Four A grade singles Championship matches headline the week in bowls

Charlie Bryant had a win in his Championship singles match which lasted over four hours.Men’s Bowls News for Wednesday March 18
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Club Singles Championships

The 2015 singles championships are getting closer to completion following the playing of matches last weekend.

Out of the four matches played in ‘A’ grade the biggest winning margin was only five shots with some great bowls being played by all of the bowlers.

Charlie Bryant and Alan Messiter played the longest match, a marathon 42 ends lasting more than four hours.

After the scores were level at eight all after 12 ends Alan appeared to have the edge, gradually drawing away to an 18-10 lead after 22 ends.

Charlie knuckled down winning eight of the next ten ends to lead 23-20 but two ends later the scores were again level, this time at 23 all.

The scores were again level at 26 all on end 39 before Alan scored one shot to again take the lead.

That was as far as the defending champion could get as Charlie scored the required five shots to take a thrilling match 31-27.

Not quite as long, but even closer was the match between Gerard Beath and Russel Nobes.

After the scores were level at three all and five all Russ gradually edged in front to lead 18-13 after 18 ends.

The scores were again level at 18 all after Gerard won the next three ends but then Russ won four ends in a row to lead 26-18.

Gerard picked up 11 shots to three over the next eight ends to tie it up at 29 all before Russ went all but with a single on the next end, but Gerard scored the two he needed on the next to take the 35 end match 31-30.

In the match between Tom McSorley and Norm Egan the scores were level at 12 all, 15 all, 23 all and 28 all before Tom won the final two ends, and the match, 31-28.

The final ‘A’ grade match was close early with Brian McDonald leading Charlie Browne 14-10 after 14 ends but Brian then won seven ends in a row and the match looked over at 26-10.

Charlie hit back winning seven of the next nine ends to trail 25-28 but Brian dug deep scoring three singles to Charlie’s one and took the match 31-26.

The ‘B’ grade matches were not as close with three of the four resulting in big scores.

Jack Nobes defeated Robert Gee 31-10, Bruce Holland defeated John Burns 31-13 and Terry McGrath defeated Alan Walls 31-13.

A much closer result was the outcome of the match between Rick Nobes and Mark Hubber.

Rick led from the start but after 17 ends Mark was only trailing by one at 14-13.

Rick edged in front again to lead by six after 27 ends but by the conclusion of end 33 Mark had again narrowed the margin, with Rick leading 26-24.

Rick then scored a three and a two to enter the semis with a 31-24 victory.

The two ‘C’ grade semi-finals both resulted in convincing wins, but the contests were much closer for the early parts of the Matches.

Joe Burgin and Kevin Webb were level at seven all and ten all and Joe was only leading 14-13 after 18 ends.

Joe then proved why he was one of the favourites for the title by conceding only one more single, taking the match 31-14.

Tom Downing led Jack Martin 10-7 after eight ends but Jack then hit his straps, allowing Tom only three more singles to join Joe in the final with a 31-13 victory.

The match between Joe and Jack on Saturday week should be well worth watching.

Matches for Saturday March 14, 2015

The following third round matches have been listed for this Saturday March 14 at 1.00pm.

‘A’ Grade Singles Semi-Finals: Charlie Bryant versus Gerard Beath, Marker: Alan Messiter and Brian McDonald versus Tom McSorley, Marker: Norm Egan.

‘B’ Grade Singles Semi-Finals: Terry McGrath versus Jack Nobes, Marker; Jack Martin and Rick Nobes versus Bruce Holland, Marker: Mark Hubber; Umpire: Les Bryant.

Please Note AGAIN: If you cannot mark it is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement.

Lachlan Valley District Championships

The semi-finals and final of the Lachlan Valley Triples were played at Grenfell last Sunday.

I have no scores but after Paul Kay, Brad Galvin and Steve Galvin (Grenfell) defeated Tim Fowler, Rob Chambers and Barry Jones (Grenfell) and Gus Taylor, Ian Eastaway and Mitch Pollock (Caragabal) defeated Ross Hunter, John Joyce and Matt Reid (Grenfell) in the semi-finals, Steve Galvin and team went on to take the title in the afternoon.

