Dogs decimate Bay High’s herd

Two dogs have been blamed for an horrific attack on alpacas and pet sheep at Batemans Bay High School, with the badly mutilated animals later euthanased.It was an awful start to the holidays for staff at the school yesterday morning when two dogs walked into the grounds.No one thought anything of it until sounds of distress were heard coming from the fenced-off agriculture plot where sheep, two lambs and the alpacas were kept.Two staff members saw the dogs attacking a pregnant alpaca’s throat and managed to get the dogs off but her injuries were severe.Other badly injured and mutilated animals lay distressed in the yard.A vet was immediately called to the scene and two sheep, a lamb, and two alpacas were euthanased because of the severity of their injuries.”It’s horrendous. My students will be devastated,” said distressed agriculture teacher Megan Nicholls, as she looked around the yard.The brown-fleeced alpaca named Totally Cool (TC) had been at the school seven years and was a favourite of students, who used to walk him around the grounds.He even attended the Eurobodalla Show.Fergie, whose baby was due within two weeks, was also unable to be saved. Her male friend Rozzi remained on the other side of the fence looking anxiously at his lifeless mate.Nearby was Valentine, now resting quietly after being treated for bite injuries to her face and neck following the frightening and frenzied attack.Dixie, a poddy lamb that was being bottle-fed by the students, also died as did two ewes.A second lamb that was injured but survived the attack has been taken into the home of a school worker to be cared for.General school assistant Mike Terry is disgusted by the attack and said the dogs had to jump a high fence to get into the yard.He saw the pair earlier that morning and they had appeared friendly. There was no indication of the horror to come.”I think they were staffies. One black bitch, one brindle-coloured,” he said.“Staff captured them and put them in a shed. They had collars and had been microchipped.“Council rangers have taken them.“The animals’ injuries were horrendous as they were attacked around the head and throat. They could not be saved.”Mr Terry said he did not know what triggered the attack but dog-owners needed to be more responsible and keep their dogs secured.“I come off a farm and I have not seen anything like this before. It’s awful,” he said.Mr Terry said Batemans Bay police also attended the scene after rangers took the dogs away.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Cullen to lead Aussie cricket’s England revival

THE Australian one-day cricket team may be struggling in its five-game series against England so far, but Carroll College teacher Paul Cullen hopes to buck that trend later this month.Cullen will fly to England on July 13 as a member of the Australian over 60s cricket team to tour the United Kingdom.He described the England over 60s as a “very strong side” and it’d be hard to argue after the Poms clinched a 3-nil clean sweep victory on their tour down under last year.“They have some very good players and I want to do my best to reverse that result,” he said.“But I’m starting to get very excited.“I haven’t been on anything like this before, not for Australia.”As there is no over 60s competition in the Eurobodalla, Cullen spends most weekends in summer travelling to Canberra to play in the zone league against teams such as Southern Highlands and Illawarra.An Australian over 60s selector was in the stands one Sunday earlier this year when Cullen, an all-rounder, had a particularly “good match”.He will be keen to continue that form in England, particularly in the third Test as there is a possibility that match could be held at Lord’s.“That would be pretty special, you dream about that sort of stuff,” he said.The Aussies will only have three days off in the 19-day tour and Cullen is keen to make the most of that time off.“They’ve given us a choice of Wimbledon, the Olympic Games or just to wander around the countryside doing art galleries and markets,” he said.Cullen’s adventure isn’t all about cricket, though.There’s also personal motivation as Cullen and several of his Carroll College students have been using it as a way to raise money for Beyond Blue, an organisation that provides support and information for young people suffering from depression and anxiety.“I’m very keen on alleviating that problem in young people,” Cullen said.The group is well on its way to achieving its goal of raising $3000, however further donations are more than welcome.For more information, or to donate, visit www.everydayhero南京夜网.au and search ‘Paul Cullen’.Cullen said that he also hopes to catch up with some ex-Carroll College students who are now living in London.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Business as usual for unbeaten Dolphins

THE Broulee Dolphins consolidated their domination over the rest of the competition with a nail-biting 28-20 win over the Batemans Bay Boars on Saturday.Chris Prow’s 78th- minute field goal secured the win and local bragging rights after the Boars almost pulled off a thrilling comeback.Broulee was completely dominant in the first half and looked as though it would run away with the match when it led 15-nil at the break.But whatever Batemans Bay captain-coach Dave Silversides said to his players at half-time worked a treat.Tries to Cory Maddison, Matt Absolum and Jim Thomas, as well as five points from the boot of Dave Warner, ensured the Boars outscored their fierce rivals in the second half.However, that second-half burst wasn’t enough to catch the Dolphins who did enough to clinch back-to-back wins over the Boars and maintain their 100 per cent record this season.With several penalties and handling errors slowing play down in the centre of the park, both teams got off to slow starts until Broulee struck in the 19th minute.Back-rower Brad Dunkley somehow barged his way through four Batemans Bay defenders after a well-worked Broulee lineout.Pat McMahon had a rare miss on his conversion attempt and it looked as though the score would remain 5-nil at the break.That was until the 38th minute when the Dolphins extended their lead through winger Justin Austin.McMahon drew his marker and then released Austin, who rounded several Bay defenders with pace to score out wide.The situation only got worse for the Boars in the lead-up to half-time as Broulee added another try just seconds before the buzzer.Prow’s long pass from the base of the ruck put PJ Cullen in the corner for 15-nil.The Boars eventually responded in the 48th minute when Warner slotted a penalty goal before Maddison, who was again brilliant at fullback, showed great determination for the Boars’ first try five minutes later.McMahon’s penalty goal three minutes later extended the Dolphins’ lead back to 10.The centre was in the thick of the action again on the hour mark when he converted his own try from right in front for 25-8.Batemans Bay hit back with two tries in as many minutes to ensure a nervy finish but Prow’s quick thinking 90 seconds from the full-time whistle put the result beyond doubt.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Returning stars help Tigers turn the tables

