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  • Thrills and spills excite crowd

    Date: 2018.10.17 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    TWO of Australia’s most decorated riders, Cam Sinclair and Steve Mini, proved to be the stars of the show at the Latrobe Speedway on Saturday night.
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    Sinclair took home the Australian Speed and Style championship in a thrilling display of riding, while Mini wowed the crowd over the 75-foot jumps to be awarded the Australian Freestyle Motocross title in an abridged version of the event.

    Sinclair defeated good friend Jay Archer in the Speed and Style final, executing an impressive one-foot backflip in the windy conditions.

    Despite a two-hour delay due to another rider crashing earlier in the night, Sinclair was more than happy with the night’s work, which also included a third-place finish in the freestyle event.

    ‘‘I’m stoked with my performance to get first and third,’’ he said.

    ‘‘The crash put a bit of a hole in the night, but all the boys stepped up and put on a good show for the crowd.

    ‘‘I was pretty confident going into the final as I’ve been doing a lot of practice on my speed in the last few months, and to go head to head with Jay, it couldn’t have been any better,

    ‘‘We ride and train together every day —he’s a good friend who only lives five minutes up the road from me.’’

    Earlier in the night, New South Wales rider Mini took out a shortened version of the freestyle event that was halted after the crash in qualifying.

    ‘‘They did two runs in qualifying, then it was going to be head-to-head format until the accident held things up for two hours,’’ event co-ordinator Shannon Reimann said.

    ‘‘It was decided after conversation with the riders that we would decide the overall title from the qualifying.’’

    Riders had to complete six tricks or three minutes worth of runs, with Mini cleanly completing his combination backflips and whips to score a 21 on his first run, before backing it up with a 17.08 in his second attempt, which eventually won him the title from Harry Bink, with Sinclair in third.

    Sinclair said the windy weather slightly put the brakes on the tricks he wanted to do throughout the night, and he would have appreciated a more difficult track.

    ‘‘It could have been a bit more challenging and a few more passing opportunities, but we made it work,’’ he said.

    ‘‘Hopefully we can make it bigger and better next year.’’

    TAKING FLIGHT: Cam Sinclair soars in the Australian Freestyle Motocross event at the Latrobe Speedway. Picture: Jason Hollister.

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  • Maisy bowls into history books

    Date: 2018.10.17 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    MAKING HISTORY: Teenage leg-spinner Maisy Gibson with her brother and fellow first-grade cricketer Abe.THIS time last year Singleton teenager Maisy Gibson was recovering from a second knee reconstruction in the space of six months.
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    Making history as the first female cricketer to play first-grade in Maitland was not on her radar.

    But what became a goal in her rehabilitation turned to reality on Saturday when the leg-spinner took the field for Western Suburbs in the top grade against defending premiers Northern Suburbs at Lorn Park.

    Gibson was a late replacement for off-spinner Michael Rees, who pulled out on Thursday night due to work commitments.

    ‘‘It was a surprise really but it was quite amazing,’’ Gibson said of her call-up.

    ‘‘Everyone was really supportive and backed me all the way. They were saying it would be a tough game but also that they would play good cricket and respect the good balls.’’

    Facing arguably the toughest test for a bowler in Maitland cricket, the 18-year-old conceded just 43 runs from 10 overs in Norths’ total of 294. Although she took no wickets, Gibson had hard-hitting veteran Matthew Wilks dropped twice off her bowling.

    ‘‘I was happy with it but I was happy just to get a bowl really,’’ Gibson said.

    ‘‘I was happy I got that much of a go.’’

    Respected Maitland cricket historian Lindsay Wood told the club he believed Gibson was the first female player to make the top grade in 120 years of competition in the district.

    Gibson, who plays with the all-girl Flamingos team in the Maitland under-16 division and in the Sydney women’s grade competition with University, said she made playing first grade a goal this season.

    ‘‘It was a thrill,’’ she said.

    ‘‘It was quite amazing to make history.’’

    Her start to the season was also a return to competitive cricket following 17 months out of the game.

    Gibson had a knee reconstruction in April last year and another on the same knee six months into her rehabilitation after injuring it again.

    She returned to training in April this year before returning to the field in trial games in September.

    Gibson came to Wests two seasons ago after her older brother, Abe, a first grade left-arm orthodox spinner, moved to the club.

    Club president and leading player Andrew Trappel said Maisy’s debut was the best by a leg-spinner he had seen in his time in the top grade, which started in 1998-99.

    ‘‘She probably bowled five bad balls in 10 overs, so for a leg-spinner that is not too bad,’’ Trappel said.

    ‘‘She bowled to Matthew Wilks for probably six overs and there aren’t too many better players of spin the last three years than him in the competition.’’

    Trappel said Gibson had justified the club’s decision to promote her.

    ‘‘It’s a good story,’’ he said.

    ‘‘There are going to be a few haters out there, no doubt, and I’ve already had a few calls from some old-school people. But at the end of the day, the next best leg-spinner in the club is a female, so she’s there.’’

  • Stanley booked out for start of filming

    Date: 2018.10.17 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    THE Light Between Oceans production team, including the film’s main actors, will enjoy Cable Station Restaurant’s fine fare this week.
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    Co-owner Don Monk was looking forward to providing good meals to the guests this week, but didn’t plan on preparing anything different.

    ‘‘We will serve our normal fare,’’ Mr Monk said.

    ‘‘We had some film crew members in [Saturday] night and they enjoyed crayfish, scallops, slow-braised beef and a bottle of wine.

    ‘‘So we have already seen the benefits of having the team here, it’s good fun.’’

    While the visit is exciting, Mr Monk said the Cable Station Restaurant wouldn’t treat the team any differently to their other guests.

    PICTURES: Stanley transformed for movie shoot

    ‘‘We take it in our stride, we see those guys as being a part of the film crew, but at the end of the day they are there to have a good meal and enjoy a nice bottle of wine,’’ Mr Monk said.

    The Cable Station Restaurant isn’t the only business benefiting from The Light Between Oceans.

    ‘‘The whole town is booked out for the next fortnight, it’s brilliant,’’ Mr Monk said.

    ‘‘It’s really fantastic the opportunity has come our way.’’

    Mr Monk acknowledged the opportunity presented by having the town featured in such a huge international film.

    ‘‘We need to jump on this at 100 kilometres an hour,’’ he said.

    ‘‘The challenge for Stanley is how we are going to leverage marketing from it, which is a discussion we will have to have once [the filming] is all over.

    ‘‘I have ideas of how it would look, I think we really need to lock in a strategic view of how we do this.’’

    After filming was finished, Mr Monk said Stanley would no longer be just a tourism town.

    ‘‘We are now a destination for more movies to be filmed here, we have the infrastructure now,’’ Mr Monk said.

    ‘‘We need to be marketing it as a potential location for these activities.

    ‘‘On the back of the film, we need to be talking about it on social media.’’

    A NEW LOOK: The Light Between Oceans location manager Phillip Roope overlooks the works to the main street of Stanley. Picture: Grant Wells.

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