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Festival expects over 13,000 visitors Lyn La Greca, Ettalong Beach Business Group Photo: Sarah Bedak


he fourth Ettalong Beach Festival will be held from March 15 to 17 with over 13,000 locals and visitors expected to join in the festivities.

The aim of the Festival is to promote Ettalong as a vibrant, welcoming community with plenty to see and do for all ages. The Festival will include activities such as the Retro Beach Bash, the Big Sing, Saturday Film NightThen and Now, market stalls, international food stalls, local artists, children’s activities, workshops for all ages, live entertainment and amusements. Sponsors are currently being sought for the Festival with businesses able to promote themselves in the local market.


The Lolo Lovina Gypsy Caravan that will perform at the Festival

At last – a newspaper that’s all about entertainment on the Coast!

elcome to the first edition of Out&About on the Coast. We currently have an “Out&About” section in each of our newspapers. However, because of our editorial policy, each newspaper only includes editorial about activities that take place in the areas covered by that newspaper.

This keeps them local and of great interest to people living and working in those areas. Readers remain engaged from cover to cover because everything that is in the paper editorially will be of interest to them. However, as most events want to attract people from all over the Coast and not just locally, this new

newspaper will make that possible as well. There has never been a restriction on advertising events outside a specific area. Now editorially, we have a publication that can help promote an event taking place at the Southern end of the Coast to readers at the Northern end of the Coast. This includes editorial

on markets, music events, dance, art exhibitions, restaurants, theatre, movies, in fact any event that requires a reader to leave their home. It’s not meant to include hard news, political editorial, Council news or things of that nature unless they relate directly to an Out&About activity. Seeing that sport is also an “Out&About” activity,

this new newspaper is combined with Central Coast Grandstand to form two newspapers in one, encouraging sports readers to also attend non-sport activities and vice versa. Central Coast Grandstand is already being delivered across the Coast every fortnight and that distribution will now be widened to include any entertainment venues that

are not already receiving it. This new combined format will benefit both sides and will therefore make the publication much more effective. Advertising rates, multiple booking discounts and multiple publication discounts remain the same providing even better value for advertisers.

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The reason was not a desire to maintain the water table but because “upgrade works are currently under way at the Woy Woy Groundwater Treatment Plant”, according to council’s water and sewer operations manager Mr Michael Redrup. In the six months July to December, only 248.8mm of rain had fallen on the Peninsula, less than half the average of 504.4mm

however, we do monitor rainfall at the Mangrove Creek Dam, and the Mardi and Somersby Water Treatment Plants,” he said. In the last 12 months Somersby Water Treatment Plant has had 1212mm of rainfall compared to 1929mm the previous year, down 37.2 per cent. Mardi Water Treatment Plant had 1141mm of rainfall compared to 1846 the previous year, down 38.2 per cent. Mangrove Creek Dam had 843mm of rainfall compared to 1264 the previous year, down 33.3 per cent.

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ann St, Gosford, is expected to remain closed until at least the end of the week following a fire at Zone 3 Laser Tag on Friday, February 1, which compromised the stability and structural integrity of the building.

Council defends tree removal adjoining streets all contained many more trees than the northern side of Uligandi St. “Therefore, it was recommended that the proposed shared pathway be constructed along the Uligandi St northern footway. “Negotiations with the school allowed the planting of trees within their grounds particularly along the Uligandi St road boundary. “They agreed that if the Brush Box trees along the northern footway of Uligandi St were

removed as part of the shared pathway construction then the school would welcome advanced specimens of the same tree to be planted within the school grounds along the same road boundary. “Replacement trees were planted within the school grounds at the beginning of summer 2012 which, as they grow, will gradually reinstate the streetscape,” said Mr Medcalf. Media Statement, 31 Jan 2013 David Medcalf, Gosford Council

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Alternative routes are available to motorists during this closure and include roads parallel to Mann St (Showground Road and Henry Parry Drive), Racecourse Rd and Hill St which provides direct access to the Gosford CBD. Around 9:50pm police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command responded to reports of the fire. Attending police were

forced back due to a large amount of smoke from the fire. Fire and Rescue NSW officers attended and extinguished the blaze, with the structure having been totally destroyed. Specialist officers then uncovered an amount of asbestos in the building and the structure was deemed unsafe. A number of businesses

have been affected by the fire and subsequent road closure including Central Coast Eurocars and Gosford City Suzuki which are located opposite the fire damaged building. Central Coast Eurocars and Gosford City Suzuki principal dealer Mr Julios Husazarek said the closure severely impacted the access to his business. “Apart from the road

closure, across the front is an eight foot barrier that we can’t move cars in or out of and, apart from that barrier, we have an asbestos fallout on all the cars which we are not allowed to touch or open until they’re cleaned professionally,” he said. Mr Husazarek, who is also a board member of the Gosford Chamber of Commerce, said he was surprised that the reopening of the main street of Gosford wasn’t made a priority. “My concern is to expedite the opening of Mann St and the cleaning of

the buildings. “The whole business will have to be hosed down and even the pebbles in the garden will need to be replaced,” he said. Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID) manager Mr Paul Brasch said the team at GBID were “devastated” when news of the fire broke. “Zone 3 Laser Tag was an extremely popular business, particularly for youth. “We have been in touch with a number of businesses along that end of Mann St and obviously they are

doing it tough because of the road closure. “I know Gosford City Suzuki has been heavily advertising and letting their customers know that they are still open. “We’re looking forward to the road re-opening when it is deemed safe. “The sooner the better,” said Mr Brasch. Kaitlin Watts, 7 Feb 2013 Media Release, 7 Feb 2013 NSW Police Media Media Release, 7 Feb 2013 Gosford Council Media


yong Council has received an application from UrbanGrowth the new release areas of duplex lots, located on will now be assessed Hamlyn key corner blocks. through Council’s NSW (formerly Landcom) for a 137 lot subdivision to be Woongarrah, There are also two super normal approval Terrace and Wadalba. constructed in the Warnervale Town Centre precinct.

This follows on from Council accepting a tender last October for the construction of 3,000 metres of sewer trunk mains, at a cost of more than $2 million, to service the proposed Warnervale Town Centre. Woolworths also have a Part 3A development still awaiting approval from the State Government,

while more than $11 million in funding for the Sparks Rd intersection was announced last year. “The UrbanGrowth NSW application is another piece of the Warnervale Town Centre jigsaw falling into place,” said Wyong Council mayor Cr Doug Eaton. “UrbanGrowth NSW’s application is a


significant step forward for the Town Centre and further belief in the work Council continues to do to deliver this long awaited development. “UrbanGrowth NSW knows Council is very serious about getting on with delivering the Warnervale Town Centre for the people who have moved into

“There are a lot of things happening, both tangible in terms of this application we have received and behind the scenes, but residents can be assured this Council will continue to work hard right up until the day construction work starts on the actual Town Centre.” The UrbanGrowth NSW proposal is for 123 conventional lots and 12

lots, which are subject to future development applications. The conventional subdivision layout comprises lots ranging in size from 250m2 to 746m2, with potential for 147 dwellings excluding the super lots. The proposed subdivision also includes pedestrian and cycle linkages and landscaping. The application

process, including public notification requirements. “Overall, it’s an exciting time, and another major step forward for Warnervale Town Centre,” said Cr Eaton. “Things are happening, and I am also hopeful the State Government will soon approve the Woolworths shopping centre application.” Media release, 11 Feb 2013 Wyong Council Media

A crowd of around 700 reflected the interest that the Roos’ move to the competition has generated. Played over four 20 minute quarters, the competition was the maiden opportunity for head coach Paul Stringer and assistant coach Matt Orford to run the ruler over the playing roster under match conditions. The Bears, coached by Wyong premiership winning centre Wayne Lambkin, finished the 2012 home and away season in second position. While they were missing many of their players from last season, the Bears still fielded a useful outfit that was more than capable of testing the Roos both with and without the ball. Trying to manage expectations prior to the match, String said: “One thing I asked the boys to remember is that we will only get better from here.” The Roos started well with an early try to fullback Grant Nelson, who had chased down dummy half Mitch Williams’ kick into the

in goal area. Jay Florimo, (playing against the club where his father, Greg Florimo, is an institution) set up the next try for Kieren Gallagher, when he deftly kicked the ball into open space behind the fast

moving Bears’ defensive line. The Roos had controlled possession well until Bears winger Curtis Johnson crashed over in the corner. Paul Loelisi then crossed the line for the Roos.

Jay Florimo chipped and regathered, with the ball then passing through several sets of hands to overwhelm a scrambling Bears’ defence. The Roos led at the first two breaks.

The Bears had assumed a narrow lead at three quarter time, but ultimately the weight of possession in favour of the Bears proved the telling factor, with the visitors running out winners 32 – 16.

