Small towns in mourning

RESPECTED MAN: Tony Douglas was riding in Rutherglen about 7pm Sunday when he crashed.
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THE Barnawartha community is mourning the death of Tony Douglas, who died in a crash on the Murray Valley Highway on Sunday evening.

Mr Douglas, 48, died after police said he tried to overtake a four-wheel-drive on his motorbike when the vehicles collided.He leaves behind his wife Alex and sons Mark, Gary and Andrew.

A well-known personality in the Tallangatta and District Football League, Mr Douglas served as the Barnawartha Football Club’s umpires co-ordinator, winning the umpire of the year award for season 2016.

He was behind a push to have the first female umpires to officiate a game in fourth grade earlier this year.

Mr Douglas was also a member for the CFA.

Barnawartha Football Club president Chris Pierce said he was an excellent club man.

“Tony was very good to our club. If he wasn’t umpiring he’d be working the gate, or doing whatever job needed to be done,” he said.

“His boys haven’t played here for a few years but he’s hung around, he’s a great person to have at the club.He was a fun-loving, family-orientated guy, loved his fishing and golf. He’d do anything for you, he got along well with everyone.”

MISSED: Rosemary White lost her battle to recover from critical injuries suffered during a crash near her Edi home.

Meanwhile,75-year-old Rosemary Whitelost her battle on the weekend to recover from injuries sustained in a car crash six days earlier.

The remarkable life of the Edi Upper woman covered everything from a respected career as a teacher, to a large and loving family, to a reputation as a matchmaker.

One of her eight children, Basil, was driving on the night when he lost control and crashed into the tree. He died at the scene.

The youngest of Mrs White’s eight children, Julie Kennedy, describedher mum as “dearly loved by everyone, greatly admired, incredibly strong and a devoted mother”.

“She has such a kind and caring heart – so selfless, generous and always giving to others –and she saw the good in everyone,”Mrs Kennedy said.

“She was one-of-a-kind woman that was cherished by everyone she met.

“She would strike up a conversation with anyone and had a smile that would light up the room.”

TRAGEDY: Basil White was the driver when he and mother Rosemary crashed into a tree last weekend.

Mrs White and husbandDavid had five boys and three girls and she would eventually become affectionately known as “Nanny Moo”to the couple’s 19 grandchildren.

Fruit pickers in the King Valley would have known her as the woman who organised their employment and picked them up in her van, while tennis players knew her reputation as a player who could confuse opponents with devastating spin shots.

Mrs Kennedy said her mother had a wicked sense of humour and always had a story that would make you laugh.

“She acted as the local matchmaker also and had great delight when things worked out well,”she said. “She will be dearly missed by everyone, she is now resting peaceful with Basil.”

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Orana Outlaws’ triumphant seasonVIDEO, PHOTOS

The Orana Outlaws side was determined to win the Plan B Regional Bash this season after falling at the semi-final stage last summer.
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An opening round win over the Central West Wranglersgot Jason Ryan’s men on their way and the campaign came to a victorious close on Sunday evening when the Outlaws defeated the Northern Rivers Rock in the final under lights at Australia’s home of cricket, the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Highlights from the Orana Outlaws’ Plan B Regional Bash final win at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday night.Here’s how the Outlaws’ season unfolded.

Even before the season proper began, hopes were high following the announcement of a powerful Orana squad for the second edition of the Plan B Regional Bash, with Nathan Pilon taking over the captaincy and Ben Patterson joining him as a marquee player.

ROUND 1ORANA OUTLAWS v CENTRAL WEST WRANGLERS

No. 1 Oval, Dubbo. October 16

RATTLED HIS CASTLE: The moment when Ben Patterson bowled Central West’s Joey Coughlan was a real highlight but unfortunately for the Orana side Patterson had overstepped the mark and it was deemed a no ball. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

The season began with an emphatic win over local rivals, the Central West Wranglers.

Despite the Wranglers beginning well, man of the match Wes Giddings (3/15 and 27) led the Outlaws to a convincing seven wicket victory.

