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.

Red-hot new technique for South Coast fishers

Blackfish fight hard, taste great, are prolific, live in stunning and user-friendly sheltered estuary systems, but they’re hard to catch in numbers.So, there is cause for excitement when someone figures out an easy and fun new way to catch them.During the warmer months of the year, I spend the majority of my time on the water chasing bream, whiting and flathead on top-water and shallow hard-body lures.During the cooler months my time is spent chasing snapper and salmon, but every now and then I feel like a change and target something different.Around this time every year, I have great success targeting luderick on lures, using either deep-diving hard-bodies, or metal blades, the latter being the more successful of the two in most South Coast estuaries.On recent trips to Tuross Lake, the Moruya River and the Clyde River the results have continued to impress with good numbers of fish.The first few luderick I caught on blades were by-catches while fishing for bream at St Georges Basin, and after catching quite a few over several different trips it got me thinking why these fish couldn’t become a specific target.And after a lot of trial and error, a few changes in the technique and fishing ideal locations I soon figured out that regular catches are possible.Luderick are usually found in schools so, when you hook one, more often than not there will be plenty more willing to take a lure, and it makes for an awesome day on the water when they are on the bite.They are up there with the best of fighters when it comes to light line sport fishing and are regarded by many as a sensational table fish.Most of the luderick I hook are towards the mouth of the systems, usually in crystal-clear water where the small size and stealth of a kayak is needed to sneak up behind them.Critical in the whole process is my Hobie’s mirage drive, which allows me to hold position facing upstream in the current with my hands free to concentrate on the fishing.I look for water between two and three metres deep, with patches of weed or reef, or a thick weed bed along the edges dropping into deeper water – these areas almost always have luderick hanging around them, which make them an ideal place to start.It is a fairly simple technique – I fish the smallest blades I can in the conditions and if it’s a very strong current, then the bigger and heavier blades are required but always try to keep the lure as small as possible.Cast the lure directly upcurrent as far as possible and once the lure hits bottom all that is required is a slow lift-and-drop technique, bringing the lure back with the current.Nine times out of 10, theluderick hits the lure as it’s being lifted off the bottom.If the hooks fail to connect, a luderick will usually come back for a second go after repeating the process.Among many other species, bream, trevally and flathead are a likely by-catch using these techniques and even though the blades are small, they catch their fair share of big fish as well.Fishing the blades very slowly is vital, and adding a bit of scent to the lure helps to create interest as well.I always fish natural colours when using blades for luderick – browns and olive greens have by far been the most successful and, when possible, those colours in a matte finish have been mypreference.Luderick have a small mouth so, as a result, they are only lightly hooked, which can mean the risk of losing a fish or two is fairly likely but fishing a slightly lighter drag than usual will help prevent pulling the hooks from the fish’s mouth during the fight.Luderick are not a common target for anglers using lures but consistent numbers are easily achievable once the technique and location is right and they can provide hours of fun once it all starts working.See you on the waterCraig Coughlanwww.tournamentfishingaustralia南京夜网This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Tough is the new skinny for these Tough Mudders

It’s marketed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”.So for the average person, the Tough Mudder event doesn’t sound too enticing.Try telling that to Rosie McClelland, Kimberli Eke, Louisa Bonner and Melisa Clarke, who are among several Eurobodalla athletes in training to take on the Tough Mudder course in Sydney later this year.Tough Mudder is a “hardcore” 20-kilometre military-style course, which was designed “by British Special Forces to test your all-round strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie”.McClelland, who is team captain of Tough is the New Skinny, said the idea of the event being so team-orientated was what drew her to the event.“(I signed up) for a personal challenge, but also because it’s a team event,” she said.“I’ve always been involved in team sports and you can’t complete the course without your buddies, so we all do the course together and help each other through the obstacles.“You just don’t leave anyone behind.”McClelland and her teammates are already heavily involved in cross-fit and she said that has helped a great deal with their preparations so far.“It’s a lot of circuit training, trying to mimic the obstacles,” she said.“Quite a few of us are into cross-fit, which is good preparation.”But there is one aspect of the Tough Mudder course that the women will struggle to train for.Competitors are zapped with 10,000 volts of electricity throughout the event to test every aspect of their physical and mental toughness.But make no mistake, one thing that can’t be questioned about these women is their toughness and they’re very proud of that fact.And that’s where their team name, Tough is the New Skinny, came from.“We strongly believe that girls should be strong and healthy, as opposed to just skinny,” Bonner said.Tough Mudder events are staged all over the world and the one in Sydney, to be held on September 22, will also act as a fundraiser for Legacy – an organisation that supports the families of fallen service men and women.“We would encourage people to go to the Tough Mudder website and follow the links to the Legacy page because it is a very worthy cause,” McClelland said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Eurobodalla netballers ready for state age

