Fox forced to shuffle the Tigers’ back

A BIZARRE yet devastating injury to Bay Tigers fullback Nathan Wood has forced coach Deryck Fox to shake up his backline for Sunday’s Group 7 clash against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.Wood, who has consistently been among the Bay’s best this season, was on the receiving end of a “nasty spear tackle” at Warilla last month, which Fox said led to a fracture in his neck.“He copped a nasty spear tackle at Warilla the other week and what’s happened to the poor fella is that he sneezed in his sleep last week, which actually caused him to fracture a vertebra in his neck,” Fox said.“He’s had an MRI scan, he’s in hospital and he’s going to be out of action for a long while.”With that in mind, Fox will be crossing fingers and toes that star man Willy Newton gets through tomorrow’s representative game against Group 20 unscathed so he can return for the Tigers at centre on Sunday.If fit to play, Newton will be part of a new-look Tigers’ backline, which will include moving Jared Wood-Johnston from second row to five-eighth and Michael Tadich from the halves to his preferred position of fullback.Despite the major positional changes, Fox is confident that it won’t affect the team too much.“What’s happened to Nathan is very unfortunate but what I’ll do is move Michael Tadich to fullback because he comes to us as a highly rated fullback,” Fox said.“I’m going to rotate things a bit, but the people in key positions know exactly how we should be playing.”The Tigers will line up at Mackay Park after an unexpected break, which came in the form of a washout last weekend.Even though that meant the Tigers had to wait another week to see if they could snap their five-game losing streak, Fox suggested it was a blessing in disguise.“It did (come at a good time), actually,” he said.“Willy (Newton) wasn’t right with his ankle and Grant (Roberts) wasn’t right with his knee.”Fox is confident that Newton should be right to play this weekend, but said he couldn’t “see Grant (Roberts) being involved this weekend”.Newton’s inclusion is a major boost for the Tigers – he starred in round two as the Bay beat Berry-Shoalhaven Heads by 42 points.The under 18s kick off Sunday’s action from 1.15pm before the first grade match at 2.45pm.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Roberts ready to bare it on world stage

MEGAN Roberts doesn’t come across as a world champion.Softly spoken and incredibly humble, the Nelligen girl has achieved more in her six years as a barefoot skier than most athletes do in their entire career.So when she heads to Texas in August to defend her open women’s trick world title, she is keen for her feet to do the talking.“I’m excited now, but I’ll be nervous when it gets closer,” Roberts said.“I’m the current open women’s trick world champion, so I guess I do feel a bit of pressure.”With the short winter days and the warm waters of summer a distant memory, Roberts’ opportunities to train on the Clyde River have been limited.So, by her own admission, Roberts’ preparations for the Barefoot World Championships have been less than ideal.“I probably haven’t done as much training as I would’ve liked,” she said.“So because of that I’m a bit unsure (of how I’ll go). Ideally, I should be skiing three or four times a week.”However, the 17-year-old Bay High student braved the shivery conditions last weekend when she went for a training session on the Clyde – an experience she described as “freezing”.“With daylight saving, it’s a bit hard to train down here but we went out last weekend locally and it was absolutely freezing,” she said with a laugh.“So I’m looking forward to the warmer waters.”Roberts won’t have to wait too long to warm up as she is off to Queensland on Sunday for three weeks to train with her coach Gizella “Gizie” Halasz.The world titles don’t get underway until August 27, but Roberts will be heading to the United States three weeks earlier to train in California, where she hopes to “do some other things as well” and even see “a few celebrities”.“I’ll be in Sacramento training for two weeks before I go to Texas so I’ve been googling stuff to look at while I’m there,” she said.But once she gets to the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas, it will be straight down to business.New Zealander Georgia Groen is likely to be her “main competition” over the three disciplines (slalom, jump and tricks) but Roberts knows where her strengths lie and she hopes to make the most of them.“I’m better at tricks because I’ve worked at it more than the other (disciplines),” she said.“But it all just depends on how you ski on the day.”Flying to the US isn’t cheap for a 17-year-old and to help lighten the financial burden, family friend Kelly Hadlow has been doing her bit to help raise money – something Roberts is extremely grateful for.“It’s an expensive trip so I really appreciate it,” she said.“But I should also thank my mum and dad (Denise and Paul) for all of their support.”The barefoot world titles run from August 27 to September 2.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Batemans Bay’s happiest refugee

