Monthly Archives: November 2018

Coastal students take win in finals

WINNERS: Division one boys Grand Final – Don College defeated St Patrick’s College. Picture: Basketball Tasmania. Two North-West basketball teams have taken out a statewide competition on the weekend, showing the dominance of Coastal talent once again.
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Don College and Marist Regional College were the two most successful teams, taking out the boys and girls championship.

Don College went up against St Patrick’s College in the Division one boys final on Sunday.

The Coastal side were too strong for the Launceston based school in an exciting and high quality game.

Marist Regional College were the victorious team in the Division one girls final.

They went up against Guilford Young College in the decider with the Hobart based side proving to be a challenge.

But the Coastal girls were too strong, making it two wins for the North-West in Division one.

The North-West also had success in the Division two competition as St Brendan Shaw College were victorious in the girls championship.

CHAMPS: Division one girls Grand Final – Marist Regional College defeated Guilford Young College. Picture: Basketball Tasmania.

The girls went up against Launceston’sNewstead College in the final on Sunday and made it three wins out of four for the Coast.

It was all Launceston in the Division two boys competition as Launceston College took the win over Newstead College in the decider which was surely a great rivalry.

Devonport hosted theTasmanian Secondary College Basketball Championships last Saturday and Sunday, with 31 teams competing in 64 games of basketball.

Held by Basketball Tasmania, itinvolved 15 schools from across the state.

They wenthead-to-head for the chance to compete as a state representative side at the National Schools Basketball Tournament held in Melbourne during December.

Representing the North-West wereDon College, Hellyer College, Marist Regional College, St Brendan-Shaw College and Burnie High School.

The two day event gavean insight into national and international basketball leagues, and gave playersthe chanceto improve their skill set.

The championship event wasshared between Coastal venues at the Devonport Basketball Stadium and at the East Devonport Recreation Centre.

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Racing: falls part of sport

No-one wants to witness a pile-up such as the one which had six apprentice riderseither hospitalised ortreated by ambulance officers at Taree Wingham Race Club’sTAB meeting last Monday.
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Unfortunately, race falls happen and it is probably due to the compulsory protectivegear worn by jockeys that more serious results are minimised.

Leading apprentice jockey Samantha Clenton,on Port Macquarie four year-old greygelding Bazza’s Boy,was about to try to add to her 81 victories so far this seasonwhen her mount crashed.

Another five apprentices, two of their mounts also crashing over Bazza’sBoy, had varying injuries as a result.The worst, besides Clenton, was Jackson Murphy on Blinkin Rules.Onlythe Saturday before, he had celebratedone of his best days at the track with a winning doubleat Kempsey’s TAB meeting.

Injuries after fall: Injuries have been a source of angst recently but the racing fraternity agree falls are part of the sport.

Clenton’ssurgery entailed herclavicle being fixedwith a plate and screws and shehasfurther problems with her left knee.Murphy, apprenticed to Wauchope trainer Grant Prosser, had internal injuries, and wasadmitted to John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, close to his parents who live nearby.The others were either treated at hospital or given treatment for minor injuries.

Unfortunately, Bazza’s Boy, trained by Jenny Grahamand owned by Wauchope’s DaleMiller, who was trackside, was humanely euthanased.The gelding was promising as a middle distance galloper after a close fourth over1800m in a Highway race at Royal Randwick on February 13.

It hasn’t been a happy season for Miller who lost promising Lightning Striker, trained by Graham,in atrack accident,she also losing promising Deceptive(four wins).

Breeding successKrambach Race Club committee man, Peter Killen, a successful racehorse owner priorto retiring as a teacher, started his hobby breeding career on a winning note with thefirst of his progeny, three-year-old filly Capital Magic, scoring at her fifth start for abig contingent of local owners.

“She missed the kick and still won,” he said of the $13 chancetrained at Taree by BobMilligan and ridden by Grant Buckley.He thought she may have been short of a run but the filly made good ground from lastat her first start from a spell to score by a half length.

Killen mated his Taree winner Firefly Magic with Recapitalize and the result proved agood result at his first breeding venture.He has another two by Haslington out of the mare at home and might beon theverge of having a dynasty of winners.

