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February 9, 2012

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Poole wins Speedway Championship

Ray Sandell awarded OAM

Courtesy of Peninsula News

by Adrian Bey

illarney Vale resident Ray Sandell was awarded an Australia Day Order of Australia Medal for his service to the sport of football as an administrator and referee.

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He was the Football Referees Australia (FRA) vice-presidentfor two years, NSW State League FRA; president for four years, became a life member in 1984 and has been a member since 1968. He was the chairman and a member of the Football NSW Disciplinary Committee from 1982-1994, chairman and a member of the General Purpose Tribunal from 1984-1994 and a member of the Appeals Board from 19861994. He was a member of the Football Australia International Match Committee from 19861994, a referees’ laison officer, for the Federation Internationale de Football Association at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the World Youth Cup in 1981 and 1993 and an Honorary Referee in 1993. He was also a referees

appointment officer for the NSW Soccer Federation from 1987-1994, a programs assistant and website manager for the Central Coast Mariners, Central Coast Academy of Sport since 2004, a volunteer since 2004, chairman and director of the Central Coast Coasties Soccer Club in the mid 1990s and a member of the executive committee of the Parramatta Cricket Association in 1965-1985 and a Life Member since 1978. Mr Sandell said he was “astounded” when he received he letter late in December. “I had received a letter in September saying that I had been nominated but never expected to be awarded the Medal,” he said. “I have no idea who nominated me; I can only presume that it was somebody involved with football and other sports, which narrows it down to many people,” he said. Mr Sandell is still volunteering for a number of organisations on the Central Coast, such as the Central Coast Academy of Sport, Central Coast Mariners, Central Coast Chapter of Men of Football, and the Donnica Clarke Foundation.

Taylor Poole, Australian U21 Speedway Champion Photo: David Lamont

mina speedway competitor Taylor Poole won this year’s Australian Under-21 Speedway Championship in Kurri Kurri on Saturday, January 28.

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Taylor finished the first heat in second place behind old rival Alex Davies, who had the early lead. He went too wide at the end of lap two, which left him in second place. The second heat was a

come-from-behind win, with Mason Campton leading for the first lap. At the beginning of the second lap, Campton took the wide line out of the turn and Taylor zipped underneath to take the lead and hold on for the win. The third heat was a hard fought win against Justin Sedgman, who would not give up, but Taylor was steady and opened a little gap late in the race. In the fourth heat, Taylor swept around the outside from gate four to lead all the

way for another win. The fifth heat saw Taylor shuffled back to third behind Sam Masters and Todd Kurts. By the second lap, he had made it to second place but could not make up the gap to Masters. Taylor was joined in the final by Masters, Davies and B Final winner Sedgman. First corner jostling between Masters and Davies allowed Taylor to take the lead. Sedgman moved into third then flew inside

Masters at the start of the second lap. Down they went and Masters was excluded. On the restart, Taylor was in third. He passed Davies for a second at the end of the back straight, went high then cut back in and rocketed by Sedgman out of the fourth turn to take the lead. As in an earlier heat, Sedgman pushed and pushed but Taylor kept the lead to win the biggest title so far in his speedway career.

Lynch in Olympic contention

by Warwick Whitmore

att Lynch has come from obscurity and bolted into contention for an Olympic berth in London for the Australian men’s 4 x 400m relay team.

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Ray Sandell OAM Photo: Naomi Bridges

Just a few weeks ago, Lynch was still searching for a sub 47 second 400m run in order to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic selection trials to be held in Melbourne in early March.

The Central Coast Academy of Sport athletics coach has now well and truly satisfied the Athletics Australia entry standards after back-to-back sub 46.50 second 400m times. At last week’s Hunter Track Classic, held at the Hunter Sports Centre in Glendale, Lynch defended his 2011 400m title and blitzed the field to win by over a second and post a new personal best time of 46.45 seconds.

Lynch’s impressive time earned him a lane at the Adelaide Track Classic and, he didn’t disappoint, running another sub 47 second race (46.48) to cross the line in second place behind 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Ben Offereins (46.16). In doing so, Lynch edged out Sean Wroe (46.69), an Olympic and Commonwealth Games representative and also his fellow Central Coast Academy of Sport training

partner Kevin Moore (46.86). It was certainly a highly competitive field, as the top five place getters all finished within one second of each other. Lynch is now well and truly in the mix for a spot on the Australian 4 x 400m Olympic relay team, who in the past decade have won an Olympic Silver medal (Athens 2004) and two Commonwealth Games Gold medals (Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010).


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February 9, 2012 - GRANDSTAND - P3

Peninsula Touch in five grand finals

Travis breaks long standing records

by Nicole Steed

eninsula Junior Touch Football representative teams travelled to Nelson Bay on the weekend of February 4 and 5 to play in the Peter Wilson Memorial Championships

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Nine teams represented the club and five made it through to the grand finals in their age divisions. The U14 boys won their grand final against

Beresfield 2-1, and Jack Steed was named best player. The U18 boys and girls played Newcastle in their grand finals and were named runners up after a drop off. The U18 boy’s were runners up with only seven players all weekend and playing in the heat what a great effort. The U16 boy’s were runners up and went down to Nelson Bay 4-1. The U12 boys’ were

runners up and were undefeated leading up to grand final but lost to Newcastle. The U16 girls, U12 girls and U10 boys all made the semis but the U14 girls just missed out. “To all our payers, the way you all represented our club and yourselves you should be extremely proud of yourselves as we All could not be prouder of you all,” said Peninsula Junuior Touch secretary Ms Nicole Steed.

Budgewoi runs after-school sports udgewoi Public School is again running the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.

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The program will run each Monday and Wednesday

afternoon for seven weeks beginning on February 13 and is for students in Years 3 to 6. The AASC program provides free quality and structured physical activity, including sport, after school. During Term 1, students will be participating in lawn bowls at Halekulani Bowling

by Kerry Moore

club and a martial arts program will be delivered by an outside provider on Wednesday afternoons in the school hall. The program supports less active children who would not normally be involved in physical activity outside of school time.

