Glen Willow clash to launch Waratahs’ Super Rugby title bid

LOOKING FORWARD TO IT: Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson is looking forward the his side’s trip to Mudgee. Photo: GETTYIF the NSW Waratahs are to challenge for the 2017 Super Rugby title, coach Daryl Gibson says the Tahs’ trip to the central west next year will act asa crucial springboard.
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The 2014Super Rugby champions will take on the ACT Brumbies at Mudgee’s Glen Willow on Saturday, February 4.

A week-long trip tothe region, the star-studded NSW outfit will engage in junior clinics in both Orange and Bathurst before a intensive training camp at Burrendong Dam in the lead-up to the Mudgee trial.

With such a short preparation ahead of the first regular season clash with the Western Force in Sydney on February 25, Gibson believes there’s no better way to bring his side together than a trip to wine country –not that his side will be sampling muchsauv blanc.

“We see the trip to Mudgee as a real pivotal part of the season in terms of the foundations of our team and setting all our goals and values for the year,” Gibson said, entering his second year as coach of the Tahs.

“The best way we’ve found to do that is on a week-long road trip that includes Mudgee and other local communities in the area and the central west.

“It’s a really big part of our pre-season campaign. The great thing is we’ve got a number of players with country origin, so it’s good that we’ve out supporting them and their area.”

NSW Waratahs are deep into their pre-season summer slog, but won’t boast the likes of Wallabies guns Israel Folau and Michael Hooper until after Christmas.

Initially, Gibson remained coy about the chances of one, if notboth playing at Glen Willow come February 4.

But given the ACT Brumbies have already indicated most of their best XV will get a run in the season-opener,Gibson saidhis two highest profile players are in contention to play in Mudgee.

HAPPY CAMPERS: NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson (left) and Israel Folau (right) are confident a strong camp in the central west will propel the two blues into a strong Super Rugby campaign. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

“They’ll definitely be on the trip …we’ll be taking it easy with them, but I know the Brumbies have indicated a lot of their players may start the game,” Gibson said.

“But it’s probably more likely the players that are training with us now, this is a good opportunity for them.

“But certainly a number of our guys that were on the spring tour will play.”

Gibson said his squad could already feel the love from the wider Mudgee community –with a stack of the Tahs’ best, including Wallaby prop Tom Robertson and rising lock Neg Hanigan, both from Dubbo, hailing from the far reaches of the central west region.

“We’ve heard a lot of great things about the town and particularly impressed with how much they’ve gotten behind the game,” he said.

“It’s creating a lot of community interest and we’ve got a lot of good things organised. We’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve heard great things about the facility at Glen Willow, and we’re hoping we can fill it. That’d generate a great atmosphere.

“It’s important we make the most of the Mudgee game.”

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Morgan set for netball’s top role

Chris Morgan will be president in 2017. Picture: Tracey Duffield-Kruger
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Woorndoo-Mortlake’sChris Morgan waselected president of theMininera and District Netball Association for the 2017.

Morgan ran unopposed at a board meeting on December 12.

The former Woorndoo-Mortlake netball director said her main goal was to continue the work of former association president Anne-Maree Huglin.

“She has done thejob for a long time and has done a lot of work and took on roles that were not her responsibility,” she said.

“I see the initial stage as just seeing where we are up to as an association and what things are in place to progress the association.

“Junior development is a big focus for all clubs and a clear focus will be totry to find out ways to help the clubs out so they can remain viable in the future.”

Morgan will have a lighter load at Woorndoo-Mortlake with a significant amount of her duties already delegated to others to allow her to focus on her new role.

“It would be definitely a focus to make sure that lots of people whoput their hand up for jobs take them on,” she said.

“I have been playing netball since Iwas seven, so havebeen involved in the sport for 42 years.

“Being president is a bit of a personal challenge.

“I have passion forthe association not falling in a hole and I do not want to see things go backwards.”

The Hamilton resident said she has already been adjusting to the role with plenty of things to work through before the season.

“This last week has been full on already since the meeting,” she said.

“There is lots to do preseason administration wise before the first game is even played.

“To make sure everything is right to go before the season starts is important.

“I just want to ensure I am approachable and proactive during myterm of being president.”

There has been other changes to the board with Jill Wade taking over theadministration secretary position.

Kate Julius was electedvice president.

David Wade will manage the MyNetball program while Karen Finch-Huf moves into the umpire coordinator position.

Hawkesdale-Macarthur’s Andrea Drendel and Brenda Noonan were appointed the new results recorders.

Moyston-Willaura’s Lyndee Bond was appointed the public officer secretary.

Maree West has retainedthe role oftreasurer for2017.

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The South Coast Regional Wrap | Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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8.31am: That’s a wrap for this morning. Remember to check in on your local paper’s website for breaking news throughout the day.

8.29am:What do a green and purple dinosaur, a plane doing a nose dive and a bunch of ever-changing fiberglass cows have in common?

For visitors to the South Coast these kookylandmarkssignal you are getting closer to your holiday destination.

We’ve collected a few, but if we’ve missed your favourite landmark,feel free to share it with us and we’ll add it to the mix. Email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

8.25am:Into fishing? You’ll be into this.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all was quite, except for the Australian Bass which were on the bite, especially during twilight.

This weekI hit the Shoalhaven River at daybreak to chase some Australian Bass on surface lures. It wasn’t long before I was treated to some top surface action with bass and estuary perch smashing soft cicada lures. I ended up catching a dozen fish, including a couple of estuary perch around the 40cm mark. Find out more.

