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Kiwi ready to bounce out of corner for title fight

NEW Zealand’s “knockout king” Tim Minnis has put himself in one corner for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Junior Middleweight title after a convincing points win over Geelong’s Heath Stenton at the Minerdome on Sunday.The Ian Fear-promoted fights afternoon and evening was a huge success, drawing a crowd of 600.A world title fight is to go ahead in Ballarat on November 14 after the main bout of Minnis-Stenton saw Minnis qualify.Fear has secured the WBF title fight for the Minerdome with Minnis to fight an international opponent for the world title.Geelong’s experienced Stenton had no answers on this occasion – giving up an opportunity to regain his Australian supermiddle-weight title which he lost to Anthony Mundine in his quest for the WBF title in Ballarat.From round one until the finish, Minnis controlled the fight with fast body punching as well as his uppercut.The Ballarat Boxing Acadamy operator and trainer, Fear was ecstatic with the result of his proteges on the program at the Minerdome.Ballarat’s “Mr Excitement” Simon Anderson won his second title in two months taking the Western Victorian lightheavyweight area title.Anderson is now unbeaten in three fights – he also won the Riverina Cruiserweight title in early July.Another Fear fighter, Jimmy Werndly lost to Geelong’s Tommy Barris on a spilt points decision.
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Alcoholic drink
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banned in NSW

[BB] SYDNEY – The NSW Government will ban an alcoholic beverage it claims is packaged to resemble a child’s milk drink. Gaming and Racing Minister Grant McBride said the drink, called Moo Joose, contained 5.3 per cent alcohol and was to be sold in 250ml glass bottles.

It was to be available in four flavours and marketed under the slogan “Milk it for all it’s worth”.

“My concern is that the container looks just like the sort of milk drink that a young child would have,” Mr McBride said.

“I fear that Moo Joose could be dangerously misleading and blur the distinction between flavoured milk drinks and alcohol products.”

Taxpayers fund

prostitute map

PERTH – West Australian taxpayers have paid for a map showing Perth’s prostitutes where the best streetwalking spots are, State Parliament was told this week.

The announcement comes within weeks of the revelation that WA taxpayers paid for another document involving the promotion of prostitution.

At the bottom of the map is an acknowledgment to the West Australian Government for sponsorship.

Food laws may

stymie Grange

SYDNEY – It could become illegal to sell vintage wines like Grange Hermitage from the end of next year as an unforeseen consequence of recent changes to food safety laws.

The oversight by the national food safety regulator has got up the nose of the wine industry, which has lodged an application with Food Standards Australia New Zealand for exemption from the laws.

Under new regulations introduced by FSANZ, the sale of long- shelf-life foods will become illegal from December 2004 unless they are re-labelled in accordance with new labelling requirements introduced last year.

But FSANZ forgot to take into consideration wine and wine products with a long shelf-life, including prestige vintage drops.

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A time ofexcitement and nerves