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Curtis Johnson finished with four tries for the Bears, who will again be a force this year when the majority of their first choice players return from Rabbitoh duties. String’s assessment was succinct. “Our completion was 95% early. “It dropped to 57%. “We had 18 errors in possession.” The team displayed real commitment in defence, repeatedly holding out a bigger North Sydney pack which dominated field position in the later stages on the back of a wealth of possession. Despite it being a physical encounter, the Roos kept turning up for each other, and did not back away from the contest. When the Roos played through their sets, slick ruck play caused problems for the Bears’ defence. Jay Florimo kicked well early, ensured the outside backs received quick ball in good position, and hit hard in defence. After shifting to fullback, Keiren Gallagher provided a lesson in positional play and courage, repeatedly retrieving kicked ball from the in goal, and returning it into the teeth of the Bears’ defence.


he fourth Ettalong Beach Festival will be held from March 15 to 17 with over 13,000 locals and visitors expected to join in the festivities. The aim of the Festival is to promote Ettalong as a vibrant, welcoming community with plenty to see and do for all ages. The Festival will include activities such as the Retro Beach Bash, the Big Sing, Saturday Film NightThen and Now, market stalls, international food stalls, local artists, children’s activities, workshops for all ages, live entertainment and amusements. Sponsors are currently being sought for the Festival with businesses able to promote themselves in the local market.


The Lolo Lovina Gypsy Caravan that will perform at the Festival

At last – a newspaper that’s all about entertainment on the Coast!

elcome to the first edition of Out&About on the Coast. We currently have an “Out&About” section in each of our newspapers. However, because of our editorial policy, each newspaper only includes editorial about activities that take place in the areas covered by that newspaper.

This keeps them local and of great interest to people living and working in those areas. Readers remain engaged from cover to cover because everything that is in the paper editorially will be of interest to them. However, as most events want to attract people from all over the Coast and not just locally, this new

newspaper will make that possible as well. There has never been a restriction on advertising events outside a specific area. Now editorially, we have a publication that can help promote an event taking place at the Southern end of the Coast to readers at the Northern end of the Coast. This includes editorial

on markets, music events, dance, art exhibitions, restaurants, theatre, movies, in fact any event that requires a reader to leave their home. It’s not meant to include hard news, political editorial, Council news or things of that nature unless they relate directly to an Out&About activity. Seeing that sport is also an “Out&About” activity,

this new newspaper is combined with Central Coast Grandstand to form two newspapers in one, encouraging sports readers to also attend non-sport activities and vice versa. Central Coast Grandstand is already being delivered across the Coast every fortnight and that distribution will now be widened to include any entertainment venues that

are not already receiving it. This new combined format will benefit both sides and will therefore make the publication much more effective. Advertising rates, multiple booking discounts and multiple publication discounts remain the same providing even better value for advertisers.

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Wyong Roos have their first big test

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An artist’s impression of the Warnervale Town Centre

Council’s project officer Mr David Medcalf said the path was a continuation of the cycleway constructed from the Woy Woy Town Centre, along the Woy Woy

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the Mardi to Mangrove Link which harvests water from the Wyong River and transfers it to Mangrove Creek Dam for later use. “Despite the reduced rainfall over the last 12 months, the total storage situation actually improved by 5.5 per cent as a result of the transfers available following completion of the Mardi to Mangrove Link (12,446 ML has been transferred for the year to date),” he said. Media Statement, 17 Jan 2013 Michael Redrup, Gosford Council

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alignment, including locating the pathway in the roadway as a separated shared pathway,” said Mr Medcalf. “However, these options would have seriously impacted traffic flow, resident kerbside parking, bus zones and drop off areas associated with the Ettalong Beach Primary School as well as the existing pedestrian crossing. “In addition to this, an alternative route in surrounding streets was also investigated, however, the



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Mr Redrup said the current daily water demand for the Gosford region was around 45 million litres. In comparison, between 10 to 20 years ago, daily water demand for the Gosford region during January was over 100 million litres. The Peninsula currently comprises around 30 per cent of total water demand across the Gosford region, he said. “Council closely monitors total water storage over time and has developed demand management strategies to reduce historical demand,” said Mr Redrup. “We have also commissioned


Foreshore Reserve through to McMasters Rd Reserve, funded by the Department of Planning under the NSW Coastline Cycleway Program. Further funding has allowed the off-road pathway to continue south along Blackwall Rd, via Memorial Ave, Barrenjoey Rd, Uligandi St and then east to the existing shared pathway at The Esplanade, Ettalong. “Various options were investigated for the Uligandi St

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he Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup squad had its first hit out on Saturday, February 9, at the Morry Breen Complex in Kanwal against the North Sydney Bears.

Gosford Council has defended its removal of a number of Brush Box trees along the northern footway of Uligandi St as part of the construction of the shared footpath and cycleway between Woy Woy and Ettalong.

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for the second half of the year. Mr Redrup said that despite rainfall declining across the region by between 33.3 per cent (one third) and 38.2 per cent, “the total storage situation actually improved by 5.5 per cent”. He said this was a result of water transferred through the “missing link” pipeline between Mardi and Mangrove Creek Dam. “Council is aware that the Gosford region has been experiencing below average rainfall,” said Mr Redrup. “Council’s Water and Sewer Directorate doesn’t maintain rainfall records for the Peninsula,

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The Ettalong Beach Retro Bash will be held on the first night of the Ettalong Beach Festival on Friday, March 15. Dance to the sounds of Surfie/Western music with the debonair frontman, Mikelangelo, who has a voice deeper than the deep blue sea and the sharpest suit collection this side of the equator. Spin your own records at the jukebox and get your photo taken in the retro photo booth 'Shirley's Temple' with your friends. Prizes for the best dressed Shirley. To win the Ettalong Beach Retro Bash double pass write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to Out&About on the Coast Retro Bash competition PO Box 1056, Gosford, NSW, 2250 by the close of business Tuesday, March 5. The winners of last edition's Central Coast Grandstand Milky Foot competition were Adelaide Martin of Bensville, Nada Steele of Wamberal and Geoff Buggs of Halekulani.

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New liquidators for Peats Ridge Festival A

midst claims that the ticket and bar numbers “don’t add up�, Peats Ridge Festival director Mr Matt Grant could be summoned to court to give a testimony under oath after the festival’s new liquidators indicated they would pursue a public examination of the collapsed company. Following the festival’s collapse and fall-out, a meeting of creditors on Tuesday, February 5, resulted in the liquidation process being taken away from original administrators Jirsch Sutherland. Unhappy that the firm had handled proceedings for Peats Ridge four times previously, the creditors, mobilised by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance [MEAA], voted to install building and construction firm Worrells

to the job. They also voted in a Creditors Committee of 10, who will work closely with the liquidators. The Committee includes representatives from John Butler’s management, APRA, Sorted Events, Cass Eager and The Velvet Rope, The Black Seeds, Claude Hay, Constant Solutions, Billions Australia, Simon George and Top Shelf Productions. Peats Ridge Festival owes over $1.29 million to creditors after the company was put into liquidation last month. Headline act John Butler’s Butler Brown Touring Co is owed $95,579, while bar providers Sorted Events are the biggest creditors with $283,726 owed. The festival’s booker Damien Cunningham is owed $49,477 through his company Elastic Entertainment. Artists such as The Falls,

Cass Eager and The Velvet Rope, Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers, Lolo Lavina and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (through agency Artist Voice) are also listed. The Black Seeds are owed $11,500, but many more are owed money through touring companies or agencies. Billions Australia will be looking to recoup $45,650, Chugg Entertainment $6,985, The Harbour Agency $16,195, Select Music $6,780, Modular Agency $11,000, Foreign Dub $12,100, Niche Productions $10,000 and Fuzzy Touring $5,500. APRA are listed for $14,850 while other notable inclusions are Australian Mobile Staging $15,296, ISEC $15,249, JR Richards and Sons $38,460, Oztix $10,982, Premier Motor Services $20,748, Rock Posters Sydney $6,600, Sydney Posters $16,792, TFH Temporary Fence Hire

$20,465 and Splashdown $28,837. T h e M u s i c . c o m . a u ’s publishers are owed $4,315. The festival’s only listed asset is $140,000 in cash and debtors are currently listed as unknown. The forensic accountant company’s Craig Tinkler said on Wednesday, February 6, that they would be preparing their own updated Creditor’s Repor. “We’re probably looking at a public examination of the director and any other parties involved,� he said. A public examination would involve Mr Grant being summoned to court to deliver a testimony under oath. Although no result would come directly from that testimony, evidence gathered could be used for other actions. Tinkler said that time was also being spent gathering Jirsh Sutherland’s existing reports. Moving forward

they will be looking to recoup creditors’ money that appeared lost on the original report, and could commence legal proceedings if they believed someone knowingly incurred debt while the company was insolvent. The move to dump Kirsch Sutherland and appoint Worrells was described by MEAA entertainment, crew and sport section director Mal Tulloch as “a very positive step forward to hold people accountable�. “You can do the simple math from the gate and the bar, and the numbers just don’t add up. “This is a job now for the liquidators to do a forensic examination.� Previously, Julian Hartley from bar operators Sorted Events had alleged that money in a joint account with the festival had “disappeared� but Grant strongly refuted the claim, saying that it had been

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claimed as part of the liquidation process. A public examination will determine whether Sorted were overestimating that account. Tulloch said that the result of the creditors’ meeting was “unprecedented� in his time given that, “creditors have overturned a voluntary liquidation�. The MEAA are taking a strong interest in the festival collapse because a number of the unions’ members alerted them to the situation. Tulloch said he hoped that a Peats Ridge outcome would strengthen the Alliance’s position as a force in the music industry. “There needs to be some sort of examination of why laws in this country allow this to happen, and if there are laws why are they being broken,� he said.


