Skilful Shackleton continues standout start

ShackletonBURNIE on-baller Luke Shackleton has continued his superb start to the 2012 Wrest Point Tasmanian State League season with another best-on- ground performance against Lauderdale on Saturday.
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Shackleton has featured in the 2012 RACT Insurance Player of the Year award votes in all three rounds, racking up three in round one and two last weekend.

He now sits on eight for the season, two clear of fellow team- mate Jason Laycock, who has also featured in the votes each round to sit on six.

Laycock, who has dominated in the ruck to give Shackleton and his fellow on-ballers first use, picked up one vote.

Ulverstone recruit Trent McCrossen had his best game for the season, finding plenty of the footy and providing the Dockers with drive through the midfield to take two votes.

In other games, another consistent performance from Devonport young gun Aaron McNab, who booted five goals, saw him pick up a vote in his side’s loss to North Launceston.

North forward Mitchell van den Berg, who finished the night with six goals and gave away a couple of others, claimed the three votes.

Ruckman Daniel Roozendaal was instrumental in giving his team first use of the ball in the centre square and around the ground to take the two votes.

An eight-goal haul and best-on- ground performance by Clarence forward Mitch Williamson saw him claim his first votes of the season, while fellow team-mates Ryan Bailey (2) and Aaron French (1) also racked up votes.

Launceston midfielder and 2011 Tassie Medallist Tim Bristow was awarded the best-on-ground tag in his side’s hard fought win over South Launceston on Saturday, while team-mate Beau Green was not far behind on two votes.

Glenorchy’s dominant 51-point win over a struggling Hobart outfit naturally saw the Magpies fill the votes with Jaye Bowen (3), Nathan Matthews (2) and Brayden Webb (1) the standouts.

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West secures first-up win despite slow start

BATTLE FOR THE BALL: Burnie’s Zoe Crawford (left) has Queechy’s Sarah McRobbie hot on her tail. Picture: Stuart Wilson.PLENTY of goals featured in the weekend’s round one matches.
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West Devonport took a while to get going against Devonport before taking control with a four- goal second half.

While the Dragons had the greater depth across the field, it was Devonport’s defensive structures that held well early on with Kymm Clark, Raquel Innes and Lucy Withers all working tirelessly to keep their team-mates in the game.

The Dragons spread the game out more in the second half often creating a loose player up forward.

This combined with some trademark Sam Mansfield-Gray runs and the power PC hitting of Leanne Bissett eventually sealed the Spirits’ fate.

In Burnie, City Marians also took a while to gain the upper hand against South Burnie.

South keeper Min Saunders was frequently in the mix with some great saves and it was not until well into the second half before Brooke Clarke was able to penetrate the goals after some good team build up.

Clark followed up with another seven minutes later then a deflection to Claire Symonds in the last minute of play finalised the result.

Dayna Challis and Jemma Kenworthy were amongst City’s best as were the ever reliable Stacey Groves and Karen Challis.

For South, Em Smith’s return was a welcome one for the Hawks who still have a fair bit of re- building to do.

The second Burnie match saw Queechy Penguins start with plenty of purpose against Burnie Baptist.

An early goal to Leanne Bugg was soon followed up with another from Sarah McRobbie to give the Qs a handy two-goal lead at the break.

The Blues improved their structure in the second half with reward coming 10 minutes in after a clever pass from Maddie Murphy found Sam Lawrence.

Not to be outdone, Queechy goaled again but Baptist remained focused, scoring again through Lawrence, and then with five minutes to go Zoe Lawrence equalised for a share of the points.

In Launceston, Smithton found no joy in its match against South Launceston going down three-nil while Launceston City was convincing 7-1 winners against Tamar Churinga.

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Bloods overrun South Burnie

South Burnie’s Scott Denby hits the ball out of the backline past City’s Matthew Cameron.THE men’s league started with matches in Burnie, Devonport and Launceston.
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City Marians were easy winners over South Burnie at McKenna Park.

The first half was even, with the Bloods posting just two goals before the break.

City Marians had winners all over the ground in the second half, giving the depleted South Burnie side little chance.

Dave Townsend and Clinton Upchurch posted four goals between them to give their side the top of the ladder on percentage.

Queechy Penguins had the better of Devonport in their clash at Meercroft Park.

The Qs had the Subbies on the back foot and in their own half for 20 minutes of the first half before Khan Riley opened the Qs’ account.

The Subbies almost evened the score with breakaways, but were denied and watched as Queechy slotted another before the break.

The Subbies came out hard in the second half, and with the change of tempo the ball control changed but the scoreboard changes were all for the Qs.