This Sunday, March 22, the first round of the district fours will be played at Cowra at 1.00pm.

First round matches see “Player”, Ian Eastaway, Gus Taylor and Mitch Pollock (Caragabal) versus Paul Kay, Graeme Hunter, Brad Galvin and Steve Galvin (Grenfell); Noel Hubber, Nick Skipper, Russel Nobes and Gerard Beath versus John Liebech, Dave Wood, Ross Hunter and Matt Reid (Grenfell) and Tom McSorley, Bill Brown, Ralph Morgan and Charlie Browne versus Charlie Bryant, Col Neilsen, ‘Player” and Graham Amery.

Club Pairs Championships

Entries are now being taken for the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade pairs championships.

Due to the late listing for these events, entries will now close on Saturday April 4.

The first round of all events will still be played on Saturday April 11.


The first round of pennants is set down for Sunday April 12.

Please keep your eye on the notice board to see if you have been selected.

If selected but not available, you must notify one of the selectors as soon as possible.

Dates to RememberMarch 21; Semi-finals of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ grade Club Singles: March 22; Round 1 of the District Fours at Cowra at 1.00pm; March 28; Finals of all Club singles: March 29; Semi-finals and Final of District Fours at Cowra.

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Ben Emms victorious on rifle range opening

2013 Lyndhurst Rifle Club celebrated its 100th year with Ben Emms showing precision marksmanship to win the annual prize meeting.
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Eight months later the club was closed down and remained closed for twelve months.

In the twelve months of suspended shooting club members worked tirelessly to change the direction of the range and seek approval from the firearms registry to resume shooting.

December 2014 saw the new range operational and preparations began for the official opening.

On Saturday and Sunday March 14 and 15 2015 the annual Lyndhurst Rifle Club prize meeting was held.

Saturday evening marked the official opening of the range with the Honourable John Cobb unavailing the plaque marking the beginning of a new era. The Honourable John Cobb was accompanied by the Honourable Paul Toole, Scott Ferguson (Mayor of Blayney Shire) and representatives from the NSW Firearms Registry to witness the official opening.

Following the opening the annual Calcutta was held auctioning off the top ten shooters from the first days shooting.

Ben Emms auctioneer, chanting his way through the top ten, razzing the crowd to raise much needed funds.

Dinner followed, with proceeds being donated to Uralba Retirement Village in Carcoar, thanking the community for their support through our rebuilding process.

Sunday saw the conclusion of the two day shoot with Ben Emms claiming victory in a momentous effort to win target rifle, with a score of 299.45.

John Maguire from West Wallsend won B grade, with a score of 237.14.

Jeremy Westblade from Explorers Rifle Club won C grade with a score of 285.19.

Geoff Willis from Bathurst won F Class A, with a score of 351.25.

Warwick Sides from Ungarie won F Class B, with a score of 337.19.

Keith Hills from Lyndhurst Rifle Club won F Open, with a score of 347.22.

We would like to thank all those who provided assistance and sponsorship to make the weekend a success.

Next week shooting will be at 300 yards, starting at 1pm.

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Blues to meet Coyotes in Sportspower Cup final

Ben Allen (left) and Geoff Palmer (right) have been key players this season for the Coyotes.Little did the Young Blues and Young Criterion Hotel Coyotes know they would be playing each other so often during their debut season in the Cowra district cricket competition.
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This weekend’s Sportspower Cup grand final will see the two sides from the Cherry Capital meet for the third time in four weeks. It will be the sixth encounter they have had this season, including Twenty20 matches.

After Saturday’s low scoring preliminary final, the Blues will have a chance to gain revenge on the Coyotes who won bragging rights earlier in the season in the Doug Wright Twenty20 Shield final.

The Blues confirmed the rematch in a game highlighted by a ruthless man of the match bowling performance from Josh Platt (5-10).

