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  • Motocross titles crowd disappoints

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Australian freestyle motocross championships at the Latrobe Speedway. Chris Camilleri.ORGANISERS of the first Australian Freestyle Motocross Championships have been left disappointed.
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    Just half of the expected crowd rolled into the Bendigo Bank Arena at Latrobe on Saturday to see Australia’s best action sports athletes do their thing.

    Arena promoter John Carr said 3000 people turned out for the event, despite ticket sales suggesting otherwise.

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    “It was disappointing, we thought there would be more interest in that type of event,” Mr Carr said.

    “I guess when it’s the first time an event is held outright it’s difficult to gauge how many people will turn out for the event.”

    Months of preparation had gone into the event and organisers were confident of getting 6000 people through the gate.

    Australian freestyle motocross championships at the Latrobe Speedway. Luke McNeil.

    Asked if the event would be held again, Mr Carr said that would be subject to a review.

    “The event is very expensive in its own right and we will have to sit down and work out if it will be held again.

    “I can’t say it will be held again or if it won’t until that discussion has happened.”

    The event was put on hold for two hours after a 21-year-old West Australian rider was injured after a qualifying run.

    Mr Carr said that was one of the risks all the riders took in the sport.

    Australian freestyle motocross championships at the Latrobe Speedway. Rider Luke McNeill poses for a picture with (L-R) Ally 8yrs and Byron Hall 7yrs both of Port Sorell.

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  • Fashions add glitz and glamour to Dunkeld Cup dayPhotos

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Fashions add glitz and glamour to Dunkeld Cup day | Photos Teletubbies Leroy Capewell, Josh Schapel, Jaton Smith, and Jeremy Nunan, all from Mount Gambier, at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE
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    Lisa Schmit, from Shepparton, Luke Sprin, Claire Groves, and Rynhard Smit, all from Noosa. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Shelby Pierce and Linley Parke, both of Hamilton, with co-ordinating outfits. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Dunkeld Cup Fashions on the Field winner Kelsey Lewis, from Hamilton. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Dunkeld Cup Fashions on the Field winner Kelsey Lewis, from Hamilton, with runner up Leila McDougall, from Tatyoon. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Dunkeld Cup mens Fashion on the Field winner Will Couch of Peterborough. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Matt Merrett and Abbey Minion, both of Penola celebrate Matt’s 21st birthday in style at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Ben Doukas, Jamie Malone, Lauren Peterson, Ben Thornton and Mitch Riordan, all of Warrnambool, at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Connections of #2 Diamonds at Noon, jockey Steve Vella, owners Brian Hudson, Myra Hudson, Jean Elliott, Keith Elliott, all of Geelong, and trainer Bill Cerchi, with the Dunkeld Cup silverware. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    It was a wet welcome to Victoria for this group of friends from Darwin at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Trevor Farrar, of Warrnambool, dressed as a lion to prowl around the track at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Kristian Dixon (centre dressed in yellow) and his friends, all from Melbourne, celebrating his bucks party with a trip to the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Trevor Farrar, of Warrnambool, dressed as a lion to prowl around the track at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Trevor Farrar, of Warrnambool, dressed as a lion to prowl around the track at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Jockeys Chelsea Hall, from Stawell, and Lucinda Doodt, from Ballarat, walked around the track to help raise money for the National Jockeys Trust, to help injured jockeys. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Heavy clouds, leading to lightning and rain, roll in over the Grampians and the Dunkeld track, leading to the disruption of the racing program. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Summa Daze and Dean Mulver, both on holidays from Amsterdam, dressed to impress at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Heavy clouds, leading to lightning and rain, roll in over the Grampians and the Dunkeld track, leading to the disruption of the racing program. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Racegoers seek shelter as the rain falls at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Racegoers seek shelter as the rain falls at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Racegoers seek shelter as the rain falls at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Creative shelter options became a necessity as rain fell at the Dunkeld Cup for Sarah Lay, Nicole Donal, Michael Ross, and Peter Williams, all from Ballarat. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Troy Young and Monte Gardner, both of Colac, enjoying a day a the Dunkeld races. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

