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WAY TO REMEMBER: At St George’s Park for the unveiling of the memorial seat for Russell Majer are (from left) George Majer, Jenny Max and Halina Majer. Picture: Katrina Dodd.IT ONLY takes Jenny Max five minutes to walk to the park and sit on the seat dedicated to her son Russell.
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Ms Max, of Latrobe, said choosing to have a seat in the park as a space to remember and reflect as part of the Latrobe Council seat dedication project was an easy decision.

Her son Russell Majer would have turned 25 yesterday.

He committed suicide in November last year while in Melbourne where he was based attending Swinburne University.

Ms Max said after Mr Majer’s funeral in Melbourne she was undecided where to place his ashes.

“I was finding it hard to give up his ashes and then saw this idea from the council and thought it was a great idea.

“This way I don’t have to give up his ashes, I can keep them with me, but I also have somewhere to visit and remember him.

“The council have been really good. I had the choice of four colours for the seat and I chose grey as he liked that colour.

“It has a plaque attached with his name and date of birth and also saying we have donated it.

“It works out well as it was not expensive, and if I ever move or anything I can take ashes with me.

“The seat now has a meaning and will give people somewhere to sit and think and we can also scatter flowers there.”

Ms Max said she will be able to walk to the area on a daily basis.

“It has a nice outlook over the park and you can see the mountain in the background and it gives people a break to observe nature.”

Latrobe Mayor Mike Gaffney said the seat is the second installed from the council’s seat dedication project.

“In this case Jenny is remembering her son with a seat dedication, so perhaps this project may assist with the loss be it through suicide or otherwise,” he said.

If you or someone you know would like help or information about suicide contact Lifeline on 131114.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Embracing Anzac spirit

Lawrence Corbett and his daughter, Helen THOUSANDS came in darkness to attend Devonport ‘s dawn Anzac Day service.
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Crowd numbers broke all previous records yesterday.

Devonport RSL Sub- Branch president, Grant Munday, said in recent years the early service had grown to be the biggest of the day.

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“Today was the largest we have ever had,” Mr Munday said.

He said it was hard to get accurate numbers, but estimated up to 3000 were at the dawn service and about 2000 were at the morning service.

Special mention was made at the morning service of the 27 members of the Devonport RSL Sub- Branch aged over 90, three of whom led the march.

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“For anyone to have got through WW2 and make it to 90 that’s significant.”

Devonport Mayor Steve Martin spoke of Anzac Day being the “one day in our year that we as Australians gather in solemn remembrance of our men, women and our animals who have served and fought in war”.

Mr Munday said Anzac Day was a time to reflect on the service of all Australians who served in wars, including in Iraq and Afghanistan and in peacekeeping roles in more recent times.

“May we and our successors prove worthy of their sacrifice,” he said.

Anzac Day addresses were given by Grade 10 student Laura Wood and Emily Pickett, the 2010 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize recipient.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


12 Cats selected in NTFL squad

Wynyard’s Zac Smith was named in the NTFL representative squad. The cats had 12 players selected in the squad.WYNYARD has been rewarded for a stellar start to the 2012 season with a total of 12 players named in this year’s NTFL representative squad to take on the SFL next month.
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Named in the initial squad is dynamic on- ballers Zac Smith and Rhys Phillips, defenders Cameron Betts, David Fitzpatrick, Clinton Stretton and Hamish Shaw, goal kicking machines Nick Hall and Nick Pearce, big men Sam Douglas, George Walker and Gregg Sharman along with exciting youngster Declan Moore.

“It is a just reward for their start to the year and a testament to the way their players have stepped up this season,” NTFL coach Dale Perry said.

“We’re confident we have put together the best side possible to defeat (the SFL) and that we haven’t left anyone out.

“We’ve got a good mix of height, pace and players who can be moved around, along with plenty of experience.

For East Devonport, coach Daniel Freshney has made the squad along with recruit Sam Rundle, Alex Baldock, Sam Borlini and Brodie Sheahan.

It is no secret there is ill feeling between Freshney and Perry given Freshney’s controversial switch to the Swans in the off season, but Perry wouldn’t be drawn into whether or not the two could put aside their differences in the lead-up to the game.

Despite not having played a game this season after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier in the year, Penguin’s Brad McDonald has been named in the squad along with 39-year-old ruckman Brad Davis.

“Brad (Davis) may be the oldest ruckman in the competition, but in my eyes he is one of the best,” Perry said.

“He has been exceptional this season and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

“As for Brad McDonald, he is an exciting player and even though he hasn’t played a game, I have no doubt he will be up and about.”

