Wet fields leave Rovers frustratedFOOTBALL

HILLVUE Rovers coach Daryl Smith has become an avid weather watcher in recent weeks but it’s not as a hobby.
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Smith’s Rovers side has endured an extended stint on the sidelines as the wet weather has wreaked havoc with its Northern Inland Premier League season.

They haven’t played for three weeks and their round 13 clash with North Companions also appears in doubt after 38mm of rain tumbled down in Tamworth

midweek.

“They’re talking about rain again on Friday and it’s like a quagmire now,” Smith said after inspecting the Marius St playing surface.

“Training has also been difficult. We’ve been forced to practise on the netball courts to resemble some form of training.

“Preparation-wise, not much has been done,” Smith said.

“We’ve also got two players under suspension and because we haven’t played they still can’t play.”

The clash is shaping up as the battle for the wooden spoon with Northies languishing at the bottom of the table, while the Rovers are sitting just one point clear of last with just one win to their credit.

That came against Northies 1-nil in the first round.

But despite their disappointing results, the Rovers season was showing promise before their enforced break.

“I was really happy with the last game against Gunnedah,” Smith said.

“They settled down and were starting to come together.”

“We were looking forward to the second round with things starting to come together.”

Smith has called in second graders Neville Fullwood and Anthony Moore for the match, and is expecting a tough mid-field

battle.

In other NIPL match-ups, North Armidale is at home to UNE/Ex-Services, Demon Knights and South Armidale meet at Wicklow, and Oxley Vale/Attunga travels to Armidale to tackle East Armidale.

North West’s four Federation Youth League sides are also hopeful of seeing some game time and bouncing back from a disappointing showing at Newcastle last Saturday.

North West is scheduled to host Manning on Sunday, with all four sides pushing for a win as the competition closes in on the semi-finals.

The Wayne May-coached U14s were the best performed North West side at Newcastle, going down 3-nil, but after finding some touch in the second half, May is confident they can turn it around.

“Hopefully we can start getting the cobwebs out and hopefully get back on track,” he said.

“We had good results against Manning last time we were over there so hopefully we can repeat that.”

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Business end of season for junior boardriders

SURFING is a unique sport.
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It is exceptionally hard to master. It offers an adrenaline rush every time you take off on a wave. The bigger the waves are the bigger the rush. Winter swells have offered plenty of excitement and thrills for Camden Haven surfers.

Camden Haven Boardriders junior division is for surfers under 21 years of age. Kelly Mills and Mitch Sykes raise the surfing bar each month with an exciting tussle as to who will hold the winners trophy at the end of the season. Sam Bates and Todd Bourke also continue to impress week after week.

Likewise Danny Schouten and Jack Germain are having a very close race for the under 15 Cadet Division. Sam Donohue is making a late move together with a rapidly improving Chris Eames.

Our kids are showing they can match it with the best sponsored surfers in the country. Jack Germain has had an outstanding season with a second place at the Occy Gromsearch and a semi final placing at The Rusty Gromfest against a field of surfers from around the world.

Emily Clapoudis is really making giant leaps with a quarter final in the Rusty and an amazing fourth place in the NSW state titles. The girl is ripping with a big future assured in the sport.

Danny Schouten also made the Quarter Finals at the Rusty. He then pulled out a long board to win the under 14’s Ocean and Earth Mal Muster in huge waves. Sam Donohue proved what a solid surfer he is to grab third place. Mitch Sykes won the under 18’s and then surfed with Kelly Mills in the open final placing fourth and fifth respectively. The boys were stoked as were the very parochial crowd hooting on the beach.

Anyone watching the grommets division will see a breeding ground for the next crop of world beaters with Tom Lewis, Kye Mackenzie, Lachlan Kelly and Billy Hart all surfing strongly. Thanks to all those great parents down there making sure all the kids have a fantastic time.

Boardriders will be held on the third Sunday of the month September 21.

