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TARGET: Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes has come under fire from her Liberal opponents on council in recent weeks. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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HERE is what I think is happening inside City Hall.

The first thing you need to know is that if allegations of bullyingand concerns about expenditure on overseas travel were part of Lisa Tierney’s motivation for quitting the council, I don’t think theywereher only motivation.

That doesn’t make sense. If you’re a politically-minded person worried about the direction of the council, wouldn’t you use your position to try to change that?

Isn’t that the whole reason people stand for elected government?

I would have liked to have asked Ms Tierney about this, but she didn’t return calls on Wednesday.

Even if the alleged bullying and overseas travel had become too much for her to bear witness to, the realityis that a lot of people in the Liberal Party have assumed for a while that she wasn’t going to run again.

She has a time-consuming job withCompass Housing and it’s maybe fair to say that, in that context, council wasn’t her first priority.

The low meeting attendance record across 2015and 2016kind of hints to that.

The second thing to consideris whetherher grievances with the Lord Mayor are genuine concerns,or whether it’s justsabre rattling by the Liberal councillors knowing that there’s an election later this year.

The answer, predictably, is both.

Warranted or not (and I have no idea whetherit is) Nuatali Nelmes has a reputation for being difficult to work with,andstories persist about staff not liking her.

Cr Nelmes, of course, denies this.

And the overseas travel is obviously all on the record. In this term Cr Nelmes has traveled toGeneva, the United States and Singapore.

Whether you think that’s something a lord mayor should be doing or not is probably a question for you.

But so what is at the heart of all this? What’s the real story?

This is one of those annoying times as a reporterwhen what youknow is not what youcan write.

But it’s probably OK for me to posit that the reason Cr Nelmes’ scandalous (and I say that with my tongue firmlyensconced in my cheek) $270(!) childcare billis on the front page of a certain Sydney-based News Corporation journal of recordhas less to do with like civic virtue or whatever and more to do with who certain people might like to be the next lord mayor of Newcastle.

And I can say this, too:there’s a reason Ms Tierney said she was “most concerned” about the hiring of a new chief executive.

So far what you’ve heard is that a random“elderly bloke” from Belmont told Alan Robinson that the selection process was rigged.

The reality is the Liberals –and others –believe there’s more to it than that.

The reason you haven’t read more about is that no one has any actual, you know,proof.

The office of local government is set to report on it as early as next week.

I guess we’ll all find out then.

Man on terror-related charges RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Picture: AFP.
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RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Picture: AFP.

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

RAID: Haisem Zahab from Cherry Vale Place Young was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday. Photo: CRAIG THOMSON

TweetFacebookFORTY-TWO year old Haisem Zahab fromCherry Vale Place, Young, was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism last Tuesday.

Mr Zahab did not apply for bail when he appeared before Young Local Court on Tuesday afternoon, and it was formally refused by magistrate Peter Dare.

The 42-year-old Australian-born electrician has been charged withallegedly attemptingto the research, design, and model along-range missile and a guidance system for the missileand design a laser warning device for Islamic State.

Mr Dare said these charges carry life sentences.

Mr Zahab will be held in custody before appearingin the Paramatta Local Court on Wednesday, March 8, via audio-visual link.

The Commonwealth prosecutor Ms L Thompson would not confirm if the appearance via audio-visual linkwas for security reasons, only saying it was the instructions she had been given.

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“He wascharged with a number of offences which include two serious foreign incursion offences under the Commonwealth Criminal Code, which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment,” he said.

“With these offences, we will allege that he has utilised the internet to perform services for ISIL, activities in the Syria and Iraq conflict, from Australia in the following ways.

“Firstly, by researching and designing a laser warning device to help warn against incoming guided munitions used by coalition forces in Syria and Iraq. And secondly, we will also allege that he has been researching, designing and modelling systems to assist ISIL’s efforts to develop their own long-range guided missile capabilities.”

Mr Colvin said the AFP will be alleging that the material that he was intending to provide to ISIL, and the research he was doing, was credible.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the AFPoperation didnot relate to any planned terrorist attack in Australia.

“This AFP operation highlights thatterrorism, support for terrorist groups, and Islamist extremism is not limited to our major cities,” he said.

