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Big names back on board

Ag College coach Nick McCarthy is looking for his team to pick things up where they left off as Southern Inland returns this weekend.

Ag College captain Thomas Macleay will return from a heel injury against Wagga City this weekend.

Coming off a rugged win against Tumut three weeks ago, Aggies will face Wagga City in an important crosstown clash at Beres Ellwood Oval on Saturday.

The timing couldn’t have been worse for the university club who not only had their momentum halted by the two general byes, but face uncertainty surrounding the team with students starting holidaysthis week.

Aggies put in a determined effort to surprise the Bulls in horrible conditions to moveback into the top five and need to keep winning to ensure they play finals football this year.

Currently in fourth spot, Ag Collegesit three points clear, plus percentage, ahead of Wagga City and Griffith in the finals race.

They have the chance to skip well clear of the danger zone, howeverMcCarthy isn’t putting too much pressure on the game.

“I think most games are important for these teams fighting for a finals spot now,” McCarthysaid.

“You don’t want to drop games against sides below you on the ladder and we would like to sneak one or two against the teams that are above you.

“It is probably not the be all and end all just yet but it would be nice to put a gap on them at this point.”

McCarthy isbuoyed by the return of threeforwards.

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Matthew Dellavedova with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

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Matthew Dellavedova – NBA champion.

Three years ago you would have been laughed out of the United States if you said the unfashionable point guard from Maryborough would become an NBA champion.

Therein lies why “Delly” has become a crowd favourite in Cleveland and one of Australia’s most recognisable sporting stars.

From his junior days in Maryborough and with the Bendigo Junior Braves through to his college career in the US with St Mary’s, Dellavedova’s work ethic set him apart.

He never took no for an answer and always backed his own ability even when plenty of people were lining up to tell him otherwise.

Now he is an NBA champion. It’s a stunning story of perseverance and self belief.

It’s a tale that should inspire every young central Victorian.

David Blatt, who coached Dellavedova at the Cavs, summed up the Maryborough native best.

“That’s one of those things when you’re talking to kids or prospective players and talk about character and what it means to have it, you might as well say ‘Matthew Dellavedova’,” Blatt said.

“He embodies all the good things you want to see in players and team-mates.

“From an underrated kid that not a lot of people thought would be in this league, that’s admirable.”

While Dellavedova had little impact on the Cavs’ 4-3 series win over Golden State, his contribution to the title run shouldn’t be underestimated.

When starting point guard Kyrie Irving was out of the line-up for the first part of the season, Dellavedova was instrumental in getting the Cavs off to a flying start.

In the regular season he took his game to another level, particularly offensively.

He improved his three-point shooting efficiency and had one of the best assist to turnover ratios in the NBA.

When games were on the line down the stretch, Delly was on court for the Cavs more often than not.

His defensive energy and ability to make the right decision with ball in hand earned him respect from his coaching staff, team-mates and the NBA experts who three years earlier had wrote him off.

This season he averaged 7.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game – solid numbers for a back-up point guard.

That’s why there’s a number of NBA clubs who are keen to give Dellavedova, who is now a restricted free agent, a big pay rise and sign him for next NBA season.

While Dellavedova would undoubtedly want to stay with the Cavs for the rest of his career, the world of professional sport means there’s no guarantees.

Whether he leaves Cleveland or not, Dellavedova will always hold a special place in the hearts of Cavs fans.

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THE battle for top spot on the Golden Rivers Football League ladder has become a three-team race after Wandella defeated Ultima by 11 points on Saturday.

The Bombers – led by Daniel Baker and Mick Bott – dominated the second quarter, before holding off a final quarter fightback from the reigning premiere to climb to first spot on the ladder.

The loss was Ultima’s fifth since the 2013 grand final, leaving the side on the same number of wins at the Bombers and second-placed Murrabit.

In a physical encounter, both sides battled to control proceedings in the opening term only for the Bombers to lead by six points at the first break.

Despite leading, the Bombers were down a rotation after Callaghan Gray was knocked out following an on the ball collision during the first five minutes of the match.

Wandella took control of the game in the second quarter, with former coach, Blake Anderson leading the way.

Whilst Nathan Condely was successfully containing Wandella coach, Paul Grayling, with the duo battling across the half-forward line, Anderson was proving to be a concern for the hosts.

Wandella extended it lead to 20 points before Ultima spearhead, Basil Althouse began to take control for the home side.

