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Canberra coach to lead Canada to Olympics

Former Hockey ACT representative mentor Ian Rutledge will spearhead Canada’s bid to be successful at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after being appointed coach of the women’s team.Rutledge has led the Canberra Lakers and Canberra Strikers teams in the Australian Hockey League in the past.But he is taking an opportunity to step on to the international stage and chase Olympic glory.“I am very excited to assist a group of young and aspiring athletes achieve their Olympic dreams,” Rutledge said.“I am looking forward to bringing my passion, skills and experience to a proud and growing hockey nation that has set some ambitious goals.”Rutledge coached the Australian men’s team in 2001 and took over as the New Zealand women’s mentor in 2003, leading them to the 2004 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games.After spending the past four years on limited coaching duties, Rutledge said he was energised for a new challenge.“I am better prepared and have a greater perspective for the pursuit and challenges that lie ahead.”He wants to create a long-term legacy for the Canadian women’s team.“National coaches have the responsibility to succeed both in the present as well as consciously provide the platform for the next generation of coaches and players to soar even higher.“The women’s national team is at such an exciting crossroads as we make our way towards Rio in 2016.‘‘Along the way, we will definitely focus on a successful performance on home turf at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.‘‘Our long-term vision is to position Canada’s women for a potential podium finish at the 2020 Olympic Games.”Rutledge will arrive in Canada on March 5.
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Shugg, Nield win junior tournaments

BOYS 17 & UNDER: Tammy and Paul Shepperd, Jacob Hannemann, Chandler Smart, Tim Shugg, Billy Byass, Tom Charlton and Bredon Smart. TEAM: The Foundation Cup 2013 Lower West Coast team is Tom Humphries, Arley Byass, James Ryan, Henry Nelligan, Charlotte Nicholls, Ruby Green, Sarah Cook and Mikayla Richardson.
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SINGLES: Singles champions in the 17 and under competitions were Abby Nield and Tim Shugg.

SINGLES: Paul Sheppherd, Bonni Wheadon, Abby Nield and Tammy Sheppherd.

BOYS 15 YEARS WINNERS: Tammy and Paul Sheppherd with Tim Shugg, Jacob Hannamann, Tom Charlton, Lochie Charlton, Matt Marschall and Billy Byass.

GIRLS 15 YEARS: Paul and Tammy Shepperd (right), Abby Nield, Bonni Wheadon and Makayla Siegert.

BOYS 13 YEARS WINNERS: Mac Nield, Tom Humphries, James Ryan, Levi Brown and James Richardson.

GIRLS 13 & UNDER: M’Hiret Otto, Charlotte Nicholls, Meaza Otto, Ruby Green and Mikayla Richardson.

BOYS 10 YEARS: Zachary Noble, Joseph Harris, Ned West, Cooper Llewelyn and Mac Nield.

GIRLS 10 YEARS: Hana Green, Molly Burns, Abby Bates and Charlotte Nicholls.

SEVENTY-SEVEN players from across Eyre Peninsula took part in the Port Lincoln Tennis Association hosted annual regional junior tournament on Sunday.

After all the junior and senior games were cancelled on Saturday due to the hot weather, the organisers were blessed with great weather for the big day.

Thanks went to the sponsors of the day – Cavalier Homes, Eagle Boys Pizza, Adventure Bay Charters, Port Lincoln Gourmet Meats, Boston Bakery, Independent Sports and Port Lincoln Trophies – and the band of volunteers who helped throughout the day to make sure courts were full and all the players had plenty of food.

Darren Polkinghorne took time out of his busy schedule to run the desk at Tennyson Terrace.

In the event of the day Tim Shugg and Abby Nield were crowned the 17 years and under singles champions while Billy Byass and Tom Charlton were unbeaten in the doubles.

In the 13 years and under singles the players were competing for a spot in the Lower West Coast Foundation Cup team, which will play in the September school holidays.

The boys team is Tom Humphries, James Ryan, Arley Byass and Henry Nelligan. The girls team is Ruby Green, Charlotte Nicholls, Sarah Cook and Mikayla Richardson.

Girls 10 years and under

With only four entries in this event the girls played a round robin, which was hotly contested with Hana Green having the most points and Molly Burns runner-up. In the doubles Charlotte Nicholls and Abby Bates were the winners with Molly Burns and Hana Green runners-up.

Boys 10 years and under

With some future talent on show spectators were give a taste of the players coming through in our region.

Joseph Harris was on fire in taking out the singles with Zachary Noble runner-up and consolation winner Ned West.