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Home victory in Tamworth veterans’ tourney

TAMWORTH’S Marie Mackey conquered the opposition and a rain-affected course to take out the Tamworth Lady Golfers’ Veterans Tournament
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yesterday.

Mackey won the 18-hole stableford event with a score of 38 points, two clear of runner-up, Sawtell’s Glenys Davidson.

Davidson took second on a countback while Lyn Barwick was the A grade scratch winner.

131 players representing 25 visiting clubs teed off on a soggy course yesterday, with players coming from as far afield as Canberra.

Beresfield’s Helen Rowett was the B grade nett winner after recording 38 points, while Michelle Blanch (Nundle) took out C grade with 35 points and Sue Williams (Branxton) D grade after scoring 37 points.

Other scratch winners were Pat Clarke in B grade with 16 points, Pam Sutton C grade (12 points) and Nancy Peterie C grade (nine points).

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Senior Redbacks move into finals

Dillie Prestegarde and Ryan Squires combine in attack for the Redbacks against Old Bar on Saturday.LUSC 1st Grade v
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Old Bar

The Camden Haven Redbacks finally buried their Old Bar hoodoo last Saturday at Old Bar in the minor semi-final.

Having been beaten twice by them this season the Redbacks were keen for revenge and were brilliant in a fiercely contested game.

goal came from a cross with firstly Levi Tomasone then Dillie getting a shot on to give the ‘reds’ a 2-0 buffer. Keeper (birthday boy) Smithy ensured the lead remained intact with a strong display including a save from a direct Old Bar penalty.

Old Bar came out in the second half a much improved outfit. In fact the score was levelled within 15 minutes. The home side’s first goal came from a bullet cross that left Smithy still pondering how it snuck in on his near post (perhaps a dodgy net) and the second when the Redbacks defence failed to deal with a corner. Half way through the second half a certain penalty seemed to be awarded to the Redbacks, however the referee somehow changed his mind to an indirect.

When eventually taken it became a scramble which was justifiably poked in by Luke Buckley to give the Havens a 3-2 lead, which they held on to for the remainer of the game.

This Saturday both senior sides shall contest the final at Koala St as we take on Port Panthers for the right to meet Macleay Valley Rangers in the Grand Final.

“There is a good feeling in the squad now however, we still need to keep working hard” said manager Nev Raccani.

“ One sour note on the day was losing Luke Bradney with a suspected broken collar bone – he has been outstanding all season and will be missed, but our depth is good this season and whoever steps up will do the job. Go you Redbacks two to go. Thanks to our great support down there I’m sure we will double that at Port closer to home.”

Reserve Grade

A trip down to Old Bar for a shot at the Grand Final was a big game for reserves. A strong line up and plenty of confidence led to a good start to the game. A strong wind at our backs also added territorial advantage.

Daniel Trompert saw plenty of the ball and his raids down the right had Old Bar scrambling. Lee Hartshorne held the ball well with one cracking shot clipping the bar. All looked well but our advantage wasn’t being converted despite plenty of good build up from Jose Usteriz, Ando, Trump and Boyd Goodear which led to chances but no goals. Old Bar’s forwards always kept our backs on their toes but they were rarely beaten. 0-0 half time. A change of ends and a change in fortunes as Old Bar put the wind to their advantage. Also the loss of three players through injury didn’t help. Old Bar pushed the backs deep and the Redbacks struggled to deal with their pace. From a resulting corner a free header beat Westy to give Old Bar the lead 1-0. A quick response was needed and Al Williams supplied with a good break and nice finish 1-1. However the boys didn’t didn’t capitalize with Old Bar the hungrier for the win. A huge goal kick let their forward in to beat Westy to the ball for a 2-1 late in the game. with time running out the Redbacks threw it all at them but its Old Bar who won their way straight through to the Grand Final.

“A sloppy second half cost us today, but with some players in YD1 final the night before and the injuries it was always going to be tough” said coach Bill Roe.

