ELUSIVE: Steve Brandon was at his best against Kiama on Saturday, using his pace to set up many attacking moves while scoring two triesIllawarra District Rugby UnionShoalhaven 32Kiama 31THE Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens Ricoh rugby club teams pulled off two victories against long term local rivals, Kiama, but not without some heart stopping moments in the first grade game.On the cold, windswept, torturous but scenic cliff top field, Shoals made heavy work against Kiama on their home ground.Shoals needed to win these games to stay in touch with the competition front runners and they did this, but only just.The South Coast Register Soilco Shoalhaven first grade team was forced to make changes with injuries ruling out some of its regular players.Tom Horton made his return to the top grade after Ben Dennis injured his ankle against Avondale last week, while Mark Brandon reclaimed his wing position.Shoals did not display the same aggression and willingness they did against competition front runners, Avondale, the week before.It is likely that tough encounter flattened the team, as Shoals were sluggish for much of the game.Playing in brilliant spurts on rare occasions got the team home, but it was a touch and go affair.Only a last minute penalty goal got the team in front after trailing for much of the game.Shoals gave away far too many penalties throughout the match. Some they were forced into to halt a rampaging Kiama pack, but others were just simple errors of play.The penalties gave Kiama field position and ball control and made Shoals’ task of winning the match all that harder.The first half provided five tries, three to Kiama and two to Shoals but Kiama had far the better of the period.Kiama attacked Shoals’ line from the start and camped in their quarter for the first five minutes. A pair of penalty goals took them to a six points lead, after just eight minutes of play.Tom Horton won the ball from the restart and set his side on the attack.Shoals gained a penalty and took a shot for goal despite the fluky nature of the wind.The kick fell short but Shoals forced a Kiama error. From the ensuing scrum Steve Brandon flew in from full back, scorched between two players and carried the full back over the line with him. The conversion attempt was waved away.Shoals attacked from the kick off and swept the ball close to Kiama’s line.Dave Coventry initiated this attack with a bruising 40 metre burst, passed the ball to Mark Brandon, got it back shortly thereafter then unloaded to Tom Horton who pinned the ears back but was felled a few metres short.The ever alert Sam Watts spied an opening from the ruck and sliced over for a great try near the posts. Damian House converted and Shoals had gained the lead by 12 points to 6.However Shoals’ lead was short lived.In a matter of moments Kiama had rucked and mauled its way into Shoals’ 22 metre area.A scrum win saw the home side’s back line produce a slick passing movement that ended with their centre strolling through a yawning gap to speed over for a well set up try.The conversion missed.The rest of the half was dominated by Kiama as the team lifted before its home crowd.They gained most of the ball and their backs ran with pace and passed with precision.Shoals were outgunned in this last 15 minutes of the half as Kiama ran in two further unconverted tries and kicked another penalty goal to drive their score to 24 points versus Shoals’ 12.Shoals’ coaches Mike Hayes and Leith Cooper worked hard on their charges at the break.Their wise words seemed to have the desired effect as Shoals marched back into the fray with a more determined effort.It did not take long for Shoals to add a further five-pointer to their tally through a great individual effort by Keiran Brandon, who chased a clearing kick, finally got a good bounce of the ball, toed it through some more and turned on the after burners to outpace the cover to the line.Shoals’ momentum was stalled as Kiama played some brilliant open rugby to go in for another try at the 20 minute mark. The conversion took Kiama to a 31 points to 17 lead.The game could have gone either way from here. Shoals had a mountain to climb and climb it they did with renewed enthusiasm.Despite an ever growing penalty count against them, Shoals continued to attack at every opportunity. Their speed men got into the act and progressively pulled the iron from the fire.First Steve Brandon cut through an impossibly small gap in Kiama’s defence out wide and showed his normal, quite remarkable, pace to race in for a try. The conversion was blown wide but Shoals were on the move.Just a few minutes later Mark Brandon scored one of his more remarkable tries.Brother Steve set it all in motion when he was given the ball about 15 metres from his own line and near the western touch line. He drew the opposition and gave Mark a well-timed pass. He ran around his winger then with 70 metres remaining took off at great speed. He outran the initial cover