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Newcastle trainer Kris Lees believes wet-track specialist Knit‘n’Purl will be the best of his four chances on Thursday at Hawkesbury of qualifying a second runner in the $400,000 Provincial Championships final.
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WET AND WILD: The Kris Lees-trained Knit’n’Purl, pictured winning on a heavy 10 surface at Randwick in August last year, will jump from barrier four on Thursday at Hawkesbury. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜生活南京桑拿

Princess Posh gave Lees a first runner in the April 8 final at Randwick with a third at Wyong last week in the first of five qualifiers.

He will have Knit‘n’Purl, Lomazzo, Reach For Heaven and Star Reflection vying for a top-three finish in the 1400-metre Hawkesbury race and others lined up for the March 15 Gosford, March 23 Kembla Grange and March 29 Newcastle qualifiers. Lees had the final quinella last year with Danish Twist and Powerline and trained eight of the 15 qualifiers.

Hawkesbury was rated a heavy 9 on Wednesday after more rain, which helpedKnit‘n’Purl sit second favourite with TAB Fixed Odds at $4.20.The four-year-old More Than Ready mare hasthree wins and two placings in eight starts on wet tracks and two victories from three runs on heavy going.

Lees said all of his runners had “a chance with the right run”but Knit‘n’Purl was the standout.

“She handles the wet and is probably the best chance,” Lees said.“She rarely runs a bad race.She’s a well-bred mare but she got injured early in her career and had a bit of time off, but she’s come back and this is her second prep back and she’s doing a good job.”

Passed in at $240,000 at the 2014 Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sales,Knit‘n’Purl won first-up for Lees at Newcastle as a two-year-old but washurt in a race atGrafton two starts later and hadbone fragments removed.She now has earned $137,020 in prizemoney and four wins in 13 starts.

Racing NSW reports:Lees will attempt to win Australia’s greatest 1600m race first-up with Sense Of Occasion.

Lees on Wednesday announced the gelding will go into the $3 million Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 1 during The Championships without a recent start.

He successfully employed a similar plan in winning the $250,000 group 2 Villiers Stakes with Sense Of Occasion over the Doncaster course on December 17 last year.The victory guaranteed the six-year-old a berth in the Doncaster.

Sense Of Occasion followed his Villiers’ triumph with a second to Red Excitement in the Gosford Gold Cupon January 13.He again showed his liking for rain-affected ground by winning a 1200m barrier trial at Wyong on Monday.

“I thought about starting Sense Of Occasion again before the Doncaster, but decided to run him first-up,” Lees said.“Obviously this is going to be a tougher assignment than the Villiers, but he races well fresh, so we’ll give it another try.”

Sense Of Occasion was eased after finishing fourth to Junoob in the City Tattersalls Cup (2400m) at Randwick on 15 October, and also won a 1200m Gosford trial 12 days before his barnstorming Villiers performance.

The gelding has been successful at three of his seven first-up runs.

Lees already holds a strong Doncaster hand with dual group 1 winner Le Romain, whichwill continue his campaign in Saturday’s group 1Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick.

Singing, whichalso trialled at Wyong on Monday, is likely to resume at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday week.

The French import’s career has been plagued by injury. He has raced only 18 times for four wins and six placings.

Singing hasn’t started since being injured when seventh to Sacred Master in the group 3 Newcastle Cup (2200m) on the Beaumont track on September 16.

He won a 1200m trial on Broadmeadow’s new course proper on January 25, and his trainer will be happy just to get him back to the races.

Guard Of Honour is back home after finishing 11th to Sheidel in last Saturday’s group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.

The three-year-old was forced to race wide from an awkward draw and, in the circumstances, ran creditably at his first start against older horses at racing’s elite level.

“At this stage, we’ll look to get him ready for a race toward the end of the Sydney autumn carnival,” Lees said.

SUBURB SNAPSHOTSteeped in history and towering over the harbour, The Hill is coveted for its grand Victorian residences, cosmopolitan lifestyle and views of the coast and city.
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About one kilometre from the CBD, the suburb was first known as Church Hill and then Prospect Hill. It was one of the earliest settled areas of Newcastle andthe site of the first townplanlaid out by Henry Dangar in 1823.

It is home to severaliconic sites, including Christ Church Cathedral, the convict burial ground and the Anzac Memorial Walk.

