Weller gives Saints a chance against Roos

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DESPITE North Melbourne rolling the reigning premier last weekend, Maverick Weller said the men from Arden Street were “definitely” beatable.
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Weller and his St Kilda teammates fly to Tasmania this morning ahead of tomorrow’s encounter at Blundstone Arena, where they meet a Kangaroos outfit who are fresh from dismantling Hawthorn last Friday night.

Maverick Weller is looking forward to playing in Hobart this weekend. Picture: Getty Images.

But Weller isn’t reading too much into the result.

The former Burnie boy said North Melbourne’s form line this season suggested the team might be due for another slip-up.

The finals-bound Roos have won nine matches to date, but only twice have they claimed back-to-back wins.

“I think we’ve got a massive chance,” Weller, 22, told The Advocate yesterday.

“Everyone knows they’ve been up and down, and hopefully we can keep that trend going.

“It’s going to be wet and windy, and there’s going to be a massive focus on contested footy, so if we can win the ball in close we’ll back ourselves.”

Weller has been one of the rare shining lights for the struggling Saints since his debut for the club in round 7.

He capped off a stellar month of performances last weekend in the loss to Carlton, picking up 22 possessions and being named the team’s third best player.

“I’ve been trying to keep my approach to playing pretty simple and it’s working well,” Weller said.

“But it’s not much fun when you’re losing all the time and we’re pretty keen to end this [10-game] losing streak.”

Tomorrow’s clash in Hobart is just Weller’s second appearance in his home state after suiting up for ex-club Gold Coast at Aurora Stadium in 2011.

The hard-nosed midfielder said he was looking forward to playing in front of up to 15 family members and friends, who will make the trip down from the Coast.

Weller, who was picked up as a rookie in November last year, said contract extension negotiations would start soon and he was confident of being put permanently on St Kilda’s senior list.

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South Burnie players racking up the milestones

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GAME milestone celebrations will have come thick and fast at the South Burnie Hockey Club this year with eight of its members reaching more than 200 games.
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Three of its division 2 men’s members have or will reach the 650-game mark in the next fortnight, while three of its women members have reached 300, 400 and 600 games apiece.

South Burnie Hockey Club players who have or will reach milestone games this season, from left: Darrell Webb (600), Kyle Webb (200), Deb Davis (300), Cor Vander Vlist (650), Sharee Taylor (600), Wayne Edmunds (650), Helen Ainslie (400) and Robert Taylor (650). Picture: Stuart Wilson.

Between them, the eight members, Darrell Webb (600 games), Kyle Webb (200), Deb Davis (300), Cor Vander Vlist (650), Sharee Taylor (600), Wayne Edmunds (650), Helen Ainslie (400) and Robert Taylor (650) have amassed more than 4000 games.

Division 2 team member Wayne Edmunds said he reached his milestone about a month ago, but said it was always great to celebrate other people’s achievements.

“You don’t always like to talk about yourself but it’s good to celebrate those milestones with others,” Edmunds said.

Edmunds has been playing with fellow 650-gamer Rob Taylor since he started playing hockey years ago and said it was great relationships that made the sport so engaging.

“When you’ve played a few games with the same blokes you get to know their quirks and habits, you can always move to be in the right place,” Edmunds said.

The South Burnie Hockey Club prides itself on being a family club and Edmunds said junior hockey development was at the forefront of the club’s mind.

Edmunds said hockey appealed to all ages because it was more low-impact than a sport such as football and as it always promoted relationships on and off the field.

Robert Taylor will be next in line to reach his 650 games in a couple of weeks.

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CHFL: Smythesdale coach sacked after player revolt

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Glenn TreacyA PLAYER revolt has aided in thesacking of Smythesdale coach Glenn Treacy.
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The Bulldogs moved quickly to release Treacy from his position on Wednesday night, just days after senior players approached club president Nick Gray to raise their concerns following a 342-point drubbing at the hands of Central Highlands Football League powerhouse Bungaree.

Gray told The Courier Treacy’s style of coaching didn’t suit the group currently at the club.

“The main reason being there was a bit of unhappiness with Glenn’s style and the way he was coaching from the players,” Gray said.

“It was either going to be one or the other. If we lost our players, at this time of year, you don’t want to be doing that.”

Gray said the decision to release Treacy wasn’t made lightly.

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Crunch time for Murray Bushrangers

THE Murray Bushrangers have made 13 changes to play the Western Jets in their TAC Cup clash at Norm Minns Oval on Sunday.
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With national commitments complete, coach Darren Ogier has an embarrassment of riches to choose from with Benalla’s Caleb Marchbank and Nick Mellington, Rennie’s Dan Howe and North Albury’s Isaac Muller heading the inclusions.

