Ararat takes top spot with big win at home

BACKSWING: Ararat’s Genevieve Bush prepares for a forehand return during her match against Crowlands on Saturday. Picture: Peter PickeringArarat has jumped into top spot after it defeated Crowlands by 21 games in round nine of the Ararat and District Tennis Association in Ararat on Saturday.

The home team only dropped four sets on its way to the 89 to 68 game win.

The men’s doubles was a one-sided affair with Ararat winning all four sets.

Crowlands could only manage 13 games from the four sets with Doug Newbury and Steve Jardine top-scoring with four games in their set against Alex Drosg and Kaiden Walton.

Claire Harrick and Genevieve Bush won the first set in the women’s doubles 9-1 to continue Ararat’s dominance.

The visitors clicked into gear after that and took the remaining three sets win 28-19 andforce the issue into the deciding mixed doubles match-ups.

The first set went to Ararat before Keith Boatman and Kate Vance got the quick reply with a 9-7 win in the second set to level the set scores.

Ararat won the third set beforeSonny Walton and Kayla Stuchbree won the final set 9-6 to give Ararat the overall win and the top spot.

The win moves Ararat six points clear of Crowlands at the top of the ladder going into the Christmas break with 80 points and a substantial sets and games advantage.

Landsborough continued its winning form after it recorded a 92-65 win against Elmhurst on Friday night.

The home side got off to a strong start winning all four men’s doubles sets.

Elmhurst struggled to get going early with Neil Murray and Jenny Trengove getting the closest to a win with a 7-9 loss in the final set.

The women’s doubles was when Elmhurst made its move.

Sally Roberts and Mel Murnane got Elmhurst on the winners list straight away with a 9-1 win before Simone Bullock and Tayla Lembo struck back for Landsborough to level it at one set a piece.

Elmhurst continued to play attacking strokes and picked up the remaining two sets to go into the mixed doubles only two sets down.

Landsborough’s Scott Carey and Jess Mackley won the first mixed doubles set by just a single game against Mal Boatman and Roberts.

From there the home team ran away with the match after winning the remaining three sets to win the mixed doubles 36 games to 22.

The home side collected eight points from the match and has moved to within six points of Buangor in fourth place.

Buangor had a bye in round nine to finish their year early.

Players will now take a break over the holiday period.

The Ararat and District Tennis Association will resume on January 28.

Crowlands will host Landsborough while Buangor travels to Elmhurst.

Ararat will have an extended break due to having a bye.

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Merimbula’s community updates

Merimbula’s community updates Barbara Leech and Coralie Frew preparing cakes ready for the accredited CWA judge Barbara Smith, in red apron, showing the members how to avoid some of the pitfalls we all encountered in the making of these very tasty cakes.

Anna Senior with a photo of costumes she designed for the movie “Phar Lap”.

Members of the Pambula-Merimbula Lions Club working very hard to bring locals and visitors a great sausage sandwich, Carole Criddle, Caryl Phillips, Lyn Matthews and Maureen Stokes.

TweetFacebookParkinson GroupThe Bega Valley Parkinson Support Group had a wonderful outing for their Xmas party held in the Dolphin room at Club Sapphire. 28 members of the group really enjoyed themselves by the amount of smiles around the room. Two new members were introduced by the President and they were welcomed by the other members. The next meeting will be held on February 6.

Lions ClubThe Lions Club of Pambula-Merimbula ran a sausage sizzle outside Woolworths, Merimbula on Saturday, December 13to raise money for Lions Projects. But Lions is much more than just a sausage sizzle, also on sale were 1.5kg Lions Christmas Cakes, which are still for sale in many local businesses.

Tickets in the giant Christmas raffle were offered and the prize of a garden trolley kindly donated by Mitre 10 is packed full with Christmas goodies, food and toys. The raffle will be drawn at Carols by Candlelight at Magic Mountainon Friday.

