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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Central prove worth early on in campaign

CONSISTENT: Ross McIntyre, playing for Central Park in the pennant division, won one and lost two games of doubles when his side faced Horsham Lawn Savage. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIROUND two ofthe tennis this season is done and dusted.
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In the pennant division, Central Park marked its second win in as many games when the sidetravelled to Horsham Lawn.

The match was a close affair with Central Park leading sixsets to Horsham Lawn’s five after the 11thrubber.

However, the final three sets saw Central Park topplethe opposition on its home court, winning nine sets99 games to five sets 80 games.

Kalkee recorded a strong victory at home when the teamfaced off against Horsham Lawn O’Connor.

The fixture was all tied-up after the fourth set, with each team recording two wins.

But itwas a short-lived comfort forHorsham Lawn O’Connor asKalkee broke throughto secure 10 consecutive victories in the doubles fixtures.

Kalkee finished with 12 sets 113 games to Horsham Lawn O’Connor’s two sets 60 games.

The results ofSt Michael’s Horsham Tennis Club match againstDrung South were not provided.

In A Special, Central Park recorded its second victory as the away team,Haven forfeiting the match.

The forfeit sawCentral Park’s percentage skyrocketto 833.33.

Natimuk wasvictorious when ithosted Drung South.

Drung South wasleading after the fifth rubber, threesets to two, but the team wasunable to tally another set until the 11thrubber, which was also the club’sfinal win of the day.

Natimuk won 10 sets 103 gamesto Drung South’s four sets 41 games.

Telangatuk East and Homers battled through a close match, with the final two rubbers the deciding sets.

Telangatuk East started well and took a fivesets to one leadby the sixth rubber.

Homers fought back, winning fourof a possible sixsets by rubber 12.

Homers were a good chance to tie the day up before Telangatuk East won the final two sets.

Telangatuk East won nine sets 105 games to Homers’ five sets81 games.

In A Grade, Noradjuha defeated Haven nine sets 102 gamesto three sets54 games.

Kalkee forfeited its away matchto Brimpaen, while Central Park wasdefeated seven sets 75 games to five sets77 games by Horsham Lawn Tennis Club.

results from the Laharum and Quantong match werenot supplied.

Two teams havetwo wins from two matches inB Grade.Laharum wasgifted a second win by Haven Green, whichforfeited the match-up.

A close game was played out in the second match.Horsham Lawn Tennis Club was defeated by 14 games against Drung South.

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The battle to a tribute

It couldn’t have come at any better time, norin any better year.
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Fiona Plummer’s eventual induction into the Australian Eightball Hall of Fame on Saturday night may have just about tested the emotions –and lifted her spirits.

“I didn’t know,” she said, “so I was very shocked, but it was a nice surprise.”

The Launceston veteran’smind had until the past week been elsewhere.

The 48-year-oldhad spent most of the year fightingagainst breast cancer.

Plummerwas only given the all clear to resume playing six weeks out from this month’sAustralian eightball championships.

“It’s been a tough year since I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in March.So generally, I have been battling the radiation and the operation,” she said.

“Tocome out with this at the end of it, after everything I’ve put in and achieved over the years, andthen you sort of get bad, you reflect a little bit different on life.

“It’s nice to have something recognised for what you’ve done over the years.”

Tasmanian 2007 Hall-of-FamerAndrew Saltmarsh said Plummer had been a most deserving recipient.

But the honour was held off a “year or two” until it could be presented to Plummer in front of her home supporters in Launceston.

Plummer is now one of 17 members into the sport’sHall of Fame since2003, whileits sixth female is the first new inducteefor three years.

She said competing this past week against rivals she calls friends has been tough given her health scare.

“It’s been more mental rather than physical, so I was prepared, but obviously not as good as if I didn’t have it,” Plummer said.

“But mentally it has been draining, but I suppose it has given me that extra focus.”

The awards presentation night also included naming the Australian teams, as the men and women attempt to retain their 2016 World championship titles.

Hobart’sJeremy McGuire was the only Tasmanian in the men’s team.

Penguin’s Cale Barrett was selected for the national under-23 team, while Devonport’sWayne Stubbs headlined made the masters’ team after being named its player of the carnival.

