Monthly Archives: July 2019

Gallery: Launceston v North LauncestonTSL

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Gallery: Launceston v North Launceston | TSL TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston
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TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

TSL | Launceston v North Launceston at Windsor Park. Picture: Scott Gelston

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GALLERY: Police Officer of the Year Awards

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In an awards ceremony heldin Griffith on Friday night, local police officers were recognized for their outstanding commitment and tireless work for the community.
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Sergeant Brett Ryan was named Police Officer of the Year for his work tackling alcohol-related crime.

Sergeant Brett Ryan (middle, pictures with Rotary’s Denis Conroy and Local Area Commander Detective Superintendent Michael Rowan) has been named Police Officer of the Year.

Presenting Sgt Ryan with the prestigious award, Rotary Club of Griffith East PresidentDennis Conroy said through his work the humble police officer had made “a difference to the lives of everyone in our community”.

“We have seen a 15 per cent decrease in alcohol-related crime and Sergeant Ryan has made a significant difference to community safety around licensed premises in Griffith.”

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Gallery : Primary School Cross Country

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Gallery : Primary School Cross Country The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler
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The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

The primary school’s Ron Hill Schools Cross Country Series, held at Queechy High School. Picture: Paul Scambler

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Video: Moss Vale Magic defeat Central Coast Crusaders

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Billy Campbell gets the ball over the Central Coast’s defence to score. Photo by Lauren Strode
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BASKETBALL

THE Moss Vale Magic bounced back from its overtime loss to competition leaders the Penrith Panthers last week with a comprehensive 26 point win over the Central Coast Crusaders at the Moss Vale Basketball Stadium on Saturday night.

It was an important game for the Magic with the Crusaders sitting in fifth position on the table, just one win ahead of the Magic who were holding on to sixth spot after last week’s loss.

With only the top six teams qualifying for the playoffs later this month the Magic were at risk of dropping out of the top six with a loss in this match.

The Crusaders showed they had come to play and took an early lead before Billy Campbell ignited the Magic offence with some deft moves to the basket on his way to six points for the quarter.

The Magic went basket for basket with the Crusaders in what was shaping up as an entertaining contest.

Chris Tyler was injected into the game and made an immediate impact when he connected on a long range three pointer with his first shot for the game.

When Nick Bizjak followed that up with another three pointer the Magic slowly started to gain control.

Dane Jensen,Pat Chaumont and Hayden Cook all chipped in with some nice finishes around the basket as the Magic went to the first break with a slender lead 19-17.

The Crusaders showed why they have been one of the top sides this year as they regained the lead in the second quarter after connecting with back to back three pointers despite plenty of attention from the Magic defence.

The Crusaders remained in a zone defence which played straight in to the hands of the Magic who boast one of the best, if not the most lethal outside shooting rosters in the league, with players like Bizjak, Tyler, Campbell, Davies, Cook and Rhys Pryor all capable of lighting it up from the three point line.

It wasn’t long before Bizjak started to find his range with two long bombs and was back up by Tyler backed with another three.

The Magic took a slender three point lead at half time 36-33.

The Magic came out with more intensity in the third quarter and got their transition game going to take control of the match.

Moss Vale’s shooters found their rhythm and were on fire from outside with Tyler showcasing his shooting skills as he lit up the court with 13 points for the period which included three three pointers.

The Crusaders had no answers and struggled to contain the outside shooting triple threat of Bizjak, Campbell and Tyler as the Magic took control of the game.

Hayden Cook complimented the Magic shooters with some strong drives to the basket and also got in on the act with a pull up three pointer in transition.

However he had his foot on the line and had to settle for two points with the score 66-49 at the final break.

Coach Kevin Campbell emphasised the need for the Magic to really go on with it in the last quarter given the closeness of the teams vying for the top six finals position particularly with points for and against possibly going to be a factor.

The players responded in emphatic fashion as they proceeded to rack up another 33 points led by Billy Campbell who was having his best game of the season with back to back three pointers and 12 points for the quarter on his way to a game high 23 points.

Luke Clarke had his best of the season for the Magic with some strong rebounding at both ends of the floor as well as running the fast break well.

He also showed some great shooting touch with 100 per cent from the field and also a perfect 100 per cent free throw record making six from six from the charity stripe.

The Magic’s shooters were not missing many.

Whenever they did miss one Grey, Jensen or Pat Chaumont were there as usual to grab the rebounds and complete the put back.

