No signposts at crossroads

29/06/2018 // by admin

Editorial – August 8, 2014
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Gunnedah is at a crossroads.

The town that’s going places has now gone places and is standing at the junction, wondering which direction to turn.

While some other towns are wishing they had rich natural resources, our shire is torn between the riches above and those beneath the ground, and it is aching with the growing pains.

The burgeoning mining industry in this shire and the ones beyond it has brought new opportunities, new challenges, new faces, new heartbreaks and new hopes.

For some it has meant a job, a house, money for the farm, customers in the shop, business on the books and money for public projects.

For others, it has meant fear over properties that have been passed down through generations, trucks on the road, high rents and mines for neighbours.

But along with all the issues that come with the mining industry, is the issue of growth.

With growth comes necessary upgrades to highways – with their own issues such as whether the Visitor Information Centre should be located along the highways.

It also brings a growth in other industries. The network is here, the people are here, the land is here, and the industries want to be here.

At yesterday’s Gunnedah Shire Council planning, environment and development committee meeting, council considered an application for a grain processing plant on Marys Mount Road.

This 24-hour operation has local residents concerned.

“It is like council is preferencing big business over the current residents,” one neighbour of the site said.

In the meeting last night, council noted a number of potential “game changers” that will impact on Gunnedah and how it could develop over the next decade.

These were:

• Development of the Maules Creek Coal Project near Boggabri.

• Potential determination of the proposed Shenhua Watermark Coal Project near Breeza.

• Imminent determination of the Vickery Coal Project north west of Gunnedah.

• Establishment of a second rail overpass at Gunnedah. Realignment of the state highway and regional road network within the Gunnedah urban area.

• Interest from major new business in establishing in Gunnedah, and

• Increase in demand for housing and accommodation.

All of these things spell progress for the shire, but they also spell out the need for a great deal of caution.

To preserve our country way of life and our farming base, each of these things needs to be looked at in light of where they are taking us.

Council may not have the power to say yes or no to many of these things, but here is a strong word of caution that each application, each new move, needs to be looked at as part of the big picture.

We are changing, but this change can be managed to a degree.

Gunnedah needs leadership to protect and nurture the community, to deal with the substantial challenges and opportunities we face, and to make informed, and considered, decisions.

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Woman sexually assaulted on Brisbane train

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Police are looking for a man over the alleged sexual assault of a woman on a Brisbane train last month.
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They have released pictures of a man they wish to speak to about the incident, which happened about 1am on July 26.

Police said the woman was travelling on an outbound service when she was approached by the man.

The assault stopped when two passengers came to her aid. The attacker then left the carriage at Loganlea station.

The man, who was dressed in a Brisbane Broncos jersey, was also wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

The Broncos played a match against the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium hours before the incident.

The man is described as aged in his late 50s, about 180 centimetres tall with short grey hair an olive complexion and a heavy build.

Police have called for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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$150K bail for Russell Island man extradited for dangerous driving

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A 38-year-oldman who fled NSW after a fatal car crash in 2000 was extradited from his Russell Island hometo face 17 charges.
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Bradley Hazeltonwas arrested last week and charged with 17 offences relating to a July 2000 crash whichclaimed the life of 20-year-old Dwayne Nicholson.

He was taken to Sydney and charged with dangerous driving occasioningdeath, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and 15 otheroffences.

Fronting Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday, Hazelton did not enterpleas but sought release on bail, saying he promised to turn up forfuture court dates and abide by any conditions imposed as part of hisrelease.

Magistrate Janet Wahlquist granted Hazelton$150,000 bail despiteDirector of Public Prosecution lawyer Nadia Sawagid opposingthe application, saying he had avoided police detection for 14 years.

Ms Sawagid said Hazelton was only apprehended following an anonymoustip-off from a member of the public via Crimestoppers.

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‘Little things’ prove powerful

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GEORGIA Wallace throws herself into a tackle against a bigger Wagga City opponent last weekend.SIRU women’s sevens
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THE Dianas have a tentative grip on the Southern Inland minor premiership after a strong 27-5 win over potential contender Wagga City at No. 1 Oval last Saturday.

Leeton was too strong across the park, scoring five tries to one.

Captain Emma Tyrrell said it was a good result in a physical game against a fit opposition.

“We knew they were going to be tough, they’d be one of the best in the competition,” Tyrrell said.

“But the opportunities we created, we took. I couldn’t fault our performance and we came up with a good result.”

However, she did say the game was closer than the final result indicated.