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ormer Central Coast Academy of Sport Future Stars athlete Travis Smedley recently won two gold medals at the NSW Junior State Track Titles and broke two fifteen year old records in the process.

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The Berkley Vale cyclist, who began cycling in 2004 at the age of eight, broke the Australian records for the U17’s 500m Time Trial and the 200m Flying Sprint, a feat made even more amazing when considering Travis is only fifteen years old. Travis’ 500m Time Trial time of 33.530sec beat the old record, held by Australian cycling icon Ben Kersten, by 0.231sec. Kersten set the old record in 1997, before going on to win 30 Australian Track titles, three Junior World Championships, setting two Junior World Records, being selected for the 2004 Athens Olympics and being twice

Travis Smedley

named Australian Male Track Cyclist of the Year. Smedley’s defeat of the old 200m Flying Sprint Australian Record was a lot closer, shaving just 0.033sec off the record time held by Scott Law since 1997. Travis is a current NSW Institute of Sport athlete, and it would seem as though

he is following in his father’s footsteps. Brian Smedley held the Australian record for the 500m Time Trial from 1981– 1996 and now coaches his son Travis in partnership with Masters World Champion and Assistant NSWIS coach David Willmont.

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P4 - GRANDSTAND - February 9, 2012

Riders show off despite bad weather

Sherriff is bowler of the year for the 7th time by Bob Bourke

by Gosford Council Media

ttalong Bowling Club’s World Number 5 ranked bowler Aron Sherriff was named Bowls Central Coast Bowler of the Year for 2011.

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espite some gloomy weather on Saturday, January 21, the 2012 Bad Boy Summer Sesh Skate, Scooter and BMX Competition was run and won at Narara Skatepark.

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Intermittent rain was not enough to deter riders from the Central Coast, Sydney and Hunter from showing off their best moves and putting on a great show for spectators. The event is growing as one of the largest Skate, Scooter and BMX competitions on the Central Coast and is open to all ages from U7s to Opens for both males and females of all abilities. Strong competition was shown in all ten categories causing some tough decisions for the judges. Michael (Rooey) Booth won the Open BMX event while Knox Hayter won the U17s BMX event. Both boys are sponsored by Hype Classics, an up and coming clothing brand established by 22-year-old Rob Bray, of Niagara Park

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and 21-year-old Mat Melon of Ourimbah. Melon said the two Hype Classics sponsored riders coming first in the BMX divisions was a great coup for Hype. “It will help promote our local brand very positively on the Central Coast and encourage all the young up and coming BMX, skate and scooter riders that look up to them.” Other results from the day included Jason Vandersmaght in the Open Skate and Mitchell Ritcher in the Open Scooter. Gosford Council’s coordinator of active open

space Ms Karen Tucker said that organisers and sponsors were happy with the attendance despite the unfavourable weather conditions. “Competitors toughed out the poor weather and put on great performances and really enjoyed themselves. “The standard of competition was fantastic. “Riders gave judges the difficult task of picking a winner in each of our categories. “Aside from the excitement of the age contested competitions, the food, market stalls, music, jumping castle, giant slide,

temporary tattoos and face painting created a fabulous atmosphere”, said Ms Tucker. Presented for the second year by Gosford City Council, Bad Boy, Bikecology Central and supported by Star 104.5, there was a large prize pool of cash, products and giveaways for competitors in all categories. The event also saw many awards of encouragement given to competitors for their efforts. The Bad Boy Summer Sesh is an annual event with planning already underway for the 2013 January event.

The award was presented at a presentation night held on January 19 at The Bay Sports Club and, in doing so, took Sherriff’s total wins to a record breaking seven times for this award in the twenty years since its inception. As part of the points score system that goes towards deciding the Bowler of the Year, Aron also created Bowls Central Coast history by becoming the first bowler to win all four Zone 15 Championships in Singles, Pairs (with Tony Laguzza), Triples (with John Roberts and Harley McDonald) and Fours (with John Roberts, Lee Trethowan and Harley McDonald) in the one year. When presented with his award, Aron was asked by Bowls Central Coast president Kevin Dring to share some of his experiences competing on overseas bowling greens

with the audience and declared: “Some of them, including Hong Kong, were running at about eight seconds and it was like trying to bowl in my backyard, you had to almost drive to make it to the Jack!” “It’s always good to come back to Australia after competing overseas and play on what I think are the best greens in the world”. On the night, Aron was presented with the Wal Rainbow Perpetual Shield for Bowler of the Year, a silver plate for achieving the Grand Slam and an engraved glass tankard for being selected in the Australian and NSW State Sides. Other awards presented on the night went to Harley McDonald (Ettalong) for Runner Up Bowler of the Year, Alan Rogers (Ettalong) for winner of Senior Singles and Senior Pairs, Brian Burrows (Umina) for winner of Veterans Singles and Veterans Pairs, Lee Trethowan (Ettalong) for Selection in NSW Reserves Side and John Roberts (Ettalong) for Selection in NSW Senior Side.

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February 9, 2012 - GRANDSTAND - P5

Mariners

Mariners’ winning streak ends

by Liam Howitt

risbane Roar has become the first side to defeat the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium since Week 3, winning their Week 18 Hyundai A-League fixture 2-nil on Saturday, February 4.