    Megan King and Penelope Knowles, both of Warrnambool, happy with their day at the Dunkeld Cup. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

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  • Flames hot but Ebzery calm

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Flames Katie Ebzery (White) competes for possession. Picture: Colleen PetchNEWCASTLE’S Katie Ebzery said the Sydney Uni Flames were buoyant but not blown away by their bright start to the Women’s National Basketball League season.
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    The Flames lead the league with a 5-1 win-loss record after accounting for Melbourne Boomers 90-78 and Adelaide Lightning 78-59 in a home-and-away weekend double-header.

    ‘‘It’s good to have such a good start because the league is ridiculously strong this year, and the best thing for us is we know we still have so much more improvement in us,’’ Ebzery said.

    ‘‘That’s exciting for us, because we probably haven’t strung four good quarters together yet, so to be able to come away with some wins through that has been good. To come out of that with a 5-1 start is obviously a positive thing but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves just yet.

    ‘‘With Lauren Jackson possibly coming back for Canberra, every team’s going to get stronger as the season goes on, so to notch up some early wins is definitely important for us.’’

    Ebzery was one of five players to score in double figures in Sydney’s 12-point victory over the Boomers in Sydney last Friday, posting 12 points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot.

    The 24-year-old Newcastle Hunters product scored a game-high 16 points and added five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block less than 24 hours later as the Flames raced to a 21-7 quarter-time lead on their way to a 19-point victory over the Lightning in Adelaide.

    That avenged their shock 94-91 loss to the Lightning in Sydney two weeks earlier, which has been their only blemish so far.

    Averaging 19 points a game, Ebzery is fourth in the WNBL in scoring, leads the league in made free throws (26) and three-point percentage (54.5), and is third in made three-pointers (12).

    But the recruitment of Australian Opals guard Leilani Mitchell and American ‘‘bigs’’ Paris Johnson and Mikaela Ruef has eased the pressure on her to shoulder the scoring load.

    Sydney’s next assignment is against the much-improved West Coast Waves (3-3) in Alice Springs next Saturday.

    Newcastle’s other WNBL representative, triple Olympian Suzy Batkovic, scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and reeled in three steals to lead Townsville Fire to a 75-52 rout of the Boomers in Townsville on Saturday.

    The reigning three-time WNBL Most Valuable Player, Batkovic (16.2 points) is seventh in scoring, leads the league in average steals (two), is second in average rebounds (12.8) and third in free-throw percentage (71.4).

    In other games, Waves import Lindsey Moore nailed a jump shot from the elbow as time expired to give West Coast a nail-biting 70-68 victory over Canberra in Perth on Saturday, and two-time defending champions Bendigo stopped Dandenong 89-75 on Sunday.

  • Premierrejects poll trends

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Premier Denis Napthine said the latest Ipsos-Fairfax poll would not detract from advocating his agenda during the next fortnight.PREMIER Denis Napthine has dismissed a statewide poll which has Labor on track to form government later this month.
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    Touring Warrnambool last Friday, the state leader told reporters the latest Ipsos-Fairfax poll would not detract from advocating his agenda during the next fortnight.

    The opinion poll published on Friday showed Labor sitting on 56 per cent to the Coalition’s 44 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

    Dr Napthine still led Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews as preferred premier.

    “We’ll be working hard between now and the 29th of November to make sure people have a genuine understanding of the choice they face,” Dr Napthine said.

    “I think this’ll be a tough, tight, close election and I think every vote will count in every seat.”

    At the 2010 state election, then premier John Brumby led opposition leader Ted Baillieu in opinion polling for more than six months prior to the November poll.

    Several polls during election week highlighted a marked shift with Mr Baillieu trumping Mr Brumby for the first time.