Newcastle’s most expensive homes can be found in the suburb; among them Jesmond House which sold for a record $7 million in 2008 and Bishopscourt, which sold for a rumoured $5 million in 2015.

Other magnificent properties include ‘Woodlands’ on Church Street and Pacific House on The Terrace.

LIFESTYLETrue to its name, homes in this suburb are perched on a steep gradient between the hill and the harbour. The majority are Victorian terraces but the western basinis dominated by units.

The suburb is expected to get a further injection of medium density housing whenNBN television vacates its studios on Mosbri Crescent.

LAVISH: Jesmond House sits atop The Hill and is Newcastle’s most expensive property. It sold for a record $7 million in 2008.

Within walking distance to the eateries on Darbyand Hunter Streets, The Hill also benefits from its proximity to Newcastle and Bar Beach.

The suburb’s residents are young –with amedian age of 31 –well paid and well educated. More than 40 per cent are professionals, nearly double the NSW average.

FROM THE EXPERTSThe Hill overlooks Newcastle’s CBD and is situated within walking distanceof dining, schools, beaches and the harbour. It is home to the iconic King Edward Park, a great spot for family picnics and the Obelisk which showcases a 360 degree viewof the city and Newcastle’s beaches.

HISTORIC: A house on The Terrace fronting King Edward Park. The suburb has been home to some of Newcastle’s most high profile residents.

Propertiesrange from apartments, townhouses, terrace-style homes and grand residences dating back to around the late 1800s. The current median price of houses in the area is approximately $1,100,000 and units approximately $485,000, allowing it to become an attractive location for investors and owner-occupiers.

-Presented by Scott Walkom, Walkom Real Estate

BRAND NEW CENTRE: The front entrance to the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre, which is almost ready to open to the public. A free community open day will be held on April 2.HAYBOROUGH – Get your goggles ready, the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre is set to open in less than a month.
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After decades of planning and investigation, followed by a 21-month construction period, the dream of an aquatic facility for Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor is soon to be realised.

The mayors of both councils are proud to announce that the highly anticipated aquatic facility will open on Saturday, March 25.

“After over 30 years of sustained demand, our communities will have the regional aquatic facility that they have been calling for,” Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes and Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said in a joint statement.

“Our councils have worked tirelessly together with the key project stakeholders to deliver this high quality facility on time and on budget, and we have achieved this for our communities.

“Our award-winning Fleurieu Aquatic Centre has been recognised nationally as a leading local government project with the unique collaboration between our two councils setting new standards for infrastructure delivery across council areas.”

To celebrate the milestonean official opening, which will include a free community open day, will take place on Sunday, April 2.

Fleurieu Aquatic Centre Authority chairperson David Cooke said the community open day was a chance to put the new facility on show.

“I am sure once the community sees the aquatic centre for themselves they will be blown away by the end result,” Mr Cooke said.

While plans for the celebration are still to be confirmed, community members are encouraged to put the date for the free community open day in their diaries.

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The Fleurieu Aquatic Centre project is a jointproject of the Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor.It received $7.5 million from the Federal government, $500,000 from the state government and a generous land donation from Beyond Today.

Both councils contributed $6.5 million to the project.

The centre has an eight-lane,25mlap swimming pool;multi-use rehabilitation, leisure andchildren’s pool;outdoor ‘splash and play’ park; fitness centre and creche.

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End of the line: Donna Cook, her son Jamie and his son Kayden at their Stuarts Point home. The Cooks have fished the Macleay for five generations, spanning more than 100 years. Photo: Lachlan Leeming.“It’s like continually banging your head against the wall.”
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This is how Donna Cook, the matriarch of a Stuarts Point commercial fishing family, describes trying to keep their livelihood afloatin the wake of the NSW Government’s industryreforms.

The Cooks are one of many fishing families around the state who have been devastated by the reforms, which cap the amount of fish they could catch with their existing permits, with fishers required to purchase more shares to catch the same amount of seafood.

Donna said a continuing lack of information over what shares are available, and the fact that the shares necessary to keep their business afloat either don’t exist or have already been purchased by others, was creating angst for country fishers.

For the Cooks, it means the shares don’t exist for them to remain viable.

“We’re going to be buggered,” Donna said.