In the doubles, Joseph Harris and Ned West were too consistent with the runners-up Cooper Llewelyn and Fletcher Nield.

Girls 13 years and under

Up and coming talent Charlotte Nicholls worked hard against much older opponents to win through to the final against Ruby Green.

The spectators were entertained by the standard of this match with Ruby Green showing too much experience to take out the final 6-5.

Consolation winner was M’Hiret Otto. In the doubles Charlotte Nicholls and Meaza Otto were the winners. Runners-up were Ruby Green and Mikayla Richardson.

Boys 13 years and under

With Foundation Cup spots up for grabs all the players were keen to get into the team and played their hearts out to try and make it happen.

In the singles, number one seed Tom Humphries was unstoppable taking out the final with James Ryan runner-up. Winner of the consolation singles was James Richardson.

In the doubles James Ryan and Levi Brown staged a big comeback to win from runners-up Tom Humphries and Mac Nield.

Girls 15 years and under

It was great to see good numbers in their event with players from all over Eyre Peninsula.

Abby Nield came to the courts meaning business and won the singles title and runner-up was Bonni Wheadon. Makayla Siegert won the consolation singles.

Winners of the doubles Bonni Wheadon and Makayla Siegert won from Abby Nield and Meagan Grainger.

Boys 15 years and under

On a mission was Tim Shugg from Tumby Bay who had been practicing hard in the lead up to this tournament.

Shugg showed precision tennis to be the standout performer winning the singles from Jacob Hannemann.

Singles consolation winner was Matt Marschall. Winners in the doubles were Billy Byass and Tom Charlton and runners-up were Lochie Charlton and Matt Marschall.

Girls 17 years and under

This was a round robin event with Abby Nield undefeated in this event to take out the Eagle Boys Pizza $125 prize and Adventure Bay Charters’ $195 voucher from runner-up Bonni Wheadon.

Boys 17 years and under

In the event of the day Tim Shugg adjusted to the afternoon windy conditions when he was up against Chandler Smart from Ceduna.

Some hard hitting and great serving gave Shugg the early break and he gained the confidence to go for his shots to win the Eagle Boys Pizza $125 prize and Adventure Bay Charters’ $195 voucher.

Jacob Hannemann won the consolation singles.

In the doubles Billy Byass and Tom Charlton finished their day off undefeated when they took out the event against the brother combination of Chandler and Bredon Smart who were runners-up.

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Gallery: Launceston Cup socials part 1

Launceston Cup social photos. Photos by Phillip Biggs.
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Launceston Cup social photos. Photos by Phillip Biggs.

Launceston Cup social photos. Photos by Phillip Biggs.

Launceston Cup social photos. Photos by Phillip Biggs.

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Men escape injury after plane crashes into schoolyard

Two men have escaped serious injury after crashing a light plane into a schoolyard near Ballarat.
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The three engine Cessna ploughed into the Cape Clear Primary School yard, about 38 kilometres south-west of Ballarat, about 1.30pm on Wednesday.

It is believed the men were forced to make an emergency landing, having been seen circling above the area before the crash.

The plane hit a powerline on the way down.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said paramedics were treating the men at the scene but added they did not appear seriously injured.

Mr Mullen said the accident happened away from the school buildings and no children were injured.

Cape Clear Primary principal Christian Brown said the men were very lucky.

“They hit the power line and they got out alive,” he said.

“The plane didn’t break up, so they were very, very fortunate.”

Mr Brown estimated both men were aged in their 60s and said one was from Western Australia.

“There were two pilots and they came over to the school after the crash and we gave them a bit of TLC,” he said.

More to come.

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Team tackles special forces course

TUMBY MUDDERS: The Tumby Bay team was Stacey Curtis, Rebecca Pedemonte, Erin Bubner, Marie Butler, Matt Ryan, Dion LeBrun, Corey Slade and Stephen Hibbit. CRAWLING: Rebecca Pedemonte, Erin Bubner and Stacey Curtis crawled their way through the mud.
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A GROUP of Tumby Bay locals decided it was time to up the ante in respect to their personal fitness goals in 2013 and attempted Tough Mudder, a hardcore 21km, 20-station obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test all round strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.

The group fittingly called themselves the Tumby Mudders.

The event was held at the Grand Prix Circuit on Phillip Island in Victoria.

The group had tackled local sports and locally run boot camps in the past but this was well outside their comfort zone.

The mental and physical training began several months prior to the event, led primarily by local fitness trainer Corey Slade, who specifically tailored the sessions to prepare the team for the varying obstacles they were inevitably to face.

