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December, 2018

Matches are sure to pack a punch

PUT ’EM UP: Good mates Liam O’Hara and Steve Ellery will go head-to-head in the boxing ring this Saturday to raise money for charity. The idea came to them over a beer. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 120314cdukin1BATHURST, get ready to rumble!
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Sixteen upstandingmembers of the Bathurst community will go head-to-head in the ring for charity on Saturday in the inaugural 2BS/Bathurst Lions Club Christmas Miracle Appeal Charity Boxing Night.

And the organisers of the night, who came up with the idea over a beer, will be the third pair to pull on the gloves.

In one corner we have41-year-old Steve Ellery from Bathurst Real Estate.

This friendly giant stands at 185 centimetres tall and weighs 108 kilograms, with a reach of 60cm – he is both head and shoulders above the competition.

Opposing him is Paddy’s Hotel licensee Liam O’Hara.

This 39-year-old is 178cm tall, weighs in at 100kg, and has a reach of 56cm. His greatest asset is his hard-hitting wit.

Mr Ellery and Mr O’Hara have known each other for a number of years, but their mateship won’t see either one hold back from putting up a good fight.

“My strategy is to get him first – in the nose,” Mr O’Hara said.

All the fighters on the night are amateurs in the sport, but that won’t stop them delivering great entertainment.

“It is sure to provide some quality entertainment – except for Liam O’Hara, because he can’t fight,” Mr Ellery joked.

There will be eight fights in total with three two-minute long rounds. Following the fight will be a raffle where patrons can win some great prizes.

The Charity Boxing Night will get underway at Paddy’s Hotel, Kelso at 5pm on Saturday night.

Tickets for the night are $20 for general admission, $40 for grandstand seating, and $125 per head for a corporate table.

Visit Paddy’s Hotel or call 6332 4470 to secure your tickets for the night. Bookings are essential.

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Libs repeating ALP errorsopinion

Sean FordIT IS rather deflating to see relatively new governments in Canberra and Tasmania repeating key mistakes of their predecessors.
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Much of the Abbott government’s agenda is sound (and quite a bit isn’t).

Apart from the government’s consultative and negotiating skills in dealing with a motley crew of crossbench senators – think bull, china shop – the real shocker has involved broken promises.

As opposition leader, Tony Abbott made great sport of punishing Labor’s Julia Gillard over her “no carbon tax under a government I lead” promise, which was broken after the 2010 election.

Last year, just before an election which was essentially already won, Mr Abbott promised there would be no cuts or changes in a series of areas, including the ABS and SBS.

He also promised no cuts in education and health, no changes to pensions and no change to the GST.

A year and a bit later, the government is cutting funding to the public broadcasters.

As it should, although it is not going anywhere near far enough, at least in the case of the ABC. But there was no need to make such a daft promise before the election.

Between them, Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott may have destroyed the possibility of public trust in politicians for the forseeable future.

Further, there is scope for funding cuts in some areas of health and education, and no responsible leader would rule them out.

Ditto with pension changes. The pension system could use some tweaking.

So why promise not to do things which at least should be considered?

Particularly after such an action largely destroying Ms Gillard prime ministership, and being the chief prosecutor of the case against her.

Now we have the Hodgman government – rightly – downsizing the size of the public service.

It has taken a couple of wrong options, however.

Despite knowing the public service was too big, it first opted for a pay freeze, in an effort to protect jobs.

When that failed, it started targeting extra positions, and frontline services will be affected.

The Liberals’ attack on the Giddings government over its public sector cuts focused largely on cuts to frontline services.

The Liberals would protect and grow frontline jobs, we were led to believe.

Well, guess what?

There remain scads of backroom positions in the public sector which should go.

The Liberals (and the Giddings government) should have been more scientific in choosing which positions would go.

Getting rid of unnecessary backroom jobs is a very different thing to getting rid of productives, such as classroom teachers.

Incidentally, if the Abbott government is really telling the state government it has no money to extend Bass Strait subsidies, the feds are talking rubbish.

If the feds can propose spending nearly $400 million to boost UTAS, and squillions for a gold-plated paid parental leave scheme, they can clearly afford to fund a fair deal on freight for Tasmania.

A fair deal, no more.

The feds are correct to push for reform of Labor’s job-killing coastal shipping laws.

But it will not be enough to allow Tasmania to fully capitalise on export opportunities, particularly to Asia.

Bass Strait shipping costs are ludicrously high.

Extending the freight equalisation scheme at a fair rate to all north-bound exports would be a real game-changer.

That would not be an unreasonable handout to a state which cannot get its act together.

It would be a national government ensuring a level playing field for all states in a federation, and boosting vital private sector jobs big-time.

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Kieran Foran to make decision on his future at Manly before start of NRL season

Surf’s up: Layne Beachley, Kerri Pottharst, Kieran Foran and Barton Lynch at the launch of Manly’s Nines jumper. Surf’s up: Layne Beachley, Kerri Pottharst, Kieran Foran and Barton Lynch at the launch of Manly’s Nines jumper.
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Surf’s up: Layne Beachley, Kerri Pottharst, Kieran Foran and Barton Lynch at the launch of Manly’s Nines jumper.

Surf’s up: Layne Beachley, Kerri Pottharst, Kieran Foran and Barton Lynch at the launch of Manly’s Nines jumper.

Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran insists he won’t let his contract negotiations become a distraction for the Sea Eagles, saying he intends to make a decision on his future before the start of the season.