Donna believesthe reforms will see even more foreign seafood imported into Australia.

“We keep saying what about our consumers? Wewon’t be able to provide local seafood.”

A State Parliamentary inquiry into commercial fishing, with a report published on February 24,brought little relief. According to Eungaifisherman Nathan Neilly,the inquiry, chaired by Robert Brown of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, “more or less became a farce”.

He said that the processhad been a “sh-t fight right from the get go”.

“It’s stripped access from the active fishermen and given it away.”

Mr Neilly said that “neither the Shooters and Fishers or the Nationals went in to bat for us” throughout the inquiry.

It was a view echoed by Lawrie McEnally, chairman of theMacleay River District Fisherman’s Co-op, who said “if the National Party is our friend, I’d hate to see our enemy.”

Mr McEnally said uncertain times lay ahead for the co-op, with a number of local suppliers likely to be forced out as a result of the reforms.

“We won’t really know the outcomes until we see who does what,” he said.

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Mudgee region Kindy Kids 2017 | Photos Hargraves: Left to Right: Gracey Signal. Ruby Colley, Charlotte Shoemark.
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Ryan Attwood, Joey Annetts, Madeleine Connellan and Cassidy Warner.

Mudgee Public – Back row – Daniel, Violet. Levi, Patrick, Clayton, Sam, Ashton, Henry, Coby, George. Front row – Myles, Alannah, Lucia, Amelia, Ruby, Mackenzie, Ziggy, Lacey, Tom. Teacher: Mrs Shearman.

Mudgee Public – Back row: Jackson, Sebastian, Hamish, Jonah, Blake, Eli, Freddy, Brinley. Front row: Annabelle, Mollie, Maya, Emily, Elena, Sophie, Stella, Tyler, Alex. Teacher: Mrs Hargraves.

Mudgee Public – Back row – Brayden, Will, Seth, Cohan, Joey, Owen, Tyler, Riley, Elijah. Front row – Austen, Shaylee, Scarlett, Lilly, Mia, Amelia, Natalie, Skye, Zoe. Teacher: Mrs Julie Kidman.

All Hallows – Levi Roberts, Hallie Britten, Thomas O’Rourke, Hope Seis, Hamish Pirie, Chelsey Williams.

Gulgong Public: Back row (left to right)Izaac, Kailyn, Mason, Mikayla, Lachlan, Lawson, Michael, Hunter, Maddison, Connor, RonnieFront Row (left to right)Bailey, Allie, Max, Chase, Ellie, Amelia, Lachlan, Elizabeth, Miranda, Matilda, Jesse, Lola.

Mudgee Public – Back row – Rhys, Braxtan, Braxtyn, Owen, Jack, Angus, Ben, Riley, Jayson, Finnin, Dominik. Front row: Alexis, Larni, Taylor, Ella, Alannah, Audrey, Ruby, Makayla. Teacher: Mrs Nichols.

St Matthews: L-RFront Row:Marcus Stein, Grace Thomas-Grimes, Edward Keen, Indi Hendy, Paris Corbett, Lilly RoeMiddle Row:Charlie Menzies, Archie George, Ebony McDonnell, Felicity Goodlet, Tyce Pettitt, Olivia Pietsch, Harriet Portelli, Harlie Hayes, Paddy Portelli, Des SmithBack Row:Diezel Fitzgerald, Charlie Smeed, Stephanie Rogers, Anya Kriek, Hayden Maranda, Jack Hudson, Will Kearns, Sarah Murray, Kiara Glew, Hugh Carter, Arpan Choudhury.

Ulan Public School – Kinder – Emily McGrath, Elsie Milton, Lucy Fay and Nikola Wilson.

Gulgong Public: Liam, Flynn, Hunter, Elizabeth, Natasha, Eleanor, Charli, Rebekah, Flynn.

Gulgong Public: Back row (left to right)Payton, Kayla, Quinn, Alexis, Benjamin, Jemimah, Cooper, Patrick, Sara, RohanFront row (left to right)Miles, Calen, Amber, Tyler, Ayla, Tyeisha, Maddison, Joshua, Lachlan, Bohdi.