The team was often witnessed at 6am jumping off the Tumby Bay jetty in the middle of winter to prepare for unbearable temperature changes and overcome any fear of heights, or slogging it out through the local sand dunes to strengthen legs for unstable terrain.

At the event the group faced ice-water, mud mounds, 12 foot walls, underground mud tunnels and electric shock run and crawl stations containing hundreds of dangling lines each with 10,000 volts of live electricity.

Team-mateship and camaraderie played a huge role in getting them through the course, giving each a boost and push when spirits dipped and also making sure no one was left behind.

The team stuck together through every obstacle and prevailed together across the finish line in a time of 3 hours 25 minutes.

It was a huge accomplishment from a team where half of the participants had never run further than 8km before, or ever imagined participating in such an event.

The group gives a special thanks to Pedemonte Jewellers and Sportscene in Port Lincoln for their sponsorship and to Emma Pedler for putting together some great footage of the group tackling the course.

Buoyed by their success and overwhelming support from family and friends, the group has now signed up for the next obstacle based event called ‘True Grit ‘ on May 11 and 12 in Waikerie.

This event will comprise of 30 obstacles over a 12km course and is sure to be another unique challenge.

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Gibbs shock hits Sharks – prop out for half a season

CRONULLA Sharks top prop forward Bryce Gibbs is out of rugby league for half the season after he sustained an unusual injury doubling on top of a previous heel problem.
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Gibbs’ absence following his operation spoilt an otherwise impressive Sharks season launch at Sharkies Leagues Club on Monday night.

Now, Andrew Fifita — the Sharks big All Stars prop and Gibbs’ former Tigers team-mate — looks certain to be asked to fill Gibbs’ spot in the starting side when the Sharks host the Gold Coast Titans in round one of the new NRL season at Shark Park on Sunday week.

It also puts extra pressure on the Sharks other props, the experienced Ben Ross, Mark Taufua and Jon Green.

Gibbs’ problems began when he trod on a glass and cut his heel at home before Christmas. Having just recovered from shoulder surgery and not thinking the cut was that serious, he wrapped it up and didn’t seek immediate treatment.

By the time Sharks medico Dave Givney saw it, the wound needed extra treatment including about 30 stitches, and an MRI also detected a small (one millimetre) cut to his Achilles.

Gibbs’ slow recovery appeared to be finally over when he was ruled fit enough to go on in the Sharks’ second trial, against Newcastle, in Tamworth last Saturday night.

But he only lasted a minute, coming off in pain with what Dr Givney described as a ‘‘highly unusual injury’’.

‘‘He hurt the same heel but this time a three-centimetre piece of tendon pulled off his heel,’’ said Givney. ‘‘I have only seen two Achilles injuries in my lifetime and I’ve never seen anything like this.

‘‘Bryce already carried a lot of scar tissue around the area, so we initially feared he might be gone for the year.’’

Scar tissue was removed during an operation performed by Hurstville Community Hospital leg specialist John Megreine, who also repaired Todd Carney’s ruptured Achilles at the end of last season.

Later, Givney told the popular Sharks prop the ‘‘better news’’ — that he should be back playing in three to four months.

Gibbs is optimistic of the earliest return to the football field. ‘‘I’m planning to be back by round 11,’’ he said yesterday.

The Sharks, still to announce major sponsors, did showcase a charity partnership with the McGrath Foundation and Sutherland Shire organisation Project Youth for 2013 at Monday’s season launch, before parading the team with youngsters from all junior clubs.

THINK PINK

The Sharks will support and help promote various McGrath Foundation and Project Youth events, along with a special ‘‘pink’’ McGrath Foundation jersey to recognise and support the Women In League round.

“We’re really excited to have the Sharks ‘pink up’ for the McGrath Foundation this year,’’ said McGrath Foundation CEO, Kylea Tink.

‘‘With McGrath breast care nurse Kim Wright based at Sutherland Hospital, the friendship will really strengthen our ties with the local community both on and off the field.’’

Who should replace Gibbs?

Fan club: Bryce Gibbs signs posters for fans from Bundeena, his home town, at a Cronulla Sharks fan day. Picture: Jane Dyson

Charity union: Sharks club president Damian Irvine with McGrath Foundation chief executive, Kylea Tink. Picture: John Veage

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Win GUNS N’ ROSES tickets tomorrow

ROCK GODS: Guns N’ Roses are heading to the Hunter – and you can win tickets in tomorrow’s Maitland Mercury.Attention all Gunners fans.
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Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Alive entertainment liftout in the Maitland Mercury for your chance to win a double pass to see Guns N’ Roses, ZZ Top and Rose Tattooat Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, March 13.