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What has become the league’s most compelling rivalry over the last 18 months offered the fans a high-class display of football defying the energy-sapping temperatures. Coach Graham Arnold was forced to make several changes to the team that last took to the field against Adelaide United a fortnight ago. Mat Ryan, Mustafa Amini and Oliver Bozanic were all unavailable due to Australian U23 commitments and John Hutchinson was suspended after accruing his fifth yellow of the campaign. Justin Pasfield, Adrian Pellegrino and Tomas Rogic came into the match day squad. With the knowledge that his immediate playing future is sorted, Bernie Ibini looked threatening early as he turned the Brisbane defence inside out with a probing run. However, it was only a brief stand by the home side, as the Roar wrestled back both momentum and the lead. Erik Paartalu was on hand to blast home the opening goal on five minutes after some good lead up play by a former Mariner in Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was proving a handful every time he touched the ball and it was an intriguing battle between Pedj Bojic and the youngster

as they both battled for superiority. It wasn’t until the 13th minute that the home side were able to manufacture their first chance of the afternoon. Good vision from Adriano Pellegrino in midfield released Ibini who in turn found Troy Hearfield. Unfortunately for the marksman, his resulting header went wide of the goal. Hearfield didn’t have to wait long for another chance, as the home side displayed the sort of form that took them to the summit of the Hyundai A-League table. Daniel McBreen picked out Hearfield with a lovely weighted through-ball after a quarter of an hour but, under pressure from the Brisbane defence, he squeezed his shot wide. The visitors had the chance to double their lead in the 17th minute when the ball bobbled on the turf past Justin Pasfield’s outstretched hand. Some scrambling defence saw the ball cleared but only as far as Thomas Broich. The German responded by immediately unleashing a powerful drive from over 30 yards which cannoned off the cross-bar. Far from worrying about the near-miss, the Mariners set about counter-attacking and sheer speed suddenly saw McBreen have a chance at the other end of the park but he was unable to steer his header past Michael Theoklitos. Brisbane thought they had doubled their lead through Besart Berisha in the 27th minute only to be called back after Fitzgerald was ruled to have strayed into an offside position. The decision triggered a period of resurgence for the

home side. Despite being behind on the scoreboard, the hosts were far from outplayed, as the match was one of highest quality, as battles between the two combatants have traditionally been over the last eighteen months. Hearfield went within a glove width of pulling back an equaliser after he unleashed a curling shot that Theoklitos parried away. A turn-over on halfway and some quick reflexes by McBreen saw the Mariners turn a promising attack into a 3-on-1 situation but some outstanding defensive composure from Bahrani international Mohamed Adnan thwarted Hearfield. Inspired by the defensive effort, Brisbane went the length of the field seconds later and netted their second goal of the evening. Massimo Murdocca and Broich combined with sublime touches of skill to set up Berisha who made no mistake with his opportunity. Down 2-nil at halftime, Graham Arnold clearly reinforced the importance of maintaining possession to his charges as they played a much more controlled tempo to begin the second half. Their first real chance to pull a goal back came from Alex Wilkinson. The skipper was determined to lead from the front and, in the 64th minute, he headed across the face of goal. Despite his best efforts Ibini couldn’t quite make it to the bouncing ball and it was cleared harmlessly away by the Brisbane defence. Pellegrino was the next Mariner to try his luck, but unfortunately for the midfielder, his shot cannoned into the side netting. Despite holding a

significant possession advantage over the Roar it was turning into that sort of match where the home side just couldn’t buy a goal. Some good lead-up play from Tomas Rogic released Bojic with ten minutes to play but his shot was well held by Theoklitos. Bojic repaid the favour to the talented youngster as the match wound down but Rogic’s shot was off-target. Brisbane had one final opportunity to finish off the Mariners, and ensure that their outstanding record in Gosford would remain intact, but some excellent keeping from Pasfield denied Fitzgerald as he pushed the ball away from the goal line. The Mariners winning streak may have come to an end, but they were not outplayed in any sense of the word. Graham Arnold’s charges can now enjoy a brief respite before switching their attention to Melbourne Victory, a match that looms as vitally important as the Hyundai A-League regular season winds down. Arnold was upbeat after the match, again praising his players for their effort and desire. “As I said to the boys after the game, it’s their first loss in 16 games and they’ve been fantastic,” Arnold said. “You’ve got to lose at some time, we only fell 2 short of Brisbane but that’s okay. “So it’s one game, the boys have been fantastic”. “With a bit of luck we could have got on the score sheet at 2-1 and then it might have been a much more different game then. “But overall, again I was extremely proud. “We got on with it and we look forward to next week.”

Arnold also praised Roar’s German attacking ace Thomas Broich, a player he feels can make the difference to any football match. “Today, I thought he (Broich) controlled the show again for them. “He was the difference. “I’ve said it all along from day one that Brisbane was the team to beat again.”

atch Details

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Central Coast Mariners 0 Brisbane Roar 2 (Paartalu 5’, Berisha 38’) Central Coast Mariners: 20. Justin PASFIELD (GK), 2. Daniel McBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (16. Trent SAINSBURY 82’), 9. Bernie IBINI, 10. Adriano PELLEGRINO (17. Tomas ROGIC 66’), 12. Troy HEARFIELD (23. Adam KWASNIK 46’), 14. Michael McGLINCHEY, 18. Alex WILKINSON (C)

Subs not Used: 31. Brody CRANE (GK) Yellow Cards: Pellegrino 13’, McBreen 35’, Zwaanswijk 44’, Bojic 75’, Sainsbury 88’ Red Cards: None Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (GK), 2. Matthew SMITH (C), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRAJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 10. HENRIQUE (21. James MEYER 61’), 16. Mohamed ADNAN, 22. Thomas BROICH, 24. Nick FITZGERALD (25. George LAMBADARIDIS 82’) Subs not Used: 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 12. Matthew MUNDY Yellow Cards: None Red Cards: None Referee: Kris GRIFFITHSJONES Crowd: 10, 217 at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford

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P6 - GRANDSTAND - February 9, 2012

Ibini signs contract with Mariners entral Coast Mariners have confirmed that attacker Bernie Ibini has signed a new two-season contract with the club, despite being scouted by some of their rivals.

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Ibini said that he was pleased to extend his stay with the club that gave him his first opportunity in professional football. “They’ve [the Central Coast Mariners] been my first professional club and they’ve been really good to me so far,” said Ibini. “Hopefully, I can continue to do well for the seasons that I’ve signed.” Rewarded with promotion to the Yellow and Navy’s Hyundai A-League squad having finished the 2010-11 NYL season as top scorer with 12 goals, Ibini added that he felt the guidance of former Qantas Socceroos striker and mentor Graham Arnold had been invaluable to his development.