St Matthews: Back: Emily Bourke, Will Forster, Billy Menzies, Sam Gjessing, Raffaele Scotti, Manley Weaver, Matthew Cook, Louis Rodgers, Nate Mayberry-Curry. Teacher: Mrs Brook McDonald. Middle: Taylor Diprose, Sam Rusten, Porsha Barry, Holly Thomas, Holly Moerkerk, Milla Llewelyn, Bill Holden, Harry Crawford, Eadie Faulkner. Front: Creed Arthur, Claire Collins, Jarrah Roberts, Bridie Ramien, Katie Doyle, Lauren Marchant, Ruby Azar, Christian Giammarco.

St Matthews: Front Row (left to right)Oliver Price, Rehan Payyadi Ittapurath, Adele Flynn, Jacob Carter, Freya Swift, Joshua Palmer, Harrison Adams.Second Row: Audrey Bonham, Ella Whittaker, Lucy Stanford, Leila Puslednik, Alice Bond, Madison Meuret, Montana Griffith, Annalise Richardson, Monique BennettsThird Row: Oliver Dwight, Zoey Scicluna, Logan Richards, Morgan Turner, Matt Lacko, Heath Lynch, Thomas Bates, Emily Mcnally, Morgan McdonaldTeacher name: Kelly Espada.

St Matthews: Connor Whale, Dylan Dubbelde, Gurpreet Singh, Flynn English, Lily Ward, Lara Disher, Anthea Kearins, Jessica Nipperess.

St Matthews: Callum Double vice captain, Liam Mulligan Captain, Emma McCarthy-North Captain and Anika Baker vic captain.

CVPS – Back row L to R – Emilia, Frankie, Aliarna, Mikayla, Jaylaa, Anna, Tia, Aylah, Alyssa, Charlotte, Molly, Sienna. Back row L to R: Gabriel, Termjin, Brenda, Jack, Wyatt, Rayne, Riley, Addisson, Paxton. Teacher: Ms Fitzgerald.

Mudgee Public Leaders: Rudra Sharma, Jamie Underwood, Principle Alan Kerr, Emma Thyrd and Rebekah Lowe.

Ulan Public School – School Captains – Chloe Loughrey and Bella Knowles.

CVPS – Back row L to R: Alora, Chloe, Emelia, Chelsea, River, Eve, Aaliyah-Jane, Layla-May, Naomi, Evelyn-Margaret, Nadia. Front row L to R: Bella, Jock, Tiylen, Kobie, Sebastian, Tanquin, Cooper, Harrison, Riley. Teacher: Miss Huntly-Nott.

CVPS – Back row L to R – Leah, Ruby-Rose, Sienna, Tulley, Ruby, Sophia, Tahlia and Charlotte. Front L to R – Lucy, Mia, Millie, Tyra, Grace, Zach, Archer, Lachlan, Eli, Vincent. Teacher Mrs Cover.

CVPS – Back row L to R: Sophia, Elouise, Jessica, Simrat, Dakotya, Millie. Middle row L to R: Edward, Henry, Jardii, James, Brooke, Hailee, Amity, Eve. Front row L to R: Beau, Toby, Noah, Zaidyn, Lachlan. Teacher: Miss Tritton.

Rylstone Public School – Back row left to right – Finley, Luke, Elisabeth, Lexi, Simone, Alexis, Holly, Shree. Front row left to right – Alex, Riley, Charlotte, Skye, Breanna.

Ilford Public School – Amber Irons, Layne Besant and new principle Will Lindsay.

Lue Public School – Front row L to R – Tyler Charters, Amelia Murdoch, Kaspar Sander. Back row L to R – Aliza Butler and Elarah Mogg.

Kandos Public School – Back row L to R: Alex Falzon, Beau Wilson, Abbygail Healey, Scarlette Jupp, Kobie Potts, Brysen Banner. Front row L to R: Hermione San Martin, Akyah Wilkinson, Lexi Smith, Hailey Ashford, Grace Kelly, Theresa Li.

Kandos Public School – House Captains – Sophie Grimshaw, Ky Reddish, Jordan Sant, Kiah Rovella-Hoye, Laura Kubbere and Daniel Keeley.

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Last week Council staff met with University of Canberra staff and a number of students to begin an exciting project.
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Five Landscape Architecture students will undertake a comprehensive analysis of the Wollondilly and Mulwaree Rivers and the walking track.

