Festival of Cricket cancelled

NO SUPPORT: The Festival Of Cricket, to mark the 10th anniversary of Sir Donald Bradman’s passing, has been cancelled due to a poor response from players.THE Bradman Foundation had planned a non-stop weekend of cricket to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sir Donald Bradman’s passing today but due to a lack of response the Festival of Cricket has been cancelled.
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Instead, the Foundation will hold a private function at the International Cricket Hall of Fame tonight to thank its volunteers as well recent local Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday honourees.

Bradman Foundation executive director Rina Hore said she was disappointed the festival on Bradman Oval failed to get the response they had had hoped for.

She said the Foundation would “sit down and think about” what went wrong with the marketing of the event, which was advertised in the Highlands and Sydney.

The cost for corporate teams was $3000, which included a meal and hall entry, but Ms Hore said price wasn’t the reason people failed to sign up.

“For us it is a pretty significant date but the corporates told us November suited them better and most people are over cricket by now and are back to work,” she said.

“There was no harm done. We need to find a time when it best suits.”

She said the Highlands Cricket Association was consulted about the festival in the early stages but was unable to free up its players after having already made concessions for the Kookaburra Cup and the Hall of Fame opening.

The News’ feature on the Don last Friday was planned as a lead-in to the festival but after it was called off the Foundation opted for a Cricket, Cuisine and Coldies function for the World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia tonight.

This too was called-off after it was realised it would clash with the Berrima District Sports Awards. To make matters more confusing for the public both 2ST and the News publicised these cancelled events.

On Wednesday 2ST said the Festival of Cricket was on with an old interview with Ms Hore, while the News ran a brief on the World Cup function on Wednesday.

The World Cup function will now be held on April 2 for final.

Ms Hore said they had moved Bowral’s first grade game to Bradman Oval tomorrow and will stage a Foundation game on Sunday.

The Transplant XI will take on a Bradman Foundation team made up of people who signed up for the festival and foundation members.

Ms Hore said the volunteers were an invaluable part of the operation and would hear from guest speak Admiral Simon Harrington about Gallipoli.

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Mittagong seek junior players

KEEN YOUNGSTERS: Junior Mittagong players enjoy the Come and Try day at Mittagong Oval last Friday.MITTAGONG Junior Rugby League Club are seeking junior registrations for the 2011 season.
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Club secretary Robyn Harris said there are still vacancies in every age group and is encouraging anyone interested to sign up.

Registrations will be held every Friday at Mittagong Oval from 4.30 to 5.30pm.

Email Robyn Harris at [email protected]南京夜网.au for any further enquiries.

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Bega squash players star

The High School boys’ squash team (l-r): Darcy Whiting, Owen Blacker, Tim Benson Taylor and James Whitford.State Knockout
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ON Friday, June 22 the Bega High boys and girls squash teams participated in the CHS Squash State Knockout at Gundagai.

In the previous round, in May, the girls defeated Bomaderry High and the boys knocked Goulburn High out of the competition.

At Gundagai the girls faced Leeton High.

Sarah Blacker as the number four player started the day for the Bega team and won her match 3-2.

Stacey Whitford (number three) played next and also played a very good game, but lost 2-3.

The competition became a bit fiercer for the next players, with Rachel Hall and captain Jo Johnson meeting stiff competition and falling 3-0.

The boys had to play James Fallon High from Albury.

Darcy Whiting made an impressive start with a 3-0 win – this was followed by James Whitford who went down 3-1 and Tim Benson Taylor recording another 3-0 success.

Unfortunately the opposition was too strong for captain Owen Blacker, who went down 3-0, but the boys won and now progress through to the quarter-finals.

Special thanks to Peta Tatnell who drove the boys’ team and survived roughing it with the teams on Thursday night.

Apart from transport, her squash knowledge and coaching tips were invaluable.

State Championships

The State Championships were played at the Thornleigh Squash Centre during the last week of term 2.