Pat Haas and Matt Franklin assisted with some fine final touches adding to the scoreline.

South Launceston coach Craig Williams should be happy with a first-up win for the club over Smithton.

Nick Williams opened the scoring for the Blues, with additional goals to Gene Purcell and Tim Reese to go to the break with a three-goal lead.

Smithton’s never-say-die attitude saw it score a consolation goal in an even second half through Joel Blomhoff.

Launceston City and Tamar Churinga played the local derby with City grabbing the win in the dying stages.

City’s Jason Scott kept the Tamar attack at bay and then converted a short corner to give his side the lead.

Michael Jones converted next for City, then Tamar stepped up the pace and found a chink in the City defence to level the scores.

City put the game beyond reach with a field goal in the dying stages to win.

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Bundaleda’s debut impressive

DAVID Miller has spent his whole life working around horses.
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The former equestrian’s cupboards are full of trophies and ribbons associated with show jumping over many successful years.

As a trainer of thoroughbreds Miller’s intimate knowledge of horseflesh shines through, so it was no surprise to see him unearth another impressive youngster this week in Launceston.

Bundaleda, bred by the Spreyton- based trainer, is the powerfully built two-year-old son of Azevedo, from Miller’s former listed placegetter Alijacque, who gave his rivals the short, back and sides on debut over 1200m, bounding to the front, kicking clear on the home corner and winning by one length.

Bundaleda stands at 16.2 hands and boasts an imposing physique that Miller describes as more like that of a four-year-old, and if his race debut is anything to go he may well have the ability to match.

Leon Wells applied the polish to Sunset Rex for a hard fought neck victory in the Maiden Plate, while son Dean produced stable newcomer The Invincible One in the 1100m handicap for a long-neck victory at each- way odds.

John Keys wrapped up the fruitful night for North-West-based trainers when Fair Colony powered to the post in the last race of the night to win in a convincing fashion.

Forthside trainer Maurice Jarman snared a winning double at the Devonport Harness Racing Club’s meeting during the week.

In Cruise Mode, owned by Kevin and Pat Redpath, was rewarded for his consistency in the Members Incentive, guided to victory by in-form reinsman Rohan Hillier.

Thirty minutes later Hillier and Jarman were at it again, providing King Island owners Erica Buhck and Ian Johnson along with Burnie’s Shirley and Veli Berger with reasons to celebrate when their five-year-old gelding Wattle Creek scored a convincing win.

Devonport owners Rose and Ian Kent were victorious on the night with five-year-old Peace Chief notching up the second win of his career, while Stowport trainer Andrew Rawlings provided a highlight for Burnie owner Greg Byrne when Dieberdevil led all the way in the Devonport Saddleworld Pace.

Michael Maxfield’s winning run continued as an owner-trainer when Whodeani waltzed home in the Adam Brooks Group Pace winning by an effortless 10m.

Greyhound racing owners and trainers are all invited to a special seminar on May 2 at the Rutherglen Holiday Village Conference Centre with special guest Dr John Kohnke.

Kohnke is a well known Australian veterinary surgeon, author and nutritional advisor on greyhounds for over 30 years.

Topics for discussion on the night will be the dietary needs of greyhounds during training, pre-race feeding along with common problems like cramping, dehydration and bone and joint problems in young greyhounds.

To follow – Gallops: Espry. Harness: Devendra. Greyhounds: Go Five.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Careless to miss this show

VISUALLY AMAZING: In character are (from left) Michelle Best as Lady Bracknell, Jessica Smedley as Gwendolen Fairfax and Marcus Hensley as Jack Worthing.THE Devonport Repertory Theatre Society’s latest offering, The Importance of Being Earnest, can be summed up perfectly using a line from the classic comedy.
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“In matters of utmost importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”

Under the skilled and accomplished guidance of director Lindy Hingston, a stylish and classy production has been brought to the stage of the Ulverstone Civic Centre.

In a time when theatre-goers often expect to be “wowed” by visual effects and quirky script interpretations, there are no surprises here.

Earnest is renowned for its witty dialogue and clever repartee and this is exactly what Lindy and her cast delivered.

No slapstick, no clever trickery, just pure fun and a great night’s entertainment.

The Importance of Being Earnest is not an easy script to bring to the stage, but the cast’s impeccable comic timing and excellent use of understatement bring all the famous lines to life.

The more restrained Jack, well- played by Marcus Hensley, is a perfect foil to Brayden Lewtas’ character, the rather eccentric but charming Algy.

Brayden is at ease with the nonchalant Algernon and the audience quickly warms to his sharp wit and hilarious banter.

