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Keep underground water pollution free

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I WAS extremely interested to read in the Naracoorte Herald last Thursday April 4, the remarks stated by Mr Peter Dolan that aquifers can be cleaned up, but it depends on “the scale and size of the contamination”.
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Why should we allow our Limestone Coast aquifers to ever have the suggestion that they could be polluted by the gas or any other industry?

In Adelaide suburbs where the pollution occurred, I believe the bores were banned from being used. However, the population had a back-up of reservoir and River Murray water so no great hardship was involved.

Our prosperity comes from a “clean and green” marketing image for the wonderful quality of the sheep and wool, cattle, vines, cereal and food crops.

Then there’s the timber industry etcetera and all the supporting businesses in the Limestone Coast.

What would the population, the animals, the irrigation businesses do if an aquifer became even slightly polluted? From where would we get our necessary water?

Beware! Keep our underground water pollution free.

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Targets set Bendigo on way

BOOST: Council hopes to increase healthy eating as part of a new plan, with Quin’s Bluebird’s Alicia Taylor one of many to get involved. Picture: JODIE DONNELLANAN AMBITIOUS Council Planwill setBendigo on track to become”the most liveable city in regional Australia”, theCity of Greater Bendigo says.
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The updated draft Council Plan 2013-2017, released to the public on Wednesday night, details future plans for the region across the next four years. It includes several specific outcomes council will aim to meet.

The council hopes to boost exercise rates, decrease the proportion of residents who do not meet fruit and vegetable dietary guidelines,increase child immunisation rates to be better than the state average, decrease the number of people over 60 who live alone on a low income and decrease unemployment and recorded offences of crimes against the person.

It also outlines plans to increase the amount of people taking part in public discussion, increase the volunteer population, and boost education rates for those under 17years-old, among other targets.

Mayor Barry Lyons said it was easy for regional cities to make claims about liveability, but the City of Greater Bendigo had developed a number of key indicators that would be measured over time.

Chief executive Craig Niemann said while the plan was ambitious, the council would put a number of actions in place to meet targets.

“While some of these things are beyond our sphere of influence, we have the ability to put things in place to put Bendigo on the right track,” he said.

“We don’t have a direct responsibility for things like crime but we can work on prevention and putting in street lights and opening up public spaces and creating opportunities for health activities – those things will all make our city more liveable.”

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Students locked up to help kids at risk

TIME FOR KIDS: James Lemon and Rebecca Jones in ‘lock up’ at Charles Sturt University on Tuesday with Bathurst PCYC gym coach Heather Morton. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 042914cpcyc1STUDENTS at Charles Sturt University did their bit to help kids at risk on Tuesday by holding a time4kids on campus.
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Four head residential advisors, Paige Wood, James Lemon, Tom Hudson and Bec Jones, agreed to be locked up at the uni for an hour while trying to raise $500 in bail.

The event, which follows on from a similar one in Bathurst where nine prominent community members, including Bathurst mayor Gary Rush, were locked up, aims to raise money for the PCYC, which helps kids at risk.

The CSU event was organised by business and marketing student Nikki De Ruijter as part of her work placement.

“I was looking at the time4kids program while I was on work placement with the PCYC and thought it was a great idea and something we could do up here at the uni, ” she said.

Ms Ruijter said the aim of the day was for each participant to raise $500.

She said all four participants had been canvassing students at the campus and the response had been great.

“People have been very generous,” she said.

James Lemon agreed.

“People have been more generous than I thought they would have been,” he said.

Mr Lemon said he was initially tentative when he was asked to take part in the lock up, but after hearing about the program was soon convinced to get involved.

“It’s a bit of fun, and a great cause,” he said.

Time4kids was held across Australia as part of National Youth Week, and aims to raise raise awareness and tap community support for PCYC’s work with young offenders and young people ‘at-risk’.

It also showcases the work of PCYC Police and their work helping to turn young lives around.