Seven players from Bega High had previously been selected to represent the South Coast team; in fact, the entire girls’ team was comprised of Bega High students. As well as this, three boys from Bega High were on the South Coast Team.

The NSWCHS Squash Championships are competed over five rounds, with play-offs between two pools to decide the major four places.

The girls won their first two matches, and then lost the next three, ending up in the play-offs for fifth and sixth.

The boys put in a strong performance winning every round.

This placed them in the finals against Nth Coast to decide first and second place.

Unfortunately, Nth Coast was too strong (they have won this competition nine times in the last twelve years), however everyone was very pleased that the boys were able to win a silver medal.

As well as the team competition, individual championships were also contested. However, Jo Johnson was the only Bega player to make it past her first game.

Special thanks to Robert Blacker, who not only drove the mini-bus to, from and around Sydney, but also imparted expert advice to our players.

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Marlins ready to be caught

LAST weekend the carp fishing festival (carpathon) had a great turnout.
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Anglers of all ages attended and presented the weigh masters with a busy time, weighing in close to 2000 fish.

It was good to see so many people getting out, wetting a line, and in doing so helping remove this aquatic pest from our local waterways.

Congratulations to all involved in this initiative.

It will become a weekend that many will look forward to participating in.

If this year’s increase in anglers is anything to go by, next year will be big!

A new Robbo Reeler member was again successful in capturing the heaviest carp for the weekend.

Mark Walton’s 6.75kg carp, although slighter smaller than last year’s winning fish, was enough to see off the competition.

I guess everyone will be asking Mark, can you do the three peat?

On the game fishing scene, Shellharbour Game Fishing Club recently held their annual tournament, and, as happens at these events, the weather gods were not kind.

The 25 boats that entered had to contend with 25-30 knot southerly winds that made the fishing very uncomfortable.

The winning capture boat for the weekend was Reckless with an 87kg Whaler Shark caught on 10-kg line.

The tag and release winners were Sea Fox.

Next weekend is the beginning of the NSW Interclub game fishing tournament held at Port Stephens.

This is the largest game fishing tournament held in the country and to my understanding, one of the largest in the world.

There are normally around 300 boats competing in this tournament which is held over two weekends ? the midweek hosts ladies day and a junior fishing clinic.

If you are in the area it is well worth attending the weigh station at the end of each day as you will see some fantastic fish.

This time of the year will see plenty of Marlin being caught.

Most will be tagged and released as the title of best tag and release boat is sought after.

The tournament has also consistently produced big Tiger Sharks that are in the range of 500 kg.

There will be scientific testing done on the fish captured along with data from the tagged fish collated to help monitor the variety of fish captured along our east coast.

Closer to home, the banks of Greenwell Point were providing plenty of action on the weekend with eight Marlin tagged on Saturday and two Whaler Sharks by the boat EL Bandito.

While in the area the boys also got into the Kingfish with a couple of other boats landing fish around 10 kg.

A little wider on the Kiama Canyons, the boat Jackawhy fought a shark for seven hours only to lose it at the boat.

The next day they fished Mount Fugi and tagged an 80kg Hammerhead Shark and two Marlin.

Tight lines.

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Netball set to resume

NETBALL resumes this weekend and with only five weeks to go before the finals all teams will be striving to make sure they are in the top places.
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Juniors have only four rounds left with finals commencing on August 18.

The Merimbula Carnival will held on Sunday, August 5 – age groups are 9 years and under, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14/15s, and 16 years and over.

Entries need to be given to Sharlene by July 28 – entry is $5 per player.

Outstanding chocolate/levy money must be paid ASAP – please remember to bring it with you on Saturday.

Volunteers are required for the Meals on Wheels Roster for the week of August 20, if you can help out on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, please contact Sharlene on 6492 3547.

