Spacemen hoping to be at full strength against CYMS

THE Parkes Spacemen will face arch rivals Dubbo CYMS in the qualifying semi-final this Sunday at Pioneer Oval.
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The rivalry between the Spacemen and the defending premier CYMS is a respectful one, with the teams meeting in several grand finals over the past decade.

A large crowd is expected to watch the match as all three grades of the Spacemen will be on show.

The Spacemen are hoping to name a full strength first grade side for the clash - the winner of which will play minor premiers Macquarie Raiders the following week; while the loser has a second chance against the winner of the elimination semi-final between Nyngan and Wellington.

Captain-coach Pat Rosser is one of those under an injury cloud and is hopeful of making his return on Sunday.

"I won't play if I don't think I can make it through the entire 80 minutes," Pat said.

"It has been a frustrating injury and you never really know if it is right until you give it a workout under game conditions".

Rosser's possible return means Daniel Stuart will shift into fullback, allowing him back into the centres. The Spacemen have been in solid form over the past few weeks, yet according to Rosser, they still have areas to work on.

"Our completion rate against Wellington last Sunday was not good enough," he said.

"In a finals match you can't afford to not do the basics right.

"We will need to go into Sunday's game with the right attitude, work hard for each other, and make sure we play finals football.

"CYMS are a good squad and we will need to have a solid-kicking game, be strong in defence, and minimise their attacking opportunities".

These matches are often won by the better defensive team and Sunday's match is unlikely to be any different.

The sides have very similar defensive records with Parkes conceding only 299 and Cyms 323.

But the Spacemen have shown over the entire season that they can score points - 630 so far (well in front of Cyms 559).

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Evenly matched sides in grand final replay

ELEVEN months ago Dubbo CYMS caused one of the biggest boilovers in recent Group 11 history when they beat Parkes in the 2011 grand final at Pioneer Oval.
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The stakes aren't quite as high when the two sides meet at the same venue on Sunday but the reward for the winner will be a spot in next weekend's grand final qualifier against Dubbo Macquarie.

Since the 2011 grand final the sides have met twice, with CYMS getting the better of the first clash at Parkes before Dennis Moran led the Spacemen to a comfortable win at No.1 Oval in their most recent outing.

But those matches mean little now as the pressure is intensified in finals football.

While both sides have impressive backlines there is little doubt Sunday's match will be won in the forward packs.

CYMS have the likes of Nick Wilson, Ilisoni Vonomateiratu and Matt Naden to get them going forward while Parkes have an imposing group led by Group 11 stars Jamie Szczerbanik and Ronald Lawrence, as well as Zarin Barber and Tim Tobin. After his side's 48-8 win over Nyngan last Sunday, Fishies captain-coach Joe Williams spoke of the areas his squad needed to improve to reverse their most recent result against Parkes.

"In that game we started well and were on top but we slackened off for a bit and Dennis Moran really took control of the game," Williams said.

"We really need to keep and eye on him because they really got a roll off the back of him darting out of dummy-half and drawing defenders.

"Our past couple of weeks have been pretty good and we seem to be playing better football now than we did last time against them.

"Our young guys, especially Lincoln Kavanagh and Isaah Yeo, have really stood up in the past few weeks and they will have roles to play if we are going to go deep in the competition."

Both Kavanagh and Yeo have been named in the run-on side for Saturday's match, with Kavanagh slated in to play second-row while Yeo, who plays five-eighth for the Fishies' under-18s, will slot onto a wing.

Isaah Yeo will play on the wing for CYMS in their semi-final against Parkes on Sunday. Photo: JOSH HEARD

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Clubs ready to unleash best under-18s

SOUTH Launceston and Launceston will meet in the Northern regional under-18 football grand final at Youngtown today.
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The Northern under-18 competition was formed this season to fill a void in the football pathway from under-16 football to State League colts.

It featured a 16-round roster administered by AFL Tasmania, with teams from South Launceston, Launceston and North Launceston taking part.

Matches against Southern under-18 teams were interspersed in the roster.

South Launceston finished on top of the ladder while Launceston finished third.

South Launceston coach Jacob Saunders said he expected an even contest in today's grand final and rejected the favourite tag despite his team holding a slight edge over the Blues during the roster season.

``It should be a good game and we will have to get on top early to win and keep that mindset throughout the game,'' he said.

Launceston coach Tim Elliott said he saw the grand final as a 50-50 contest.

``They finished on top but I think we have a good chance,'' he said.