Ogier said crunch time had arrived with his team sitting outside the top- eight.

“Following some great performances over the last month, it is now an opportunity for our senior group to return and have an immediate impact,” Ogier said.

“A number of these boys have had exposure either through the national carnival or the VFL.

“It’s now time for these boys to make their mark on the TAC Cup season.

“While we have seen good signs over recent weeks, reality is we are ninth on the ladder and need to start winning games to earn the right to play finals.

“At this stage of the season our priority to reach the finals, with five games remaining it is important we play well this weekend against a very strong opponent.”

Congupna’s Luke Smith will make his debut after suffering several injury setbacks early in the season.

The match starts at noon.

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Katherine Fraser takes a step back from Murray Youth Ballet

LEFT: Libby Ellis is taking over as director of Murray Youth Ballet. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICKKATHERINE Fraser is moving on from Murray Youth Ballet 25 years after starting the group.
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Mrs Fraser and her mother, Rosemary Drewe, started the school in 1989.

While Mrs Drewe will stay on as a dance director, Mrs Fraser has moved to Western Australia with her husband, Mark.

“He’s a scientist and there’s no work for him in eastern Australia,” Mrs Fraser said.

“We moved to Western Australia a year ago, we thought it would be better to move the school on to a new owner in Albury to run.

“It’s bittersweet — I love the school but it’s too difficult to run from a distance.”

Mrs Fraser said she had great satisfaction teaching the danceform to two generations of students.

“We’ve got the babies of people who we taught when they were young learning ballet here,” she said.

“I’ll miss the students and all the wonderful people who have helped us along the way.”

Libby Ellis, who has had a long involvement with Murray Youth Ballet, is taking over as director.

“I started as a parent here about 14 years ago,” Mrs Ellis said.

“There’s a family atmosphere about the place and I’m just keen to build on that.”

Mrs Ellis wants to open the school to performing arts, musical theatre and drama to cater for more children, while maintaining the high standard of ballet.

The school has about 90 dancers, four of them boys.

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Speech boards help travellers get about easier

Tim O’Dea interacts with stroke victim Margaret Bashford with a new communication board, which was introduced in Border taxis and buses yesterday. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSONFOR 13 years it has been too frustrating for stroke survivor Margaret Bashford to catch public transport on the Border.
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But a new communication and transport project will encourage her and others with speech and hearing impediments to leave their homes.

Taxis and buses in Albury-Wodonga will have communication boards, so those who have trouble interacting can make their wants and needs clear.

People will be able to use the board to spell out words and indicate their destination using icons.

Ms Bashford said the technology was imperative for people with disabilities.

“It’s very frustrating,” she said.

“We just want to go outside and get a coffee.

“We want to interact with the community.”

Non-English speakers will also benefit from the communication boards.

The communication and transport project was launched by Albury Council, the Talking Pictures group, Gateway Health, Wodonga Council, Albury and Wodonga Taxis, Martin’s Albury, Dysons Bus Services and the National Disability Co-ordination Officer Program.

Albury Council’s community development project officer, Zena O’Grady, said the aim was to make people feel comfortable enough to leave their homes.

She said the community needed to be aware of the struggles some people faced.

“Often some people feel humiliated and embarrassed because people can’t understand them,” she said.

“It’s about their health and wellbeing and helping them to become independent.

“We want to make public transport accessible for everyone in the community.”

Albury Taxis general manager Tim O’Dea said the communication boards would also benefit drivers.

“It provides clearer communication between passengers with disabilities and drivers,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to a number of drivers and they all said it was a good idea.

“Obviously there have been occasions where there wasn’t that bridge of communication.”

Taxis and buses started using the communication boards yesterday.

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Border Mail comics and puzzles pages welcomes back Ginger

THERE’S a new way to unwind in The Border Mail from tomorrow.
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A new comics and puzzles page will feature six comic strips instead of five.

Hagar the Horrible, Garfield and Phantom all stay; they you’ll see a return of Aussie favourite Ginger Meggs and newcomers, WuMo and Zits.

WuMo celebrates life’s absurdity, with artwork and irreverent humour created by writer Mikael Wulff and illustrator Anders Morgenthaler. It has grown to become one of the biggest and most popular strips in Europe.

Zits is a comic strip written by cartoonist Jerry Scott and illustrated by Jim Borgman about the life of Jeremy Duncan, a high school boy balancing the demands of family life, social life, school and his plans for the future.

Saturday also sees the launch of a redesigned giant crossword page in the Pulse liftout, which will be complemented by a 60-question quiz, featuring questions at three levels — easy one-pointers, not so easy three-pointers and tough five-point questions.