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“He’s [Arnold] already taught me a lot about my heading, because he was a good header of the ball back in his day,” said Ibini. “He’s taught me a lot with my runs off the ball and stuff like that, so he’s been really good for me so far.” Arnold welcomed the

confirmation of Ibini’s retention for a further two Hyundai A-League campaigns, however, emphasised that the striker still has work to do before he reaches his full potential. “One thing that we tried to work on was getting our young boys re-signed

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and after Trent Sainsbury getting Bernie Ibini signed so quickly is fantastic for the Club,” said Arnold. “Now he can just concentrate on football. “Bernie’s shown at the end of last season and this season the talent that he’s got, but he’s just got to get stronger and got to spend more minutes on the field playing every week against grown men. “It’s a great experience for him with the ACL coming up and that’s going to develop him even more.” Central Coast Mariners chairman Mr Peter Turnbull said: “It’s one thing to continually be the Club that develops high quality, young Australian talent, but being able to sign them to extended contracts as first team regulars is another.” “This is a great coup for the Central Coast Mariners and we look forward to seeing Bernie’s progression over the next two seasons.” Ibini’s re-signing adds to the Mariners’ recent retention of left full back Joshua Rose and defender Trent Sainsbury. Striker Mitchell Duke, midfielder Anthony Caceres and right side utility James Oates were also recently promoted to the Central Coast Mariners Hyundai A-League 2012/13 squad.

Ryan nominated for Young Footballer of the Year by Ben O’Neill

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aving been voted as the most outstanding U21 player for the month of January, Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mat Ryan has joined teammates Bernie Ibini and Mustafa Amini as nominees for the 2011-12 NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.

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Ryan kept three clean sheets in January, including wins over Melbourne Heart, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory. Ryan won the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award last Hyundai A-League season for his debut campaign between the posts for the Central

Coast Mariners. This season, Ryan will again be in contention and will aim to be the first player to win the award in consecutive seasons. Ryan is currently in Dubai with the Qantas Australian U23 team preparing for their Olympic qualifier matches this month. The overall winner will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services, and the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award. To aid the development of future football stars, NAB have donated a $3000 equipment pack that will go to Ryan’s chosen junior football institution, Westfield Sports High.

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February 9, 2012 - GRANDSTAND - P7

Amini makes Olyroos

Mariner girls lose out to Sydney Uni

by Ben O’Neill

reative Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mustafa Amini was added to the Qantas Australian U23s squad on Friday, January 27, for London 2012 Olympic qualifiers against Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Initially placed on standby, Amini entered the squad after Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis failed to convince the Australian coaching staff he was fully fit to participate in the crucial qualification matches to be held in February. Amini departed Australia with his Qantas Australian U23 teammates on Sunday,

Mariners

by Val Bridge

January 29, for a pre-match camp in the UAE before he headed to Tashkent to face Uzbekistan on Sunday, February 5. Amini, along with Mariners teammates Oliver Bozanic and Mathew Ryan, will return to the UAE for a friendly match against the Philippines senior national team at the Zabeel Stadium, Dubai on Thursday, February 16. The trio will then aim to help Australia’s quest for qualification to the London Games when they face UAE at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, February22. Amini’s selection in the squad means that fellow standby player Bernie Ibini will remain with the Central Coast Mariners.

Mariners reserve grade keeper cannot stop Sydney Uni's strike on goal, giving the visitors the lead at the break. Photo: ValsPix

Wilkinson remains P with Mariners by Ben O’Neill

entral Coast M a r i n e r s Football Club can confirm that no offer has been received for captain Alex Wilkinson from any Club.

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Recent media speculation has linked Wilkinson with a move to the Chinese Super League, however, the

Mariners are not involved in any discussions with any Club about a future transfer. As the most capped Central Coast player of all-time and one of the Hyundai A-League’s leading defenders, Wilkinson remains an integral member of the Mariners squad and plans both on and off the football pitch.

layed last Sunday, February 5, in sweltering conditions at Pluim Park, the encounter between the Central Coast Mariners Academy and Sydney University was nothing but a one sided affair.

Although the games were trials for both outfits, Sydney Uni must have come away thinking their girls were in shape for the coming Premier League season. On the other hand, the Central Coast Mariners first and reserve grade needed to take a close look at their program for this season and

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P8 - GRANDSTAND - February 9, 2012

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New Central Coast Mariners striker John Sutton has arrived.

by Ben O’Neill

he on-loan Heart of Midlothian marksman linked with his new teammates for the first time on Wednesday morning at Pluim Park, Lisarow, having only arrived in the country late on Tuesday evening.

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Chauffeured by the club back to his temporary residence in Terrigal after a long flight from Glasgow via Dubai, Sutton addressed the media following a light run with Graham Arnold’s team. Indeed, Sutton told the interested gallery that his families’ first impression of the Central Coast region was a positive one. “It’s a beautiful area, I think that was our first impression,” Sutton said. “Coming into the club this morning there’s certainly a lot of good players here and it’s a very well run club, so (I am) just looking forward to getting

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started here properly.” Sutton had a light jog on the Pluim Park surface and will not be available for Friday night’s important clash against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, however, Mariners’ boss Graham Arnold said the striker had already impressed him with his professional attitude. “As soon as he got in last night I met him at 1am at the Crowne Plaza to welcome

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him and he was already talking about training today and wanting to get on the field as quickly as possible, and that’s a great attitude for a coach to see,” Arnold said. At ease with the media, Sutton spoke of his personal desire to contribute strongly to the club throughout his initial four-month stay, and become a cog in the Mariners’ unit. “I got the phone call from Central Coast and I spoke to the manager here, Graham (Arnold), and it didn’t take long for him to persuade us to come down,” Sutton said. “There’s obviously a lot to look forward to with the playoffs and the Champions League, he was very enthusiastic and it didn’t take long for him to persuade us to come over.” “All I am going to do it try and keep going with what they boys have done already, they’re top of the league and have done really well. “Hopefully I can be part of something special that goes on and does well in the playoffs and the Champions League. “The focus is on trying to win something here.” While Graham Arnold described Sutton as “a striker that plays with his back to goal” and elaborated about his strength in the penalty box, Sutton said he would prefer to let his performances on the pitch inform fans as to what type of player he is. “I’d rather get on the pitch and let them (the fans) decide for themselves but hopefully I am just going to be a cog in the unit that’s very successful which they have been so far,” he said. “Certainly there is a lot of big games between now and the end of the season … hopefully I’ll be in next weekend for the home game against Wellington.”

