PTIC cows top at $1210 at Dubbo

Malcolm Leader, “Ringwood”, Binnaway, with his agent, Bill Tatt, Christie and Hood, Binnaway and Dubbo, and the drafts of PTIC Hereford and Poll Hereford cows Mr Leader sold for $1210 and $1180.PTIC Hereford cows six to eight years of age sold to $1210 while Droughtmaster cross cows with calves topped at $1630 from a yarding of 1600 head at the Dubbo store cattle sale today.
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Steer and heifer markets were slightly cheaper than the previous fortnight sale with weaner steers making from $360 for lightweight Angus calves to $935 for quality Charolais/Angus cross steers.

Weaner steers averaged $665 or 308 cents per kilogram live.

Yearling steers topped at $1035 for a good line of Santa Gertrudis in forward condition.

Heifer weaners sold from $300 to $810 with the tops being quality Angus in very good condition.

Heifers weaners averaged $611 or 275c/kg.

Cows with calves were also a little cheaper topping at $1630 for the Droughtmaster cross line while the remainder sold from $810 to $1380 a unit.

The top-priced PTIC Herefords offered by Malcolm Leader, “Ringwood”, Binnaway, were in a consignment of 36 head of red taggers due to calve by the end of July while nine to11 month-old Poll Hereford cast for age cows also red taggers and joined to Tycolah and Grathlyn bulls sold at $1180 a head.

The calves off those cows sold at the prime sale the day prior with steers averaging $917 and heifers $830.

Other PTIC cows sold from $800 to $1100.

Full report in The Land next week.

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Sides rev up for top-of-table battle

RUGBY LEAGUE
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LowesMount Road is set to erupt on Sunday as the two feel-good stories of the Group 10 premier league competition converge for a top-of-the-table clash between Oberon and Blayney.

The Tigers will host Blayney as they look to make it seven wins on the trot to open their season, while the Bears can stake their own claim for top spot on the ladder if they can cause an upset.

Given some of the names they had attracted during the off-season, Oberon probably haven’t surprised a lot of people with their improvement, but to be six from six is above expectations no matter who was coming into their side.

Blayney’s pre-season troubles were well documented with the disappearance of popular star half-back Terry Brown, but they have defied the hardship to claim four wins from five matches.

Their only loss came against Mudgee, while they have had a bye as well.

“After what happened with Terry I was a bit surprised to see how well they were doing,” Oberon captain-coach Zac Rowlandson said of the Bears.

“But having seen how well they’ve done in the time since, we have to be very wary of them.

“I think we can potentially expose them a little bit out wide, but they have a very good forward pack at the moment and they have a lot of points in them through that middle third of the field. It will be a tough contest.”

While Rowlandson and his team understand implicitly that nothing is won in May or June, he says that the idea of going through an entire round of matches undefeated is a major goal for his club because of what it could offer further down the track.

They play St Pat’s in their last match of the first half of the season.

“If we can get to the second half of the competition without a loss it would be huge. It just means that if you get a few injuries, or something happens that you haven’t factored in, it isn’t panic stations,” the coach said.

“You can manage things a bit better if you’ve got some points to play with.”

It isn’t as though the Tigers haven’t been tested yet either.

So far Rowlandson rates Bathurst Panthers, who went down by two against the Tigers, as the toughest opponent he’s seen given that they pushed them for 80 minutes without Jeremy and Claude Gordon.

But as they have done each week, his team did what was required and secured the result.

It is something he attributes not to any particular star power, but to the attitude of his entire squad.

“It is difficult to explain how and why we’ve been winning, it is no single factor,” he said.

“If I’m praising the local boys it probably doesn’t do the likes of Matt, Trent and George Rose justice, and if I praise those three it probably seems like I’m ignoring how well the Oberon boys have played.

“Matt has made a huge difference for sure, his control and structure at half-back is a big influence. But he and his brothers have come into a squad that was ready to go, that was fit and committed.

“We haven’t had anyone playing bad football, no-one isn’t playing to, or above their potential and that’s making all the difference.”

George Rose will return to action this weekend, while Blake Miller and Jason Ferris will remain on the sidelines with injury, but they are expected back in the next few weeks.

Kick-off is at 2pm in Oberon.

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Panthers hope to consolidate position

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Bathurst Panthers can consolidate their top five position this weekend when they head to Cowra to take on the Magpies in a Group 10 premier league danger game.

The Magpies are not the side they were a couple of years ago when they hosted the grand final and their season so far in 2016 has been a reflection of that.