The chase wasn’t quite so convincing for the Blues losing six wickets on the way to the required 87, 37 of which were contributed by Platt.

The Blues’ victory means the two top sides from the regular season will meet in the final after the Coyotes confirmed the minor premiership during the final round just over a fortnight ago.

Jonte Powderly (left), Zac Williams (centre) and Luke Cosgrove (right) have plenty of ability with the bat despite failing on Saturday.

Played at Cranfield Oval on Saturday, Morongla were in control early at 1-61 but the loss of representative players Conor Crook (27) and Cam Edgar (29) in quick succession led to the lone Cowra side being bowled out for 86.

Jacob McNaught (10) was the only other batsman to score a worthy contribution as the middle to lower order showed no resistance to Platt who continued his mean streak with the ball returning incredible figures of 5-10 off eight overs.

Brendan Croese finished with 2-7 to be the only other multiple wicket-taker.

In reply the victory was not as comfortable as the Blues would of liked, limping to 89 off 20-overs.

Jacob McNaught, along with brother Sam, began the defence in perfect fashion removing openers Jonte Powederly (0) and Brendan Croese (2) respectively.

A further four wickets fell, three claimed by Morongla’s promising young leg-spinner Angus McFarland who returned figures of 3-35 off six.

Josh Platt (37) did the majority of the damage as Nick Corbett (18 not out) ensured the Blues would feature in this season’s final.

Jacob McNaught, along with McFarland, picked up multiple scalps finishing with 2-20 off seven when the Blues passed 86.

This Saturday the Blues will now take on the Coyotes for the Sportspower Cup trophy at Alfred Oval while in the second grade competition Grenfell got the better of Morongla and will meet minor premiers Wyangala at Holman.

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Yass Shows its spirit

The woodchopping events drew good crowds on Sunday morning. Photo: RS Williams.Yass Show photosMore Yass Show photosCars littered the streets around the Yass Showground on the weekend for the 152nd Yass Show.
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People from all walks got involved in all the events and attractions including the antique farm machinery, shearing competition, yard dog trials, woodchopping, vintage and veteran cars, equine show jumping and all the other livestock events.

Youngsters fell in love with the rides, the magic shows and the other attractions on offer both days.

The turnout was a pleasant surprise for organisers and Yass Show Society President Rob McAuliffe couldn’t be happier with the result.

“It was brilliant, very busy with big crowds; it really was better than expectations and the weather was the best part about it,” he said

“The highlight for me was watching the clydesdales do the barrel racing.”

He said the Professional Bull Riding was particularly popular.

“That is always a success and a great drawcard, a lot of people come along to watch the event, it is really entertaining.”

Mr McAuliffe said although they received some enquiries for volunteering, they needed some training before they were thrown in the deep end.

“We will need to get them trained up for next year to show them the ropes a bit more.”

This year’s Yass Show included two new features; the Barrel Racing with heavy horses and the Gourmet Gallop, which showcased great local food and wine available for purchase.

“I think the popularity of the Yass Show comes from the variety of events, competitions and we really have a good livestock following. These new features created more variety to the line-up.”

Mr McAuliffe said that although it was disappointing there was no Yass Show Girl in 2015, it wasn’t to the detriment of the show.

“She was definitely missed and hopefully we will have one next year.

“It is a big commitment for them as they have to go through many hoops, which is hard when the girls have full time jobs or families.”

Eilish McCormack, Vice President of the Agricultural Show Council next generation, opened the show and welcomed residents and visitors onto the grounds on Saturday.

The Yass Show Society would like to thank all the sponsors for the 2015 Show, and in particular the major sponsors. Without this sponsorship, it would be difficult to hold an event with ribbons, prizemoney and fabulous entertainment for all.

“A big thank you to all the volunteers, it’s events like these that show the community spirit,” Mr McAuliffe added.

Anyone that wants to be involved in the 2016 event should contact the show society at [email protected]南京夜网.

