July, 2019

Creek out for six weeks

SHOOT: Mitch Creek shooting for a goal with the Adelaide 36ers. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
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HORSHAM basketballer Mitch Creek is out for six to eight weeks after fracturing his foot during Friday’s clash with his team, theAdelaide 36ers.

“I heard a massive snap and then popping sound in my foot, and each step it repeated itself. Ended up with a nice old line through the bone,” he said.

Creek will endure two weeks with crutches and no weight bearing and two weeks of movement and weight.

By week four he expects to be back in normal shoes and by week six, back on the court and the gym to start shooting and lifting.

Creek said the news was heartbreaking but he remained positive.

“Obviously it is not what you want to hear from the doctors, given everything that’s been going on and the way the team is going,” he said.

“In saying that, we have a long way to go.

“It is just one of those things. It feels as if I’ve almost wasted nine months of sacrifices and relationships and friendships.

“To miss all of that to prepare and have it taken away is tough.

“I am going to be finethough, at the end of the day.”

Creek said he is determined to come back bigger and better.

“There is no use sooking about it, it won’t speed up my recovery at all,” he said.

“Considering I won’t be at training I will be able to do other things and have the ability to help others.

“It is also a chance to focus on my ball handling and heaps of other things.

“I can devote my time to that and be a better basketballer for it.”

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Brown scores maiden century

Brown scores maiden century TweetFacebook NDCA round 3: Newcastle City v University at Learmonth ParkPictures by Jonathan CarrollCorey Brown has made the most of his late call up to first grade by making an unbeaten 154 as Toronto gained ascendancy of its third round match against Wallsend at Ron Hill Oval on Saturday.
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Batting at three Brown, who replaced Peter McCredie on Thursday, posted his maiden top flight century – facing262 deliveries and spending307 minutes out in the middle as Toronto reached 9(dec)-332.

“It was chanceless, very determined, he hit the ball well and put value on his wicket –everything you want from a top order batsman really,” Toronto skipper Paul Toole said of the club junior.

“He’s only 21 and was actually picked in second grade this week, but got his chance when someone pulled out on Thursday night and he’speeled off 154 not out.”

The university student went in at 1-8 and negotiated a difficult period at 6-92 before combining with Jeremy Ford (71) for a 123-run seventh-wicket partnership.

Brown and No.10 Corey Piccirillo (38) then took the score from 8-248 to 9-329.

With four overs left Torontoenforced a change of innngs and have Wallsend 1-14.

The outlook across at Cahill Oval is grim for Cardiff-Boolaroo with Belmont on the verge of an outright result having already secured a first-innings victory on day one.The hosts need just five second-innings wickets to complete the rout and claim maximum points after a dominant display with both bat and ball on Saturday.

After being asked to bat Belmontcaptain Mark Littlewood (103 not out) continued his early season form and guided his troopsto an almost run-a-ball 5-308 before declaring.

Jace Lawson (3-15, 2-2), Luke Muddle (3-14) and Ray Cooper (3-26, 3-13), who had earlier scored a quickfire 60, dismissed the visitors for 69 inside 27 overs before sending them back in and leaving Cardiff in disarray at 5-29.

Over at Learmonth Park it is more evenly poised approaching day two this weekend asNewcastle City eye the required 54 runs with six wickets in hand.They finished4-88 from 35 overs in reply to University’s 141.

The home side opted to bowl first with Jonty Major (4-33)and Ryan Van Kemenade (3-22) the main contributers.New University recruit Adam Taylor (36) and skipper Matt Gawthrop (33) put on 47 for the fifth wicket.

Meanwhile, washed out matches at Townson and Harker ovals will revert to 50-over fixtures this Saturday with five-time defending champions Merewether hosting Stockton-Raymond Terrace and competition leaders Hamilton-Wickham away to Wests.

