Sir John (Jack) Brabham remembered

26/06/2018 // by admin

AUSTRALIA’S greatest grand prix driver and one of Australia’s most revered sportsmen, Sir Jack Brabham has passed aged 88 at his home on the Gold Coast.
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Funnily enough, Jack Brabham did not set out to become a racing driver – it just happened.

He spent two years in the air force as a flight mechanic during WWII where he learnt plenty about engines.

After the war ended in 1945, Sir Jack and a mate, who would be the driver, built a speedway car together.

But following a few crashes his mate had no choice but to give it away at the order of his wife.

So Jack was left with the car and decided to have a crack at driving.

Brabham famously went on to win the F1 world championship in 1959, 1960 and 1966 during an era that was notorious for being the most dangerous in history. ‘Black Jack’ very nearly lost that first championship when he ran out of fuel at Sebring and was forced to push the car over the line for the last 45 metres.

Brabham again dominated in 1960 but when the rules changed to 1500cc engines, he was without the power he wanted and Ferrari had become the team to beat.

The most thrilling win in 1960 was the French GP at Reims when he downed the Ferrari team and everybody said he couldn’t beat them because it was a fast circuit.

The French GP was celebrated vigorously by the drivers and Brabham’s efforts that weekend in 1960 brought with it enough bubbly to throw a party for a small village.

Part of the prize in 1960 was 100 bottles of champagne for the fastest driver in practice and then the second day they had another 100 bottles providing the time was better than the first day, and he won that. Then winning the race as well which was another 100 bottles so he had 300 bottles of champagne.

In 1961 he brought Ron Tauranac over to England and they decided to build their own cars under Motor Racing Developments.

MRD really got going in 1962 and they built their first F1 Brabham car.

It was the beginnings of Brabham’s greatest achievements and in 1966, he managed to win the world title in a car designed by himself using a Repco engine built in Australia.Brabham not only survived one of the most dangerous periods in motor racing history, but he added a rich lustre to its history, providing inspiration for many generations of racers in the process.His last award of distinction came in 2012 when he was named Australia’s National Living Treasure.

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Country mismanaged

26/06/2018 // by admin

SO the slippery slide taking us away from what it is to be Australian, just gets steeper.
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The recent budget confirms in my mind anyway, that this government is intent on unravelling.

The National Safety net, which has been, up until now, uniquely Australian.

This mob appears to have “no social conscience at all”. In fact they look to be intent on nurturing the philosophy, which is leading us into an American Caste System; quite clearly the age of serfdom is again dawning.

I often wonder about the logic of selling off and privatising everything.

There are no Chifleys, Whitlam’s, Hughes or even Frasers among this modern day lot.

Rather than leaders, what we appear to have adopted and accepted is a gaggle of mere bookkeepers, accountants who are only intent on balancing books and shuffling figures at any cost, even if that cost, deprives us, the people they were elected to represent of all social standards and quality of life.

Maybe they can tell us why our forebears were sent to war with the belief that they were fighting for a democratic egalitarian and socially just nation, and to protect our Australian way of life?

It seems today that our Federal and State Politicians can’t wait to sell off everything we collectively own and have fought for.

What about freedom, protectionism for Australians (of all national backgrounds) education, people with disabilities, families, meaningful employment or a quality of life measured by anything other than working until the end, death and taxes.

Maybe we should rewrite the National Anthem, for we are neither young or free.

Is it only me, or does anyone else get the feeling that this great country is continuing to be mismanaged with great skill?

Larry Whipper


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Women clash in night game

26/06/2018 // by admin

SHOALHAVEN Heads Blue were defeated 9-nil by Allsorts Orange on Tuesday night in the Shoalhaven Hockey Competition.
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HARD WORK: Allsorts Orange’s Bianca Smith helped her team to a 9-nil victory on Tuesday night over Shoalhaven Heads Blue. Photo: ROB CRAWFORD

Allsorts’ Mel Boundy and Donna Hartenstein both celebrated hat-tricks with TJ Newton scoring two goals and Bianca Smith one.

Allsorts’ strong attack quickly had Heads on the back foot.

Heads defenders scrambled on many occasions to break down play.

Heads goalkeeper Carol Bond showed guts and determination by defending many shots at goal.

Heads had some periods of strong passing and support play but were quickly run down by the Allsorts defence.

Allsorts Green defeated Shoalhaven Heads Maroon 6-1.