and surged around the full back. He was noticeably tiring as he neared Kiama’s try line but had enough momentum to flop across it to score a well-earned try.House booted over a great side line conversion which took Shoals to within 2 points of Kiama’s score line at 31 points to 29.There was plenty of time left for either side to set up a win. Shoals played a great deal of this in Kiama’s half but an avalanche of penalties kept them well away from scoring.Each time Shoals looked like getting up a head of steam out went the referee’s arm and back they went. Kiama did not look at all dangerous but Shoals could not convert territory into points.Kiama’s forwards, although noticeably tiring, played with great heart in this final phase and forced the occasional turn over which stalled Shoals’ momentum.Time ticked by and suddenly there were only five minutes left on the clock with Shoals still trailing. They opted for a shot at penalty goal but again the wind took the ball wide.They went close to scoring a try when Steve Brandon broke clear but he was forced into touch.Then with less than a minute remaining Shoals were awarded a penalty shot about 30 metre from the line. House lined it up, the wind freshened and Shoals supporters held their breath. The kick went true and Shoals had hit the lead.Kiama raced up for the restart and a Shoals error gave them possession. They crashed and bashed their way close to Shoals’ line but at a crucial moment a pass went astray and the game finished with Shoals in front by the narrowest margin.The win for Shoals with the bonus point keeps them on course for a semifinal position. It was a narrow escape but a good win nonetheless. Best players for Shoals were Steve Brandon, Tom Horton and Dave Coventry.Shoals return home to Ricoh Rugby Park next Saturday for their second round clash with Vikings.This will also be a special day when Shoals’ hold their inaugural Diggers’ Day when the club honours past and present servicemen.The first grade side will wear a specially designed set of jerseys which will be auctioned after the game. It is hoped a big crowd will come out for the event..This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
Illawarra District Rugby UnionShoalhaven 22Kiama nilTHE Coffee Fix/Cookes Tyre Service Shoals’ Second Grade side needed to restore its winning form in order to try to move up the ladder from sixth place.Kiama sat just below Shoals in this competition and the game was expected to be a tight affair, which was the case for most of the game but Shoals wrapped it up with two late tries.Missing from Shoals was their dynamic five eighth, Josh Dennis out with a hamstring injury, who was replaced by Paul Clements who slotted in well to the standoff position.The first half was a tight and close affair with both sides tackling hard and forcing errors by their opponents. It was a pretty dour, stop start half of play.Shoals opened their scoring with a good team try to centre, Gareth Smith, following on from a crashing run by Ash Henry. The conversion gave Shoals a seven point lead which they held to the half time break.While Shoals showed glimpses of form in the half their play was at times quite ragged.Great runs by Andrew Williams, who rumbled some 45 metres through the defence, and full back Dave Sproule, who dashed 40 metres in a return of kick effort, highlighted Shoals’ performance.Harry Davis also excelled in the game with many fine runs and some crunching tackles when they counted. He was ably supported by Ash Henry who is playing vintage rugby.The second half of the game was a much better effort from both teams.Passes began to stick and the game reached a fluidity that was well hidden in the first half.However defence outdid attack for the first 15 minutes as the players went all out to tackling each other.Shoals posted three points from a penalty goal to break the deadlock and get the score board ticking over.Play tightened up again with Kiama looking slightly more inclined to open their scoring than Shoals did to add to that already scored.At the 30 minute mark Matt Hinkley was given the ball on the half way line with some room to move by Gareth Smith.He ran with that characteristic head back and knees pumping high running style and displayed great pace to race away for a try in the corner.It was neatly converted and Shoals had the lead by 17 points to nil.Smith finished off his team’s scoring with a last minute try after his side had devoured 50 metres of territory in a mighty burst of forward play.The conversion swung wide but Shoals had earned a good win with some excellent second half rugby.Best players for Shoals were Harry Davis, Ash Henry and Gareth Smith.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