The Kiwi five-eighth is off contract at Manly at the end of 2015, with several clubs keen to lure the premiership-winning playmaker away from the Sea Eagles for 2016 and beyond.

While Foran admitted he was weighing up all his options, he said it was important he didn’t rush into a decision.

“It would be nice [to get it done soon], I certainly don’t want it to be a distraction going through to next year,” Foran said.

“I’m also wary, I don’t want to rush into any decisions just yet. I’m enjoying my break at the moment. Once I throw the boots on and get back to training next year I’ll be able to assess my options.”

Contract discussions plagued the Sea Eagles throughout 2014, with the futures of Anthony Watmough and Glenn Stewart dominating the headlines.

Having witnessed the effect of that on his team last season, Foran is determined not to repeat history.

“I don’t want it dragging on through the season, you saw what that did to us this season gone,” he said. “I’m sure there won’t be any of that. But as long as I get it wrapped up before the season starts I’ll be pretty happy.”

Canterbury, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters are the favourites to snare Foran if he decides to leave the northern beaches.

However, Foran insists it would be difficult to leave the club he has led to two premierships.

“It would be [hard to leave Manly],” he said.

“I’ve been in Manly since I was a 16-year-old, so I’ve grown to love the place and I love the area. Certainly it’s very close to home for me. I’ll get back to training, assess the options and make a decision then.”

The inaugural Auckland Nines was a raging success in February, creating plenty of excitement in the tournament for next year.

The tournament will be played over the weekend from January 31 at Eden Park, and while Manly coach Geoff Toovey will be reluctant to risk his star player so close to the season, Foran hinted that he would like to take part in the tournament after missing this year’s event back home in New Zealand.

“I think it’s a great initiative,” Foran said.

“I sat at home last year and watched it from the couch. It would be great to be a part of it this year.

“I think it ran really smoothly last year and the fans really loved it. I get back into training in early January – hopefully Tooves will let me play.

“I’ve had a long year and on top of the Four Nations it will probably come down to whether he would want me to have the extra kilometres in the legs.

“Like I said, I thought it was a great initiative and I would like to be a part of it. I pulled up good from the Four Nations campaign. I’m just resting up now, enjoying a bit of a break and some family time, but I’m looking forward to getting back into it in the start of next year.

“There’s a lot of new faces down at training, but it’s all going really well. Everyone is competing well with one another and they said it’s a really good feel there at the moment.”

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Fun day on the course to benefit residents in need

Four local charities will tomorrow receive a share of almost $40,000 raised through a charity golf day.
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Pitching in: Jim Kirkpatrick, Wayne Alpen, Ken Wakefield and Ashley Brown during the Annual Charity Golf Day for Chances for Children at Mildura Golf Club last month.

A cheque for $20,000 will be presented to Chances for Children, $10,000 to Mallee Accommodation and Support Program and $4556 to both Sunraysia Residential Services and Sunraysia CancerResources.

Event sponsors Mildura Fruit Company, Wakefield Transport and Nangiloc Colignan Farms raised the funds through donations, raffles, and a lunch during a day out on the greens.

“Each hole was also sponsored and we had different categories like nearest pin and longest drive. So by doing that the money rolled in pretty quickly,” Mildura Fruit Company marketing manager Ferdi Bergamin said.

The event has been held annually since 2005, with fundraising steadily increasing each year after starting at $10,000.

The funds will be presented at Rendezvous restaurant about 1pm.

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Phillip Hughes death: WA batsman says ‘it could have been me’

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For Morley opening batsman Cam Briscoe, the tragedy of Phillip Hughes’ death hit home at the WACA memorial on Wednesday.

Standing solemnly throughout the service – cricket bat in one hand, Australian flag in the other – Mr Briscoe says he was lucky not to meet the same tragic fate as Hughes seven years ago.

“I was a lucky lad myself, because I got hit in the face when I was opening batting for Morley and my mate held me in his arms while I was shaking and having fits and convulsions,” he said after the WACA memorial.

“It could have been me. The guys were talking about that the other Tuesday.

“On top of that, young Chris Thomson was one of my juniors.”

Former UK county fast-bowler Thomson fractured his skull and lost his speech in 2009 after an unprovoked attack outside a nightclub in Leeds, shortly after being recruited from Perth by Clayton West Cricket Club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Mr Briscoe was behind efforts to raise $4000  for Thomson’s medical bills after he returned to Perth.

On Saturday, Morley Cricket Club held a memorial of its own for Hughes.

“We had a 63-seconds silence in the middle of the pitch and that was a little bit emotional, but we got on with it,” Mr Briscoe said.

“But that night, after a few beers when I got home, I was a little bit shattered – for one we’d lost,  but I was emotional thinking about what happened to me and how easily things could have turned bad.

“It brings things back into perspective that you can’t take anything for granted.

“A kid of 25 who’s not with us anymore,  that’s something.

“You pay good hard-earned dollars to watch these guys and to cheer them on – it’s what keeps people going in down times, like Phar Lap and Bradman did in the old days of war and the Depression.

“Life can only go on.”

Mr Briscoe said he felt most for 22-year-old NSW fast bowler Sean Abbott, whose bouncer felled Hughes.

“I feel strongly for young Sean Abbott – I’d hate to think what he’s going through,” he said.

“I think a lot of people have forgotten about him.

“I just hope he picks up a cherry and has another crack.

“It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

“But if they had that split-second again they’d be a different person.” Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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