Eurobodalla netballers (back, from left) Josie Lyttle, Emily Kinnane, Tegan Mars, Grace Reisima, Jasmine Fuller, Finley Eiffert, Hayley Johnstone, Savarna Adair, Tess Rowley, Melissa Kobold, Kate Blackmore, Samantha Brown, Daisy Ware, Rhiannon Bruce, Lesley Kobold, (middle) Samantha Ind, Emma Bennett, Kateia Barenaba, Aisha Smith, Letitia Miller, Jessica Leth, Hayley Anderson, (front) EThe Eurobodalla Netball Association will field teams in all four age groups at the State Age Championships, which start tomorrow and finish on Monday.Teams were finalised after last year’s grand final day and most of the players started training in February before the carnival season got underway in March.The 12 years team, coached by Therese Aston, has so far enjoyed its first year in representative netball and has produced some good results at recent carnivals.An ENA spokeswoman said the players were looking forward to their first state age competition.Donna Clarke, coach of the 13 years, said she was happy with the results the team has achieved this season.The team has finished in the top three in its four carnivals so far and hit form at the right time finishing first at the most recent tournament in Campbelltown.The 14 years team is coached by Liz Bruce, who said she can’t wait for this weekend’s action, which will take place in Newcastle.The new players in the team have reportedly settled in well and all girls are looking forward to the “challenge” that is state age.Karen Johnstone, ENA president and coach of the 15 years team, said she is feeling confident ahead of the trip to Newcastle.“The 15s have worked hard this year and have had some very pleasing results, so they are looking forward to a successful state age campaign,” she said.“ENA and the netball community wish the teams a successful and enjoyable state age.”The state age championship is one of Netball NSW’s marquee events and will feature over 3600 participants in 305 teams from 86 associations.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Close call for Black Caviar