Draw (July 21)


10am – court 5 Crunchies v Gummi Bears (Duty N Eadie and V Delong)

11am – court 5 Jelly Beans v Freckles (Quicksilver and T Thelan)


10am – court 2 Emus v Wombats (T Warby and G Newton)

10am – court 4 Bilbys v Kangaroos (S Smith and G McCartney)


11.15am – court 2 Rubys v Emeralds (Quiksilver and S Smith)

– court 4 Topaz v Diamonds (Quiksilver and L Carswell)

Bye: Sapphires

noon – Catch n Play


12.30pm – court 2 Billabong v Quiksilver (J Benny and T Hayes)

– court 4 Roxy v Rip Curl (E Moffitt and J Went)

Bye: Rusty


1.30pm – court 1 Pacers v Dynamite (S Smith and L Barker)

– court 2 Contax v Cascades (AM Carroll and J Mace)

– court 4 Rebels/Elders v Slammers (J Benny and L Hayes)

Canteen (two parents per team)

10am Jelly Beans, 11.15am Emus, 12.30pm Topaz.

Setting up (court 5 only – rings pads and scoreboards): Gummi Bears.

Packing up: Dynamites.

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Gnomes wanted for community

GNOME WORLD: Kazcare will soon be home to a communty of gnomes. Manager Deborah Knoke and Peter Kazacos hold up the first few donations for their Gnome Farm that will be an ongoing fundraiser for Your Angel.THE Highlands has an array of tulips once a year, a big Robertson spud and a soon to be gnome community all year round.
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Kazcare Education Facility is calling for unwanted unloved gnomes of every variety for their future gnome farm attraction, which is an initiative to raise funds for the Kazcare resident charity, Your Angel, and to bring something a little different to the region.

The idea came up when Kazcare volunteer Kay Gibbins reminisced about gnomes she remembered from childhood and mentioned it to manager Deborah Knoke.

Owners Peter and Vicki Kazacos then got on board and the idea developed from there.

Mr Kazacos said the plan was to have that little bit more for families to enjoy when they come to Bowral Country Indulgence markets each month at Kazcare.

Apart from the regular stalls, children will be able to explore the 10-acre property, seek out the shyer gnomes in bushes and admire the others fishing by the small creek, playing cricket together, boating and more.

“Life is so serious, you’ve only got to look at the news or newspaper, especially with all the floods recently up in Queensland,” Mrs Knoke said.

“And there are not many gardens that haven’t seen a gnome or two. They’re fun little character figures, for the young and old.”

While gnomes have their own place in folklore history they now have their own little tale to tell about their journey to Kazcare.

Mrs Knoke said the first family to move into the facility woke up one day in a recycling centre after their owners had chucked them out.

But “daddy gnome” knew of a place that would help them, Wingecarribee Support Services. And the rest, they say, is history.

“We’ll have a gnome community,” Mrs Knoke said.

“We’ll them together in little scenes (boating, fishing, learning etc).”

As part of the future plan for the gnome farm, there will also be gnome painting for children, stalls and different scenes set up each month so it’s not a “seen it once, don’t need to see it again” scenario.

There is a collection point at Kazcare for unwanted unloved Gnomes to begin the community and Kazcare are calling for donations.

“It’s creating something the whole family can enjoy,” Mr Kazacos said.

For more information to donatie a gnome email to [email protected]南京夜网 or phone Kazcare on 4861 1150.

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Rotaract delivers the goods

HAND DELIVERED: Rotaract president Meghan Barrell and vice president Travis Holland delivering the back to school items to Rotaract Club of South Brisbane president Hayley Gardner.A HOST of Queensland children will be sent off to school with new supplies this week after the Southern Highlands Rotaract Club delivered about 2000 individual items recently.
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Club president Meghan Barrell and vice president Travis Holland were behind the wheel for two days of driving before they arrived in Brisbane on January 30.

The pair had been working with the South Brisbane Rotary Club and met up with one member to hand over the supplies which included 600 exercise books.

“We were really happy to do it,” Mr Holland said.

While Miss Barrell and Mr Holland delivered a car full of items, other Rotaract members had to post more supplies that wouldn’t fit in thee delivery.