‘We need to all turn up next week versus Taree for another crack. We need to get back to some good soccer which we are more than capable of. Man of the match was tight with Ando edging out Jose and Boyd. Come on fellas let’s not let it slip away now. Go you Reds.”

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Farr too quick at Kempsey

TAMWORTH driver Neil Farr stole the limelight at Kempsey’s Mt Cooperabung hillclimb on Sunday.
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Farr has now won the first two rounds of the Tri-Series Challenge, his powerful Bowin Leyland V8 being too good for the opposition.

Farr’s time of 24.234 secs was over two seconds quicker than second-placed Coffs Harbour driver Dave Morrow’s Kryser Suzuki time of 26.310 seconds.

Third went to Newcastle’s Peter Robinson’s PRS Ford with a best time of 28.947 secs.

In the under 3000cc Sports Sedan Class, Gosford-based Tamworth club member Mark Broadhead, driving his Lightweight Mini (30.391 secs) had an easy win over Tamworth’s Bruce Worgan (33.599 secs).

Worgan borrowed Broadhead’s mini after his Commodore had differential problems in practice on Saturday.

In the over 3000cc Sports Sedan Class, Tamworth’s Matt Halpin was another to borrow a car after his Torana had engine malfunctions.

He borrowed his sister’s Nissan 200SX and produced an excellent time of 32.578 secs to give him second in class behind Singleton’s Paul Anstead V8 Commodore on 31.552 secs.

In the over 3000cc Club Car Class Gundy Hunt (31.219 secs), driving his XU1 Torana ran a close second to Newcastle’s Neville Gregory (30.890 secs), driving his Mazda RX7.

Tamworth’s Michealene Halpin (35.448 secs), driving her Nissan200SX, finished second in the Standard Road Car Class behind Newcastle’s Alex Slack (34.867 secs) in his Mazda Astina Sedan.

Round 3 of the Tri-Series Challenge comes to Tamworth’s Oakburn Park on September 3 and 4.

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Stand out year for motocross rider

LAKE Cathie’s Jesse Jenkins has taken out 1st place in the NSW Motocross Championship in the All Power Category.
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After 3 rounds Jenkins came away as the convincing winner with 130 points 17 points clear of 2nd place. The 3 round were held at Clarence, Port Macquarie and Cessnock. Jenkins had performed well at Clarence in the first race Fighting back after being taken out in the 1st lap Jenkins charged back through the field from last to finish 2nd and in the 2nd race a very easy 1st place gave him 1st placing outright for the weekend. Again in Port Macquarie, a 1st and 3rd position in the races gave Jenkins 2nd placing out right.

But the final round at Cessnock proved to be a very difficult one with Jenkins bedridden with tonsillitis. He badly wanted the title so his Grandfather drove him to Cessnock. He rode as best he could in the 15 minute Moto’s and was leading before exhaustion in the first race but managed to hang on for a 2nd place finish. Backing up for the second race saw not only Jenkins health fail but also his brakes, bring him over the finish line in 5th place which still gave him 2nd place for the week end. He considers this 5th placing one of his best efforts of the season as it gave him gave enough points to tie up 1st place in the Championships. The 17 year old Jenkins has had a stand out year with his 2nd place in the Australia Off Road championships in the Experts Category and now 1st place in NSW Motocross All Powers Category.

He wishes to thank everyone in his family that helped him achieve this and his boss Jim Morris from Camden Haven Motorcycles for keeping his KTM 250 fast and reliable.

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Brett gets the call up for NSW at nationals

TAMWORTH indoor cricketer Brett Follington has been playing indoor cricket for many years but will this month make his State debut for NSW at the national titles in Adelaide.
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Follington was selected in the NSW over 35s squad as a shadow player earlier this year but has been called up to make the trip to South Australia on July 23 after another player pulled out.

“It should be good,” Follington said.

“It’s only the second time I’ve tried out.

“I tried last year for the over 30s but didn’t make it.

“NSW made the final last year but got beaten.

“They reckon they’ve got a pretty strong team this year.”

