Tigers leave shooting boots at home in late loss

AN injury-plagued Bay Tigers outfit let slip a 10-point second-half lead to go down 24-22 in heartbreaking fashion against the Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies at Mackay Park on Sunday.Two converted tries inside the final 15 minutes from the visitors secured what looked like an unlikely win after they defended for a vast majority of the second half.“Being honest, it was terrible,” Magpies coach Adam Hayburn said.“It was one of our worst games.”Berry showed more energy in the opening exchanges and kept the Tigers, who were again without Willy Newton and Grant Roberts, camped well inside their own half.With fullback Sean Deaves directing traffic, the Magpies had the ball for what seemed like an eternity only for the Bay defence to hold strong.The Tigers didn’t have an attacking play until the 16th minute but it was a fruitful one as Adam Stone weaved through two defenders to put Lee Baghurst in the corner for 6-nil.Then, five minutes later, Jared Wood-Johnston took control in the centre of the field and sent a long ball to Ricky Leighton, who reached out and slammed down for 10-nil.That awoke the Magpies from their slumber and they hit back with two converted tries inside the last seven minutes of the first half.Dean Tyson scored untouched after a Tigers mistake and then, 90 seconds before the break, Chris McCarron was rewarded for a neat chip kick when he scored under the posts.However, the Tigers starved their opposition of the ball after the break and regained the lead in the 46th minute when Scott Ladmore barged over.Stone then fooled everyone in the 52nd minute when he faked to go one way before darting in the other direction to score out wide for 18-12.Four minutes later it was 22-12 when Gerard Dennis scored from Rhys Burazor’s neat pass.But three consecutive missed conversions would cost the Tigers as Berry hit back through Aaron Pont in the 66th minute and Deaves eight minutes from time to complete a thrilling comeback.“That shows the importance of having a good goal kicker,” Tigers coach Deryck Fox said.“We scored five tries and kicked one goal.“It was a morale sapper; we’ve had some mistakes that cost us but it’d be nice if it went our way for once.”Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Letters to the Editor

Shedding light on teachers’ strikeThe State Government and teachers in NSW public schools are again in dispute.At the centre of the dispute is the government’s proposed Local Schools Local Decisions policy.On the one hand the government argues that it is about giving more autonomy to schools through increasing the power of principals with particular regard to staffing.On the other hand teachers are arguing that it is not about improving the learning outcomes for students but rather a cost-cutting exercise in which the government will shift the responsibility to principals.The danger of the proposals is that the budget will be the priority, not the education of children in our schools both in our area and in the state.Two very different views. Little wonder that parents of children in public schools are probably confused.Perhaps the following might shed light on what really is at stake here.It is what teachers have asked Barry O’Farrell and the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, to guarantee.Before making a judgement, parents might consider if any of the following are unfair. Will any of the following diminish the opportunity to give greater autonomy to schools, bearing in mind that over 80 per cent of all executive positions in schools are already determined by interview as are over 55 per cent of classroom positions?If the answer is no, then I would urge parents to support teachers in their efforts to making sure there is a well-funded public education system available for all children.The government has been asked to guarantee that:• class sizes will not be increased;• funds for public education will not be reduced in real terms;• there will be no overall decrease in the level of permanent teaching positions;• there will be no overall decrease in the level of school executive staffing;• the current harmonious award system will be maintained;• there will be no decrease in the level of specialist teaching positions;• school executive structures will be determined by curriculum and the number of teachers; and• key decisions at the school level will be made co-operatively by principals, teachers andparents.Michael Lambert, President, Moruya Teachers Association.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bring back our bridle trails!