``Our half-backs in Josh Burt and Jayden Holmes will need to play well and provide rebounds for us if we are to win.''

Elliott said the regional under-18 competition had been a success this season and the clubs were hopeful of Devonport joining next season.

The game starts at 9am.

Launceston under-18 captain Josh Burt and coach Tim Elliott with South Launceston grand final rival coach Jacob Saunders and South captain Jonty Swallow ahead of today's Northern regional under-18 football grand final at Youngtown. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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Ballarat’s favourite books

ARE you a fan of thrillers or romance? Do you dog-ear orbookmark? And what’s your favourite read of all?
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To celebrate the start of the Children's Book Council'sNational Book Week tomorrow, weasked some of Ballarat’s best to tell us about the book they couldn’t put down.

Tess Ryan, The Known World Bookshop (pictured above)

My favourite books are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.SLewis, because my mum read them to me when I was little and I have lovedfantasy books ever since. The stories and characters are very interesting.

Sharon Knight, Ballarat West MP

I think I was 13 when I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklynby Betty Smith, leaving me with the feeling that no matter what time inhistory, or how different a culture may be, I could still relate to the girl,Francie.

It was the first time I realised that there are alwayspoints of commonality between people, if you look hard enough.

Cr Mark Harris, Mayor, City of Ballarat

My favourite book has to be the Seven Pillars of Wisdom byT. E. Lawrence. It speaks to someone maybe my age, about Lawrence in the desertas an insurgent fighter in WWI, and a man troubled by weakeness and insecuritywe probably still see in normal life.

Andrew Allen, Superintendent, Ballarat Police

I guess the most interesting books for me to read have been the early Underbelly series by Sylvester and Rule. These books came out after the gangland murders during 2003 - 2005 when I was in charge of the original Purana Task Force investigating the homicides.

The interesting part for me was seeing how they were written, as I had a fair bit more knowledge behind the words in the books - although the writers captured the essence of the murders.

Gordon Morrison, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat

My favourite book will always be J R R Tolkien's Lord of theRings trilogy, in which exists the most amazing “other world” that any author hasever created – a world that it is a pleasure to fall into every couple ofyears.

Catherine King, Ballarat MP

Asking me what my favourite book is like asking a parentwhich is their favourite child. I love reading and there are hundreds of booksin our house that I read over and over again.

If pushed, I would have to say March by Geraldine Brooks. Iloved reading Little Women when I was young and this book provides a differentperspective on that story and the Civil War in which it is set.

Judith Potter, Principal, Loreto College Ballarat

From my childhood, The Muddleheaded Wombat by Ruth Park.Wonderful memories of listening to the latest episode on the Children's Hourand then reading “my own book”. The joy of childhood of being transported to adifferent world!

Andrew Eales, Editor, The Courier

My favourite book is Catcher in The Rye by J. D.Salinger. I read it as a teenager at the height of the Gen X years - thecentral character Holden Caulfield would have fitted in perfectly in thatera.

Tess Ryan, 13, says her favourite read is the Narnia series. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

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Boy in court over attack

A teenage intruder who found a young mother at home with her baby pushed her from a window after trying to sexually assault her, NSW police say.
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Police arrested a 15-year-old boy yesterday and charged him with attempted sexual assault.

The 20-year-old victim was at home with her eight-month-old baby around 3.30pm on August 12 when the youth allegedly walked into her Summer Street home and attempted to sexually assault her before punching her and pushing her through an open window.

The youth then allegedly took cash from the property and ran out the front door where he was last seen riding a bike east along Summer Street towards Coronation Drive.

The woman was treated for bruising and shock.

Her child wasn’t touched during the attack.

Detectives from Canobolas LAC arrested the youth at a home in Orange at 8.30am yesterday.

He was charged with inflicting actual bodily harm with the attempted sexual assault, assault with an act of indecency, aggravated entering a dwelling with intent and theft.

He appeared in Orange Children’s Court yesterday afternoon, where he was refused bail and will remain in juvenile detention until his next court appearance in November.

A teenage intruder appeared in court yesterday, charged with attempting to sexually assault a 20-year-old woman in her Summer Street home.

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Roos aiming to keep hold of Melville Cup

WHILE their spot in the Blowes Clothing Cup finals is guaranteed, there is plenty at stake for Dubbo Kangaroos when they take to the field against Dubbo Rhinos on Saturday.
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The Roos can cement a top-three position on the ladder and could sneak as high as second if Narromine falls to Parkes.