AFTER more than two months of frustration, the Batemans Bay Tigers are finally back to winning ways.Deryck Fox’s men snapped a six-game Group 7 losing streak in sensational fashion on Sunday with a 50-10 demolition of the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets.Representative stars Grant Roberts and Willy Newton made unexpected returns from injury to give the Tigers a major pre-match boost.Their inclusion proved telling in the Mackay Park match – Roberts scored twice while Newton crossed once and slotted seven of his nine conversion attempts.“This result has been coming for a couple of weeks but we just haven’t had the rub of the green,” Bay Tigers coach Deryck Fox said.“Today we had our two gun players back and their presence lifted everybody.”Tigers’ halfback Rhys Burazor had his best game of the season and Mat Hensley was near unstoppable on the left wing as the hosts posted 34 first-half points.After a slow start from both sides, the Bay opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Roberts crossed out wide after some neat work from Adam Stone.Hensley then had his first of the afternoon a minute later when he flew through the air to score from Burazor’s high kick.Eight minutes later it was 16-nil when Newton scored under the posts after yet another piece of Stone magic.The Tigers’ rampage was far from over, though, and Burazor went from provider to scorer in the 24th minute when he stepped his way over the line.A thrilling passage of play six minutes later had the Tigers 28-nil up and in dreamland after six consecutive defeats.Roberts barged his way into space and after he was eventually brought down, Burazor’s grubber kick bounced awkwardly for Jets’ fullback Ben Wiringi.Young Bay winger Adam McCann pounced on the situation and forced the ball loose to leave Marcus Golman with the simple task of scoring the Tigers’ fifth try.Hensley caused more trouble for the Jets right on the half-time buzzer when he tapped Jared Wood-Johnston’s kick back for Ricky Leighton to dive over and score.The interval did little to slow Hensley down and he secured his double in the 54th minute before Roberts scored for a second time four minutes later for 46-nil.Nowra-Bomaderry eventually found a response in the 66th minute through Wiringi before Kurt Quinlan made it back-to-back tries for the visitors.But Michael Tadich scored a well-earned try in the final minute to cap off a memorable afternoon for the Tigers.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bug spray blamed for bee kill

The police investigation into the mass slaughter of millions of apiary bees in forests around Batemans Bay is expected to ramp up after an examination of dead bees and hives revealed insecticide.The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the chemical Permethrin, a common household insecticide, was used and the information has now been given to police.More than 1200 hives containing between 50,000 and 70,000 bees have been destroyed in what has all the hallmarks of industrial sabotage against seven major beekeeping operators.EPA southeast region acting manager Julian Thompson said the agency tested samples taken last week from affected hives located at three different sites in the national parks.Dead bees, hives and honeycomb material swabs underwent chemical analysis and many tested positive to Permethrin.However a couple of samples had not tested positive, possibly because the chemical spray had not landed where the swabs were taken.Mr Thompson said it was a common insecticide found in fly and bug sprays, as well as head lice scrubs, and was likely be difficult to trace.“It is registered for use in over 100 products, common, off-the-shelf products that can be purchased at supermarkets and hardware stores,” he said.“We presume this has been the cause of deaths of the bees.”Mr Thompson said the indications were that the chemical had been intentionally sprayed on the hives.The EPA provided the testing service to help police with the investigation.Beekeeper Laurie Kershaw, who lost a load of 131 hives off Clyde Road, said the DPI had also confirmed the poison used was Permethrin.John Casey, who lost an undisclosed number hives at two sites off the Western Distributor and Old Nelligen Road, like all the keepers is mystified by who would commit such a crime.He said the people would have to know what they were doing and, even at night, wear protective gear to avoid being stung because the bees would have reacted angrily to the spray.Beekeeper Pat Roberts lost 240 hives and said it would be a slow process to rebuild bee numbers.“We don’t know if these people will strike again, that’s our biggest worry,” he said. “Obviously there had to be more than one person.”Police have formed an operation named “Barragoot” to investigate the case and are interviewing witnesses and victims involved in the incident.Police ask anyone who has information that may assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.