Indoor cricket is unlike the outdoor version of the game in many ways – one difference is that players must be all-rounders.

Each player must bat and bowl so it’s handy to be good at both although Follington believes he is far stronger with the ball.

“I like fielding,” Follington said.

“I’ve never been a really strong batsman so I’m more of a bowler.”

Before heading to the nationals, Follington will be among a host of Tamworth players heading to Inverell for this weekend’s Northern Superleague round.

With all Tamworth sides in serious contention for the playoffs the penultimate round of games at Inverell is a chance to cement top spots.

Tamworth’s three open men’s, women’s, mixed and over age sides are all in the top four in their respective

competitions.

“They should all make the finals,” Follington said.

“The top side goes straight through to the grand final so it’s handy if you can finish first.”

Inverell is not faring quite so well but Follington said the home side could not be taken lightly.

“When we’ve played them they’ve been hard to beat,” he said.

They’ve always been like that.

“Tamworth and Inverell have always been

competitive.”

The final round of the superleague is at Kempsey next month before the finals kick off.

Tamworth will have a big advantage if they do make the grand finals with all deciders to be played in Tamworth on September 3.

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More teachers’ strikes likely

by Allira Preece
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AFTER numerous strikes to defend their demands on pay and staffing, teachers across NSW are threatening more action unless they can come to an agreement with the Iemma Government in the near future.

NSW Teachers Federation Regional Manager, Wayne Webber, said the strikes were a result of three underlying issues that had been raised by the state’s teachers.

These included a five per cent pay rise, protection of the Teacher Transfer System (TTS), and to maintain professional qualifications for TAFE teachers.

Following September’s strike Mr Webber, said many teachers were prepared to fight for the continuance of the TTS.

“We need to keep a system that allows rights to all students no matter where they are in the state.”

“16,000 teachers will be retiring by 2012 and after that 50 per cent of positions will need filling by 2016.”

The teacher transfer system was based on a merit program meaning: the further west one was willing to teach, the more points they would earn to gain a job on the coast. Mr Webber was concerned that with no incentive for teachers to move inland, students out west may be disadvantaged due to lack of qualified teachers.

He said the new minister for education and training, Verity Firth, is the seventh minister in six and a half years.

“There’s no stability at the top, we’re hoping that the new minister might meet with us and agree to settle these matters,” Mr Webber continued.

On the other hand, data released last week from the Department of Education and Training stated that school communities were successfully using the new teacher staffing procedures.

North Coast Director, Peter Haigh said the new staffing system allowed more school communities the option to choose teaching staff.

“I am confident that newly appointed teachers will agree, and that existing teachers will also benefit from their school community’s greater opportunity to have a say in finding who fits their school’s needs best,” he said.

“Teachers can take control of their careers and apply for any advertised vacancy they are qualified for.

The data also showed that the new system allowed principals to employ a range of teachers at different stages in their careers.

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Ivor may be happy in Grafton

Bold frontrunner Happy Ivor came agonisingly close to claiming a stakes win at his first try and trainer Neville Voigt is hoping he can go one better in today’s Group Three Grafton Cup.
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But he cautioned Happy Ivor wouldn’t be getting involved in a speed duel with favourite Stormhill, also a noted leader, and remained nonchalant about the gelding having to take up the role of pacemaker.

“There’s always speed in those sorts of races and he doesn’t have to lead,” Voigt said.

Happy Ivor arrived in Grafton on Tuesday night without Voigt, who will be keenly watching his charge go around from his local pub in Sydney while son Chris is trackside.

The former jockey said he was hopeful rather than confident but expects Happy Ivor to run his usual honest race over the 2400 metres.

“He’s each-way all day,” Voigt said.

“It was a long trip up there, it took about nine hours but he’s an honest little bloke and he always tries hard.

“He’s gone through his grades well but you’re always hoping in these sort of races, it’s hard to be too confident.”

Stepped up to stakes company for the first time last start, Happy Ivor looked to have the Winter Cup in his keeping when he booted clear at the top of the straight but was mowed down by Verb in the shadows of the post.