Both our daily comics and puzzles page, and our weekly giant crossword page will feature “same day solutions”, meaning you won’t have to wait 24 hours for the answers to your sudoku, crossword or jumble puzzle.

The final solutions for today’s puzzles on page 41 appear in the classifieds section.

The daily five-question quiz move from our opinion pages to our comics and puzzles page.

We hope you enjoy our new comics line-up and new ways to test your mind and word skills.

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Ben Jeffery escapes serious injury

ALBURY Thunder fullback Ben Jeffery has escaped serious injury to his shoulder and is confident of only missing tomorrow’s Group 9 match against Junee at Laurie Daley Oval.
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Despite fearing the worst when he went down in the opening minutes against Wagga Kangaroos at Greenfield Park last weekend, Jeffery said yesterday the damage was minimal.

“It came out and went straight back in,” Jeffery said.

“I just stretched a few muscles.

“I’ll rest it for a week and will be right to go.

“I didn’t know what I had done.

“It was sore for a few days, but has settled down well.”

Jeffery, 28, has only missed one match, with a hamstring injury, since joining Albury Thunder in 2012 from Griffith and is among the present leaders in the Weissel Medal count.

The Thunder will start hot favourites against Junee tomorrow with the Diesels coming off a 54-6 drubbing from Southcity last weekend.

But Jeffery warned the Diesels would be no easybeats after pushing Gundagai a fortnight ago and said the premiership race was wide open with eight rounds remaining before the finals.

“The competition is a lot more even this year,” he said.

“It has evened right up.

“Young was a really good game for us all the way over there in the mud two weeks ago.

“If they put it together they are going to be dangerous.

“Southcity are always hard to beat as well.”

Jeffery’s unavailability this weekend will be offset by the return of powerful forward Andrew Cowhan, who withdrew last weekend due to illness.

In other matches, Cootamundra hosts Tumut, Kangaroos take on Tumbarumba, Wagga Brothers face a crunch match against Gundagai and Temora do battle with Southcity.

Young has the bye.

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Marjorie Hutchieson’s family mourn loss of loving nanna

Shirley Barrett, left, has been hospitalised after a crash which killed her sister Marjorie Hutchieson, right, this week.
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THE family of a Wangaratta woman who died after a car crash on Wednesday have remembered her as a kind, generous and giving lady.

Marjorie Hutchieson was travelling with three family members when their car slid off the Hume Freeway at Springhurst and hit a tree.

She was seriously injured and died in hospital on Wednesday night.

The road had been covered in ice after a hailstorm at the time of the crash and police said no-one was at fault.

Her son Bobby remembered the 87-year-old mother of seven as a giving person who would be sorely missed.

“In the past 10 or 15 years she spent her time knitting beanies and gloves to send to people overseas,” he said.

“She had bags and bags of them which she used to send to third world countries.

“She was a wonderful lady.”

Mrs Hutchieson had been married to husband Robert, who was driving the car, for 64 years.

They had been travelling with Marjorie’s sister Shirley and her grandson Jeremia, from Queensland, around local attractions when a hailstorm struck about 2.30pm.

“He slowed down from about 105km/h to about 80km/hand as soon as he slowed down the car aquaplaned,” Bobby said.

“The tail spun out and hit the tree.”

Shirley was taken to Wangaratta hospital with serious back injuries and later airlifted to a Melbourne hospital, while Robert was assessed at hospital and released yesterday.

Jeremia was assessed but escaped with only minor injuries.

Phil Hutchieson described his late grandmother as “an absolutely lovely person”.

“She was always helping others,” he said.

“She was kind, loving and loved her knitting.

“You wouldn’t find a better grandmother.”

Pam Hutchieson said her mother-in-law was “more like a mother” to her.

“She was terrific,” she said.

Family members were planning to travel from Queensland to visit Shirley in hospital.

Funeral arrangements have not been made for Marjorie, but she is expected to be farewelled late next week.

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Jenny Podesta draws ire of Twitter after ‘poor comment’ on The Nation

LABOR candidate for Benambra Jennifer Podesta last night drew furore on social media after tweeting a response to the appearance of Federal Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer on Sky News program The Nation.
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Ms O’Dwyer was on the program as a guest alongside Australian Labor Party national president Jenny McAllister.

During their debate Ms Podesta tweeted “Kelly O’Dwyer actually makes me glad there aren’t more female MPs in the govt”.

The tweet was later deleted but not before it was commented upon and questioned by others on Twitter.

Ms Podesta later tweeted a response: “This was a very poor choice of words brought on by sheer frustration & not a reflection of my respect for all women who enter public life.”