They have won only one of their five matches, and conceded more than 40 points in three of their four defeats.

Lithgow Workies, who at the moment are locked in a battle with Orange Hawks for the wooden spoon, have provided the Magpies’ only relief courtesy of a 28-6 win two rounds ago.

Their predicament has Panthers manager Danny Dwyer scratching his head.

“Before the season I thought their team on paper looked like a top-five side. The results certainly haven’t gone that way, though,” he said.

“Based on their signings and the trial match they won against us I assumed they would be in for a good season.”

After six rounds, the competition ladder is beginning to take some shape, though Orange CYMS’ match against Lithgow – which Workies forfeited – has not yet been added into calculations.

It looks, for now, as though six teams – Oberon, Blayney, St Pat’s, Panthers, CYMS and Mudgee are trying to squeeze into five spots.

Oberon already look all but safe having won six from six.

It puts pressure on an aspirant like Panthers to make sure they get maximum points from playing the lower teams like Hawks and Lithgow, and the fringe teams like Cowra and sixth-placed Mudgee.

They’ve already done it with Workies and Hawks, and in their next two games they get the chance with the Magpies and Dragons.

“You have to win all your home games against those sort of teams and certainly a high percentage of your away matches, too,” Dwyer said.

“Cowra are dangerous. They have some good players aside from just [Western Division representative] Warren Williams. Tim Bassman and Cameron Breust are both very good at creating opportunities.

“With Warren, you kind of know what he’s going to do a long time before he does it, but stopping it is another thing altogether. From 20 metres out from the try-line he’s nearly unstoppable.

“I’m sure there will be plenty of things we have to be conscious of in defence, not just Warren.”

Panthers did what they had to do in an easy dismantling of Workies last Sunday but were guilty of pushing passes too often and chancing their hand once they had the game under control.

“We made a lot of unforced errors which was disappointing, it isn’t something that had been a problem in the previous matches,” Dwyer said.

“The defensive side of things was very strong, though. We only missed 10 tackles all game. We created enough opportunities to put 60 points on the board, but we started trying to score every play.

“The guys didn’t underrate Lithgow at all, but as the game opened up and the opportunities started to come, they almost tried a bit too hard.”

Panthers will be boosted by the return of winger Mitch Davis who was a late withdrawal against Lithgow.

Tomorrow’s match starts at 2pm at Sid Kallas Oval.

BATHURST PANTHERS: 1 Jeremy Gordon, 2 Bradyn Cassidy, 3 Blake Lawson, 4 Jye Barrow, 5 Mitch Davis, 6 Trent Hotham, 7 Claude Gordon, 8 Brent Seager, 9 Nick Loader, 10 Jed Betts, 11 Leigh Monaghan, 12 Todd Barrow, 13 Jake Betts, 14 Ben Gunn, 15 Kyle Byrnes, 16 Jason Hewitt, 17 Jay McClintock

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Help for youth centre

A place to go: Youth Services Coordinator Bessie Rigney is asking for donations to help develop the youth centre and make it more inviting.There is now a place to go for the youth of Meningie and surrounding areas.
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Youth Services Coordinator Bessie Rigney with the help of elders and community members,has been working tirelessly to get a new Meningie Community Youth Centre up and running.

“Our purpose is to support young people to make positive choices towards their goals.”

“It includes strengtheningsocial and environmental wellbeing andalso community and cultural connections,” she said.

Although the centre has not had an official opening, children have been coming to the centre since January.

“It started small but is growing, so far on a good week we have seen around 40-50 kids visit per week so around 15 per night.”

“The kids love it, sometime when I do close, they’re wondering where I am.”

She said kids are coming to the centre to do things that they could be doing at home but the choose to come to the centre and mingle with others.

Itis open after school and on alternate weekends, it provides a safe place for youth to go and students often head there after school and use it as a place to wait for football or netball training if they live out of town.

Ms Rigney said she focuses on helping the children with their goal setting, especially short term so she can work with them to achieve them, she is also looking to start a homework group.

She is the only paid worker at the centre and is only part time but she does put in a lot of voluntary hours and receives help from other parents and elders who volunteer their time.

Currently, the centre needs some work, Ms Rigney said they are looking for any donations.

“We need things like board games, gardening tools, sports equipment, educational games, food donations, anything really.”

“We don’t get a lot of money and what we do mostly goes towards the rent.”

Ms Rigney said they have to look into a few tweaks around the place to make it more inviting and exciting.

