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Swan set to fly in to Devonport

STAR POWER: Collingwood champ and 2011 Brownlow medallist Dane Swan, along with Luke Ball, will appear at a sportsman night hosted by the Devonport Football Club on Saturday, May 19. Picture: Getty Images.THE reigning Brownlow Medalist is coming to Devonport.
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Collingwood’s Dane Swan, along with fellow Magpie Luke Ball, is set to fly into for an event open to the public next month.

Dane Swan and Luke Ball, key members of Collingwood’s 2010 AFL Premiership winning side, will appear at a sportsman night hosted by the Devonport Football Club on Saturday May 19 at the Oval Function Centre.

”We are rapt to have a reigning Brownlow Medalist come to town, which doesn’t happen too often and it is a great opportunity to listen to these players considering all the turmoil that Collingwood has experienced over the past few weeks,” Devonport Football Club general manager Mark Fagan said.

Last year fellow Magpies’ Alan Didak, Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw appeared at the club for a similar event, but that wasn’t run by the Devonport Football Club.

”This time we have made sure we are running the event and we will be structuring the night so the players will have much more interaction with the audience,” Mr Fagan said.

”I’m sure, as it usually is with Collingwood, it will be a very interesting night.”

The night will be hosted by racing personality and Devonport Football Club president Shane Yates and commences at 9pm with a VIP event running for one hour prior, to the main show.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Ulverstone topples 2011 premiers

For the second time this year Ulverstone have reversed last season’s NWBU grand final result and defeated Wynyard.
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Lead by Shawntes Gary, 33 points and 18 rebounds, the Hoppers prevailed by 11 points at home.

Elsewhere, Burnie proved to be a legitimate top four contender, with a win over third placed Devonport.

Latrobe recorded its third win for the season against Somerset, while Penguin snapped a five game losing streak against Smithton.

Penguin 85 d Smithton 76.

Top scorers – Penguin: B Van Wyk 23, M Piercy 20, J Downs 16. Smithton: D Gray 23, J Baker 20, J Tom 15.

Best – Penguin: B Van Wyk, M Piercy, D Warren. Smithton: D Gray, J Baker, J Tom.

Ulverstone 88 d Wynyard 77.

Top scorers – Ulverstone: S Gary 33, J Beveridge 20, M Parker 13. Wynyard: S Armstrong 21, B Armstrong 19, L McGaffin 15.

Best – Ulverstone: S Gary, J Beveridge, M Parker. Wynyard: B Armstrong, S Armstrong, L McGaffin.

Latrobe 81 d Somerset 69.

Top scorers – Latrobe: J Greg 20, A Woodward 16, A Baldock 13. Somerset: T Pittman 23, T Reeves 19, Leigh McInnes 8.

Best – Latrobe: J Greg, A Baldock, C Smith. Somerset: T Pittman, T Reeves, J Salter.

Burnie 86 d Devonport 83.

Top scorers – Burnie: L Williams 25, M Nutt 19, S Johnstone 18. Devonport: E Gaff 21, R Jetson 21, M Sturzaker 16.

Best – Burnie: L Williams, M Nutt, S Johnstone. Devonport: R Jetson, E Gaff, M Sturzaker.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Hundreds turn out to mark Anzac Day

Anzac Day dawn service at Latrobe. Picture: Sonia Byrnes. A crowd gathers at the Railton Dawn Service PHOTO: Kelly Slater
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FLORAL TRIBUTE: Wreaths of flowers surround the cenotaph at Somerset this morning. Picture: Grant Wells.

ANZAC Day services got underway across the Coast yesterday with hundreds attending Dawn Services to mark the occasion.

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It was a fresh start to the morning but those gathered remembered the valour, courage, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship and endurance that was and is the Anzac spirit.

Latrobe RSL president Ray Simpson addressed those gathered at the Latrobe Cenotaph this morning and said we must never let go of Anzac Day.

”This day is a day about remembrance, deference and thankfulness,” he said.

Not only do we remember the Australians and New Zealanders lost at Gallipoli on this day, but Anzac Day is a day for remembrance of all those men and women, the thousands of military personnel who have served and those who are currently serving.

– Lest We Forget.

Do you have photos from today’s Anzac Day services? If so submit them here, we’d love to publish them.