Olyroos to play in Gosford osford has secured the right to host an AFC Asian qualifier for the London 2012 Olympic Games when the Australian U23s play Iraq’s U23s on Wednesday, March14, at Bluetongue Stadium.

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“This is great news for the Central Coast and reflects the NSW Government’s desire to take international football to as many parts of the State as possible,” said Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein. “Pending the outcome of other London 2012 qualifiers during February in Australia’s group, the match against Iraq could be crucial to our hopes of London 2012 qualification.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting events in regional NSW as they play an important role in driving tourism and generating economic benefit for the State and local community.” Surrounding Central Coast MP’s, Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber and Member for The Entrance Mr Chris Spence joined Mr Holstein’s enthusiasm for the match. “Central Coast football fans will be keen to support the Australian U23s in large numbers on their qualification pathway to this year’s London Olympic Games,” said Mr Webber. Mr Spence said: “It is international events such as these which help place the Central Coast on the event destination map and as a great place to visit.”

by Chris Holstein

Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley was appreciative of the support from the NSW Government for this match and other football events within the state. “The support from the NSW Government for these Olympic Games qualification matches and the Socceroos’ 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers provides fans with fantastic opportunities for them to support our national teams at top quality stadiums. “The Central Coast area in particular has a great tradition of supporting our national teams when they have played at Central Coast Stadium and I’m sure that our upcoming match against Iraq will be no different,” concluded Buckley.

Mariners Youth defeat Roar

by Ben O’Neill

entral Coast Mariners have consolidated their place atop the National Youth League (NYL) standings with a 2-0 victory over Brisbane Roar in week 14 of the NYL played at Pluim Park, Lisarow on Friday, February 3.

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Mitchell Duke’s 34th minute goal gave the Mariners the lead before Duke scored once more with the last kick-off of the match. In a match flush with opportunities for both sides, it took just two minutes for the opening chance of the game, played on a sodden surface, to be created. Only Jason Geria’s lastditch challenge prevented Mariner Justin Hayward

from launching a strike on goal. Ten minutes later, former Mariners custodian Redmayne was forced into a flying save from Kwabena Appiah-Kubi, while soon after, Kofi Danning found Luke Brattan who fired just over the woodwork. On 17 minutes, Redmayne was forced into action again as Anthony Caceres sent a strong shot goalwards. But it was in the 34th minute that the Mariners breached the goal, ably guarded by Redmayne. Sensing an opportunity, Duke stole possession before showing his skills to slide the ball into the goal and give the Mariners the lead. After the break, Roar began to take charge of proceedings, controlling

large chunks of possession and forcing Central Coast shot stopper Dylan Mitchell into a number of sharp saves. At the other end, Justin Hayward’s shot on the angle whizzed past Redmayne, before Brad Porter’s rocket stung the palms of replacement Roar goalkeeper Matthew Acton. And while the Roar threw everything at the Mariners in the closing stages, it was Duke’s powerful drive from just inside the box, having been fed by Jordan Farina, that ultimately sealed Central Coast’s three points which could prove to be decisive in their bid to finish the National Youth League season as Champions. Central Coast Mariners 2 (Duke 34’, 90+4’) Brisbane Roar 0 Pluim Park, Lisarow

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February 9, 2012 - GRANDSTAND - P9

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Close match sees Coast win shield

Warrior Dash on this weekend

by Bruce Whitehouse

by Kendra Alley

for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the help of 2012 participants. Warrior Dash is also aligned with GreenSneakers, an organisation with a unique environmentally friendly fundraising opportunity. With the help of Warriors, 500,000 pounds of tennis shoes were donated and given a second chance at life in 2011. Last year more than half a million athletes selected Warrior Dash as an alternative to the classic 5km race. Participants can expect new extremes for 2012 as Warrior Dash returns with a vengeance, showing more innovative and exciting obstacles than ever before. The festival area will be the scene of even greater celebrations with more food, drinks and post-race activities.

Exhibition games at Bluetongue

by Tim McParlane

he 2012 season will be kicking off a lot sooner than planned for the Woy Woy Roosters Junior Rugby League Football Club U8s with 10 players playing three exhibition games at Blue Tongue Stadium on Saturday

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February 11. The boys will play against the Terrigal Sharks at the half time break of the National Youth Competition (NYC) game then the Toukley Hawks at full time of the NYC game and lastly against Ourimbah Magpies at half time of the NRL trial game between Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels. “It is a great opportunity for the boys from all three

clubs to play on the best rugby league oval in regional NSW,” said Woy Woy Junior Rugby League Club president Tim Mcparlane. “On top of that, they get the chance to watch some of their NRL favourites go around before the NRL competition proper begins, [so it’s] guaranteed to be an exciting night for all of them.”

he Central Coast Cricket team has won the Hughes Lilienthal Shield for the NSW Country Colts after defeating Southern in a gripping final.

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Batting first, Southern were dismissed for only 135 with Jordan O’Donnell doing the damage for the

Coast with 3-24 while Scott Burkinshaw and Colby Gallagher each grabbed two wickets. Duncan Maddinson was the best with the bat for the Cyclones with 36, while skipper Michael Coulter remained undefeated on 29. The Coast got away to a steady start but with the introduction of Nathan McAndrew into the attack for

the Cyclones, wickets began to fall as 3-74 became 5-94 with overs running out, McAndrew snared 3-31 from 16 overs. Eventually, the Coast snuck past the Cyclones score with six wickets down and three overs to spare. Central Coast’s Colby Gallagher was named player of the final with a solid 35, two wickets and a catch.

