Bring on the decider

I’M SURE I speak for most when I say that I was extremely proud to be a Blues fan last Wednesday night.In what was one of the most absorbing Origins I can remember watching, NSW prevailed in front of a massive crowd to take the series to a decider.Much like Origin I, it wasn’t a game of the highest technical quality, but it was exactly what fans wanted – tough, fast-paced and non-stop.Robbie Farah was immense for the Blues and missed none of his 63 tackle attempts, which is simply incred-ible when you think about how fast the match was.Young prop Tim Grant was a standout on debut and didn’t look out of place on the big stage – he’s certainly done enough to earn a spot in the decider.What did annoy me, though, was that much of the media coverage post-game centred on Michael Jennings’ play to dislodge the ball from Brent Tate just as he looked certain to score.Yes, it was a brilliant play, but Jennings was nowhere to be seen for most of the match and yet he was all but credited for the victory.Something else that made me laugh was when the Channel Nine commentary team paid tribute to Jarryd Hayne’s “awareness” to put his foot on the ball and set up Josh Morris’s try.Hayne simply lost control after Johnathon Thurston’s intervention and it was just fortunate that the ball landed on his foot. Sure, it was lucky, but hey, we’ll take it!It wasn’t the first mega-hyperbole from Phil Gould and co and it certainly won’t be the last. Bring on game three!A WELCOME DISTRACTION FOR GREECEThe people of Greece had something to cheer about for the first time in a long, long time on the weekend when its football team beat Russia 1-nil to advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.Greece, who caused one of the biggest sporting upsets ever when it won Euro 2004, took the lead through 120-game veteran Giorgos Karagounis just before half-time and then held off wave after wave of Russian attacks to advance past the group stages.Back in Athens, there were scenes of unrivalled joy as fans partied in the streets of the capital for hours on end.From the footage, it would seem anyone selling Greek flags is doing quite well in the economic turmoil.After Greece’s close encounter with the euro, sit back and watch them play havoc at the Euros!SIMPSON JOINS FIRST-TIMERS’ LISTIf you’ve never won a Major before, then now is the time to become a professional golfer.American Webb Simpson became the ninth consecutive first-time Major winner on Monday when he took out the US Open title by one shot over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson.Simpson’s overall score after four rounds of one over par (281) shows just how difficult the Olympic Club’s Lake Course was playing during the championships.Jim Furyk was the favourite heading into round four, but three last-round bogeys ended his hopes.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Sharks cook chooks with first-half blitz

TWO tries each from Justin Bell and Dennis Green put the Moruya Sharks on track for a hard-fought 22-14 win over the previously unbeaten Bega Roosters on Sunday.The Sharks were kept scoreless in the second half but did more than enough in the first 40 minutes to win the entertaining clash at Ack Weyman Oval.The two competition points took Moruya to the top of the Group 16 table after Narooma’s match at Eden was postponed.Moruya showed more intensity in the opening stages of the match and was rewarded just eight minutes in when fullback Green made the most of Aaron Brierley’s chip kick.That seemed to spark the Roosters into action and they hit back just three minutes later.John Dickson looked certain to be stopped but somehow got a flick pass to Sean Bateman, who dived under the posts to give Bega a 6-4 lead.Several first-half penalties halted much of Bega’s momentum and that trend proved costly in the 16th minute when Bell wriggled his way over the try line from dummy half.Brierley added the extras for a 10-6 lead but when Tim Weyman was penalised for a strip in the 28th minute, Dickson took a quick tap and strolled over to level the scores.But the second-rower’s quick thinking was undone just two minutes later when Bega dropped Moruya’s kick-off to put the Sharks in a dangerous field position.And that was all the invitation the home side needed as Bell scored his second of the afternoon to set up a 16-10 buffer.Sharks captain-coach Richard Bradbury thought he had grounded his own grubber kick in the 39th minute only to see his appeals waved away by the touch judge.However, that missed opportunity mattered little as less than 60 seconds later Green completed his double for a 22-10 half-time advantage.The Roosters did pull one back five minutes from full-time through Josh Rose, but the Sharks’ defence stood firm to hold on for a vital win.Earlier in reserve grade, Charlie Nye’s sideline conversion after the full-time buzzer secured a thrilling 28-26 win after the Sharks trailed by 10 points with nine minutes left.Michael Rixon’s 69th-minute try levelled the scores before Nye kept his nerve from the kicking tee.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bluetongues succumb to Boars’ roar