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Grey no longer a nomad for Fishies this season

John Grey, pictured in action last season, will make his return from a near year-long absence on Sunday. Photo: FILEJOHN Grey admits it was tough at times to stay motivated during his comeback from injury but all the work will be worth it when he makes his long-awaited return on Sunday.
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Grey suffered a knee injury in June of last year against Narromine and while it seemed innocuous enough at first it led to two bouts of surgery and almost a year on the sidelines.

The winger will return for the Fishies against the Wellington Cowboys and stated he was extremely thankful for the support coach Tim Ryan and the players have given him during his recovery.

“He (Ryan) is very transparent about what he requires from his players, particularly those who are injured,” Grey said.

“Commitment to the club and commitment to rehab so when they come back they can slot back in.

“It’s difficult to stay motivated but he keeps you involved and the players are there to encourage you as well so I’m really thankful to the coaches and the players.”

While he never feared his career may be over, Grey admitted there were concerns over his body.

But he was thankful for the second bout of surgery, which removed floating cartilage.

“Body preservation was the largest thing that came to the forefront and would this become a recurring thing,” he said.

“Particularly when I first did it and then did it a couple times again in the next six or eight weeks you do start to doubt your body a bit.

“But it’s all good now and I am thankful for that second operation because it could have put me even further behind.”

CYMS are the only undefeated team after three rounds and last weekend’s general bye.

Heading into the clash with the winless Cowboys, Grey said he had been pleased with the Fishies form but knows there was a whole lot more to come from the two-time defending premiers.

“We’re a fresh sort of an outfit and I think that shows and there’s a lot to work on,” he said.

“We haven’t clicked as well as we could have.”

Former Cronulla Shark Isaac Gordon is out this weekend but Western Rams trio Jyie Chapman, Colby Pellow and Jarryn Powyer have all been named to back up after their match against the Southern Stars at Camden on Saturday.

The day at Caltex Park begins with the League Tag at 11am on Sunday while first grade is expected to kick off at 2.30pm.

CYMS: 1 Kieran Cubby-Shipp, 2 Hayden Howell, 3 Jyie Chapman, 4 Colby Pellow, 5 John Grey, 6 Alex Bonham, 7 Matt Toole, 8 Jarryn Powyer, 9 Luke Jenkins, 10 Lincoln Kavanagh, 11 Alex Ronayne, 12 Jordan Reynolds, 13 Ben Marlin, 14 Billy Sing, 15 Shaquille Gordon, 16 Wade Kavanagh

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Huntly makes the grade

Three years ago Brett Fitzpatrick dragged a 16-year-old Kalan Huntly from obscurity to hand him his first senior game with Castlemaine.
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On Saturday, Fitzpatrick will hand Huntly his first BFNL senior inter-league jumper.

BFNL ROOKIE: Castlemaine’s Kalan Huntly is one of the young guns in the inter-league squad.

“He was quite young at the time he played for Castlemaine, but he showed us plenty of ability,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“He’s gone on to become a very good player.”

Huntly has been one of Castlemaine’s most consistent players in the past 18 months.

“It’s a privilege to be picked to play inter-league footy,’’ Huntly said.

“I can’t wait to play with some of the best players in the league.”

For Castlemaine fans, and those who follow the BFNL closely, it’s no surprise to see Huntly make the inter-league grade.

The 19-year-old has good balance, is a good size,a beautiful kick and can play multiple positions –with the Magpies he’s played pretty much everywhere except the ruck.

“In a perfect world I’d love to play in the midfield,’’ Huntly said.

“I don’t mind playing across half-back… but in the midfield iswhere I play my best footy.”

Huntly is likely to spend plenty of time on the wing against Gippsland.

He’d love nothing more than to cap his first inter-league game with a victory.

“Everyone is up and about and ready to go,’’ Huntly said.

“The mood is good and everyone is positive. We’re ready to play a big game.”

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Macquarie looking to keep the momentum going

Chris Daley returns this week from injury for Macquarie. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVANTHERE is a positive feeling around the Dubbo Macquarie camp at the moment and coach Steve McLellan wants to keep that going on Saturday when his side hosts the Nyngan Tigers.
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The Raiders currently sit second on the Group 11 ladder, having won two of three matches so far this season.

This weekend they welcome the Nyngan Tigers to Caltex Park and McLellan is hopeful to see more of the same from his confident squad.

“Attitude is the thing I look for and there’s a really good buzz around at the moment,” he said.

“Everyone is happy, winning helps that, but in first and reserve grade they play for each other and there’s good camaraderie.”

Following a number of big off-season recruits there was plenty of hype around the Nyngan Tigers but they were yet to see the world alight in 2016.