TRAIL BLAZERS: The river-side walking track in Goulburn is a hit with the public, but stand-by for even more exciting development.

The students will design a plan for development of the river walkway and associated landscaping.

I unfortunately was unable to attend the meeting on Friday, but am looking forward to meeting the students involved.

The Walking Track has been a huge success within our community, with stage 1 already being well used by the public.

We have received plenty of positive feedback which is fantastic, however I believe the area is still full of potential as we look to undertake landscaping and include picnic and BBQ areas, outdoor gym equipment and other features. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the students come up with!

Operational PlanIn April the 2017 Operational Plan and Budget and a four year delivery plan will be presented to council. Councillors have been working closely with staff to pull this document together and we are excited to put it forward for community consultation.

The capital works program includes a number of exciting projects that the community is aware of including the Performing Arts Centre, Aquatic Centre Redevelopment, CBD Enhancement, Adventure Playground and more. Some of the proposed capital works that we will be considering are a street tree program including ‘avenues of honour,’ improvements toour waste management facilities, improving our city entrances and the upgrade of sport fields and cemeteries.

Goulburn ShowIt’s fantastic to have the Goulburn Show returning this weekend after a year off. The show is a huge community event that I am sure manywill be excited to attend.It really does have something for everyone with a number of great competitions, animals for the kids to see, attractions and rides for all to enjoy and the pavilion full of produce, art, cooking and photography. We hope to see you there over the weekend!

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STRONGER AS ONE: The nippers team from the Mollymook SLSC, which finished in second in the overall point score, behind hosts Warilla-Barrack Point SLSCA STRONG team of athletes have starred forMollymook Surf Life Saving Club at the recentSouth Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Championships, held at the Warilla-Barrick Point SLSC.
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Of the team, 46 of them were Nippers athletes and the top results in the u8s includeSonny Coote(second in beach sprint), Darcy Greenhalgh (second in beach flags) andHarry Walsh (first in run and wade), while the beach relay team (Sonny Coote, Harry Walsh, Darcy Greenhalgh and Hayle Bedford) finished second and the R and W relay (Harry Walsh, Max Butson, Cameron Campbell and Hayle Bedford) also claimed silver.

Stars in u9s wereSaige Williams(second beach in flags and third in beach sprint),Sebastian Diver(third in beach sprint) and the beach relay team (Beau Alderman, Sebastian Diver, Saige Williams and Jessica Barr) claimed bronze.

The u10s were best served by Logan Coote (third in beach flags),Maisie Butson(fourth in board), Jacob Jones(fourth swim and flags) and Hailey D’Ombrain (fourth in beach flags).

The top u11s were Nash Burton(second in board, second in beach flags andthird in beach sprint), Olivia Greenhalgh (first in beach sprint and second in beach flags),Kara Hoyer(second in swim),Estella Campbell(third in Ironwoman and fourth swim) and the swim relay (Kara Hoyer, Estella Campbell, Amarli Williams and Zoe Cowled) placed third.

In the u12s, stars were Blake D’Ombrain(first in beach flags and third in beach sprint),Stirling Norwood(second in beach flags and beach sprint),Karla Jones(first in beach flags and beach sprint),Tiffany Coote(third in beach flags) and Archie Skinner(fourth in swim), as the beach relay (Stirling Norwood, Blake D’Ombrain, Karla Jones and Tiffany Coote) claimed gold and the swim relay (Karla Jones, Blake D’Ombrain, Summer Lindberg and Archie Skinner) silver.

Best in the u13s were Maddy D’Ombrain(first in beach flags, second boardand fourth in Ironwoman),Arnae McKillop (second in beach flags and second in beach sprint),Julia Armstrong(second in Ironwoman and third surf race) andMaddie Healey(second in surf race and third in Ironwoman).

Also in the u13s,beach relay team (Maddy D’Ombrain, Arnae McKillop, Julia Armstrong and Maddie Healey) finished third. Finally, in the u14s, top results were Jack Skinner(first in swim, board, Ironman, beach sprint and second in beach flags), Ben Crockett(third beach sprint),Dani Holt(first in Ironwoman,swim and board),Eilish Norwood(second in beach flags and beach sprint),Shallan Burton(third in beach sprint),Jamie Scott(fourth in board), as the beach relay (Jack Skinner, Ben Crockett, Eilish Norwood and Shallan Burton), swim team (Jack Skinner, Dani Holt, Jamie Scott and Ben Crockett) and board team (Dani Holt, Jamie Scott and Ben Crockett) all claimed first.