“Because we took our opportunities, we ended up scoring,” Tyrrell said.

“A couple of times they didn’t execute well. We did the little things right.”

AIMEE Spowart prepares for impact with a Wagga City player.

Remi Wilton and Lou Strachan played their usual strong games, making breaks through the City line, while Nisi Tabakei proved strong in the forwards. Jess Murphy showed some great cover defence and made try-saving tackles.

This week is the final round against an improving Deniliquin and coach Bart Challacombe said his side could not be complacent with Leeton ahead of Griffith on the ladder by just one point.

“To stay on top we still have to win,” he said.

“If we play as well as we have in the last couple of rounds we should win, but we don’t want to take anyone lightly.”

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Bullriding champion Scott writes book

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CHAMPION AND AUTHOR: Four-time Australian Bullriding Champion Brad Scott, ­pictured on his father’s farm in Kundabung, has written a book about his sport. Picture by RUSSELL PELLBrad Scott knows a thing or two about ­professional bull riding.
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He has spent 15 years competing on the Australian, Canadian and American rodeo circuits.

His career was highlighted with many victories, including the winning of four Australian titles and five Australasian titles.

Drawing on these experiences, Scott recently released his first book, The Official Bull Riders Guide.

The aim of the book is to aid riders through the ­learning curve and to provide an insight into the sport.

“It is a very technical sport,” Scott said.

“It is not just jumping on a bull and hanging on.

“You need to be mentally prepared when you’re ­getting on a bull that weighs a thousand kilos and has never been ridden before, you need to have a good ­mindset,” Scott said.

Bull riding is often compared to Russian roulette because it is a case of when you will be injured –not if.

Whilst Scott had a highly successful career that ran longer than most, it wasn’t without incident.

“I had one major accident, a bull stepped on me in the States, after coming off, and put me on life support for 14 days,” Scott said.

“I had a flail chest, broke all my ribs, back and front.

“Luckily I was very fit at the time and after eight months I was back riding again.”

Scott also teaches at clinics held in New Zealand, New Caledonia and various locations throughout Australia.

“The rider who holds the highest score for bull riding in Australia was a past student of mine, others have gone on to become champions and ride in the USA,” Scott said.

Attendees of his clinics are not always your typical cowboys though.

“Recently a guy who was a paramedic in his early 40s came along and wanted to ride a bull as part of his ­bucket list,” Scott said.

“The beauty of my clinics, especially the beginner ones, is that they are very controlled.

“Clients ride stock that are nothing like what you would see at a rodeo but they still experience the same adrenaline rush.”

A professional rider is aiming for around eight ­seconds on the back of a bull.

Judges also look for how aggressively he rides and how well the bull bucks.

“Bull riding is addictive,” Scott said.

“That rush, walking into the arena with the hair ­standing up on the back of your neck, the anticipation of what comes next, that’s what it’s all about.”

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Orange City must improve to topple confident Bulldogs: Gray – Video

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LION IN WAIT: Tom Nell will start at scrumhalf for Orange City in their Blowes Clothing Cup match against Bathurst Bulldogs on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0203sgrugbyDESPITE an inauspicious performance against CSU Bathurst last weekend, Orange City heads into Saturday’s Blowes Clothing Cup clash with Bathurst Bulldogs full of confidence.
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The rampant Bulldogs side has won its last four games and Lions’ coach Mick Gray conceded his side’s come-from-behind bonus point win over the students is not the ideal preparation for tomorrow’s clash.

“The main point from that game though, is that we’re still winning,” Gray said.

“We might be winning ugly, but we’re still winning. Against the students we had a few uncharacteristic defensive lapses, and it seems like we just aren’t quite there at the moment.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’re happy where we’re at. But we know we can play better, and [tomorrow] will be tough but we’re very confident.”

With little love lost between the two sides, the third-placed Lions head to Bathurst’s Ashwood Park desperate for a bonus point win to keep in touch with the top two, Dubbo Kangaroos and Orange Emus.


“We definitely need to keep winning and we need bonus points if we are to move into second, which we want,” Gray said.

“There are a few aspects of our game we need to improve on. It seemed like last week we did some aspects of the game great, and others badly.”

With the top three all but set, the final two weeks of the regular season will determine the final standings and Gray said his side is setting realistic goals.

“Potentially we could still come first, but second is more realistic,” Gray said.

“We know as well as anyone that we need two bonus point wins to do that, which may not happen, and I guess we’re bracing ourselves to play Emus twice in a row, in next week’s derby and then again in the first week of the finals.