    The Coalition subsequently formed government.

    Dr Napthine said voters were only properly assessing the field as the election drew closer.

    “A choice about who they trust to manage the economy; who they trust to grow jobs and opportunities in Victoria; who they trust to deliver a better Victoria,” the Premier said.

    “I believe the choice is very clear. The Coalition have a track record in all those areas and the track record of the Labor party is desal, Myki and their union mates.”

    Dr Napthine’s visit was the first by an incumbent premier to the south-west during a state election campaign since his predecessor Jeff Kennett hit the hustings in the Warrnambool electorate at the 1999 poll.

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  • Home invasions, two days and two kilometres away ‘peculiar’: police

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Police say it’s too early to say whether there are links between two early morning home invasions involving women in Sydney’s west just two days and two kilometres apart.
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    The first break-in took place at a home in Canley Heights just before 3 am on Friday morning.

    Two women aged 25 and 22 were asleep when they were awoken by two male intruders who had forced their way into their home.

    One man was armed with a taser; the other possibly with a rifle.

    The women were not injured. The men ransacked the home and made off with cash and electrical appliances.

    Forensic police investigated the crime scene.

    Forty eight hours later, at a home just over two kilometres away in Fairfield, another sleeping woman was awoken by a violent intruder.

    The 26-year-old was woken about 3.30 am and, after investigating and returning to bed, had an unknown assailant jump on her chest.

    The intruder – whom the victim was unable to describe in any way – then punched the woman in the face before leaving with two other intruders, who had been standing near the bedroom door.

    Nothing was stolen.

    The woman was taken to hospital for minor facial injuries and called police after arriving home from hospital.

    “We don’t yet know if the crimes are linked,” said Fairfield Inspector Raven Maharaj. “It’s somewhat peculiar”.

    Police investigations are continuing and they are appealing for anyone with information about the crimes to come forward.

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  • Labor pledges council funds

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    A LABOR pledge to renew funding for the Networked Rural Councils program has been welcomed by Rural Councils Victoria (RCV).
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    The state government program’s $3.3 million funding will run out in June next year, and Labor has promised $3.5 million over the next four years to keep it afloat.

    The Labor announcement on Friday followed a similar $3 million pledge made in late October by the Coalition.

    The funding “will allow RCV to continue providing valuable support to the 38 rural councils on shared challenges through training, policy responses and developing tools to benefit councils”, RCV chairman Cr Rob Gersch said.

    “Of course we are very pleased that both of the major parties see the value in RCV, so much so that they have both made commitments before the election,” he said.

    Cr Gersch said the pledges showed both parties were keen to support rural Victoria and the role regional councils play.

    “Rural communities have some unique concerns that need addressing and rural councils prioritise the attraction and efficient and effective use of resources to meet community needs and aspirations,” he said.

    “This in turn encourages new residents and investment to the country.”

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  • Upset win proves Pirates are genuine contenders

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    The victorious Woodford side celebrates its win over Russells Creek to retain the WDCA’s Forever Young Shield which honours the lives of six people, including Sean Doran, who died in a car crash in November, 2011. Sean’s sister Ashlea (left), father Paddy, mother Loretta and sister Mikaela (right), were on hand for the presentation. PORT Fairy has announced itself as a genuine contender to play finals after upstaging defending premier West Warrnambool for the first time in two decades.
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    The Pirates rose to the top of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) Merri conference thanks to the five-wicket win at Avery’s Paddock on Saturday.

    Club officials believe the victory was their first against the Panthers since the 1994-95 season.

    All-rounder Shaun Ploenges was the hero in the triumph. Ploenges snared 4-19, ripping through the lower order as Port Fairy limited West to 168 batting first.

    He followed up with a defiant 53 opening the innings to help the Pirates reach the target with one ball to spare.

    That Port Fairy capitalised on Ploenges’ solid foundation was thanks to important cameos from teenager Travis Parsons and Michael West.