Losses to Narromine and Parkes were followed by a win over Westside last time out but McLellan knows better than to underestimate a side which the Raiders have struggled against in the past.

“I thought they would get over Narromine, but credit to Narromine for that, but when we played Nyngan in the trial they impressed me,” he said.

“They had all the key spots covered well, their full-back, five-eighth and hooker all went on to play Group and that’s the spine.

“I’m not sure why but they’ve been a bit of a bogey side for us and we’ve got to be at our best to beat them.”

After such a poor run with injuries early in the season the Raiders receive a boost this weekend with Chris Daley returning from a broken hand.

He will replace Kiyan Shaw, who looks set to miss the match due to an ankle injury.

While Daley started the season in the halves, his replacement during the last two weeks, Damien Wells, has been in scintillating form.

McLellan admitted Daley approached him and offered to start off the bench so there is no interruption to the combination between Wells and Josh Merritt.

While the dangerous trio all have the capabilities of piling on the points, McLellan wants his team to continue focusing on defence.

“For two weeks in a row to keep teams to 16 points is pleasing,” he said of the recent wins over Westside and Parkes.

“Our defence is key again, Macquarie teams have always been able to put on points so it’s just about denying the opposition opportunities.”

The action at Caltex Park on Saturday begins with the League Tag at 11am while the main game is expected to kick off at roughly 3pm.

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White Island volcano tour New Zealand

White Island: Take a walk on one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes. Photo: Antonio Aguera Flying over White Island. Photo: Rob McFarland
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Landing in the crater on White Island. Photo: Rob McFarland

Mud pools on White Island. Photo: Rob McFarland

“See that hole,” says Ross, pointing at a steaming chasm in the rock face a few metres away. “That wasn’t there yesterday. Which is why we don’t walk that way.”

“That way” is a bubbling maze of mud pools and steam vents – an alien, sherbet yellow landscape that’s gurgling and fidgeting like it’s alive. Which, in a way, it is. We’re standing in the crater of White Island, one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes, and, frankly, I’m astonished we’re allowed to be here at all.

Ross, our pilot and guide from Frontier Helicopters, assures us he checked the volcanic activity on the island’s seismic sensors before we left. On a scale of one to five, it’s currently at one, indicating a low level of background activity. Once it gets to three, they’re no longer allowed to visit.

It takes us precisely 11 minutes to cover the 48 kilometres from Frontier’s base in Whakatane on the east coast of the North Island to White Island. At first all we can see is a towering plume of steam on the horizon. It’s a similar view to the one Captain Cook would have had in 1769, except he mistook the steam for smoke from Maori fires. Not wishing to get into an altercation, he gave it a wide birth but named it White Island.

Today, the island is privately owned by the Buttle family after a canny ancestor allegedly purchased it from the local Maori for two barrels of rum.

From a distance the island looks like a solid dome of rock but as we draw closer it’s revealed to be a dramatic crater roughly two kilometres in diameter. The steep-sided rim rises 321 metres above sea level, but that’s only the top 12 per cent. There’s another 1280 metres beneath the surface, a vast cone that measures 16 kilometres by 18 kilometres at the sea floor.

After a scenic fly-by we land on the crater floor and tentatively get out to explore. Equipped with hard hats and gas marks (“for insurance purposes only,” says Ross), we follow him as he carefully picks his way across the belching terrain.

The surface is littered with scoria, a light, honeycombed volcanic rock in a kaleidoscope of colours – from rust red to lemon yellow to bottle green. Many areas are covered in a thin white crust of calcium sulphate indicating there’s scalding gas trapped beneath the surface.

We cross a small stream and Ross encourages us to try the water. It tastes disturbingly like blood – warm, salty and metallic thanks to the high iron content.

Continuing towards the source of the billowing steam, we find ourselves on the edge of a large crater filled with water. Occasionally the steam clears and we catch a glimpse of its murky green surface. The water has a pH of around 0.3, making it more corrosive than battery acid. Ross says it’s one of the most acidic crater lakes in the world.

We pause for a minute, the pungent, acid-infused steam catching the back of our throats, and listen to the steady roar coming from the other side of the lake. It sounds uncannily like a plane, but is actually the ominous grumbling of the volcano beneath us.

Unsurprisingly, wildlife is sparse. There’s a colony of Australasian gannets on the southern edge of the island but other than that it’s just flies, flax and a few hardy ice plants.