Rotary RadioThis Friday morning on Sapphire FM 97.5 we have a packed program that includes:

At 845 Gav and Col walking you through the community issues; Vicki Hambling and Lynne Kidman join Colin at 9am to discuss issues around refugee education; at 10am Janet Brandon, well known local community leader, joins the show to discuss her career including being anAustralian consul in the Pacific; and then at 11amRon Finneran discusses the regional sports arts support program and plays some of his favourite classical (and other) music!

CWACongratulations to all the winners at the Pambula-Merimbula branch of the Country Women’s Associations’ November Land Cookery Competition. Ursula Viebcke had three first places and asecond, Elizabeth Prosser onefirst place and twoseconds, Alison Jenkins one first place and onesecond, Laraine Clarke one first and one second, Barbara Leech had one first place and Wendy Cugley one second place.

The CWA also held their final meeting of the year followed by a delicious Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 6.We would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year to one and all, and we look forward to seeing everyone next February 2017.

Evening VIEWRecent Guest Speaker for the Merimbula Evening VIEW Club was Anna Senior. Anna is an Australian costume designer who has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won two awards from the Australian Film Institute. She was nominated at the 53rd Academy Awards in the category of Best Costumes for her work on the film “My Brilliant Career”. Anna lives in the shire, but still assists interstate and abroad as she loves what she does.

Christmas Cheer: The Pambula-Merimbula branch of the CWA celebrated the end of another successful year with a delicious Christmas lunch on Friday, December 9.

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Winners and losers for Bay on Saturday

HOME SAFE: Batemans Bay third grade captain Pat Griffin in action at Hanging Rock Oval on Saturday. Griffin top scored for his side with 68.Batemans Bay’s second and third grade cricket sides continued on opposing trajectories in the latest round of the Shoalhaven Assocation.

Both playing Shoalhaven Ex Servos, it was the thirds who flew the flag for the club, defeating their opponents by 60 runs at Hanging Rock, while their second grade counterparts went down by 51 runs at Hayden Drexel Oval.

In what is becoming a trend for the seconds, the side lost the toss and were made to bowl first on a ground where runs were easy to come by.

Shoalhaven opener Hari Bhandari made the Baypay, top-scoring with 124 as the home side finished their 40 overs at 5/252.

Darcy Knight was the only multiple wicket taker for the Bay, with 3/38 off his six overs.

The visitors’ run chase got off to a shaky start, with Luke Wiggins and captain Stephen Knight falling for 0 and 3 respectively.

Matt Sethi and Praveen Varghesemanaged to provide some stability with 24 apiece, but in the end, it was left to Simon Blue (59) and Sam Lee (67) to get theside within range of the total.

Once thepair weredismissed, Batemans Bay ran out of batsmen and overs, the side finishing at 9/201.

Captain Stephen Knight said it wasn’t all bad news for his side, despite the final result.

“It was definitely an improved batting performance from the guys,” he said.

“There was a period where we surprised (the opposition).

“We needed about 12 runs an over and we were doing it comfortably for a while there.

“I also don’t think we bowled that badly.

“It was one of those games where wereally had to work hard to contain their score, and they showed the type of form they are in.”

It was a different story at Hanging Rock where Batemans Bay’s third grade side recovered from a horror start to triumph against Shoalhaven Ex Servicemens.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the side lost both of their openers in the first over to be 2/1.

They soon recovered, with captain Pat Griffin (68) and number five Brendan Blackmore (31) leading the charge.

Useful contributions from Brody Saker (32) and Tom Purcell (23 n.o) helped the side to the respectable total of 7/171.

In response, only one Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s batsmen managed to make it past20, with opener Shawn Higgins top-scoring with 23.

Arjun Regmi ripped through Shoalhaven’s middle order, taking 4/16 to put his side in a winning position.

The Bay dismissed their opponents for 111 to secure a strong victory.

This weekend is the final round of one day games, with second grade taking on Nowra at Hanging Rock.

