Manning Monday

SOME of the stories making the news in this weeks editions of the Manning River Times include, local boat manufacturer, Seber International being selected to deliver a second security vessel for the Port of Melbourne Corporation.
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The Seaside Flyer

The latest news from the Taree Old Bar Surf Club heads our two page feature looking at The Seaside Flyer.

We also look at the Old Bar Beach Festival gaining a significant tourism gong at the recent awards while the local Lions Club is ‘sailing’ along.

Our newest citizens

This week in the MRT we meet Chloe Duncan and Fraser Collins – two of our newest citizens.

Physical Culture

The Taree Great Lakes Physical Culture Club continues to make waves in competitions so far this season.

Club members have been competing as individuals and in teams events.

We have a couple of great pics including mum and daughter, Nadene and Taia Shedden and the young team consisting of Kylie Nicholson, Ebony Ryan and Bethan Katen.

School times

We have a full page on the school times this week.

We have stories on Chatham, Cundletown, St Joseph’s Primary and the Tree Day celebration.

Big weekend in league

IT was a big weekend in sport for some of our local rugby league sides in the Group 3 competition.

The results from Saturday’s preliminary semi final played at the Old Bar Reserve at Old Bar include:

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First Grade – Old Bar Beach Pirates 36 defeated Forster Tuncurry Hawks 28

Reserve Grade – Port Macquarie Sharks 28defeatedOld Bar Beach Pirates18

18 ½ Grade – Wingham Tigers36defeatedPort Macquarie Sharks16

Women’s League Tag – Port City Breakers18defeatedWauchope Blues10

The results from Sunday’s Elimination semi final played at the Port Macquarie Oval include:

First Grade – Port City Breakers 28 defeated Port Macquarie Sharks 22

Reserve Grade – Wingham Tigers 12 defeated Taree City Bulls 6

18 ½ Grade – Forster Tuncurry Hawks 36 defeated Port City Breakers 10

Women’s League Tag – Taree City Bulls 24 defeated Port Macquarie Sharks 4

This weekend’s draw in the minor semi finals to be played at the Harry Elliott Oval in Tuncurry are:

First Grade – Forster Tuncurry Hawks v Port City Breakers 3.00pm

Reserve Grade – Old Bar Beach Pirates v Wingham Tigers 1.10pm

18 ½ Grade – Port Macquarie Sharks v Forster Tuncurry Hawks 11.45am

Women’s League Tag – Wauchope Blues v Taree City Bulls 10.30am

Sunday’s major semi final to be played at the Lank Bain sporting complex at Wauchope are:

First Grade – Wauchope Blues v Old Bar Beach Pirates 3.00pm

Reserve Grade – Wauchope Blues v Port Macquarie Sharks 1.10pm

18 ½ Grade – Taree City Bulls v Wingham Tigers 11.45am

Women’s League Tag – Forster Tuncurry Hawks v Port City Breakers 10.30am

And check all our match reports from Mick McDonald in Wednesday’s Manning River Times, plus the weekend previews in Friday’s weekend edition.

And, we also have Mick McDonald’s My Shout column …

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Back up Power saves the day

Bendigo Pioneer Isaiah Miller is protected from Brenton Rees of Power. Jordan Cunico brings Sam Hearyside to ground.
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Rohan Hildebrand snaps up the loose ball under the attentions of Liam Barrett.

Jordan Mandan (left) and Jake Maher (right) battle with Power’s Lachlan Channing for possession. photographs beck madyson

LOY Yang B Gippsland Power finally broke its bad run with a victory over the Bendigo Pioneers and, in the process, confirmed its place in the TAC Cup finals series.

Lachlan Channing (Power) attempts to get the ball free of the pack.

Jack Hammond, Alex Saunders,Tom Muir, Declan Keilty, Liam Nash and Josh Scott were all on the sidelines leaving an understrengthed Power a tough road to reach September action.

On the surface a five-goal victory looked good, but closer analysis revealed that coach Nick Stevens still has issues to address.

Power had 40 more inside 50 forays than the Pioneers but again struggled to convert opportunities into goals.

Jordan Cunico provided the opening goal on the back of clever ruckwork by Jack Leslie, which enabled Ed Morris to go long and direct to set up six points.

The Pioneers upped the ante for the next 15 minutes and the Power struggled to set up scoring opportunities.

Bendigo capitalised on the run of play to score its opening major and repeated the dose to punish some sloppy Power defence.

Brenton Rees fed a handball to Alex Carr on 50 and he hammered home a long bomb.