Kempsey trainer Barry Ratcliff was vindicated forkeeping four-year-old gelding LikeMy Brother in his stable, despite the galloper kicking him and putting his life at risk.He had the last laugh, although still nursing an injured kicked leg, whenthe galloper scored by a long neck at $6 at Taree.The lightning blow was dealt a couple of months ago but Ratcliff, a hardy fellow atmost times, thought little of the injury until things started to go wrong.His leg swelled to such a degree that doctors had no hesitation in placing him inhospital. The result was “about 400 stitches”.

He said the win would allow him to “pay the nurses a sling and the doctor’s bill”, hebeing a part owner.“The result was that the horse nearly killed me,” said Ratcliff.

The trainer bought the gelding–“not a bad maiden”- off the internet for $5000 butthe near $18,000 prize money so far is bound to soothe things, bank and injury wise.

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The cash windfall following the NSW state government’s better taxation policy forthe state’s racing fraternity has resulted in Racing NSW calling for 27 new positionsto ensure the ongoing production of qualified racecourse curators.

Taree and Port Macquarie clubs will benefit from having new positions created towork in turf management and green keeping.

Apprentice sports turf management/greenkeeper;Cert III 4 year apprenticeshipsoffer unique career opportunities and information can be obtainedfrom Racing NSW on 9551 7568 from Mark Brassel or the clubs involved.

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Racing returns to Bushland Drive Racecourse this Friday for an eight-race TABmeeting, featuring the Wingham Cup.

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Stalks and screenings

Row spacings will be the feature of a project conducted by a Birchip Cropping Group researcher funded by a scholarship.Research breakthrough
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Monash researchers have discovered a new mechanism that enables plants to regulate their flowering in response to raised temperatures.

The finding could potentially lead to the development of technology allowing plant breeders to control the physiological response of plants and mitigate the impacts of warming temperatures.

The Monash team led by Associate Professor Sureshkumar Balasubramanian made the discovery by applying a combination of genetic, molecular and computational biology experiments to the flowering plant Arabidopsis.

Research scholarships

TWO young researchers have won scholarships allowing them to manage grains research projects of their own this year.

Sebastian Ie and Jessica Lemon, both research officers at Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) in Victoria have won Williamson Foundation scholarships worth $30,000 each.

These funds will enable them to design and deliver research projects in their first year of employment at BCG.

Mr Ie’s project will see the establishment of a paddock-scale field trial investigating precision agriculture and variable rate nitrogen application.

As part of the project, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology will be used to collect data, and the value of this technology will be assessed.

Ms Lemon’s research project will seek to determine how stubble grazing influences the growth of barley sown on three different row spacings.

Viterra appointment

Viterra has appointed Jo Klitscher as its eastern region operations manager, encompassing eastern South Australia and western Victoria.

Ms Klitscher has been with the business 17 years and was most recently operations co-ordinator in the Thevenard region on the Eyre Peninsula.

Chickpea research

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is hoping two wild relatives of chickpeas will be able to provide clues to find genes resistant to the damaging root lesion nematode.

USQ has brought in two ancient varieties of chickpea from Turkey to search for suitable genetic material.

Both the old varieties have strong resistance to root lesion nematode, which can cause a great deal of damage to grain legume crops.

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Dan Mortimer tips fellow Orange junior James Maloney to star in Origin I

BACK IN THE DAY: James Maloney, pictured playing for SJS in the under-8s, will get another crack at Origin.
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RUGBY LEAGUESURELY there’s nothing worse than being a New South Welshman living in Queensland come State of Origin time.

Particularly over the course of the last 10 years, with the Maroons successfully claiming nine of the series on offer.

Surely.

Not according to Orange product Dan Mortimer.

The former CYMS gun has been with the Gold Coast Titans since the middle of the 2014 season and with the state allegiances in the Titans squad, he says, split virtually right down the middle, being a Blue in enemy territory isn’t all that bad.

“You’d think it would be,” Mortimer laughed.

“But there’s a heap of NSW guys up here as well. We’re going ok.”

The Blues take on the Maroons in game one of the 2016 series at ANZ Stadium in Sydney tonight and Mortimer was particularly pleased with the inclusion of one of his former teammates and another Orange product in James Maloney.

Maloney first played junior league with St Joseph’s Sheahan in the early 90s while his father Brian captain-coached CYMS’ first grade side.

The now Cronulla Sharks five-eighth forced his way back into the Blues side after debuting in 2013 before missing out on both the 2014 and 2015 series.

Mortimer says Maloney is primed to fire, he even went as far as predicting the Blues to win by two points on the back of a Maloney penalty kick late in the series opener.