On top of all this success, Mollymook’s all age relayclaimed the gold medal, while theirmarch past team got silver. In the seniors, the 30+ mixed board relay team claimed gold, the all age relay three-person taplin secured bronze, the open board relay finished with the silver and u15s female board relay claimed silver.

Individually, medals went toAnthony Ireland (gold in 30-39 years board, gold in 30-39 ski and gold in 30-39 surf), Cheryl Garin (golf in 40-49 2km beach run), Simone Scott (gold in 40-49 flags, goid in 40-49 beach sprint and gold in 40-49 board) and Paul Burton (silver in 40-49 flags, silver in 40-49 board and gold in 40-49 ski). Others medals included Brett Crocket (bronze in 40-49 board and silver in 40-49 surf), Robert Scott (silver in 40-49 ski), Kevin Whitford (silver in 50+ beach sprint), Laveneder Gardam (bronze in openflags, bronze in u17s 2km beach run andgold in u17s flags), Adam Newey (gold in open flags, silver in open beach sprint, silver in u17s flags and gold in u17s beach sprint), Brock Scrivener (silver in open flags, bronze in open beach sprint, gold in u17s flags and silver in u17s beach sprint), Timothy Burgmann (silver in open flags and gold in open beach sprint), Lewis Betts (bronze in open surf), Eilish Norwood (gold in u15s beach sprint), Eadan Burton (gold in u15s board and bronze in u15s surf), Kyla Wall (silver in u15s board and bronze in u15s ironwoman), Chloe Scott (silver in u15s ironwoman and silver in u15s surf), Sam Zustovich (gold in u15s flags and silver in u15s beach sprint), Keeghan Norwood (gold in u15s beach sprint), Noah Hill (silver in u15s beach flags), Jordan Karakousis (bronze in u15s flags and bronze in u15s beach sprint), Brent Manning (bronze in u17s flags and bronze in u17s beach sprint).

Olivia Greenhalgh, Jacob Jones, Karla Jones, Callula Norwood,Stirlingand Eilish Norwoodhead to Swansea Belmontfor theNSWchamps this weekend.

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GOOD FORM: Aradale Red’s Brian Richards in action during the final on Saturday. Picture: Peter Pickering
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The top two teams all season are in action with Aradale Red andStawell Golf Red set to face off for the Grampians Bowls Division title at Ararat Bowling Club on Saturday.

The Stawell team finished at the top of the ladder but both teams will give themselves a good chance of winning the decider.

It will be the second time in three weeks the two teams have clashed after they met in the first week of finals.

Stawell Golf Red won two of the three rinks to finish thematch 13 shots ahead of Aradale Red.

The Stawell team had Saturday off which could make play a part in how the team starts the match.

Stawell Golf Red’s Bruce Blenheim said the team was confident going into the grand final.

“We were good enough two weeks ago and nothing much has changed,” he said.

“I think we go in with an unchanged side and we arequietly confident.”

Blenheim said the team are aware that Aradale will have extra motivation this time around.

“Everyone has to bowl well on the day with Aradale trying to get revenge for their loss two weeks ago,” he said.

“Aradale have been known for their firm on-shots where as we rely on drawing to the jack to set things up.

“We have played down at Araratquite a few times and it would suit us the most out of all the Ararat greens.”

Aradale Red’s Gary Jamieson said the team is expecting a hard-fought match.

“Stawell are a pretty seasoned outfit in finals,” he said.

“But I think it is our time, we have been there a few times and never won a grand final before.”

Jamieson said the Stawell team got off to a quick start last time and the focus will be on preventing that happening again on Saturday.

“It is just a matter of the boys settling quicker than they normally do,” he said.

“If they can do that, then we will be right in the match.”

In division two it will be an Ararat derby when theGold andBlue teams battle it out for the top prize.

The Gold team finished in second position while the Blue team have reached the final from third place, 14 points behind minor premiers Stawell Blue.

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