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Red Bend allumni plays Oz-Tag in NZ

20th November 2018 | Closed

TAG TIME: Dubbo’s Rikka Lamb-Lane departed for New Zealand last Thursday to compete in the Oceania Cup. PAIGE WILLIAMSFormer Red Bend College student,Rikka Lamb-Lane, travelled to New Zealand last week to play sport at the highest level for the second time in two years.
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The athleterepresentedAustralia in theUnder-21’s Indigenous Oztag side at the Oceania Cup.

It caps a rapid rise in the sport for Lamb-Lane, who had hardly played the sport seriously before linking up with Dubbo CYMS in the 2016 Group 11 League Tag competition.

“I played a lot of netball and last year went over to New Zealand and played in an international carnival but in the next few years I’m hoping to take on more football and give netball a bit of a break,” she said.

She was selected forthe Indigenous Under-21’s side early in the year, and Lamb-Lane ever since then has trained regularly while also paying close attention to nutrition and her fitness.

STARRING ROLE: Rikka Lamb-Lane was a standout for Dubbo CYMS during the 2016 Group 11 League Tag season. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The Group 11 gun was one of only a few country-based players in the national side and while the standard has been a big step up, it hasn’t been too much for Lamb-Lane.

“Playing here all year with CYMS in the G11 competition, it’s totally different competition down there. It’s a lot faster but the trials were good and it all worked out well,” she said.

“I was pretty happy with the results and everything that’s panned out.”

While Lamb-Lane was selected in the under-21s, the side took part on the open division of the Oceania Cup, whichranfor three days from Friday, 2nd Decemberto Sunday, 4thDecember.

This means the local young gun not only tookon players her own age, but some who have been playing the sport for far longer than she has.

Before leaving for New Zealand, she said, “It will be harder playing there than it will be here.”

“There is a lot of talented players out there but I’m just looking forward to the experience and also picking up some skills that I can bring back here. 21’s compete in opens so we’ll play a lotof experienced adults and it will be good to see some of the talent there and have the whole experience,” she said.

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Bikie raids following pub brawlphotos

20th November 2018 | Closed

Bikie raids following pub brawl | photos Police at the scene of one of the search warrants at Cameron Park. Picture: NSW Police.
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Police at the scene of one of the search warrants at Cameron Park. Picture: NSW Police.

Police at a search warrant in Newcastle.

TweetFacebookUPDATE, 3.40pm: HEAVILY-armed police have raided five Hunter properties on Wednesday with links to the Finks bikie gang as they investigate a wild brawl at a Wallsend pub last week.

The simultaneous raids on properties at Cameron Park, East Branxton, Lambton, Thornton and Kearsley were conducted before 8am on Wednesday.

The Cameron Park property is believed to be the Finks clubhouse.

It follows the raid on a Maryland property on Tuesday, although that property has no links with the Finks.

The raids follow a brawl in the carpark of the Fire Station Hotel at Wallsend last Friday afternoon, where men with links to the Finks were allegedly involved in a melee with several other men.

A hotel spokesman said the men, who were not locals, had been wearing board shorts and t-shirts when they walked outside.

An employee followed them soon after and, after seeing the brawl, told them police would be called.

Police said that following the Maryland search warrant,a 40-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday today and charged with acquiring ammunition whilst being subject to a firearms prohibition order and being in possession of ammunition without a licence or permit.

He was bail refused to appear before Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

As a result of Wednesday’s search warrants, police seized a number of items including ammunition and electronics.

Newcastle local area commander, Superintendent John Gralton, said police werecommitted to keeping the community safe and wouldtake whatever action was necessary to identify and hold people responsible for their actions including members of any criminal group or outlaw motorcycle gang.

“The community should be assured that they have the support of the NSWPolice Force,’’ he said.

“This is evident in the assistance provided by the State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad, Strike Force Raptor, Public Order and Riot Squad, Northern Region Operation Support Group, Central Hunter, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie Local Area Commands.