IN CLOSE: Burrrawang’s Sam Donovan batttles with St Georges Basin Reds’ Steve Christlo in Burrawang’s big 7-2 victory on Saturday.SCHOOL holidays and junior representative commitments led to a number of teams being short of players for the weekend round of Shoalhaven Hockey.Under good conditions at the Shoalhaven Regional Hockey Complex at North Nowra only one junior match was scheduled due to the Shoalhaven under 13 side being away at the state championships at Lithgow.In their opening clash Shoalhaven lost to Tamworth 2 in division three, 3-nil and despite going down to Nepean and New England on day two the side still had a great time away.That along with school holidays saw both Bluejays sides struggle for numbers but in the end Bluejays Blue won on a forfeit from Bluejays Sky.The two other games, Allsorts against City and St Georges Basin White v Bluejays Navy, were both deferred due to representative commitments and will be played at a later date.The first of the men’s games was also a forfeit with Bluejays taking the points over St Georges Basin White after the Basin failed to raise enough players.A scratch match was quickly organised between the two sides at least allowing the players take to the field.Fourth placed Kangaroo Valley continued its recent surge of good form downing second placed Allsorts 3-2 in a spirited encounter.Mitchell Wilson, Ian Szymoniczek and Nick Simmons each scored for the Valley, while Dale Woods bagged both Allsorts’ goals.Third placed Burrawang proved way too good for an undermanned St Georges Basin Red outfit winning 7-2 and moved to equal second placed Allsorts.Mitchell Eccelston bag-ged a hat-trick, while Blake Hill, Sam Donovan, Jack Donovan and Brendon MacDon-ald also scored goals and were among the Burra’s best.St Georges Basin White won the top of the table clash in the women’s competition downing Bluejays 3-1.The Jays were short on numbers and the Basin took full advantage.Jenny Moffat, Caitlan Hawkins and Robyn Hallam scored goals for the winners, while Ashleigh Crisafi scored for the Jays.Mel Boundy scored a double for Allsorts Orange in its 4-nil win over Shoalhaven Heads.Toby Bacchus and Eleanor Dodd also scored goals in the victory.And Detta Duren led Allsorts Green to a commanding 6-1 win over St Georges Basin Red.Duren was in fine form bagging a hat-trick while Vanessa Phelan scored a double.Jody Mason was the other Greens’ scorer while Anna Gardner was the Basin Red scorer.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
CHAMPIONS OF HOME SCHOOLING: Jacinta Sims and her mother Michelle with Adele Latu and her sons Barnabas and Samuelu at Nowra Library. TO SAY your children are home schooled these days doesn’t raise nearly as many eyebrows as it once would have.Nowra mothers Adele Latu and Michelle Sims both home school their children and say it’s a choice that works for them.Mrs Latu has four children, two girls and two boys aged from three years to 10.She has home schooled for a decade and said while in that time society’s perception of homeschooling has slowly improved the resources and support network have developed immensely.“My husband Sioloa and I decided to home school our children because we wanted to be the major influence in their lives,” Mrs Latu said.“If you could give your children all of you, you are probably giving them the best gift they could get,” she said.“It is very much about giving your children their own understanding of the world around them so they will be able to form their own opinions.“Yes, it is a commitment, but it is wonderful and there are so many resources available and the Shoalhaven Library is fantastic,” she said.Mrs Sims started to home school her daughter Jacinta, (10), this year.Her daughter had previously been to school and so took a little time to adjust, but Mrs Sims said home schooling suits her daughter.“I always knew it was an option and this was just the right time for me to start,” Mrs Sims said.“We have set hours when we do the work, and we both enjoy having the freedom to ease into the day. It works for us.”Shoalhaven City Library will launch its extensive home education collection from 6pm on Wednesday, July 18.The collection, which consists of over 300 items along with notes for parents, will offer extra support for home educated students.Covering a long list of subject areas, the resources have been specially tailored to children from five to 12 years in age.Shoalhaven City Council Library and Community Services manager Noela Lim said the collection launch would also provide a valuable opportunity for home schooling families to connect with other families who have students at home.“Many people choose to educate their children at home for a variety of reasons, the decision to home educate can offer more flexible learning with a focus on lifestyle and family connectedness,” Ms Lim said.For bookings or further information please contact Jessica Green on 44293 712 or [email protected] light supper will be provided.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