Kristy Clement also celebrated a hat-trick for Allsorts Green.

This star recruit was also best on field, gaining the best and fairest points.

Kristy was joined by Toni Parrish and Elle Dodd, both showing strong positioning on the field.

Maroon’s only goal came from the individual brilliance of Bec Henning, who took the ball from the hit off to out-class Allsorts defenders and take on Allsorts’ goalie to score.

This Saturday will see Allsorts Green and Shoalhaven Heads Maroon have the weekend off in the women’s games.

However St Georges Basin White take on Allsorts Orange, and St Georges Basin Red will take on Shoalhaven Heads Blue.

Bluejays men will come up against Burrawang in the first round of men’s games.

The short passing style of both these teams should make for a fast and skillful game.

Shoalhaven Heads will be looking to pick up their second win for the season when they come up against St Georges Basin.

A win for Basin could see them pushing into fourth place on the ladder.

Allsorts will need their full strength side when they take on Kangaroo Valley.

Both teams are capable of scoring exciting goals and the difference will be in the defence.

The juniors will start the day at 10am with Kangaroo Valley taking on the mighty St Georges Basin, followed by Allsorts taking on Bluejays.

Next Wednesday the combined under 18s Shoalhaven/Kiama representative team will face Fairy Meadow at the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex.

Hit off is at 7pm.

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Club hoping weather woes are in the past

26/06/2018 // by admin

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LEETON Motor Sports Club will be hoping Mother Nature is going to be kinder next weekend when it runs the re-scheduled meeting on May 31.

The club had to postpone its last event on April 12 due to wet weather at the end of the month will host the NSW state title for production sedans.

Members will be keen to give the travellers a run for their money on their home track.

The later date means there has been more interest from out-of-state competitors and current Australian and Queensland title-holder Tim Atkins will make the trip to Leeton to take on the fastest track in Australia.

Atkins took out the Australian title at Gympie on April 24, with Leeton members Wayne Bourke and Paul Whyte also making the journey.

Whyte, from Coolamon, had a bad start with a DNF on the first night of heats placing him well back in the points. He was also having trouble trying to find a set-up for the unique track.

Out of a field of 55 cars, Whyte qualified his car out of position two in the C main race. He was able to hold that spot, which meant he could then tag himself on the rear of the field in the B main.

Whyte had a bad start in that race and as the locals tried to get in the top four to make sure they had a spot in the A main, they took Whyte out of the race within the first few laps and he was forced to sit out the rest of the event.

Bourke had a mixed bag, starting the weekend off well he was in the top 15 quickest cars after practice with only half a second between the top 20 cars. He described it as like being V8 Supercars with the close times and on the first night the track meant he was chasing his car for set-up.

“The track is very different from other speedway tracks,” Bourke said.

“Besides being on a hill, it seemed like there was about a 100m rise in it from the lowest point to the highest, that was a challenge in itself, coming down the hill someone decided to place a right-hand turn in the track with the wall very close, then when you get around the right hander they then had a tight left-hand hairpin.

“It was one of the hardest tracks I have ever raced on for set-up. I was happy with the gearing I chose for the track, with my car just about stalling at the hairpin, but by the time I made it to the top of the hill my rev limiter was bouncing hard.”

Bourke finished fourth in his first heat, had a DNF in the second and fourth in the third to be running 28th in points. On the last night of racing he was able to get a grip on set-up and starting out of sixth spot in the last heat brought his car home in second in a nail-biting finish, 0.006 behind the leader.

Bourke was still down on points, but qualified seventh in the B main, which meant a top-four finish to make the A main. With great driving, Bourke got his car into third spot in the 20-lap race.

The pit crew had to fix the damage to Bourke’s car with only one race to do it in. He got his car ready and started out of 19th in the A main.

After a good start, Bourke worked his way up to 14th before he got tangled up in someone else’s mess and was forced to retire race.

Now he is looking forward to the NSW titles in Leeton.

Other classes on May 31 will be the Victorian title for GOSA sedans, Wilby Park cars, Vic sport cars and standards. Depending how Wayne Aylett’s super sedan fares tomorrow night at Wahgunyah, he may do some hot laps around his home track in a race against the clock.

Racing starts at 4pm with a huge field and a great nights of entertainment.

