May, 2019

Ballards on show at Mt Isa

SAFELY HOME: Tasha Chambers guides Frisco Journey to a comfortable victory in Race 3 at Mount Isa on Saturday. Photo: Derek BarryThe new Mount Isa racing committee is up and running with its first successful meet under its belt.
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A decent crowd attended Buchanan Park on Saturday to enjoy a good afternoon of racing, though the new committee was keen to pay tribute to its predecessors with the name of Race 1 being A Big Thanks To The Previous Committee Maiden Plate over 1200m.

Tanya Perry’s Made to Win lived up to its name with Keith Ballard steering the horse to victoryby two lengths from favourite American At Sea with Veganer back in third.

The favourite did better in Race 2 the 1200mA Warm Welcome To The New Committee with new committee president Dan Ballard riding Garth Tully’s Infinite Success to another aptly named win.

Dad Keith Ballard was second on Tanya Perry’sFast Track Magic with Potholes finishing third.

The practicallynamed races continued withRace 3 beingthe Now Taking Melbourne Cup Day Bookings Benchmark 50 Handicap over the longer distance of 1450m.

Tasha Chambers guided Kerry Krogh’s Frisco Journey to a comfortable win by 4.5 lengths with Keith Ballard getting another second on More Dust with By Emteeare third.

Trainer Bob Burow had a win in Race 4 the MIRC Make Us Your Xmas Party Destination Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1000m.

His horse I’m Desperate Too gave another win to jockeyKeith Ballard by half a length from Shryn Gabriel-Royce’s Head Dragon with Sparkling Vixen finishing third.

The Ballards kept it in the family in Race 5, the final race of the day, the CNW For All Of Your Electrical and Data Needs Open Handicap over 1100m.

Dan Ballard grabbed his double aboard mum Denise’s Travel in Style winning by a head from the Bob Burow-trained Mossale with Scott McCullum aboard. Keith Ballard made it a full meeting of place getting finishing third on Garth Tully’s Whispering Death.

Next racing at Mount Isa is Tuesday November 1 –Melbourne Day.

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Goliath the dog rescued after spending three hours stuck in a Buninyong drain

LOST AND FOUND: Ian Watson with his eight-year-old jack russell, Goliath, who was saved by Ballarat SES crews after he was found stuck in a Buninyong drain. Photo: Dylan Burns.When Goliathran after a catno one expected the two wouldstill be together when they were rescued from a Buninyong drain three hours later.
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But that’s exactly what occurred to the eight-year-old jack russell on Sunday morning.

It took a Ballarat SES crew of 10three hours to dig Goliath free from a drain just off Forest Street in Buninyong.

But to their surprise it wasn’t only Goliath stuck in the drain.

While Goliath was happy to be out and back into the arms of his owners, the cat was quick to escape off into freedom, according to Ballarat SESduty officer Frank Gillett.

For Goliath’s owner, IanWatson, he was just happy to see his mate unharmed.

It was around 9am when Mr Watson received a phone callfrom his wife, who was out walking their dogs, that naughty Goliath had found himself insome trouble.

“We could hear him in there, and his brother Hercules just sat there howling,” he said.

“I thought he was only a couple of metres in, but he was 30 or so metres.

“So I thought we better call the SES. They were just wonderful.”

He said it was the first time in two yearswalking the same trackthat Goliath had ever chased a cat.

It might not be the last, with Goliath spending his new found freedom looking out forthe mysterious cat.

But if his owners have anything to do with it, there will be no more chasing cats with a new lead in sight.

But for now, it’s home for a hot bath to clean off the mud.

“He will probably get some cuddles from dad too,” Mr Watson said.

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Banham, Dell go big as the cup kicks off

Maiden first grade tons to Ulverstone’sDarren Banham and Devonport’s Tyler Dell helped guide their sides to opening round Greater Northern Cup victories on Saturday.
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PRESSURE: Ulverstone’s Brent Munday stays in his crease as the ball flies towards the stumps on Saturday. Picture: Scott Gelston

Banham made 101 from 138 balls, with seven fours and five sixes, as Ulverstone totalled8-231 against Launceston at UCI Oval.

