Thompson wins ladies golf by a point

THE first 18-holes of ladies’ golf was played last week in Wagin.
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It felt like it was being played in the desert because of the windy conditions and warmer temperature.

Fe Thompson came home with a reasonable 35 Stableford points, winning the day, closely followed by Rhonda Dowdell on 34 points.

Bronwyn Hegarty won nearest the pin on No. 3.

Golfers are reminded to clean their tyres and shoes of caltrop seeds, especially on fairways numbers two and five.

May 16 is the first silver spoon and first qualifying round stroke event, sponsored by Wagin Districts Co-op.

All are welcome to play.

The club can arrange a game for any player who only wants to walk halfway.

Call the captain on 0427 852 036.

Open day invitations are coming in, so watch the noticeboard.

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Local police to be honoured in Orange

The Canobolas Local Area Command awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 21 at the Orange Agricultural Institute commencing at 10am.
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These types of award ceremonies are held formally once a year in keeping with the 'Proud Traditions' concept of the New South Wales Police Force.

This year is particularly significant being the 150th year of policing in NSW.

The history of courage in the Canobolas Local Area Command can be seen as far back as the tragic murder of Sergeant 2nd Class Andrew Sutherland who was killed on May 1, 1872 at Binni Creek, near Cowra.

This year also saw the commemoration of 150 years sine the death of Constable William Haviland in Orange.

Officers from the local area will be awarded the national medal, national police medal, NSW police medal for ethical anddiligentservice and local area command unit citation and certificates of commendationacknowledginggood police work throughout the previous year.

Superintendent David Driver said officers need to be recognised for the good work they do in the community.

"It is important to recognise the efforts of both local police and members of the community who help us make the community a safer place," he said.

Region Commander Assitant Commissioner Mr Geoff McKechnie, a former Commander of the Canobolas LAC will be attending the ceremony.

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Wagin Toy Library gets facelift

Jax Moffatt and Chad Howell get busy making some Mother’s Day cards. Amanda and Nathan Howell, Tegan and Mia Forrest and Sandra and Vincent Moffatt enjoy a relaxing chat.
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TERM two is now in full swing and the children at Wagin Playgroup are back enjoying their weekly play date.

Although the cooler weather has seen the little ones spending more of their time indoors, the playground is still popular and the space in the Eric Farrow pavilion is being put to good use.

The Toy Library has also had a facelift, with the items newly organised and ready for members to take them home.

Wagin residents are reminded that the group meets at the Eric Farrow Pavilion on Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 11.30am, with the three-year-old group meeting on Wednesday at the same time.

For those with younger children, the baby playgroup is still proving popular, and runs on Thursday between 11am and 1pm.

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Close competition in Wagin golf

SCROUNGERS attracted a good field of six players on Thursday for a Stableford competition; with most players returning respectable scores and two being standouts.
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The winner of the day was Andrew Gath with a handy 24 points, with Reece Taylor as runner-up with 21 points.

Saturday turned out to be a good day for golf with the weather clearing in the late morning and wet weather gear proving unnecessary.

The competition on the day was par, not the most popular game especially among the higher handicappers.

Some close competition eventuated with a countback required in both grades to determine the winners.

A-grade was won by Mick Spooner with Reece Taylor runner-up, both with a score of plus one; while B-grade was taken out by David Hoystead with Dave Hill runner-up, both with a score of minus one.

Nearest the pins were shared by Reece Taylor and David Hoystead, each taking two and bagging a birdie to boot.

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Wagin kindy students love their mums

William Reid: She makes me lunch and breakfast and dinner and her food is yummy.WITH Mother’s Day this Sunday, the Argus visited the kindergarten students at Wagin District High School and asked them why they loved their mums.
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Check out our photo gallery of the students and their responses.

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Wagin District High School dares to lead

Principals Australia Institute board chair Susan Lenehan, WDHS primary deputy principal Robyn Willey, Minister for School Education Peter Garrett and WDHS AIEO Gloria Bliss at the presentation ceremony in Canberra last week. Wagin District High School (WDHS) AIEO Gloria Bliss and primary deputy principal Robyn Willey with some of the students involved in the banner project, Elaine Williams, Maddison Wallam and Declan Hayward.
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WAGIN District High School (WDHS) was recently awarded a prestigious Dare to Lead Award, which recognises schools that demonstrate excellence in Indigenous education.