FRIENDS of the young Bowral man killed on Saturday night after being king-hit on a Kings Cross street are struggling to make sense of his death.Thomas Kelly’s family, who had rushed to his bedside at St Vincents Hospital, made the decision to turn off his life support system at 8pm last Monday.Tom’s three best mates were Exeter triplets Henry, Tom and Jack Hobson.The boys said on Thursday that Tom was like another brother to them.“We only have a few close friends and Tom was one of them,” Jack said.“He was like a brother to us.”Tom Hobson said he last spoke with his 18-year-old mate at about 6pm the night he was hit.He said his friend was excited because he was about to have a night out with his new girlfriend.The triplets next saw Tom at St Vincent’s Hospital on Monday.“When we walked in and saw him on the life support machine it was a big shock, he was unrecognisable,” Jack said.“We just broke to the floor in tears.”The boys said their friend was the kind of person who always looked out for his mates and was always the first to try and make peace.“He was someone you could talk to, someone you could rely on and trust. He always had your back,” Tom Hobson said.Jack said Tom loved music and he passed this passion on to the triplets.“He was a very talented musician. He played the piano, guitar, drums and the clarinet.”The two Toms, as they were often referred to, would sometimes switch places, with Tom Kelly pretending to be the third triplet to confuse people and get a laugh.Jack and Tom also shared a love of fitness and recently spent three hours waiting in line together to get their photo taken with one of their heroes, weightlifter Ronnie Coleman.“I wouldn’t have wanted to be with anyone else,” Jack said.The triplets said they wanted their mate to be remembered as a gentleman with a good sense of humour who embraced life.“He always put people before himself, he was a champion bloke,” triplet Tom said.“We lost a friend and the world’s lost a beautiful young man.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
GREEN MACHINE: Greens candidates at the coming council election – Terry Barratt, Amanda Findley and Justin Field.GREENS candidates for the September 8 Shoalhaven City Council election have vowed to listen to the community on the controversial Local Environment Plan, saying public concerns have been largely ignored.Candidates Amanda Findley, Terry Barratt and Justin Field said the 3000 submissions made during the LEP process needed to be re-examined to ensure community views were properly represented in the draft LEP.However they stopped short of calling for the process to start again from scratch.Ward three representative and mayoral candidate Cr Findley said the template put forward by the previous state government, prompting what had been seen as an administrative exercise to put exiting planning laws into the new template, made it difficult to start again in an effort to get planning documents that were more visionary and inclusive.“We’re going to end up with a similar result anyway,” Cr Findley said.“The community doesn’t have a say because of the constraints imposed by the state government.”During the first public exhibition the draft LEP attracted about 3000 comments and submissions, and a second exhibition period is planned.“The community’s had a great opportunity to have a say, but the community comments seem to have been ignored,” said ward two candidate Mr Field.“It is disappointing that the majority of current councillors have failed to listen to the community’s concerns when it came to amending the draft LEP,” Cr Findley added.“It doesn’t need major changes, it wouldn’t take much to turn it around,” added Mr Barratt, who is standing in ward one.The draft LEP has been sent to the state government’s Planning Department for approval to re-exhibit it for further community comments, with a further 28-day exhibition period planned.Cr Findley said that period needed to be extended, because there were serious concerns with what the council had put forward.“A raft of inappropriate planning directions show that most of the councillors have little intention of standing up for the community,” she said.“Most of the same councillors aren’t standing again and are leaving behind a terrible legacy.“The current draft leaves planning so open in the Shoalhaven that in the end the ratepayer will pay the costs of increased challenges via the land and environment court,” Cr Findley said.Mr Barratt raised particular concerns with plans for major urban growth around Nowra and Bomaderry, inappropriate river foreshore zoning and limited habitat protection.“The villages around the bay are particularly concerned about the new permitted uses in many of the zones,” Mr Field added.“Families could find tourism and visitor accommodation including hostels as well as sewage treatment and water supply works right next door. It is a recipe for over-development and will ruin the very things that attract residents and visitors to our region.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
