Archive for October, 2018

  • GWS review: Rating the Giants’ 2015 season

    Date: 2018.10.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

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    Position: 10th (11-10)

    Last season: 16th (6-16)

    Players used: 39

    What went right

    The forward combination of Jeremy Cameron and Cam McCarthy. The Giants could have been forgiven for wondering where the goals were going to come from this season with the departure of Tom Boyd and the unavailability of Jonathon Patton due to a serious knee injury. But, despite his drop-off in form late in the season, McCarthy stood up on the whole to provide sound support for Cameron and the pair have combined for 96 goals heading into the final round – the third best return in the competition behind West Coast’s Josh Kennedy and Mark LeCras (109) and Adelaide’s Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts (108).

    What went wrong

    The Giants looked set for a maiden finals berth after round 10 as they sat in fifth spot on the ladder with a handsome 7-3 win-loss record. But then disaster struck in round 11 when key players Shane Mumford, Joel Patfull, Stephen Coniglio and Phil Davis all suffered injuries against Collingwood and were subjected to extended layoffs. It would prove to be too big a hurdle to overcome for the Giants as they ended up narrowly missing out on the top eight. As of round 22, Mumford, Davis, Patton, Rhys Palmer, Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully, Patfull and Coniglio have missed a combined total of 71 matches.

    Shining lights

    Heath Shaw and Callan Ward will take some beating for the quinella in the best-and-fairest count. Shaw is enjoying arguably the best season of his stellar career and is a strong chance to earn a maiden All-Australian gong in defence. The former Magpie has registered career-high disposals and rebound-50s and ranked near the top of the AFL for kicks, rebound-50s and bounces. And co-captain Ward has led by example yet again in the midfield with another outstanding season. The former Bulldog is also having a career-best year with personal highs in disposals, marks and inside-50s and needed seven tackles and three clearances against Melbourne on Sunday for personal bests in those categories as well. He managed to achieved them with seven tackles and eight clearances on Sunday. Ward is ranked first at GWS for contested possessions, inside-50s and clearances and second for disposals and tackles.

    What’s required to improve in 2016

    The Giants just need a bit more luck on the injury front to take that next step and make the finals for the first time. The sheer weight of injuries was too much for the young side to cope with – particularly the absence of Mumford for the second half of the season. Their drive in the middle seemed to drop off dramatically without the influential ruckman. Injuries aside, coach Leon Cameron would be concerned by the fact that as of round 22, his team is ranked seventh in the league for tackling, 13th for clearances and 17th for contested possessions. The Giants have prided themselves on being a hard-at-it side in their short history and those numbers will no doubt will be a strong focus over the pre-season.

    The headline we didn’t expect

    No Boyd, No Patton? No worries!

    Grade: C+. This has been the Giants’ best season and they could  easily have a higher grade had they not been hit so hard by injuries.

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  • Man dies while spearfishing on Great Barrier Reef

    Date: 2018.10.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    A man died while spearfishing on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns on Friday. Photo: Australian Institute of Marine ScienceA man has been found clinging to a navigation buoy after his father died suddenly while they were spearfishing and their boat drifted away off Cairns.
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    Two men, aged 56 and 24, had motored out to Arlington Reef on Friday afternoon.

    The older man experienced difficulty while swimming on the surface and subsequently died. His body was later pulled from the water near Upolu Reef by a rescue helicopter.

    The younger man had been forced to swim to a navigation buoy after the pair’s boat drifted away from where it had been anchored.

    There are no suspicious circumstances and police are preparing a report for the Coroner.

    However they’ve urged any boaties who were on Arlington Reef at the time to report any sightings of the boat.

    It’s described as six metres long, aluminium with a centre cabin. The hull was painted black with blue signwriting, with the cabin a lighter colour.

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  • Race breaks records

    Date: 2018.10.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    TWO WHEEL TOURISM: Masters rider Catherine Wood from Linden rides in the Wagga 6 Hour Enduro on Sunday. Picture: Les Smith
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    IT WAS all about setting a personal best at Pomingalarna Park on Sunday.

    The Wagga Mountain Bike Club (MTB) broke one of their own records when 245 riders registered for their 6 Hour Enduro race.

    The endurance race was the final round of the Evocities MTB Series, which is sponsored by Fairfax Media.

    Race director Angela Farrell said it was six years ago the club had their best ever attendance.

    “It’s a positive for the club, we hoped to get 200 and we really blew that out of the water,” Ms Farrell said.

    More than 100 riders were from Wagga, while riders from NSW, ACT, Victoria and the Northern Territory filled out the rest of the field.

    “More than half of the riders had said they’ve never been here before,” Ms Farrell said.