Coast cricketers selected for country team by Bruce Whitehouse

wo Central Coast cricket players have been selected in the Country Colts side to take on Sydney Colts at Blacktown International Sports Precinct on February 28 and 29.

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Jordan O’Donnell and Ben Sunshine were two of 12 players to be selected in the side. Two T20 matches will be played on February 28

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On the Water

P10 - GRANDSTAND - February 9, 2012

Terrigal lifesavers gain experience at Bondi

First board riders competition of the year by Verity Roser, courtesy Peninsula News by Arielle Bird

ronte Bagala and Kerrie Webb, both of Terrigal, travelled to Sydney on January, Saturday, 28 to participate in the Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaver Exchange program.

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On the day the group patrolled Bondi, there were over 20,000 people on the beach, a busy day on the beach at home for some of the visiting lifesavers was 200. “The Lifesaver Exchange Program was a great experience,” said Kerrie. “It has really broadened my perspective of Surf Life Saving and all of the work that goes on behind the scenes.” The Lifesaver Exchange Program provided an urban patrolling experience to young patrol captains from regional branches by rostering them on busy Sydney city patrols such as Bondi, Coogee and Maroubra over a long

mina Board riders Club will hold its first competition for the year on Sunday, February 19.

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The committee has decided to run the Opens division slightly differently this year with repechage style heats. The first and second place holders of round one

weekend. Through the exchange program, participants were also exposed to the different support services that the Sydney Branch had to offer, such as the Offshore Rescue Boat and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter. The program benefits the regional lifesavers by helping them to learn strategies and receive practical experience on how

Bronte Bagala and Kerrie Webb to manage high intensity patrolling situations that they may not traditionally be exposed to on their own beaches. In exchange, city patrol captains also get an opportunity to visit a country club for a weekend and mentor lifesavers and assist with implementation of new strategies and ideas. While the main aims

Narara swimming carnival a success of the program were to broaden the lifesaving experience of participants, promote the development of lifesaving skills and increase lifesaving standards across NSW, this program also acted as a fantastic way to reward young lifesavers who tirelessly volunteer many hours each season to keep the NSW public safe.

by Denis Weiss

arara Public School held its swimming carnival on return from the school holidays and according to coordinator Mr Denis Weiss, the day ran smoothly and students were extremely well behaved.

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It was wonderful to see so many parents at the

Daniel Smith named individual age champion entral Coast Grammar School Year 10 student Daniel Smith of Year 10 competed in a number of successful events on the beach and in the pool during the summer holidays.

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His first event was the

Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships held in Adelaide in early January. Daniel was part of the NSW Rep Team and won 10 gold, two silver and one bronze over the three day meet. Daniel was also named individual age champion in the U16s division and won the George F. Stacey

Memorial Trophy and the Men’s Junior Australian Cup. At the culmination of the carnival Daniel was selected into the Australian National Development Squad and will compete in Alice Springs later this year. Harry Brown, also of Year 10, achieved his Brown Belt in Karate late last year. Harry is now working towards his

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Braddish breaks U10s record

by Bill Low

Black Belt this year. Samantha Danckert of Year 11 was made a member of the NSW U18 girls Indoor Hockey team who won the National titles on 14th January this year. Sam has now been invited to join the NSW Institute of Sport Emerging Talent Squad program for 2012 for field hockey.

pool encouraging students to give their best,” said Mr Weiss. “Thanks also to those parents who assisted in an official capacity. “Overall, many of us would have felt proud to be associated with Narara Public School. “This was especially evident in the effort and determination shown by all swimmers, regardless of ability.”

by Richard Braddish

mina athlete L a c h l a n Braddish won the Cole Classic Swim at Manly Beach in the U10s age division on Sunday, February 5.

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February 9, 2012 - GRANDSTAND - P11

On The Water

Gosford dominate water polo

by Val Bridge

'Cruising Home' Cruize Walter attacks with speed

U14 Girls WaterPolo competition Photo: ValsPix

o s f o r d swimming pool hosted the recent water polo round on Saturday, February 4, which saw the Gosford club emerge with honours.

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U12s Gosford White defeated Wyong 4-3 U14 Girls defeated Wyong 11-1 U14 Boys defeated Wyong 12-2 U16 Boys defeated Wyong 12-2 U16 Girls defeated Wyong 8-5 U16 Girls lost to Woy Woy 4-5 On February 12-14, will see Central Coast players compete at a regional level in Tamworth with the Coast fielding both an U14 boys and girls squad. The Gosford club will provide a good 50 per cent of players for this regional event. Under 14 Boys Gosford Representatives are Hugh Margin, Ryan Mulligan, Corey Allan, Angus Margin and Ethan Hodgson. Under 14 Girls Gosford Representatives are Rosie Stimson, Kaitlyn Clague, Sophie Heard, Elyse Heaps, Nicole Chaney and Tegan Bugden.

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P12 - GRANDSTAND - February 9, 2012

Bowls Open Day a hit and a miss

Toukley enter new season

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by Bob Bourke

owls Central Coast, in partnership with the Men’s and Lady’s Bowling Clubs, held an Open Day at 21 participating clubs on Sunday, February 5, where the public were invited to come along between 10am and noon to give bowls a try.

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Backed up by a strong promotional campaign including a 50,000 letter drop to homes, wide print media including coverage in Central Coast Grandstand and radio coverage, the result was that some clubs reported a disappointing result, yet at others, the response was very pleasing. At the Greens, The Entrance, coach Norma Barry was on the green with enthusiastic nearby residents Ray and Helen Potter instructing them in the basics of lawn bowls. Helen said: “Ray and I have been thinking about taking up bowls for some time and when we saw the

At The Greens, The Entrance pictured are coach Norma Barry (left) with Ray and Helen Potter of The Entrance

leaflet in the club we knew it was an omen, so we decided to come to the Open Day here, and we love it.” “We will be taking coaching lessons,” she said. Good mates Geoff Smart from Matcham and Peter White from Bateau Bay were seen well into the afternoon at Wamberal Bowling Club still putting some good bowls down and enjoying the experience. Wamberal Bowls officials reported that twelve people

turned up for the Open Day and another ten phoned to say they couldn’t make it on that day but have registered for a coach to contact them and make arrangements for another time. Avoca Beach Bowling Club president Ashley Ayre reported that the Open Day at Avoca had to compete with the Sunday Markets, yet eight keen people enjoyed giving bowls a try on the day and most have registered to start free coaching lessons.