Primary deputy principal Robyn Willey and school AIEO Gloria Bliss travelled to Canberra last week, where they were presented with the award by Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Peter Garrett.

“We were really excited to be presented with the award,” Ms Willey said.

“The award recognises the work done over a number of years and it represents a whole school effort and strong community partnerships.”

Ms Willey travelled to Canberra last Thursday with school Mrs Bliss, where they presented a PowerPoint presentation of their submission.

The two women also took a selection of banners that Mrs Bliss and some of her students have been working on, which represent the six Noongar seasonal cycles from the students’ perspective.

These banners are part of a local government project and will eventually be hung along the main street of Wagin.

Dare to Lead is a Commonwealth-funded national project, with a focus on improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students.

Only seven schools nationwide were recognised for their achievements this year, with WDHS awarded one of the four top prizes of $5000, which will be put towards Aboriginal education programs within the school.

Mr Garrett congratulated the recipients of the Dare to Lead Awards at the Canberra ceremony and said the awards recognised schools which had close ties with local Indigenous communities, showed exemplary leadership and had improved results among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“These schools are fantastic examples of the positive changes that can be made in schools through high quality teaching and strong community engagement,” he said.

Starting in 2000, Dare to Lead is now in its fourth phase, with more than 5000 Australian schools currently signed on as coalition members.

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Weather clears at Lake View Golf Club

E Lanagan, E Gossage and A Bateup catch up at golf on the weekend.SATURDAY saw the clouds part and a good field show up to compete in the Sports Power Stableford event at Lake View Golf Club.
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With spirits high after the fantastic rain E Lanagan won the men’s with 41 points with S Jefferis coming a close second on 40 points.

D Wall took out the gross.

A Bateup won the ladies’ competition with an impressive 44 points and C Gherghinis was runner-up.

M Ball, S Jefferis and C Gherghinis won the nearest to pin novelties with talk of a hole in one not too far away.

The long putt went to R Snell and D Wall had the best second shot on 9.

Thanks to B Wright for helping clear the orb spiders and also to note was G Bairstow’s new wet weather pants that barely cleared club dress standards.

Next week is a stroke round - happy seeding.

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All Blacks give pre-season favourites a scare

THE men’s A-grade hockey was played under threatening skies last weekend and while the rain held off for the first match of the day, the goals certainly didn’t.
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The clash between All Blacks and Riffs would have seen most pundits placing the smart money on Riffs, following their demolition of last year’s premiers Warriors last week, however it was the Blacks who came out of the blocks firing.

In what was expected to be a fast and skilful match, the much older All Blacks team seemed to outsmart the younger and pacier Riffs team early in the game.

It was only five minutes into the game when All Blacks struck first blood with some excellent passing displays that saw the ball worked out of defence and eventually into the net by Steve Durell.

Durell’s second goal took the score to 2-0 at half time.

In the second half, the wheels seemed to fall off the All Blacks’ wagon, as Riffs fought their way back into the match with goals to Tom Bairstow, Rhett Ballard and Corey McKenzie.

A goal nearing the end of the game by Mark Regan drew the game at 3-3, with better players being Steven Durell, Pete Thompson and Sam Broad.

Later in the afternoon Warriors men found some winning form when they demolished Pingelly 8-0.

With multiple goals to Dale Batt, Chris Allen and Rob Rybarzyk, Warriors proved to be too strong for Pingelly at every post.

Better players were Chris Allen, Ryan Hough and Jack Osgood.

In the women’s A-grade competition, Robins snuck in a win against Warriors on Friday night.

Warriors scored first following some sloppy defence by Robins, which only seemed to trigger the Robins team into action with a goal to Jonnelle Zabajnik following soon after.

When Hannah Pomykala scored again for Robins, the score sat at 2-1, which was eventually the final score.

Centre-halves Jodie George (Robins) and Cara Borthwick (Warriors) were voted best on ground.

Meanwhile Wagin continued to flex their muscles in the women’s A-grade competition with a strong 8-0 win over Pingelly.

Emily Holt was again unstoppable with four goals and Alice Lydiate chipped in with two, leaving Wagin the early ladder leaders with two high scoring wins from two games.

