Fox pleased despite another loss

BAY Tigers coach Deryck Fox believes his side has “turned a corner” despite losing for the fifth time in a row on Saturday night.Fox’s injury-depleted side led for 58 minutes before going down 30-18 to the fast-finishing Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles at Mackay Park.However, a spirited display from his players had Fox in an upbeat mood after the match.“I just asked for a little bit of heart from everybody today and that’s what I got,” he said.“We showed some creativity and the boys tackled themselves to a standstill, so I can’t ask for any more than that.“The guys have got self-belief now and I’m hoping this is a turning point for the second half of the season.”Eagles’ fullback Danny Sartori was the undisputed star of the show with a hat-trick, while halfback Matt Carroll also put on a classy performance.The home side got off to the best possible start in the icy cold conditions when fullback Nathan Wood touched down and then converted for 6-nil after five minutes.The Eagles looked shell-shocked and countless handling errors meant they struggled for field position throughout the first half.Batemans Bay made the most of the situation and extended its lead in the 23rd minute when young winger Adam McCann somehow grounded Rhys Burazor’s neat grubber kick.Full of new-found confidence, the Tigers continued to surge forward and thought they had a third try when Wood barged over in the 30th minute.However, celebrations were cut short as referee William Drury ruled the fullback had lost control.Then a minute later, Sartori collected his own chip kick and scored under the posts to reduce the deficit to four at half-time.Whatever Fox said to his players in the sheds worked a treat as the Bay started the second half as it did the first – at a high tempo with and without the ball.And when Burazor’s well-placed kick earned the Tigers repeat sets in the 52nd minute, it set up dummy half Adam Stone to score and put the hosts ahead 14-6.But that was as good as it got for the home side as Sartori and Carroll combined to devastating effect.Sartori completed his treble either side of Derek Gray’s 64th-minute try as the Eagles put the match out of the Bay’s reach.Winger Matthew Stone put the icing on the cake for the visitors for 30-14 in the 76th minute before Mat Hensley’s acrobatic leap two minutes later was mere consolation for the Tigers.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Top seeds shine in shire’s tennis showpiece

TOP seeds Jarryd Chaplin and Melissa Anderson lived up to their pre-South Coast Open hype and took out the men’s and women’s singles crowns respectively on Monday.Chaplin overcame third seed Nathan Lewis 7-6, 6-1 in the Open Men’s final after Anderson cruised past No 4 seed Gabrielle Hooker 6-1, 6-1 to win consecutive South Coast Open crowns.“I played some tennis I was really happy with, considering some tough conditions on the final day,” Chaplin said.The 20-year-old used his powerful serve to his advantage and he said the slick Hanging Rock courts worked in his favour.“My game is coming along really well, I’m happy with where it’s at and my serve was really effective this week,” he said.“The courts are really fast and so I was able to get a lot of free points off my serve.”Chaplin, who is based in America at the University of Tennessee, was the red-hot favourite in the lead-up to the four-day tournament but he insisted that added pressure didn’t play on his mind.“It’s a credit to the tournament how laid back they made it feel and that didn’t place any extra pressure on me,” he said.“There were a handful of guys that could’ve won the tournament and I knew that, so I had my work cut out for me from the start.”Of this tournament (his second appearance) at Hanging Rock, Chaplin said it was “a pleasure” to take part.“I thought the tournament had really good organisation and it was a pleasure to play in,” he said.In the women’s draw, Anderson made light work of most of her opponents although she insisted that some of her results didn’t do her competition justice.“It was a great result for me and it’s always such a great tournament to play,” she said.“The competition was definitely strong and I had some tough matches throughout.“I can’t say that the score lines in a couple of my matches reflected just how tough they were.”Eurobodalla players also got on the winners’ list.Batemans Bay Tennis Club members Sandra Smith and Linda Knight took out the C grade women’s doubles.Another tournament highlight came early on day two when 13-year-old Corey Greenwood saved four match points before winning against Ben Hayman in the A grade men’s draw.Click ‘play’ to check out this awesome rally in the open men’s semi-final!NoneNoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Letters to the Editor

Put students first!Public school teachers across NSW are currently fighting for the continued provision of a quality public education system. We believe that every student has the right to have access to a quality education regardless of race, geographical location or learning specialties.Public education has at its core the belief that education systems cannot be reduced to a marketplace of winners and losers.Public education is not for sale!Presently the O’Farrell Government is beginning to make changes to public education under a policy called Local Schools, Local Decisions.The government continues, through the Education Department, to implement this policy and related policies in haste, secrecy and without sincere negotiations or consultation with teachers, communities or parent groups.The government won’t guarantee that under Local Schools, Local Decisions your child’s learning conditions and teachers’ working conditions will be protected.It has been shown that when changes like this were made in Victoria and overseas that governments spent less on public schools, which has meant fewer teachers, bigger class sizes and less individual support for students.The government wants to give schools a local budget. This means it will be the amount of money, not the number of students, which will determine how many teachers, executives and support staff will be at schools. Forget the bogus philosophy and rhetoric from the government; this is purely an exercise in cost-cutting.As proud teachers in the public education system we believe that students must be put first and that all educational change needs to be centred on the educational needs of students. All children have the right to quality public education regardless of race, religion or social status.Public education is an investment in the well-being of our society, not an expense.Let’s all start “putting students first” and preserving the provision of public education in the state of NSW.Support your local school teachers when they take action to stop these changes and register your concerns by contacting our state MP.Julie Thompson, on behalf of the Batemans Bay Teachers AssociationThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Red tape strangling GP efforts

