In-form Strikers take out Coffs rivals

THENambucca Strikers hosted fierce rivals, Coffs United, in the first leg of the North Coast Football semi-finals at the weekend.
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Coffs have had the wood over the defending champs this season but the Strikers were at full fitness and have been hitting form at the right end of the season.

The Strikers came out of the blocks firing. Clay Urquhart chased down the defence, forcing a back pass that the keeper could only clear back into his path, and the first time shot through the legs of the keeper opened the account for the locals.

It was soon two to the good when a cross from the left by Urquhart was deflected by the Coffs defender towards his own goal. The ball spun off the crossbar and the keeper’s attempt to clear saw him punch the ball into his net for an own goal.

The goals were coming thick and fast with the Strikers playing a high, pressing line led by their hard working midfielders Brad Wilkes and Lochy Paix. Wide men, Shawn Snowden and Andy Gaterell, were full of running and after a through ball was put down the right flank, Urquhart ran on un-challenged. The keeper seemed to be daydreaming and his advances were too late as Urquhart calmly slotted for an early 3-0 lead.

With the backline as tight as ever and distributing to Daniel Glasson and the rest of the playmaking midfield early, the Strikers were camped in their opponents’ half and were enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Beau Jagoe, Ricky Forbes and Dan Flack were in charge at the back with custodian, Aaron McIntosh rarely troubled.

The fourth goal was absolutely breathtaking. Ryan Flack pulled a ball down outside the 18 yard box, out on the right side, and unleashed a fierce volley that the keeper could only help into the top corner. A stunning goal and contender for goal of the season.

The fifth for the half came from the head of Cameron Molloy from close range after more pressure in the Coffs box.

It was a perfect half of football by Nambucca.

The second half saw more chances for the Strikers to increase the lead and put the two-legged tie to bed in game one.

United were next on the scoresheet, however, after being awarded a penalty, which they calmly converted. The Strikers received their own penalty moments later which Urquhart converted to make it a personal tally of three for the afternoon.

The seventh goal for Nambucca was something else, as Lawson Tinmouth found room out wide and delivered a 37 yard screamer to leave the keeper stranded. Cruise control for the Strikers.

A last goal to the visitors made the final score 7-2.

It was a wonderful display by the Strikers with every man putting in a stellar performance. Barring a calamity away to Coffs on the return leg, the grand final awaits, but the job is only half done. The away goals rule means Coffs will need to win 5-0 as a minimum. There are of course more permutations but the Strikers will be heading to Maclean St, Coffs, with the same attitude as always … to win the match. Come along to support the lads from 3pm.

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Filmmaker takes work to Montreal

FINDING THE STORY: Riley James’ short film Pulitzer was recently screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.
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BALLARAT’S own Riley James has shared his talents with the world.

The local filmmaker recentlyhad his short-film Pulitzer selected as part of this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

A seven minute short, Pulitzerfollows the story of a desperate Australian photojournalist who needs to capture the memorable photo of exclusive death that will make her career, even if it means creating the atrocities herself.

Set in a foreign civil war, the film stars Cassandra Magrath ofWolf Creek fameand Blake Davis.

“It is a film about journalism in a lot of ways and isa very dark satire and quite an angry short,” Jamessaid.

“It’s a lot about what people will do for success especially in competitive fields.”

James said his film had similar ideas to the Hollywood feature Nightcrawler featuring JakeGyllenhaal but that there were some major differences between the two films.

But he said his “heart sank a little bit” when he discovered Nightcrawler had been released.

“They are both very different in tone but the film isn’t too far from (Nightcrawler) to be honest.

“I think mine has a better ending.”

Running since 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festivalwas held in Montreal, Canada and showcasedthe most exciting and innovative films from around the world.

Pulitzer had two sold-out viewings at the festival and supported the Irish feature film Traders.

James said the short wouldnow be screened at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in September.

Having attended St Alipius Primary School and Damascus College, James completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

He said he would spend the next few months writing more short films in a bid to gain more experience in his chosen field.

“I’m planning on making six short films in a year and want to make a film every two months but on a smaller scale,” he said.

“I may have graduated but I’m still a student and I want to keep learning rather than jumping into a feature. I’m not ready for that yet.”