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Animal Farm comes to Gosford

Old Sydney Town may get a new lease of life

Gosford Council Media

Peter McCabe, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP


ederal Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill has confirmed that she has facilitated a number of meetings regarding the future of Old Sydney Town (OST).

The meetings have included the owner of the OST site at Somersby, Mr Richard Chiu, a representative from Gosford Council and brothers Michael and Peter Fox, sons of the late Frank Fox, the original founder of OST. Ms O’Neill first met


n August 2011 the first Australian adaptation of Animal Farm was staged in a sold-out, critically acclaimed season.

Now it’s Gosford’s turn to enjoy this brand new production of George Orwell’s simple yet intensely powerful fable. This new adaption, being staged at Laycock St Community Theatre, combines physical theatre and storytelling to illustrate how greed and absolute power corrupts and with devastating consequences, can change the course of history. The pigs have assumed control of the farm and, under the principles of Animalism, are promising a better life that is free from human service for all. Guided by a simple set of rules and an unrelenting respect for authority, it is not long until the rules that

promised freedom become the chains that bind the animals once again. Brought to life by Shake and Stir Theatre Co, with a cast of Queensland’s most dynamic actors, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, exciting, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events in Gosford this year. Council’s acting manager of arts and entertainment Mr Alan Flores said Animal Farm was one of the most studied novels and controversial political commentaries of our time. “We are delighted to be welcoming this awardwinning production to Laycock St Community Theatre and to be providing local schools with the opportunity of experiencing such a superb production, particularly relevant for Years 8 to 12 English and Drama students. “Special prices for school bookings are available as

part of our commitment to engaging young people with theatre. “Free performance notes for educators are also available which can be used by teachers to flesh out ideas and questions that arise from the play. “The production is of course as relevant and enjoyable to adults as to school students and has been hailed as ‘physical theatre at its best’. “With just two matinee and two evening performances before the production leaves Gosford to continue on its national tour, we encourage everyone to get a ticket while they can,” said Mr Flores. Animal Farm is on at Laycock St Community Theatre on Tuesday, February 26, and Wednesday, February 27, at 10am and 6pm.

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with Mr Chiu at his central office in Paris while on a delegation to the European Parliament in April last year. Peter and Michael Fox will be undertaking confidential work on behalf of Mr Chiu over the coming months to investigate a sustainable and viable future for the OST site. Re-establishing OST as an iconic Central Coast attraction and enhancing the heritage integrity and experience of the site is part of these investigations.

Ms O’Neill said OST holds a special place in her memories and in the hearts of many families on the Central Coast. She thanked the local community for showing support to see OST reopened. Ms O’Neill also said she was looking forward to meeting again with Mr Chiu and Peter and Michael Fox later this year once the investigations have progressed towards achieving the goal of a workable and financially sound future for OST.

Community spirit in Kibble Park

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s a part of its annual Summer in the City program, Gosford Council will be hosting a Community Spirit event series in Kibble Park during February and March.

Held in conjunction with Central Coast Mariners’ games being played at Bluetongue Stadium, the three part event series is a celebration of Gosford City and its people. Gosford Council’s cultural development coordinator Mr Elio Gatti said the Community Spirit events would help to revive the heart of Gosford

City. “The Summer in the City program has done a wonderful job in bringing activity and life into the Gosford CBD and the Community Spirit event series will build on this momentum. “The events will bring interactive entertainment and create a fun and vibrant environment right in the heart of our City, with each event featuring market stalls, live busking performances, free children’s activities and a Stadium Walk for those going to the Central Coast Mariners game,” said Mr Gatti.

The Community Spirit series kicked off with a free Film Night in Kibble Park on Thursday, February 7. Award winning New Zealand film, Whale Rider, was shown as the Mariners played Wellington Pheonix. The Community Spirit event series will continue on Saturday, March 2, with a Youth Concert and will conclude on Saturday, March 30, with a Peace Concert, both held in Kibble Park. All events are alcohol free.


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Conservatorium to offer more opportunities to students


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Kathryn Freeman, Northern Lakes Family Centre

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he Central Coast Conservatorium at Gosford has changed its structure to give students access to a broader range of options and performance opportunities. In previous years, students had to pay separately to participate in musical theory classes and each ensemble they wished to join, however, now they pay a single fee for both. This will allow a student to not only gain musicianship skills but will also give them the benefit of being able to join as many ensemble performance groups as they like without adding strain to the family budget. The new fee structure was based on a similar model adopted at the Wollongong Conservatorium in 2010. The overriding sentiment to the new fee structure was that it would create opportunities for participating students that

may have been financially unattainable in the past. Musical theory classes have also been expanded and diversified this year to enable students to participate in lessons more relevant to their individual needs. Rewritten by head of musicianship Mr Phillip Rutherford, the newly named Musicianship course now incorporates Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) course requirements as well as additional subject areas and HSC support classes to offer even more comprehensive learning for students of music. Students who have concentrated solely on musical theory classes to support their instrument lessons in the past now have access to group performance opportunities that may have been out of reach before the changes were implemented. Premier ensembles include a range of new additions such as the

Central Coast Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Central Coast Stage Band, Katandra Voices, the Central Coast Children’s Choir and a yetto-be-named Central Coast Rock Group. Central Coast Conservatorium artistic director Mr Patrick Brennan said, “Premier ensembles offer immense value to music students as they provide a forum for social interaction and team building as well as facilitating the opportunity to learn important performance skills within a nurturing group environment”. “I believe our new fee structure, together with a range of new programs on offer, will make learning music more accessible to more people on the Central Coast. “It will also produce better educational and social outcomes for all Central Coast Conservatorium students.”


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osford Presbyterian Church will hold a community connection event on Saturday, February 23.

“Ever had the family together and wondered how you can occupy five kids under five and grandparents at the same time?” asked Pastor Matt

Ham. “Want something that all ages, boys and girls, men and women, young and old can do together? “These days, such an activity can be hard to find. “Gosford Presbyterian Church doesn’t believe this should be the case so we’ve decided to introduce

Community Market at Wyoming 2nd Sunday of the Month Next Market March 10 Wyoming Community Centre’s Monthly Market is continuing this year. This is a truly Not for Profit Market with all proceeds from stall bookings going towards the local community - The Market runs on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 147 Maidens Brush Rd Wyoming from 9am to 2pm with set up from 7 :30am. We are able to offer a great low cost venue to support the local community and are keen to attract stall holders including fresh produce sales. Outdoor, undercover and indoor spaces are available. Just $10 for a single table indoors or $10 for a marquee spot outdoors. Event goes ahead rain or shine. BBQ, hot and cold drinks available. Bookings are essential – Ring Lyn on 4323 7483. For more information visit and on Facebook. d by



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a monthly Connect activity to bring local families together. “Whether you are a few weeks old, enjoying your retirement years or anywhere in between there is a Connect activity for you. “It’s not only about getting to know new people in your local area while having fun but dinner is included so you can keep the conversation going over a meal. “The church is running these community events as they know the importance of building and maintaining relationships across all ages and cultures. “So save your afternoon on the fourth Saturday of any month, we encourage you to pop in and join us. “And don’t forget to bring the whole family along so we can share the fun around,” said Matt.


P6 - Out&About - February 21, 2013

Love in Portofino at Avoca

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osford’s Youth Arts Warehouse (YAW) Indent Event Team has been awarded a NSW Government grant to develop and manage the Community Spirit Festival Youth Week Event, encouraging young people on the Central Coast to participate in the arts.

The NSW Government is providing this support through MusicNSW’s Indent Partnership Grants program. YAW Indent Event Team is the recipient of a $2,500 Event Development Grant,


voca Beach Picture Theatre will screen Andrea Bocelli’s Love In Portofino Concert on Saturday, March 2, at 6:30pm and Monday, March 4, at 11:30am. Performing to a specially invited audience at the Piazzetta in Portofino, Andrea Bocelli’s Love In Portofino allows the audience to experience the most successful classical solo artist ever as he covers the most famous love songs in the world.

During the evening, Bocelli shares the stage with an ensemble of supporting talent, including Caroline Campbell on violin, German star Helene Fischer and Brazilian singersongwriter Sandy on vocals and Chris Botti playing trumpet, all backed by a 40 piece orchestra and rhythm section. Bocelli’s fiance Veronica Berti joins him for a duet coupled with the opportunity to hear Andrea’s thoughts on

love and romance in an exclusive interview. “Watching the world’s most amazing tenor perform at such an intimate occasion, against the stunning backdrop of sunset over Portofino, is an experience not to be missed.” Filippo Sugar of Sugar Music said. The occasion was captured live and produced by a host of award winning talent, including 16 time Grammy Award winning producer David Foster.

which is for larger events such as regional events, youth stages at bigger festivals, and events that link with a range of local communities. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing Mr George Souris said the funding encouraged young people to participate in arts and culture and brings opportunities for artistic development to regional communities. “The NSW Government supports MusicNSW’s program as part of its commitment to the arts and in recognition of

its contributions to the economic, social, creative and cultural development of our State,” Mr Souris said. MusicNSW is a not for profit industry association set up to represent, promote and develop the contemporary music industry in NSW, in addition to managing a number of music development projects. “I am delighted that the NSW Government is able to support these types of events for the young people in our community,” said Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein.