The gloom of an underground car park is no match for Adil Mohamed’s smile.The former Sudanese electrician may be unable to ply his trade in Australia, but his grin has been lighting up the Village Centre car park in Batemans Bay for months.It will only get wider if money, time and opportunity combine for him to improve his English and requalify in Australia as a “sparkie”.In the meantime, Adil is delighted to have work to support his wife and children, even if it means travelling every week from south-west Sydney.Travelling has been Adil’s necessary friend since he fled north-west Sudan and its fundamentalist government 12 years ago for Egypt.“The government in Sudan did not give any opportunity,” Adil said.Nepotism was rife and jobs went only to “the people who worked with them or belonged to the government”.“My wife was a teacher and had the same problem with the government,” he said.Fearing his family had no future, he made a momentous decision.“I hated this government, so I went to Egypt,” he said. “I really tried hard, I worked hard in Egypt.”After four years, his family joined him and they approached Australian migration authorities.“I gave them all the documentation and after four months I came to Australia,” he said.That was eight years ago and, at first, the language barrier was tough.“If you don’t speak English very well, you can’t find a job,” he said.Language classes at TAFE helped.“Now I can communicate with other people,” he said.But in February, with everyone feeling the economic downturn and jobs scarce in Sydney, he headed south.“I miss my wife and kids, but I have to work and I have to get money,” he said.“I have to sacrifice.”He loves his adopted country.“It is really better than Sudan,” he said.“Australia is a good country. They help all the people. There is no discrimination. People are peaceful.“If you compare this life with other counties, Australia is the best country in the world.“If you need to do anything in Australia, you can, because of the freedom here.”He’s grateful to those who have reached out to him.“I find help from many people here in Batemans Bay,” he said.A fellow worker in the Village Centre “has helped me all the time and given me magazines”.Adil still hopes to requalify in his former trade.“I hope to find opportunities to do my job as an electrician, but I need four years at TAFE,” he said.After attending TAFE, Adil’s wife gained entry to Sydney University and hopes to gain work in children’s services.However, after a 12-year separation, Adil longs to see his mother before she dies.“I miss my mother, she is in Sudan and getting old,” he said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Flying foxes pose no health risk: NPWS

National Parks and Wildlife Service has continued to reaasure Batemans Bay residents that the flying foxes roosting in the Water Gardens pose no health risk to humans unless bitten.As a protected wildlife species, anyone who interferes with the flying foxes and their camps is liable to prosecution and large fines.NPWS staff are available to advise and assist any landholder, including the council, who is affected by flying foxes or any other native species.With the Batemans Bay roost on Euro-bodalla Shire Council land, a council director said it would liaise with NPWS about the problem following complaints.Planning and sustainability services director Lindsay Usher said the eastern grey flying foxes were protected under the NPW Act and listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act.“It is understood that the recent attempt to relocate flying foxes from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney followed a lengthy environmental assessment process, and approvals by both the Federal and State governments,” he said.“Advice provided by NPWS to council in April is that the current population in Bate-mans Bay is present on a seasonal basis and will most likely move on of its own accord.”The NPWS said this week it understood the concerns of the Batemans Bay community and had been working with council to ensure people are well informed about the species and the things that can be done to reduce conflict when living alongside the camps.NPWS acting Far South Coast manager Stephen Dovey said staff had been talking to the community and distributing brochures and posters.Jointly with the council, it has sent letters to residents who live near the flying fox camp.Mr Dovey said NPWS would monitor the colony and continue to liaise with council and residents.“NPWS considers the Batemans Bay colony to be a temporary camp and we believe it is likely to recede once the local food source, flowering eucalypts, diminishes,” Mr Dovey said.“There are a number of options that the council can consider regarding the flying foxes and NPWS will continue to work with them on this issue.”Mr Dovey said one option was for council to apply for a licence to attempt to move them but this would be a last resort and would not be guaranteed of approval.Information is available on the web at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/flyingfoxes.htm.Back in April, just weeks after the colony began moving in in big numbers, NPWS reassured residents that the nomadic mammals would likely move on after feeding on the blossoms of flowering spotted gums.Far South Coast manager Tim Shepherd reassured residents they posed no health risks unless people were bitten or scratched, and he warned people not to handle any injured flying foxes.Although Australian bat Lyssavirus and Hendra virus are associated with flying foxes, the risk of them transmitting disease to humans was extremely low.The NPWS officer said the virus was not spread through droppings or urine and was only transmitted by flying fox saliva coming into contact with an open wound or mucus membrane such as eyes, nose and mouth.Residents worried by the issue can contact park rangers on 4760 8000.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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.