Jensen with 10 points and Chaumont with nine points were consistent all night and kept the Crusaders 6′ 8″ centre Tyler Payne relatively quiet for most of the game.

Development player Nick Gardiner had an opportunity to put the Magic over the 100 point mark for just the second time this year however he was just short with a couple of three point attempts as the Magic ran out comfortable winners 99-73.

Top scorers for the Magic were Campbell (23 points), Bizjak (20 points), Tyler (19 points), Jensen (10 points), Chaumont (nine points), Clarke (eight points), Cook (eight points) and Davies (two points).

The Magic will now play third placed Sydney University Spiders in another crucial match on Saturday afternoon at Sydney Uni with tipoff at 3.30pm.

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Boxers ready to turn golden run into Olympic success

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Shelley Watts excelled at her first major tournament. Photo: James Brickwood Andrew Moloney out-pointed Muhammed Waseem of Pakistan. Photo: James Brickwood
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Joe Goodall was outclassed by Joe Joyce of England. Photo: James Brickwood

Kevin Smith doesn’t do a lot of talking. “I’ve just got to go and, er…” was all he had to say as he whizzed past Australian journalists in Glasgow, disappearing down the corridor with a sly grin and leaving his number one man, Don Abnett, to do the talking.

“I’ve got a good feeling about it,” Abnett said about the future prospects of Australian boxing after a successful tournament at the Commonwealth Games.

“I like working with coach Kevin. I have since I met him and I really believe he can bring something good to Australian boxing.”

He already has. The Liverpudlian, who only took over as Australian boxing’s head coach in May, doesn’t say much outside of the inner-circle but his methods clearly work. After the final night of boxing in Glasgow, he could count two golds and a silver as reward for his techniques.

Australia didn’t win a single medal in Delhi four years ago and despite sending some 11 fighters to the Olympics, none returned with a medal of any colour. It was back to the drawing board but the signs are promising.

Shelley Watts (lightweight) and Andrew Moloney (flyweight) both won gold in Glasgow’s cavernous Hydro arena, making it a perfect start for the Australians on finals day. Super heavyweight Joe Goodall, still a relative novice in the ring, had a much tougher assignment against England’s Joe Joyce, who beat him convincingly over three rounds.

“It was overwhelming the pressure and I just felt I had nothing,” said Goodall, still just 22 and with only four years of boxing under his belt. “I was looking for the one-punch knockout at the end there but my timing was out. I was sloppy with my footwork and off balance.

“I think I had a good tournament all in all. I am happy with winning silver.”

Daniel Lewis would have been a chance at gold, as well, before a bad cut on his eye saw him bow out of the competition. There has been much debate about the withdrawal of head protection for the male fighters but AIBA, boxing’s governing body, insists they new laws will remain, despite a proliferation of split heads.

The big question for Smith is how he turns renewed momentum in Australian boxing into some success in Rio. Australian wasn’t short of representatives in London but none made much headway, even if fighters like Jeff Horn and Damien Hooper have made promising starts to their respective professional careers.

It may well be Australia’s brightest hope in Rio is Watts, who blazed her way through the Commonwealth tournament in fine style. At 26 and competing at her first major event, she looks a serious talent with immense amounts of improvement still to come.

She fights in the same division as Ireland’s Katie Taylor, the Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion. And while she has yards to make up on the Irish great, the potential for Australia’s first Olympic boxing medal since 1988 (Grahame ‘spike’ Cheney’s silver) is apparent.

The Commonwealth Games boxing tournament was missing some of the sport’s biggest hitters; Russia, Ukraine and Cuba. It obviously takes some sting out of the results but after some lean years, the Australian camp will grab any momentum they gained and run with it.

How far they can go will be revealed at the 2015 World Championships, then Rio. But even getting to the Olympics has become a mission of its own, with Australia qualifying a certain amount of fighters through Oceania and the rest through an Asian qualifier that includes powerhouses like India and Kazakhstan, which has become a dominant force in the amateur ranks.

To make it more difficult, no Australian fighters compete in the World Series of Boxing, which allows fighters to compete as professionals while still being eligible for the Olympic Games. Joyce, who gave Goodall a boxing lesson, has operated in that competition and the difference was on show for all to see.

Coaches like Abnett and Smith know the lay of the land of Australian boxing and how difficult it has become to turn talents into Olympians. But with the likes of Watts at the vanguard of the next generation of prospects, the wait for more Olympic success may be shorter than you think.

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