This was a very poor choice of words brought on by sheer frustration & not a reflection of my respect for all women who enter public life

— Jennifer Podesta (@jenpodesta) July 10, 2014The Border Mail the tweet was “an utterly foolish thing to say”.

“It does not reflect what I think about women in public life or the need to have more women on all sides of the debate,” she said. “I sincerely regret the comment.”

Ms Podesta said she had been frustrated by Ms O’Dwyer’s arguments during a heated debate with Ms McAllister.

“I accept people will be disappointed and to those people I apologise,” she said.

“I expect I will be apologising for it for some time.

“It was a foolish, impulsive and thoughtless thing to do.”

@shanebazzi Wow. That’s disturbing. @jenpodesta

— Briony Kidd (@BrionyKidd) July 10, 2014So tell us @jenpodesta how many carbon taxes have you killed off ? Our grandchildren will thank @KellyODwyer#thenation#auspol

— Sir Cory Bernardi (@HerrCoryBernard) July 10, [email protected]@jenpodesta Imagine if Abbott said that!!

— Plunge Punter (@PlungePunter) July 10, 2014“@jenpodesta: Kelly O’Dwyer actually makes me glad there aren’t more female MPs in the govt. #thenation” wow #classy

— Paul Mossman (@PaulMossman) July 10, 2014Um? RT @jenpodesta Kelly O’Dwyer actually makes me glad there aren’t more female MPs in the govt. #thenation

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We must protect our way of life

CONGRATULATIONS Sumner Berg on your informative letter “Why religions are dangerous” (The Border Mail, July 2).
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Your letter is my sentiment exactly.

I feel if there were no religions in this world, it would be a great deal more peaceful and practical.

The politicians who designed our immigration policies bordered on treason against the Australian people to have done what they fashioned with a “non-discriminatory immigration policy”.

As we will find out very shortly, and these past immigration politicians should stand up and be counted when the penny drops for what they have done.

The US and the United Kingdom found out their mistakes and it cost them a lot.

As stated by Sumner, “which God?”

Keep up the good work and we need more people putting pen to paper if our grandchildren are ever to lead a quiet contented life.

All this points to why we should all be thanking Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison for trying hard to protect our sovereignty and our once great way of life.

— BILL WHITHAM,

Tallangatta

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Beth Docker poised for prima role

Beth Docker is working towards becoming a professional ballerina. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
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BETH Docker knew she wanted to become a professional ballerina at age three.

That dream is now one step closer.

Beth will travel to Belgium in September to take part in an international competition.

Once the competition has finished, she will audition at prestigious ballet schools in Europe in a bid to land a position.

“I just love it because you feel free and happy and you get to act and be whoever you want to be,” she said of the dance style.

“It’s hard work but you have to make it look effortless.”

The 16-year-old ramped up her commitment to ballet earlier this year by moving to the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney after completing year 10 at James Fallon High.

She practises ballet at the Sydney school full-time, six days per week, after spending several years with Murray Youth Ballet in Albury.

“The Murray Youth teachers have helped me to become a full-time student,” Beth said.

“Now my teachers are helping me to progress even further.”

Her mother Kerrie said undertaking year 11 studies and full-time ballet classes was a big commitment.

“It’s a very big load,” she said.

“But she’s really excited.”

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ALBURY-WODONGA BANDITS: Excitement builds for Bandits after weekend turnaround

THE Albury-Wodonga Bandits might be out of the SEABL playoff race but they still have every intention of trying to make sure other teams miss out, too.
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Sitting sixth in the East conference, the Border outfit hopes to upend the fifth-placed Brisbane Spartans tonight and end the Queenslanders’ flickering post-season hopes.

After tonight’s clash at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre, the Bandits will hit the road tomorrow to take on the Frankston Blues, another club teetering on the playoff bubble.

Bandits veteran Nick Payne said there has been a noticeably different attitude around the team this week after last Friday’s upset win over the Kilsyth Cobras.

“We’re hanging in there,” Payne said.

“Hopefully we can string a few wins together and wreck some other teams’ seasons.

“It’s just been a completely different vibe, much more relaxed, almost like a sigh of relief because we’ve been working so hard at training.

“Guys are excited again and we’re starting to find some cohesion.

“If we can play defence like that again this week, we’re a great chance in both games.

“Our defence has been our Achilles heel all year so we need to lock down like that again against two good offensive teams.”

One of the big keys to the Bandits’ fortunes will be replacement import Lamar Mallory who has shown some impressive signs of late.

After a settling-in period, the athletic forward-centre has averaged 18.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over the past four contests.

“Lamar has been doing really well,” Payne said.

“It’s really tough to come into a situation like this.

“But he gives us high energy and a presence around the basket, something we haven’t had a lot of this season.”

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