Although being well held by Jordan Jeffrey, Althouse kicked Ultima’s only two goals of the term – which were cancelled out by the Bombers – to keep Wandella’s lead to 20 points at half-time.

The ‘Roos moved Brenton Pay to the back line in the third term, enabling Luke O’Toole to play in the middle of the ground – a tactic that worked for the home side.

Yet Wandella was making its chances count. Tim Robinson was controlling play across half-forward, ensuring each Ultima goal was matched by the Bombers.

Gavin Cathie extended the lead beyond three goals late in the term, but Ultima replied to reduce the deficit to 14 points with one term to play.

The margin hovered around the two to three goal mark in the final 25 minutes of the match, with Cathie’s second goal of the game early into time-on securing victory.

Anderson, Baker and Cathie kicked two goals each for the victors, with Althouse, O’Toole and Jack O’Rourke booting the same number of goals for the ‘Roos.

Baker, Brodey Farley and Bott were best on ground for the Bombers, with O’Toole and Condely standing out for Ultima.

Wandella hosts Moulamein before the school holiday break, with Ultima to travel to Murrabit.

Maroons add to Lions’ hoodoo

NULLAWIL added another chapter to its Golden Rivers Football League dominance against Hay at the Maroons’ hone ground, recording a 30-point win in a game involving the competition’s fourth and fifth-placed sides.

Nullawil handled the slippery conditions better, with Matt Harrop leading the way to ensure the Lions’ decade long losing streak at the venue continued.

Hay used Taylor Williamson in a different role to his normal goal kicking position, playing him as a rotating on- baller and half back in the wet conditions, with good effect, crashing and bashing and winning the ball for his side.

Goals were at a premium in the first half with only seven majors kicked between the sides, – four to the hosts and three to the Lions.

The conditions showed that Hay is missing the on-field leadership of coach, Simon Bunyan, whose inside work gives the New South Wales-based side an advantage, with the Lions relying on its tall players and long kicking skills.

The conditions didn’t suit the Lions’ game style, but they didn’t give up and pushed Nullawil. Ricki Waters and Mick Dedini worked hard through the midfield, but the rebound of Tom Fawcett and Kyle Doran across half back was stopping the ability of the visitors to score.

Up the other end, Andrew Oberdorfer and Jackson Ferguson were having a great match up. Two of the most athletic players in the league put on an entertaining duel with Oberdorfer kicking two goals, but Ferguson providing drive across half back and kicked two majors himself in an even contest.

Going into the last quarter, Nullawil had a two-goal lead, and the first goal was going to be huge. The home side was able to kick truly through Harrop, and despite a quick reply from the Lions in Waters, Tom Fawcett kicked the sealer midway through the final term.

Nullawil can remain fourth on the ladder going into the third bye of the season if the side defeats Quambatook this weekend, whilst Hay needs to beat Macorna at home to keep in touch with the top four.

CHALLENGE: Quamabatook captain, Gregor Knight and Murrabit’s Nathan Morrow jostled for the ball during the Blues’ win.

Blues climb, Saints’goal over

MURRABIT moved to second on the GRFL ladder thanks to a 22-point win against Quambatook.

Tom Hetherington kicked three goals for the victors, with the loss ending the Saints’ chances of making the finals with the 2015 grand finalists four wins outside the top four.

The Saints held a seven-point lead in drizzly condition at quarter time, only to concede four goals to one to trail by 14 points at the main break.

Murrabit kicked two goals to one in the third and final quarters to record a seventh win of the season.

Tom Holdstock, Bryden Morison and Michael Roberts kicked two goals each for the victors, with James Lloyd kicking three of Quambatook’s six goals for the match.

Bryden and Dylan Morison, as well as Roberts, were best on ground for the Blues, with Ricky Jochinke, Ash Davis and Luke Jackson playing well for the hosts.

Murrabit hosts Ultima this weekend, with the Saints to travel to Nullawil.

Tigers on the move

MACORNA moved to fifth on the GRFL ladder after defeating Moulamein by 46 points.

Jessi Lampi kicked five goal for the Tigers, who kept the Swans goalless in the second half.

Macorna kicked the opening five goals of the match to hold a 32-point lead at quarter time.

Moulamein out scored the Tigers in the second quarter, booting four goals to two to reduce the deficit to 17 points at the main break.

However, the Tigers were too strong in the second half, despite having one more scoring shot than the Swans for the entire match.

