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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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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.

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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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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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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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