Wagin downed by Brookton/Pingelly

THE wet weather for the first time this season didn't worry Williams as they completely overpowered premiership rival Kukerin/Dumbleyung to record a 99-point win at Williams on Sunday in round three of the Upper Great Southern Football League.
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The first quarter was a tough physical encounter as players from both sides threw themselves into the game.

There was no room given as Williams finished the quarter just one point ahead.

From then on, Williams took control to restrict the Cougars to just two points for the next two quarters, while they dominated to kick nine goals 16 themselves.

The game was played almost continually in Cats’ forward line and Cougars’ defenders were under intense pressure to keep their side in the game.

In a purple patch midway through the final term, Cougars rallied to kick four goals, but Cats had rammed through another nine in that time to make their point as the side to beat again this year.

Mark Gilhome was in great form, being his sides best and finishing with seven goals and Williams' running brigade again did all the damage.

Cougar coach Nathan Ditchburn tried hard to lift his side with support from Kim Gooding and Peter Joyce.

Brookton/Pingelly notched their first premiership points for the season.

They jumped Wagin from the first bounce and didn't allow the Bulldogs to settle down into the form they showed last week.

Panthers kicked six goals in the opening term while holding Wagin to just three points and were never in trouble from that point on.

Wagin was inaccurate in kicking for goal, but the Panthers put them under pressure and took control of the game to win comfortably by 55 points and jump into the four.

Cameron Jetta continued his good form in front of goals with another four, with Ben Mitchell, Cain Pennington and Alex House the best for the winners.

For Wagin, captain Aaron Painter led from the front with support from Dwayne Wallam and Sean Price.

Wickepin and Narrogin Hawks staged a great tussle at Wickepin with less than a goal separating the two sides for the first three quarters.

However, Hawks were able to break the shackles in the final term and with a seven-goal burst, got home to win their first points for the season by 27 points.

Ralph Kickett top scored with three goals for Hawks with best players Cam Allison and Andrew Kirby.

Jamie Bolt kicked three goals for the home side, with Rowan Astbury making a great return as Wickepin's best.

Boddington won a rare game down at Katanning to remain as one of the league’s undefeated sides.

A winning second quarter when they broke away from Wanderers to score nine goals and go in at half time with a lead of eight goals, gave them a strong hold on the game which they didn't relinquish.

Kane Ranstead was again in very good touch in front of goals and kicked eight goals to be his side’s best player, with good support from Joe McCormick and ruckman Craig Egberts.

Dale Makimsovic was a focal point up forward for Wanderers with three goals and matched by Zac Hatfield.

Peter Kowald and Dillon Newman were their best.

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Bowls novelty day a success

ON APRIL 4, the ladies from Wagin Bowling Club played a novelty day that proved to be a lot of fun.
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Leaders playing off two mats together proved to be challenging, with the winners being Roberta Taylor, Diane Stephens and Sandra Hill.

Runners-up were Murray Lathwell, Gwen Lathwell and Lisa Deworboies.

Twelve ladies played the championship pairs, which was a round robin event ensuring that everyone played each combination once.

Coral Davies and Diane Stephens were able to go through undefeated until the final game, which was against Mary Riseborough and Betty Ball.

These two ladies showed a clean pair of hands to come out winners by 10 shots, however with enough shots up overall Davies and Stephens were able to come out winners.

Congratulations to Fe Thompson and Jenni Ewen who were runners-up, having played excellent bowls over the two days.

Twelve ladies travelled to Emu Point to play in the ladies’ invitation triples competition and, with several good wins and a written competition win, everyone came home happy and vowing to return again next year.

On Thursday, April 19, the ladies played morning bowls and tried their hand at Irish bowls, a new variation introduced by captain Gwen Lathwell.

After a bit of working out, the bowlers adapted well to the variation which sees the jack put down last, with it creating a lot of fun to be sure.

The ladies also took the opportunity to say farewell to Phil Harris, whom they will sorely miss.

The Patrons and Life Members Day was also held recently and, with some of players being away at Gosnells and AFL now a factor, the numbers were down on other years.

Life member Gloria Eckersley thanked everyone for their attendance and wished all an enjoyable day.

The winners of the event were Halina Weinert, Annette Hefford and Phil Harris, with runners-up being Mary Riseborough, Paul Powell and Murray Lathwell.

The closing day came around all too quickly and Sunday saw 23 players take to the greens to play a game of pairs in overcast conditions.

Everyone had a fun day, but had to don wet weather gear and abandon play after only two-and-a-half games as the rain proved to be too big a threat.