    The match was delicately poised when the pair united at the crease with the score on 5-143. But they combined for an unbeaten 26-run stand to see the Pirates home.

    “There weren’t many calm heads on the sidelines,” captain Aaron Williams said.

    “I was going to be square leg (umpire) but I knew I couldn’t stand still. I was ecstatic and the boys are very excited.

    “It’s one of the better wins we’ve had. I don’t think we’ve beaten West in division one since ’94. It’s been a long time.”

    Williams, who won the toss and bowled, said he was pleased to keep West to 168. Alastair Templeton (50) and Josh Campbell (51) were the main contributors with the bat, but the Panthers couldn’t capitalise on their solid start.

    “They got off to a great start. We bowled well in the middle overs, kept things tight with wickets. We got consistent wickets over five or so overs,” Williams said.

    “We thought they had the score on the board but we were confident of chasing it down. Every time we’ve played them, we’ve been in the game.

    “We talked about that and if we batted our overs, we’d give ourselves a good chance of winning. Everything went to plan and everyone contributed.”

    In other Merri conference matches, Wesley-CBC secured its first win of the season with a convincing triumph against East Warrnambool-YCW at Walter Oval.

    A half-century from Lachlan Hulands allowed the Beavers to post 7-178. Zac Jones (32) and Jayden Stokie (33 not out) were also handy.

    The Broncos started well but lost 7-31 to be all out for 122. Joe Higgins (3-30), Matt Hoy (2-18) and Ben Evans (3-7) led the attack.

    And a Nick Butters-inspired Woodford retained the Forever Young Shield after defeating Russells Creek by 46 runs at Jetty Flat.

    Butters made 89 and Kory Howlett added 45 to steer the Eels to 9-222.

    Russells Creek was all out for 176 in reply, with paceman Hank Schlaghecke grabbing 3-20 to be the pick of the bowlers.

    Jayaweera Bandara continued his promising start with 50 and Sam Younghusband made 42, his best effort of the season.

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  • Libs back new Portland bore

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    PORTLAND would benefit from a new wave of tourism via hot water pools if a planned $3.25 million project to reopen a decommissioned geothermal bore goes ahead.
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    Premier Denis Napthine is talking up the Portland geothermal project. Picture: SUPPLIED

    Glenelg Shire Council has earmarked $1.625m for the project which would be matched by the Napthine government if it wins the November 29 elections.

    Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine announced on Friday a commitment to back the shire’s plan to sink a new bore to tap into the natural supply of hot underground water which would be used to heat civic buildings, the hospital, police station and other facilities — just as it did before it was shut down in 2006.

    “Recommissioning the geothermal heating systems will enable Glenelg Shire Council to tap into this sustainable and cost effective energy source,” he said.

    “The bore was closed when the previous Labor government failed to provide required investment to keep it working, meaning council and Portland District Health had to find alternative heating sources.

    “Drilling a new bore, subject to relevant approvals, will lead to cheaper energy bills and reduced emissions for council.”

    Glenelg Shire will own and operate the bore after unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a joint venture with Wannon Water.

    Expensive operating costs, reliability issues with the circulating main and boiler problems triggered the decommissioning.

    Dr Napthine told The Standard Portland could become a showcase for efficient geothermal energy.

    “There’s potential to develop geothermal tourism,” he said.

    “We need to take advantage of the asset.

    “Now the water comes out of the ground at 63 degrees, it is cooled down and then reheated with natural gas for heating systems.

    “That’s ridiculous.”

    The funding will be used not only to drill a new bore but to also install new flow control systems, new heat exchange equipment and replace pipe work.

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  • Arthur Pieman tracks move ‘appalling’

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    THE interim Aboriginal Heritage Council wants the federal government to overturn the state government’s decision to reopen a stretch of off-road track in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area on the West Coast.
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    “If the Liberal government do not move away from this bad decision, then we, the interim Aboriginal Heritage Council, have no choice but to seek outside help with this matter,” a statement from the IAHC said.