    “It was fantastic to be included in the series.

    “Being the final round of the Evocities has only helped enhance the reputation we already had,” she said.

    “It couldn’t have been done without the help of our club volunteers. Putting on an event like this is a buzz, especially when everyone has a smile on their face.

    “We feel it is important to keep the family friendly atmosphere, it’s for elite riders, first timers and weekend warriors.”

    Wagga mayor Rod Kendall said the Evocities MTB Series was a positive development for the city and for regional NSW.

    “We’ve heard today a lot of competitors coming out and discovering regional cities,” he said.

    Councillor Kendall said the word of mouth would help bring more people to town included on the Evocities tour.

    “If they come back they’ll bring more people along and it will start to snowball,” he said.

    The driver of the series, Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson – who himself was out on his bicycle on Sunday said the event had achieved its two goals.

    “There’s a whole group of people who now know about Evocities, visited some Evocities and are incredibly impressed,” Councillor Dickerson said.

    He said some elite riders didn’t necessarily identify regional areas as place which had MTB courses.

    Cr Dickerson said his goals for next year’s series was to attract more female competitors and expand the categories available to encourage more riders.

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  • TIM ROBERTS: Blackbutt Reserve a battle won

    Date: 2018.10.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    The junior rangers program at Blackbutt Reserve is popular every school holidays. LAST week I listened to an evocative account of the opening of a new wildlife arena in Newcastle’s Blackbutt Reserve, equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment provided by Orica KI Community Investment Program.
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    The arena will let visitors get up close and personal with the reserve’s animals and will enable Blackbutt to host groups, schools and events in a more interactive way. This much-needed addition cements our reserve as both a premier recreational reserve and nature education centre.

    But we nearly lost the Reserve decades earlier, as is recounted in Chris Mooney’s biography of our hero Tom Farrell, when Newcastle City Council agreed in principle to the Department of Main Roads’ plan to construct a six-lane expressway through part of Blackbutt.

    The battle raged with Joe Richley and Tom proposing an alternative, acceptable motorway, and applying political pressure on NCC members, holding public protest meetings, meeting state politicians, and eventually involving federal politicians and newspaper editors to prevent the DMR plan from happening.

    The department, with its ongoing support of council, its emphasis on cost savings and its ability to play one part of the Newcastle community group off against the other, was still in a position to finally win the day.

    But thankfully the lobbying from Tom, Joe and others led to the announcement, in May 1973, of a federal government inquiry into Blackbutt and the motorway. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Conservation began its hearings at the University of Newcastle in March 1974. Messrs Richley and Farrell made a major six-point submission outlining why Blackbutt should remain a reserve.

    The Select Committee unanimously decided that ‘‘in no circumstances should motorway 23 enter or cross Blackbutt Reserve’’. It recommended instead the planning and construction of the freeway should commence on the western side of Lake Macquarie as soon as possible.

    There is little doubt that Blackbutt Reserve could have happened without the efforts of Tom, Joe Doug Lithgow and others.

    Professor Tim Roberts is director of the University of Newcastle’s Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment

  • Procedure for overhead powerlines timely

    Date: 2018.10.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    This power pole was damaged recently during vegetation clearing works, sparking a warning from Essential Energy.
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    Essential Energy is urging landholders to be aware of the location of the overhead electricity network when clearing vegetation following a spike in reports of trees and branches contacting and damaging powerlines during the past month.

    Northern community relations manager David Crough said six incidents had been reported recently as landholders cleared vegetation around their homes and boundaries in preparation for the upcoming bushfire season.

    “Vegetation that falls on, or comes in contact with, powerlines can cause power outages and increase the bushfire risk for local communities,” Mr Crough said.

    “Damaged and fallen powerlines pose a threat to public safety and can cause inconvenience through unnecessary power disruptions – not to mention the costs associated with repair.”

    Essential Energy recommends landholders ensure a three-metre clearance and drop zone between vegetation and any private low voltage powerlines or poles when felling trees.

    “If vegetation is encroaching on this safe clearance distance, it’s advisable to either contact Essential Energy to arrange an inspection or employ a qualified arborist to carry out the work,” Mr Crough said.

    Operators of chainsaws, bulldozers or excavators are advised to keep a physical distance of at least three metres from the electricity network at all times and ensure contractors or tradespeople are aware of the location of electrical infrastructure on your property.

    “It is good work practice to always conduct a risk assessment before any work is undertaken on your property, whether this is vegetation clearing, machinery operations or other farm activities,” Mr Crough said.

    “To help minimise the risk of contact incidents, Essential Energy can install aerial markers to improve powerline visibility. This service is available for a small cost.”

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