After a few nibbles and drinks the winners and runners-up were announced.

They were Roberta Taylor, Catherine Marshall, Diane Stephens and Ben Pearce, and Leanne Cook, Bernie Welland, Paul Powell and Thelma Douglas.

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Two from two for Wagin women’s A-grade

ON SATURDAY, April 28, the Wagin women’s A-grade hockey team travelled to Narrogin to take on the unpredictable Pingelly side.
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The skies looked a threatening sight, much to the delight of many a spectator.

With Leah Kellow still sidelined from a niggling injury and Sally Thomson abroad, the assistance of Jane Kowald and Nadine Bilney, past players from the Katanning area, were called on to come and have a run.

Wagin ran onto the field with the same team of 14 from last week, knowing the game could go either way, with Pingelly being renowned for being unpredictable.

Captain Emily Holt won the toss, elected to take the ball and started the game with plenty of attack, working with her counterpart forwards in Alice Lydiate, Dominique Hodge, Monique Lydiate, Jane Kowald and newcomer Annette Quartermaine.

Precise passing and great communication between the forwards soon saw the ball into Pingelly’s defensive circle, where Holt managed to put the first score on the board for Wagin.

Pingelly seemed a little unsure of themselves which gave Wagin the opportunity to work the ball again in their attack, with great backing from the half-back line, in Nadine Bilney, Tara Lydiate and Terri Spooner, pushing the attack quite high at times.

Wagin were given numerous opportunities to further the score line, notching up another three goals, to give the girls a lead of 4-0 20 minutes into the game.

Pingelly strengthened as the game went on and managed a couple of breaks into Wagin’s defence, but with Fiona Kirk and Lyn Lucas holding the last line, denied the opposition any chance of scoring.

To coach Lydiates satisfaction, the ball was worked out of defence using the switching of play method, which seemed to throw Pingelly out of position and cause confusion, enabling Wagin’s forwards further opportunities to further the score line.

At half time, the wintry wet conditions saw Wagin with a demanding lead of six goals, with Pingelly scoreless.

The second half gave Coach Lydiate the opportunity to give the young guns in Alix Carter-Regan, Brooke Pugh and Zali Spencer a run in both their usual positions as well as some different positions, to let them experience different aspects of the game.

Fitting in extremely well and playing their positions perfectly, they were rewarded for their hard work with Spencer assisting the ball into the circle, Pugh being in the right position, deflected the ball into the back of the net for Wagin’s seventh goal for the game.

To Pingelly’s credit, their attack in the second half of the game kept Wagin’s defence on their toes and after a couple of quick breaks, Carter-Regan, at left-half was always there to assist fullback Kirk in clearing the ball out wide to the safety of the forwards.

Following the ball through with persistence, Wagin were again in their attacking half, and from a long corner Carter-Regan took the ball and with assistance worked it into the circle to find Hodges stick, who together with Holt finished it off nicely, to give Wagin their final goal, securing their second convincing win for the season.

With the rain coming in a little harder, the final whistle sounded with Wagin taking out a convincing 8-0 win.

Goal scorers for the game were Emily Holt 4, Alice Lydiate 2, Jane Kowald 1 and Brooke Pugh 1.

Better players for the game were awarded to Emily Holt, Terri Spooner and Alice Lydiate.

Thanks to Dwight Kellow for umpiring.

Wagin now have a week’s break with a bye this weekend May 5, but training is still a must on Wednesday night.

If you can’t make it please let the coach or captains know prior.

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Event popular with youth

AAHHH: Skye Hiskins had a screaming good time.THE Wagin Youth Centre’s (WYC) Youth Week event was held on Wednesday, April 18.
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The WYC committee worked hard to plan the event and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by the teams that competed.

The challenges included an obstacle course comprising a rope maze, climbing wall, tyre run and net crawl.

The teams were then sent into the bush to follow instructions locating specific items, followed by a flag-fetching challenge.

Next up the teams needed to eat a can of baked beans in the shortest possible time, and then shoot the most basketball hoops in a minute.

The team that completed the most challenges in the best time was awarded first prize with Josh Antonio, Ryan Harris and Dokotah Marchesi taking home a $20 iTunes voucher each.

Awards were also given for the best dressed, best behaved and most helpful.

Participants were then treated to a sausage sizzle and ice cream, which was followed by movies and games of pool.

The event, funded by a grant for Youth Week, was a resounding success.

