CYMS will sock it to cancer: blue and gold kit to raise funds

16/09/2019 // by admin

GOOD CAUSE: Orange CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan will wear Cancer Council socks along with his teammates on Sunday. Photo: MEGAN FOSTERTHE green and golds will turn blue and golds on Sunday at Wade Park.
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Orange CYMS is getting behind the Cancer Council initiative designed to help raise community awareness on how to lead healthier lives and take more interest in cancer issues.

Tackling the Mudgee Dragons in the penultimate round of the 2014 Group 10 premier league season, both CYMS and the current competition leaders will wear blue and gold socks in a bid to raise funds and support the Cancer Council of NSW.

All grades will wear the blue and gold socks, and premier league captain-coach Mick Sullivan said the fight against cancer was a common cause for all.

“The club decided to get involved to help fund one of Cancer Council’s programs as most people have been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form,” Sullivan said.

Research shows approximately one in two people in NSW will develop cancer in their lifetime.

This year alone, more than 36,600 people will be diagnosed in NSW.

Dedicating this game day to the cause, the blue and gold socks will showcase the famous daffodil symbol, with all proceeds raised at Wade Park on Sunday being donated to the Cancer Council.

Cancer Council NSW Western Region community relations coordinator Tarah Syphers said funds raised from the derby match will remain in the region and will be invested into local support programs for cancer patients and carers.

Currently, the Cancer Council is developing a volunteer-run patient transport service which will work alongside existing Community Transport services to fill any gaps and ensure cancer patients and carers can access treatment in the region when they need it.

“We envision that the service will benefit many families in the central west and mid-western region who are affected by cancer.” Syphers said.

Orange CYMS tackle Mudgee in all four grades – league tag, under 18s, first division and premier league – from 10.30am on Sunday at Wade Park.

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Doubling up and fatigue lead Caspers to loss against Namoi

16/09/2019 // by admin

On Saturday, Guyra United travelled to Narrabri to take on Namoi United. We were heading over with limited numbers. Quite a few players had to back up and play second grade and this already put us at a disadvantage.
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We started the match pretty slowly. We were turning over possession too easily and Namoi had all of the first chances. They scored two quick goals within the first 15 minutes and had Guyra going backwards constantly.

Twenty-three minutes in, fatigue set in and an injury came for Adam Brennan who was one of the players who had to double up. Mason Harman then came on.

A few through balls and one twos created limited chances for the Guyra attack. Unfortunately, none of these were finished.

Guyra’s defensive players for this game were all over the place. When I say this I mean that we were all spread in unusual positions that we weren’t really used to. Austin Youman and I were playing in the centre defensive positions and Ashley Holt and Mason Harman, who just played a full second grade match, were on the two outside positions. Because of this newly formed back line, it took us a while to work out what we were doing. But it was a little too late as Namoi slotted in two more goals before half time. 4-0 down.

At half time, we discussed about playing for pride. We knew this wasn’t the strongest team we have had. But after all, you can’t expect a new team to overcome an already tough opposition who have been playing together all year. But in saying this, we were going out to play for pride and to achieve the best that we could achieve.

We started a little better in the second half. Our defence managed to hold out more goals than the first half. We were talking a lot better and showing more urgency to shut down any Namoi attack.

Brodie Harman had a good game in the halves along with Adam Lennon and BJ Kliendienst. These guys moved the ball well and at times had the Namoi defence guessing. Adam and BJ played well, not only in attack but helped out a lot in defence as well, which was extremely useful.

Namoi kept coming at Guyra. We probably managed to stop about ten goals in this half. But the opposition still managed to score three goals. 7-0 was the final score as the whistle blew.

This is a big score line but many of our players gained a lot of experience that will help the club a lot next time we are short on players, and make us even stronger when we have all of our players.

This weekend the Caspers take on North Armidale. These games are always interesting.

We still have one of our main defenders out this weekend and a halve position to fill as Bela Ring sadly played his last game last weekend as he has farewelled this great town to head back to Germany. Hopefully, we will be able to work out a few things at training this week and be competitive this coming Saturday against a strong side.

Not long now until our Retro Night! August 16 everyone! I hope you all have your night cleared and costumes ordered. It’s going to be an awesome night!