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Wyong Bowling Club’s men’s president Carl Sternbeck and Lady’s president Barbara Jansen said they were very pleased with their Open Day result with all respondents registering to start coaching lessons. At Wyong Chris and Barbara Currey from Gorokan said they were there after receiving an Open Day leaflet in their letterbox. Chris and Barb, previously from Plymouth, England, have two daughters living on the Central Coast and had visited them each year for five years until the great weather they experienced in Australia became too good to leave so they moved here permanently two years ago. Bowls Central Coast president Kevin Dring said he would like to remind all who couldn’t make it to the Sunday Open Day at a nearby bowling club that “you can contact a bowling club of your choice anytime to receive obligation free coaching lessons and perhaps become part of the biggest adult participation sport on the Central Coast”.

oukley RSL Bowling Club has entered a new year and 2012 is shaping up to be a very interesting time in the club’s history, according to publicity officer Mr Barry Middleton.

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“In recent times, our Pennant teams regularly reach the play-offs, but we have been unfortunate in meeting stronger teams at the business end of the competition,” he said. “At the present time, we are playing club championships both in pairs and fours and we hope to have these games finalised in the near future, weather permitting. “It is hoped that championship games will be completed before the commencement of the Pennant season. “February will be a busy month for us as we

are hopefully expecting to play two Pennant Trials against two other Clubs, and by this time, we should have completed club responsibilities for the preparation of the approaching Pennant Season. “We are endeavoring to have our two greens up and running very soon. “Our No.2 green has been a little slow in reaching the required standard; hopefully, the condition of the green will be greatly improved by March, and thereby we will have an alternative green when the Pennant season begins. “It is understood that, sometime in the future, we will be receiving visitations from two clubs, one from Sydney and the other from Queensland and we always look forward to our visitation from Taree West Travelling Bowlers later in the year,” he said.

Wyong bowlers donate

by Margaret Harrison

yong Women’s Bowling Club has donated $450 to the running and replacement costs of Shirley 2 Wyong.

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Providing a Central Coast cancer outpatient transport service was an initiative of the Central Coast Cancer Transport Action Group (C-TAG) which was formed in 2005. The service became a reality when Barb Galvin donated a Toyota Hi-Ace bus to Cancer Council NSW in 2007. The bus, officially known

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February 9, 2012 - GRANDSTAND - P13

Zone fours championships at Ettalong

International bowlers T to play for Avoca by Dick Love

voca Beach B o w l i n g Club’s president Ashley Ayre has the welcome mat out ready for two overseas bowlers who will soon arrive in time for the start of the coming Zone 15 Pennant Season when an English and Welsh International will play for the club.

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Avoca has played in the No1 Pennant Final for three of the past five years but has yet to win this flag. Phil Downs from Plymouth, Devon, has previously played for Avoca and is a former England player with the strong Devon County Side, the most successful County Side of England’s thirty two counties.

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Phil has won major tournaments in Hong Kong, South Africa, USA, Europe and in the UK. While here, Phil will also play in the Australian Open in Melbourne. An outstanding team player, Phil will be warmly welcomed back by all club members. Malcolm Bishop has represented Wales 67 times in both indoor and outdoor events since 1980, is a winner of the British Isles Pairs and five Welsh national titles, has represented Wales in Internationals against Australia and last year won the USA National Pairs and Fours at Laguna Beach, California. ”The two long time friends will strengthen Avoca’s chances in the club’s quest for a No1 Pennant,” said Avoca’s chairman of selectors Lex Gemmel.

Bowls

by Bob Bourke

he 2012 Bowls Central CoastZone 15 Major Fours and President’s Reserve Fours Championships both attracted a large field of teams and were hailed a success as both divisions were then divided into four sections each.

With 196 players in the Major Fours the sectional rounds winners were Section 1; Avoca Beach, Section 2 Terrigal, Section 3 Ettalong and Section 4 Ettalong. Run in parallel with the Majors, the 140 players in the President’s Reserves fought out their sectional rounds with Halekulani winning Section 1, Woy Woy Section 2, Umina Section 3 and another Ettalong team winning Section 4. This set the scene for a feast of bowls on offer for the spectators at Ettalong Beach Memorial Bowling Club on Saturday, January28, for the semi-finals in the morning and the finals after lunch. The morning semis saw big wins in the Majors for Terrigal over Avoca Beach

Winners Zone 15 Major Fours; L to R - Zac Robertson (lead), Lee Trethowan (3rd), Aron Sherriff (skip) and Harley McDonald (2nd) four ends to take the Major 26-5 and for Aron Sherriff’s Woy. With the spectator crowd Fours Championship by one Ettalong team over their fellow club mates led by building for the finals in shot. Danny McNeilly 24-4. the afternoon they were Incredibly, in the The President’s Reserves not disappointed as Aron President’s Reserve Fours semis were closer with Sherriff skipped his Ettalong final Herby Lach’s Halekulani Bruce Raynor’s Ettalong team to an early lead against team had another nail-biter, team victorious over Umina David Neilsen’s Terrigal this time trailing Woy Woy 22-12 but Herby Lach’s team until end seven when until the 20th end when they Halekulani team had to Terrigal started to fire and hit levelled the score-line at 18come from behind over the the lead by one shot at end 18 then took the last end to closing stages to snatch a 17, but Ettalong scored four win 20-18. 1 shot win 17-16 from Woy shots to two over the last

Bowlers celebrate Australia Day

Inclement weather did not stop 19 women and 10 men from participating in the Avoca Beach Bowling Club Australia Day bowls event. Everyone sported their Aussie t-shirts, shorts, caps, facial tattoos, wrist bands, mad hatters hats and artificial hair. Tables were decorated with Aussie balloons and serviettes, all adding to the complete Australian atmosphere. A huge Australian flag

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entral Coast M a r l i n s continued on their winning ways on Sunday, February 5, defeating third placed Canterbury Vikings at Baseball Park, Springfield.