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Tribute to soldiers

LEST WE FORGET: Wagin Returned and Services League (RSL) president Greg Brockway pays his respects at the war memorial during the Anzac Day dawn service.UNDER a stunning sunrise Wagin residents turned out in force last Wednesday to commemorate Anzac day and pay tribute to our fallen soldiers.
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With about 100 people attending the dawn service, Returned and Services League (RSL) president Greg Brockway was master of ceremonies, with Reverend Allan Ward delivering a moving address.

A welcome addition to this years’ service was about 60 members of the Camper and Motor Home Club of Australia, who had camped in town overnight.

The service was followed by the gunfire breakfast with the RSL ladies putting on another scrumptious spread.

The 11am Anzac service was also well attended, with about 170 people in attendance.

The march in of RSL service members and participants, along with the Wagin Volunteer Fire Brigade marked the start of the ceremony, with Mr Brockway again leading the formalities.

After the laying of wreaths and the Prayer of Remembrance, Matthew Aylmore, 15, sounded the Last Post and then Reveille.

Matthew, who was wearing his great grandfather’s medals, said that it felt really good to be able to play.

“It’s nice to give back to the community, as the Lions, RSL and shire sponsored the Narrogin School Concert Band when we played at the Sydney Opera House,” Matthew said.

The formal Anzac Day address was delivered by Woodanilling resident Peter Bartholomeusz, before a rousing rendition of the Australian National Anthem.

The ceremony was concluded with a march past, with people invited back to the RSL for lunch.

Mr Brockway said he was pleased with people’s response to the Anzac ceremonies, as it always attracted a great spread of people.

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Lake Grace residents remember the Anzacs

RETURNED SERVICEMEN: Ex-service personnel Ed Duckworth, Gordon Pelham, Len Elliott and Neil Bishop attended the service, along with the Lake Grace District High School student cadets.THROUGHOUT Australia greater numbers are attending the Anzac Day services and Lake Grace was no exception with an estimated 150 community members turning out in fine conditions to pay tribute to the contributions that our armed services have made.
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Father Gayan Thamel welcomed everyone to the service before introducing local businessman Allan Marshall, who spoke of the Anzac tradition that was established on April 25, 1951, when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in 25,000 casualties, including 8700 who were killed or died of wounds or disease.

The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word ‘Anzac’ to our vocabulary and creating the notion of the Anzac spirit.

Ex-service personnel who were present on the day were Len Elliott, Gordon Pelham, Neil Bishop and Edmund Duckworth.

Also present were the Lake Grace District High School student cadets, who looked impressive in their uniforms.

Readings and prayers were recited by Father Gayan Thamel, Diedre Trevenen and Terry Gladish.

Gabby Trevenen performed a moving rendition of the Dixie Chicks’ Travellin’ Soldier, accompanied by her father Joe on guitar.

Joe also got together with brother-in-law Steve Curtin to sing We Are Australian.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from the Returned and Services League (RSL), Lake Grace Shire Council, Red Cross and Hospital Auxiliary, CWA and individual families; with the flag being raised by cadet Elle Trevenen.

In his closing address, returned serviceman Len Elliott thanked Father Gayan for organising the day on behalf of the RSL and everyone who attended.

A late morning tea followed the service.

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Around West Arthur

FAMILY TIME: Roclea South and his father-in-law Frank Kelly at the Anzac Day ceremony in Darkan.Anzac Day well attended
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MORE than 80 people attended the Anzac Day ceremony at the Darkan War Memorial Park on Anzac Day.

This is the largest number of people to attend in recent years and the Darkan Returned and Services League (RSL) was appreciative of the support for the ceremony.

Wreaths were laid by a variety of community groups including the Red Cross, Country Women’s Assocation and Darkan Primary School.

Family history workshop

THOSE who are interested in a workshop about family history research, presented by two family historians from Perth and interstate, should contact Karen at the West Arthur Community Resource Centre (CRC) to register their interest.

Call Karen on 9736 2000 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au.

Moodiarrup auction success

THE recent auction and fair at the Duranillin Hall and school grounds run by the Moodiarrup Hall committee was a successful day.

Items of machinery, produce, furniture and sundries were offered by auctioneer Matt Lowe from Landmark, assisted by Brenton Tynan from Landmark and Richard Buckland from Primaries Darkan.

There was a good turnout of buyers and interested onlookers which resulted in a clearance of items.

Ten stallholders also had displays in the hall as well as two sheep studs and local gardening guru, Syliva King, had stalls outside.