Larry Cassidy will take over the reins today and he formed a winning combination with Voigt at Canterbury yesterday, scoring on lightly-raced sprinter Regal Express.

Cassidy said he was looking forward to uniting with Happy Ivor at Grafton and was buoyed by reports of rain there

yesterday.

“He seems to be able to stay and I think it rained up there a bit today which will help him too,” Cassidy said yesterday.

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Marathon man just loves to run

Marathon runner Rod Martinby Allira Preece
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AT 65, marathon runner Rod Martin of West Haven continues to set a prime example for health and fitness in the region.

You’ve probably seen him running around various parts of the Camden Haven, training for his next escapade in the world of marathon madness.

And with numerous medals under his belt, Rod’s proven that he is not afraid to test the waters in becoming the best athlete he can be.

After competing in 35 marathons in over 25 years, he still has the thirst to participate in future races.

“I’m a born runner. I started when I was 40 and I’m now 65,” he said.

“I started by walking around the block and eventually the blocks got bigger – then I decided I wanted to run a marathon.

“I’m not a tri-athlete, I’m a straight runner and average 130 kilometres aweek now, but I used to run 250 kilometres a week,” he continued.

“In training I do a half marathon a day which is broken into two runs, morning and night.”

Rod completed his first marathon in Canberra in 1984 and said he’s been self taught and learnt from the mistakes made along the way.

“It was very tough but from then on, I upped the mileage and learnt a lot more.

“I won my section in the half marathon at the Gold Coast this year,” he added. Another recent achievement, saw him finish fifth in his division in the 2008 Sydney Morning Herald’s City 2 Surf where he ran 14 kilometres in 47 minutes.

“A rule of thumb for going in an event is for every kilometre of a race you want to compete in, you need to train for one week,” he said.

“So if City 2 Surf is 14 kilometres, you need to do 14 weeks training before hand.

“I can tell once I’m on the start line I know who I’ve got to beat,” he said.

“You’ve got to be lean, mean and hungry looking,” he laughed.

As a competitor Rod’s race history over the last two decades has seen significant results.

In 1988 he was presented with the Parramatta bicentennial medal for athlete of the year.

He also said that he came sixteenth in his division in the annual Sydney to Melbourne Westfield Ultra Marathon in 1990.

“Sydney to Melbourne was the hardest race I’ve ever run. It took me seven and a half days non-stop.

“The only time I’d come off the road were in the dead hours for a quick 20 minute massage and a bite to eat,” he said.

“I went through five pairs of running shoes. Once the shoes get too wet you’ve gotta change them because it causes blisters.”

Another goal was met when he came sixth place in his division in the annual Sydney to Wollongong marathon of 82 kilometres.

Following his success at 65, Rod was invited to run in South Africa in the Comrades Ultra Marathon, but due to business commitments he was unable to attend.

“I’d like to do an overseas marathon. Next year I am hoping to compete in Africa.”

He admits to having multiple sporting heroes and said he’s always been inspired by a book called ‘Running to the top’ about the life of marathon runner, Derek Clayton.

“You can’t change your natural way, people can tell you different things but you’ve got to run naturally. You don’t need expensive things, all you need is a good pair of shoes.

“It doesn’t take much to keep fit, but you’ve gotta put the time aside,” he continued.

“The hardest thing in running is putting your shoes on and going out the door because you can make up so many excuses.

“But i’ve never yet not finished a race. I run more half marathons then full marathons now. You’ve gotta finish with a smile on your face. If you don’t do that, you know you’ve done too much.”

Although he enjoys living in the Camden Haven, Roy wasn’t shy to admit he missed the competition in Sydney.

“We’ve lived here for three years, but I miss Parramatta because there’s no actual running clubs here.”

Rod’s wife Denise said she enjoyed going along to the marathons.

“I just sit back and watch,” she said with a smile.

“I get worried when he does a marathon but now with half marathons it’s heaps better. I’m really proud.”

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