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Sports Shorts: Medals for Fingal juniors

FINGAL Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s juniors hosted the Newcastle branch titles for Nippers recently.The Fingal crew performed strongly and produced an impressive haul of medals.Many will head to the state titles in several weeks.The U11 boys made a special impact with Brady Stewart, Oscar Roberts, Boadie Parker and Will Clark taking gold in the board relay and silver in the swim teams event.Brady and Oscar won gold in board rescue while team mates Boadie and Will picked up bronze.

MALLABULA Rugby League Club’s president for season 2016 will be Jacinta Boidin, with secretary Emma-Jane Thompson and treasurer Sharon Fogarty.The club has appointed a very experienced coach with ties to the area in Lindsay Ridgeway, who is a former player with both Raymond Terrace and Mallabula clubs.The Panthers will move to the tougher A-grade this season.

RAYMOND Terrace Rugby League Club is set to bounce back with thesigning of a new captain-coach.Trent Horsey, a former Terrace junior, was a talented back rower and had stints with the Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters in their junior programs.The club has lost several key players with last season’s coach Nathan Ward moving to coach Dungog and Billy Greentree playing with Tea Gardens.However several first-grade players are keen to help revitalise the club, includingJoel Osborn, Mitchell Cox and Kyle Payne.

FINGAL Beach surf boat crews continue to impress with strong results with the women’s master boat crew winning the gold medal attheNewcastle branch championships at Swansea Caves last Saturday.

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Possible pre-season for league ladies

Madi Parbery escapes the grasp of an opponent during a league-tag game in Bega. A competition is set to begin in Group 6 this year. Photo by Jacob McMasterRUGBY LEAGUE

A CHANGE could be made to the Group 6 first grade pre-season.

A proposed ladies league-tag pre-season tournament could be held before the first grade men’s games.

If adopted by participating clubs, the event will showcase the talented ladies who wish to play in a new league-tag competition.

It would give the group’s representative selectors an opportunity to have a first look at their skills.

Matches would be modified to two, 20-minute halves.

The ladies league-tag pre-season could be divided into northern and southern pools.

The proposed southern pool would include a Moss Vale team to take on The Oaks and Thirlmere.

Matches would be held on March 19.

The northern pool would feature teams from Warragamba, Camden and City to play on March 19.

The winner of each pool would meet in a final on March 20.

– By Stephen Hazelton

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Teenagers trial for higher honours

Trials are underway for Group 6 CRL under-18s rep players. Photo: FDCA RECORD number of players took part in Group 6 Country Rugby League (CRL) possible probable trials last Wednesday.

Sixty-six players nominated and attended to trial at Appin Park for a position in the Group 6 under-18s representative training squad.

Three games were played on the night to show the talents of the under-18s players.

Players were vying for a spot in the Group 6 under-18s team to play against Illawarra on March 4 at Appin.

This will be held as a possible selection process into the Greater Southern Redbacks squad.

The Redbacks will compete in the 2016 CRL Under-18s Country Championships.

Group selectors are still reviewing the video of the trial games and will hopefully announce the squad soon.

By Stephen Hazelton

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Weller and Payne secure win

Bowral Bowling Club hosted a thrilling men’s pairs match recently. Photo: FDCBOWLS

DON Weller and Brian Payne secured an impressive win at Bowral Bowling Club recently.

Weller and Payne defeated John Edmonds and Brian Porter by 23-22.

It was a good display of bowls by both teams.

Weller and Payne looked the better side early and appeared to be cruising to victory.

Edmonds and Porter then started to click and pilled on the pressure.

Team Porter picked up five shots on the 13th end and five again on the 17th end to get right back into the match.

In a dramatic turn, Edmonds and Porter had managed to get themselves back into a strong position.

On the last end, they picked up three shots.

But Weller and Payne managed to hold on for a one-shot win.

Other results:

Kurt Griebenow, Kevin Jones and Jim Starkey def Bernie Michael, Ken Jones and John Fleming 23-13

Geoff Taylor, Keith Edwards and Ian O’Farrell def David Jurd, Colin Stone and Peter Morales 17-12

Alan Berle and Dennis Beatty def Don Coleman and Greg Taylor 21-17

Barry O’Brien and Robin Staples def Howard Lewis and Don Chapman 28-8

Bill Meredith and Gordon Lewis def Glenn Giese and Bill Dodwell 33-13

Bob Kennett, Bill Donnelly and Neville Tanner def Barry Kable, Neville Ridge and Barry Werfel 37-10.

Busy start to year

THE first three months are a very busy time of the year at Bowral Bowling Club.

Bowral has all district games to be completed, with pennant trials and the pennant season to follow.

Matches may be played on Saturdays or Sundays, depending on the district schedule.

Check the notice board at the club.

Some players will have to play two games a day, in the morning and afternoon.

For more details, call Bowral Bowling Club on 4861 1320.

– By Gordon Lewis

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Birdkeepers to sell hand-raised birds

Beryle Woodham with her eight-week-old Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot Crustie.BERYLE Woodham’s eight-week-old Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot named Crustie snuggled under her chin.

The little bird came to her as an egg when a fellow member of the Inverell Social Birdkeepers’ Group, Chris Russell, had a hen which laid off the perch, or out of the nest.

Only one egg successfully produced a chick, and Chris said she could keep the bird, which thrilled Beryle.

“I wanted to die, because it was my birthday, and I’ve always wanted one of these,” she said.

“So he is very special to me.”

She and her husband Trevor have a property bursting with birds of all colours and sizes, from miniscule finches to Black cockatoos and birds are a large part of their lives.

Beryle said she was attracted to the Amazons by their colour, talking ability and strong bond they form with humans.

The engaging small parrot is only one of countless birds Beryle has hand raised. She has a knack for hand-rearing Eclectus parrots, but felt a bias toward the friendly Amazon.

“As far as hand-rearing this one, and the Eckies, I would do a hundred of these,” she said, stoking the docile, jewel-like bird.

Some of their birds and many others will be for sale at the Inverell Social Birdkeepers Group Early Bird Sale, this Saturday, February 20 at the Inverell showgrounds basketball courts.

Trevor said there are sellers are coming from Bribie Island down to Sydney out to Bourk with a large variety of birds such as Finches, Budgies, Parrots, Doves and Quail.

Trade tables will be on site to address all bird needs.

Public entry to the sale opens at 10am with a $2 entry and all are welcome to browse, ask questions or take home a new friend.

Trevor said the Bird Sale Code of Practice Applies and for information, give him a call on 6723 1388.

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