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Maiden victory on the horizon

Kellie Strong in 2015

Ateam that struggled to compete in the women’s premier league last season, and lost most of its players in the off-season could have opted out of the most elite level of touch footy in Wagga.

Instead, KFK captain Kellie Strong decided that development was more important than winning each week.

She rallied the three remaining women, Laura Hogan, Gipsy Foster andHolly Stephens, whorecruited theirfriends and formed a team of good sports.

“It did cross my mind to registerin a lower grade, but it’salways nice to learn from the people you play against, like Rachael Addison from Bar Up Bullbars,” Strong said.

“If we were in the lower grade, we wouldn’t be learning as much.”

KFK has lost six from six games with six games remaining.

They havebeen sneaking closer to their maiden win.

KFK nearly tasted victory in round six against competition leaders AKW Jets, scoring the first try, but dropping their guard in the second half tolose4-1.

“The score didn’t reflect the game,” she said.

“We’re definitely closer to winning.”

For most KFK players, this is their first premier league season.

They come from diverse sporting backgrounds, transferring skills from soccer, rugby sevens, netball, Aussie Rulesand league tag.

The aim, this season, isn’t to take-out the premiership, or even avoid the wooden spoon, it’s to refine their skillsfor seasons to come.

“What we’re trying to do issupport each other, let each other know it’s fine if you drop the ball, just turn around and defend it, rather than dropping our heads,” Strong said.

“We’re getting better at recovering from mistakes.”

Mids Holly Stephens and Tara Winbank call the shots on ground, and Wagga touch experts Brocke Argus and Alex McKenzie provide help on the sideline.

On Tuesday KFK plays Don Tuckwells Audio, Young Guns play Bullbars and Jets have a bye.

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Muja team take out MERC

Winners for the second year running: The Muja emergency response team with their trophies at the presentation evening held last month. Team captain Justin Burns also won the best captain award. Photo: Supplied. Exhaustion gave way to jubilation last month when the Muja Emergency Response Team took out the prestigious Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC) for the second year running.

Team captain Justin Burns once again won the best captain award.

It was an impressive result for the volunteer team who were pitted against professional full- time emergency response teams from major mining companies.

The team consisted ofAshley Rose’Meyer (team manager), Justin Burns (team captain), Troy Spencer, Cameron Bourne, Anthony Smithall, Damon Miles, Nick Woods, and Rod Hawker.

Hard work, determination and a capacity to learn from previous MERC events, combined with excellent team work led the team to victory.

Competition was intense amongst the nine teams – BHP Nickel West Northern Operations, FMG Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek, FMG Hedland, FMG Solomon, Karara Mining, Newmont Boddington Gold, Rio Tinto Argyle Diamonds, Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Synergy.

The teamsskills in simulated emergency situations were assessed – confined space rescue, firefighting, first aid, hazardous chemicals, car crash rescue, vertical rescue, breathing apparatus and emergency response team readiness.

Synergy general manager generation, Barry Fordpraised the team for its winning performance.

“For our team to win twice in two years has raised the bar of this competition,” he said. “They are truly leaders in WA in this critical aspect of our business.”

“I saw the team in action and it was just awesome to watch. They worked very hard and their success came from their ability to work together, trust in their respective abilities and regroup and refocus when things didn’t go their way.

“Well done to Justin for being the best team captain and to Ashley for managing the team. “And thanks to the supporters who helped bring the team to victory.”

Team manager Ashley Rose’meyer said he was extremely proud of the team. “It is a gruelling couple of days and we were all exhausted by the end of it,” he said.

“We’d like to thank Synergy leadership for backing the MERC team and to the supporters who cheered us on so enthusiastically on the day.

“Thanks also go to the remainder of the team who train regularly but didn’t compete, Ann-Marie Butcher for support and organisation, Tony van Beuningen for training assistance, and Rod Roe and Kim Over for organising equipment for the team prior to each scenario which enabled the team to relax between events.”

Money raised from the event will be shared and donated to each of the categories winners’ charity of choice. Synergy nominated the Cancer Council.

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