The Fun Fair was enjoyed by everyone with pony rides, a horse and cart and the interactive Yellow Brick Road hunt in which 23 children took part.

The doughnut stall and ice-cream van were well patronised and 20 vintage cars form Collie, Glenforest, Wagin and Katanning clubs also set up display in the car park.

The oldest car was a 1926 model Bentley.

Works update

MAINTENANCE graders will be starting winter grading areas within the shire that need attention.

Construction crews are working on the widening of the Bowelling Duranillin Road.


THE next seniors’ bingo at the West Arthur CRC will be on Monday, May 7, from 1-3pm.

For more information call Sue Cuthbert on 9861 1874.

Next buy, sell, swap morning

COME along to The Shed on Sunday, May 13, from 10am with stuff to sell or swap, or just come along to have a look and a chat and maybe buy something.

It is usually a lovely outing with morning tea on offer for a gold coin donation (proceeds to St John Ambulance).

At the last buy, sell and swap morning on Easter Sunday $65 was raised for St John.

Some of the things on offer at the last morning were freshly-picked avocadoes from Manjimup, homemade cakes, sauces, jams, lemon butter and preserves, vegies, plants, books, household bric-a-brac, jewellery, camping gear, wet weather gear and locally made compost.

Shed open day/free sausage sizzle

COME along to The Shed on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, from 10am-1pm and learn what The Shed is all about and what great opportunities await.

Enjoy a free sausage sizzle in exchange for completing a survey about The Shed.

There will be a local woodworker on hand with some items on display so people can see what great items they could make using the facility.

The Historical Railway Building to the west of The Shed will also be open for display of the ongoing renovations.

Fashion parade

THERE will be a fashion parade at the West Arthur CRC on Friday, May 18, at 1pm with Kings Park Fashions bringing down a lovely range of clothes.

Come along and enjoy a cuppa after the show.

There will be time to view the fashions and try things on before people need to leave to pick their children up from school.

No bookings are necessary and it is $5 entry for the afternoon.


THE dietician will next be at the West Arthur CRC on Monday, May 14.

Appointments for this service are free and can be made by calling Amity Health in Albany on 9842 2797.

ABC Open photography workshop

THERE will be a photography workshop at the West Arthur CRC on Wednesday, May 16, with ABC Open presenting its Now and Then workshop.

In this workshop people create a window into the past by photographing an old photo in its current setting.

There are some requirements of things to bring along for the day so call the West Arthur CRC for more information on 9736 2000.

Church news

THE Uniting Church meets on the first and third Sunday of the month at 9am.

The next service is on Sunday, May 6.

KYB is held on Tuesday at 9.30am at Duranillin School.

The Catholic Church meets on the first and third Sunday of the month at 8am and the next service is on Sunday, May 6.

The Anglican Church meets on the second Sunday of the month at 8am at Darkan, the fourth Sunday of the month at 8am at Darkan and the third Sunday of the month at 8am at Arthur River.

The next service in Arthur River will be on Sunday, May 20, at 8am.

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Golf open day a hit for Hodge and Brockway

WAGIN Ladies’ Golf Club members played American foursomes on a glorious day last week.
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The club welcomed back Donna Hodge, who has had a long break from golf but proved that she hasn’t lost the touch, winning the opening day with partner Marilyn Brockway.

Nearest the pin on No. 8 was won by Hodge and Berryl Sims surprised herself with a fantastic nearest the pin on No. 3.

The club thanked Betty Spooner and Robin Dunham for their generous sponsorship for the day and to the ladies who brought afternoon tea.

The ladies now play on Saturdays and those who are interested in trying their hand at golf should ring Fe Thompson on 0427 852 036 or Bronwyn Hegarty on 0427 042 030 so they can arrange a game.

Nine-hole scroungers are played every Thursday; just turn up at 1.30pm for 2pm hit off.

May 2 is a Stableford competition, George Booth 4BBB I.T.S Challenge.

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Gangsters defeat Spitfires in Wagin darts season opener

THE Wagin Darts Association’s season kicked off last week on April 17 and the Gangsters defeated Spitfires 8-3 when they played at the Wagin District Club.
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Gangsters’ pegs came from Stuart Clark 12, Leonie Brummelman 8, Shane Bliss 32, Colin Hall 18 and Brenden Hall with three pegs of six, 16 and 24.

Darren Walker won his singles game with a high score of 98.

Spitfires’ pegs came from Caroline Antony 32 and Keith Bliss 12.

Antony also won her singles game with a high score of 64.