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Queenstown Anzac Day service

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All in the mind

MELBOURNE – Willing spirits will more than compensate for tired bodies in today’s Anzac Day AFL clash between Collingwood and Essendon.
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Magpies boss Nathan Buckley said despite both sides entering today’s match after just a four-day break, there would be no excuse for any late drop-off.

“You’re going to have to find something when you haven’t got it,” will be Buckley’s demand to his troops.

“Once you’re tired, you’re tired, it becomes a mental challenge,” he told reporters.

“There’s not going to be any excuses for lack of performance or lack of workrate.

“It is what it is and our players are ready to go.”

Similarly, Bombers counterpart James Hird, a winner of three Anzac Medals as a player, said the combatants’ desire to excel in the blockbuster annual fixture would trump the fatigue factor.

“There’s no doubt it’s not going to be a normal game, in terms of a seven-day break,” Hird said.

“But you listen to both sets of players talk in the media over the past couple of days and they would have played the day after, they would have played on Sunday if they had to.

“It’s such an important game for both clubs and such a privilege to play in it.”

The Magpies have won five of the past six Anzac Day clashes, including turning a two-point lead early in the last term into a five-goal win last year.

But they entered that round five game unbeaten.

This time, it is the Bombers unbeaten and in superior form, coming off their upset win over Carlton.

A win today would lift Essendon three games clear of the Magpies, with Buckley saying their respective standings was enough to give the game “massive significance”, only enhanced by the anticipated huge crowd and solemn occasion.

Collingwood will gain a morale boost from the long-awaited return of 2010 premiership hero Nathan Brown.

Serious knee injuries have kept the defender out of AFL action since his pivotal blanketing jobs on St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt in the 2010 drawn grand final and replay victory.

But forward Alan Didak has only been named among the emergencies, despite having returned successfully from a pre-season adductor injury through the VFL.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Saints’ Price gives a top performance

NO STOPPING HER: Burnie coach Kim Hodgetts leads by example as she works her way past Devonport’s Ashton Whiley to the basket. Picture: Stuart Wilson.EVEN a player on the verge of scoring 50 points in a game needs guidance, according to David Kay.
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The Smithton coach was staggered by Rhonda Price’s 47-point performance in the Saints’ win over Penguin at home last night, but said the most pleasing thing was the centre didn’t think of herself as bigger than the team.

“She doesn’t like freelance basketball. She appreciates coaching,” Kay said.

“As a coach I want to see the ball in her hands, but to get it there you need structure and that’s what we had tonight.

“It was a team effort.”

Along with Price’s brilliance, the Saints had strong contributions from guards Jessy Price and Kristyn and Julie Kay.

The trio was pivotal in moving the ball on quickly in offence, and running its taller Penguin opponents off their feet.

Lindsay Laur was Penguin’s best with 27 points.

Kay said the win was a massive boost to Smithton’s top four aspirations.

“We had a good win over Ulverstone here at home earlier this season, but I’d say this is our best win for the season,” he said.

“Our goal is finals, if you don’t aim for finals why are you playing?

“At the moment we’re in the mix for the fourth spot, we just have to keep beating the teams around us. So far we’ve been doing it.”

The win also keeps the Saints’ hopes of reclaiming the Bianca Gourley Memorial Trophy alive, with the best of three series between the two sides squared at one-all.

In last night’s other games, a double-double (25 points and 21 rebounds) from Kylie McCauley helped Wynyard get over Ulverstone.

The Hoppers trailed by just seven points at the final break, and put up more shots over the game, but they couldn’t bring an end to the Wildcats 11-game winning streak, going down by 18 points.

In her 250th NWBU game, Erin Butler had 20 points for Latrobe in its win over Somerset, while Devonport accounted for Burnie.

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Smithton 72 d Penguin 68

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Wynyard 75 d Ulverstone 57

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Latrobe 80 d Somerset 57

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Devonport 79 d Burnie 58

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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Gorrie’s two-match ban for striking

Penguin’s Luke Gorrie (right) will miss the next two games after striking Latrobe’s Zac Roberts.PENGUIN defender Luke Gorrie will miss the next two games after he was rubbed out for striking at the NTFL Tribunal on Monday night.
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Gorrie was reported in the third quarter of Saturday’s win over Latrobe for striking Zac Roberts.