Under 21s flex muscle with win over Italians

HE’S AWAY: Orange CYMS utility Ryan Griffin proved his class with a strong game at halfback for the Rams 21s on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCHTHREE tries in six minutes saw the Western Rams under 21s come from behind to beat their Federation of Italia Rugby League Australia rivals 26-16 at Carrington Park on Saturday.
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Trailing 12-10 after the opening 35-minute half, the Rams found themselves under pressure early in the second stanza.

For 15 minutes FIRLA camped on the Rams’ line, but the visitorswere unable toget any reward.

Momentum then swung as the hosts quickly surged to a 14-point lead –a scoring blitz whichFIRLA was unable torecover from.

“They’re a really fast, mobile side. We didn’t know what to expect, but theyhad that speed and they sort of worried us a little bit when they got the ball wide with offloads,” Rams coach Kurt Hancock said.

“They came back into it, but the first part of the second half we were really good defensively I thought.

“They had a lot of ball early in that second half, but once we got it down their end we took our chances.”

After the opening whistle it was FIRLA who found itself under pressure, having let the kick-off go dead in goal.

For the next 10 minutes FIRLA scrambled well in defence, until finally a well-weighted kick set upwinger Matt Ranse. Nick Millar converted to make it 6-0.

The Rams continued to press in attack with FIRLA taking 15 minutes before they finally enjoyed possession in their rivals’ territory.

Yet for all that early attacking football, the Rams only managed one try.

It meant that when five-eighth Nick Lawrence crossed in the 20thminutefor FIRLA and Todd Sapienza converted, it was 6-all.

That try lifted FIRLA and four minutes later it had the lead as hooker Josh Natoli dived over from dummy half.Sapienza added the extras to make it 12-6.

It took some inspiration from Rams halfback Ryan Griffin shortly before the break to narrow the gap, the Orange CYMS product making a strong charge following a scrum.

The ball was then spread to the left and Ranse finished to make it 12-10 at the break.

When play resumed it was all FIRLA, and while the Rams pressured themselves with some handling errors, they held firm in defence.

It was Mudgee second rowerZac Adams –who was named best on field for the Rams –who turned momentum when he split FIRLA up the middle of the ruck 25 metres out and went on to score.

Off the next set St Pat’s hooker Hudson White benefited from a fortuitous bounce as he chipped ahead, regathered and slammed the ball down over the line.

Three minutes later the Rams were in again via Mudgee centre Camden Sutton, White adding the extras to make it 26-12.

FIRLA’s Kyle Lowe scored a consolation in the final minute.

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Meares rides off into the sunset

Announcing her retirement, Australian cycling great Anna Meares has revealed she needed six cortisone injections through her spine to compete at the Rio Olympics.
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Meares, 33, said on Sunday she had decided to end her stellar career, highlighted by two gold medals from four Olympic campaigns and 11 world championship titles.

LEGEND: Olympic cycling great Anna Meares announced her retirement on Sunday after an illustrious but injury-plagued career. Picture: Getty Images

“Obviously a lot of people will be wondering where I am going to post-Rio. With some time in reflection I have decided that I am actually going to retire,” Meares told the Nine Network.

“The reason I took some time to myself after Rio … I wanted to remove myself from that environment and get over some of the emotions attached with the Olympic Games.”

Meares admitted there had been a temptation to go on and finish her career on home soil at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games but the wear and tear of a punishing sport had taken its toll.

“Having looked back and seen all the things that I have achieved and assessed some of the injuries that I have had to manage going into Rio,” Meares said.”Most people were unaware just to get to Rio I had six cortisone injections through my spine.”

Her decision comes after she won bronze in the keirin at the Rio Games, her sixth Olympic medal making her the most decorated Australian cyclist in Games history.

“I feel satisfied and happy to step aside from the sport and try something new and different,” she said.

Meares’s11 world titles arethe most by a female cyclist. She also won 35 national titles and five gold medals at Commonwealth Games.