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Historic art returns home

Historic art returns home Barry Loo, On the Alert, ca 1949, pastel on paper, 75.8 x 75.7cm, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection
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Barry Loo, Bounding for home, c1950, Watercolour and black ink on paper, 302mm x 505mm, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection

Reynold Hart, A Native Corroborree, c1949, pastel on paper, 750mm x 284mm, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection

Anonymous, The Golden Road, c1949, pastel on paper, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection.

TweetFacebookA special exhibition of the regions Aboriginal history will be on display in Katanning from September showcasing art from children of the ‘Stolen Generation.’

The exhibition is part of the Great Southern Regional Tour of the Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) project.

It is being held in Katanning from September 19 to October 10, to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of the nearby Carrolup Native Settlement.

The works of art were painted by children at Carrolup Native School and Settlement between 1945 and 1951, and will be on display after being repatriated from the United States.

After being exhibited internationally the works had been gifted in 1966 to Colgate University in New York, by art collector and alumnus Herbert Mayer and were only recently found.

After being exhibited again in the US, the art pieces were gifted to Curtin University in 2013.

The gift of the artwork was the result of more than a year of discussion between Colgate and Curtin, and consultation with representatives from the Mungart Boodja organisation.

Mungart Boodja organisation CEO, Ezzard Flowers, said the community was pleased to see the historic art returned to its country of origin.

“It is a time for celebration in Noongar country and in Western Australia. We are very grateful to our friends at Colgate who understand how much this means to us,” he said.

“We are grateful that Colgate sees the deep and enduring value in returning the art to Noongar country,” Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket said.

TheCarrolup Elders Reference Group( CERG) was formed in 2014 to provide guidance on how to best utilise the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup artwork, after CurtinUniversity identified that it was critical to have Noongar community input on the artworks.

CERG recommended how the Collection should be made accessible for the purpose of viewing, study, education and research by the academic community, researchers, the Nyungar people and the wider public.

Membership of the CERG includes those having a strong connection with the School – Carrolup (and Marribank) – or who have a strong connection to the artworks.

Koolark Korl Kadjan aims to bring communities together to share their stories, so we can all reflect upon the events that have occurred throughout Carrolup’s history to understand the sadness of the past and, through celebrating this unique collection of artwork, be inspired to work together to achieve healing and enduring reconciliation.

The exhibition will be supported by selected voices and memories of people who lived at Carrolup as well as their descendants and family members captured in oral histories and a short documentary by Dr Michelle Johnston and Professor Anna Haebich from Curtin University’s School of Media Culture and Creative Arts.

The Great Southern Regional Tour will also comprise tours of The Kodja Place museum, Kojonup which will feature voices, photographs art and objects from Kojonup’s Noongar and non-Aboriginal settler cultures.

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Third Allan Medal to Dodd

JOE Dodd has been awarded the Ballarat Football Netball League’s Robert Allan Medal for a third time.
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BEST AND FAIRESTS: Netball best and fairests Alexis Roscoe (East Ballarat 13/under), Emily Bettio (Bacchus Marsh 17/under), Madison Selmon (North Ballarat 15/under) and Libby Hutt (Sebastopol 13/under).

The East Ballarat onballer completed the full setby adding the under-16.5medal to his 2013 under-14 and 2011 under-12 awards at Mercure Ballarat on Wednesday night.

He joins former Golden Point player Andrew Hopper as athree-time winner. Hooper, who went on to play with the Western Bulldogs, claimed the medal in its first year 2004, 2005 and 2007.

The medal is awarded to the footballer in each age group adjudged by all clubs to havethe potential to play at an elite level –VFL or AFL.

Dodd’s younger Ben also took out the Robert Allan Medal in the under-14s.Ballarat’s Luke Polson won the under-12 Robert Allan Medal.

EMILY Bettio from Bacchus Marsh won the 17/under netball best and fairest.

She finished with 19 votes, one more thanSophie Gluyas (North Ballarat). Eva Gillett (Lake Wendouree) was another vote away in third.

In a night of tight netball count finishes, Madison Selmon (North Ballarat) won the 15/under award, while Alexi Roscoe (East Ballarat) and Libby Hutt (Sebastopol) each polled 20 votes to tie in the 13/under best and fairest.