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entral Coast Conservatorium’s (CCC) Vocal Department will direct the Space Opera Help, Help, The Globolinks! by Gian Carlo Menotti which will be staged over three nights from Thursday November 14, to Saturday, November 16, at Laycock St

Theatre. The Conservatorium will hold auditions for all parts on Sunday, March 3, from 2pm to 5pm in the Robert Knox Hall for all vocalists aged nine to 55 years. The Conservatorium will provide a piano for auditions but anyone requiring accompaniment must bring their own accompanist.

Alternatively, those who audition may sing unaccompanied or bring a cassette or CD backing. Persons auditioning will need to book a spot by phoning the office on 4324 7477 and come prepared with any operatic aria or classical song to perform for up to five minutes.

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International fundraising initiative for performing arts complex


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ustralian String Academy (ASA) artistic director Ms Charmian Gadd, who is also an international violinist, has officially launched an international fundraising initiative for the proposed Performing Arts Complex next to Gosford Primary School. The ASA has been working with all levels of government over the last 12 months to advance support for a world class Performing Arts Complex that would also act as a major tourist attraction for the Central Coast. “There is outstanding backing from all political parties,” said Ms Gadd. “Deb O’Neill, Chris

Holstein, Chris Hartcher, mayor Lawrie McKinna and Cr Hillary Morris have been exceptional in their efforts to support the community who have been waiting for such a complex for generations. “It should be an ‘iconic’ architectural design of Sydney Opera House calibre, and a multi-arts breadth akin to major international arts centres such as the Barbican and South Bank Centres in London, Lincoln Centre in New York, the Sydney Opera House in Sydney with the interior features of the recently-built ‘Concourse’ Performing Arts Centre at Chatswood, Sydney,” said Ms Gadd, The International fundraising initiative was officially launched on

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Sunday, February 17, with a performance program featuring a Beethoven violin sonata with wellknown Sydney pianist Phillip Shovk. Concerts will also be held on February 24, March 10 and March 26. Describing an iconic Performing Arts Complex on the proposed waterfront site, Charmian said it would be “one of the most important developments for culture in our region”. ASA secretary Ms Ruth Donnelly described the events as “fantastic charity fundraisers for the proposed Performing Arts Complex specifically for the acquisition of an ‘international-grade’ concert grand piano and harpsichord”. “We would like to inspire all arts organisations on the Central Coast to start fundraising for the Performing Arts Complex. “Everyone in the community can contribute in some way,” said Ms Donnelly. The Australian String Academy is a non-profit organisation which runs the Crossroads Festival each year on the Central Coast. Plans are also underway to hold a Symphonic Fundraising Gala to take place at 7pm on August 24 at Gosford High School.

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Come and listen to local bands on the Lizottes Live Stage from Fairplay Entertainment including the return of Juzzie Smith

on his national tour, local favourites Jacob Pearson, Shane Romeyn and Just Between Us. Check out the buskers around the Village and Earth areas all day or visit the Enchanted Craft Circle for some do it yourself art and craft under the big tree.

Over 100 stalls will feature local produce in The Garden Basket, international foods, art, craft, clothing, jewellery, up-cycled goods and recycled homewares. Local community groups will also be on hand including Kadam Sharawa Buddhists and Rotary.

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yong Council is encouraging kids to attend Blue Light Discos, with the first Blue Light Disco of the year to be held at Bateau Bay PCYC on Friday, February 22.

The Blue Light Discos are run on the last Friday of every month from February to November, and are patrolled by police from Tuggerah Lakes LAC. The discos for under 18s only and have a strict set of rules for attendees.

No phones are allowed inside the disco, as well as offensive clothing, and no early pass-outs are permitted unless authorised by a responsible adult.

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P8 - Out&About - February 21, 2013

Seniors encouraged to enter photography competition G

osford City senior citizens are being asked to celebrate the Central Coast environment by entering an image in the Central Coast Seniors Week Photography Competition. The competition, organised by Gosford City Library in conjunction with Apia and John Ralph’s Camera House, will showcase the talent of amateur photographers over the age of 50. There are four categories

for entry including Central Coast Scenery, Flora and Fauna on the Coast, Transportation on the Coast, and Happy Snaps - a new category to be judged by the public. A $100 John Ralph gift voucher will be awarded for first place in each category. In addition one overall winner will win a $100 John Ralph Camera House Gift Voucher and a 20” x 30” poster size enlargement on either print or canvas of their winning photograph. The competition

commenced Friday, February 1, and closes Friday, March 8. Entries should be delivered to any Gosford City Library branch, with a completed application form. Entry is free. All photos will be on display at Kincumber Library from Monday, March 11, and throughout Seniors Week from March 17 to 24. Prizes will be presented by judge John Ralph on Thursday, March 21, at 6pm at Kincumber Library.

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Last year's Seniors Week Photography Competition Presentation Night (L-R_ Michael Porter from APIA, overall winner Jillian Selkirk, John Ralph and librarian Kirsten Paterson

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rackets and Jam will hold its second event of the year on Friday, February 22, at Kincumba Mountain featuring Sangeet and friends, The Jenny Marie Lang Trio and the Rewbies. Sangeet was an electrical engineer who had a seachange in 1990, leaving the ocean to take up the Indian Sitar. He is mostly self-taught and plays his instrument in a contemporary form.

Sangeet has collaborated with many different musicians, recording eight CDs and winning awards. Accompanying Sangeet will be local percussionist, Greg Cole. Playing various drums for over 30 years, Greg provides structure to the flow and blends world rhythms with Sangeet’s hypnotic melodies

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February 21, 2013 - Out&About - P9


Gosford Gallery hosts exhibitions by international artists

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osford Regional Gallery is hosting two exhibitions by significant international artists from two of Australia’s leading arts organisations until Monday, April 1. Christo: John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Room is a touring exhibition from the Art Gallery of NSW while Perspectives is a travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial. In 1968 John Kaldor, a passionate Australian art collector, invited Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Little Bay, South East of Sydney for their monumental Wrapped Coast project. A team of 100 workers and 11 volunteers spent four weeks climbing, wrapping, sewing and securing fabric and rope to 2.4 kilometres of rock and coastline. Gosford Regional Gallery curator Mr Tim Braham said that the Wrapped Coast was the

famous artists’ first major environmental project and the largest single artwork that had ever been made. “At one million square feet, Wrapped Coast was even larger than Mount Rushmore and so huge that you couldn’t get a complete view of the full work from any one vantage point. “This amazing project had an enormous impact on perceptions of art in Australia, and we are of course delighted that this exhibition, documenting such an historic art event, is coming to Gosford as part of its national tour,” said Mr Braham. The exhibition, which opened on Saturday, February 2, features documentary photographs, archival documents and ephemera, sketches and scale models of the Wrapped Coast project, along with examples of Christo’s other iconic wrapped sculpture from the period. Perspectives, a


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travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial, presents the unique insights of two contemporary artists Jon Cattapan and Ex de Medici and their responses to the subject of peacekeeping and the efforts of the Australian Defence Force. Mr Braham said that the tradition of commissioning artists to explore and record experiences of war developed during the First World War. “Perspectives tries to give a real sense of a soldier’s responsibilities, experiences and sacrifices. “Both artists have travelled to war torn countries and were inspired by the efforts of Australian soldiers. “Many of Cattapan’s paintings depict images taken through night vision goggles and Medici’s work focuses on the peacekeeping operations in the Solomon Islands. “The artists’ first hand insights provide deep meaning and poignancy to the artworks. “This is a real opportunity for Central Coast residents and visitors to see an important and thought-provoking exhibition,” said Mr Braham Gosford Regional Gallery is open daily from 10am until 4pm and admission is free.


P10 - Out&About - February 21, 2013

Guide dog stalls at Deepwater Plaza

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Fundraising trivia afternoon at Empire Bay

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fundraising trivia afternoon will be held at the Empire Bay Progress Association hall on Sunday, February 24, from 1pm to 5:30pm to raise money for local resident Mr Brian Wright.

Mr Wright’s family are holding the afternoon to raise funds for paraplegia equipment. “Brian needs special physio and exercise equipment to help make


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he Central Coast Guide Dogs NSWACT Volunteer Support Group will hold fundraising stalls at Deepwater Plaza on Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday, April 11, from 9am to 2:30pm.

Central Coast Support Group president Ms Barbara Craig said she was dedicated to volunteering for Guide Dogs NSW-ACT and is always looking for new members to assist the enthusiastic efforts by the small group who regularly visit Central Coast shopping centres selling Guide Dogs merchandise, and holding raffles. Guide Dogs clients and their Guide Dogs also attend the stalls and answer questions from the local community about what it is like to live with impaired vision.