You could also win a double three-day pass to CMC Rocks the Hunter at Hope Estate on March 15, 16 and 17,or a double pass to see Tim Rogers and the Bamboos at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday,March 8.

Do not miss this massive edition of Alive, which also includes Nick Milligan’s feature interviews with Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Bamboos bandleader Lance Ferguson.

It’s all in tomorrow’s Mercury.

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’63 Small Arms Factory reunioun

IT was back in 2006 that the former apprentices of the Lithgow Small Arms Factory (SAF) from 1963 got together for a reunion.
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Over six years have since passed and the ‘boys’ are about to get together for another reunion.

The big day will be held on Saturday at the Lithgow Zig Zag Motel starting at 4pm with a meal being served around 6pm.

It is not too late to go and persons wishing further information on the night can contact Ron Martin on 6351 2574.

There will be plenty of stories swapped about the good old days when the SAF boasted more than 100 apprentices each year.

“The ranks are getting thinner each year,” organiser Ron Martin said.

“So we thought it was time to hold another reunion and hopefully it will be again well attended.”

REUNION 2006: Back row from left, John Compton, Peter Crawford, Brian Jenkins, Phil McGinnis, David Leake and John Barnes; middle, Ross Hardin, Dick Turnbull, Tom Brown, Peter Quinn, Barry Dowd, Ron Martin and Terry Machett; front Norm Ainsworth, Royce Reede, Brian Shaw, Jim Murray, Dennis Trevitt, Norm Brown, Mal Opie and Graham Frazer. lm022613saf

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Police focus on Cooma in search for escaped murderer

Source: Canberra Times
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NSW Police is concentrating its search for escaped murderer Adam JohnBowhay on the Cooma area until there is reason to believe he has moved on.

The Australian Federal Police dog unit is helping with the search butweather conditions have prevented the police air wing from being deployed,Detective Inspector Shane Box, the acting local area commander for the MonaroLAC said.

”I’m not saying that he is staying in Cooma, what I am saying is thatwe have absolutely no information or intelligence to suggest he has gone to anyother area,” Inspector Box said at a media conference at 1pm on Wednesday.

”In the absence of other intelligence, we need to concentrate oursearch in Cooma until we are satisfied we have done the absolute best we can.He may well have left, yes, but I can’t confirm that he has or hasn’t. Until wesuspect that he may be somewhere else I need to do a thorough job in Cooma.”

Bowhay, now aged 34, was just 18 when he stabbed Steven Jarvis to deathat Casino in 1997. He escaped while doing community work for the Cooma councilat a Cooma oval on Tuesday afternoon.

It is believed Bowhay, who had been at the work site with two otherconvicts, had been at large for some hours before the alarm was raised.

”I can’t comment on that,” DI Box said. ”Police acted as soon as theywere informed of the situation; we responded appropriately.”

While Bowhay is considered dangerous due to the nature of his originalcrime police say he has not been violent or threatening in recent times.

”There are no recent threats or any reason to believe he may harm anyparticular person or groups in the Cooma area.”

He dismissed suggestions the escapee had been spotted in the SnowyMountains.

”We have no intelligence he is hiding anywhere; we have had a number ofpeople ring us with sightings or suspected sightings (but) there have been nopositive sightings of Bowhay.”

Police have spoken to known family and associates but turned up noleads.

”There is no intelligence to suggest he is going anywhere inparticular,” DI Box said. ”We are not aware of any family anywhere aroundhere.

”Police are patrolling the Cooma area as best we can; yes we aremonitoring the roads and we are monitoring farms. Road blocks haven’t beenconsidered at this stage; there is no intelligence to support the need forroadblocks.”

NSW Corrective Services has told Fairfax Bowhay, who was given a minimumsentence of 16 years, had recently had his parole refused by the NSW StateParole Authority.

It was recommended by the Serious Offenders Review Council that heinstead participate in “more approved external leave before beingconsidered for parole”.

“He had progressed to the lowest security classification havingspent 16 years behind bars,” a NSW Corrective Services spokeswoman said.

The body of 42-year-old Mr Jarvis was found in a reserve near the banksof the Richmond River by a couple walking their dog in March 1997. A postmortem revealed he had been stabbed six times in the neck.

Bowhay, then aged 18, and his girlfriend had befriended Mr Jarvis theprevious night at a pub in town. After he was killed the pair ransacked theirvictim’s room, taking a small amount of money and a key card which they latertried to use.