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OPINION: Overthrow of King Coal crucial to bright future

CITY’S STRENGTHS: Facilities such as the CSIRO Energy Centre have huge potential to generate economic growth, innovation and jobs.NEWCASTLE NEXT: Tell us your vision for our city in 100 years
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WHAT does Newcastle look like in 100 years? Of course, the evolution of a complex metropolis is essentially unknowable. But here’s the speech we’d like to see the lord mayor give on May 1, 2114:

‘‘Today we celebrate the opening of the World Expo on Innovation, being proudly hosted by our beautiful Newcastle. As we enjoy the fortune and prosperity of our beautiful city, it is important to honour our ancestors.

‘‘These were the foresighted men and women whose wise decisions early last century laid the foundations for the magnificent healthy place our city is today.

‘‘Our town is now a world leader in innovation, and a global model of how cities can make the shift from dependency on a particular industry.

‘‘But it could have been a very different story. Had we not taken the decisions we did in the early decades of last century, Newcastle could have gone the way of coastal cities that failed to make decisions for the future and became rusting museum pieces.

‘‘It’s hard to believe that just 100 years ago, in 2014, our beautiful town was emerging from an industrial, polluting past to an uncertain future. While the transition from resource-industry dependency had begun with the closure of the BHP steelworks in the late 1990s, we were still reliant on coal exports.

‘‘As the world’s largest coal port, Newcastle was suffering the health impacts of air laden with coal dust. We were threatening our own future, and the world’s, through our coal exports’ fuelling of climate change.

‘‘Our workforce was made up of former steelworkers, retailers struggling to keep the doors open and a small army of Sydney-bound office workers making the mad dash for the 6.12am flyer every morning.

‘‘Newcastle was built on coal, but as the terrible pollution impacts of coal became clear, our town knew that we had to change.

‘‘And change we did. The collapse of the coal price that began in 2013 was followed by binding international action on climate change that spelt the end for the industry.

‘‘A lot of coal-dependent communities were caught off-guard. But, perhaps due to our experience in dealing with the closure of the BHP steelworks – and the resilience and genius of the Novocastrian spirit – we’ve always been a town that understood how to act as a community and recognised opportunities when they appeared.

‘‘What was a crisis for some cities became an opportunity for Newcastle. And we seized the opportunity with an ethic of leaving nobody behind. Our town was committed to a Just Transition, and we looked after our own.

‘‘Projects that began in the early years of the last century, such as Renew Newcastle, saw young designers get the support they needed to make a name for themselves in fashion, design and art.

‘‘As Australia’s second oldest town, we became a liveable alternative to the capital cities. This was no accident. We went out of our way to attract new industries and employers that would provide wealth and jobs when the coal industry shut down. We lobbied state and federal governments to assist us in making the Just Transition to a future beyond coal.

‘‘And we helped ensure that the communities further up the valley who had lived with massive coalmines for years were looked after – that the rehabilitation efforts were first-class, and that those towns continued to thrive.

‘‘In making this transition, we played to our strengths – our tertiary institutions, such as the CSIRO energy centre, and medical research facilities that could be hubs of research and innovation.

‘‘The reputation of the University of Newcastle grew, and grew. The tourism industry that was already healthy started to thrive as we nurtured it and supported it more; there was land available and trained workers who could provide the backbone of a renewable energy manufacturing industry, which in turn provided clean energy for our country, and the region.

‘‘But, for many of us in the Newcastle of 2114, the real sign of hope and beauty is found on Ash Island. To see the healthy wetlands and rehabilitated rainforest on the island makes us incredibly grateful to those forebears who had the vision and energy to work for a place they knew they might never get to enjoy themselves, but one their kids and grandkids would grow to love and value.

‘‘I would be remiss if I did not also pay tribute to those communities and concerned citizens who had the courage to overthrow Old King Coal.

‘‘They knew we could not rely on a finite resource for long-term prosperity, nor rely on the short-term profits of the coal industry when the future health, wealth and well-being of our community, country and planet were at stake.’’