“We will not tolerate the violent actions of a minority that place our community in fear or danger.

“Police will take action required to identify, target and disrupt organised crime groups who have a total disregard for the safety of our community.

“We will not only target OMCG members but any criminal networks conducting criminal activities in our area.’’

Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Jeffrey Loy supported the operations stating: “We are dealing with criminal networks that profit from illegal activities. We will maximise our resources and intelligence gathering to ‘disrupt and dismantle’ any criminal organisations operating across the Northern Region. We will not only target OMCG members, but their associates, business interests and their clubhouses.”

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Eden climbing ladder with focus on batting

20th November 2018 | Closed

Good hit: Eden batsman Drew Mudaliar watches the ball sail for the fence, hitting 29 against Tathra on Saturday with Eden running down the total quickly.
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After a shaky start to the season, Eden has found good form to string together some solid wins in the combined first division cricket competition.

Playing against the Tathra two side over the weekend, Eden showed off their renewed batting focus to dominate the Sea Eagles.

The visiting side dropped just two wickets on the way to the modest total set by the Tathra line-up.

After winning the toss, theSea Eagles took the crease first and set a humble target of 113 runs, finishing all out in the 33rdover.

Eden knocked over the openers quite cheaply as Sam Garrett was sent to the sheds for 11, while Tynan Taylor mustered just six runs before he was dismissed.

Making a middle-order stand, Michael Hergenhan led the scoring for the hosts with a decent knock of 36 runs, while Gordon Wiegold chimed in with a well-compiled 22 before he was dismissed.

Eden got on top of the play with a solid bowling attack and it looked like the Sea Eagles could be sent packing for less than 100 runs.

However, a late addition of 17 runs from Morgan McCoy helped push Tathra over the the triple digit threshold and set up a defensible target.

The best bowling figures were returned by Eden veteran Tim Bowes, who notched up four wickets for just 22 runs on the day.

Martin Butchers was hot on his heels, claiming three wickets.

The Eden outfit has enjoyed a renewed focus on its batting line-up with the team dominating the reply innings.

The visitors lost just two wickets in the run-chase after openers Drew Mudaliar and Patrick Kearney laid a strong foundation.

Mudaliar was a single shy of 30 when he was caught, but Kearney stayed on at the crease, building to a great score of 59 runs not-out.

Martin Butchers had gone out cheaply, but Eden was already closing in on the target.

A quick half-dozen runs from captain Tyrone Thomas put Eden over the target in the 25thover.

The team is now sitting dead even on points with both Pambula and Mallacoota and a win could see them crack into the top four.

Eden is also boasting one of the best defensive efforts in the association, losing the second least runs of any club in the 10-team draw.

This Saturday will see the boys in red hosting the South Eurobodalla outfit, that currently holds fourth on the competition ladder.

Valuable points are on the line as the competition nears its Christmas break with just one more round to play next weekend.

Play will be a 40-over one-dayerat the Eden Cricket Ground from 1pm.

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Redevelopment welcomed

20th November 2018 | Closed

EXCITED: Magda Mostarac and Chris Dahms, at the official opening of the new shopping centre, called it a “credit to everyone involved”.The grocery wars stepped up a notch as locals lined up for the long-awaited opening of the $14 million Cranebrook Shopping Village redevelopment this week.
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With Aldi displaying its December 7 opening date on the sign outside the centre, Woolworths slipped in to welcomecustomers to its store the night before, cutting a cake, holding a barbie and handing out carnationsand $20 gift vouchers to early-bird customers.

The car park was almost full before 8am on December 7, as locals checked out the new centre, which includes both supermarket giants, a doctor’s surgery, chemist, sushi bar, BWS and other specialty shops.

Customers lined up outside the new Aldi, with Santa paying a visit to hand out lollies and store manager Justin Vella on hand to cut the red ribbon and declare the shop open.

“I grew up in the area and I’m 10 minutes from home here, so I know the clientele,” he told the Gazette.

​”The customers I have spoken to so far couldn’t wait for the centre to open. I’ve got people coming [here to shop] from my old store at Blacktown.”