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Spriggs plays waiting game with cup chance

PACKED BUNCH: The Caulfield Cup field thunders down the straight for the first time in the $3 million race on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images
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BLAKE Spriggs has the big-race bug but the Newcastle jockey will have to wait until later in the week to find out if his mountSir John Hawkwood will press on to the Melbourne Cup.

The eight-year-old stayer finished a gallant 10thbehind Jameka in the Caulfield Cup –Spriggs’ first major –on Saturday and a decision on the horse’sfuture will be made after he returns to Waratah Thoroughbreds’ headquarters in Moss Vale.

“Heis going back to the farm andwill enjoy a week in the paddock,” Spriggs said.

“I will fly back up there Wednesday and ride him. If he is showing that competitive edge again and he wants to keep going, then we will press on to the cup.

“If he is showing signs that he has had enough, then he will retire.”

Severely squeezed at the first turn, Spriggs got Sir John Hawkwood to settle down the back and followed Jameka in to the straight.

But when Nick Hall pushed the go button on the favourite, Sir John Hawkwood was left behind.

“He had his chance,” Spriggs said.

“Idid get that squeeze up the straight the first time, but once he got around the top of the track, he settled and he had a beautiful run from there.Jameka peeled out from the 700m and coasted into the race.I was able to get on her back and grab hold of her tail. But from the 500m my bloke came off the bridle, which is unlike him.Once we turned into the straight, he was running well but he was a beatenhorse.”

Spriggs said he was lucky that Sir John Hawkwood didn’t fall when crossed by Sir Isaac Newton and had a heated exchange post race with Irish jockey Colm O’Donoghue.

O’Donoghue appeared beforethe stewards who ruled that the jockey wasn’t at fault, and that his horse was over racing and uncontrollable.

“I know he didn’t get the blame for it but he showed total disregard for me and my horse,” Spriggs said. “For other jockeys to come up to me and share their concerns. I was half a length to his inside. I’m entitled to be there.I gave him a yell to let himknow I was there and he didn’t look once.Iwas so fired up, not because he cost me anything in the race. My horse could have fallen and have to be put down and I could have been in a hospital bed.”

Although still furious on Sunday, Spriggs said the exchange with O’Donoghue and attention it received had not detracted from his maiden Caulfield Cup experience.

“I am just looking forward to doing it again,” he said of Caulfield Cup ride. “Now that i have done it I want to do it every year. It is something that will stick with me forever.”

Rare visit results in a win

A trip to Wagga through floodwaters was made worthwhilefor Echuca trainer Rhys Archard on Saturday.
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Archard brought one horse to the races and left with one winner after Solas stormed home late to take out theGroup 9 Men of League Cup (2000m).

The win in the benchmark 55 handicap was the seven-year-old’s second in his last fivestarts.

He broke a nine-month drought at Echucain August and just found enough to chase down Hard Go Joat Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

Apprentice Lily Coombe looked to have stole a winning break aboard Hard Go Jo ($8)before Solas ($5) fired late.

Archard was impressed by his finish after taking his time to adjust to the NSW way of racing.

“It was his first time that way going,” Archard said.

“I wasn’t sure how we would go and it took a while to balance up in the straight.”

Forced to travel through floodwaters on the 3.5 hour trip north and come through some“hairy” moments, itwas a rare trip to Murrumbigdee Turf Club for Archard.

However,there may be more to come.

“The increased prizemoney makes it a worthwhile trip if you have the right horse in the right race,” he said.

Archard also had a presence in the second Southern District meeting on Saturday.

He finished fourth in the Paraway Pastoral Company Deniliquin Cup (1400m) with Make Mine Brandy.

She finished three lengths off Craig Conron’s Lingo and is headed for a spell.

It was a day for doubles at the Men of League raceday.

Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland started things off by taking out the first two races.

Outanabout broke through for his win at start three after finishing second earlier in the week.

Willy White Socks then scored his first win since April in the Bidgee Region Rugby League Class 2 Handicap (1200m).

Nick Souquet was the next to get in on the double act when hepicked up back-to-back wins.

He held off the challenge of Leica Bita Magic and John Kissickto win aboard Footmark for Andrew Dale before just timing it right with Correggio.

The Steve Cunnighham-trained gelding produced a fast finish to defeat Sir Ottavioby a nose.

It was the seven-year-old’s first win in 2.5 years.