Leading netball votegetters:

17/UNDER: Emily Bettio (Bacchus Marsh) 19, Sophie Gluyas (North Ballarat) 18, Eva Gillett (Lake Wendouree) 17, Amelia Ford (Redan) 14, Celie Hay (Lake Wendouree) 12, Paula Fraser (Lake Wendouree) 12, Courtney Medwell (East Ballarat) 12, Grace O’Dwyer (East Ballarat) 12, Tameka Clinton (Sebastopol) 11, Ashlee Smith (Mt Clear) 11, Laura Fay (East Ballarat) 11

15/UNDER: Madison Selmon (North Ballarat) 22, Zara Nevett (North Ballarat) 18, Indira McCartin (Mt Clear) 18, Melanie Freeman (Darley) 17, Grace Todd (Lake Wendouree) 16, Ava Valpied (Lake Wendouree) 13, Brooke Degrandy (Sebastopol) 12, Ellie Henderson (Sebastopol) 11, Kiahn Van Hoof (Darley) 11, Isabella Conheady (Ballarat) 11

13/UNDER: Alexi Roscoe (East Ballarat) 20, Libby Hutt (Sebastopol) 20, Rylee Love (Bacchus Marsh) 19, Charlotte Todd (Lake Wendouree) 18, Lilli Condon (Darley) 18, Lily Francis (Ballarat) 17, Ruby Cheeseman (Lake Wendouree) 16, Sophie Hine (Bacchus Marsh) 15,Kaitlyn Balazic (Mt Clear) 14, Brydi Hutchinson (North Ballarat) 13

Netball most valuable players:

17/under: Eva Gillett (Lake Wendouree)

15/under: Madison Selmon (North Ballarat)

13/under: Latesha Shanks (Lake Wendouree)

AFL Goldfields Coaches Association coach of the year: Frank Frawley (Redan)

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NBN tower off course

UNTOUCHED: The Mount Beauty golf course will remain as it is. Ericsson Australia has withdrawn its application to build a National Broadband Network tower on the course. Picture: KYLIE ESLER THEproposal that a National Broadband Network tower be built on Mount Beauty golfcourse has been quashed.
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Ericsson Australia withdrew the application to buildthe NBN tower at that location and will look at installing it on Bogong High Plains Road instead.

Ericsson Australia said on behalf of NBN Co that the tower could co-locate its antenna onto the existing SP Ausnet smart meter tower.

At the new proposed location, the NBN tower will provide improved internet coverage and minimise radio interference.

Alpine Shire Council planning and amenity manager Nick Vlahandreas said he was pleased with the news.

“Council has always suggested the SP Ausnet smart meter tower as the preferred location,” he said.

“However we were informed in the beginning there were problems with the radio frequency.NBN Co has been given access to a new frequency and that enables them to co-locate without any interference.”

Mr Vlahandreas believed the community would welcome the news.

“Submissions we had received in favour of the tower were all about NBN coming to Mount Beauty,” he said.

“The co-located infrastructure means NBN will still be coming to Mount Beauty without the addition of another tower.”

The possibility of the NBN tower being built on the Mount Beauty golf course was flagged in May.

Applications for a tower in Tawonga are still proceeding and MrVlahandreas said the council had received objections to that application as well as support.

“We will go though the usual process of negotiation between the applicant and objectors on that,” he said.

A planning forum will be held over the next three weeks for submitters, the applicant and Alpine Shire councillors.

Mr Vlahandreas saidit was proposed the tower would be located on some farm land on the western side of the Tawonga township, between the high voltage power lines and the native forest.

It is about 400 metres from the closest residence.

In July, Mount Beauty and Tawonga residents initiated a petition against the proposed NBN towers on change.org andreceived more than109 signatures.

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Year of anguish for Saints coach

LONG ROAD BACK: North Wagga co-coach Nathan Dowdle (left) undergoing assessment by physio Matt Turnbull. Dowdle has been sidelined indefinitely with a calf problem following knee surgery. Picture: Peter Doherty
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Year of anguish for Saints coach North Wagga co-coach Nathan Dowdle discusses his knee and calf problems with physio Matt Turnbull. Pictures: Peter Doherty

Physio Matt Turnbull assesses Nathan Dowdle’s injuries.