The female love interests are also well cast. Jesse Smedley makes a strong impression as the fashionable and utterly pretentious Gwendolen, using both her voice and haughty profile to great effect.

The young, unsophisticated Cecily is wonderfully portrayed by Sophie McCrae who brings a real sense of the “hopeless romantic” to the role.

Lady Bracknell, whose imposing entrances are always eagerly awaited by the audience, is probably one of Wilde’s most memorable characters and is superbly played by Michelle Best. Michelle, domineering, pompous and almost masculine in her presence, captures the character of Lady Bracknell to a tee. With some of the most unforgettable lines in the play, Michelle’s Lady Bracknell governs the stage every time she appears. In turn, she snares the audience.

Old hands at treading the boards, Sue Cochrane and Bruce Tivendale, deliver their characters, Miss Prism and Reverand Chasuble with their usual ease and confidence.

Graeme Brookes plays the dual part of the butlers, Lane and Merriman, and his dry delivery and deadpan expression amuse the audience greatly.

Wendy McCrae must be congratulated on her magnificent costumes. The attention to style, colour and detail is impressive and really adds to the persona of each character.

Who will forget Lady Bracknell swooping into the room in that magnificent red cape and hat? No one!

Accolades also must go to the set designers. Simple, yet sumptuous sets and furnishings gave the necessary sense of wealth without being too cramped and fussy.

The small, intimate stage of the Ulverstone Civic Centre is the perfect place to perform this play and the actors appear to be very comfortable working in this space.

The Importance of Being Earnest ticks all the boxes. Timing and subtlety are paramount to the success of this show, and in the main, the cast have these “in the bag”.

This show deserves to be seen. Plagiarising lines from a very famous Lady:”To lose one opportunity to see this play may be regarded as misfortune, to lose more looks like carelessness”.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Survivor knows that risks can kill, maim

Crash survivor Matthew Woodberry yesterday.CRASH survivor Matthew Woodberry is lucky to be alive to tell his story.
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He knows all too well the dangers, and great consequences, of risky behaviour behind the wheel.

The 31-year-old from Devonport has an acquired brain injury, caused by a horrific accident on Boxing Day in 1999.

At the time of the accident, which saw him crash into a power pole after driving at 190kmh along Lillico Road, Mr Woodberry was 19 and had only three weeks left to finish his boilermaker/welder apprenticeship.

A highly talented cyclist, he was considered one of the best in Tasmania at the time and touted as a potential Olympian before the crash put paid to any chances he may have had.

While his mates were receiving their graduation certificate or training hard for cycling, Mr Woodberry was unconscious in hospital and left fighting for his life.

He endured more than 60 operations during his recovery.

Speaking at yesterday’s Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program at Camp Clayton, Mr Woodberry urged young drivers to exercise caution on the roads when they get their licence.

“Don’t do it, or you could end up like me,” he warned participants in regard to risky behaviour on the roads.

The students were shown gory images illustrating the shocking extent of Mr Woodberry’s injuries, with the crash causing part of his brain and skull to come to rest on the side of the road where the crash happened.

Mr Woodberry’s story was a strong, graphic and effective message to send to the road users of tomorrow.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Forecaster has bright outlook for long-term jobs future

TASMANIA will get back to its highest ever number of jobs in 2014-15, according to forecaster Deloitte Access Economics.
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However, it expects jobs to go backwards this financial year and only grow marginally in 2012-13, before stronger growth in 2013-14.

The state’s jobless rate will remain high, between 6.5% and 6.4% for the four financial years starting on July 1 this year, according to Access’ March 2012 Business Outlook publication.

Tasmania’s previous jobs record was 241,000 in September 2008, before the global financial crisis.

After the state lost 500 jobs in March, the Australian Bureau of Statistics put total employment at 234,700 in trend terms.

Access expects 241,000 jobs to be reached again in 2014-15 and 243,000 jobs the year after that.

It also expects reasonable growth in gross state product in coming years after a 0.4% contraction in 2011-12.

Access said Tasmania’s economy was on the wrong side of “the two- speed split through this nation”.

It said housing activity was flat with few immediate prospects.

“And earlier hopes that business investment spending in the state might lift seem to be fading once more.

“Further, while retail spending is lifting a little, it is still at levels below where it was back in 2009, with little indication of what might turn it around any time soon.”

Access expressed concern about the state’s slow population growth.

“Importantly, the implications of weak population growth are now more worrying than they were at the turn of the century.

“Back then, Tasmania’s baby boomers were still working. Now they’re retiring fast, meaning that a given rate of population growth provides less potential people power than it used to.”