He pleaded not guilty.

Goal umpire Geoff Rootes gave evidence that he saw Gorrie strike Roberts to the head several times.

Gorrie admitted there was some pushing and shoving, and the players had hold of each other’s collars, but denied he struck Roberts to the head.

Gorrie admitted there were jumper punches exchanged.

Roberts told the Tribunal there was contact made through jumper punches, but there was no distress on his part.

However, after being rubbed out for striking last season, the Tribunal found Gorrie guilty and ruled him out of today’s Anzac Day clash against Ulverstone along with next Saturday’s game against Smithton.

Fellow Two Blue Troy Dean, who was ineligible to play against Latrobe at the weekend after he was unable to front the tribunal last Monday night to answer a striking charge against Wynyard on-baller Zac Smith, was also found guilty and given a one-match ban.

However, after sitting out Saturday’s clash against Latrobe, he is free to play today.

Meanwhile, the Latrobe Football Club has vowed to take action against a handful of its own supporters following an incident that saw forward Brodie Deverell reported for allegedly using inappropriate language on Saturday.

The Tribunal heard Deverell had his number taken by umpire David Hughes as the teams were headed for the three-quarter time huddle for what Hughes believed to be an offensive outburst by Deverell.

Hughes had awarded a free kick against Deverell in the final minute of the quarter.

Deverell admitted he questioned the decision before the siren, but denied saying anything to Hughes following the siren.

Latrobe runner Matthew Langmaid told the Tribunal that he and Deverell had started to walk towards the huddle with Deverell and heard abuse being directed at the umpire, but not by Deverell.

“(Latrobe advocate) Rick Slatter said the club was very disappointed by the actions of some of its own supporters,” NTFL general manager Ian Wotherspoon said yesterday.

“The club has assured the Tribunal the matter will be dealt with.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Smith moves up to share points lead

STELLAR PERFORMANCE: Zac Smith picked up three votes in the Cats’ big win against East Devonport at the weekend, to move into equal first in The Advocate-Boag’s Dowling McCarthy NTFL Player of the Year award.WYNYARD on-baller Zac Smith has moved to equal first alongside Latrobe’s Josh Holland in the running for The Advocate- Boag’s Dowling McCarthy Tyres NTFL Player of the Year award.
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The former Wynyard captain was best on ground in Saturday’s win over East Devonport, moving the ball forward from centre clearances and doing the in-and- under work around the stoppages.

Smith teamed well with big ruckman Sam Douglas, who collected two votes for his tireless efforts in the ruck.

Douglas notched up one vote in round one, which now takes him to three votes for the season.

East Devonport’s stand- out performer was Brodie Sheahan, who proved a reliable target and found space to run in a bid to keep his side in the hunt, earning him one vote.

Penguin midfielder Rodney King racked up his first votes of the season with a best-on-ground performance in the Two Blues’ first win of the season over Latrobe.

King’s pace and ball gathering with long kicking set up many forward thrusts for the Two Blues.

A seven-goal haul for Brodie Deverell from centre half-forward along with some superb grabs earned him two points, while another stand-out performance from veteran Brad Davis in the ruck for the Two Blues saw him round out the voting.

At Smithton, Scott Bryan stamped his authority on the match by presenting time and time again and giving the home team a reliable avenue to goal to rack up three votes to take him to four for the season.

Arguably the best player on the ground in the second half, Ulverstone’s Cameron Upton found plenty of the ball around the ground and was able to drift forward and kick five goals and secure the two votes, moving him into outright second place on the leaderboard.

Josh Smith again dominated through the middle for the Saints to claim one vote.

NTFL votes will appear in Wednesday’s Advocate for the rest of the season.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Plenty on line in Anzac Day clash

GAME ON: Penguin captain Chris McDonald and Ulverstone acting captain Nick Leedham with the Anzac Day trophy the two clubs will be playing for in today’s NTFL match.SPARKS are set to fly in today’s Anzac Day NTFL showdown between Ulverstone and Penguin.
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With plenty on the line for both teams, it is little wonder Robins coach Scott Blair and his Two Blues counterpart Jason Ling are expecting one fierce clash.