Photo: ADAM WRIGHTTHE Shoalhaven’s population is set to reach 100,000 within coming months.However chances are the milestone will be reached not by the birth of a baby, but through an elderly person relocating to the region.The region’s population came in at 98,076 during last year’s census, with a 1.3 per cent growth from the previous year.With that growth rate continuing the population should reach 100,000 later this year.The biggest growth in the Shoalhaven’s population has been recorded in the older age brackets as the region continues to attract large number of retirees.The biggest growth has been in the number of over 85-year-olds, which jumped an amazing 45.3 per cent from 1760 to 2557 between 2006 and 2011.The figures reveal the number of Shoalhaven residents aged 30 to 50 has been steadily declining over the years as many people leave the area to further their careers.However from the age of 50 the situation is reversed, with the local population bolstered by people seeking sea changes.In many older age categories the growth over the five years since the 2006 census has been between 15 and 20 per cent.This has contributed to the median age of a Shoalhaven resident increasing to 46 from 44 in 2006 and 41 in 2001.Population growth has been particularly evident between 2010 and 2011.When the census was conducted in June last year about 20 per cent of the NSW population, or 1.43 million people, lived in coastal areas outside Sydney.Shoalhaven and the neighbouring local government area of Kiama both had the fastest population growth at 1.3 per cent of the 21 coastal local government areas.The combined population of the 21 coastal local government areas grew by 12,300 people, or 0.9 per cent, between June 2010 and June 2011.The Shoalhaven’s strong growth rate over the 12 months placed it 29th in a ranking of all 161 local government areas in NSW, while Kiama was 30th.Shoalhaven’s annual growth rate over five years of 1.2 per cent, and its 1.3 per cent population growth over 12 months, placed it ahead of neighbouring municipalities.The closest was Kiama with 1.1 per cent annually for five years and 1.3 per cent in the final year, followed by Wingecarribee with 1.3 per cent annually over five years and 0.9 per cent in the final year, Wollongong with 1.0 per cent and 0.4 per cent, Bega Valley with 0.9 per cent and 0.5 per cent, and Eurobodalla with 0.7 per cent and 0.5 per cent.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
GROUND: Magpies Forward Rhys Neil prepares to meet the tough Albion Park-Oak Flats defence in round one.The Magpies have a tough home game ahead of them this weekend when they host the Albion Park Oak Flats Eagles.After suffering their now customary late start to the season the Magpies would have been hoping a win against the Jets last weekend would have given them a little momentum heading into this weekend’s crucial game. Unfortunately the confidence rocking loss to the Jets was made worse with the news that one of their best players, John Carey, will miss the remainder of the season following a nasty accident with a ride on lawnmower.“Poor John, he was working on a ride on mower and the blades caught his shoelace and pulled his foot into the blades, it was real freak accident,” said Berry coach Adam Hayburn.“From what I hear he has done some serious damage to his foot, he’s just left hospital.”Berry are hoping a big home ground crowd will be on hand this Saturday afternoon to encourage the boys and see if they can become the only team, other than Gerringong, to defeat Albion Park this season.“They are going to be hard opposition but if we can get back to doing the simple things right, like we did against Warilla, we could be in with a real chance,” Hayburn said.Like most coaches this year Hayburn believes containing the Gray boys and Matt Carroll will be the key to success.“The main thing we need to do is get our defence right, and not make too many mistakes, but I suppose that’s footy,” he said.The arrival of Berry full back Sean Deaves and centre Aaron Pont has sharpened up the Berry side and the recent run of wins means the boys are confident they can match the Eagles across the park.Without Carey in the side Rhys Sharpe and Mick Blattner will need to make the extra yards Carey was doing. After the forwards sort each other out, “The Prince” Joe Rogers will have his choice of Coulter, Pont, Tyson and Gannon to feed the ball to. All know their way to the line and with a bit of well thought out plays could cause an upset this weekend.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