There is also the small matter of the Mark Melville Cup and six months of local bragging rights.

The Roos escaped with a 12-8 win in their round nine encounter, which was played in a mudpit at No.1 Oval.

But with a fast track assured for Saturday, there is the potential for plenty of points to be scored.

Roos second-rower James Skuthorp said the key for his side will be to start well against their cross-town rivals, who will be keen to perform ahead of their 20th anniversary reunion later in the night.

“They will have a point to prove in all grades I think, so we have to turn up and be enthusiastic right from kick-off,” Skuthorp said.

“If we give them an inch they will hang around all day so the key for us will be to start well and try to take some of the emotion out of it because they play a lot on emotion.

“We’ve spoken at training about they fact they will be up for the challenge but the game means a fair bit to us as well.”

The Roos currently hold the Melville Cup courtesy of the win earlier in the year, when four penalty goals was enough to secure the victory, and they don’t want to give it up.

They also don’t want to give up the momentum created by three successive wins in recent weeks.

“We’ve won three straight and are playing some good footy, but that changes if we go into the finals on the back of a loss,” Skuthorp said.

“We’d like to hang on to the Melville Cup and if results go our way we can get into second place and host the final against Narromine next week.

“From our point of view though, we can’t control the result at Parkes so we just need to worry about playing with the structure we have over the past few weeks and try to get over Rhinos.

“They have some swift backs and thrive on broken-field play so if we can hang onto the ball we can really take that out of the equation and make things a lot easier for ourselves.”

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Survivors unite for brain injury message

A BRAIN injury can leave you a very different person.
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For Susan Guy, of Launceston, a car accident at the age of 17 left her unable to talk, walk or eat.

These were skills that she had to learn all over again.

Yesterday, she joined the Beaconsfield mine collapse survivor Brant Webb to highlight Brain Injury Awareness Week, August 13 to 19.

Mr Webb, of Beauty Point, has been named as a national Bangonabeanie ambassador to highlight the risks and effects of an acquired brain injury.

He was diagnosed with a brain injury after he walked free from the Beaconsfield mine in 2006.

``When I first came out of the mine, everything seemed fine, we walked out under an adrenaline rush,'' Mr Webb said.

``The only major injury I had was five disks that had had blown out.

``But eventually I had depression, I was very lethargic and my family said I wasn't the same person.''

Mr Webb said one of the most important aspects of his job was to highlight to families the symptoms of a brain injury so they knew when to seek help for a loved one who may have been injured at work.

According to the Tasmanian Acquired Brain Injury Services committee of management member Mandy Brown, an estimated 2500 Tasmanians sustain a brain injury each year.

However, due to the low rate of diagnosis, it is likely the true number of people with a brain injury is much higher, she said.

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Brant Webb and Susan Guy talk about Brain Injury Awareness Week. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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Thanks for saving my life

TEAM EFFORT: Paramedic intern Daniel Clark hugs James Cantrill’s mother Christine Cantrill while surrounded by the emergency services team that saved James’s life - (l-r) Senior Constable Jo Little, senior firefighter David Beattie, Constable Mark Whieldon, Orange Fire and Rescue NSW station officer Matt Jeffery, Inspector Peter Atkins, senior paramedic Matt Pickering, senior firefighter Tim Collins and senior firefighter Dean Brus. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0817james2 GIFT OF LIFE: James Cantrill thanks paramedic intern Daniel Clark for helping to save his life while senior firefighter Dean Brus, family friend Rosslyn Badcock and senior firefighter Tim Collins look on. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0817james3
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“I’M happy to be back and I owe it all to you.”

This was the message James Cantrill had for the emergency services team that saved his life.

Mr Cantrill, 28,suffered horrific injuries in a car accident on Cargo Road on August 1. He woke up four days ago.

“I’m here to tell the tale and I have all of you guys to thank for it,” he told the emergency services team as they crowded into his hospital room yesterday.

Ambulance station officer Matt Pickering was one of the first on the scene of the accident. He said he never thought anyone would have the opportunity to speak to Mr Cantrill again.

“It’s nice to have a job where it ends in this way,” he told Mr Cantrill.

“I didn’t think I’d ever be telling you.”

Mr Pickering said he didn’t expect Mr Cantrill to be alive when he pulled up in the ambulance on that fateful morning. He was shocked when Mr Cantrill opened his eyes.