Carr then became the provider in a similar position as Bohdi Walker kicked a ‘special’ as Power made its presence felt.

The Pioneers tied scores at the first change after scoring easily on the rebound and the Power’s spectres of the past month began to haunt it again.

The situation worsened when the Pioneers scored early in the second term after punishing lazy marking by the Power.

A long kick by Adam Wallace allowed Ben Kearns to score a reply off the pack but the Power wasted several chances to extend the lead with a spate of poor finishing.

It took a free kick and 50 metre penalty to Rohan Hildebrand for the Power to score a goal but, once again, the Pioneers hit back on the rebound.

The Power continued to miss the target until Lukas Webb allowed Kearns to take a mark and subsequently give the Power a nine-point lead at the long break.

Stevens’ half-time address looked to have an impact as Lachie Channing and Connor Ambler used quick and skilful handballs to set up Morris for the opening goal of the half.

Nathan Dennison then used some fancy footwork to kick another before Kearns turned provider for Rees to score and give the Power a lead that better reflected its dominance of general play.

The Pioneers increased their defensive efforts and stemmed the flow of Power goals.

A freak snap by the Pioneers frustrated the Gippsland side, which squandered hard-won chances to keep Bendigo in the game.

Some excellent forward pressure by Cunico set up Troy Toussaint to kick a vital goal and Power led by 34 points at the last change.

The lead could have been greater; Power had 20 more forward 50 entries but had only scored four goals from them.

With eight behinds Power failed to put the game beyond dispute.

The Pioneers added to Power’s woes by scoring the first goal of the final term after 15 minutes of average football. Ed Morris finally set up Toussaint for another before the Pioneers scored a late consolation as Power won by 31.

The Power will now play an elimination final against the Northern Knights at Visy Park in the first round of the TAC Cup finals series on Sunday from 11.15am.

After finishing in seventh Power will need to win three games to make it through to the ultimate game at Etihad Stadium.

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Magpies swoop Bombers

Bomber Wade McNeill under pressure from Magpie Robbie Cahill, while (inset) Lachlan White has his mark spoilt by Ben Truin. photographs beck madyson Soccer: Josh King prevents Bomber Guy Sinclair from getting a clean kick.
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Qualifying Final

Glengarry v TTU

GLENGARRY handed coach Ryan Potter his first finals victory in a blistering performance against Traralgon Tyers United in Saturday’s North Gippsland qualifying final.

Led by Ben Nicholson, Lochie Little and experienced campaigners Josh King and Dean Brooks in a defining second quarter, the Magpies made their mark slamming home four majors to one to establish a match-winning 29-point lead at the main change.

Despite the Magpies’ inaccuracy in front of goal, which saw the side finish the contest with a remarkable 35 shots for a return of 11 majors, the ever reliable King was the standout booting five majors while Robbie Cahill chipped in with two.

In its first finals appearance in more than nine seasons, TTU registered the first score of the match before scoring dried up.

Suddenly it was one way traffic as the Magpies packed numbers around the stoppages, with their rovers reading the taps better than the Bombers who pumped the ball into a wide open forward line. Minutes remained in the term before Glengarry broke through to register its first major, but TTU quickly followed suit scoring from the responding centre bounce to trail by five points at the first change.

The arm wrestle continued in the second term; TTU’s Wade McNeill made a costly blunder when he brought the ball back into play, only for King and Ross McDermott to swoop as the latter slotted through the Magpies’ second. It started a procession of majors.

King snapped another before TTU’s Brad Munro reeled one back.

But as quickly as TTU found the scoreboard and mounted a challenge, the Magpies responded when Potter found King who snapped a goal from 10 metres out.

King added his third ahead of half-time to establish a commanding 29-point lead in trying conditions.

Turning it up in the third term, Bombers coach Matt Stolarczyk made a number of strategic moves as his side looked to turn the tables. It worked instantly as Graham combined with the coach to score the opening major of the second half. Undisciplined play by Wangman gifted Stolarczyk his first, mirrored at the other end as King made the most of a free kick and 50 metre penalty.

The final quarter was a one-sided affair. Glengarry slammed home a further five majors to register a comprehensive 11.24 (90) to 4.3 (27) victory.

Elimination Final

Rosedale v Churchill

ONE point separated Rosedale and Churchill at the final change of ends in a thrilling elimination final yesterday.

It was all the Cougars early with four unanswered goals ahead of the quarter-time siren.

Rosedale’s Jack Wyhoon finally opened the Blues scoring, which was doubled when Andrew Flanagan crashed the pack to gain possession and snap true.