The usual suspects for Latrobe have again been named with Gavin Woodcock, Adam Jeffrey, Brodie Deverell and Josh Holland key inclusions, while Jacob Shaw has also been included this season.

While an initial squad of 36 has been announced, the final team will hinge on the Tasmanian Football Council’s under 23 state team.

A total of 15 players including Moore, Douglas, Pearce, Hall, Borlini, Baldock, Sheahan, Rundle, Shaw, Clint Riley, Jason Radford, Simon Vanderfeen, Josh Walmsley and Cameron Upton have been named in the under 23 side that will take on the NTFA in Launceston on May 20.

The NTFL versus SFL game will be played the day before on May 19.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


4 Latrobe boxers head to elite titles

Former Australian champion and Commonwealth Games representative Luke Woods will compete in the Elite Champion Titles in New South Wales, fighting in the 64kg division.WHILE Jackson Woods will fly its flag at the London Olympics, it doesn’t mean the rest of the Latrobe Boxing Club is resting on its laurels.
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The club is sending four members to the Elite Champion Titles in New South Wales this weekend.

It’s a tournament club coach Craig Woods rates highly.

“It’s like a mini Australian title where each weight division has four fighters,” Woods said.

“The great thing is you are guaranteed two fights, and with Olympic selection out of the way our main aim is to get as many fights as possible for the rest of the year.”

Former Australian champion and Commonwealth Games representative Luke Woods headlines the quartet and will fight in the 64kg division.

Craig said New South Welshman Darrell Borg would pose the biggest threat to Luke’s hopes of taking out the title.

“He (Borg) will be very handy,” Woods said.

“But Luke was just beaten in the final at the Australian Championships a few months ago and is in good shape.”

Nick Cooney is also making the trip north, with Irishman Ciaran Bates one of the men standing in his way of winning the 60kg division.

Matt Newitt will step into the ring in the 60kg division while Dylan Hardy will carry the club’s hopes in the 75kg division.

Woods expects Hardy and Victorian Jake Carr to produce one of the fights of the tournament.

“My son Aaron has beaten him (Carr) twice, but he has improved a lot since then,” Woods said.

“Dylan is a Youth Commonwealth Games representative and it will be a good tussle.”

Woods said it was encouraging to see so many of the club’s members fighting at the top level.

“This weekend will give all the boys good exposure,” he said.

“To have four boys nominate and get invitations is a huge boost for the club.

“It’s all part of our goal at next year’s Australian Championships, which is a seeding event for the Commonwealth Games.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Penguin in control from first bounce

UP IN THE AIR: Penguin ruckman Brad Davis goes for the ball in the clash against Ulverstone yesterday. Picture: Kelly Slater.NEVER before has an Ulverstone NTFL side lost to Penguin by more than it did in the Anzac Day clash yesterday.
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Ulverstone supporters were leaving at three quarter time as the Two Blues thumped the Robins by 94 points, 22.23 (155) to 8.13 (61).

Widely expected to be a fiery encounter the match fizzled after Penguin took control of the game early.

Kicking with a four-goal breeze, Penguin entered quarter time leading by 34 points after booting 7.5.

Ulverstone had a chance to get back into the match in the second, but squandered its chance.

The Robins kicked 1.4 in the first seven minutes and 1.7 for the term.

After holding the Two Blues for the first stages of that quarter, the Robins allowed Penguin coach Jason Ling to kick a goal.

Goals from Chris McDonald and Rodney King followed and Penguin had won the quarter, despite kicking into the breeze.

Ulverstone never got back into the game.

The Robins were toothless in attack, thanks largely to the play of Penguin defenders.

Matthew Wooldridge and Troy Dean, when back there, took mark upon contested mark as the Robins’ forwards struggled to get any of the ball.

With Rodney King and Todd Munro running rampant through the middle, the Two Blues picked up perhaps their finest win of the season.

“Last week was when we turned it around,” Penguin coach Ling said of his side’s current form.

“We can keep improving, we could have easily dropped off in that last quarter there but I think we still had 16 tackles in that last quarter, so we were still working pretty hard.”

Addressing his side after the match, Ling described the team’s defensive effort as perhaps the best-ever during his tenure at the club.

The mood was much different in the Ulverstone change rooms where Ulverstone coach Scott Blair lamented his side’s missed opportunities in the second quarter.

“We couldn’t put them under scoreboard pressure early in the game,” Blair said.

“In the second quarter we kicked 1.7 with the breeze.