Correggio hadn’t won since defeating Wagga Gold Cup winner Trade Commissioner in a $100,000 race at Sandown in April 2014.

After his earlier win on Willy White Socks, John Kissickbrought up his double on Magic Scene for mother and son combination Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones.

Brock Ryan added to his win with Solas by taking out the last No When To Hold Em with for Neville Layt.

WELL DONE: Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach presents Brock Ryan with the trophy after taking out the Group 9 Men of League Cup on Saturday.

COMING AWAY: Solas storms past his rivals to take out the Group 9 Men of League Cup at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Saturday. Pictures: Kieren L Tilly

DRIVING FINISH: Corrieggio just gets the better of Sir Ottavio in a close finish to the William Farrer Hotel League Of Their Own Mile on Saturday.

Nick Souquet

SUNNY DAY OUT: Cam Knox and Justine Sutton enjoy a day out during the Men of League raceday at Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

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Road spikes end 90km police chase

A man has been charged after road spikes ended a pursuit lasting 90km between Kundabung and Johns River.
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About 10.45pm on Friday, October 14, police were travelling on the Pacific Highway at Kundabung, about 40km north of Port Macquarie, when they saw a 4WD allegedly exceeding the speed limit and overtaking vehicles in a road works zone.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle; however, when the driver didn’t pull over, a pursuit was initiated.

Police from Traffic and Highway Patrol followed the 4WD for 90km until road spikes were deployed at Johns River.

The vehicle continued for a further 5km on a deflated tyre before it stopped and the driver got out of the vehicle. A struggle ensued during which police used OC spray to subdue and arrest the 41-year-old man.

The man was taken to Taree Police Station before being taken to Manning Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

On returning to Taree Police Station, the man was charged with not stop vehicle when directed; exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h; not keeping left of diving line; resisting an officer in the execution of duty, and resident three months and not obtaining NSW licence.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Taree Local Court on Tuesday, November 15.

Police will allege the driver reached speeds of up to 140km/h.

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Desire to keep Eagles flying over the Hunter

ELUSIVE: NSW Country Eagles inside centre Kyle Godwin during Saturday’s NRC semi-final victory in Newcastle. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.Newcastle Barabarians coach Scott Coleman believes the National Rugby Championship should continue visiting the Hunter region annually following Saturday’ssemi-final clash at No.2 Sportsground.
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An estimated 1900 people turned out to see the NSW Country Eagles advance to this weekend’s decider in Tamworth following a 50-24 victory againstthe Melbourne Rising.

In the competition’s third year it was the first finals match played in Newcastle and only the second overall after last season’s round game between the Eagles and Queensland Country.

Desire to keep Eagles flying over the Hunter TweetFacebook NSW Country Eagles v Melbourne Rising at No.2 SportsgroundPictures by Jonathan CarrollColeman reckons it should be an annual event.

“I think the NHRU should put in a bid to get a game every year,” he said.

“It’s so close for Eagles players to come here [from Sydney] and foreign teams can fly here directly.”

Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union general manager Andy Fairfull said they would bid again next year with Eagles officials pleased with the display only a week after announcing the venue.

“The NSW Country Eagles were impressed with the organisation of the event and the quality of the facility,” Fairfull said. “The condition and pace of the playing surface was also noted.”

Coleman’s side earlier defeated the Country Barbarians 65-35 in a curtain-raiser with Josh McCormack and Chris Logan both scoring multiple tries while Dylan Heins was a standout performer.

The hosts led 28-24 at half-time after Country opened with the first two converted tries.

AAP reports: ThreeNSW Country Eagles players crossed for doubles in Saturday’s 26-pointNational Rugby Championship semi-final win against Melbourne Rising in Newcastle.

Winger Reece Robinson, man-of-the-match Samuel Figg and scrumhalf Jake Gordon each scored two tries as NSW Country secured a home final.

Second-rower Rohan O’Reegan scored Country’s other try in the seven-tries-to-three romp.

But the minor premiers were forced to play catch-up, after Wallabies back Sefanaia Naivalu scored the opening try for Melbourne in the first minute.

Five minutes laterhooker Pat Leafa barged over in the corner to help Rising earn a 16-0 lead.

NSW then scored 42 unanswered points to effectively put the game beyond Melbourne, although Rising flanker Jordy Reid scored a try with 15 minutes to go to trim the margin to 18.

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