“It’ll be on,” Ulverstone coach Scott Blair said yesterday.

“I think in recent years, the rivalry between these two sides has reignited.

“Obviously I don’t know what the players are thinking but I wouldn’t be surprised if things did get a bit heated.

“We will definitely fly the flag if necessary,” he added.

Both sides have had a less than ideal start to the season, with just two wins between them.

Ulverstone sits at the bottom of the ladder after four rounds, while Penguin sits one rung above it after securing its first win of the year, against Latrobe on Saturday.

“There is a lot on the line for both sides,” Ling said.

“It’s important for our guys to string a few wins together and no doubt Ulverstone will be looking to do the same, so both sides will be going at it pretty hard.”

Along with the four premiership points, the Anzac Day shield is also up for grabs.

The Ted Howe Medal will be awarded to Penguin’s best player and the Bruce Pearson Medal to Ulverstone’s best.

Both men served Australia during World War 2.

Ulverstone will again be without captain Jarryd Chatwin and Nick Leedham will again lead the side.

Robins full-forward Jamie Auton will miss the game with a broken finger, as will Dylan French, who is unavailable.

Their places will be taken by Jade Hughes and Jarryd Cassidy.

Meanwhile, Penguin will be without Luke Gorrie, who was rubbed out for two weeks by the tribunal on Monday night for striking Latrobe’s Zac Roberts.

Cody Batt is also out of the Two Blues side through injury.

The visitors will welcome Troy Dean back from suspension, while Brad Kelly has received a call-up.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Bomber sinks Shipp’s tradition

SURPRISE WIN: Brumby Bomber, trained by Brian Shipp at Westbury, won the City of Devonport Cup yesterday at big odds. Picture: Kelly Slater.BRIAN Shipp picked the wrong time to buck with tradition.
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The Westbury trainer usually has $20 each-way on his dogs when they run, but such was the quality of yesterday’s City of Devonport Cup field, he could only part with $5 each-way on Brumby Bomber.

So when the dog saluted at the exotic odds of $45.70, Shipp was as surprised as anyone.

“It was very unexpected,” Shipp admitted.

“There were some really classy dogs in the race, but he got out well and held on.”

Starting from barrier six, Brumby Bomber held off challenges from local hope Wynburn Diamond and Devonport Cup winner Rewind, who filled the minor placings.

Black Nitro was scratched from the feature race.

Shipp had no problem identifying where the win sits in Brumby Bomber’s career.

“It’s his best win so far,” he said.

“It was his best time at Devonport by a few lengths.

“He had 10 wins coming into the race, but nothing really big.

`He’s a grade one dog now, so he’s going to strike good dogs every time he races.

“He will win a few, but he will need a bit of luck like we had today.”

Brumby Bomber’s sister, Jillaroo Bell, won a trial yesterday and will be a likely starter next week in Devonport.

Shipp said it had been a good day for his two-dog kennel.

“I only do it as a hobby.

“I was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago, so if it wasn’t for taking the dogs for a walk I would just be in bed most mornings,” Shipp said.

“It’s good to get a result from time to time.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Tassie bowls team delighted by defeat of NSW side

THE Tasmanian Men’s Bowls team performed well up to expectations at the recent Australian Sides Championships held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast.
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The team, which has five Coasters in the side, finished with four wins and three losses.

The highlight for the team was its four-shot defeat of the strong NSW side.

It is the second time in four years that Tasmania has beaten NSW, a team made up of several international and Australian representatives.

Other states to feel the wrath of the Tigers were South Australia. Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.

Tasmania got off to a poor start, being beaten by the eventual championship winner, Queensland 69-38.

It then won four of its next five games, only going down to Victoria 63-55.

In its last game against Western Australia, a team that had performed well below what was expected of it, the Tasmanian lads just could not get their game going and went down by 13 shots 48-61.

A pleasing feature of the championships is that the previous powerful states of Queensland, NSW and Victoria have found they can no longer take the lesser states for granted otherwise they may find themselves embarrassed.

NWTBA players in the team were Tim Douce and Adam White from Devonport, and Chris Bannon, Nick Smith and Philip Mundy from Latrobe.

From reports filtering back, it appears all these players can be well pleased with their efforts, as can the rest of the team.

RESULTS, Page 30

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