“The only thing that could change I guess is where the finals game is played.”

Gray and co-coach Steve Hamson have made just one change to last week’s team, with Tom Nell slotting into halfback at the expense of Brad Cleal.

Saturday’s clash kicks off at 3.15pm.

ORANGE CITY LIONS: 1 Scott Smith, 2 Josh Tremain, 3 Darcy Garlick, 4 Mitch Pearce, 5 Chris Barrett, 6 Gus Brotherton, 7 Duncan Young, 8 Josh Maley (c), 9 Tom Nell, 10 Michael Sparks, 11 Cameron Cole, 12 Mesui Lemoto, 13 Jake Davis, 14 Sam Powell, 15 Mitch Green.

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Museum car park “under threat”

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Russell Jack THE Golden Dragon Museumwill fightto protect acar parkit sayswill be reclaimedunder a City of Greater Bendigo masterplan for Rosalind Park.
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Bendigo Chinese Association vice-president Russell Jack said the group had raised $275,000 to build the car park which themasterplan showed would bereplaced with shrubs and greenery.

“There seems to be no replacement car parkearmarked and I’m not sure how they expect us to continue without the parks,” he said.

Bendigo council’s planning and development director Prue Mansfield said it would be years before any plans went ahead – and no decisions had been made.

“There’s not even a finalised draft plan that has been released and the car parking issue is a tricky one,” she said.

“People have such strong views.

“Some want the car parks all to be removed from Rosalind Park, some want them to stay there and there are other people who say it needs to be consolidated.

“Ultimately, we would have to replace any car parking that was removed. We wouldn’t just take it away.”

The association says it spent countless months raising money for the car park.

Mr Jack approached all the region’scouncils of the time, organised several raffles and approached Parliament regarding funding.

“Because the museum was going to be built on a car parking site, the association was told it had to replace it,” he said.

“But Idon’t know how many times they expect us to raise $275,000 to build a carpark.

“It almost killed us last timeand we would really struggle to attract touristswithout a car park. I’m not sure what we would do.”

The current carpark houses up to 90 cars and includes steps which provide access for visitors wanting to walk to the museum.

Ms Mansfield said the Rosalind Park masterplan is expected to be released for public comment soon.

Councillors are yet to vote on anything in the draft.

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Musica Da Camera

16/02/2019 // by admin

The Canberra based string chamber orchestra Musica Da Camera makes a welcome return to Gunning on Sunday August 10 at the Shire Hall from 2pm this time under the baton of Gillian Bailey-Graham.
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The orchestra will play works from Vaughan Williams, Handel, Elgar, Piazzolla and Kreisler. This should be a terrific concert with entry being $25pp or $20 for Focus Group members and concessions. Please phone 4845 1566 or 0417 663 045 for further information.

Antarctic garden

Gunning Garden Club members and friends are invited to hear Sarah Clayton talk about her year in Antarctica that will feature photographs of her activities and work, at the Courthouse at 2pm Sunday August 10. Sarah has a degree in Conservation of Materials and helped in the preservation of artefacts and of the historic Mawson’s hut.

Community forums

Gunning Community Care has scheduled a series of meetings to seek your input on the needs of the community as it prepares its Strategic Plan for the next three years. The dates are Collector 7.30pm 21/8; Gundaroo 7.30pm 23/8; Dalton 2pm 26/8 and Gunning 2pm 6/9 with venues to be advised. For further information please contact Alison Colebrook on 4845 1166.

Glassworks outing

About 20 people went on a terrific outing to the Canberra Glassworks last week, organised by Gunning Community Care. These outings are open to any interested person not just those that may attend particular programs run by GCC. Florence Merriman from Jerrawa was the lucky winner of a delightful hand blown glass bird.

First shot fired

In an extraordinary twist of fate the first shot fired by the British Empire in WWI was from a gun emplacement south of Melbourne. Less than four hours after hostilities had officially begun, Sergeant John Purdue stationed at Fort Nepean fired on the German merchant ship ssPfalz to stop it escaping from Port Phillip Bay. The crew was interned and the ship used as an Australian troop ship.

Parish luncheon

At the Mission Luncheon in St Edmund’s parish hall, the guest speaker Sue Walker spoke about her work assisting with health projects in Burma (now Myanmar). Proceeds of the day will go to Leprosy Mission Australia for work in Burma and Operation Christmas Child.

Historical Society

The Gunning & District Historical Society held its AGM last week. Those elected were Greg Murphy (president); Philip Brown (deputy president); Bernie Boyce (secretary); Helen Murphy (treasurer) and Keith Brown (research officer).