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Closing the gap a life mission

Beaudesert’s Jermayne Williams is doing his bit to close the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.JERMAYNE Williams is a fit and healthy 22-year-old man with the world at his feet.
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He works out at the gym five times a week, plays sport, eats healthy, works hard at his community support career in Beaudesert and quit smoking two years ago.

The fire in his eyes shows a passion and ambition for life – a desire to learn, grow and make a difference in the lives of those around him.

Jermayne has got a lot of things going for him in life and the potential for a long and bright future ahead if he keeps doing what he is doing.

There is just one thing though.

Jermayne has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood running through his veins, which means he can expect to live 10 to 17 years less than other Australians.

THE Close the Gap campaign is a national push to end health inequality and close the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

For Jermayne it is a matter of life and death – not just for him, but for his five brothers, his mum, his dad, grandparents, nieces and nephews, cousins, aunties and uncles.

The prospect of living a shorter life than his non-Indigenous gym buddies and footy mates even though he is making the same healthy lifestyle choices as them is like a punch in the guts.

“It’s confronting – seeing that number in front of you scares you a bit, seeing I could die 10 to 17 years younger than people who aren’t Indigenous,” he said.

“My health at the moment is really good – I play for the Beaudesert Kingfishers, I play some touch football, I quit smoking, went back to the gym and started eating healthier.

“You put some time in now, it’s going to pay off in the long run.”

Jermayne said knowing the reality of the life expectancy gap motivated him to keep going with his healthy lifestyle choices so he could be around to help other people.

“It plays a large role in how I react to certain things – growing up you see your aunties and uncles not making the best choices for their own health and I’ve reflected on that and decided not to make those choices as well,” he said.

“My lifestyle choices are a lot different to others and to some people I’ve seen growing up because I want to be around a long time.”

SEEING people dear to him making poor health choices which could reduce their life expectancy is painful for Jermayne.

But through the stories he has learned growing up – stories like the one of his mother being forcibly removed from her home at Cherbourg as a two-year-old in 1972 – he knows the scars run deep for many people.

He holds a wisdom beyond his years that tells him even though he is managing to build a healthy lifestyle for himself, other people may need more time than him to break their unhealthy habits.

“The answer to closing the gap is awareness and understanding,” he said.

“Some people make certain choices because of stuff that’s happened towards them – with the generation before me there was the Stolen Generation – and some people make the lifestyle choices they do because it helps them cope,” he said.

“It’s not my place to say it but sometimes it’s their way to escape the reality and some of the ways they deal with it might not be that healthy.”

He said patience was key.

“There needs to be patience around understanding people’s situations – understanding our culture and how strong it is – it’s not a lifestyle or a life choice, it’s family,” he said.

“Sometimes you fall into habits that other people have – if you hang around them so much you start picking up their habits and it’s about breaking that cycle.

“If you’re a mother and you smoke you can’t really be angry when your kids grow up and start smoking – it’s just about breaking that chain.”

KNOWING his life could be cut shorter because of his Indigenous heritage is both upsetting and motivating for Jermayne.

He hates hearing about health inequality but he loves knowing there is something he can do to change it.

Aside from shifting to healthier lifestyle, Jermayne is putting his money where his mouth is – working on projects through the Mununjali Jymbi Centre and Oxfam aimed at improving people’s quality of life.

He sees the significance of governments funding public awareness campaigns to help close the gap, but he also knows the significant power individuals have to make a change in their own lives.

“For me it was a case of opening my mind up to the wider picture of the world and how my body operates,” he said.

“I was seeing I wasn’t that healthy because growing up I did the teenage thing smoking then I quit smoking, put on weight, bulked up a bit and thought it was time for a change because I couldn’t even run 100m without getting puffed.

“It comes back to an individual – their choice to understand that they need to choose their lifestyle and how important that choice is.”I

Close the Gap Day is on March 19.