David Ritter is the chief executive of Greenpeace Australia-Pacific

Rugby league: Macksville Sea Eagles make flying start

MACKSVILLE Sea Eagles are back in the winner’s circle after they defeated the Bellingen Magpies 34-12 at the Graveyard.
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The infamous trip has long been a daunting task for any team, and with the Eagles coming off two losses this was expected to be a difficult game.

The first half proved exactly that with Bellingen first to score taking an early 6-0 lead. For a while the Eagles struggled, seemingly unable to complete a set of six with the ball.

When they did gain momentum, they showed their real potential. Joe Borg was the first to cross for Macksville racing away after Troy Grace and Sam Miles combined in a great passing movement down the side line. Tyler Doolan converted to level the scores at 6 all. The score remained the same at the half-time whistle.

Whatever words captain/coach Troy Grace had for his charges in the break had an immediate impact as first he and then Chris Warden charged into the Bellingen tacklers.

From the play the ball Sam Miles made a great run before off-loading to Michael Tyerman who then passed to Borg to score his second in the corner to give the Eagles a 10-6 lead.

A short ball from Warden close to the line saw Tyerman cross for a well-deserved try, converted by Doolan.

Soon after a 40-metre dash from dummy-half by Doolan gave the Eagles a 22-6 lead before the Magpies crossed for a try to close the gap to 22-12.

Borg picked up a loose ball, despite pressure from the Magpies, to race 80m and score his third. A successful conversion saw the score read 28-12.

In the dying minutes, Keith Donovan crossed for the Eagles’ final try on the back of a great break by Tyerman. Doolan converted, the final score 34-12.

“I was happy to get the win and happy with the second half,” captain/coach Troy Grace told the Guardian. “We’ve gotten back to our game plan and know we are a better team than we’ve performed in the first two games and the first half Sunday, so the confidence is still there.

“Sunday will be hard because we have never faced Grafton before. But if the attitude is there in defence and we stick to our sets in attack we’ll be right.

* The reserve grade clash saw the Eagles pick up the two points for the first time this year, taking the game 44-14.

This was a good win for the Eagles, their forwards charging into the Bellingen defence with purpose and the backs showing some scintillating form.

Jimi Allan and Mike Kelly scored two tries each, while Dave Lindsay, Graham Donovan, Braden Fitzgerald, Dylan King and Ken Walker scored one. David Pickvance kicked two goals while Allan and Fitzgerald kicked a goal each.

* The under 18s had their work cut out for them, but managed to walk away with a 24-18 win.

This was a hard game of league, both sides dominating at times but in the end the Eagles were the stronger team.

Michael Williams, Keith Donovan, Sam Shields and Josh Bartlett scored a try each for the Eagles while Caleb Handley kicked four goals.

This Sunday, the Eagles return to Allan Gillett Oval to take on South Grafton in three grades with the under 18s to kick off at noon.

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Depleted Bushrangers post 92-point win

THE Bathurst Bushrangers under 18s had to make the road trip to take on the Dubbo Demons in Round 3 of the CWAFL competition – but what a road trip it was.
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By the time the full-time siren sounded, the young Bushrangers had shocked even themselves as they posted a 92-point victory over the Demons.

Holidays and family commitments saw a depleted side make the trip, but Bathurst were determined to make it two from two in 2014.

On arrival the side discovered Dubbo were also suffering from a lack of numbers and were required to borrow two Bathurst players each quarter.

With a lot of wide open space to play in, the game started with both sides moving the ball from end to end.

Dubbo got an early break with a goal from one of the loan players, Tim Thomas.

He also kicked another goal that quarter for Dubbo.

Bathurst’s first goal came courtesy of a free kick to AFL debutant Adam Hildebrandt who has joined an elite club by kicking a goal with his first kick in footy.

Dubbo managed to kick a third, however the Bushranger midfield started to fire with Michael Waldren and Jacob Davey converting from near the 50.

Pat Fisher dribbled one in from the boundary and the Bathurst boys went in with an eight-point lead at quarter time.

Zach Baker and John Warburton the put the foot on the accelerator.

They hardly let anything get past them, leaving Dubbo scoreless for the quarter.