Physio Matt Turnbull assesses Nathan Dowdle’s knee and calf problems.

North Wagga’s Nathan Dowdle gets some good news from physio Matt Turnbull.

Physio Matt Turnbull puts Nathan Dowdle through his paces.

Nathan Dowdle tests out his right calf under the watchful eye of physio Matt Turnbull.

Nathan Dowdle tests out his right calf under direction from Matt Wallis.

Nathan Dowdle tests out his right calf in a bid to begin preparing for next season.

Nathan Dowdle

Matt Turnbull and Nathan Dowdle discuss Dowdle’s recovery from knee surgery.

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Picture-perfect town

PICTURE-PERFECT: Artist Catherine Abel paints in Trentham studio. She was a finalist in the 2015 Sir John Sulman prize. TUCKED away in a Trentham studio Catherine Abel chooses rich, luxe oil paints.
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The acclaimed artist paints Marigold,a woman from a by-gone era.

Draped in a deep cornflower blue dress, with a thick string of pearls wrapped around her neck, Marigold exudes Edwardian-style mystery.

Shehas returned from a sparkling night at the opera and is now seated in the library, having felt compelled to search for the book she clutches.

It is this era that Ms Abel loves to paint and it is for this particular piece that she has been nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize.

Before settling in Trentham, Ms Abel studied in Paris and lived in Melbourne–she moved to Hepburn to escape.

“I need the change, as an artist I love to go into retreat,” Ms Abel said.

“Before moving here I would never have said that I paint landscape but now I just love them, so the area does come into my work.”

Ms Abel spent many years coming to terms with being a historical painter.

“I love that era …yes it is unusual, but that is what I enjoy painting,” Ms Abel said.

“I leave a lot of the narrative up to the individual, each painting does tell a story.”

She said she used oil and acrylic paints to create a striking picture with strong colour.“My work is very different to other (Sir John Sulman prize) entries.”

“About 80 to90 per cent use luminous neon colours and are contemporary, but art history is a passion of mine and that is what I want to represent.”

The Sir John Sulman Prize, is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. It isone of three major annual art awards run by the Art Gallery of NSWeach year,along with the Archibald Prize and the Wynne Prize,whichmake upthe most prestigious art event in the country.

Ms Abel was one of 28 finalists in the competition.Jason Phu was awarded the prize for his Chinese ink of paper piece.Ms Abel’s work will be on displayuntil September 27.

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New blue for Greenbushes walk trails

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Chairman Pat Scallan has been busy on weekends upgrading the posts, signs and trail indicator markers on the Greenbushes Walk Trails.
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THE Greenbushes Walk Trails are being upgraded with new bright blue posts, trail indicator markers and signage.

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Chairman Pat Scallan has finished installing the new posts and markers on the Mining Heritage Walk and will soon begin upgrading the New Zealand Gully and Greenbushes Loop walk trails with assistance from volunteers.

The new A4 size safety warning signs will replace damaged or missing signage on the walks.

The upgrade project has been made possible with funding from a Community Grant awarded by the Shire of Bridgetown Greenbushes.

The$1865 grant awarded in 2014 was used for the purchase of signage.

The Greenbushes Discovery Centre committee, which develops and maintains the walk trails, is keen to get feedback from walkers about the new directional posts, markers and signage.

The Greenbushes Walk Trails provide hours of enjoyable outdoor fun for the whole family with the one hour mining heritage skirting forest around the town boundaries with stopping points at an old tunnel and several mine shafts dating back to the early 1900s.

The two hour New Zealand Gully Walk takes in picturesque water bodies on the eastern side of the South Western Highway and the Greenbushes Loop takes walkers past the Greenbushes Pool and Mt Jones Dam to connect with a co-joined section of the Bibbulmun Track.

The Greenbushes Pool Boardwalk and Heritage Amble are two shorter walks which also prove popular with visitors.

Information and brochures about the walks are available from the Greenbushes Discovery Centre and local businesses or on the web at 梧桐夜网greenbushesinc.asn419论坛.

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