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Wootton rides into lead

SKILLED AND FAST: Devonport’s Brad Wootton is leading the Australian FX-Superbike B Grade Championship. Picture: Russell Colvin.DEVONPORT rider Brad Wootton currently leads the Australian FX- Superbike B Grade Championship after taking a class clean sweep of all three races at round two of the championship at Goulburns Wakefield Park Raceway.
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It was a bittersweet victory for Wootton, after the weekend got off to a disastrous start following a massive crash in practice that heavily damaged the Suzuki racer’s main North West Motorcycles GSX- R1000 FX-Superbike.

An over exuberant manoeuver by a competitor took both riders down.

Reverting to the spare Suzuki GSX-R1000 that was campaigned in the previous two seasons, the race crew worked tirelessly throughout Friday to salvage any possible components from the main bike and provide a competitive package for the weekend.

“I had expected us to be at the pointy end this weekend, especially at Wakefield Park because it’s a track I really click with and the Suzuki GSX- R1000 works well there,” Wootton said.

“But after Friday we weren’t sure what to expect, apart from being badly taken out and destroying the main race bike, we expected to be in damage control championship wise.”

The 32-year-old rode to 3-2-2 finishes and second overall in B grade in Saturday’s precursor FX- Nationals series behind championship rival Joel Muddle.

“After Saturday’s FX- nationals races we had the spare bike working really well, especially considering all we had was just standard front road bike suspension,” he said.

“Luckily I had no injury or soreness from Friday’s crash so we knew we could be in for a shot at the win Sunday.”

After qualifying as the first B grade rider and ninth overall in Sunday’s FX-Superbike Championship field, Wootton took three class victories from Sunday’s races and rounded out the weekend 10th overall, moving to an eight-point advantage in the B grade standings.

The 2012 Australian FX- Superbike Championship now moves to Queensland Raceway for round three on July 20-22.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Chamley is fulfilling competitive needs

NEW DIRECTION: Christina Chamley is trying outriggers after an injury in powerlifting. Picture: Stuart Wilson.CURRENT Australian powerlifting champion Christina Chamley, of Burnie, is working hard again this year preparing to compete at the National Championships, but not in powerlifting.
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Next month, Chamley will compete at the National Outrigger Marathon Championships in Mooloolaba, Queensland.

After sustaining an injury in powerlifting last year, ending her competitive lifting days, Chamley worked with local exercise physiologist Simon West to recover, and started looking towards another sport to fulfil her training and competition needs.

“Like most of us, I had seen those six-person outrigger canoes training in the bay off Burnie and Somerset,” Chamley said.

“I always thought they looked so good out there enjoying our beautiful Coastline, all paddling in unison.

“I wondered if this was a sport I could have a go at, but I had no prior experience with sea-based sports and neither was I that comfortable in the sea, plus I get seasick too,” she said.

With comprehensive coaching, Chamley was soon paddling confidently in a six-person crew.

“Then about 10 weeks ago I was delighted when they asked me to be part of their squad going to the National Marathon Championships.

“Talk about having motivation to train, I had never done anything like endurance or marathon training before,” she said.

“It is obviously a totally different type of training and sport from the short explosive movements of powerlifting that I am used to.”

The Cradle Coast Outrigger Canoe Club will send an 18-person squad to compete in various races at the championships including composite teams in the under 14 and under 16 divisions, male and female crews, two mixed senior crews, and an all-men’s senior crew.

The club heads to Mooloolaba next month coming off the back of a successful trip to the Sunshine Coast at the National Sprint Championships earlier this year where they won 41 medals.

Anyone interested in finding out more or trying outrigger canoeing should phone Leigh Paine on 0429093662 or visit www.cradlecoastoutrigger. com.au.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Tough player stance

FOCUS: Forth’s Josh Kirkwood gets a kick in his side’s game against Wesley Vale. Picture: Katrina Dodd.AT A time when some clubs are stretched for players, Rosebery Toorak is in an encouraging position of having a good roll-up and is intent on building on the progress made last year when it narrowly missed out on a spot in the North Western Football Association finals.
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Playing coach Duncan Murfet said the club was in its best position for a while and the coaching staff have put players on notice that unless they are prepared to commit to training, there will be no guarantee of a game each week.

“Hopefully, this will convince the players they have to improve on an individual level to hold their spots in the team,” Murfet said.

Although Murfet is not expecting immediate results, Rosebery Toorak’s improvement will be assessed at Maidstone Park, tomorrow, against a Spreyton team that will be on the rebound from last Saturday’s 10-point loss to East Ulverstone.

That was East Ulverstone’s second win from as many games and the Crows will be keen to make the perfect start to the season under new coach Zane King against Wesley Vale.

Although Wesley Vale is yet to win a game, the Kangaroos have been competitive and, on their home ground tomorrow, will make East Ulverstone work hard for the points.