James Smith chipped in with 35 from 32 balls as the home team built a score that proved far too great against the Lions, with Dom Rawlings taking 3-43 from 10 overs and Cameron Lynch 2-25 off seven.

Lynch made it a fine all-round game with a run-a-ball 54, but save for an unbeaten 29 from 36 balls from Rowan Smith, the visitorsshowed no real resistance and were dismissed for 172 in 49.3 overs.

Brent Munday took 3-25 from 9.3 overs and Smith 2-30 from his 10for Ulverstone.

Wicketkeeper Dell made 120 from 111 balls, with 12 fours and six sixes asDevonport made270 against South Launceston at the NTCA No.2.

Launceston’s Dom Rawlings tries to make the run out as Ulverstone’s Damien Devries sprints back

Import Anish Paraam contributed 40from 69 balls, Bruce Will 33 from 27 and Samuel Fogg 27 from 31.

The wickets were shared by South, withJack and Casey Young, Alec Smith and Mark Nutting taking two each.In reply, Southfinished at 7-161, with John Hayes making 52 from 88 balls.

Paraamfinished a fine debut with 2-13 with his left-arm spin, with Fogg (2-25) andChristopher Lindsay (2-33) also chipping in.

Ulverstone’s James Smith flicks one away.

Latrobe did the job against Riverside, winning by 28 runs.

The Demons mae 5-240, thanks to 81 from Callan Morse and an unbeaten 45 from Jacob Webb.

They bowled out the Blues for 212 in the 49thover, with Scottish import Neil Flack taking 3-36 from 10 overs.

Wynyard startedwith a 157-run loss against Mowbray at home.

The Eagles had contributions from John Le Fevre (56), Alex Jordan (49), Rohan Pooley (47) and Jerome Illingworth (29) as they amassed8-273.

Bhodi Johnstone (2-54), Dane Townsend (2-33), and Brendan Wilcox (2-21) finished among the wickets for Wynyard.

They could muster just 116 in response, with just three players (Gregg Sharman with 38, skipper Brodie Stokes 26 not out and Johnston with 18) reaching double figures.

Illingworth did the damage for Mowbray, collecting 6-11 from 8.3 overs.

Burnie fell to Westburyat Ingamells Oval by 77 runs, with the home team making 5-231 from their 50 overs thanks to 91 from Dane Anderson.

In response, Brodie Hayescarriedhis bat with 51 from 109 balls, but had nosupport as the Hurricanes were bowled out for 154.

Michael Lukic too 4-45off 7.3 oversto do the damage for Westbury.

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Calls for road safety after three fatalities

THREE road deaths in two days has left Tasmania Police again pleading with drivers to be safe on the state’s roads.
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On Friday morning, 59-year-old Victorian man Ross Alexander died in a crash at Elizabeth Town.

That evening a 48-year-old Bridgewater manwas killed on the Brooker Highway.

About 12.40pm onSaturday a third rider, a teenager, died onDawkins Road atLower Beulah.

A rescue helicopter was dispatched but he died at the scene.

The series of fatalities have left police saddened and again pleading with motorists to be safe on the roads.

“These tragic deaths will haveprofound impacts upon the family, friends and community circles of each rider,”Central West DivisionSenior Sergeant Debbie Williamssaid.

“Whilst the cause of each crash is currently under investigation by police and reports are beingprepared for the Coroner, it is a timely reminder that with improving weather comes an increasein the number of motorcyclists enjoying the state’s roads.”

Mr Alexander was part of a national ride with the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and had only arrived in Tasmania hours earlier.

His daughterSamantha said her father was a manwho“would do anything for anyone, day or night”.

“[He]always looked at the positives in life,” she said.

“He loved to talk the ear off people and will forever live on in the heart of many.

“He tragically lost his life doing what he loved out on the open road on the back of his beloved Harley Davidson

Riders are reminded to wear highlyvisible and appropriate safety gear, assume other drivers can’t see them, ride to the conditions, keep their motorcycle roadworthy andbe aware of potential hazards.

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