The second term belonged to Rosedale as it reeled in the Cougars’ nine-point lead to turn the tables and take a four-point lead of its own into the main change. Fittingly it was Flanagan’s third major which handed the Blues the lead.

The two key forwards for both teams, Churchill’s Brendan Holt and Flanagan, had a field day as they created headaches for the opposition backlines.

Rosedale slotted through the first major of the third term as the frenetic pace intensified.

A rare miss by Holt saw the Blues move the ball from the back 50 forward with Scott scoring from the turnover.

As the Blues threatened to run away, Holt slotted through one of his six for the contest to reel the margin back to a straight kick.

Tim Darby and Neil Thompson combined minutes later, however Thompson’s shot at goal failed to level the scores.

Under intense pressure from the Churchill forwards, Chris Graham and Rohan Diamond moved it quickly from defence for Scott to score from the goal square. The Cougars quickly responded, but Rosedale added another through Flanagan who out muscled opponent Daniel Hawking to receive a free kick.

Holt added his fourth at the other end but had little support as teammates Mick Higgins and Chris Williams missed crucial shots, and one point was the difference at the final change.

Held quiet for three terms, Brad Caldwell’s first of two goals sparked the Blues.

Flanagan blew the margin out to 13 points, but it was short lived as Brad Knowles lost his tag to run forward and goal.

Caldwell added his second and the see-saw pattern continued when Holt responded for Churchill.

Flanagan’s sixth put an end to the Cougars’ challenge and was followed by majors to Hayden Mowat and Jake Power as the Blues scored the knockout, 18.12 (120) to 12.17 (89).

FIXTURE

SECOND SEMI-FINAL

Heyfield v Glengarry

Saturday, Rosedale

FIRST SEMI-FINAL

TTU v Rosedale

Sunday, Heyfield

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Split decision on Yarram

North Gippsland clubs fear the impact Yarram may have on smaller clubs like Woodside. Pictured is Woodside player Bradley Jamieson.RELATED COVERAGE:Magpies swoop Bombers
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North Gippsland Football Netball League’s member clubs have reached an impasse over Yarram Football Club’s bid to join the fold next season.

The clubs were split five to five in an unofficial vote to accept the Alberton Football League club as an 11th entity in 2014.

The Demons are seeking permission to leave the Alberton league in favour of North Gippsland, but would need a majority approval at both ends, including seven NGFNL club votes in favour, to make the switch.

NGFNL president Gordon Bayley had originally anticipated a favourable response, but said the clubs offered sound reasoning for their trepidation.

Among the chief concerns were the re-introduction of a bye, subsequent extension of the season to 20 rounds, and the potential struggle for resources between Yarram and nearby North Gippsland club Woodside, particularly in the juniors.

“(I’m) not altogether surprised when the clubs gave a few reasons. They’ve been through the 11-team scenario up until last year… so one of the issues was the draw that creates byes in funny spots and the length of the season,” Bayley said.

“Yarram is a pretty big town, it’s not a small community that is applying to come in to us so there’s a bit of a concern about the effect on some of our smaller clubs.

“I guess that’s the democratic process that our clubs have the right to… our constitution demands a majority and a reasonable majority.”

Clubs had been issued a document by the NGFNL outlining the proposal prior to the meeting, where Yarram stated its case for inclusion before internal discussions took place.

Yarram has yet to formally abscond from the Alberton league and submit its application to the NGFNL.

Bayley said the league would meet with Yarram imminently to offer specific feedback about the issues raised and “give them an idea which clubs voted where”.

Australian Football League Victoria has final veto rights on any movements between leagues.

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Gallery: Surf Festival highlights

A Huge two weeks of surfing action has wrapped up. A gallery of top shots from the event by Port news photographers.
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Student offender comes forward

Wanted: Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to regarding a “wilful and obscene” act in Morwell last week.A 14 year-old student has handed himself into police over a theft at Traralgon Secondary College this month, after eluding investigators for six days.
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The surrender comes after another teenager (a non-student) was arrested on the day of the robbery, in which a mobile phone was stolen from a student victim.

Police said while a weapon, “possibly a knife”, was present at the time of the incident which occurred after school hours, it was not used to threaten the victim.

The non-student offender has pleaded guilty to robbery and has been bailed pending sentencing, while the student offender has been also charged with robbery over the incident and a second theft which occurred the day before.

The offending student has been bailed to appear at Latrobe Valley Children’s Court at a later date.

Traralgon College principal Paul van Breugel said it needed to be clear the student offender was not the main culprit of the incident.