They then fled town and were eventually caught in the northern Victoriantown of Tallangatta.

Bowhay told his NSW Supreme Court trial that he had killed Mr Jarvisbecause he had inappropriately touched his girlfriend.

However in sentencing Bowhay, Justice John Dunford said the murder was a”deliberate and callous attack on one of the less fortunate members of thecommunity, who was quite incapable of defending himself”.

Police urged anyone who spotted Bowhay not to approach him but to callTriple Zero.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 184cmtall, medium/large build, bald head and clean shaven. He has tattoos around hisneck, upper arm and legs.

Bowhay was last seen wearing work gear which consists of a fluorescentyellow shirt and blue and green King Gee brand long pants.

Detective Inspector Shane Box, the acting local area commander for the Monaro LAC addresses a press conference in Queanbeyan. Photo KIM PHAM, Queanbeyan Age.

Escaped murderer Adam John Bowhay

Detective Inspector Shane Box, the acting local area commander for the Monaro LAC addresses a press conference in Queanbeyan. Photo KIM PHAM, Queanbeyan Age.

Detective Inspector Shane Box, the acting local area commander for the Monaro LAC addresses a press conference in Queanbeyan. Photo KIM PHAM, Queanbeyan Age.

Detective Inspector Shane Box, the acting local area commander for the Monaro LAC addresses a press conference in Queanbeyan. Photo KIM PHAM, Queanbeyan Age.

Personal bests at Lithgow Little Athletics

LITHGOW Little Athletics held their Friday meeting and thankfully it went through without the weather stopping proceedings.
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There were some excellent performances.

Thank you to Lillie Healey who assisted with timekeeping.

Results were:

UNDER 6

It was a very fast week for the under 6s with all competitors scoring at least two PBs.

Hallie Bulkeley 50m, 300m PS; Annika Dellabosca 300m PS, long jump; Justin Field 50m, 70m, long jump; Connor Lane 50m, 300m PS; Dylan McLean 70m, 300m PS, shot put; Laura Scott 300m PS, shot put.

UNDER 7

It was a great effort in the pack start for Angus Clues with Tayla Alexander just missing a PB in the pack start.

Angus Clues 70m, 100m, 500m PS; Tayah Crook shot put ;Charlotte Elliott 70m, 100m, long jump; Abbey Monoghan 70m, shot put; Becky Monoghan 70m; Cooper Northey 70m, shot put; Molly Robinson 70m, 100m, 500m PS; Paige Woolsey 70m, 100m.

UNDER 8

All competitors achieved PBs with Samuel Romanus adding a huge 50cm to his long jump PB.

Lorena Brown 70m, 200m, shot put; Carly Bulkeley 200m; Imogen Dellabosca 70m, shot put; Samuel Romanus long jump; Kynan Thompson 70m, 100m, shot put; Jordie Thompson 70m, 200m, shot put; Kaidyn Whittaker 70m, 100m, 200m.

UNDER 9

Matthew Stoneley tried hard, just missing out on PBs.

Mikayla Chadwick 70m, long jump; Ava Healey, Kade Inwood 70m and 100m; Madalyn McLean 70m, 100m shot put; Leila Romanus 100m; Kirralee Scott 70m, 100m and shot put; Piper Woolsey shot put; Mason Phelan.

UNDER 10

Jack Graham tried his best and just missed a PB in the sprints.

Kennedy Brown 70m; Dominic Dellabosca 100m and 800m; Paige Field 70m, 100m, 400m and discus; Will Hutchison 70m; Cloe Robinson 70m, 100m and long jump; Ashley Robinson 70m, 100m, long jump; Morgan Watts 100m, 400m.

UNDER 11

All competitors achieved PBs.

Blade Grant 100m, long jump; William Lowe 100m, long jump; Jessica-Rose Lutschini 100m, 400m; Sally Romanus 100m, discus; Teoni Schleibs 100m, discus;

UNDER 12

Dylan Miles came close to his Pbs while Keighran threw a huge 19.87m in discus for his PB.

Keighran Brown, 100m, 400m, triple jump, discus; Lauren Field, 100m, 400m, triple jump; Caitlyn Graham, 400m, 800m, triple jump, discus; Morgan Stoneley, 100m, 400m, triple jump; Emily Watts, 400m, 800m, discus; Shenay Whittaker, 100m, triple jump.

UNDER 13-17

Hannah Healey, 100m.

GOOD PROSPECT: Blade Grant aims high in the discuss. lm022613athletics

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