Runners set for state titles

The Sapphire Coast Runners’ senior distance running squad, back (l-r): Courtney Young, Sam Martyn, Bart McPherson, Sam Sargent, Brett Nemec, and Tim Winterflood. Front: Lauren Winterflood, Lauren Fox,THE Sapphire Coast Runners’ senior distance running squad this week enters an important phase in their school cross-country season.
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Eight members of the 13 strong squad will compete at Eastern Creek in Sydney this Friday in the New South Wales All Schools Cross-Country Championships.

Amy-Jo O’Brien of Bemboka (Sapphire Coast Anglican College) and Grace Harvey of Tura Beach (Lumen Christi) will run in the 14 years girls’ race.

Both girls have previously competed for NSW at the Australian Cross Country Championships; Amy-Jo in 2005 and Grace in 2006, when she finished 22nd in Hobart.

Lauren Fox of Bega (Bega High) will compete in the 15 years girls’ race.

Lauren finished an excellent sixth at these state championships in 2006 and narrowly missed state selection.

Lauren Winterflood of Bega (SCAC) runs in the 16 years girls’ race.

Lauren came seventh in 2006 and was selected to represent NSW at the national championships in Hobart where she finished 48th.

Sam Sargent of Wolumla and Sam Martyn of Merimbula, both of Eden High, again run at the state championships – this year in the 15 years boys’ race.

In 2006 Sam Martyn finished sixth and went on to represent NSW in Hobart, where he finished a fine 12th outright, running up a year in the Under 16s.

Sam Sargent came 21st at the state champs last year, his best finish so far.

Gareth Law of Bega (Bega High) will run again at state level, in the 16 years boys’ race.

Gareth finished 23rd in 2006, his highest finish placing after several appearances in this event.

Bart McPherson of Pambula (Lumen Christi) completes the local team of high school students heading for Sydney, this year running in the 17 years male race. Bart finished fifth at Eastern Creek last year before coming in 13th in Hobart as a young NSW runner in the Under 18s race.

Other squad members to compete at third level (lead up to state) school cross country competition were Tim Winterflood, Kelsey Martyn, Rebecca Winterflood and Brett Nemec.

Most squad members recently competed at the NSW Long Course Cross-Country Championships, held at the picturesque Willandra property near Nowra.

Squad results were: Tim Winterflood 12th, Sam Martyn 2nd, Sam Sargent 8th, Grace Harvey 6th, Lauren Fox 8th, Amy-Jo O’Brien 12th, Lauren Winterflood 8th, Rebecca Winterflood 10th, Bart McPherson 10th.

These championships are run over the same distances that the runners will compete over in Sydney, and also give the far south coast runners a chance to compete against the best runners in the state before they travel to Sydney.

The Sapphire Coast Runners also move onto second and third level school track carnivals soon.

These events play a part in setting the squad members up for the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships to be held at Homebush in October.

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Berrima carpathon to be best yet

FISHING: A large carp catch ready for the scales at the Surveyor General Inn during the Berrima Village Carpathon weekend.Photo suppliedBERRIMA Village Carpathon is expected to be “four times bigger” than last year as it begins with the first cast off today at noon.
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The annual fishing event drew in 150 keen carp fishers last year and event founder Andrew Hearn said he’s expecting four times that with a hundred strong fishing group from Albion Park already registered.

The largest catch from the Wingecarribee River banks last year was a 7.25kg carp from the likes of fisherman Mark Walton who will return this weekend to defend his title.

Mr Hearn who owns Andrew Hearn Real Estate Berrima, said he thought it was a real eco-friendly idea to stage an event that would reduce the numbers of carp in the river.

And for every carp caught, he said council donate a tree to be planted along the banks.

Last year the tally reached 235 carp from locals and visitors alike for what Mr Hearn calls a “real family event”.

The first line will be thrown from noon today and will continue until Sunday.

There will be a regular weigh in at the Surveyor General Hotel with prizes, trophies and live entertainment.

Registration is open each day from 7am at Andrew Hearn Real Estate.

Cost for the weekend is $12 for adults, $6 for children or $25 for a family or to fish for only half a day cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children or $12.50 for a family.

Phone Andrew Hearn on 4877 2771 for more information.

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Disappointment for Kai

KAI Otton’s dream debut season on the ASP World Championship Surfing Tour suffered a hiccup as he was eliminated in the second round of the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Fellow Australian Trent Munro was his conqueror in a tight heat, with less than a point separating the pair.
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Poker keeps business afloat

POKER, pizza – or some similar Italian fare – and compassion will be the order of the night at Vin Santo Restaurant on Monday.
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The team at Vin Santo has been busy raising funds for a Gympie Pizzeria affected by the Queensland floods for the past month.

And they will turn the efforts up a notch on Monday with a poker night.

Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria is one of the many Queensland businesses struggling to recover from the recent floods and its plight hit home with the Vin Santo team as they recognised a common bond as an Italian food outlet.

Vin Santo co-owner Moira Mevissen said the management decided to donate 10 per cent of their takeaway sales to the restaurant to help it on the road to recovery.

Meanwhile the Vin Santo staff pledged to donate all their tips to the staff at the Gympie restaurant recognising their hours would be reduced as the business struggled to “bounce back”.

The staff have already raised about $3000 in tips while the restaurant owners have so far reached a tally of more than $3000.

Both have pledged to continue their efforts until Easter with Monday’s poker night expected to significantly bolster the fundraising coffers.

Mrs Mevissen said the evening would cost $150 a person, which would include the buy in to the game, a buffet dinner, a donation to the cause and entertainment by performer Gary Booth who had donated his time for the evening.

“If we fill all 72 places available for the evening we will automatically be able to donate $3000 to the Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria,” she said.

“A $3000 prize purse will also be up for grabs in the poker tournament overseen by the National Poker League (NPL).

“We hope to raise additional money through a variety of raffles and other activities on the night.”

Mrs Mevissen said their would be plenty of great prize winning opportunities during the evening which had been strongly supported by Highlands businesses and Sydney radio station 2 Day FM.

“Prizes will include vouchers from Romeo at the Mobil Service Station in Mittagong, a hamper of goodies from our local milko’s Huss and Jocelyn, a variety NPL products such as caps and beanies and a selection of 2 Day FM products.

“It was originally expected that Jackie ‘O’ from 2 Day FM would make an appearance, but we will have a local alternative, Jackie ‘M’ drop in for the night.”Details and bookings for the poker night phone Moira on 4872 4300.

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