Friday February 22 Dark Tide staged play reading, Uniting Productions Gosford, 7:30pm Blue Light Disco, Bateau Bay PCYC Brackets and Jam, Kincumber Mountain, 7:20pm-11pm Breaking Legs, Peninsula Theatre Mics for Choirs, Green Point Community Centre, 10:15am-12:15am

Saturday February 23 Project Funk, Jacks Bar and Grill, Erina, 8pm Dancing by the Water, Lions Park, Woy Woy, 5pm, free Avoca Beachside Markets, Heazlett Park foreshore, 9am-2pm, free Community Connection Day, Gosford Presbyterian Church, 3:45pm-6pm, free Huntington's Disease Youth Forum, St Philips

Christian College, 9am4:30pm, free Inner Wheel Friendship Afternoon, Hamlyn Terrace, 1:30pm Troubadour Folk Club concert, Woy Woy CWA Hall, 7pm

Sunday February 24 Central Coast Conservatorium fundraising concert, 2:30pm Fundraising trivia afternoon, Empire Bay Progress Association hall, 1pm-5:30pm Youth in Performing Arts auditions, Valley View Public School and Laycock St Theatre

Tuesday February 26 Animal Farm, Laycock St Community Theatre, 10am and 6pm

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outh in Performing Arts (YIPA) will hold auditions from Sunday, February 24, at Valley View Public School and Laycock St Community Theatre.

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they have reached the age of attending high school, and are no older than 21. Performers may appear in solo acts, with accompanists, as duos, or in groups. New skills are honed as young people are provided the opportunity to accompany other performers. YIPA promotes and fosters the development of youth with outstanding talent through the support of adults with extensive experience in theatre and entertainment, including industry professionals.

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Sunday March 3 Help, Help, The Globolinks! auditions, Robert Knox Hall, 2pm5pm Central Coast Blues Society jam session, Breakers Country Club, Wamberal, 6pm-9pm

Andrea Bocelli’s Love In Portofino Concert, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, 6:30pm

Friday March 1 Reading in the Park, Mannering Park, 10:30am

include questions about music, general knowledge and pop culture. “People are invited to form a team of six to eight people, but if you can’t get together a full table, don’t worry as small groups can join together,” said Ms Consoli. “There will be lots of lucky door prizes and great prizes for the winners of the trivia afternoon.” Numbers are strictly limited to 70 people.

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things a little easier each day,” said event coordinator Ms Jan Consoli. “Consequently, this equipment combined with medical bills is very expensive. “That’s why we’ve banded together to organise this fundraising afternoon to help his family.” The trivia afternoon will be hosted by Bob Smith who prior to retirement, was a presenter on Radio Five-O-Plus, and will

Tuesday March 5 Spirituality in the Pub, Grange Hotel function room, Wyoming, 7:30pm9pm, free

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Pauline to speak at family history meeting

Breaking Legs at Woy Woy David Wicks, Woy Woy Little Theatre

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he Central Coast Family History Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Saturday, March 2, at 1pm at the Lions Community Hall in East Gosford.

The guest speaker will be Pauline Weeks, a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Genealogists (SAG and NZSG). Pauline, who has been researching New Zealand genealogy for 30 years,


will discuss the use of New Zealand records to maximise the chances of successful research, with particular reference to the use of NZ historical BDM’s on-line, Archives and Papers Past.

Youth forum held for Huntington’s disease

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free Huntington’s Disease Youth Forum will be held on Saturday, February 23, at St Philips Christian College. The day is aimed at people aged between 18 and 40 who have Huntington’s Disease in

their family or who have the gene but are not symptomatic, have not been tested or tested negative. Topics discussed will include testing, having children, research updates, diet and exercise, partners and relationships, legal and insurance issues

and what resources are available to young people affected by the disease. A variety of speakers will present to the forum including Huntington’s NSW manager Robyn Kapp and Central Coast Health community nutritionist Rui Bartl.

Children benefit from forum

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he Benevolent Society is hosting a Communities for Children (C4C) forum from Tuesday, February 26, to Thursday, February 28, with three sessions running at separate locations

across Wyong Shire. The sessions focus on children between the ages of zero to 12 years. The forums will be in the World Cafe format, allowing participants to engage in conversations about the future directions of the C4C program and

its activities across Wyong Shire. The first session will take place at Blue Haven Community Centre, followed by sessions at Watanobbi Community Centre and The Entrance Community Centre.


reaking Legs, a play presented by Woy Woy Little Theatre, will be held from Friday, February 22, to Sunday, March 10, at the Peninsula Theatre in Woy Woy.

The play, which is directed by Ms Barbara Hickey and co-directed by Ms Shea Wicks, is Woy Woy

Little Theatre’s first show of the season. The show will be performed by Richard Goodwin, John Hickey, Andy Kabanoff, Douglas Kent, Shea Wicks and David Hicks. Breaking Legs takes place in an Italian restaurant with a mobster and his good looking, unmarried sister.

Her college professor arrives looking for funding for a play he has written about a murder. Two more mobsters arrive, ready to relieve a financial burden from a ‘friend’. The play is a mirthful mix of madcap mayhem, murder and the mafia.



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February 21, 2013 - GRANDSTAND - P12


Cyclones destroy Quirindi

Coast team wins State Challenge

by Graham Abbott

by Aidan Cuddington

he Central Coast U14 cricket team won the NSW State Challenge U14 title at the SCG on


Sunday, 17.


The Central Coast team amassed 100 runs over 20 overs and bowled North

Shore out for 67. Player of the match Nathan Doyle from Toukley bowled well taking four wickets for 15 runs in his four overs.

Woy Woy plays at SCG

by Ravi Sharma Bob Douglas and John Gifford

oy Woy Cricket Club was selected by Cricket NSW to have a group of their Milo In2Cricketers participate in the lunch time break entertainment at the Test Match at


the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, January 3. “The boys enjoyed watching the game between Australia and Sri Lanka and were fortunate enough to play a game on the hallowed field in front of an appreciative crowd,” said Woy Woy Cricket Club Milo

In2Cricket coordinator Mr Ravi Sharma. The Milo In2Cricket program introduces the game of cricket to boys and girls between the ages of five and eight years and those interested can contact Woy Woy Cricket Club.

he Central Coast O60s Cricket team, The Cyclones, had a comfortable win over Quirindi at Doyalson on Sunday, February 10.


Quirindi batted first and tight bowling from openers Ron Durrant and Greg Buscombe successfully

restricted the run rate, paving the way for the spin attack of Len Hardy 2-6, Ken Campbell 2-16 and Graham Abbott 2-17. Quirindi was dismissed for 108 runs. In reply, The Cyclones lost five wickets with Man of the Match Bob Douglas retiring at 30.

Kevin Price’s 23 and Buscombe’s 20 not-out helped the match finish on a high note. Upcoming Cyclone’s games are against Hastings, Newcastle, Sydney, Southern Highlands, Gunnedah, Quirindi and Campbelltown.

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P11 - GRANDSTAND - February 21, 2013

On the Water

Resuscitation and Rescue makes a comeback by Louise Lambeth

Ocean Beach Surf Lifesaving Club has had a huge revival in Resuscitation and Rescue in its Nipper movement and will have teams compete in the upcoming Surf Life Saving Championships, according to Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Resuscitation and Rescue coordinator Ms Louise Lambeth. The Club currently has six, two person Resuscitation and Rescue teams and as well as two, five person teams who have been competing at local and Sydney carnivals. The teams range in age from U11s to U14s. The children learn a number of disciplines to do with the Resuscitation and Rescue of a patient. In two person Resuscitation and Rescue, one child is a patient and the other performs a rescue. “The initial stage is to identify a person requiring attention symbolised by the raised arm to signal for

help,” said Ms Lambeth. “The rescuer then performs an initial assessment of vital signs. “Then the rescuer performs a two minute cycle of rescue breathing and compressions (CPR). “The rescuer then rechecks the vital signs and places the patient into a recovery position. “In five person Resuscitation and Rescue, the Rescue Reel and Belt are used. “This is the oldest form of rescue equipment developed by the Surf Life Saving movement dating back to around 1908. “A team of five children learn to rescue a patient from the water’s edge. “At U17, they will begin to perform a deep water rescue. “The rescue is initially performed by the Belt Person and Reel Person assisted by the Lines Persons who feed out and haul in the line. “Once the patient is

secured on shore the team will then perform a lift and carry to above the high water mark. “Assessment of the patient is performed and CPR is commenced for a two minute cycle. “Once the patient has been resuscitated the team reforms to march from the competition area. “These skills are integral to surf lifesaving and equip the children with techniques they can use in real life situations,” said Ms Lambeth. Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club is the oldest surf club on the Central Coast, having celebrated its 90th year of service last year. “Resuscitation and Rescue ensures that this tradition will continue and our beaches under our future generation will be safer places for our community,” said Ms Lambeth.

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WED - 6 0254 1.60 0946 0.48 1546 1.23 2129 0.58

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“The contribution from Council is allocated towards helping clubs with their ongoing expenses,” said Wyong Council mayor Cr Doug Eaton. “It is important we look after all our surf clubs because they are important elements in our community and our volunteer surf lifesavers do a terrific job giving up their time on weekends to look after beach goers.” Surf Life Saving Central Coast also received a $13,200 allocation from Council to ensure they could continue to expand their services to benefit residents and tourists alike. Surf Life Saving Central Coast president Mr Stuart Harvey said his organisation was extremely grateful for Council’s ongoing support. “Our six clubs and the branch are grateful for Wyong Shire Council’s continued acknowledgement of the service we provide and our importance to the community. “The funds received from Wyong Shire Council are invaluable in ensuring that

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we can continue to provide this important lifesaving service to the local beach going community. “Our relationship with Council and their team of dedicated surf lifesavers is one that we do value highly and we look forward to continuing to work closely with Council into the future. Cr Doug Eaton and Mr Stuart Harvey

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February 21, 2013 - GRANDSTAND - P10

Lifeguard Relay Challenge

On the Water

Coast crews take on Navy Australian Open

by Darren Saffin

by Gosford Council Media

osford Council Lifeguards placed strongly at the Inter Council Ocean Lifeguard Relay Challenge held on Wednesday, February 13, at Bondi Beach.