Guided tour

The Marulan Historical Society has organised a Stockade to Stockade Bus Tour on Sunday August 31, starting at Marulan at 9am and then visiting a number of homesteads and historic stockades, finishing at about 4pm. The cost is $50 and bookings are essential through Maureen 48411 515 or 0417 249 067.

Lions dinner

Gunning Lions members and their guests had their August dinner meeting at the Old Hume Cafe with special guests Zone chairman Paul Helmling and his wife Maxine from Murrumbateman.

The evening had special significance for Lion Pam Lees as it was 51 years to the day that her late husband Ron Lees became a member of Lions Club of Gunning. This quite prodigious feat of memory is perhaps explained by the fact the very next day their first child was born!

Coming up

Fri 8/8 1pm Poppy Making Workshop @ Gunning Library 4845 1231

Sat/Sun 9/10 Aug Cycling NSW Cullerin Road, Breadalbane Pub School

Mon 11/8 PA&I Soc meeting, Gunning Courthouse, info 4845 6220

Sat 23/8 Girls Night In (Pink Ribbon event) 0411686164 or 0414776231

Sun 24/8 2pm Shire Hall, National Capital Orchestra, Focus Group.

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Firies save dog as fire guts Kilaben Bay home

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Firies save dog as fire guts Kilaben Bay home DAMAGED: Several rooms were destroyed at the Kilaben Bay house after fire swept through the property yesterday.
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HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

TweetFacebook Kilaben Bay house fireGraeme Knott was overcome with gratitude to firefighters after they found his dog, Dyllis, alive and well.KILABEN Bay man Graeme Knott cried tears of joy yesterday when he saw his beloved dog, Dyllis, emerge from his fire-ravaged home in the arms of a firefighter.

Overcome with emotion, he ran over and gave her a big hug.

Dyllis, wet and covered in soot, responded with a lick to his face.

Mr Knott said he thought she had died in the blaze, which began to tear through his home some time after 1.30pm.

It took about 20 firefighters more than 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze, but a number of rooms could not be saved.

Mr Knott said he wanted to give a sincere thank you to them for rescuing his dog.

“I wasn’t home and I saw smoke coming through the trees as I drove down the road,” he said.

“I have two dogs, one of which [Shrek] came to greet me as I came out of the car.

“Dyllis was lost for what seemed like an hour.

“I burst into tears when they brought her out.

“I just want to thank them.”

Mr Knott said Dyllis was his wife’s dog.

“My wife has dementia, she’s in the nursing home,” he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander for Newcastle, Graham Kingsland, said that firefighters had found Dyllis scared and hiding inside the house.

“The guys were just doing the final extinguishment and found the dog in the front room,” he said.

“When we arrived the house was fully involved, there were visible flames coming through the windows.’’

Kilaben Road was closed off while firefighters worked on the home, which was confirmed to be contaminated with asbestos.

Lake Macquarie duty officer Inspector Murray Lundberg said they had been knocking on the doors of surrounding houses advising people to lock their doors and stay inside because of the contamination.

He said detectives and forensic specialists would work on determining the cause of the blaze, which was not known.

Talented group puts St Francis in finals

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ST FRANCIS College has teams in under 14s state finals in three sports thanks to the skills of players such as (from left) Jack Grintell, Lachlan Pengelly, Sam Hopper, Isaac Williams, Nathan Tang and Tom Van Buuren.School sportST FRANCIS College has unearthed a stream of sporting talent that could take them all the way to state titles in three sports.
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The year 8 boys that fill the under 14s age group are well on their way to leading the state in Australian rules football, rugby league and basketball.

Last week the under 14s won the Riverina final of the Giants Cup in Australian rules football.

Played in different age groups, the state competition features teams playing for the Giants Cup in southern NSW, while northern schools play for the Swans Cup.

Having won the MIA competition, St Francis under 14s met up with regional winners from Albury, Wagga and Deniliquin last Thursday.

The Leeton school defeated Xavier High School by four points, Kildare Catholic College by sevent points, then smashed Finley High School to be crowned Riverina champion.

It now plays off against the winners from Canberra, Sydney and Northern regions for the state title in Sydney on August 18.

It is the first time the school’s under 14s have made the state final. The St Francis open boys and open girls teams just missed out on being named Riverina champions.

In basketball, the under 14s are the Wagga Diocese champions and are schedueld to play in Sydney against other diocesan champions at the Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) state finals.