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Pictures – Gloucester Junior Cricket presentation

GLOUCESTER Junior Cricket Association held its presentation day on Saturday.
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Pictures – Gloucester Junior Cricket presentation Milo Cricket players with program coordinators Harry Clarke and Callan Radford.

Under 14s Player of the Year James McLeod.

Under 16s award winners Blake Steadman, Ben Reynolds, Scott Wilson, Andrew Hughes, Brodie O’Brien, Jye Barkwill and Harry Clarke.

Kanga cricket award winners.

Under 14s Encouragement Award winners Sam Wilson, Kayden Schuman and Joe Forrester.

Under 14s Most Valuable Players Kane Davis, Darcy Allardice and Drew Stone.

Hat-trick award recipient Lucas Summerville.

Under 14s runners-up.

Under 14s winners.

TweetFacebookKanga: Encouragement Award Asher Baker;Player of the Year Jack Bignell and Logan Farley.

Under14s: Most Valuable Players Darcy Allardice,Drew Stone, Cameron Dunlop and Kane Davis;Encouragement Awards Sam Wilson, Kayden Schumann and Joe Forrester;Hat-trick Lucas Summerville;Player of the Year James McLeod.

Under 16s: Encouragement Award Andrew Hughes;Batting AggregateHarry Clarke;Bowling Aggregate Jye Barkwill;Fielding Award Brodie O’Brien;Rep Player Ben Reynolds;Brook Award Josh Wilson;Player of the Year Blake Steadman;Hat-trick Ben Reynolds.

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Jury to decide woman’s fate over break in and setting fire to house charges

DAY IN COURT: A woman will stand trial over a break-in, theft and fire.KIM Muir, 54, was committed for trial in Orange Local Court on Monday over the break-in at a house in Clinton Street in March last year where items were stolen and the premises damaged by fire.
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Magistrate Terry Lucas in committing Muir for trial in the District Court in Orange told the accused he was of the opinion “a reasonably instructed jury” had a chance of convicting Muir.

Muir faced the court charged with four offences relating to the break-in and pleaded guilty to goods in custody suspected of being stolen, which was one of the charges.

On that count she was fined $300.

Director of Public Prosecutions solicitor Talitha Hennessey told the court the DPP had elected to run with the charges of break and enter and break and enter a house and destroy property in the District Court.

The fourth charge of damage property by fire was originally a back-up charge.

In committing Muir for trial Mr Lucas told the accused he had to ask her several questions and she wasn’t to answer until she deferred to her solicitor.

Mr Lucas also told Muir anything she decided to say in court on Monday could be taken down and used in evidence against her.

Police say Muir broke into the house by removing a flyscreen and smashing a window to gain entry.

During the break-in the accused allegedly stole several items, including a microwave oven.

The case has been listed for the next sitting of Orange District Court on April 29.

A date for the trial will then be determined.

Muir will be allowed to remain on bail until her next court appearance.

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Business Woman of the YearPHOTOS

Enterprising Women Whyalla recently hosted its Business Woman of the Year award dinner on March 12.
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The event was held at the Mount Laura Homestead conference centre with a great attendance from men and women in the community.

Dinner was beautifully catered for by Head Catering and guests were captivated by the success story of former local, Cindy Westphalen.

Since her time in WhyallaCindy has built her catering business, Cindy’s Classic Gourmet, to be an award winning company that works in conjunction with a number of Adelaide businesses to cater and set-up for events and functions.

Talking about embracing social media, Cindy discussed her experience with launching her own iPhone and iPad app, Wedding Girl.

Cindy has also published two books with her second book, Whyalla to Weddings, coming soon.

The night concluded with the highly anticipated announcement of this year’s business woman of the year which went to Harsco Metals operations shift coordinator Ashleigh Stiling.

Business Woman of the Year | PHOTOS Rochelle Whitford, Tiffany Ollington, Brianna Chappell and Emma Garonne.

Pam Zubrinich and Janet Sawyer.

Harsco Metals table (back, from left) Elaine McLauchlan, Rattanaporn Jones, Ashleigh Stiling,Michael Jones, Ros Cass, Tim Stiling, (front) Brian McLauchlan, Shaun Dunshea and Paul Cass.