8.11am: For around 10 years Kevin and Wendy Lyons have not spent a single night of December away from their South Pambula home. Mr and Mrs Lyons are the faces behind one of the regions most well-known and highly frequented home Christmas light displays. But that’s about to change. Find out why.

7.58am: A warm and fuzzy one this morning.

7.52am: Had it not been for the alertnessof two young North Wollongong Nippers and a post-patrol gathering of surf lifesavers, you would be reading a very different story right now. Read on.

HIGH FIVE: Duane Arnold (left) with Laiken Turner, 11, and James Brighton with Summah Arnold, 7. All four are from the North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club and played a role in Sunday evening’s ocean rescue. Picture: Robert Peet

7.45am: A 64-year-old Bombala man sustained serious injuries when he was attacked by a dog at the Bombala Caravan Park yesterday around 8.30am. Find out more.

7.41am:Two South Coast teens at the centre of a murder plot coordinated from inside a Sydney prison are only alive today thanks to the most unlikely of heroes – their would-be executioner’s hard-nosed cellmate. Full story.

7.13am: Cherry Flower Sheldon started fielding requests about her Christmas busin August.

The Shoal Bus driver decked outher bus in festivecheer for the first time last year and she definitely hasn’t let her passengers down againthis Christmas. See more.

South Coast weatherPartly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower, most likely this evening. Winds W/SW 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day then becoming E 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures 25 to 30.

Roads and railFor those hitting the road this morning we’ve got a clear run so far. Good news for train commuters, there are no delays on the South Coast line.

Regional He’ll be missed: Sam Fraser lifts the Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League under 16s trophy after captain St John’s to victory in September. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

DUBBO |Dubbo clubs grieve after death of Sam Fraser

Teammates and friends of Sam Fraser are struggling to come to terms with his death after he drownedwhile swimming at Churchies Reserve on Monday afternoon. More here.

Focused: Courtney Hardwick from Valentine said the Higher School Certificate was not for everyone – and it was possible to succeed without it. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

NEWCASTLE |Hunter TAFE student bypasses Higher School Certificate to achieve study goal

COURTNEY Hardwick will never forget the disapproving looks and comments she received after she announcedshe was leaving herselective high school in year 10. Watch here.

LITHGOW | Lithgow’s mental health resources at a crisis point

LITHGOW City council has held its first mental health summit. The summit took the form of a panel discussion, with Dr John Dearin facilitating the event. More here.

National news

Nick Kaldas tried to prevent the Ombudsman’s report being released. Photo: Daniel Munoz

NSW | Police top brass Nick Kaldas and Catherine Burn criticised in bugging report

Former deputy NSW police Commissioner Nick Kaldas may face criminal charges for allegedly giving “false and misleading testimony” in a secret hearing over a police bugging scandal, while his one-time rival for the top job Catherine Burn engaged in “unreasonable” and “unlawful” conduct. More here.

Police are searching for a man who held up the Calwell Club Sunday morning. Photo: Rohan Thomson

ACT |Gunman holds up Calwell Club, stabs patron who tried to stop him

A club patron who wrestled a masked gunman to the ground was repeatedly stabbed and remains in hospital with serious injuries. More here.

Warilla woman handed good behaviour bond for using dead dad’s money to pay for tattoos

A Warilla grandmother has been convicted of fraud after she withdrew money from her father’s bank account in the days after he died to pay for tattoos and Christmas presents. More here.

National weather radarInternational news Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov makes an address at the gallery moments before he is shot by Mevlut Mert Altintas, who is seen over his shoulder. Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

RUSSIA |As Russia’s ambassador was assassinated, a photographer witnessed it all

WARNING: Some readers may find the photographs appearing in the story distressing.

When aneatly dressedman fired at the Russian ambassador to Turkey, aveteranphotographer covering the “routine” event thought it was a “theatrical flourish”.More here.

The street in Ubud, Bali,in which the suspicious backpack was found. Photo: Supplied

BALI | Police in Ubud detonate backpack containing fireworks with sign saying ‘Bomb’

Bali police have detonated a backpack containing fireworks after it was found with a sign attached that said “Bomb” in the popular tourist village of Ubud this morning. More here.

Police stand in front of a black lorry that ploughed through a Christmas market in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

GERMANY |Berlin stunned into silence after truck rams through Christmas market

“It doesn’t sound like it was deliberate to me. It couldn’t be, could it?”

The words of an American woman pricked my interest as I walked into my hotel foyer, having just arrived in Berlin from Amsterdam on Monday evening. More here.

On this day | December 211913 – Arthur Wynne published a new “word-cross” puzzle in the “New York World” in England. The name was later changed to “crossword.”

1937 -Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood,CA. The movie was “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

1968 -Apollo 8was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. The craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27.

1972- In Chicago, IL, 10 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines flight was hit by a North Central Airlines flight that was trying to takeoff. Ten people, out of a total of 45, aboard the North Central flight were killed. All 88 people aboard the Delta flight survived.

CRAFTSMANSHIP: Marg Callaghan in her shed working on her latest project. She is currently filling a three-storey doll house with furniture. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

The faces of Australia: Marg CallaghanMarg Callaghan’s house, garden and shed give the impression she has been handcrafting furniture for decades. So it’s difficult to believe it was only this time last yearthe 81-year-old completed herfirst piece.

“I just came out one morning and decided I would have a go at something,” she said. Read here.

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