Ho ho ho: Aldi store manager Justin Vella with Santa in store. Santas handed out lollies to children on the opening day.

An Aldi statement said its new store would besupported by a team of between 15 and 20 permanent full and part-time employees, providing career opportunities in the local community.

The centre’s redevelopment has not been without controversy, as small business owners were last year forced to vacate the premises and locals were concerned about services closing down.

But the new centre got a big tick of approval from many residents, including long-time locals Magda Mostarac and Chris Dahms.

The two became firm friends when they moved into the area more than 35 years ago, when Cranebrook was just a series of paddocks and there were only about five other houses in the area.

“We had to wait seven years for the original complex, and this has been about eight or nine months in the making, but it’s just unbelieveable,” Ms Dahms said.

“It’s just incredible, it’s a credit to everybody involved.

“I never had a car so for me to be able to walk up the street to the shops is unbelieveable.

“I am thrilled to bits.”

Ms Mostarac agreed, saying it was worth the wait “but we didn’t really want to wait this long”.

“I have waited long enough, this is so unreal to have such a big centre,” she said.

“What’s lovely about these shops is that everything is on your [eye] level and all in the one place. There is no need to move away or go anywhere, it’s like a little city.

“It’s better than going into Penrith, because you can never find parking to begin with there.

“It’s like any shops you will find in the city.”

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Aldi’s first customer enters the new Cranebrook Shopping Village store.

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Coly coach set to hit the ground running

20th November 2018 | Closed

MAKING PLANS: Incoming Coleambally coach Michael Griffiths in action for the Griffith Swans early in 2015. The big ruckman arrives at the Farrer League club next week. Picture: Laura Hardwick
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Incoming Coleambally coach Michael Griffiths has identified a need for speed at the Blues next season but the big ruckman is also bringing an open mind when he heads to town next week.

Griffiths said he’s excited to begin the next chapter of a football journey that has taken the Dandenong boy to Adelaide, Perth and parts of country NSW and Victoria.

“I’m looking forward to it. I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t a good move,” Griffiths said.

“I know a little bit about Coly, I used to be at Griffith and we played a few trials against them.”

Appointed last month, Griffiths, expects a different challenge tohis introduction to coaching at Picola League club Katunga last season.

“I’ll have to come up and meet the guys and get a feel. Obviously Coly playing in the grand final, they’re more of an experienced side whereas Katunga hadn’t played finals for 10 years,” Griffiths said (Katunga reached the preliminary final).

“So I think the age group might be a little bit different but I’m sure I can bring a bit of knowledge and things I’ve learnt…maybe just a bit of guidance. But I’ll come up, get a feel and make a plan.”

Speaking toThe Daily Advertiserfrom Melbourne, Griffiths, 33, said finishing a hectic work project hasn’t left much time for football so he’s looking forward to turning his attention to it.

“I’ll have my game plan that I want to implement but I don’t want to over-complicate it,” he said.

“I think with one thing, we need to add a little bit of speed. I know the guys are more heavily built and ageing a little bit.

“I like a bitof slingshot footy but you need to be defensive as well.I’ll make those adjustments as wego.But I’ve got my idea in my head – the quickest way is through the middle, that’s the shortest direction to goal but if we haven’t got the players, I’ll have to make a judgement on that.”

Griffiths replaces first-year coach Josh Hamilton who is yet to make a decision on his future following the disappointment of an eight-week ban after the grand final.

“I’ve spoken to Hammo a couple of times in the last couple of months and I’m pretty confident that he’ll play but the decision will be his,” Griffiths said.

“He’s obviously a bit flat with his suspension but we’d love to have him. He’s still got his mates here and he’s a very good footballer so we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.”

The Blues have picked up young defender Tom Morton from Leeton-Whitton but lost Kodie O’Malley (Turvey Park) and Wes Kiley (Narrandera). While Carl and Tony Pound retired after the grand final, the club hasn’t given up on talking them round.

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