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Hot New Year for road racers

16/02/2019 Posted by admin

YOU may have passed them on the road, even on the hottest afternoons. It would have been Dylan Sunderland and Ryan Thomas, two promising young cyclists who are preparing for some gruelling races at the dawn of the new year.

BIG POTENTIAL: Inverell elite riders Ryan Thomas and Dylan Sunderland will be ambassadors for Inverell when they attend powerhouse events early next year.

Thomas, 19, races with the Data#3 Symantec Racing Team and Sunderland, who turns 18 on January 1, is a member of the Cellarbrations team, soon to be renamed AMR Renault Racing.

Thomas has been racing in the under 23s category for two years, but this will be a step up for Sunderland who graduates from the under 17s in a little over a week.

The two are training for two powerhouse events in Victoria. The first is the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic criterium series at Geelong from January 2-5. Eyes will be on the Nationals a few days later, but Thomas the Mitchelton Bay ‘Crits’ bring out the best.

“All the Australian professionals will be there, so it’s still a big race. But yeah, it’s just prep for us for the Nationals on the 11th,” Thomas said.

The Classic is a criterium a day for four days. Both will compete in the international men’s elite teams category.

They stay in Victoria for the 2015 MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships from January 7-11. Sunderland and Thomas will race in the criterium through the streets of Ballarat on Wednesday night and the 138km road race on Saturday.

Thomas said the road race will be confronting, comprised of 13 laps of a 10.5km course which features a 3km climb.

To train for that climb, the pair has been doing ‘lookout loops’ from the bottom of Inverell to the top of the lookout on Warialda Road for strength training.

Thomas said they are ready.

“Super ready.I think we’ve done four weeks of strength block now, so we’re just progressing.

“We’re just getting stronger and stronger every week,” Thomas said.

“We’re just starting to move into a speed block now, so we can start building up a race fitness.”

Both riders hope to spend time with their teams in Europe in 2015, absorbing the atmosphere of hard-core cycling that is embedded in the culture.

Meanwhile, Thomas said the domestic scene is no slouch on the international stage.

“The National Road Series road winners, they could be some of the best riders in the world. The level that Australia is coming up is massive.”

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Body blow to self-defence claim: $1,500 fine and bond after assault at party

16/02/2019 Posted by admin

BOND: A man has been fined and given a good behaviour bond over an assault.A MAN who assaulted another and left his victim semi-conscious on the ground failed in his bid to defend the charge by claiming it was self defence.

Terrance Ronald Wright, of Jonathon Road Orange, appeared before magistrate, Terry Lucas, in Orange Local Court on Thursday to face sentencing.

His solicitor Mason Manwaring argued his client had been at a party and three people had approached him and he thought he would be hit.

“So he hit the complainant … there is no evidence of any ongoing damage to the complainant,” Mr Manwaring said.

“He believed he acted in self defence.”

Police facts said officers arrived at the scene of a brawl in Buckland Drive and Diamond Drive at about 4am on Sunday, July 12 where they found an “unresponsive male on the ground”.

A witness pointed out 20-year-old Wright, to officers, as the assailant.

Mr Manwaring told Mr Lucas his client would accept the consequences of his actions despite his initial not guilty plea.

“There’s an acknowledgment that had he not been affected by some alcohol it probably wouldn’t have happened,” Mr Manwaring said.

He said it was unfortunate that it was a common story when six young men were consuming alcohol.

Mr Lucas had ordered a pre-sentence report which meant he had considered sending Wright to prison.

He told him he could face up to two years in jail for the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and he could be fined up to $3500.

“It’s a very serious matter, there were injuries and blood was spilled,” Mr Lucas said.

He fined him $1500 and gave him a 12-month good behaviour bond.

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Steve Smyth tours with Exits

16/02/2019 Posted by admin

Steve Smyth will perform in Merimbula. STEVE Smyth is on a mammoth national tour in support of his stunning debut album, Exits.

He has a voice churned up in bourbon-soaked Louisiana gravel that soars to the heavens at times with its sweetness.

After experiencing Smyth, it’s tempting to compare him with some of the great vocalists of the past few decades.

After Smyth’s first two Exits singles Shake It and Written Or Spoken being well received at community radio and Double J, and his recent performance at Pigsty Festival, he returns from a month long tour in Spain in time to release Exits and get back on the Aussie road.

Smyth and his band will be covering major cities and regional towns across this fine land.

In Spain he ended the stint playing with the likes of Massive Attack, The Hives, and Kaiser Chiefs at Low Festival in Benidorm.