It was such a pity that the gloss and hype of Black Caviar’s historic win at Royal Ascot on Saturday night was almost lost by the torrents of abuse directed at Luke Nolen post-race for his near brain-snap when sitting up in the saddle just before the line.It was such a relief for everyone when her number went into the frame as the winner, the most relieved of course being Nolen, who was ready to be drawn and quartered on the spot had she not got over the line in front.I’m sure that most readers of this column would read Dean Benson’s Back Chat column every Wednesday, and I could not have found better words to describe the aftermath, nor could I have agreed more with his sentiments expressed in Wednesday’s piece regarding the race.Let’s just all dwell on her win and nothing else, because that is all that matters.The highlight of the week’s racing was, of course the meeting at Moruya Jockey Club on Tuesday, where patrons were treated to highly competitive and exciting racing.Almost every one of the seven races had a full field and although it may not have gone exactly to plan for our home track runners, there were many great performances from them, as well as from the visitors.The Moruya track was in fantastic shape for the occasion, much to the credit of dedicated ground staff and it was good to hear the compliments flow from jockeys and trainers alike about the wonderful surface.Jeff Penza, the highly respected hoop, stated that “it’s definitely one of the best tracks I’ve been on for a long time” when interviewed by John Scorse.It looked like it was going to be a day dominated by local runners after Luke Pepper’s Zuccherina won the opening two-year-old Maiden race, with Jeff Penza in the saddle, by a very close margin over Lynda Bundy’s Moorings Siren. That was a very nice Moruya quinella, both being at almost double-figure odds.Lynda’s Gloves Off finished a close fourth in the following Maiden sprint with Joe Azzopardi aboard, the first three placings filled by visitors.Jay Ford rode Robert Price’s Four Star General to victory in the following Maiden (1425m) event, with Roly Saxton aboard the runner-up Le Cheval for Canberra trainer Norm Gardner. The eye-catcher in that race from a Moruya perspective was Mike Getty’s Rushtorio, who’s knocking on the door to break Maiden status.Jeff Penza made it a double when scoring in very quick time on Mick Miladnovic’s promising Banya Luka Babe in the Class 3 (920m) scamper, with Chicka Pearson’s Stake Knife flying home late in pursuit for second, just missing by a neck on the line.That was definitely his best run this campaign and I’ll be keen to follow his next assignment.Laurie Brown’s Blown Assets also ran strongly for third, well ahead of the rest of the runners.Roly Saxton rode Chris Strickland’s Looksgoodinblack for a half-length victory in the Class 2 (1300m) race before we were treated to the most exciting finish of the day, in the final event, a Benchmark 55 (1425m) event.Rachael Backhouse’s The Devil’s Mark led by about a three-lengthmargin for most of the race but, heartbreakingly, was run down in theshadows of the post and relegated to a head/short head/long neck fourth in a four-way photo finish.It was Robert Price from Nowra whose Jubilee got the chocolates by a head over Benny Lynen’s grand campaigner Gelderbelle, with Luke Pepper’s Seanessy third, a long neck ahead of The Devil’s Mark.Congratulations to Moruya Jockey Club’s committee for another sensational day’s racing on our home track.It was also a tough day at Canberra last Friday where our six runners didn’t run in the placings, despite good performances.Chris Hensler’s Blow Up The Pokies is our only runner at Goulburn today (race three) and Greg Backhouse has Grager, second up from a spell, nominated for the Benchmark 64 sprint at Kembla Grange tomorrow – check your guides for acceptances.Until next week, good luck and good punting.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Our queen wins by marest of margins

AM I the only one who feels incredibly sorry for Luke Nolen? I can’t be, surely not!Never before has an Aussie sporting triumph on English soil been met with such disregard and hatred.I was wide awake on Sunday morning to watch Black Caviar stroll over the line at Royal Ascot for a win by the barest of margins.Nolen essentially stopped riding the champion mare with about 100 metres to go and it almost cost him dearly.I jumped on Twitter straight after the race and Nolen was getting verbally bashed from all quarters.The man himself labelled his decision to ease up as a “brain fade”, but with the way everyone was carrying on, you’d think Black Caviar was well beaten.The truth is that a win is a win regardless of the margin and Australia’s most dominant sporting figure has now extended her unbeaten run to 22.It was clear to all watching that Black Caviar had very little left in the tank towards the end of the race, but even in that state it was still enough for her to win on racing’s biggest stage.If anything, the tension that surrounded the photo finish will only add to the suspense when a film is inevitably made about Moody’s mare.A well-earned rest is now on the cards before a decision is made about whether to retire her. Personally, I hope she continues, for a little while at least.MORE QUESTIONS RAISEDRemember Origin I when Greg Inglis was awarded a try even though he knocked on thanks to a timely intervention from Robbie Farah?Interestingly enough, a very similar situation arose on Saturday night when Penrith’s Lachlan Coote used his foot to stop Parramatta scoring in the corner.It was correctly ruled no try and play resumed on the 20-metre line. But hang on, according to the standard set in Origin I, that’s a try, right? Well, no, it’s not.Examples such as that only continue to highlight the blunder that was Inglis’s try at Etihad Stadium.The inconsistency shown by NRL referees would be enough to confuse Albert Einstein.Another thing is the constant use of the word “thriller” to describe matches that finish in golden point.Admittedly, I’m not golden point’s biggest fan, but just because a match needed to be decided by a field goal shootout doesn’t make it a “thriller” by default.KEWELL COOLS ON VICTORYSadly, Harry Kewell’s adventure in the A-League is over.The Socceroos star decided not to renew his Melbourne Victory contract on the weekend after he decided to move back to the UK with his wife Sheree Murphy, whose mother is reportedly very ill.Make no mistake, this is a big loss for soccer in this country – I thought Kewell did wonders for the league last season.English second-tier clubs Blackburn Rovers and Bolton look likely destinations now.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.