“I am really proud of my longevity, also proud of the level of high consistency in my performances and results during my career,” Meares said.”It is hard to close this chapter, because it is a bloody big one, but I am really excited about the doors opening in to the next chapter of my life.”

Meares’ achievements are even more incredible in light of the life-threatening injuries she suffered in a race crash, including a fractures in her neck, just months beforeBeijing 2008.

Meares said she would most like to be remembered for her “resilience and strength”.

“I am really proud I have stuck around for as long as I have and while some people think I have made it look easy, I had to work so hard to stay on top.

“And I have been challenged extensively throughout my career and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of those challenges.

“I feel that I have grown with each experience and they have left me a better athlete, a better person.”

Cycling Australia CEO, Nicholas Green OAM, paid tribute to Meares upon her announcement.

“Anna’s contribution to the sport of cycling is immeasurable, and whether on or off the bike, Anna exemplified the utmost professionalism and respect for the sport and her peers,” he said.

“Her results at the Olympic, world championship and Commonwealth level are second to none and is a tribute to her hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence.

“Also the resilience shown by Anna as she faced repeated challenges throughout her career epitomised her strength of character and truly inspired the nation.

“While the trademark Meares stare, speed, power and victories will be sorely missed in velodromes across Australia and throughout the world, Anna has left a legacy on the sport that will be felt for years to come.

“Quite simply, the world of cycling is stronger because of Anna Meares, not poorer because of her retirement.

“We wish Anna all the best and look forward to her remaining with the sport in Australia to nurture and mentor our next generation of cyclists.”

Australian champions defend titles in style

ALL CLASS: Australian champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald proved too strong for South Australian Corinne Yallup-Cross in the open final at Albury’s Commercial Club on Saturday. The top seed won in straight sets, 21-9, 21-8.
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The number one seeds have maintained their domination of the Australian Racquetball titles.

Cameron White remains unbeaten over 15 years after toppling second seed Jason Mudge, 21-17, 21-8.

“Cameron went into the competition underdone, and a lot of people thought he was suspect,” Australian Racquetball’s Paul Vear said.

“But he has the ability to lift a gear when the pressure really comes on.”

Work commitments had restricted White’s preparation, with Mudge’s only loss in the sport coming against the national starin 2014.

And it was a similar story in the Open women’s.

Sarah Fitz-Gerald continued her seven-year undefeated reign with a straight sets win over South Australian, Corinne Yallup-Cross, 21-9, 21-8.

“Sarah was a bit like that when she played squash, just a bit better than anybody else,” Vear said.

Fitz-Gerald was a five-time world Open winner in squash from 1996-2002, and is a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Both Fitz-Gerald and White actedas ambassadors for the titles.

Officials have beendelighted with the tournament, attracting its biggest field since the mid-1990s with 235 entries.

“The people here in Albury and Wodonga have been tremendous,” Vear said.

“We’ve used three venues, the Commercial Club, the Albury Club and in Wodonga, and that has workedwell.”

Vear says one of the reasons the Border was selected for the championships was due to its booming nature.

“Four years ago it was squash with 90 per centof the players, and racquetball with 10 per cent,” he said.

“Now it’s 50-50, and that doesn’t mean squash hasfallen away.

“We have 32 juniors at these titles, with the majority from this region.”

And those juniors playedstarring roles.

Boom youngster Alex Baines won A grade, while Daniel Chu claimed the C division.

Justin Chu won the under 13s, while Baines’ younger siblings Nicola and Gabby snared E grade and the junior girls under 13 respectively.

“It’s been great to watch the development of our juniors, and they really showed the way,”Commercial Club Squash and Racquetball’s Ross Falconer said.

“We’re delighted withthe event.

“The decision on next year’s titleswill be made in November, but at this stage if the local club looks to re-apply they would start favourite because it’s all gone off very well,” Vear said.

TheCommercial Club alsohosted a capacitypresentationfunction on Saturday night.

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