Tyrone Clough

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Brumbies winger Robbie Coleman the secret weapon for Queanbeyan’s grand final hopes

16/09/2019 // by admin

ACT Brumbies winger Robbie Coleman looms as the Queanbeyan Whites’ secret weapon as they aim to end Tuggeranong’s three-year stranglehold on the John I Dent Cup.
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Coleman will be injected into the Whites’ starting line-up for the grand final clash against the Vikings on Saturday, cutting short his holiday after the Super Rugby season to join his junior club’s premiership quest.

The Vikings have won three consecutive titles and are aiming to become the first club to win four in a row in more than 20 years.

But Coleman could be the key to their demise. The speedster teamed up with Wallabies scrum-half Nic White to help Queanbeyan beat Tuggeranong 30-28 in the 2010 grand final.

“It’s fantastic to have Robbie, he’s a local junior and he wanted to play,” Whites coach Adam Fahey said.

“He’s only played one game for us this year because he was in the Brumbies … we’ll take him with both hands.”

The Vikings have been the most dominant team in the competition for more than three years, losing only a handful of games as they romped to three titles.

But Queanbeyan shocked the defending champions in the major semi-final, securing a tense 33-32 win two weeks ago to advance to the grand final.

It was just the second time in two years the Whites had toppled the Vikings and they have just two players – Coleman and captain Dan Penca – with grand final experience.

The Vikings have 11 players who have won premierships.

“We haven’t spoken about [winning four in a row],” Vikings coach Brad Harris said.

“The playing group has changed, our focus is just on a performance that’s hopefully good enough to reward this year’s playing group.

“We’re a club all the others like to hunt and chase down, the fact we’re going for four in a row does put a target on ourselves. But we’ve got high expectations.”

Players will also have a chance to impress Canberra’s National Rugby Championship coach Dan McKellar with strong performances in the grand final.

The NRC starts on August 23 and club form will influence McKellar’s selection decisions.

Queanbeyan skipper Penca has opted to go on an overseas trip to Canada instead of chasing a spot in the NRC, but the flanker said he would postpone his holiday if he had the chance to play.

“I’ve been planning the trip for a while … I didn’t get the chance to play NRC though,” Penca said.

“I would probably postpone it, but it didn’t eventuate so I’m sticking to my original plan.”

Queanbeyan has one of the youngest rosters in the Canberra club competition, including Australian under-20s prop Neori Nadruku and Australian Schoolboys centre Keith Morgan.

JOHN I DENT CUP GRAND FINAL

Saturday: Tuggeranong Vikings v Queanbeyan Whites at Viking Park, 3.15pm. Lower grade games from 9.45am.

Tuggeranong: 1. Sione Taula, 2. Michael Henry, 3. JP Pradaud, 4. Gareth Clouston, 5. James Foster, 6. Michael Oakman-Hunt, 7. Rowan Perry, 8. Jarrad Butler, 9. Joe Powell, 10. Isaac Thompson, 11. JP Mynhardt, 12. Jake Rakic, 13. Nigel Ah Wong, 14. Jerome Niumata, 15. Brendon Taueki.

Queanbeyan: 1. Neori Nadruki, 2. Tom Dustan, 3. Les Makin, 4. Toby Wilson, 5. Tony Tarlington, 6. Cameron Stanley, 7. Dan Penca, 8. Tom Darmody, 9. Josh White, 10. Billy Chalker, 11. Robbie Coleman, 12. Keith Morgan, 13. Altus Momsen, 14. HP Momsen, 15. Brendon Spears.

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Small WA town of New Norcia plays big role in space mission

16/09/2019 // by admin

Rosetta’s camera snaps Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photo: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team An artist’s impression of the Rosetta spacecraft (right) and the comet. Photo: AFP/ESA
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Rosetta’s 10-year journeyRosetta closes in

The idea of ground-breaking space travel may sound exciting but for the workers at a West Australian ground station critical in the Rosetta spacecraft mission, it’s just about keeping things running smoothly.

After more than 10 years travelling 6.4-billion kilometres on a road trip around the solar system, the spacecraft Rosetta “arrived” at its destination, a distant comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on Wednesday night.

The European Space Agency’s comet chaser came within 100 kilometres of the surface of Comet 67-P, which is hurtling around the Sun at up to 135,000km/h.