THE Batemans Bay Boars overcame a “sluggish start” on Saturday to record a solid 47-10 win over the Bombala Bluetongues at Hanging Rock Oval.With the Boars struggling for field position early on, Bombala took the lead in the 12th minute when Ashley Ranby crossed after Reece Crouch’s delightful flick pass.Despite conceding the first try, Bay captain-coach Dave Silversides said it was no real cause for concern.“Not at this point of the year because there has been a lot of byes and it’s been really stop-start for the past six or seven weeks,” he said.“I’ve been utilising a variety of players in various positions and when you do that, sometimes you can have a bit of a sluggish start.”The Boars failed to react immediately and they could’ve gone even further behind five minutes later but Dane Cotteril sent his penalty goal attempt wide.That warning sign finally clicked the Boars into gear and they took the lead in the 22nd minute when James Bell barged over from close range before flyhalf Dave Warner added the extras.Silversides’ team then made the most of its newfound momentum when fullback Cory Maddison, who was superb for the Boars, finished off a slick backline move for 14-5.The home side started to assert its dominance and had a third try just three minutes later.Saxton DeThierry drew two defenders and put winger Ashlee Reid into space, who put on the afterburners to stroll under the posts untouched.Warner slotted the simple conversion attempt to make the score 21-5 and leave the visitors somewhat shell-shocked.But the Boars’ first-half scoring spree wasn’t over and four minutes before the interval they went further ahead when Bell’s perfectly timed pass allowed Warner to touch down.He dusted himself off to convert his own try and send the Boars into half time with a healthy 28-5 lead.Steve Fitzgerald kept the scoreboard ticking in the 50th minute when he forced his way through the Bombala defence from 10 metres out.The Boars scored two more converted tries before Cotteril responded with a penalty.“It was another good result. Bombala gave us a really physical game but the score line of 47-10 probably indicates the balance of the match,” Silversides said.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bat poop has them in a flap

A Batemans Bay grandfather fears authorities will only act to rid the town of its rapidly growing flying fox population when someone dies after contracting the deadly Hendra virus.“This species is a reservoir of the Hendra virus, they are immune but they carry it,” Ed Jansen claimed despite health assurances by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.With thousands of the bats roosting just metres from the backyard of his inner Batemans Bay home, the stench is overwhelming and Mr Jansen is now a very worried man.He said bat excrement covered driveways, roofs, and cars, and he had become so frightened for the health of his daughter and grandchildren, who live with him, that the children are not allowed to play in the sandpit because of the excreta dropping in it from overhead.Mr Jansen has disconnected his water tank because its drinking water was contaminated by the bats in the runoff from the roof.His vegetable garden is hit by their waste and he also worries about the health of his chooks.Mr Jansen likens it to living in “ground zero” when the critters in their thousands circle overhead screeching each morning and evening as they arrive and depart from their roosts in she-oaks at Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Water Gardens.“I feel our local politicians are letting us down. They don’t seem to get a grasp of the situation, how bad it is to live with,” Mr Jansen said.“They (the flying foxes) have been here for months and I hoped the first frosts would send them away but they won’t go.“This Hendra virus can jump species. It has killed horses and I’m worried about my dogs and others (neighbours).“I have been told that ferrets can get the virus, so there is a risk if anyone has one for a pet and contracts Hendra.“We could have an epidemic and people could die.”Mr Jansen said the Water Gardens were full of birdlife, including ducks, with the flying foxes polluting the water they drink with excreta.Mr Jansen and his equally worried neighbour Ken Burn, who has already spoken out about the bats, want the colony moved away from the town and back into the bush.They do not want them harmed but instead moved out to a more appropriate bush neighbourhood.Both men noted that the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney this month, after over 20 years, had finally got rid of its flying foxes by using constant noise played via loudspeakers to disrupt their roost.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The hunt is on for Bigfoot