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Stawell’s breakfast scoop – May 23

26/06/2018 // by admin

Weather:Cloudy. Isolated showers in the morning and afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms during this afternoon. Winds west to northwesterly and light tending west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures between 18 and 21.
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Top Stories:

– Police are calling for witnesses to come forward with information about a spare of criminal damage last weekend.

Several trees and tree guards around stawell were damaged by vandals during the early hours of Sunday morning.

– Seppelt will host their annual Wedding Expo at Seppelt Winery in Great Western on Sunday.

Over the years the expo has grown in popularity, both for businesses showcasing themselves and patronage from the many brides-to-be in the region and this year will be no exception.

– Navarre’s Driscoll family will achieve a major milestone tomorrow, when three brothers take to the field for Maryborough Castlemaine District Football league in the interleague clash.

What’s on: Stawell Bowling Club are hosting Big Bucks Bingo tonight.

Everyone is welcome with eyes down at 7.30pm.

For more information or to book your spot contact 5358 2784

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Locals triumph at Port Stephens

26/06/2018 // by admin

ATHLETES from Jervis Bay Triathlon Club took home a healthy medal haul from last Saturday’s final event in the Elite Energy Tri Series at Port Stephens.
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The club had medallists in all events and a swag of series winners and place getters.

In the olympic distance event, Jervis Bay’s pro triathlete, Ollie Whistler took the bronze medal in the elite open division completing the 1.5 kilometre swim, 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run course in just 2:02.33.

He had the fastest bike time of the day, completing the hilly course along Gan Gan Road in under an hour.

Josh Henry and Matt Lewis also made the top 20 with Henry posting a time of 2:12.36 to take the silver medal in the 35 to 39 age group.

GROUP SUPPORT: Jervis Bay Trialhlon Club medallists show off their prizes from the Elite Energy Tri Series at Port Stephens last weekend.

Lewis placed eighth in the open division, a great confidence booster before he jets off to compete in the European triathlon season.

Annette Sampson was the best placed local female finishing 20th overall and taking out gold in the 50 to 54 age group.

She finished the series with a perfect score of four wins from four races.

Tony Lim won silver in the men’s 60 to 64 age group and Elite Energy boss, Mark Emerton, made the most of his chance to race in one of his own events by edging out Bill Stahlhut for the bronze medal in the men’s 50 to 54 category.

Cynthia Trevallion joined Sampson on the podium, winning bronze in the 50 to 54 age group while Laura Bowmaker put in a great effort to finish her first olympic distance race.

In the sprint event, bronze medals went to Gus Frank in the 16 to 17 age group, Kendall McMaster (55 to 59), Allison Dillon (45 to 49), and Rod Rose (60 to 64). Frank was the 11th fastest male completing the 750 metre/20 kilometre/ five kilometre course in 1:11.42.

Brooke Crossland was the fastest of the Jervis Bay women, finishing in 1:31.10 to finish fourth in the 14 to 15 age group.

Septuagenarians Marcus Vowels and Paul Coombes teamed up to win the silver medal in the men’s relay event, proving conclusively that triathlon is not just for fit young things in lycra.

Neil Galletly and Matt Forster seemed reluctant to finish their racing season, with both men backing up after the sprint to race again in the enticer.

Galletly won the 50 to 54 age group, finishing the 300 metre/10 kilometre/ two kilomertre race in 39.18 to place 15th overall, while Forster took silver in the 40 to 44 age group.

Robert Scott won gold in the 45 to 49 age group and Kathy Cupitt took bronze in the women’s 45 to 49 category.

Tony Lim backed up from his olympic distance to race the enticer dressed up as Batman in the superheroes category.

True to their name, the superheroes came to the rescue of a female competitor with a flat tyre.

With the final event of the series out of the way, awards were also presented for series winners and placegetters.

In the olympic distance, Annette Sampson and Bill Stahlhut both won their age groups, while Josh Henry came second, and Karl Hayes, Kylie Stewart, and Tony Lim were third.

Possibly spurred on by the promise of free races, Brooke Crossland, Gus Stretton, Tim O’Connell and Allison Dillon all took gold in the sprint series, while Kristina O’Shea, Jed Frank, Louise Winkler and Ken Price took silver.

Ben Cupitt, Matt Forster, Neil Galletly and Kendall McMaster won bronze for the series.

Kathy Cupitt and Robert Scott won their age groups in the enticer series, while Linda Clarke won silver.

Gus Frank also won silver in the junior series.

Club president Tony Lim said this had been one of the club’s bestseasons.