Rosetta is the first space probe to rendezvous with a comet – some of the oldest material in the universe – and the Deep Space Ground Station in the small town of New Norcia, 150 kilometres north of Perth is the spacecraft’s primary contact point.

Station manager Ron Vogels is one of a team of 11 who work at the station, where the primary role is maintenance.

“We make sure it [the spacecraft] keeps going, the rest of the work is done by remote operation from Darmstadt in Germany,” he said.

“So there’s not much here that you see.”

Even so, Mr Vogels said it was “exciting to be part of something so big”.

He said wind and other weather were the main challenges to the satellite’s operation.

“We’re the cogs behind the scenes,” he said.

Mr Vogels said he’d been checking the news in recent days as he knew the spacecraft was getting close to its destination.

He said although  the staff in New Norcia – most of whom had worked there since before Rosetta first went into space –  had not done anything to mark the momentous occasion on Wednesday night, they would probably “open some champagne in November when the comet landing takes place”.

For the next two months the satellite will fly in a series of triangle-shaped orbits to map the surface of the icy body, moving closer on each leg.   Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Paying more tax for a greater good – any takers?

16/09/2019 // by admin

If I said to you that people should be given the option to pay more tax, and may actually sign up to do so, you might think I’m having a laugh.
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As it seems even mentioning “tax” these days in any way other than with the intent of reducing them is like sticking your head above a parapet, I wouldn’t blame you. But hear me out.

We often lament the short-sightedness of modern politics. That it has become this way isn’t the fault of anyone in particular but instead the product of a vicious cycle between the media, politicians, and the public. And each is embittered by it.

The result is a conversation between political leaders and the electorate that is overwhelmingly focused on the short term, and on selling a popular message to us as individuals. Who provides more tax cuts, who best understands “working families”, and so on.

This can be a difficult environment for ambitious, long-term, national projects. And it can lead to a feeling that there are no more big ideas left.

But underneath this cynical surface lies something more. In all my time working on public policy, I’ve seen grand ambitions capture the imagination and excitement every time – e.g. science, big infrastructure, exploring frontiers, or creative Australian leadership on the world stage.

The key to bringing this into the open in a way that might stick is to give the public a sense of ownership.

Imagine this: each year, one national project is chosen. It could be for almost anything – a piece of research infrastructure, a program to boost advanced manufacturing, or a challenge to cure melanoma cancer. It just has to be big, ambitious, and about putting the country in an inspiring new direction.

The project is announced and advertised and, come tax time, there’s an option for you to voluntarily allocate an extra percentage of tax to it. Simple, cheap to administer, and a positive reform in gloomy times. And what it would do that other government initiatives haven’t is connect the taxpayer directly with the project.

An interesting test case would be the Australian Antarctic program. Sometime soon, the government will need to decide what to do with the 20-year Australian Antarctic strategic plan it commissioned last October.

Antarctica is one of the last frontiers on Earth, and Australia has long been a pioneer on the continent. The author of the 20-year plan, Tony Press, will have developed recommendations to keep it that way.

The thing that threatens to bring it undone, of course, is money. Even while Press was developing the plan, the Antarctic division was warned that it needed to seek “alternative sources of funding”. Nominating our Antarctic program as the recipient of a voluntary levy for one year could help. And in the process, the public would be informed about Australia’s Antarctic ambitions and feel involved in its future.

A scheme like this could be a small shot in the arm for productivity. Notwithstanding that blue-sky endeavours can deliver very real economic opportunities, it stands to reason that a society that is fired up by big challenges is likely to be more naturally entrepreneurial.

But more than that, these grand ambitions speak to something deep in our psyche: one half wonder, the other a desire to feel part of something bigger than our day-to-day lives. It may not be as tangible as a tax cut. But I suspect for many people, it is no less valuable.

And in that, the value in a voluntary levy would go beyond the funding it may or may not attract. It would change the conversation between government, the public, and the media in between, and make Australia a world leader in participatory democracy.

Because in its own small way, it would give us all a say in what sort of country we want Australia to be. Do we want to be about the here and now? Or do we want to do interesting things together?

In the answer to that question, there is no right or wrong – only a choice and its consequences. But it would be fascinating to see how that choice might change the way we see ourselves and our country.

Bryden Spurling was an adviser to Australia’s chief scientist and to former Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

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