(Left) The hunt is on again for the “yowie”, or “hairy man”, this time on the Far South Coast.This winter, a large-scale search will be made by Rex Gilroy, who began research into yowies back in 1957.Since then, the 68-year-old cryptozoologist claims to have amassed several thousand accounts of male and female hairy primitives – claims of sightings from 1790 to the present.“Pioneer period reports of these hominids give the yowie mystery some credibility,” Mr Gilroy said.“I have also gathered over 200 plaster casts of footprints.“Today there is enough evidence to show that two distinct races of yowie are involved in the mystery and that they are present-day surviving forms of ancestors who entered Australia from Asia when a land shelf joined Australia to mainland Asia.”Mr Gilroy and his wife Heather are gathering sighting reports and any other evidence of yowies throughout the Bega and surrounding districts. They operate the not-for-profit Aust-ralian Yowie Research Centre in Katoomba.“The yowie or ‘hairy man’ – the women were hairy too – are an ancient Australia-wide Aboriginal tradition,” Mr Gilroy said.“We have old pioneer period accounts of Australopithecine-like apish male and female beings seen around the Bega area.“Back in the mid-19th century the beings were called ‘the Black Monster of Bega’ due to their longish dark hair and forward-projecting apish faces.“In 1915 outside Bega township a young man was milking a cow on the edge of scrub, when he discovered he was being watched from bushes by a dark-haired, ape-like female creature about five-foot tall (1.5m).“When she realised she had been spotted she ran off into scrub.”The Gilroys will search the Bega district with a number of assistant field investigators and are confident of turning up more evidence of the “hairy people of Bega”.They would welcome any information from readers about yowie sightings. Contact them at PO Box 202, Katoomba, NSW 2780, call 4782 3441 or email [email protected]南京夜网.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Rescue chopper here to stay

The Eurobodalla will have a helicopter rescue service in daylight hours for at least another 12 months, thanks to a cash injection from the State Government.NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Police and Emergency Ser-vices Minister Michael Gallacher this week announced $1.5 million in funding for Surf Life Saving NSW to assist Westpac Life Saver rescue helicopter services.The funding means the Moruya daytime service will continue seven days a week for at least another 12 months past June 30.“This funding will ensure this vital search and rescue helicopter service continues to provide a 24/7 service in the greater Sydney region and a second service on the NSW South Coast, operating daytime, year round,” Mr O’Farrell said.Moruya’s crew was kept busy this year with coastal rescues and inland flooding and on June 11 winched a 70-year-old man to safety after his boat overturned off Tomakin.Westpac Life Saver CEO Stephen Leahy welcomed the funding and said Bega MP Andrew Constance deserved particular thanks.“We know how hard he worked behind the scenes to make this happen and we really appreciate his support,” Mr Leahy said.“We are thrilled. We can now provide the fast-growing communities of southern NSW with a dedicated search and rescue helicopter year round.”Crew member Euan McKenzie, of Moruya, said the funding was “fantastic”.“It is only last week we were called upon to do a lifesaving rescue and who is to say we won’t be called again next week? We thought we were going to finish up work on June 30 but now we can keep going,” he said.“People still use the water and still go boating, fishing and bushwalking in winter and they still get in strife.”Colleague Joe Cleary said the entire crew was “excited”.Mr Leahy said the service would “continue to work closely with its colleagues at Surf Life Saving NSW, the NSW Police Force, the NSW State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Australian Search and Rescue to provide a rapid and responsive rescue service”.“We will work closely with Surf Life Saving NSW to provide regular helicopter patrols along the coastline during the warmer months and this will assist their important work in reducing drownings,” Mr Leahy said.“We thank the Premier and the O’Farrell Government for their ongoing assistance.“This government support will make NSW a safer place,” he said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Well done Irene and Neville