This led to Waldren adding two more and skipper Jordan Price kicking two of his own, both running out of the centre square and taking advantage of the open space.

Long kicking wasn’t the only feature.

Precise passing into the forward line by Dean Grant and excellent pressure from Michael Long allowed Hildebrandt and Fisher to share the goals and increase their tallies for the day.

By half time the lead had blown out to 52 points.

The third quarter became a tighter contest with Price and Long donning the Dubbo jumper making the Bathurst boys work harder for the ball.

This may have stopped the midfield from carrying the ball into the forward 50, but it didn’t stop the excellent entry and allowing Fisher to add three more to his account.

Thomas worked overtime in defence during this quarter with ruckman Campbell Martin becoming an important linkman through the centre.

Going into the last quarter the lead was 65 points.

During the last quarter the Bushrangers did not ease off the pressure.

The midfield and the backs continued to work hard and control the ball.

With Fisher sustaining an arm injury, Price ‘rested’ at full forward and kicked two more.

Sam Flude continued to run hard, lay shepherds and set up his team-mates.

Waldren kicked his fourth for the day, however the most popular goal came when Price handballed to Felix Mol who slotted home his first of the year.

When the final siren sounded to end the game, Bathurst had won 18-13-121 to 4-5-29.

The Sportsco Award went to Michael Waldren, the Burger Shack Award went to Jordan Price and the Lewy’s Pizza Award went to Adam Hildebrandt.

Goal kickers: Patrick Fisher 5, Jordan Price 4, Michael Waldren 4, Adam Hildebrandt 3, Jacob Davey 1, Felix Mol.

BIG DAY: Patrick Fisher booted five goals for the under 18 Bushrangers as they defeated Dubbo by almost 100 points last Saturday. 091713cpatrick

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Firearm and counterfeit money seized in Muswellbrook

Police have charged two men after locating counterfeit money and a firearm during a vehicle stop in Muswellbrook on Tuesday.
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About3.15pm, officers stopped a Hyundai Excel on Bridge Street and spoke to the 24-year-old male driver and his 20-year-old male passenger.

Police searched the vehicle and located counterfeit currency, equipment for manufacturing counterfeit currency, a firearm, and ammunition.

The pair were arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

The where the 20-year-old man, of Leumeah, was charged with makingcounterfeit money or prescribed security, possessing counterfeit money, possession of ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, possession of an unregistered firearm, not keep firearm safely and possess or use prohibited weapon without a permit

The 24-year-old man, of Airds, was charged with driving while disqualified.

Both men were granted conditional bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court onMonday 19 May 2014.

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Forum to focus on Junee’s tourist markets

“TELL your friends and relatives about Junee”.
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That’s one of the messages behind a Junee Shire Visitor Economy Forum which is scheduled for May 13.

Visiting friends and relatives is one of the largest markets for tourists and Junee Shire Council’s tourism development officer, Linda Tillman, hopes to harness the power of “local ambassadors”.

“It’s all about getting local residents to know what’s on offer in town,” she said.

“Instead of locals going for a drive to Coolamon or Temora, we want to encourage them to invite their family and friends to enjoy Junee.”

While many visiting friends and family already visit Junee anyway, Mrs Tillman said the forum was about nurturing further growth in the segment as advertising in the Canberra tourist and visitor market had increased the number of people from the ACT visiting Junee.

“In essence our local residents are key and need to be aware of what’s available in their backyard and proud enough to take friends and family around town or out to lunch,” she said.

And it’s more than the Licorice Factory or Monte Cristo.

Mayor Lola Cummins said Bethungra Dam, Wantabadgery’s Sandy Beach and the Roundhouse and Broadway museums were places which were and would be popular with visitors.

“We’ve got to make residents more aware of what we’ve got in our town and what there is to see and do,” CrCummins said.

“People come and rave about the verandahs in Broadway; because we walk and drive by them every day, we get complacent,” she said.