Following on from their victory over Wyong Shire Council in the local Lifeguard Challenge on Friday, February 8, the Gosford Council team finished second behind Wollongong. The annual relay challenge featured an eight person tag team event with two run, swim, koolite board and rescue board legs. Gosford Council’s beach lifeguard supervisor Mr Craig Healy said that the competition featured lifeguard teams from Lake Macquarie to Eurobodalla. “It was a great evening of competitive racing with a number of strong teams in the competition, the Gosford

Council Ocean Lifeguard team put in a great showing to finish second. “Throughout the event Gosford were in the lead group but in the end Wollongong lifeguards proved too strong on the night. “The team put in an exceptional effort across each of the legs with small surf conditions. “The Gosford team was spurred on by a great supporter group that travelled down for the race. “The results the team have achieved in the last week are testimony to the hard work they put in right throughout the year,” said Mr Healy. This year’s team featured Trent Martin, Tim Schofield, Jack Moyes, Robert Annabel, Michael Wall, Ben Miller, Toby Cracknell and Robert Gittoes. The race was filmed throughout and is anticipated to appear on Channel 10’s Bondi Rescue throughout March.

Avoca Beach Grease Monkeys U19 men in action in the finals at the Navy Australian Open at Stockton, Newcastle

ight surf boat crews from the Central Coast participated in Australia’s biggest surf boat racing event, the Navy Australian Open, from Friday, February 8, to


Sunday, February 10, at Stockton Beach in Newcastle. The Avoca Beach Grease Monkeys placed second in the U19 event while teams from MacMasters Beach, Ocean Beach and Terrigal contested the Open Men’s event.

The Avoca Beach Zeniths competed in the Open Women’s event as did a team from Ocean Beach. The Avoca Beach Silver Tails contested the Masters 180 Men’s event and the Killcare Ramonas contested the Masters 160 Women’s event.

The event was the culmination of 28 events held across Australia with over 400 crews from over 100 surf lifesaving clubs competing for individual glory as well as a state versus state series of races.

Twelve medals for Killcare by Allan Wilson

illcare Surf Club sent a team of 12 representatives to the East Coast Classic Masters Carnival at Collaroy Beach on Saturday, February 3, and all 12 brought a medal home.


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Gold medallists at the carnival, which is acknowledged as the third biggest in Australia, were Michaela Hofer, Joel Maybury, and Phil Tubby, each of whom claimed a treble, and Jo-Ann Edwards. Michaela, the current Australian beach sprint champion and runner-up in the World titles, scored victories in the women’s 35 to 40 years categories of the beach sprint and flags and as a member of the 140 years (combined ages) women’s sprint relay with teammates Laura Washington, Tegan Spackman and Leah Fotofili. Joel Maybury’s golds were achieved in the 35 to 40 years men’s beach sprint and flags

and the 170 years sprint relay with Phil and Colin Tubby, and Moses Fotofili. Phil Tubby, who triumphed in the global event in Adelaide last November, notched up his victories in the men’s 50 to 55 years categories of the sprint, flags and the sprint relay. Jo-Ann Edwards won the O50 section of the surf race which was hailed by club officials as a “wonderful effort” in the heavy seas. Killcare Masters newcomer Natalie Howden, who has recently overcome illness, gathered minor medals in the women’s 35 to 40 years beach flags and 170 years sprint relay with Jacquie Payne, Jo-Ann Edwards and

Kellie Robinson. In reviewing the club’s season to date, Killcare president Ms Leah Fotofili said she was delighted with the performances at all levels of the club from the Nippers program, to the Open and its Masters ranks. “We are determined to maintain the momentum achieved at last November’s World titles and are delighted with the wonderful depth of talent which currently exists in our club,” she said. “Our increasing membership ranks justify the huge upsurge in interest where public safety on our beach is of paramount importance,” she said.


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P9 - GRANDSTAND - February 21, 2013

Greens wins Triples for third time

by Kevin Owen

Central Coast wins Bill Wilkinson Trophy by Kevin Owens

Winners Richard Thornton, Mal Campbell and John Edwards

or the third year in a row the Central Coast RSL Triples Championships was won by a team from The Greens.





Edwards and Richard Thornton defeated Steve Nihill, Denis Mcdevit and George Clark from Gosford City 19-18 in the final. The contest was close with Thornton scoring five shots on the first end.

Clark’s team fired back with the scores level at 6-6 after six ends, 9-9 after nine ends, 12-12 after 12 ends and 15-15 after 16 ends. Thornton went into the last end leading 19-16.


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Sherriff eliminated by 16 year old

Everglades win district level pairs

by Bowls Australia Media

by Lesley Swales

he State Pairs competition at District level was played from February 11 to 15 with 87 teams contesting the event.


In the quarter finals, N Smith and D Windshuttle from Avoca defeated L Andrews and J Wheatley from Wyong, A Jackson

and R Finch from Bateau Bay defeated L Murphy and D Fernance from Terrigal, J King and M Smith from Everglades defeated A Schofield and M Oliver from The Entrance and L Williams and T Ward from Ettalong defeated L Cross and G Hewson from Everglades. The semi-finals were both close games with R Finch

defeating D Windshuttel and M Smith defeating T Ward. The final was held at Gosford City on Friday, February 15, and the winners were Judy King and Margaret Smith from Everglades over June Shipley, who was a substitute for Arleen Jackson, and Rose Finch from Bateau Bay.

All Terrigal Zone Triples Final

by Bob Bourke

he 2013 Zone 15 Triples Championship saw 62 teams divided into four sections with section one played at Avoca Beach, section two at Ettalong Memorial, section three at The Entrance and section four at Munmorah.


The format for the event was two bowl triples over 25 ends and the drama started when the first day’s play was washed out with heavy rain that sent the Match Committee scrambling to re-schedule matches. The rain departed and the Sectional Rounds were completed with The Entrance team of Bill Constantine (skip), Peter Whitfield (second) and Peter McCarten (lead) winning section one. Section two went to Terrigal’s Peter Freestone (skip), Adam Pinkerton (second) and Miro Perovic (lead) while section three was won by Ettalong Memorial’s World Champion, Aron Sherriff steering his team of John Roberts (second) and Harley McDonald (lead), the same team that won this event in 2012 and 2011. Section four was wrapped up by Terrigal’s That

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Darren Morrison (skip), David Nielson (second) and Jeff Watson (lead). The drama continued in the semi-finals with one of the tournament favourites, Aron Sherriff’s Ettalong team, getting out to an early lead over Darren Morrison, but the Terrigal boys hit back and caught Ettalong 6-6 at end seven. From there on Terrigal stormed to the finish winning 26-17 after 24 ends with end 25 not required to be played. Yet more drama occurred in the other semi-final with a titanic battle between Bill Constantine’s The Entrance team versus the other Terrigal team to make the finals, skipped by Peter Freestone. With one end to play and the score tied at 19-19 The Entrance had their fingers crossed holding two shots, only to see the Terrigal skip play a superb draw shot

aided by a small “wick” to steal the match by the narrowest of margins 20-19. A warm and sunny Sunday, February 10, at high noon saw the two Terrigal teams come out onto the Avoca Beach green with all guns blazing to battle it out for the Final. Peter Freestone’s team drew first blood with a five on the first end and then gradually racked up the points as they played a steady draw game forcing Darren Morrison, as skip, to drive into the ‘head’ and ‘killing’ the end on several occasions. After the 24th end Darren was behind by nine shots (26-17) and with only six more on offer it was not necessary to play the last end with Peter Freestone, Adam Pinkerton and Miro Perovik crowned the winners of the 2013 Zone 15 Triples Championship.

he emergency ward that is the Australian Open men’s singles draw had another casualty on Monday, February 18, with reigning International Bowler of the Year, Aron Sherriff of Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club, losing at the hands one of the rising stars of Australian bowls.


Sherriff’s scalp was claimed by 16 year old Trevallyn bowler Michael Sims who won the match 6-5, 7-8, 6-1 and in doing so earned high praise from his more experienced and humble opponent. “Michael was fantastic

today: he thoroughly deserved the win,” Sherriff said after the match. “He is one of the up-andcoming talents in Australia, it’s great to see him playing in events like this, and I will get to see more of him at the Trans Tasman in a couple of

weeks. “Full credit to him, he deserved to win. “It’s really great to see so much potential in Australian bowls. “It’s disappointing not to go further, but that’s the way it goes.”




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P7 - GRANDSTAND - February 21, 2013

Coast demolish Manly in Matthews Cup

by Andrew Stark

he Central Coast Centurions doused the Manly challenge early on in their round two rugby league Matthews Cup (U16) clash, before running out convincing 4416 winners at Tumbi Umbi on the weekend of February 16 and 17.