“The evening news starts with ‘Good Evening’ and thenproceeds to tell us why it isn’t!”Irene and Neville Aurousseau celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary recently. A slap-up Chinese dinner was in order and they are both looking forward to sharing many more years together.Caity Callender is off to Sydney for TAFE. Caity is completing her last year, and her major work, as a jeweller at the Sydney Design Centre at Enmore. Keep up the fabulous work, Caity!Michael Ziegler and Nadine Desantis were out and about for the long weekend enjoying what Moruya has to offer in the way of breakfast for Sunday mornings. This very attractive couple from the Bay do this on a regular basis, really enjoying what the shire has to offer.Sharon Callender, proprietor of the Bodalla Bakery, is very excited about her new venture, Sugar Pie at the Narooma Plaza, opening on July 2. We wish Sharon and her husband all the best in their new venture. If the “goodies” are anything like the Bodalla Bakery offerings, then count us in!Happy birthday to dear little Taylor Griffith, celebrating her glorious second birthday with a party for family and friends last Monday!Phil Mayberry, from Mogo Nursery, is off to Arnhem Land to teach agriculture at an indigenous school. Great way to escape the South Coast winter, Phil, and do something really worthwhile at the same time!Jenny Scott and three girlfriends have just arrived back from a short break in Cairns, where it was sunny and 26 degrees most days.They snorkelled on a reef tour, went to Kuranda on the train (and return by skyrail), drove to the Atherton Tablelands, and also to the Daintree and Port Tribulation.On their return to Sydney, they spent a couple of nights there, and did touristy things like coffee in Bondi, a ferry ride to Manly for lunch, dinner in Chinatown, and saw the Vivid light show that is currently on in the city at night.Jenny said it was just lovely!Mrs Farrington-Smyth has found more than a hot toddy to sip by the fire at the snow. We haven’t heard from her for over a week, so everything must be “cosy”.DYK? Buying instant mashed potato and keeping it for emergencies in the pantry is a great way to ensure you always have delicious mash for warm winter dinners, and it keeps for 12 months.YUM: Whether Royalist or Republican, you have to admit that the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were very enjoyable for everyone, a few days of good news instead of gloom!YUK: If you are travelling between Moruya and the Bay, add 10 minutes to your ETA as the George Bass Drive roadworks at Tomakin are slowing traffic considerably, especially around 8am to 9am and then again at knock-off time in the afternoon.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

How would you go on The Amazing Race

WithIN a word, badly.Every time I watch that show I think “however big the pot of gold is at the end of this rainbow, it can’t be worth it – people, just turn around and go home”.When I see the words “Bobby and Jenny – dating, in fourth place” at the bottom of the screen as the said couple are battling their way through the streets of Istanbul, I half expect to tune in next week and see “Bobby and Jenny – no longer dating and in fact not talking either, in last place”.My only hope of not being the first eliminated would lie with my wife, whom I would imagine I would be teamed with.She has the practical brains, logic and composure in ourmarriage.The other day when I couldn’t find a house in Batehaven, instead of panicking and telling me what a boofhead I was, she remained calm and told me how clever I was and that this was why we would get there on time.As a result, we did. Having said this, if I struggle to find an address in Batehaven, how would I go looking for a statue in Guatemala or a Mickey Mouse watch hidden under a pile of rocks in Uzbekistan?I love travelling and I usually manage to find the things I’m looking for, whether it be Macchu Picchu in Peru, St Basil’s Cathedral in Russia or the Dog on the Tuckerbox at Gundagai.However, this is usually due to luck and the kindness of strangers who can spot a clueless tourist when they see one.Deadlines, schedules and specific instructions have never been my go.In The Amazing Race I’d get sent to find Big Ben and end up at a pie factory.I’d be sent to the Great Wall of China and end up at a car dealership. I’d be sent to the Grand Canyon and end up at ANZ Stadium. I’d be sent to Stonehenge and end up at Nimbin.No, I won’t be applying to join The Amazing Race any time soon.WithI like to think I could handle such a challenge but, realistically, I don’t think I’d go very well.First, my patience level would have to double, maybe quadruple, just to be able to put up with whomever my team-mate was, or the producers would have some great quality reality television on their hands.See, I’m the sort of person who likes to make all the decisions and, yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a little bit of a control freak.I don’t know how the contestants hold it together and put up with each other.The anxiety, pressure and backstabbing would make my blood boil within the first five minutes.Being in the media makes me feel like I’m racing all the time but, somehow, I think an epic non-stop race around the world would be a little bit different.For one thing, I find it hard to make decisions while travelling.It’s taken me three days just to decide what bag I should take with me on my overseas trip to Japan and Thailand this week.Wheels or backpack?If it came down to it, I would find it incredibly hard when contestants have to choose which activity they have to do, and to keep my cool at the same time.I think being adventurous is another quality contestants have to possess, which I can do at times, just as long as activities don’t involve snakes, spiders or relying on a rope for dear life.I went abseiling in March and I thought I was going to die.I don’t think that’s Amazing Race material.Being on The Amazing Race would be literally amazing (sorry, I know it’s a no-no to use the same word twice in a sentence, but how else was I going to put it?) but I think I’d prefer to see the world at a slower pace.I’d also love not to have cameras shoved in my face, watching my every move and capturing every meltdown.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bay Breakers do coaches proud