“Not just in terms of medals, but with so many athletes taking up the sport and achieving their goals,” he said.

“It was also great to see athletes from so many age groups competing and doing the club proud.”

The club also extended its best wishes to athletes competing at next weekend’s Fiji International Triathlon and next month’s Ironman Cairns.

The club’s next training session will be on June 15 at Iluka in Booderee National Park with a duathlon format.

Start time is 8am and both members and visitors are welcome.

Short and longer course options will be available to suit experienced athletes and beginners.

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Band of brothers: Udy boys back in the green fold at Orange Emus

26/06/2018 // by admin

ALL FOR ONE: Shane, Scott and Mark Udy have all returned to play with Orange Emus this season, and are hoping for the chance to take the field alongside each other. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0522mfudy1FOR the Udy brothers, rugby really is a family affair.
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After leaving Orange Emus following the 2009 season Shane, Mark and Scott Udy have all returned to don the green jersey in 2014.

Shane, the eldest, has been a regular in Emus’ top grade team this season while Mark and Scott answered second grade coach Mitch Dansey’s SOS for last weekend’s clash with Cowra, to ease the team’s player shortage.

“Shane had been pestering us to come back and play for a while, and we finally caved,” Scott laughed.

Shane will line up in Emus’ top grade side when the greens host the Mudgee Wombats in Saturday’s Blowes Clothing Cup clash, while Mark and Scott will both don second XV jerseys.

“We’ve all played with each other at some stage,” Scott said.

“But never all three of us together on the same paddock, at the same time,” Mark added.

“That would be a highlight.”

“It’s great to be back at Emus. There is a different feel, and different culture surrounding the club compared to the last time I was here. It’s very inclusive, and everyone is working for everyone else. There’s a lot of talented youth around the club, and they’re getting their chance. I think Andrew Logan [Emus coach] has had a huge impact.”

The trio all cut their teeth in the Emus junior ranks and graduated to greens dominant colts teams of the early, mid and late noughties before going their separate ways.

Shane, 29, a former NSW and Australian schoolboy representative, played several years in the Eastwood Rugby Club Shute Shield team while Scott, 23, who also represented NSW at the schoolboy level, had a stint in West Harbour colts first XV. Mark, 27, was a mainstay in Central West representative teams until he walked away from the game, and many suggest he had the potential to the be the best of the trio.

With last week’s 25-3 win over Cowra, Emus sit outright third on the top grade ladder and Shane said Saturday’s clash with the Wombats presents a chance to solidify their top three spot.

“Muscling up as piggies and continuing the forward momentum we’ve gained in the last few games is key for us,” he said.

“With the talent we have in our backline, if we can create space for them they will score a lot of points.”

Emus host Mudgee at Endeavour Oval, with first grade kicking off at 3.15pm.

ORANGE EMUS: 1 Brandon Akerstrom, 2 Keith Howarth, 3 Brent Braithwaite, 4 Sam McLean 5 Tom Fenuelelei, 6 Andrew Cosgrove, 7 Shane Udy, 8 Rob Thorburn, 9 TJ Cunynghame, 10 Adam Perri, 11 Tom Green, 12 Tim Alison, 13 Nigel Staniforth (c), 14 Carter Hirini, 15 Sam Ryan.

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GALLERY: Hundreds flock to Griffith for CWA conference

26/06/2018 // by admin

HUNDREDS of Country Women’s Association members flocked to Griffith this week for the annual state conference. Pictures: ANTHONY STIPO.
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Judith Harvie and Janette William enjoyed the week.

Patricia Irving and Emily Boorer took time out to catch up.

Cathy Smart and Fay Quine attended the event.

Arthur Roberts, Margaret Roberts and Jenny Mitchell enjoyed the sunshine.

Noeline Garty, Syliva Glendenning and Betty Huntly were delighted to catch up.

Julie Edmonds and Barbara Weaver at the conference.

Jock Laurie and Tanya Cameron at the official opening.

Beryl Mannion and Liz Gibson had a chat.

Margaret Kirkman and Sharyn Nammensma took time out for a coffee.

Anne Dunn, Phoebe Bischoff and Helen Walsh at the event.

Helen Pegler, Leona Steen and Rowena Casey caught up at the CWA conference.