From the streets of Barcelona to touring alongside the likes of The Killers, Angus and Julia Stone, Lanie Lane and Kim Churchill, Smyth has proven time and time again to be devastating in the live setting.

Smyth will be performing on January 6 at Club Sapphire, Merimbula with doors open at 8pm and tickets $15.

The event is ages 18 and over.

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Bomaderry’s two clubs plan amalgamation

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Bomaderry RSL Club secretary manager Brett Hill and Bomaderry Bowling Club secretary manager Garry Wilbraham talk about the future of the two clubs as one unit.BOMADERRY RSL Club has announced it will amalgamate with the Bomaderry Bowling Club.

The move, if finalised, will be a lifeline for the RSL club which was struggling financially with losses of about $20,000 per month.

If another club had not agreed to amalgamate the RSL Club would have been liquidated.

Negotiations between the two clubs boards started earlier this year after the RSL club put out an expression of interest for amalgamation.

Two clubs answered the call with Bomaderry Bowling Club being selected as a possible partner.

The RSL club’s membership voted in favour of the amalgamation however the agreement cannot be considered formal until the bowling club’s membership votes on the proposal.

Bomaderry Bowling Club secretary manager Garry Wilbraham said the next step in the process was for the bowling club to offer information evenings about what the merger would mean before his club’s members are asked to vote at an extraordinary general meeting.

“This is not a purchase, it will mean the assets and the debts of the club will come across to us. But the assets far outweigh the debts,” he said.

“For the bowling club’s long term growth this is a good move. It also makes sense from a business point of view to have one club in Bomaderry rather than having our two clubs competing.”

The RSL Club has two permanent staff and 15 casual staff and Mr Wilbraham said the Bowling club would look after the staff.

“We will keep the RSL Club going pretty much as it is for the next six months and then re-assess after that,” he said.

Amalgamations and liquidations of smaller clubs are becoming the norm across NSW.

Each month for the past few months two clubs in NSW have put their hand up notifying they are in financial distress.

The club industry blames dwindling profits on a combination of smoking bans, tightened restrictions on drinking, changes in patron behaviour and a push by the government to reduce poker machine numbers.

“There has been a cultural change,” Mr Wilbraham said.

“It’s a bit like the disappearance of corner stores. People’s lives are different now. One example is the six O’Clock swill has definitely gone,” he said.

Bomaderry RSL Club secretary manager Brett Hills said the time had come to reshape the club’s future.

“An amalgamation would mean two groups of members would become one and the benefits of that combined membership would improve the long-term survival of the clubs,” he said.

“This is a good thing for the Bomaderry RSL Club.”

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New Years at the Murrah with sacred cow and Dinesh Moylan

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Sarah Cowan (second from right) and her band sacred cow will be playing at the Murrah for New Years. THIS New Year is shaping up to what looks like the busiest in years for the Murrah.

A music and dance night will be held at the Murrah Hall on January 3 from 8pm, with bands sacred cow and Dinesh Moylan performing.

Unable to feel comfortable in any pre-existing genre, Moylan had to create his own, calling it “country and Eastern”.

His songs are cooked up from a strange brew, with ingredients gathered from a childhood spent in Canberra and Greece; time spent in India; blues, rock and roots music, and distilled through the solitude of a crystal clear mountain morning.

Sarah Cowan is delighted to be bringing the latest mutation of the sacred cow herd back to the Murrah Hall.

With their genre-hopping, original repertoire of blues, rock, pop and social commentary, sacred cow’s earthy songs are delivered with groove and enough contagious enthusiasm to have you singing along and stomping the dance floor from start to finish.

Cowan’s distinctive voice, melodic tunings and percussive guitar style are ably supported by Pete Rich’s (Oz Rock Roadshow) gut-felt guitar, Jeremy C Kemp’s (Spicy Fruit Chutney) sweet and funky bass sounds and colourful drummer, Kerry Mather’s dancing rhythms.

Add Jo Baxter’s stunning harmonies and you have a band who are just as comfortable playing a sweet love song as they are ripping it up with an anti-establishment rock anthem.

This really will be a night of something fresh for your cover-jaded, karaoke-bored ears, with song writing of the highest order.

And make sure you remember to bring your dancing shoes!

The Murrah Hall is a family friendly venue and community meeting place and the best live music and dance hotspot.

Moylan and sacred cow have both recently released their newest CDs, available on the night.

They will be playing at the Murrah Hall, 15km south of Bermagui, on January 3 from 8pm with gates open at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $20 and $15 concession.

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