Smarting from a hard fought loss to junior league powerhouse Penrith in the opening week of competition, the Centurions tore into the Manly defence, jumping out to a 12-0 lead before the shell shocked Eagles were afforded the opportunity to touch the ball. Toukley prop Jakob Giles was all but unstoppable one pass off the ruck and nabbed both early tries via fearsome charges, while man of the match Daniel Peck controlled the game masterfully from dummy half. By halftime, the locals held a 16-4 advantage and a further five second-half tries garnished a complete team performance. Alongside Peck and Giles was terrier-like lock forward Jake Hardman, right centre Cameron Catania and skipper Ethan Fortis were most prominent in the

Roosters pre-season is full steam ahead

by Tim McParlane

he start of the 2013 season is expected to be busy for Woy Woy Roosters players, coaches and officials, according to Woy Woy Junior Rugby League Football Club president Mr Tim McParlane.


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Centurion display. The win pushed the Coast into the top eight after the first fortnight of competition. Meanwhile, in the SG Ball Cup (U18) competition, the Centurions were defeated 36-10 by a crack Manly team that in itself contains eight Central Coast juniors. The highlights for the vanquished were a brace of tries just before halftime.

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rampaging prop Shaq Mitchell to cleanly slice the defensive line. The Taree Rovers recruit shot into open pastures before unfurling the deadliest of right foot steps to wrong foot the nonplussed Manly custodian and plunge over beside the sticks. Sadly for the Centurions, the half time break stymied this momentum and Manly dominated the second stanza. The next games will see Central Coast at home to the perennially strong South Sydney and Parramatta clubs respectively.

Over the coming weeks coaches will attend a workshop to discuss the season ahead and training structure and format, player registrations will be taken, teams will start training and the club’s relationship with the Sydney Roosters will begin in earnest with activities organised for February. A number of coaches and officials from the juniors and seniors will travel down to Allianz Stadium to have a behind the scenes look at the Sydney Roosters entire operation from training of the NRL squad to administration and marketing. The players won’t be left out of the picture with an invite for all registered Woy Woy players and coaching staff to attend an open training session of the Roosters NRL squad on Friday, February 15, ahead of the Roosters trial match against Manly at Bluetongue

Stadium on Saturday night. All registered Woy Woy players are invited to attend a Development Clinic on Saturday, February 16, run by the Sydney Roosters including some of their big name players at Woy Woy oval. A number of other events are planned as the season gets underway proper, with some of Woy Woy’s Mini and Mod teams having the opportunity to play pregame and at half-time at Allianz Stadium against one of the Sydney Roosters junior clubs and an invite to attend (nominated) Sydney Roosters games. Coaches, officials and player groups will have the opportunity to observe player warm-up and attend a post-match function at East Leagues Club Bondi. As an added bonus for 2013 all registered Woy Woy players will receive a Sydney Roosters Membership pack which includes a back pack, a 2013 cap, stationery set, lanyard and membership card holder, sticker, invites to members only coaching clinic, online newsletter, access to members lounge website, 10 per cent discount on Roosters merchandise and one general admission ticket to any Roosters home game.

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P5 - GRANDSTAND - February 21, 2013

Mariners’ first loss of the year is to the bottom team entral Coast M a r i n e r s ’ unbeaten run in 2013 came to an end on Saturday, February 16, with Graham Arnold’s side falling 2-1 to Perth Glory in


Western Australia. Bernie Ibini gave the yellow and navy an early lead, however, strikes to Travis Dodd and Shane Smeltz either side of half time earned the purplewhites their first win of the year.

Graham Arnold’s team remain atop the Hyundai A-League ladder, however, the club’s lead has now been trimmed to just one point with Western Sydney Wanderers having beaten Melbourne Victory earlier in the day.


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The Mariners got off to the best possible start at NIB Stadium with Ibini netting his sixth goal of the campaign 13 minutes in. Daniel McBreen worked determinedly to win possession in the Mariners’ attacking third, before Michael McGlinchey fed the onrushing Ibini. The young attacker made no mistake in finding the back of the net, sliding a clinical shot past Vukovic to give Arnold’s team the lead. But Glory, who had Alistair Edwards replace Ian Ferguson as their head coach, restored parity to the contest 27 minutes in. Dodd’s run was picked out well by midfielder Nick Ward. Controlling Ward’s lofted pass at the first attempt, the former Panionios player then fired his shot beyond Central Coast gloveman Mathew Ryan. There was a good tempo to the game and Patrick Zwaanswijk’s diagonal switches of play were causing issues for the Glory defence in the first half. Twice in the space of three minutes Bojic marauded down the right having been spotted by the elegant Dutch defender, however, the end product didn’t quite match the lead-up play as Central Coast failed to trouble the Glory goal. The Mariners’ best chance to regain the lead in the match came in the 38th minute. Joshua Rose and Mile Sterjovski combined well down the left, with the latter

sliding a pass to McBreen in space. The A-League’s leading goal-getter struck his shot at the first attempt, however, miscued his effort, sending the ball well over Vukovic’s bar. Smeltz hasn’t had his best season in Australia’s top flight, however, the New Zealand international was always a handful and he proved why he was so highly rated 20 minutes after the interval. Joshua Risdon, who a minute earlier cannoned a long range shot off the crossbar, floated in an inchperfect cross which Smeltz met with purpose. Ryan got a hand to Smeltz’s header, but couldn’t manage to keep the former Gold Coast United man’s effort out. Mariners’ boss Arnold changed some of his personnel and his tactics with the clock winding down, however, a determined Glory team restricted Central Coast to only a series of half-chances to level proceedings after Smeltz’s 64th minute goal. Ultimately, it wasn’t to be Central Coast’s day as Arnold’s men fell to their third defeat of the 2012-13 Hyundai A-League season. Central Coast Mariners return to Gosford’s Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday, February 23, for Hyundai A-League round 22. The challenge of Melbourne Victory at the Mariners’ idyllic bayside arena awaits, and also

marks the start of an important seven days for the club. Home clashes against Suwon Bluewings (Wednesday, February 27) and Western Sydney Wanderers (Saturday, March 2) feature within the space of a week in Gosford. Perth Glory 2 (Dodd 27’, Smeltz 64’) Central Coast Mariners 1 (Ibini 13’) NIB Stadium, Perth Perth Glory: 1. Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk), 5. Steve PANTELIDIS, 6. Nick WARD, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Liam MILLER, 13. Travis DODD (c), 14. Steven MCGARRY, 17. Chris HAROLD (12. Ryo NAGAI 59’), 19. Joshua RISDON, 23. Michael THWAITE Substitutes not used: 2. Jack CLISBY, 15. Brandon O’NEILL, 30. Lewis ITALIANO (Gk) Yellow cards: Smeltz Red cards: Nil Central Coast Mariners: 1. Mathew RYAN (Gk), 2. Daniel MCBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 7. John HUTCHINSON (c), 9. Bernie IBINI (29. Nick FITZGERALD 68’), 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY, 16. Trent SAINSBURY, 18. Nick MONTGOMERY (5. Zac ANDERSON 71’), 21. Mile STERJOVSKI (19. Mitchell DUKE 55’) Substitutes not used: 20. Justin PASFIELD (Gk) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil Referee: Jarred Gillett Crowd: 5,909

February 21, 2013 - GRANDSTAND - P4


Kick off for CountryNet Cup he 2013 CountryNet Cup kicked off on the weekend of February 16 and 17 at Bloodtree Oval in Mangrove Mountain with 20 clubs competing in two men’s and one women’s division.


The competition is played on a round-robin basis with five men’s and four women’s pools each playing three rounds followed by quarter finals and semi-finals culminating in the three finals on Sunday, March 17. With Pluim Park in the latter stages of a $3 million upgrade, matches will be shared between Budgewoi Football Club, Bloodtree Oval and Killarney Athletics Field with the finals to be played at Mingara Sports Field. The Cup is open to teams from both the CountryNet Football League (formerly Men’s Premier League) and the Division One competitions with each pool having two teams from each division, with the exception

of the three-team Pool E. For the second year the Men’s Cup includes Reserve Grade. Despite fielding a newlook team, defending premiers Wyoming were too good for Killarney District in their grand final re-match winning 3-1. Wyoming took the lead in the 15th minute through Daniel Surridge and doubled it later in the half with 17 year old Ryan Frame scoring on debut for the club. Killarney fought back strongly in the second half and were rewarded when Chris Knight scored, however, Wyoming sealed the match with five minutes to play when grand final hero, Michael Payne earned and converted a penalty. Defending premiers Berkeley Vale, under new coach Rob Goldie, were too good for their First Division opponents Toukley-Gorokan winning 3-0 with goals to Troy Mumford (25m), Mitchell Pont (60m – penalty and Brenton Olzomer (70m). Goldie has stepped up from the Reserve Grade coaching role to replace the

multiple title winner Stuart Davis who has taken over as coach of Central Coast Mariners Academy U18 team. Newly-promoted Gosford City caused a minor upset by defeating Umina 1-0 with Marc Tarring scoring against his former club. It was a bittersweet result for new Gosford coach, Barry Cole, a longterm player, coach and administrator with Umina over many years. Both Avoca and Budgewoi went into their match also with new coaches, Tony Gerasimou (Avoca) and Mick Gavin (Budgewoi). Budgewoi took the lead in the first half with Avoca equalising midway through the second half through Daniel Dickinson for a 1-1 draw. A 70th minute goal to Daniel McBrien was enough to give East Gosford a 1-0 win over Kanwal. East Gosford are again coached by Brett Margin while ex-Mariners player, Brad Porter, takes over from Ian Brogan at Kanwal. In the four matches

between Division One teams, Tuggerah United made an impressive start with a 6-2 win over Ourimbah in their local derby.