Gangsters’ hundreds were plentiful with Stuart Clark scoring three 100s, Leonie Brummelman 100, Shane Bliss 140, 100 and 121, Colin Hall 140 and 120.

Highest average for Gangsters was Colin Hall with 55.52 followed by Shane Bliss with 49.21.

Hundreds from Spitfires came from Kevin Nordstrom with 133 and 134.

Nordstrom also had the highest Spitfires average with 62.4, followed by Katie Warren with 39.71.

Darkan Red defeated Allstars 7-4 and Darkan Red had pegs from Dennis Blake 16, Murray Boxhall 66 and Tim Earnshaw had two pegs of two and 15.

High score wins were thrown by Jarrod Earnshaw 52, Adrienne Gillett 76 and Vicki Beresford 34.

Allstars’ pegs came from Lorna Ramm eight, Graham Wilson 88 and Jeff Alderton had two pegs of 10 and 20.

Murray Boxhall of Darkan Red had two 100s and a 140 and highest average also went to Murray with 48.86 and was followed by Dennis Blake with 40.1.

Hundreds for Allstars were thrown by Lorna Ramm 135 and Jeff Alderton 100.

Alderton had the highest average of 47.32 followed by Ramm with 34.45.

Morans defeated Woodanilling 7-4.

Kevin Spurr and Harley D from Morans both had pegs of 20 while team mate Tom Spurr had three pegs of six, 40 and 32.

Mandy Spurr and Carol Stanley both had high score wins with 45 and 58 respectively.

Woodanilling’s pegs came from Donald Carter 58, Lee Mulholland 49 and Peter Bartholomuezs pegged twice with 32 and 14.

Moran hundreds were thrown by Kim Davidson 100, Kevin Spurr 100,100 and 100, Tom Spurr 125, 125, 140 and 123.

Highest average for Morans was 69.45 for Tom Spurr with 58.52 for Kevin Spurr.

Hundreds from Woodanilling came from Lee Mulholland 139, Peter Bartholomuezs 100 and 140, Donald Carter 125.

Tony Mader threw a 180.

Peter Bartholomuezs had the highest average for Woodanilling with 60.9 followed by

Tony Mader with 53.43.

Darkan Blue had the home side advantage and defeated Yongas 8-3.

Unfortunately statistics were not available at the time of print.

Misfits won against Katanning on forfeit.

Fixtures for May 12 are as follows with games being played at home teams mentioned first.

Gangsters versus Woody

Spitfires versus Yongas

All Stars versus Misfits

Morans versus Katanning

Darkan Blue versus Darkan Red

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Community information session on proposed Waginfood processing hub

Wagin Shire chief executive Len Calneggia, Morton Seed and Grain Merchants director Jonnie Morton, O’Connor Liberals candidate Rick Wilson, MLC Jim Chown, Senator Chris Back and shire president Phillip Blight at the information session.AN INFORMATION session was held on Monday for community members wishing to find out more about the proposed Wagin Integrated Food Fibre Processing Hub (WIFFPH).
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Held at the Eric Farrow Pavilion, about 40 people turned out to learn more about the three-phase operation, which will include a desalination unit, a cogeneration power station and an inland aquaculture system.

Master of ceremonies for the day Danielle Perrie of WIFFPH said she was happy with the discussion and questions that were generated by the session.

The information session was opened by shire president Phil Blight, who welcomed the audience, consortium partners and visiting politicians Senator Christopher Back, MLC Jim Chown and O’Connor Liberals candidate Rick Wilson.

Regenerate Industries managing director Karne de Boer then presented a detailed business case, including how the process works and the potential investment opportunities through the aquaculture component.

Mr de Boer was pleased with how the session went and said Senator Back was particularly enthusiastic, pledging his support of the project in the Senate.

A $4 million grant through round two of the Australian government initiative Regional Development Australia Fund was applied for in mid-February and a decision is due by the end of May.

Federal Member for O’Connor Tony Crook is pushing for the approval of the project.

“It is a unique and visionary proposal by the Shire of Wagin that will lead to the creation of new jobs, the generation of renewable energy, the reduction of waste water and the attraction of new industry to the region,” he said.

“The Wagin food and fibre hub will diversify the regional economy creating a more sustainable community in regional WA.”

The WIFFPH will be located near Morton’s Seed and Grain Merchants and will aim to produce 125 tonnes of barramundi in its first year of operation.

For more information on the proposal including investment opportunities email Danielle Perrie at [email protected]南京夜网.au.

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