St Francis defeated Xavier High School and Marian Catholic College to reach the state finals.

In rugby league, the team plays in the Cochrane Cup, which is a state-wide age-based CCC school knockout competition.

St Francis has already defeated Mater Dei Catholic College and Kildare Catholic College to progress.

Today the team plays Red Bend Catholic College at Forbes for the chance to make the final 16.

The strength of the team is the fact so many of the boys have played with or against each other in school, representative and club sports, so they know how each other plays.

“They all play lots of different sports, developing the skills that have combined to create the talents that they have now,” teacher Travis Doyls said.

A number of the boys were also members of the St Joseph’s Leeton team that won the Mortimer Shield primary school rugby league competition in 2012.

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Hikers tread miles for homeless

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TWO walkers made it to Gunnedah this week as part of a 690km hike for 2014 Homeless Persons Week.
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Tamworth Family Support Service homeless services manager Tanya Rodgers and Narrabri man Frank Crump walked 20km into Gunnedah on Tuesday- the third day of the Hike for Homeless.

The hike began in Moree on Sunday, and has already been through Narrabri.

It continued on yesterday to Tamworth, and will go through Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and is due to end back at Moree on Sunday.

Ms Rodgers said while she had taken part in fun runs, she had never attempted such a long hike.

“I’ve been sleeping really well, until it’s time to roll over, and then the muscles start complaining,” she said.

Ms Rodgers said homelessness was a far bigger problem than most people realised, when you looked at the number

of people who were “couch surfing” or

finding temporary accomodation at caravan parks.

“This is about making people aware of the issues, and that the stereotype of a homeless person is not true.

“It’s you and me – we are all one pay day away from homelessness.”

Country singer Victoria Edwards and her band performed a free concert in Gunnedah on Tuesday night at the Gunnedah Services Club.

Ms Edwards said she had been asked if her first single, Open Doors, could be used as a theme song for homelessness.

“This is what the song is all about – reminding people there are opportunities, to keep looking and don’t give up,” she said.

“Homelessness is quite hidden. This is not the way it should be. We should be looking after our own communities.”

Ms Edwards is holding concerts at each stop along the way.

People can sponsor or donate to the hike, and raffle tickets, with a Mitsubishi Mirage as the first prize, are also available. For more information, visitwww.hikeforhomeless南京夜网.au

Each night, about 105,000 Australians are homeless.

Homeless Persons Week runs from August 3 to 10.

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In-form Greens facing big task

16/02/2019 // by admin

Group 20 rugby league
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IT WILL be a tough trip out to Lake Cargelligo for the Greens this weekend, but there is an air of confidence around the club after two wins in a row.

Leeton has put together strong performances for two rounds and has finally reaped the rewards, while Tullibigeal-Lake Cargelligo United are cruising along and ready to defend their first grade title.

At this late stage of the season, coach Frank Fiumara is merely trying to accentuate the positives for his Greens to keep them on a roll.

“We’ll be doing what we’ve been doing the last few weeks, doing the positive things we’ve been doing,” Fiumara said.

“We’ll work on the things we’re good at. It’s too late to work on the things we’re not good at.

“We’ve shown what we’re good at is good enough to win games, we just haven’t put it together

“The young blokes are doing that, they’re inspiring the older fellas. We are just starting to get to know each other and realising what we’ve got.”

While the feeling around the club at the moment is good, Fiumara knows that it will need to improve against a team like TLU.

“It’s two in a row, which we haven’t done all year, so there’s a different feeling,” he said.

“But you go out and play Lakes, you can’t just think we’ll play like we did last week. It won’t be good enough.

“You’ve got to step up a gear. I think we can do it, but we can’t have those lapses against Lakes.”

Leeton will be without Ben Evans, who broke his jaw in the first half last week, but came back on in the second and scored the final try of the game on his home ground at Barellan.

The young players have been central to the recent resurrection and Fiumara will again call on his guns to bolster the side. “I rate Josh (Nikoro) and Billy (Gilbert),” he said.

“I played with (Cronulla’s) Jeff Robson and Billy in my eyes is as good as him at this level. Josh Nikoro is as good as Garry White when he was young and he got signed by the Tigers at 16.”

However, the coach knows his side can’t ease off over the final three rounds.

“I definitely want to win Dad’s cup (the Frank Fiumara Memorial, played for against Bidgee Hurricanes at No. 1 Oval), that was a goal from the start of the year, and you know the rivalry between us and Yenda,” Fiumara said. “Lakes is a good tester for us. After the weekend, the talk has been good about Lakes.”

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