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Accused claims he was defending himself

A MAN who broke another’s jaw in a Devonport pub fight claimed self defence yesterday.
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Joshua James Wilkinson pleaded not guilty to assaulting Sam McCarthy around midnight on June 19, 2010.

His lawyer, Paul Sullivan, told the Supreme Court jury, in Burnie, there was no dispute Wilkinson punched Mr McCarthy.

However, whether it was unlawful was an issue, he suggested.

He said his client had repeatedly moved away from Mr McCarthy and had later told police he “smashed him in the face because he kept hitting me in the head”.

Mr Sullivan said Wilkinson had told Mr McCarthy to leave him alone, by words and actions.

To find his client guilty, Mr Sullivan said, the jury would have to rule out any reasonable possibility Wilkinson was acting in self defence.

Crown prosecutor Heather Mannering said Mr McCarthy had gone to the bar to get a drink and was struck from behind to the face.

“His friend noticed a fight … and saw a person known to him as `Wilko’ punching someone on the ground.”

The friend then saw it was Mr McCarthy being hit, she said.

Police were there when Mr McCarthy woke dazed and with a sore jaw, Miss Mannering said.

She said he had a broken jaw, needed surgery and had two metal plates inserted in his face.

The crown argued Wilkinson was not acting in self defence.

The jury started deliberations yesterday afternoon.

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Family aims to make every moment count

PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE: Heather Smith (back centre), who is battling bowel cancer, is surrounded by her four daughters and husband (from left) Stephen, Sarah, 8, Aimee, 4, Chloe, 14, and Kaitlyn, 12. Picture: Kelly Slater.THE recent death of AFL great Jim Stynes sounded a reality check for East Devonport mother of four Heather Smith.
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Now Mrs Smith, who is battling bowel cancer, is praying for a miracle.

“Jim Stynes was about the same age as me, he passed away after a three- year battle. You think `what’s the difference between you and Jim Stynes?”‘ she said.

Diagnosed on December 31, 2010, Mrs Smith was rushed in for emergency bowel surgery on January 1, 2011, but the aggressive cancer had already spread to her liver.

In February this year Mrs Smith was due to undergo a liver resection and was told it was highly unlikely the cancer would have grown so fast that the liver resection would not be possible, but it had and the operation was cancelled.

“The cancer had grown quite dramatically by that stage,” she said.

Mrs Smith uses a blog to help share with friends and family her frustrations on bad days and logs her feelings as she progresses through treatment.

“I use a blog site called caring bridge, basically I write anything that comes to mind. It’s good because then people don’t have to ring me and ask me all the time what’s going on or what to pray for,” she said.

“I get the feelings out and just get on with it then.”

Mrs Smith said she told her four daughters Aimee, 4, Sarah, 8, Kaitlyn, 12, and Chloe, 14, as much as each of them could understand.

“You tell them the facts, they ask questions. You don’t want to hide anything from them.

“They know everything, as much as they can understand.”

Mrs Smith said since her diagnosis, she had met and been in contact with a number of cancer sufferers and attended the Relay for Life rally where she met others in a similar situation to herself.

Mrs Smith said meeting other people with cancer provided comfort and support, but highlighted the unpredictable nature of the disease.

“You get people who don’t get any warning at all. I have to be grateful, at this point I’m reasonably healthy and can still get to do things like spend time with the family,” she said.

Mrs Smith said it was important not to worry about the small stuff or take life for granted.

“I live each day and don’t leave things undone.

“We spend a bit more time together as a family now and go away on short breaks.

“The housework’s not as important as reading with the kids,” she said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Hilder gates stand tall at waterfront

WELCOMING: After residing at a private residence for some years, the Hilder Parade gates have been reinstalled at the Burnie waterfront. Picture: Katrina Dodd.THE Hilder Parade gates were returned to their original position yesterday, welcoming patrons onto Burnie’s newly redeveloped waterfront.
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The gates were removed some years ago, prior to the building of the new surf club and at the time the Burnie City Council had to admit it may have lost the gates.

Destined for the tip in 2008-09, the gates were picked up by a council employee, who said he had permission from the council.

He had the gates installed in his garden, but was more than happy to hand the gates back to have them put back at their original location.

The gates will be used as ornaments and received a fresh coat of paint before they were reinstalled yesterday.

“It will be great to see the gates returned to their rightful place,” Burnie Mayor Steve Kons said.

“The gates were removed as part of the development works and while they weren’t initially set to return to the waterfront, due to the new design, council has been pleased to work with the Hilder family and community to restore the gates to the area.”

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