    Earlier this month the state government announced a 90-kilometre stretch of off-road track would be reopened by Christmas, a pre-election promise by Braddon Liberal MHA Adam Brooks.

    The IAHC, established by the previous state government to provide a consolidated Aboriginal community view on new permit applications, development proposals and policies, will call on Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to overturn the decision.

    “What government in their right mind would allow recreational vehicles to use some of the largest middens in the world, rare rock art sites and ancient burial grounds, as their playground,” the IAHC statement said.

    “The lack of commitment to genuine engagement with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and to appropriately manage and preserve thousands of years of Aboriginal heritage, which is of worldwide cultural and scientific importance, is appalling.”

    The IAHC met with State Minister for Growth Matt Groom and expressed concerns about the tracks being reopened, but said “obviously our concerns have been dismissed”.

    Mr Brooks said reopening the West Coast tracks was about “striking the right balance”.

    He said there was consultation prior to, at and after the election, and further consultation with the community would continue.

    The Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation supported the announcement.

    However, IAHC chairperson Rocky Sainty said the government had not consulted with enough of the community.

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  • Surgery last resort for Clarke fitness

    Date: 2018.07.09 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    All options, including hamstring surgery, will be canvassed in the effort to prolong Michael Clarke’s career, with Cricket Australia admitting the Australian skipper could miss the entire Test summer.
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    Scans on Clarke’s hamstring were inconclusive and will be pored over by experts in the coming days to determine a course of action, with the emphasis to be placed on February’s World Cup and defending the Ashes in England next winter.

    While surgery would be unlikely, team performance chief Pat Howard said it could be a possibility.

    “We are putting the World Cup and Ashes right up there and if he’s right for the Indian Test series so be it. But we’ve seen him rushed back and what we’d hate is for him to play a Test or two and then break down.

    “Everything is on the table at this point. We saw Nathan Coulter-Nile go through hamstring surgery and come back in eight weeks, so obviously that is one possibility, yes. But we are actually going through having a look at all processes at the moment, and making sure we get player buy-in. It’s important that Michael as the patient believes he is assessing all possible options,” Howard said.

    “I have talked about the priorities and what they are. Sometimes you have got to take a little bit of a long term and a medium term picture. If we do this well, we can get extra years out of Michael who is a world class player, rather than thinking in days and tournaments. We have an opportunity to really get the best out of the last couple of years of his career.”

    Brad Haddin will act as Test captain if fit and George Bailey continues to captain the ODI team in Clarke’s absence.

    Clarke has never missed a home Test through injury, but has been frequently absent from the one-day team. While he said after breaking down in Zimbabwe in September that he had no intention of making the World Cup his limited-overs swansong, his future in the short format is likely to be discussed with CA after the tournament, which is being held in Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 22 years.

    “Getting to the World Cup is important and how we get through this progress and rehab program will be important first,” Howard said. “Anything past that we will assess how his body has come through that period and it will be a consultative process. ‘Mate, what can your body handle?’ If it can handle everything and we’ve done it really well, keep going, if it can’t we assess that at that time.”

    Clarke’s recurring hamstring problems – he has injured the same leg three times in as many months – have prompted CA’s medical team to consult experts further afield. He was injured shortly after arriving in Zimbabwe for a one-day tournament and hurt himself again during a match. He missed the subsequent ODI series in the UAE but got through the Tests, and said on the eve of the first one-dayer in Perth that he felt fit and strong.

    Howard defended CA’s management of the Australian captain.

    “Players react differently to different things. We follow best practice. I’m very happy with that and we are searching even further and wider now to look at different ways to challenge our thinking,” he said. “That’s why it’s going to take a little bit of time to make sure the rehab program is [right]. We probably find something a little bit different and give it a go.”

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