We walk towards the shore and explore the corroded remains of a sulphur mining factory that operated in the early 1900s. The sulphur was extracted from rocks and sent back to the mainland to be used in fertiliser, explosives and medicine. Before the days of antibiotics, it was used as an antibacterial agent and Ross has had guests who can remember buying bags of it from the pharmacy.

Mining eventually ceased after part of the western rim collapsed in September 1914. The resulting landslide killed 10 miners; only the camp cat survived.

Despite visiting more than 700 times, Ross says every trip is different. He recalls bringing a fellow pilot back after eight years who said that the yellow vents we examined earlier used to be hundreds of metres away on the other side of the crater.

It’s difficult to imagine such dramatic transformations in such a short time span. But then I watch a YouTube video of the island’s most recent eruption in 2013. Thankfully no one was there but it’s powerful proof of why Maori call this place “Te Puia o Whakaari” – the dramatic volcano. TRIP NOTESMORE INFORMATION

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Rob McFarland was a guest of Frontier Helicopters.

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Rabbitohs hoping to dig up win

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TWO teams looking for that winning feeling will meet on Sunday when the Parkes Spacemen play host to Dubbo Westside.

After three rounds of the competition, and following last weekend’s general bye, Westside find themselves at the bottom of the ladder without a win to their name.

The Spacemen, runners-up in both of the past two seasons, are fourth on the ladder but are coming off a disappointing loss to Macquarie last time out.

The Rabbitohs went down to Nyngan by 26 points last round and there was no doubt coach Robbie Dunn had been hard at work on the training paddock as his side sought a breakthrough win.

The men in red and green have a number of new faces in their side and Dunn has said repeatedly in 2016 it will take time before the best of Westside is on show.

Parkes captain-coach Dennis Moran, still out due to his ongoing recovery from an Achilles injury, is aware the Rabbitohs have a new look in 2016 but isn’t looking too closely at them.

“Westside are a bit of an unknown quantity, but we really are not thinking about them, we are more concerned about us being competitive,” he said.

“If we are competitive for the entire game, the win will come.”

Moran is yet to play so far in 2016 due to the injury he suffered in last year’s Koori Knockout at Dubbo but is hopeful of returning in roughly a month’s time. Parkes will also be without half-back Alex Prout on Sunday, who is recovering from a rib cartilage injury. In a boost for Westside, two Parkes players may be battling fatigue due to Western Rams commitment on Saturday.

Full-back Sam Dwyer and barnstorming forward Brendan Tago will both be in Camden on Saturday but are expected to line up again on Sunday.

Westside will no doubt be looking to get the ball in the hands of CJ Ralph, who has crossed the tryline in two of the three matches this season. He, and the likes of EJ Fernando and Kurt Fuller will be key to the Rabbitohs chances of returning home from Northparkes Oval with the points.

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Fundraising, food and fun at Biggest Morning Tea

FUNDRAISER: Raelene Clifford, Maria Day, Mayette Briggs, Shirley Waters, Sandra Tierney and Helen Turner are looking forward to hosting a Biggest Morning Tea in Naracoorte on Thursday to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Delicious cakes, biscuits, coffee and tea will be on offer next Thursday morning at the Naracoorte Bowling Club as part of a Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser for the Cancer Council.
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Cancer Council SA Naracoorte branch president Chris Gale said the event is one of the group’s major fundraisers for the year.

“It is a greatmorning to get a group of friends together and enjoy a cuppa and a chat,” she said.

“People will be treated to tea or coffee and a selection of delicious homemade goodies for morning tea.

“This year we have been very lucky to have George the Farmer creatorBen Hoodas our guest speaker, who is very entertaining.”

Mrs Gale said parents with young children are more than welcome to attend the Biggest Morning Tea as well.

“We will have an activity area for small children, so young parents can come along and enjoy the morning,” she said.

“We are very fortunate to be able to hold the event at the Naracoorte Bowling Club on Smith St.It’s a wonderful venue with plenty of room and perfect for our fundraiser.”

The fundraiser kicks off at 10am with $10 entry per person, which includes morning tea and a chance to win the lucky door prize.

Mrs Gale said other fundraisers on the day will include a raffle and a trading table.

“Funds raised go towards much needed research, development, education, prevention and support services for families going through cancer,” she explained

“All of this good work is only made possible through money raised by days like the Biggest Morning Tea.”

The Cancer Council SA Naracoorte branch meet on the second Monday of each month and invite anyone interested to attend.

To find out more information about theCancer Council SA Naracoorte branch or the Biggest Morning Tea, contact presidentChris Gale on 0438 654 200 or secretary Judy Johnson on 0429 876 364.

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