Junee Visitor Economy Forum

5.30pm, Tuesday, May 13

Athenium Theatre

Tickets $10

RSVP by May 9 to NicoleBarton for catering on 6927 2866or at [email protected]南京夜网.au

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Netball: Two young players awarded umpire badges

TWOlocal netballers are now official umpires of the sport after an unexpected surprise at their usual mid-week competition.
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Macksville’s Brooke Chapman, left, and Bowraville’s Coralie MacDonald

Macksville’s Brooke Chapman (16) and Coralie MacDonald (15), from Bowraville recently went to umpire at what they thought was a regular competition night in Coffs Harbour … however they got a little more than they bargained for.

“When we got there, that’s when we found out we could possibly be badged and they had graders watching us,” Brooke said.

“That was pretty nerve-wracking knowing we were being watched and closely judged on our performance.”

Assisted by their coaches Michael O’Keefe, Vicki Coombes and help by Glenese Welsh, the girls were able to get their badges in just three short years.

“Getting a national C badge for umpiring is a difficult process,” Michael said. “It takes months, sometimes years to perfect.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to watch them develop and now to see them shine.”

From here both girls will travel to local rep carnivals for some experience before travelling to the State Age Championships in July. There they will umpire more than 15 games each over the three day competition.

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RMNA Action: River Murray netball round four preview

ROUND three of the River Murray netball season resulted in cool, blustery conditions to start the day before fining up for most of the senior competition.
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Despite the inclement conditions, spectators were once again treated to some exciting games of A grade netball, with first rate performances from many of the players.

Imperials, who have the bye on Saturday, had a convincing win against Jervois with no sudden surprises at the end of the game, as was the case in the football.

Imperials are traditionally renowned for making a great start off the blocks to open the game, and this was the case against the Bluds on Saturday.

Jervois play Ramblers this Saturday which could be the game of the round.

Mypolonga is up against Meningie this week and were satisfied with a 10-goal win against Tailem Bend last week.

Tailem were leading the game at the first break but the Tigers settled to lead at every other break.

Sheridan O’Brien returned to the court for Mypolonga for the first time this season and will be an added advantage to the already strong Mypo line-up.

The final score didn’t truly represent the quality of close netball played by all on court in this game, and Tailem showed they are capable of taking stronger teams to the limit.

Tailem Bend will face the Mannum Roos at Mannum this week

Mannum had their first win on Anzac Day against a determined Ramblers team.

Players from both teams never gave up which showed the true spirit of the day.

There was some inspiring and intensive play as we have come to expect every Anzac Day, but this year Mannum had the upper hand.

Tracey Loechel from Mannum, was chosen by River Murray life members Charley Close and Shirley Schubert as the worthy recipient of the Anzac Day medal.

Game times: 12.45pm – B grade and intermediate, 2pm – A grade and C grade and 3.15pm – A reserves.

Mypolonga v Meningie

The Tigers go in to this game with plenty of confidence after being undefeated so far and the inclusion of experienced defender Sheridan O’Brien.

Meningie have nothing to lose this week and with fresh legs from the bye last week, may push the Tigers for four quarters.

Coach Annie Hughes played O’Brien in wing defence last week, away from her usual goal defence position.

This gave the Mypolonga midcourt more height and balance.

O’Brien reads the play beautifully and her long reach enables her to make clean intercepts.

Alongside O’Brien in defence is Kate Nolan in keeper, who played a brilliant game last week against Tailem Bend and Brittany White who will be returning from holidays this week to possibly take up the goal defence position.

Georgia Steinert is another versatile player who can be rotated easily through the three defensive positions for Mypo, so coach Hughes has a variety of defensive options.

Meningie has reliable shooters in Marni Hood and Stacey Peckover.

Both girls are young but have a good eye for goals and will need to make every goal count against Nolan and White in the goal circle.

The midcourt combination for Meningie is agile and quick to drive the ball through the centre court towards their goals.

Eden Harkness and Krystal Gibbs work well together and play a physical game which frustrates many opponents, but will need to be focussed and ready to run against the likes of Stacey Kempe, Ashleigh Horsnell and Kelsey Gepp for the Tigers. Mypolonga’s mid court players have dominated in most games this season and will be hard to control if given a free run.