First wicket! Ben Strachan strikes for the Outlaws and removes Josh Toole lbw for 4. Wranglers 1/21 in the fourth over #PlanBBashpic.twitter南京夜网/CCqlkRGIY3

— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) October 16, 2016ROUND 2SOUTH COAST CREW v ORANA OUTLAWS

Bradman Oval, Bowral. November 6

The second round clash with the South Coast Crew was a match the Outlaws seemed destined to lose until Mat Skinner and Marty Jeffrey combined in a crucial partnership which sealed a two wicket win.

UNITED: The Orana Outlaws squad together at Bradman Oval in Bowral before its thrilling win over South Coast in the second round. Photo: FACEBOOK

Skinner was named man of the match after taking 2/16 with the ball and scoring 31 not out, and even he admitted he was shocked to feature so heavily for the Outlaws.

Orana coach Jason Ryan delighted after Mat Skinner’s heroics send Outlaws to #PlanBBash finals at @scghttps://t.co/[email protected]_NSW

— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) November 6, 2016SEMI-FINALORANA OUTLAWS v WAGGA WAGGA SLOGGERS

Sydney Cricket Ground, December 11

The Outlaws returned to the SCG after being beaten in the semi-finals in the inaugural edition of the Plan B Regional Bash.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Nathan Pilon was a standout behind the stumps all campaign and produced some fantastic stumpings in the finals. Photo: CRICKET NSW

This time the Wagga Wagga Sloggers were the opponents and a brilliant 128 run partnership between Jordan Moran and captain Nathan Pilon set the Outlaws up for a clinical 28 run win.

FINALORANA OUTLAWS v NORTHERN RIVERS ROCK

Sydney Cricket Ground, December 11

STANDOUT: Jordan Moran was one of Orana’s best on finals day, making scores of 75 and 26 in the last two matches as the Outlaws went on to win the title. Photo: CRICKET NSW

The Orana Outlaws met the men from the north coast in the final of Country Cricket’s NSW premier Twenty20 competition.

It was far from easy for the Outlaws, who had to deal with some excellent Northern Rivers bowling and also some light rain shortly after taking to the field.

HE’S GONE: Wes Giddings enjoyed some quality moments for the Orana Outlaws this season but this moment in the semi-final against Wagga was not one of them. Photo: CRICKET NSW

But despite that, the boys from out west played the better cricket when it mattered and scored a thrilling 13 run win.

Mitch Bower was named man of the match in the decider after belting a brutal 51 from 21 balls late on and he said a patient approach was crucial at such an important time in the game.

Orana captain Nathan Pilon speaks to Cricket NSW after Orana’s win in the final on Sunday night.Captain Pilon was also delighted after the win, and while he played a key role throughout the campaign, he was adamant the title win was a team effort and said the mateship within the side was one of the big reason’s behind Orana’s success.

Orana Outlaws win!! They’re the 2016/17 #PlanBBash champions after outstandingly tough 13 run win over Northern Rivers at @[email protected]南京夜网/DZRpvOv8Wq

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Life savers put through their paces

File photo: SuppliedBefore they take to the beaches across the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree and Forster regions this month, lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) wereput through their paces in Forster to ensure they enter the summer season in peak condition.
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Ahead of what promises to be a busy summer watching, the lifeguards undertook a gruelling testing session where they completed a rigorous pool session before hitting the beach for rescue scenario training exercises.

The day’s activities are designed to not only test their fitness and conditioning levels but also refresh their knowledge before returning to duty.

The event took place a day after all the local beaches were reopened after Colin Rowland was attacked by a great white shark on December 1 at The Ruins, Booti Booti National Park.

“As a precaution an extra jetski was tasked to the area to do a sweep. There wasn’t any doubt that the event would happen – though if it was deemed necessary a contingency plan would have been implemented,” Surf Lifesaving NSW’ Liam Howitt said.

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MidCoast Council lifeguard supervisorWarren Keegan said the training days were an important milestone for all lifeguards.

“The lifeguards are all very professional, they know the high standards we expect of them and have worked diligently throughout the year to ensure that they reach them,” Mr Keegan said.

“These training and testing sessions are extremely important for everyone involved in the ALS as they are not only a great opportunity to build team spirit, but also the chance to see where their fitness and skills are at ahead of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to catch up with those from other council areas as well and build on the culture that is well established,” he concluded.

Lifeguards from the ALS will be patrolling beaches in the Kempsey, Port Macquarie, and MidCoast Council areas from mid-December.