Brett Collins, Tristan McIntosh and Ethan Tibbles kicked two goals each for the Tigers, with the Swans’ four goals coming from individual goalkickers.

Lampi, Jacob McIntosh and Jordan Simpson were best on ground for the Tigers, who travel to Hay this weekend.

Matthew Battenally, Ryan Merritt and Michael Morson played well for the Swans, who travel to Wandella on Saturday.

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SUPPORT: Lions Club president, John Poole, left, Kerang District Health’s Jeecinta Lightbody and program co-ordinator, Beryl Tartaglia with some of the donated tie hats, pump bags and tote bags.

A GROUP of local “angels” are providing a touch of care for local residents being treated for cancer.

The Kerang Community Angels delivered their first batch of tie hats, pump bags and tote bags to the Kerang District Health oncology unit last Friday.

Inspired by a Lions District 201V6 community project, the Lions Club of Kerang – through Lions lady, Beryl Tartaglia – is overseeing the effort to provide much-needed items for patients.

“We hope to not make lots of bags and hats, but I fear we may,” Mrs Tartaglia said.

The project is based on the Lions Club of Yarrawonga’s Turban Angels program, which involves club members making hats and bags for local oncology patients.

The organisation adopted the project as its annual district effort, with the program to benefit hospitals along the Murray River.

“Since July 2015 the Turban Angels have made 3000 hats and bags, and the Yarrawonga club saw the need for other Lions clubs to drive the project,” Mrs Tartaglia said.

Working alongside fellow Lions lady, Cheryl Gin, Mrs Tartaglia uses her local fabric shop as a base to develop the donations.

Sewing class participants and other volunteers now spend the first Monday of each month at Tarmac Fabrics between 10am and 3pm creating the bags, made thanks to donated materials.

“Anyone is welcome to help out, but we do need ironers and packers,” Mrs Tartaglia said.

The first delivery included 30 tie hats, 30 pump bags and 20 tote bags, with a back stock to be developed when the hospital runs out.

“The hats and bags are just perfect. It is a personal touch, and a touch of love for those going through treatment,” Kerang District Health’s oncology unit manager, Jeecinta Lightbody said.

“Something so little can make such a huge difference to people.”

The next Kerang Community Angels session will be held on Monday, July 4.

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A special lunch at Laggan School | photos The students have a luncheon every Friday with a special guest invited.

Rie O’Brien helps with the cooking at the school some Friday’s. She is serving the wonderful pumpkin lasagne to releiving principal Wendy Lyons and one of the students.

The pumpkin bread

TweetFacebook Laggan Public School special Friday lunchesWALKING into the Laggan Public School kitchen last Friday, was a very special experience for Mike Walsh Rotary President and Bronwyn Haynes Crookwell Gazette Editor .

They were invited as special ‘lunchtime guests’ and were greeted with excited children in an enthusiastic environment – their new kitchen.

The kitchen at the School has had a recent upgrade made possible through grant funding allocated by Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

The school has instrumented a ‘garden to plate’ program where each Friday the children are segregated into two groups.

One group harvests of vegetables from the garden, whilst the second group prepares and cooks the food for lunch.

The preparation and cooking is overseen by Paul Mills, a retired chef, who settled in Laggan 12 years ago.

PARENTS and the teachers also lend a hand in the kitchen, but the children do most of the work and the washing up!

This program is enabling the children to learn life skills and this is showing at an early age as they are both creative and confident in their cooking skills.

The children have self-published recipe books filled with recipes from their weekly cooking adventures.

They make relishes and chutneys and other baked goods for the monthly Laggan Markets and they sell any spare produce from their garden when they have an abundance.

On Friday the children prepared; tomato soup and pumpkin bread, pumpkin lasagne with crisp garden greens and edible flowers which they had gathered from the garden that morning. They made mint cordial by using a ‘simple syrup’.

The children made a date and rhubarb chutney and onion jam as condiments and finished off the meal with a choc chip biscuit for the guests.

They were making the biscuits and zucchini and apple muffins for the markets on Saturday.

These children are to be congratulated for they are leading the school environment in a healthy direction, learning the skills of growing, preparing, cooking and selling their produce.

There are 19children at the School and they have a wonderful support group of parents and teachers.

If you are interested in dropping into the school on a Friday to experience their cheffing skills and to see the children in action in the kitchen, just phone to make an appointment.

Three cheers to the children and their ‘garden to plate’ program and a special thanks for sharing the experience.