In the men’s B-grade competition, Warriors defeated All Blacks 9-0 (better players Creed York, Nick Corner and Harry Rowley), Olympics defeated Wagin White 2-1 (better players Ben Nottle, Ty Cook and Lindsay George), Williams drew with Riffs 1-1 (better players Damian McEllister, Ashley Chadwick and Johnathan Della), and Wagin Black defeated Pingelly 4-0 (better players Brendan Hall, Wade Enright and Ian O’Dea).

In the women’s B-grade competition, Warriors defeated Robins 3-1 (better players Sarah Henessey-Parks, Mel Sprigg and Jo Hayes), Williams defeated Wickepin 5-2 (better players Janet Gowland, Brooke Duff and Renae Barnsby) and Brookton defeated Wagin 3-0 (better players Tracy Wood, Courtney Fulwood and Jen Bickers).

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New players strengthen Mighty Ducks

A PLETHORA of new players to the Mighty Ducks team has seen them undefeated and in equal position on top of the women’s A-grade ladder following another win against Robins on the weekend.
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The Mighty Ducks team came out firing in the first half, and it wasn’t long before they had secured a two-goal lead thanks to Juanita O’Neill and Courtney Robinson.

The Robins’ backline was tested again and again but managed to hold out any more goals, before scoring a goal themselves through Jonnelle Zabajnik.

Better players were Bonnie Atkins, Vanessa Perkins and Claire Coffey.

In the other women’s A-grade game, Warriors played possession hockey to perfection with a 7-0 defeat over Pingelly.

In typical chilly hockey conditions, Warriors were on the ball from the start until the end of the game, with Cara Borthwick and Kellie Atherton combining well for Warriors to set up many attacking drives.

Emma Fleay again proved she is one of the dominant midfielders of the game with a best on ground performance.

In the men’s A-grade competition, a gallant display of hockey from Pingelly saw them get well within striking distance of All Blacks.

With All Blacks being somewhat depleted this week missing Sam Broad and Steven Durell, the Pingelly lads showed some good touch early and struck the first blow with a goal from Justin Warburton.

This seemed to kick start the All Blacks team, with some excellent transfer of play around the back and some strong midfield work through Allan Blight and Angus Armstrong.

Connor Page capitalised on good positioning with a goal to draw the game.

Another two goals by Tristan Lock and Angus Armstrong saw All Blacks run out with a 3–1 win.

Better players for Pingelly were Troy Warburton and goalie Dougall Haslam and for All Blacks Allan Blight and Angus Armstrong.

Meanwhile Riffs came away with a 7-1 win over Olympics with multiple goals to Corey McKenzie, Shaun McKay and Roger Ballard.

Shaun McKay again had a dominant performance with a best on ground performance, with Shawn Heil (Olympics) and Roger Ballard (Riffs) also better players.

Warriors take on All Blacks in the men’s A grade competition on Friday night at 6.30pm, while Olympics take on Pingelly on Saturday at 5.30pm.

In the women’s A-grade competition, Warriors travel to Wagin on Saturday and Mighty Ducks face Pingelly on the turf at 2.40pm on Saturday.

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Dumbleyung draw with Sharks

Erin Ladyman traps the ball while number 5 Jack Pearce watches on.RAIN did not deter the Dumbleyung Junior Hockey team as it enthusiastically took the field for its match against Narrogin Sharks on Saturday at Stubbs Park.
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Parents from both teams took shelter under the shades and umbrellas to cheer on their children.

The match was a tight struggle between two even teams, with neither team able to slot the ball past the defenders into the goal.

First year players Sienna Ball, Ethan Henry and Peter Temby assisted inners Marshall Henry and Brooke Carew-Reid in the forward line, but were repeatedly repelled by the Sharks’ defenders.

Meanwhile Harrison Edwards in goals celebrated some great saves on the goal line at the other end.

With a change of ends and the rain having eased, play continued like the first half and neither team was able to break through the opposition defence.

Rohan Morris at left half back and Jack Pearce at centre half, supported by Erin Ladyman, Danee Bairstow, Harley Dale and Tess Pearce, made strong tackles to hold up the Sharks players.

The score at the final whistle was nil all.

Most valuable players were awarded to Sienna Ball and Rohan Morris.

This weekend’s fixture is against Saints in Dumbleyung at 10am.

A sausage sizzle will follow the game for all players and spectators.

The B-grade men play Warriors on Friday night at 7.55pm on the turf in Narrogin.

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