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Kapooka training tragedy: the day a family’s celebrations turned to grief

26/06/2018 // by admin

IT WAS Sergeant Herb Pomeroy’s 31st birthday, and at the end of a day training recruits at the Kapooka army base, the engineer instructor should have been going home to his wife and four children to celebrate.
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But at 2.45pm that day – May 21, 1945 – Sergeant Pomeroy, along with 25 others, was killed by an explosion in a dugout during training involving detonators.

Instead of celebrating that night, Sergeant Pomeroy’s wife, Dot, and her children were mourning the death of a much-loved husband and father.

The tragedy remains the worst military training accident in Australia’s history, killing 24 trainee engineers (sappers), Sergeant Pomeroy and another sergeant, Ronald Linthorne.

Sergeant Pomeroy had four children: Frank (aged 5), Barry (4), Les (3) and Maureen (10 months) when he died.

The four siblings on Wednesday attended a memorial service near Kapooka to mark the 69th anniversary of the disaster.

The occasion was special to them not only because their father was being honoured, but because it was also his 100th birthday.

“That is why we were so keen to be there,” Barry Pomeroy said.

Sergeant Pomeroy’s family has been to several of the annual commemorative services since they began more than a decade ago.

Mr Pomeroy said his family moved from Wagga soon after the death of Sergeant Pomeroy and his only memory of the place and his father was of walking with his parents over the Wollundry Lagoon bridge onthe main street and looking down to the water where he saw turtles.

He said his elder brother, Frank, remembered being “dinked” to school by his father on a bike from Beckwith Street where the family boarded with a police officer.

The family moved back to Port Melbourne soon after the tragedy.

Barry Pomeroy said his father had served in the Middle East and New Guinea during World War II before being posted to Kapooka as an instructor.

“He wanted to go back to New Guinea with his mates, but I think the army thought ‘the war is nearly over and he has a wife and four kids so we’ll make him an instructor’,” Mr Pomeroy said.

He said little was said in the family about Sergeant Pomeroy’s death for many years for fear of upsetting their mother.

“We would have liked to have known more, but we thought it would be too hard on Mum, so we did not ask her,” Mr Pomeroy said.

About 15 years ago, Barry Pomeroy started writing to officials about the Kapooka explosion and eventually found a file in Melbourne, which he accessed.

“I took a lot of copies for my brothers and sister,” he said.

The file provided no real answers as to the cause of the explosion.

“The upshot is, I think no one knows what happened,” Mr Pomeroy said.

REMEMBERING: Barry Pomeroy (far left) at the Kapooka tragedy memorial site in 2012 with his sister Maureen and brothers Les (second left) and Frank.

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State cabinet coming to western Sydney

26/06/2018 // by admin

Mike Baird.NSW Premier Mike Baird announced today that the next community cabinet meeting would be held in Parramatta in June, giving the public a chance to ask him questions directly.
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Mr Baird said community cabinet was coming to western Sydney at the invitation of local MPs Geoff Lee (Parramatta), David Elliott (Baulkham Hills), Tony Issa (Granville) and Andrew Rohan (Smithfield).

A community cabinet was last held in Parramatta in 2012, while the only western Sydney community cabinet meeting last year was in St Marys.

‘‘Community cabinet provides an important vehicle for us to hear people’s concerns first-hand, before we can get to work to address them,’’ Mr Baird said.

“We are already delivering for the region; we have started work on WestConnex and the roll-out of Opal electronic ticketing on trains in western Sydney is complete.

‘‘Planning has begun on the first stage of a major redevelopment of Westmead Hospital, and last year we opened the $5 million upgraded Westmead emergency department.

‘‘As part of the NSW government’s decade of decentralisation policy we have announced plans to relocate and consolidate more than 3000 public servants to new offices in western Sydney from 2015 to boost the region’s economy and support local jobs.’’

Mr Lee said it was appropriate community cabinet was held in the heart of western Sydney, ‘‘one of the country’s fastest growing economies’’.

‘‘It’s important the region has the homes, infrastructure, services and jobs needed to cater for the growing number of families who will call this region home in the future,’’ he said.

Mr Elliott said: ‘‘It’s important that people who already call this region home are kept informed about the major building works and service upgrades taking place.’’

The community cabinet will be on Monday, June 2, 6.30pm-8pm, at Parramatta RSL Club, corner Macquarie and O’Connell streets, Parramatta.

■ Registration forms:

At 6.30pm on June 2 the premier and ministers will address a public forum with a question and answer session from the audience.

All members of the public wishing to attend must register before the meeting. See the link, above.

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