(Back, from left) Senator Ann Ruston, Bernadette Abraham, member of the Legislative Council Andrew McLachlan, Cindy Westphalen, (front) Stephen Abraham, Tanya Parker, Barbara and Tom Derham.

(Back, from left) Rochelle Whitford, Tiffany Ollington, Jane Owens, Val Callaghan, Vickie Castle and Jenny Knight.

Cate Rodda, Sharon Harris, Fiona Garde, Tamra Enbom and Emma Garonne.

Paula Wilson and Sandy Jones.

(Back, from left) Jane McGrath, Jenny Barnes, Paula Zbierski, Michelle Wilbey, Yvonne Rodda, (front) Majorie Hollingworth, Kathryn Hollingworth and Cathy Taylor.

(Back, from left) Bev Boath, Karen Graham, Paulette Green, Michele Hart, Elaine Laird, Trish Munn, (front) Anne Bateman, Marion Norman, Karen Casagrande and Anne Rosewarne.

Narelle McWhinney, Leeanne Trager and Trudy Claxton.

(Back, from left) Andrew Richardson, Kristy Bell, Mandy Smallacombe, Adrian Smallacombe, Alison Hams, Mark Tempany, (front) Greg Flanegan, Michael Westphalen and Ange Smith.

(Back, from left) Leeanne Traeger, Narelle McWhinney, Trudy Claxton, Tricia Gerahty, Majorie Hollingworth, Judy Matchett, (front) Clare McLaughlin, Audrey Pyett, Annie Paterson and Joanne Marshall.

Trish Kratz, Wendy Bentz and Aileen Hewitson.

Whyalla Business woman of the year Ashleigh Stiling.

Tim Stiling, Ros Cass, Ashleigh Stiling and Paul Cass.

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Magpie stars go to school

PIES CHAT: Mason Cox and Tyson Goldsack.FOR the past two days Collingwood players have invaded Bendigo, with their entire senior squad exploring the region as part of its Community Camp.
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A lucky group of Weeroona College Bendigo students got a chance to speak with two Magpies players, Tyson Goldsack and Mason Cox.

Both players are in different stages of their careers, Goldsack a premiership player who has played 124 games for Collingwood, while Cox is an international rookie, who pulled on the black and white jumper for the first time in Sunday’s NAB Challenge game.

Students spent about an hour talking with the pair, asking questions about their achievements and how the game has changed over the years.

Goldsack,in his ninth year with the Pies, spoke to students aboutmaking the right decisions, whether it be on or off the field.

“It is about choosing the right path and understanding the ramifications of what you do,” he said.

“It is about making the right decisions, especially when it comes to social media.”

Cox, who has a mechanical engineering degree,also spoke about the importance of school and going to university.

“A degree never expires, so you can always fall back on that,” he said.

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Coota pride for Jack’s Ride 

Coota pride for Jack’s Ride  SO MUCH SUPPORT: It was a big moment for the community-minded 12-year-old when Jack Douglas arrived back to a park full of his school buddies.
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BIG MOMENT: Jack Douglas makes his way through the hoard of students on hand to cheer him on as he entered Albert Park.

FAMILY MOMENT: The Godbier family on board the vintage truck accompany Jai back into town.

GO JACK: Students cheer on Jack as he makes his way through the park.

OF THE MOMENT: The Godbier family with Jack including Jai Godbier, Mick, Jack Douglas, Raylene Godbier and Koby.

WELL DONE: The group of Bicycle Users Group members who rode with Jack during his fundraising ride.

HERE HE COMES: Jack Douglas rides into Albert Park.

COULDN’T BE PROUDER: Mum Rhonda has a blast supporting her son Jack.

GO JACK: Students made signs to show their support for Jack and the Godbiers as he rode along the Cootamundra Public School boundary.

SUPPORT: Students show support as Jack Douglas makes his way into town.

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