Sheffield stepped straight into third spot on the ladder after its season debut 107-point win over West Ulverstone, last Saturday, in what was a rehearsal for tomorrow’s match against ladder leader Motton Preston.

The inclusion of some of Mole Creek’s premiership players from last year, such as Shannon Mulvey and Michael Westbrook, has given some bite to a Robins team that on paper looks a finals prospect.

Motton Preston also seems likely to again be in the finals action in September and, in front of Sheffield’s home crowd, the contest should provide its share of highlights.

In the final match of the round at Turners Beach, Forth should be untroubled to take the points against a depleted Seagulls’ side, which was well beaten by Motton Preston last weekend.

Forth, on the other hand, had too many scoring options for Wesley Vale, to win by 38 points, and should confirm its growing status as a potential finals team.

West Ulverstone has the bye.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


High Flying Rulerproving a classy filly

CLASSY three-year-old Jet Laag filly High Flying Ruler is shaping up as one of the best of her age and sex to have graced the pacing arena in Tasmania in recent years.
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The winner of five of her six starts to date, including the 2012 Tasmanian Oaks, has taken all before her this campaign and is being compared by her trainer, Rohan Hillier, with the outstanding mare Shez Ryleymak.

The Beauty Point-based Hillier- prepared Shez Ryleymak to win a total of 23 races and stakes of more than $270,000 and is therefore well qualified to make the comparison.

“Rohan drove High Flying Ruler in her first official trial this preparation and said to me that if I gave her to him to train he would win the Oaks,” part-owner Larry Nichols said this week.

“He achieved that goal and several times since he has mentioned her in the same breath as Shez Ryleymak.”

Nichols races High Flying Ruler in partnership with his wife, Elizabeth, having bred her from his former smart race-mare Northern Ruler, the winner of 12 races.

By Northern Lights from the Windshield Wiper mare Lombo Boucheron, Northern Ruler was purchased as a rising-two-year old from an advertisement in a popular weekly harness racing publication.

Lombo Boucheron is a daughter of the outstanding Toliver Hanover mare Trunkey Gold, which was raced by a syndicate of Sydney racing journalists headed by Ken Harkness.

Northern Ruler’s first foal, by Time Stands Still, was very small and given away as a hack and she has also produced the winner Spirited Ruler and colts by Sutter Hanover and Real Desire.

Nichols has leased the Sutter Hanover to Devonport car salesman Eddie Murdoch and is currently educating the Real Desire colt, a rising two-year-old.

Contrary to earlier reports, High Flying Ruler will not compete in Victoria as a three-year- old, but may take on the best in the land next season.

“There are several very good races such as the Bouquet, the Bandbox and the Princess Of Pace yet to be decided here in Tasmania and if she contests all three she would probably be entitled to a spell,” Nichols said.

“We will let her mature a bit and then probably tackle the Victoria scene as a four-year-old with her.”

The filly’s win in the Tasmanian Oaks (2579m) conducted at Tattersalls Park on March 25 was sensational.

She displayed blistering speed to lead from the mobile and was never headed as a raging $1.50 favourite, eventually defeating Victorian filly Machabiba by a metre while rating 2.00.6 for the trip.

“Machabiba subsequently won a heat of the Victorian Oaks, so it was a wonderful win, probably the biggest thrill of our lives,” Nichols said.

Upcoming meetings – Harness: Tote Racing Centre, tonight; Devonport Raceway, Sunday (Raider Stakes and Granny Smith). Greyhounds: Tote Racing Centre; Monday; Devonport Raceway, Tuesday; Tattersalls Park, Thursday.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


A warm place for City Kitchen users

A NEW BASE: Burnie City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite (front) with volunteer Nicole Moorby and Emu Bay Lions Club member and driver Garry Love. Picture: Kate Prestt.WITH winter just around the corner, those using Burnie’s City Kitchen now don’t have to eat out in the weather.
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City Kitchen and the outreach service of City Mission served its first meal on June 8, 2009.

Now almost three years later, they have secured a new home forming a partnership with the Burnie Community House, Shorewell.

City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite said it was a dream come true that those accessing the service on Mondays and Wednesdays would now not only be able to get their meal at all the usual places and at the car park at the former Acton school, but they would also be able to come inside and sit and eat at the community house or take their food home.

Burnie Community House coordinator Tracey Edington-Mackay said with a new kitchen, thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund grant, it made sense to welcome Burnie City Kitchen volunteers to prepare the meals and those who access the service to have somewhere to eat.

“I see those who access the service out in the cold and the dark and it just seemed the logical thing to open the house up and have a partnership with City Kitchen,” Ms Edington- Mackay said.

Tomorrow there will be an open day for volunteers and those interested in learning what City Kitchen does to come and familiarise themselves with the house, kitchen and the frameworks they will work within.

Burnie City Kitchen may widen its service.

“We are in negotiations with other venues, one in Wynyard and another in Burnie, but it’s too early to give any details,” Mrs Hite said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.