“We’ve just got to take those opportunities in the early parts of the game, and it’s just something that we’re not doing, we’re just not.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Sliding rule opens ‘grey area’ debate

SYDNEY – The AFL community’s debate over players sliding in legs or knees first has proven divisive, with Sydney coach John Longmire and West Coast counterpart John Worsfold disagreeing on whether there are any grey areas.
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Longmire said yesterday he has no problem with Lindsay Thomas being cleared over the incident that broke young Swan Gary Rohan’s leg – but says the rules concerning the issue are a little confusing and the AFL is still finetuning its approach.

North Melbourne’s Thomas risked a three-game ban when he successfully fought a rough conduct charge at the tribunal on Tuesday night.

The AFL vowed before the season to crack down on players sliding into contests knees or feet first and the Thomas case was the second landmark charge in two weeks.

Swans co-captain Adam Goodes earlier copped a one-week ban for sliding into Port Adelaide’s Jacob Surjan, with the club unsuccessfully challenging that suspension.

“We’ve been in the unenviable position of being on both sides of the debate and discussion over the last week – obviously with Goodesy being suspended and then Gary Rohan having a broken leg,” Longmire said.

“I think there’s still some grey areas when you’re looking at everything. We certainly didn’t have any problem with Lindsay getting off.”

Worsfold later contrasted that view, suggesting the league’s 18 coaches were aware of what’s acceptable.

“I think they were fairly different circumstances (Goodes and Thomas’ incidents) and I still think it’s pretty common sense about what’s correct and what’s not correct. I don’t think there’s too much of a grey area,” Worsfold said.

“I think most people would’ve accepted that. Goodes was found guilty so we’re aware of sliding in like that when somebody has already got the footy, you are going to be at risk.”

Longmire suggested it was difficult to determine how similar the incidents involving Goodes and Thomas were.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


A game of highlights decided by a dribbler

MELBOURNE – The barest of touches of a boot and the barest of margins separated Collingwood from Essendon yesterday.
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The Magpies won a drama-packed Anzac Day clash 11.14 (80) to 11.13 (79) at the MCG in front of 86,932 fans, thanks mainly to Dane Swan’s magnificent performance.

However, the midfield marvel’s Anzac Medal- winning 42 disposals, 13 clearances and three goals would have been wasted, if not for a dribbled winner from Jarryd Blair, confirmed after a tense wait for a video referral.

It was the last score of a nerve-jangling final term.

Essendon coach James Hird expressed great pride in his team despite the loss.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said he would have felt likewise even if a Brent Stanton goal that gave Essendon the lead two minutes from full-time had proved the winner.

“But ultimately, after they’d invested so much through the game, credit to them. They were able to find a little bit more in that last couple of minutes to kick the final score,” Buckley said.

He said his team, still missing premiership stars Luke Ball, Dale Thomas, Heath Shaw, Alan Didak, Ben Reid and Chris Tarrant, had set the bar for its season.

“It’s the closest thing we’ve given to a four- quarter performance this year,” Buckley said.

It was Essendon’s first defeat and gave the Magpies a positive win-loss record (3-2) for the first time.

The Magpies looked superior for much of the day, particularly the first half, when Swan, Scott Pendlebury and Dayne Beams controlled the midfield, Harry O’Brien excelled as a defensive sweeper and Travis Cloke threatened in attack.

Essendon’s Stewart Crameri, who starred with 5.6 against Carlton four days earlier, was superbly held by Nathan Brown, in a brilliant comeback from knee injuries by the Magpies defender, playing his first AFL game since the 2010 grand final.

However, the Bombers stayed in touch, helped by some Collingwood misses.

A sprayed Chris Dawes set shot late in the first half allowed Essendon to race away for an Alwyn Davey goal, keeping the half-time margin to two goals.

It was still within two goals at the last change, despite a heroic 13-touch, two-goal third quarter from Swan.

The buffer stretched to three majors, before a goal to Cory Dell’Olio and two to Davey tied the scores.

Another Magpies miss, from Ben Sinclair, allowed Essendon to hit the front through Stanton’s snap, but only for about 40 seconds, before Blair pounced on a ball that slipped over a goalsquare pack.

“You never want to let the ball get out the back on a wet day,” Hird said, adding it was just one moment among many the Bombers could learn from.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Demons duo step up against Somerset

UP AND AWAY: Burnie’s Sam Johnstone puts up a shot in the game against Devonport. Picture: Stuart Wilson.LATROBE coach Jordan Muir hopes Chris Smith and Andrew Woodward will continue to stand tall.
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The pair enjoyed breakout games in the Demons’ 12-point win over Somerset on Tuesday night, with Muir saying the sky was the limit for the big men.