While they were up there, the pair visited Miss Barrell’s relatives in Ipswich to find their house is one of many that is now unlivable.

“Going into the flood affected areas really gave us a different perspective on the disaster, Miss Barrell said.

Rotaract extended their gratitude to all who donated back to school supplies and made the trip possible.

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Sidbo’s fishing column

Col Beveridge with some nice snapper he caught on soft plastics at Eden.OUTSIDE fishing at Tathra, Merimbula and Eden is patchy for flathead, but there is still plenty of snapper and mowies around the reefs.
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One of our local fishos Col Beveridge tried his luck on Monday around the reefs at Eden using soft plastics, with calm seas and slight breeze while his mates had to work.

Col had one of those days, with a great catch of snapper and mowies (see


He said he left them still biting – well done Col, now get back to work.

Fishing off Tathra Wharf the squid are still on the bite and around the headlands salmon have been caught.

Until next week, keep those lines wet


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Candelo Arts Society Music and Variety Night – Candelo Bowling Club

Merimbula Rock ‘n’ Roll Club – Merimbula Imlay Bowling Club

Steve Clark and Sam Martin – Merimbula Imlay Bowling Club (Coffee Lounge)

John Stroud – Pambula Merimbula Golf Club

Rino and Jade – Tura Beach Country Club


Disco with DJGrey南京夜网 – Lakeview Hotel, Merimbula

The Perry Mason Trio – Merimbula RSL Club

Kit Watts – Royal Willows Hotel, Pambula

Live Entertainment – Tathra Hotel Motel

No Respect – Wolumla Hotel, Wolumla


Vince Melouney – Bermagui Beach Hotel (4.00pm)


Old Time Dance – Brogo Hall

Old Time Dance – Uniting Church, Merimbula


Square Dance – Uniting Church, Merimbula

Please contact venues for times of performances. The Gig Guide is compiled by Janvier Musson at Magpie Entertainment Agency. If your upcoming gig is not listed, no-one has told us about it. If you would like your upcoming gig listed without charge, contact Jan by ‘phone on 6494 3355 or by E. at [email protected]南京夜网

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Daughter’s wish wins diamonds for mum

A FORMER Wandella woman who would not allow grief, bureaucracy or a lack of legislation stand in the way of fulfilling her daughter’s dying wishes won the inaugural Canberra Women of Spirit Award last month.
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Marjorie Taylor, 65, of Palmerston in the ACT, was announced the winner and presented with a $4,500 diamond necklace.

The award, supported by the telephone counselling charity Lifeline, honours a woman who has overcome adversity with strength and then made a difference to the community.

Mrs Taylor’s daughter, Annette, was Canberra’s first organ donor.

Annette died at 11 of a brain haemorrhage. She had asked that her organs be given away.

No legislation existed in Canberra at the time to allow the donation.

“I was carrying my own grief and fulfilling her wishes,” Mr Taylor said.

“I was also caring for my husband, who was (paraplegic) and I had to remember I had a young 14-year-old son who was deeply touched by it.

“It wasn’t easy. It was by no means easy.

“Sometimes in grief you do things on adrenalin.

“Annette was a gorgeous child, very intelligent.

“I hope people know now how lucky they are to have legislation in place, we have made an enormous step forward.”

Mrs Taylor dealt with a doctor who knew her because of her husband’s illness.

“He knew I was a person who would kick down doors until I got what I wanted.”

Her daughter’s organs were donated and legislation passed later.

Annette’s kidneys were given to a then 16-year-old and a 54-year-old man.

The younger man now lives in Queensland with his wife and children.

He is a police sergeant.

“I only have one diamond, the one my husband gave to me, so these diamonds will be the crowning jewels of my life,” Mrs Taylor said.

She was raised in Wandella and still has relatives living there, including her brother, Vin Motbey.

She is also a sister of Daphne Tett of Cobargo and Pauline Ubrihien of Bega.

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