“This is certainly a regrettable incident, but we are supporting the student involved and their parents, and have taken the appropriate action at the school to ensure similar incidents do not occur in the future,” Mr van Breugel said.

Morwell police seek pervert

Police are searching for a man who exposed his genitals in a Morwell charity store while taking a shop mannequin into a store room last fortnight.

The man entered the Fleming Street store just before 3pm on 14 August, before allegedly walking into an aisle and picking up a mannequin from a display.

Police were told the man took the mannequin to a stock room near the rear of the store, and was observed by a staff member with his genitals exposed.

Anyone with information about the incident have been asked to phone Crime Stoppers on

1800 333 000.

Armed robbery on Rosedale property

Two men from Melbourne’s suburbs were charged with armed robbery and associated offences last week after they assaulted a Rosedale man on his rural property.

The two offenders were intercepted in Traralgon as they attempted to return to Melbourne, after they stole keys and personal property and fled the scene.

A 28 year-old male from Mulgrave and 48 year-old male from Frankston are due to appear in Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court later this year.

Man airlifted in tractor accident

A 74 year-old man was airlifted to Melbourne on Thursday with serious head and facial injuries after he was run over by his own tractor in Tyers.

It is believe the man fell from the tractor when he was run over on his Old Maffra Road property.

The man remains in a serious but stable condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Loaded utility rolls near Rawson

A man was flown to the Alfred Hospital with a collapsed lung on Saturday night after being thrown 10 metres from his vehicle when it rolled on a windy road near Rawson.

According to Superintendent Geoff Newby, the man’s utility rolled about 40 metres when he misjudged a corner on a dirt track near Walhalla Road about 9.15pm.

The four-wheel-drive was heavily loaded with firewood at the time of the incident.

The 20 year-old Somerville man was airlifted to Melbourne in a serious but stable condition.

He also sustained a broken collarbone in the accident.

Discarded coals catch alight

Six appliances responded to a house fire in Boolarra early Friday morning, after a bucket of discarded fireplace coals ignited on the verandah.

Trucks from Churchill, Morwell and Yinnar responded to the 12.40am callout, as the fire spread into the walls and roof, causing minor damage.

The fire was brought under control about 1.20am.

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Hit-and-run victim struck twice

Police are looking for the driver of a car who struck a pedestrian in a hit-and-run over the weekend on the NSW north coast.
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A 29-year-old man was walking home after drinking at a South Grafton pub about 10.50pm on Saturday when he was hit by a car on Roberts Drive.

After being struck, the man was flung into the path of a silver Ford Focus and hit a second time.

The 18-year-old female driver of the Ford stopped to help him and called police.

Police said the driver of the first car stopped for a moment before driving off.

The man underwent surgery at Coffs Harbour Hospital for several broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. He also sustained a large cut to his leg.

Coffs Harbour Police Inspector Joanne Reid said investigators were appealing for public information on the hit-and-run.

“We are hoping their conscience gets to them,” Inspector Reid said.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tribute to ‘Laney’ would have surprised the murdered baseball rising star

It was the sporting field where Chris Lane’s baseball dreams began, and where at 1.45pm on Sunday, hundreds of friends, family and teammates held a minute’s silence in his memory.
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A tribute game was held at the ground – the Strathmore Heights headquarters of his former club the Essendon Baseball Club – to honour ”Laney”, the popular 22-year-old shot dead last week in Duncan, Oklahoma.

”We’ve had sensational support here and in the States,” grieving father Peter Lane said, ”but it’s support for the worst possible reason.”

The Lane family was joined by the murdered baseball player’s American girlfriend, Sarah Harper, and her parents and brother. Ms Harper accompanied her boyfriend’s body back from the US on Saturday.

Mr Lane said his son would have been amazed at the media coverage. ”A front page calling him a baseball star!” he said. ”He would have had a huge laugh at that because it’s the last thing he would have seen himself as. … But he also would have been surprised at how many people have said such nice things about him.”

”He was a kid who loved his footy, loved his baseball, loved being around his teammates,” Essendon club vice-president Steve Morris said.

At 1.50pm, a mass of black and red balloons were released, each bearing the Chris Lane number 40.

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Yallourn to cut costs

The parent company of Yallourn power station owner EnergyAustralia, CLP Holdings, has signalled ongoing cost saving measures at the plant to offset weak financial performance.
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As part of its June 2013 six-month interim results, the Hong Kong-based company reported overall losses of $6 million over the period across its operational portfolio.

In order to re-balance the company’s books, CLP identified cost saving measures at Yallourn as one of the power empire’s key projects for the next six months.

