坛.

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Generosity abounds in wake of disaster

The people of the North-West, and Tasmania in general, are well known for their generosity and willingness to pitch in and help.
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It’s usually at times when people have been hit hardest that this good nature comes to the fore.

It isn’t probably something we should be surprised by.

But the tide of goodwill generated by the recent floodshas been something to behold.

The story of Ron Sheehan from Latrobe is one of those which shows just how much people care.

Friends came to the assistance of Mr Sheehan to rescue his belongings from his home as the floodwaters rose rapidly.

But even that wasn’t enough as the shed where they were moved to as soon also under water.

A call for help went far and wide via social media, and within less than a fortnight an old house had been converted to provide Mr Sheehan with a new place to call home.

Up to 50 people volunteered their time, labour and expertise, while others made donations of materials and even food to keep the workers going.

A long list of people wanted to do their bit.

Often these actionsaremotivated by the thought of what if it was me in the same situation.

It isn’t the only story of the kind and generous response to the flood.

Latrobe mayor Peter Freshney has been full of praise for workers from the council and local fire brigade, who went well beyond the call of duty in the early hours of the flood. The same people were still working a week later to help with the clean-up.

Cr Freshney says he also knows of a number of occasions where people hit hard by the flood refused immediate assistance including financial aid, because they knew of someone who needed it more.

The coast’s musicians also came to the fore on Sunday, turning their talents into more than $17,000 for the flood appeal with their Flood Gate fundraising concert. The event came together in a very short space of time thanks to the generosity of many such as Pier 01 owner Matt Waller and his staff who donated their time, venue and expertise for the event.

The work to recover from the floods is far from complete.

But for those who have been hit, it must be reassuring to know they are in a community which is happy to step up and help wherever they can.

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Watson’s maiden a chance for struggling Roosters

A MAIDEN try from Dubbo junior Connor Watson gave the Roosters a chance of snatching victory in their match against the Warriors but the hosts were able to hang on for a 12-10 victory.
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The arrival of Watson has been one of the highlights for a Roosters team that continues to languish towards the bottom of the NRL ladder.

Playing at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium, the hosts led 12-4 with 16 minutes to go but Watson scored a converted try inside the final 10 from a movement that included three offloads.

Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall then made a huge break that threatened another four-pointer but his attempted pass went astray.

The win was the Warriors’ third in a row and took them into the top eight.

The Warriors suffered an early injury setback with five-eighth Thomas Leuluai going off with a gash to his head.

They then found themselves a man down midway through the opening spell.

Winger Ken Maumalo was sinbinned for obstructing opposite number Joseph Manu as the latter chased a kick into the in-goal.

Up a man, the Roosters pounced, with prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, despite having three tacklers on him, producing the offload that led to a try for back rower Mitch Aubusson.

Sio Suia Taukeiaho couldn’t add the extras and the Warriors responded with a Luke penalty.

The home side avoided more damage when a man down and Maumalo came back and made amends by racking up 181 run metres.

Luke added two more penalties early in the second half to edge the home side ahead in the 57th minute before Johnson pushed them further in front.

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Rams impressive but fall short at the end

Damien Reid drives towards the hoop during Dubbo s clash with Canberra. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEFOR three quarters of Saturday evening’s Waratah League match at the Woolshed it seemed anything but a clash between the undefeated competition leaders and a team yet to taste victory in 2016.
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The winless Dubbo Rams made life extremely uncomfortable for the dominant Canberra Gunners and were still within touching distance at the start of the final quarter.

But the Gunners’ class and quality came to the fore late as they drained a number of shots to run out 71-48 winners.

Despite the loss, the Rams’ 11th straight this year, player-coach Damien Reid was delighted with his side’s effort against one of the competition powerhouses.

“We did exactly what we talked about at training,” he said after the match.

“Our gameplan was to close out extremely aggressively and force them off the three-point line and we forced them to attack off the drive and they got a little lost in the first three quarters because they had to look at different options.

“They weren’t able to just hit those three points shots like they are probably accustomed to.”

The only time the Gunners got a real roll on with their three-point shooting was late in the match when the Rams began to tire.

The Gunners had earlier begun the better and they were leading by eight after the first quarter.

Both Mark Willis and Dan Medway nailed difficult chances early in the second but Canberra hit back each time and were particularly successful off the fast-break.

But Dubbo wouldn’t go away and bench players Shayne Brown, Adam Wheeler and Nick Conte all lifted against their highly-fancied opponents.

“Adam, Nick and Zac (Mills) are all out of the under 18s last year so for them to step up and put that kind of effort on the court against the top team in our pool and the league as a whole is awesome,” Reid said of his younger players.

“The energy off the bench when the young games came on was exactly what I asked of them. They really lifted a few of the older guys and the bench got us rolling out.”

The Rams trailed 36-24 at the main break before the Gunners extended the lead to 14 in the third quarter.

Canberra’s Jarrod Hampton was the standout player on the corner and led all scorers with 16 while fellow Gunner Max Wallner scored 14.

The Rams got the deficit back to 10 early in the fourth courtesy of another three-pointer to Brown, who led the Dubbo scoring alongside Mark Willis with 10 points.

But after such a strenuous effort to contain the Gunners, the hosts tired and Canberra streaked away late.

Dubbo now look forward to their final home game of the season against Illawarra on July 2 in what will also be their annual Pink Night for charity.

“If we can consistently get that level of game play against all teams, especially against Illawarra on Pink Night, that would be massive for us and a big step towards our first win.”

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