Tips to keep safe include swimming between the red and yellow patrol flags; read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information; always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water; never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs; if you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm; in an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police;be sun safe by slipping on some protective clothing, slopping on some sunscreen, slapping on a hat, slidingon a pair of sunglasses, seekingsome shade and sipping on lots of water to stay hydrated.

For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or download the app.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Airport gets the green light

After a half-century of abortive studies, plans and statements of intent, the federal government on Monday signed off onwhat it says is the final piece of paper clearing the way for construction to begin on Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher will sign off on the final version of the airport plan and declare construction ready to begin.

“All the approvals are now in place,” the Prime Minister said in a statement. “This is the most significant step taken by any government on this project. We can now get on with building the airport”.

The signing makes official changes to a draft airport plan released last year and makes permanent changes made to the conditions of its operation made following therelease of an environmental impact statementfor the site, about 50 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD.

The plans incorporate final changes to the airport’s environmental conditions. After an earlier plan included a single merge-point for planes flying above the foot of the Blue Mountains sparked outrage,revised plans have ruled out single merge points over any residential area.

Blue Mountains MayorCr Mark Greenhill has condemned the Prime Minister’s approval of the airport. “In my view, the approval process has been a box-ticking exercise from day one, said Cr Greenhill.

“To end up with such a flawed, short sighted proposal that offers a 20thCentury solution to a 21stCentury issue after 50 years of debate is frankly, woeful.”

Cr Greenhillsaid the Australian Government has blatantly ignored significant concerns important to the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney community, including the aircraft noise, air quality and greenhouse gases, human health, traffic and transport, airspace architecture and operation, consultation process, social and economic matters and the threat to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Stage one of the airport is expected to be operational by the mid 2020s, catering for up to ten million passengers each year.

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Students’ wait nearly over

BRIGHT FUTURES: Calrossy Anglican School students Demi Ball and James Newcombe are excited to learn the results of their HSC on Thursday and ATAR score on Friday. Photo: Peter Hardin 121216PHB024GRACE Frith will have double the reason to celebrate on Friday.
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The Calrossy Anglican School student is among thousands of locals who will wake to their HSC results on Thursday.

Butshe’s more anxious about the next day.

Not only will Gracebe put out of her misery when she finds out her ATAR score, but she will also turn 18.

“Either way, I’ll be going to the pub,” shesaid.

“I’m very stressed (about results being released). I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep on Thursday night. (The ATAR) is the one number you’ve been waiting for.”

Grace, an all-rounder in science, maths and English,plans to have a gap year before studying a science degree and masters in teaching.

Former Calrossy school captain Chrystal Mills, 18, hopes to go straight to university in Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong to study physiotherapy or exercise physiology–depending on her ATAR.

Students will find out their ATAR –a score that determines what university courses they can study and where –via text message early Friday morning.

“I’m pretty chilled out at the moment, but I’m more of a late stresser,” she said.

BATED BREATH: Calrossy students Lachlan Dunn, Chrystal Mills and Grace Frith anxiously await the results of their HSC. Photo: Peter Hardin

Friend Demi Ball, who’s eyeing of a dual degree of journalism and international studies in Sydney, is nervous about receiving her marks, but the day can’t come soon enough.

It’s a slightly different story for James Newcombe, who isn’t fazed about his results.

“I’m not looking forward to getting results,” he said.

“I might go into the family business or take up a trade.”

Lachlan Dunn, 18,has attended Calrossy since 2005 and has already had eight early-round offers to study at university, so he’s “not too worried about results”.

Lachlan hopes to study a double degree in business/ innovation and entrepreneurship, with a career in the marketing industry.

Eighteen-year-old Gavin Austin has attended Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School since year 7.

Gavin will continue working full-time when he takes a gap year, but hopes to study computer science/computer engineering in Newcastle.

“I’m pretty nervous,” he said. “I’m the last one in my family to get results so we’ll probably have a family dinner.

“It’s a bit sad leaving something you’ve been doing for 13 years, but I’m excited.”

His schoolmate Harrison Clinch doesn’t have much reason to stress, having had early-round offers at Wollongong, Canberra, Lismore and Canberra universities.

“It took a lot of the stress off,” he said. “I was anxious at first, but it is what it is. I put in as much effort as I could.”

Harrison has his sights set on studying a science degree in human geography in Wollongong.

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