Both relegated clubs, The Entrance and Doyalson were beaten, The Entrance going down 2-1 to Wyong and Doyalson beaten 2-0 by

by Alistair Kennedy

Woy Woy. In the final Southern-Ettalong Kariong played scoreless draw.

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First football school in Australia by Paul Chapman

ustralia’s first d e d i c a t e d football school officially opened its doors on Monday, February 4, and already parents are reporting a positive change in their children, according to the school’s founder Mr Paul Chapman.


Seventy-five students have enrolled at the International Football School in classes five through to 10. The independent coed school, located at Mt Penang, is the first in this country to combine elite football coaching with a

ground-breaking approach to teaching in the form of project-based learning. Every day, students take part in two hours of football development with some of Australia’s best coaches. In the classroom, instead of traditional teaching methods, students work in small groups exploring realworld issues and developing cross-curriculum skills. “Parents are telling me about the immediate positive changes they are seeing in their kids,” said principal Ms Laura Roberts. “For the first time, they actually want to go school.” Mr Chapman said that creating a respectful, supportive environment was

a major focus for the school. “We’re really excited to be presenting the curriculum in a form that engages, motivates and challenges the students while at the same time fulfilling their passion for football.


“With the likes of exMatildas Julie Dolan and Joey Peters and ex-Mariners Andre Gumrecht and Brad Porter on board we’re offering an unparalleled opportunity to develop technically masterful

players,” Chapman said. “But football is only part of the package; we’re all about developing the whole.” Good nutrition is another focus of the school. “Fresh, healthy, wellbalanced lunches are

included in the school fees, with everyone coming together to eat in the dining room. “It’s a great community atmosphere. “The kids feel like they’re on camp every day.”

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P3 - GRANDSTAND - February 21, 2013

Four from World champion at Somersby Tuggerah win junior speedway meeting judo medals by David Smith

he Central Coast Junior Motor Cycle Club will honour its most famous graduate by staging a special junior speedway meeting at Somersby on Saturday, March 2.


The 2012 World Speedway champion Chris Holder will present the trophies to the placegetters in the Redloh Cup which is expected to attract some of the nation’s best young talents. Junior speedway is available for youngsters once they turn nine years of age and they can follow that path until they turn 16 and move in to the senior ranks. That was the path that Chris Holder followed, after having started out in junior dirt track racing he entered junior speedway as an 11 year old. Soon after his 25th birthday, Holder was world champion.

Just hours after Holder wrapped up the World Championship back in October, the NSW Junior Championship was staged at Somersby and the winner, Ben Cook, was quick acknowledge Holder’s feat. Cook said he knew that

he and others were on the same path with the same foundation to their careers that proved so fruitful for Holder. The format for the March 2 meeting will see gates open at 10am with racing from 11am with the Redloh

Cup as well as junior sidecar racing. Proceedings will wrap up around 2:30pm to allow Holder to get to Kurri Kurri to compete in the Johnnie Hoskins Trophy meeting that night.

Ben Cook leads Denny Cox (red) and Boyd Hollis (white) in the NSW U16 Speedway Championship

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ido-Mingara Judo Academy in Tuggerah had four competitors return from the second State Team Selection trials this year with a medal.


Daniel Villani claimed gold in the U12 event which Caroline Hain took out the U18 Cadet event. Elyshia Jackson received silver in the junior women U20 event and Kassia Naidoo achieved silver in the U14 event. The group used the trials as the final local preparation for a series of events including the ACT International Open, Queensland International Open and the National Titles to be held in the Illawarra in June. Daniel Villani was focused on his game plan and didn’t make a wrong move. He was dominating the division with a great display of combinations. All six bouts were won by

full point ippon wins and his first claim to the state title. Caroline Hain secured gold in her U48kg division by defeating her opponent with a series of outside uchimata attacks. This version of the hip throw was a new addition to her arsenal of throws. The coaches said they were pleased to see it ready at for competition use in the upcoming series of events. Elyshia Jackson reentered the competition after a two year break, and showed she had forgotten little by working herself through the rounds with strong Koshi guruma (high grip hip) throw to a silver medal. Kassia Naidoo was in good form winning all but one of her 44kg division bouts. On her way to the silver medal, she used a variety of feints and combinations including, for the first time, ashi waza (foot sweeps).

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February 21, 2013 - GRANDSTAND - P2

Kelly wins mountain bike state series rad Kelly from Watanobbi is the first winner of the FLOW Rollercoaster AllMountain State Series, which premiered at Ourimbah Mountain Bike (MTB) Park on the weekend of Saturday, February 2.


More than 130 mountain bikers came to race the new series, which was hosted by local event organiser Rocky Trail Entertainment and the Central Coast Ourimbah MTB Club.

As one of the track builders at Ourimbah, 35 year old Brad Kelly was one of the main contestants on the technically challenging track. It took less than eight minutes for the seasoned downhill mountain bike racer to claim the first win in the three-race series. Kelly competed against Australian and internationally acclaimed downhill champion, Michael Ronning, who had flown in from Queensland as well as cross-country rider Jon Odams and his racing team from Sydney. Odams took out the second placing with


Mike Rabbitt awarded OAM

by Central Coast Academy of Sport Media

by Bicycling Australia Media

entral Coast Academy of Sport board member Mr Mike Rabbitt was awarded an Order of Australia Medal at the recent Australia Day Awards.

Ronning coming in third in the Elite Men’s field. “To attract such a highprofile field of racers to our first round is fantastic and I think now we have put the new allmountain racing concept on the map for Australian mountain bikers,” said FLOW organiser Mr Martin Wisata. “With its combination of technical downhill and challenging cross-country trail sections, all-mountain or enduro racing, as it is called in Europe and Northern America, will attract a wide range of mountain bikers.”

“Mike Rabbitt is a founding board member of the Central Coast Academy of Sport and his influence within his specific directorship of marketing and promotion has been outstanding for the business from day one,” said the Academy’s managing director Mr Ian Robilliard. Mike is well known for his sports presenting on the evening news of NBN Television, a position he has held for over 20 years. Mr Robilliard, who has known Rabbitt for over 30 years, said “Mike Rabbitt is an unsung hero of Australian sport, specifically that in regional NSW where he is a regular supporter, often the MC or special guest.” “I can’t recall anytime


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where he has asked to be paid, he gives his time over and over, he is so generous with his time it is staggering. “The award of OAM for Mike is really fantastic recognition for all he has done over many years of volunteer work.

“I take my hat off to Mike, he epitomizes what volunteering is about and along with my fellow board members are delighted that he has been recognised for everything he does,” said Mr Robilliard.

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February 21, 2013

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Wyong Roos have their first big test he Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup squad had its first hit out on Saturday, February 9, at the Morry Breen Complex in Kanwal against the North Sydney Bears.


A crowd of around 700 reflected the interest that the Roos’ move to the competition has generated. Played over four 20 minute quarters, the competition was the maiden opportunity for head coach Paul Stringer and assistant coach Matt Orford to run the ruler over the playing roster under match conditions. The Bears, coached by Wyong premiership winning centre Wayne Lambkin, finished the 2012 home and away season in second position. While they were missing many of their players from last season, the Bears still fielded a useful outfit that was more than capable of testing the Roos both with and without the ball. Trying to manage expectations prior to the match, String said: “One thing I asked the boys to remember is that we will only get better from here.” The Roos started well with an early try to fullback Grant Nelson, who had chased down dummy half Mitch Williams’ kick into the

in goal area. Jay Florimo, (playing against the club where his father, Greg Florimo, is an institution) set up the next try for Kieren Gallagher, when he deftly kicked the ball into open space behind the fast

moving Bears’ defensive line. The Roos had controlled possession well until Bears winger Curtis Johnson crashed over in the corner. Paul Loelisi then crossed the line for the Roos.

Jay Florimo chipped and regathered, with the ball then passing through several sets of hands to overwhelm a scrambling Bears’ defence. The Roos led at the first two breaks.

The Bears had assumed a narrow lead at three quarter time, but ultimately the weight of possession in favour of the Bears proved the telling factor, with the visitors running out winners 32 – 16.

by Matt Lavin

Curtis Johnson finished with four tries for the Bears, who will again be a force this year when the majority of their first choice players return from Rabbitoh duties. String’s assessment was succinct. “Our completion was 95% early. “It dropped to 57%. “We had 18 errors in possession.” The team displayed real commitment in defence, repeatedly holding out a bigger North Sydney pack which dominated field position in the later stages on the back of a wealth of possession. Despite it being a physical encounter, the Roos kept turning up for each other, and did not back away from the contest. When the Roos played through their sets, slick ruck play caused problems for the Bears’ defence. Jay Florimo kicked well early, ensured the outside backs received quick ball in good position, and hit hard in defence. After shifting to fullback, Keiren Gallagher provided a lesson in positional play and courage, repeatedly retrieving kicked ball from the in goal, and returning it into the teeth of the Bears’ defence.

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