Christine Cantrill, James’s mother, said if it wasn’t for the extraordinary efforts of the emergency team and the doctors at Orange Health Service her son wouldn’t be alive.

“I just wanted so much to thank you all for the extraordinarily steady care you took of him,” she said.

“The doctors in Sydney told me they had never received a patient so well packaged.

“They said the only reason he is still here is because everyone in Orange did such an amazing job of caring for him ... the fact they went so steady.”

Mrs Cantrill hugged everyone of the team as they entered the hospital. She said while the fire crew pulled her son from the wreckage and the ambulance officers treated him, the police gave her the moral support she needed to stay strong.

Mr Pickering said he was just so happy to be able to give Mr Cantrill’s family the amazing gift of life.

“It’s a wonderful gift that everyone was a part of,” he said.

“It’s a testament to the many, many people that helped.”

Mr Pickering said the fire brigade should be commended because he had never seen a more complicated rescue operation.

Orange Fire and Rescue NSW station officer Matt Jeffery said Mr Cantrill’s survival wasn’t just down to the efforts of the rescue crew.

“There’s always a sense of achievement when you remove the person in the same state they were in or better but really it was everybody involved,” he said.

“Everyone contributed to a percentage.”

Mr Jeffery and Mr Pickering said they would have been useless if Orange nurse Karen Fahy hadn’t pulled over at the scene.

“He would have been dead by the time we got there, she kept his airway open,” Mr Pickering said.

Mrs Cantill and her husband Peter said they wanted to thank all of their friends who supported them and helped out on the farm while they were at Westmead Hospital with their son.

Mrs Cantrill said her son was on the mend but not yet out of the woods.

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Cabonne accused of cutting corners

ROADworks must be conducted by private contractors as councils aren’t doing a good enough job Cabonne residents say.
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Lifelong Burrendong Way resident Ron Fanning said Centofanti corner past Mulyan Road is still a black spot despite Cabonne Council spending $710,000 on upgrades.

“This is worse now, it’s still a terrible black spot,” he said.

“It should have a guard rail and they should have cut out all the gumtrees.

“You can’t see past the bend if you come off you go straight into the gully or into those trees.”

Mr Fanning and resident Charlie Smith said they believed council ran out of money before they completed the job.

Mr Fanning said the works should have been carried out by private contractors.

“At least the job would have been done then,” he said.

Outgoing Cabonne councillor Kevin Duffy said this was just one of the reasons why regional councils need a shake-up.

“The select tender process has to go out of councils’ hands,” he said.

“You would get better value for money, a private contractor wouldn’t get paid until the job was done.”

Cr Duffy said Cr Janelle Culverson’s family conducts roadworks for Cabonne Council.

Cr Culverson said she always declares her interest at council meetings and because of the interest she was unable to provide comment.

Cabonne Council spokesperson Dale Jones previously stated that all works carried out on Burrendong Way were to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) specification.

Mr Jones said the RMS approved the design and the completed job.

Cr Duffy said he had doubts about the suitability of the design.

“I question whether the design was done properly in the first place,” he said.

“As you can see from the photos there’s no difference.”

Mr Fanning said he suspected the design didn’t include the northern end of Burrendong Way.

“They’ve just left this end and have done nothing,” he said.

“Those trees that are right there if you come off the road, are they in the RMS specifications?”

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IN DEEP: Cabonne resident Ron Fanning is hard to spot in a gully next to Burrendong Way at Centofanti corner. Photo: NICOLE KUTER

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Forum for water and sewerage charges

BUSINESS operators are about to get the chance of relief from what they say are excessive water and sewerage charges, with a forum being organised with the service provider.
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Launceston Chamber of Commerce executive officer Michael Bailey said the chamber and Ben Lomond Water yesterday agreed to the forum so water and sewerage charges for businesses could be explained and customers could ask questions.

Mr Bailey said he expected the forum would be held next month, and would be a working lunch for up to two hours.

The forum follows concerns this week from Launceston business leaders that they were being charged too much and Ben Lomond's charges were unfair.

He said today's meeting that decided on the forum produced good information from the water and sewerage corporation, so he expected the forum would also be useful.

A Ben Lomond Water spokeswoman said the corporation was keen to explain its position and urged anyone with concerns to attend, as they would get answers.

She said the three-year price and service plan that began on July 1 was fixed, but a lower bill was possible through a reassessment of individual businesses.

The corporation uses various criteria, such as the type of business or the fittings at the business, to determine the bill.

If a business assessment was wrong, the charges would be adjusted.

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