“Chris really came out of his shell and Andrew was very useful as well,” Muir said.

“To have our big guys involved is really important for us and hopefully it’s the start of a run on for them.

“They’re both good players when their confidence is up.”

Not for the first time this year, Jordan Gregg led the way for the Demons on the stats sheet with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

However, Muir was pleased to see not all the responsibility falling to the import.

“Jordan was great, but we had lots of good contributions,” he said.

“We ran all 12 players and they all had an impact.

“We concentrated really hard on defence and let the offence take care of itself.”

The win improves Latrobe’s record to three and eight for the year, keeping it in fifth place.

Somerset is languishing in eight place, but will receive a boost with Tall Timbers Thunder import Blagoj Janev set to suit up for the Heat.

Meanwhile, Ulverstone got the better of reigning premier Wynyard for the second time this season, recording an 11-point win at home.

Shawntes Gary led all comers with 33 points and 18 rebounds, while Wildcats coach Sam Armstrong had 21 points.

Burnie justified its place in the top four with a win over third-placed Devonport.

Larry Williams fell agonisingly short of a triple-double for the Tigers with 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, while former Somerset coach Michael Nutt had 19 points.

Penguin snapped a five-game losing streak with a 85-76 away win against Smithton.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Devon finally secures its first win of season

TACTICAL: Burnie wing attack Kara Briggs looks to pass the ball past Devon’s Josie Emery. Picture: Stuart Wilson.OPTOMEYES Devon has notched up its first win of the season, taking Coastal bragging rights and the Intercity Challenge Cup in last night’s clash against the Mader Burnie Tigers.
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In front of a vocal crowd in Devonport, the home side out- muscled its Coastal counterparts by nine goals – 37 to 26.

Despite an evenly poised first quarter, with both teams locked at seven goals apiece at the first break, Devon upped the ante in the second quarter to take an 18 to 14 lead into the main break.

Defender Ebony Roberts, who claimed the player of the match award, was simply outstanding in defence, intercepting the ball on numerous occasions to feed into Devon’s attack.

Roberts teamed superbly with Lisa Loubser to limit the Tigers’ avenue to goal.

Burnie shooter Alicia Hammond (13) and Claire Maynard (7) both tried to keep their side in the hunt but with both girls shooting at just 46% accuracy, it was always going to be difficult.

It was a different story for Devon’s shooters as Penny Williams, with 21 goals at 64% accuracy, and Rebecca Hyland, with nine goals and 81% accuracy, gave their team the edge despite some solid defensive plays from Kresta Davies.

Extending the lead to 10 at the final break, Devon managed to hold sway for the morale-boosting win.

The loss leaves the Tigers winless after seven rounds.

In the under 19s, it was Burnie who claimed a resounding 19-goal victory – 53 to 34 – with the Tigers’ centre Kirsten Loring named player of the match.

Devon will play host to the northern based Hawks next Saturday night at St Brendan Shaw, while Burnie has the week off after a loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday.

The Cavaliers were far too strong for Burnie, outclassing it in all areas to win 61 to 41.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Saunders hooked after reeling in 15kg beauty

NICE HAUL: John Edwards (left), of Burnie, and Luke Saunders, of Stowport, with their championship trophies. Picture: Stuart Wilson.JUST 12 months after taking up the sport, game fisherman Luke Saunders is hooked.
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And the 19-year-old Stowport angler has good reason to be following a successful weekend out at the 2012 Club Marine 24th Australian Bluefin Tuna Championships at Eaglehawk Neck.

Close to 280 anglers and 74 boats took to the waters for the biannual event, run by the Tuna Club of Tasmania.

Under the guidance of veteran Burnie angler John Edwards, Saunders claimed the title of the heaviest southern bluefin tuna for the competition, reeling in the 15kg beauty in the first few hours of the competition last Friday morning.

“The one I caught was just a goldfish compared to some that were down there,” Saunders said.

“It fought a bit when I hooked it and then when it got to the boat, but it probably only took 10 minutes or so to (reel) it in.”

Fellow angler Peter Bailey, of Hobart, who was aboard the same boat, also claimed the title of the heaviest southern bluefin tuna caught by an adult male, with his fish also weighing in at 15kg.

The men, aboard Edwards’ 7.5m aluminium cabin cruiser named The Other Woman also managed to take home the title of the highest points score team.

It was an amazing feat by the anglers, considering just 10 fish were weighed over the two days, with just six making line class.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.