New player for Meningie, Trish Hertel has made her presence felt in our league.

As a defensive player, she is tall and strong and can rebound well.

Working with Bec Longden under goals, this pair has improved their pressure defence and will attack any loose or stray balls.

Kara Bolt and Zoe Gepp, shooters for Mypo, had a rocky start against Tailem Bend in the first quarter last week and will be looking to reap a swag of goals from the outset.

Both girls are short in comparison to other shooters but capable of shooting over tall opponents with ease.

Bottom line: Meningie has definitely improved its all round game this year but will struggle to contain Mypolonga in a few positions.

My tip: Mypolonga.

Ramblers v Jervois

The Roosters host the Bluds at home this week and this could possibly be the game of the round.

Both teams have strong attack lines and both have youth, speed and experience across the court.

Jervois has a valuable goal circle combination in Caitlin Liebich and Jo Hill.

These girls can shoot well and also rebound those they miss.

Jess Bell in centre has been impressive this season.

She feeds her goalers quickly and will run out a whole game in the centre position.

Steph Lubcke, centre for Ramblers, should cause Bell some grief.

Lubcke is a skilled player who positions herself well on court but will also keep up with Bell’s speed.

Ramblers’ Nikki Dougall will assist Lubcke in the midcourt but will also be up against the experienced Helen Partridge for Jervois.

This battle will be well worth watching with Dougall and her athletic ability and Partridge and her calm, experienced play.

New coach Tessa Thurston is playing a defence position for Jervois and has formed a good bond with fellow defender Maddie McGinty in goal keeper.

With this tall defence line these girls have the ability to deflect many passes in to their opposition and the speed to defend from any position.

Tania McFee, Ramblers’ goal attack, has been a consistent shooter this season and will generally get her own rebound if she misses, and still score from it.

She is a tough player and won’t let Thurston have the advantage on Saturday

Ramblers’ caoch Leanne Featherstonhaugh will be determined to get her team a win against Jervois this week, after so many close games, and put the Roosters on the points board at last.

Bottom line: This game should be a ripper. If both teams play well, the points could go either way. The lead in this game could change many times.

My tip: Ramblers, but in a very close game.

Mannum v Tailem Bend

Tailem Bend started very well against Mypo last week and will need to do the same against Mannum this week out at the Roos courts. Mannum have now tasted success after comfortably beating Ramblers on Anzac day and will be keen for more.

Denise Edwards, Tailem Bend’s coach, has a solid group of girls to play and continued depth on her bench, giving her many alternatives to rotate players as she pleases.

Mannum also has depth and talent in their team, so it is hard to guess who will be playing in what position.

Mannum’s Jaime-Lee Paterson was played in both goal shooter and goal keeper last week, which shows the diversity of this team.

Playing coach Amy Loechel and new recruit Abby Williams are bonding well in the goal circle and could cause problems for Tailem’s defenders Hayley Davids and Kylie Matthewson, as they rarely miss goals.

The Tailem Bend defenders are really tight defenders and will need to be at their best to stop the ball getting in to the goal circle and taking away their opponents shooting opportunities.

At the other end, Mel Edwards for the Eagles will shoot at a high percentage, as she does week after week, but may find it a lot tougher against the might and height of Tracy Loechel, Kellie Klose and Paterson.

Mannum’s wing defence Jemma Woollard is a quiet achiever and should have a really competitive game against Tailem Bend’s, Bec Sterry.

Woollard and Sterry are both consistent players who are valuable team members doing the right things at the right times.

The match up of the game will be the two centre players, Charise Bristow for the Eagles and Kelly Allen, Mannum.

This will definitely make for a fast-paced game as both girls are runners and never give up.

Allen has great passing skills especially into her goalies and Bristow can intercept the most difficult of passes.

Bottom line: Tailem will work Mannum hard from the first whistle and Mannum will need to compose themselves while battling the pressure of Tailem’s tight defence.

Once Mannum settle they will play at their own pace and do the leading instead of the following.

My tip: Mannum.

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