THE Batemans Bay Breakers Basketball Club sent 45 players in all directions around the state to make up its six-team contingent for the annual NSW Country Championships.The under-16 girls traveled to Maitland with coach Paul Martin, where they recorded a hard fought win against Cessnock.Close by in Newcastle, the under-14 girls also notched up a win against Cessnock with their coaches all “happy with the team’s efforts”.Out west in Bathurst, the under-16 boys played some competitive games and coach Kylie Armstrong said she was “extremely impressed” with the boys’ efforts against some strong opposition.In Wollongong, the under-14 boys had a successful tournament with wins over Illawarra, Newcastle and Gosford.However, the team narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth after a countback.Coach Geoff Armstrong said he couldn’t be prouder of the boys.“With the boys being bottom age along with two under 12s playing up a year, this was a great result,” he said.Further south and closer to home in Nowra, Batemans Bay had two under-12 girls teams competing.The younger development team found the going tough but never gave up, while the A team was competitive with wins over Canberra, Illawarra and Newcastle.They only went down by seven points to Moss Vale, who was the eventual winner of the division.“Coaches David Blewitt and Sarah Burke have done a great job developing this age group,” Breakers spokeswoman Angela Rankin said.Breakers referees were also well represented with Brodie Cockayne, Monique Leddy and Nikki Lawarik taking charge of matches.“Congratulations to Nikki Lawarik who was selected to officiate the under-12 boys division one grand final,” Rankin said.Meanwhile back at Hanging Rock, its finals time for the Batemans Bay competition.Signature Electrical Services won the under-12 mixed division over Quota on Tuesday, while in the under-14 girls Catalina Country Club found form late in the season to take the victory over WIRES.On Monday, there will be three titles up for grabs starting at 5pm with the under-14 boys, while at 6pm the youth girls will play before the youth boys grand final at 7pm.Nominations are now being taken for the next Batemans Bay junior competition, which will start in term three.Please email [email protected]南京夜网 for any junior basketball inquires.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Depleted Dolphins admit slip up is possible

ON TARGET: Broulee Dolphin PJ Cullen has been in good form for Ron Rae’s side so far this season.AT the midway point of the season, you would probably think that injuries are the biggest threat to a rugby union side.But in the Broulee Dolphins’ case this weekend, it’s the Wallabies who will leave them short for their trip to Milton to take on the Platypuses.Six of Ron Rae’s men will be in Melbourne this weekend to watch Australian stars such as Will Genia take on Six Nations champions Wales in the second Test.On top of that, three injuries to other players have left the Dolphins heavily depleted for a match that Rae said had the potential to be a proverbial banana peel.“It’s going to be very tough and I know they’re pretty keen on revenge after the first round,” Rae said.“If there’s going to be one (potential slip up), then this is it.”However, the Broulee coach remained upbeat and confirmed to the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner that he will put out a competitive side.“We’ll definitely have a side on the paddock and we’ll just do the best with what we’ve got,” he said.“But we might have to call upon a few old heads.”Rae even joked that he might have to dust off his old playing gear.“If all else fails, I might even pull on the boots,” he said with a laugh.The likes of Brad Dunkley, Luke Mathie, Ryan Pollock and flyhalf Chris Prow won’t be on the Broulee team sheet tomorrow, but it’s a vastly different scenario for Milton.The Platypuses struggled for player numbers earlier in the season – they even travelled to Captain Oldrey Park with just nine players – but have come across reinforcements and now have a full squad at their disposal.Those who do line-up for the Dolphins tomorrow will have plenty of time to recover as they have a bye next week after also sitting out the long weekend – a situation Rae described as “frustrating”.“It’s been a bit hit and miss and we’re not too happy but there’s not much we can do about it,” he said.“Then after this is that we’ve got another bloody bye and the worst thing is that we only have two home games in this next round.“So the locals don’t even know we’re playing and it’s disappointing when we’re trying to create interest.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.