“He’s underrated if you ask me,” Mortimer, currently recovering from hamstring surgery, said.

“He cops a lot of flak for his defence but he gives it everything he has and he’s just a champion bloke.

“You only have to look at how the Roosters are going this year to see how much they miss him. He’s on fire for the Sharks and he’ll be eyeing off a good game on Wednesday night.”

Even with Josh Dugan being ruled out through injury, Mortimer says the inclusion of Josh Morris benefits the Blues as a whole, with the likes of Dave Klemmer, James Tamou, Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita and Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods forming an intimidating prop rotation for Laurie Daley.

“I really like this year’s team,” Mortimer said.

“The halves are in form and the pack has matched it with, if not out-played Queensland in the last couple of series.

“They’re a champion side, that Queensland team, and they’ve played a lot of footy together.

“I’d have had Josh Morris in the team from the start. We don’t lose anything with him there and he’s done the job on Inglis and their gun outside backs in the past.

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Wheels in motion for ‘sky bike’ highways in Melbourne’s CBD

An artist’s impressions of a proposed raised cycle highway for Melbourne’s CBD.
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One-metre buffer for cyclists would make roads less safe: police

A radical plan for a $100 million ‘sky bike’ super highway for Melbourne CBD cyclists is being examined by the Andrews government’s chief infrastructure adviser.

Infrastructure Victoria has floated a major plan to extend a network dedicated to bike corridors, including “grade separated” raised sections allowing cyclists to quickly and safely travel through and across the city.

In a major report examining dozens of major project options, Infrastructure Victoria predicted the controversial idea would cut traffic congestion, freeing up space for public transport.

“The provision of bicycle highways, especially if they are physically or grade separated, is likely to encourage new cycling trips by cyclists of varying ability and reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities related to crashes.”

It follows concerns that Melbourne’s bicycle corridors end abruptly on the city’s edge, with cyclists facing a dangerous journey into the heart of the business district.

Although cycling infrastructure is less expensive than other forms of transport, the report warned retrofitting an “elevated veloway” could be costly, with an added risk of conflict between growing numbers of commuter cyclists and motorists.

“There may be a more crashes involving cyclists with the growth of commuter cycling, particularly in the areas beyond the upgrade infrastructure,” the report said.

It remains unclear which streets through the city could be used for the bicycle highways.

In 2014, a consortium including Federation Square co-designer Donald Bates and Pacific Strategies director Mike Potter released a plan for a 1.7 kilometre raised “veloway” that would run about 10 metres above the ground, spanning six major intersections from Princes Bridge to Southern Cross Station.

An assessment by economic consultants Deloitte and engineering advisers Aurecon, suggested a more extensive network of cycle paths through the city would cost about $100 million.

But the assessment, commissioned by Infrastructure Victoria, said the idea would not make a significant contribution to meeting the state’s overall transport needs in the future.

The idea is also being examined as part of the government’s “Plan Melbourne” strategy. It found bike transportation played a major role accessing CBD jobs. Under the idea, “strategic cycling corridors will provide separated priority routes into and around the central city that support high volumes of cyclists of all abilities”.

VicRoads has also completed a Strategic Cycling Corridors project, which is due for release later this year.

Although Melbourne boast it is the world’s most liveable city (at least according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s measure), when it comes to cycling infrastructure it is well behind other major cities.

Copenhagen, regarded as one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world, recently completed its Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, an elevated orange bike lane that winds its way over the harbour.

Copenhagen, well known as a cycle-friendly city, has recently opened elevated bike lanes.

And last year London Mayor Boris Johnson announced a Cycle Superhighway plan to create a network of segregated bike lanes with dedicated traffic signals.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said the Infrastructure Victoria proposal was a sign that bikes were moving into the mainstream of planning for economic development.

“Infrastructure Victoria is thinking big, and realises that the benefits of bikes comes from major, cor-ordinated and sustained investment rather than the piecemeal approach that has prevailed to date,” he said.

Infrastructure Victoria was set up by the Andrews government to “ensure initiatives are planned with transparent, independent and expert infrastructure advice”.

But a spokeswoman for Roads Minister Luke Donnellan appeared to dismiss the cycling highway idea, saying “while IV (Infrastructure Victoria) looks at options, we’re focused on our priorities”.

“We’re establishing the $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund to invest in new, dedicated cycling and walking facilities across Victoria to help keep bikes and pedestrians away from traffic,” she said.

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