A Eurobodalla GP has taken the fight for more rural doctors to Canberra, telling a Senate committee “a morass of red tape” was preventing him recruiting desperately needed colleagues from overseas.Veteran Batemans Bay GP Dr David Rivett gave evidence last month to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee hearing into the supply of rural health services and medical professionals.The Batemans Bay Hospital VMO, who chairs the Australian Medical Association’s rural medical committee, said his own practice needed doctors.“Since I graduated I have practised in Batemans Bay,” he told the committee.“The population has grown from about 1700 to 17,000 and we now have five nursing homes. We are not pulling in new doctors, so people at the end of their working lives, like me, are being forced to work harder and harder, which is just not tenable.“I have been advertising for six months now for doctors and spent about $4000 on advertising and the only applicants who have been interested are people from Iran, India and others outside the country.”Several doctors have spoken out in recent months about the acute shortage of GPs in Batemans Bay, with patients waiting weeks for appointments.Yet Dr Rivett said securing “area-of-need” status to fast-track the appointment of an overseas doctor was not easy.“I am three doctors down in my practice,” he said.“I am trying to go through an ‘area-of-need’ process, which I can assure you is an absolute morass of red tape. I have been told I can apply for one doctor at most. You cannot get three ‘area of need’ positions, even though I need three people desperately.”Dr Rivett said older doctors were under increasing pressure to delay retirement.“All the doctors in my practice are over 60 and hanging on, wanting to get out and just slow down. But they feel they cannot do that, because they want to provide a community service.”Dr Rivett said action was needed now to attract young doctors.“It is a real crisis and it is getting worse, because thepeople with the experience … like me, are over 60 now. They are not going to be around for much longer. We need to get younger doctors into the loop now, while the older guys are still there to show them around. It has got to happen in a hurry, not in 10 years’ time. It will be all over then.”Dr Rivett said young people needed incentives to work in rural areas and should not be coerced or expected to work unsustainable hours.“The old days of dinosaurs like me trying to do everything at once and working crazy hours are long gone,” he said.“If we look back to that old model and say that it is going to happen again, we are losing the plot altogether.“We have to get robust systems in place to attract more doctors to go rural. We are not seeing incentives to get them there.“I do not know how many meetings I have been to about planning for rural health, and everybody listens and takes the attitude that it is all too hard, let’s just sweep it under the table and admit we can’t win. I think you have to have a damn good go.“I am very enthused that there is a Senate committee actually looking at this and hopefully going to bring forward some robust solutions.”The alternative was “more and more people getting flown out expensively”, Dr Rivett warned.“We have a helicopter just about every day now, sometimes several times a day.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

O’Farrell must commit to Kings Hwy

Shadow Special Minister of State and the former Member for Monaro Steve Whan has called on the O’Farrell Government to commit new funding of at least $12 million in this week’s Budget for the Kings Highway section between the top of the Clyde Mountain and Mongarlowe River.”Over the last few years, significant improvements have been made to sections of the Kings Highway between Queanbeyan and Braidwood. This has left the sectionbetween Mongarlowe River and the Clyde Mountain needing the most urgent new upgrade,” Mr Whan said.“This section of road has a 90km/h speed limit, no shoulders and is very high risk.“The roads authority has already undertaken design work on this section of the road and Eurobodalla Shire Council (who undertook some of the work) estimated the cost ofupgrade at approximately $12 million.“I have no doubt the Clyde Mountain and Mongarlowe River section of the Kings Highway should be the next to receive an upgrade.”Obviously we would also expect the normal maintenance work and the projects underway between Batemans Bay and Nelligen to be completed.”Over Labor’s last term in government, more than $42 million was spent on the Kings Highway. People in this region have a right to expect that this level of spending would at least be maintained, if not increased.“Last year’s $5.4 million allocation for the road by the O’Farrell Government was just not enough and this year we should see nearly three times that amount delivered for the highway.”Eurobodalla Shire Council has identified some $60 million worth of work it believes needs to be undertaken and the O’Farrell Government needs to ensure that this workis planned and budgeted for in a reasonable time frame.”The Kings Highway has seen a lot of work over recent years but there is still plenty to do and there are still far too many tragic accidents. I would emphasise though that even if all the work had been undertaken it, like any road, requires patience and respect from road users.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.