The report blamed industrial action, the impact of the Federal Government’s carbon price, lower energy demand and increased energy supply and capacity in the wholesale market for Yallourn’s poor financial performance.

The operational losses come on top of the cost of ongoing repairs to the Morwell River Diversion, which catastrophically failed in June last year.

Including pumping measures this had cost the company $163 million up until June this year.

However the company stated the overall decrease in Australian earnings, in addition to losses in India, were offset by increased contributions from operations in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, bringing CLP’s operational earnings to more than $550 million.

An EnergyAustralia spokesperson said the Yallourn “optimisation program” was an ongoing effort, designed to assess how to run the plant to better reflect electricity market demand.

“We’re also assessing the appropriate works regime based on how we operate the plant. This is all within the context of preserving the rights and conditions that Yallourn operators and maintenance employees have enjoyed through the last EBA.”

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union energy and mining division president Luke van der Meulen, said EnergyAustralia’s “optimisation” plan only further underlined the need for a ‘consult and agree’ clause in workers’ enterprise bargaining agreements.

“That sort of language is the exact reason why our workforce needs a decent consultative clause, and this only makes it more pertinent than ever,” Mr Van der Meulen said.

“We are not saying EnergyAustralia can’t have these plans and be dynamic to improve things, but if the shareholders and board of CLP Holdings are demanding certain things of Yallourn, then we as the workforce want to be informed as part of that process.”

The CFMEU has been demanding a dispute clause in a new EA, which would utilise theFair Work Commission as an arbitratorifagreement is not be reached between parties over major changes at the operation.

EnergyAustralia has instead offered to broaden the dispute resolution process within the EA, which has been rejected by the union. The negotiating parties are due to return to Fair Work for a conciliation hearing tomorrow.

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Election campaign ‘offensive’

THE major parties’ fight for the seat of McMillan intensified last week with an election campaign “offensive” launched against sitting Member of Parliament Russell Broadbent, and his swift retaliation.
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Federal Labor Candidate for McMillan Anthony Naus warned voters of what he called Mr Broadbent’s “silent agenda” and called on the MP to reveal the Coalition’s plans for “cuts” if it was to be re-elected.

Mr Naus issued a list detailing how he expected Coalition cuts would impact McMillan residents, including a $15,000 loss to the “typical family with two kids” over the period of their childrens’ schooling with the end of the Schoolkids Bonus. He said that would affect about 10,400 eligible families across McMillan, an electorate encompassing Moe and its surrounds.

Mr Naus said about 48,300 people in McMillan stood to lose “years of super savings” if Labor could not implement its Superannuation Guarantee increase.

Further, about 22,400 people in McMillan, mostly women, would lose up to $500 every year if the Low Income Superannuation Contribution was cut, he warned.

Mr Naus issued other claims about potential losses to the Income Support Bonus and Medicare Locals under a Coalition Government and said public service cuts could affect 1,100 Federal Government employees in the electorate.

Mr Broadbent, however, accused Labor of repeatedly failing to meet its budget forecasts and said “its policy implementation” had been “appalling”.

In response to superannuation claims, the MP said the Coalition had “already said that in government we would not make any detrimental unexpected changes to superannuation”.

“Labor on the other hand, over the past five years increased taxes on super by more than $8 billion, predominantly targeting low and middle income earners – despite a pre-election promise of no change to super,” he added.

“On the question of support for single parents, it was the Labor government that changed the eligibility rules of the Parenting Payment, putting many single mothers on Newstart allowances resulting in a substantial drop in income,” Mr Broadbent said.

He said Labor’s carbon tax had “already cost householders thousands of dollars each year in increased power bills” and “seriously increased the cost of doing business”.

Mr Broadbent vowed the Coalition would “get rid of the remnant carbon trading scheme”.

In response to Mr Naus’s claim around 6,300 people in McMillan worked in occupations which faced having penalty rates and overtime cut by the Coalition, Mr Broadbent said penalty rates imposed a “major burden on regional employers, most of them small businesses, which employ the majority of workers in McMillan and Australia wide”.

“But I wouldn’t expect Labor to understand this,” he added.

Mr Broadbent moved to ease concern about public service cuts, saying local government employees “would have little to fear” and any cuts would “be concentrated on the overstaffed Canberra bureaucracy”.

While Mr Naus said Victorian schools would, on average, be $920,000 worse off under the Coalition than under Labor’s Better Schools Plan, Mr Broadbent said they would “better off…despite the government’s bluster”.

“Under Labor’s plan, funding for schools would be reduced before increased kick in six years later… that’s reduced funding to a whole generation of primary school kids.”

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