The win, their fifth consecutive victory, ensured the Marlins remained in second spot on the Sydney Major League ladder. Canterbury opened the scoring and plated an unearned run off Marlins starting pitcher Paul Anderson in the top of the first inning. Marlins replied straight away when Adam Howe led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk. Michael Campbell doubled and Howe scored on Moko Moanaroa’s single to tie it up at 1-1. Canterbury once again took advantage of some poor Marlins defence in the top of the third inning when, with two out, an infield single and an error scored two runs to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead. Canterburys’ starting pitcher kept the Marlins bats quiet throughout the early and middle innings. Canterbury were again next to score, plating a run in the top of the sixth inning

to chase starting pitcher Anderson from game and take a 4-1 lead. Veteran relief pitcher Geoff Brotherton came in to close the inning, minimizing the damage and prompting the Central Coast batters into action. Marlins’ Josh Brierley reached on error to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Adam howe then laid down a bunt single, Campbell again singled to score Brierley to trail 4-2 and Tom O’Gorman had a clutch two out double to tie the game at 4-4. Central Coast came out swinging again in the bottom of the eighth. Mick Ashton led off walk and after advancing to second base with one out, it was Scott Harrison that came up with the big hit this time, an RBI double to put Marlins in front 5-4. Brierley then singled, and the next batter was Howe - who hustled out ground ball to allow Campbell to score for the 6-4 lead. Brotherton, who threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, shut the door in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win. Campbell led the way with the bat and collected three hits.

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by Michelle O’Connor

entral Coast Baseball will support the Cancer Council’s Call To Arms this coming weekend. The target is up around the $1000 mark which would be donated to help the fight against Men’s Cancer. Saturday, February 11,

will see local clubs donning yellow armbands for the cause at Baseball Park, Springfield and Adcock Park, West Gosford. Donations from canteens and a monster raffle will also be running. Sunday, February 12, will see the NSW Rookies Cup held at Adcock Park, West Gosford.

entral Coast b a s e b a l l players dominated the Country NSW Baseball teams that represented the state at the Australian National Youth Baseball Championships in January with the U14s playing in Perth and the U16 and U18s playing in Geelong.

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Brisbane Roar striker, Besart Berisha, squeezes past Mariners defender, Rostyn Griffiths

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Mariners keeper, Justin Pasfield , can only watch as roar striker, Besart Berisha, beats Mariner defender, Josh Rose, to slot the ball into the net

Mariners capt., Alex Wilkinson, diffuses Roar attack

Union program gets new sponsor

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est Signs has been officially announced as the new major partner of the Central Coast Academy of Sport rugby union program at Mingara’s Gatorade Regional Athletics Centre.

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The Academy’s Best Signs rugby program is a recognised and endorsed part of the Australian Rugby Union’s junior gold development pathway for young rugby athletes of the NSW Central Coast region. With the new partnership came a brand new playing strip for the squad, who were impressed with the new custom designed home and away playing strip that was unveiled on Saturday, February 4. Following the official launch of the exciting new partnership, the Central Coast boys took on visiting Australian Rugby Union junior gold athletes from Sydney Academy programs in games that showcased the high level of talent on offer amongst the young development ranks. “It was a great day and the perfect opportunity for us to meet all the players and

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coaches in person,” said Tim Clark of Best Signs. “After attending the Academy’s awards evening last November, we were instantly impressed with the professionalism of the organisation and expressed an immediate interest in getting involved with the rugby program. “We’ve really enjoyed dealing with the Academy’s office staff in setting up the partnership, and meeting all the players and coaches involved in the program, it further confirms the great culture within the Academy, which is something we’re very proud to now be involved with,” added Clark.

Academy Rugby Program manager Gary Head thanked Tim and the team at Best Signs for their support and said he is looking forward to a longterm relationship between the two organisations. “The guys at Best Signs have certainly shown that they’re keen to do whatever it takes to assist the Academy in getting our athletes access to the best possible opportunities to progress towards their dreams of becoming future Wallabies,” said Head. “It’s great to have them on board and the guys are pleased with the new uniforms,” Head added.

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Marlins secure win and 4th on the table he Central Coast Marlins returned from the Christmas break with a hard fought 3-2 over Manly Eagles at Blacktown International Sports Park on Wednesday, January 18.

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The win leap frogged the Manly side and put the Marlins into fourth place on the Sydney Major League ladder. The early innings saw some rusty defence from both sides opening up opportunities though neither side was able to capitalise. The scoring opened in

the top of the third inning with the Marlins plating three runs, a lead off hit from Michael Campbell who advanced on a wild pickoff from the Eagles pitcher and scored after a hit to Michael Ashton. Ashton scored on a hit to Geoff Brotherton for the Marlins second run and the away side plated one more run in the inning after a sacrifice fly from Todd Bowden. The Manly side hit back in the bottom of the fourth with two runs of their own. Starting Pitcher Jarrett Commane was a bit rusty but settled in nicely to pitch four

solid innings only allowing the Sydney siders to score two runs, while reliving pitcher Geoff Brotherton was excellent not allowing the Eagles to score any runs and closed out the game for the victory. The Central Coast Marlins game against Manly Eagles scheduled for Sunday, January 22, was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Marlins will be taking on Blacktown Workers at Watanobbi Oval, Wyong, on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:30pm.

Workshops for sports clubs yong Council’s S p o r t s D eve l o p m e n t section is putting on two workshops this March to support sports clubs, associations, groups and event holders.

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The first workshop will be held on Monday, March 5, from 7:30pm and will look

at how to work with Council to get a grant to support increasing participation for your club, event or sports program. It will also include practical tips and clear guidelines for success. The second workshop will be held on Monday, March 19, at 7:30pm and will cover which organisations can support your club,

by Tracy Southern

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