ON THE MOVE: Bluejays Dennis Smart on the run against Burrawang.THE Hockey NSW under 13s state championships are being held in Lithgow this weekend, with Shoalhaven Hockey entering an exciting young team to represent the region. In what promises to be a challenging weekend of hockey, with games likely to be played in icy conditions, it will provide most in the team with their first experience of playing in a state championship.Shoalhaven will play Tamworth 2 on Friday evening, followed by games against Hockey New England and Nepean on Saturday. Depending on results, the team could then play off for a finals position on Sunday morning. There are 28 teams playing in the championships from across the state, which will be a great experience for the team and test their development as the future of Shoalhaven hockey.The team includes St Georges Basin players Thomas Dolby, Nathan Kenny, Ben Macdonald, Josh Rickwood and Harrison Browne; Bluejays’ Sienna Turner, Sam Morris, Scott Crisafi and Lauren Richards; and Allsorts’ Josh and Sam Wright-Smith, Tristan Roberts and goalkeeper Thomas Jelavic.The team is coached and managed by St Georges Basin duo Michael Dolby and Vaughan Macdonald, supported by Greg Pullen and Deirdre Crisafi, with Bluejays’ Callum Mackay travelling with the team to umpire at the championships. A number of the players’ families will also make the trip to Lithgow to support the team.In local action this weekend, there is just the one junior’s game due to the state championships, with Bluejays Blue playing Bluejays Navy at 10.45am. Both teams will be affected by the loss of players on representative duties, so it will be the team that steps up to cover these absences that will come out on top.The men’s competition hits off at midday, with St Georges Basin Whites playing competition leaders Bluejays, who will be eager to get back onto the winners’ list after their narrow loss to Burrawang last week. At 1.30pm St Georges Basin Reds will be hoping for the return of a number of their players from the holiday break if they are to be any chance of matching it with the speedy and skilful youngsters in the Burrawang outfit.In what promises to be a close tussle, the final men’s game at 3pm sees Allsorts take on Kangaroo Valley, with Valley needing a win to cement their place in the top four. However, a win for Allsorts will be important for them if they are to keep in touch with competition leaders Bluejays.The women’s competition gets underway at 4.30pm, when top four team Allsorts Orange will be eager to continue their winning streak when they come up against Shoalhaven Heads.At 6pm, Allsorts Green take on St Georges Basin Reds. The final game for the day at 7.30pm is a top-of-the-competition-table clash with leaders Bluejays taking on second placed St Georges Basin Whites. The result in this game will provide a good indication of which team is best placed to challenge for the premiership as the finals series approaches.A reminder that there will be no Minkey hockey during the school holidays. The program recommences on Saturday, 21 July. Any youngsters wanting to give hockey a try are welcome to come along and join the fun.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.
The Hancock-Irwin Callala marina proposes to forever obliterate the natural beauties of Callala Point with a multi-story parking and shopping block over eight metres high, and roads raised on sea-walls over three metres high.They propose to destroy a living eco-system, lock up a public lagoon, bury a fascinating rock platform in the inter-tidal area, as a private parking lot for rich boat-people. Shame!This most prominent headland between Callala Bay and Callala Beach villages is a gem set between the sparkling beaches. This beauty defines Shoalhaven. The tranquil lagoon and tidal rock pools are a wonderland of dolphins, fish, sea-dragons, visiting whales and their calves, perfect for snorkelling or kayaking, learning to sail, drift-fishing, or just rock rambling with children or grand-children.Jervis Bay is reserved as a Marine Park to save the un-spoilt visual environment and living eco-systems for future generations… not to be destroyed constructing a lock-up for rich folks’ oversize boats, not to be wangled as a devious shopping mall site, not for selfish greed.On every land site in Callala villages, under JBREP, a building applicant must assess impact on natural and visual values, especially near a coastal dune, rocky headland or creek.No house may be prominent or detract from the natural heritage. Does this marina “maintain the visual quality of a water body, a wetland or a foreshore dune?” No way. Does this marina let the landscape, not the structures, be the dominant feature? Never!This Callala Marina proposes to destroy all natural visual qualities of the headland, the rock platform, the surf-break, the tranquil lagoon, the outlook from everywhere around Callala waters… for a dammed parking lot, a concrete wasteland. Shame!Offering a grassed roof on a huge concrete blockhouse is insulting green-wash about a multi-storey monstrosity that steals public space and blots all views! Remember the song: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!”Let marina schemers buy private land suitably zoned in which to dig their boat bay, build their retail and industrial facilities. Take no public space. We want no sleight, no spin, no dodgy marina, no vandalism on Callala headland… or in its bay. Think again and go away.D Marshall,Callala Bay.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.