The Eurobodalla’s historic bridle paths linking the shire with Cooma, the Southern Tablelands and the Shoalhaven should be restored, according to Moruya’s Brian Clarke.The chairman of lobby group Access for All will travel to Cobargo on Saturday to rally support for a draft strategy seeking to expand horse riding in national parks and wilderness areas (see story page two).Mr Clarke, 70, said he grew up riding historic trails in and around Bendethera, in the Deua National Park, but “wilderness declarations” blocked a network of pack trails that once traversed the mountains, linking the coast to the Monaro and the tablelands.“It’s our heritage,” he said.Mr Clarke said wilderness assessments had not considered the historic value of convict-built pack tracks such as the Shoebridge, built to carry produce between the coast and Araluen.“They said there was nothing in there,” he said.“It was there for them to see. Shoebridge had the store in Lower Araluen and, when they couldn’t get supplies up the river here because of flood, he paid to have a pack track from the coast built. It is still there now. We can ride on most of it but, on the back end of it, they put wilderness on it which means we can’t go all the way through.“These tracks are there, they were on maps. I think it should be protected. It is not there for anyone to abuse or make money out of, but it was part of our heritage and we think it should be preserved. There is some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia in our backyard.”Mr Clarke said his group had “a wonderful relationship with national parks” in the shire and helped maintain the Corn Trail which runs through the Monga National Park from the foot of Clyde Mountain to its peak.“We supply horses to pack saws and equipment in for the national parks,” he said.“That is a prime example of what can be achieved. We look after the area, we don’t want to destroy it. We are conservationists like everyone else.”Mr Clarke said horses were no more likely to carry weed and exotic seeds in their hooves than native or feral animals, “or a pair of Blundstones with big woolly socks”.He said riders were unlikely to veer off the beaten path.“They won’t get off these tracks. Some are very remote, very dense bush and very steep terrain and there is no way in the world you would get off the track, otherwise you are going straight down over the side,” he said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Jail for repeat call offender

A Batemans Bay woman convicted of making vexatious emergency calls to 000 to complain about a fast food outlet and police, including a threat to blow up a police station, has been jailed for at least three months after breaching numerous court bonds by committing new but unrelated offences.Susannah Scheuelle, 45, also known as Stark, pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving on May 13, offensive behaviour at Batemans Bay police station on April 3, possession of cannabis leaf, and resisting a police officer.She appeared before Batemans Bay Local Court from jail on video/audio link.Defence lawyer Peter Ryan said sentencing her was a difficult matter and that her offences all involved alcohol.He said Ms Scheuelle had been in custody since May 13 and that she now realised the repercussions of her drinking after a relapse.Mr Ryan said it was her second drink driving offence in five years and at the time Ms Scheuelle was subject to good behaviour bonds for the prior offences.Magistrate David Degnan revoked all bonds, including those imposed for intimidation and making vexatious phone calls to triple-0 in November 2010 when she was charged under the name Stark.Instead, he imposed a jail sentence of three months immediately suspended for two years on condition that she is of good behaviour and complies with supervised parole.For the most recent offences, Ms Scheuelle received a fixed jail term of three months, which included two months’ jail for high-range drink driving on Batehaven Road.When police stopped her Hyundai at 10.15pm on May 13, Ms Scheuelle had a blood/alcohol reading of 0.154, more than three times the legal limit.For resisting a police officer on May 13 when she attempted to kick an officer who was arresting her for drink driving, Ms Scheuelle received 12 months’ jail with a non-parole of two months.Ms Scheuelle will be released from jail on August 12 but remain under the supervision of Parole Services.She is disqualified from driving for five years.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Coastkids market on this weekend!

Organisers of this weekend’s Coastkids Market are hoping for a big turnout to ensure a new playground is built at Nelligen by Christmas.The small, hard-working band of volunteers has raised almost $15,000 for the Nelligen Playground Project in less than 18 months.If people are generous at this Saturday’s final major fundraiser, the group should meet its target – which will then be matched by Eurobodalla Shire Council.“Eurobodalla Shire Council has also committed $15,000 to the project, and installation of the pirate ship playground should be completed before Christmas this year,” market co-ordinator Jenny Clarke said.“We just need people to show their support by buying cupcakes and raffle tickets.”The winter CoastKids Market is being held at Batemans Bay Public School this Saturday from 10am to 2pm.This is the third time the fundraising market has been held on the South Coast following the huge success of the original winter market last June.“We’ve had a very positive response from the public once again for this market,” Ms Clarke said.“South Coast parents are extremely limited when it comes to purchasing items for their children, and CoastKids fills the gap when shopping for both beautiful new, hand-made, and quality pre-loved children’s items.”As well as pre-loved and new children’s items, the CoastKids Market will also showcase yummy home-baked cupcakes, a sausage sizzle, face painting and activities to keep the kids entertained. There will also be a display of vintage cars and an appearance by the Batemans Bay Fire Brigade.Rebecca Henderson from RLH Photography has also donated a $375 family portrait prize to be raffled on the day, with tickets available at market entry.The 2012/13 edition of the popular CoastKids magazine will also be launched at the market; a publication full of valuable information and quality advertisers catering to South Coast parents.Updated information canbe found by searching and liking CoastKids Market on Facebook.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.