For Ballarat’s first Olympian, Bobby Bath, his fondest memory of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics was going to the movies with friends.He had heard of a young Tasmanian javelin thrower Heather Innes, who shared his mother’s maiden name.Bath decided to find out if they were related, and was so taken with her he ended up asking her to the cinema.”She told me she would have to get permission,” Bath said.He caught up with Innes a couple of days later, and was told she could go with a chaperone.”I said that was okay, I’d get Kevin Hogarth to come,” he said.Her chaperone was runner Shirley Strickland.”So Kevin Hogarth and I took Heather Innes and Shirley Strickland to the cinema in the Olympic village. I thought that was pretty exciting,” Bath said.The boy from Buninyong had many happy experiences at the Olympics, but most of them came after his event – the boxing.Bath was beset by nerves, and experienced many moments of self-doubt.”There was definitely excitement, but it was overshadowed by the fear of not knowing whether I’d be up to the right standard,” Bath said.”All my training was done in Ballarat and Buninyong leading up to the Games.”I knew the international athletes would have much more experience.”When I got to the village I actually went to the library to get a bit more information on the Olympics, and, as an afterthought, checked to see if any boxers had been killed. Luckily there hadn’t,” he said.The 20-year-old was very attached to his family and concerned about being away from home for so long.”I hadn’t done much travelling before,” Bath said.”Everyone kept telling me how disappointing it was I didn’t get a trip abroad. But I was relieved.”Bath described the train journey by himself from Ballarat to Melbourne for the Olympics as disturbing.”Even though I was 20, I lacked a lot of social experience through living in a small place,” Bath said.”When I got to the village I was nervous and a bit lonely too.”There was a spare bed, so my brother came to stay for a week.”He pretended he was an Olympian too.”You can imagine what that would be like today with all the security,” he said.Once he was in Melbourne, the boxer had trouble making the requirement for his event, the bantam-weight.”I really had to starve myself,” Bath said.”Some Japanese people came in to watch our training at Spartal’s gym.”One of them asked if I was the light-weight.”I was actually two weights before that – I was trying to get myself down to eight stone 10 in the old language, but I was very big and strong for my size,” he said.Bath said in that situation the best advice came from team-mates.”We didn’t have dieticians and psychologists back then. I had to eat a lot of salads,” he said.Bath had a two-day wait from the opening ceremony to his event. He said the hype around the village was tremendous.”There were between 400 and 500 people wanting autographs outside the gates all the time.”It was also the first time women were allowed in the village. There was a very high fence around their quarters.”It was all very exciting,” Bath said.Bath was the only Australian boxer to compete on the opening night of competition.He won his first round against Sri Lankan Hemapala Jayasuriya.Although he was defeated in round two by subsequent silver medallist, Korean Song Soon-Chun, it was in the first round that the importance of being an Olympian hit home for Bath. “When I won my first fight, there was a group of about 50 boy scouts who made a guard of honour along the walkway back to the change-room to salute me.”It was then I realised that it was really special and important,” he said.Although Bath sometimes contemplates the “what ifs” of the competition, he went on to have a marvellous time at the Games.”It was tough meeting the silver medallist in the second round,” he said.”He came up against opponents I thought weren’t that strong. “If I had had one more fight and gained more confidence, I think I might have been able to beat him.”But once my competition had finished I had a wonderful time,” Bath said.Bath became very friendly with the Australian gold medallist swimmer Sandra Morgan, and the pair went to many of the parties to swap badges and meet people.When he finally returned home, it was to a hero’s welcome.Bath returned to Ballarat by train. A sports car met him at the railway station.”There were people lined up all the way along the road to Buninyong,” Bath said.”Even though I didn’t get a medal I came back a hero.”I had taken part and done my best and they knew and were appreciative of that.”I was really representing them,” he said.
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Ballarat Football League results

Ballarat Football LeagueSeniors:Darley 8.13 (61) d Sebastopol 1.4 (10) GOALS – Darley: Cox 2, Haworth 2, Henry 2, Scobe, Cannard. Sebastopol: Wills. BEST – Darley: Henry, Young, Scoble, Jambor, Cannard, McCabe. Sebastopol: Schultz, Lockyer, Cook, Brick, Niblett, Gilbert.Daylesford 5.5 (35) d Lake Wendouree 1.3 (9) GOALS – Daylesford: Beacham, Lockett, Nunn, O’Brien, Thompson. Lake Wendouree: Jarred. BEST – Daylesford: O’Brien, L. Adams, J. Adams, Winduss, Wright, Beacham. Lake Wendouree: Gunn, Anderson, Buckwell, Carracher, McCulloch, Holloway.Redan 12.12 (84) d Bacchus Marsh 3.0 (18) GOALS – Redan: Barker 4, Blomeley 2, Cummins, Dwyer, Freeland, Murphy, Reid, Walsh. Bacchus Marsh: Dodd, McKay, Spiteri. BEST – Redan: Barker, Freeland, Murrihy, Brick, Runge. Bacchus Marsh: McKay, Elliott, Brereton, Coy.Sunbury 10.8 (68) d Melton 4.9 (33) GOALS – Sunbury: Young 3, Baird, Gadsden, Hehir, Little, Lobb, Smithwick. Melton: McLean, Turner, Berger, Grenfell. BEST – Sunbury: Griffin, Fleming, Thomas, Lewis, Young, Hehir. Melton: Button, Stanley, Cullen, Turner.East Point 11.7 (73) d Ballarat 4.12 (36) GOALS – East Point: Castles 3, George 2, Parsons 2, Turner 2, Seiz, Faull. Ballarat: Baker, Battistello, Pigdon, Schultz. BEST – East Point: Delaney, Castles, Faull, Koderenko, Cartledge, Stevens. Ballarat: Finlayson, O’Sullivan, Baker, Carmody, Wooster, Battistello.Ladder: SUNBURY 64 premiership points, REDAN 50, DARLEY 48, LAKE WENDOUREE 44, DAYLESFORD 44, EAST POINT 44, Melton 38, Melton South 28, Bacchus Marsh 24, Ballarat 16, Sebastopol 8.Reserves: Darley 18.16 (124) d Sebastopol 5.4 (34), Lake Wendouree 13.12 (90) d Daylesford 1.0 (6), Redan 17.17 (119) d Bacchus Marsh 0.2 (2), Sunbury 12.17 (89) d Melton 4.1 (25), East Point 3.10 (28) d Ballarat 2.3 (15).Ladder: EAST POINT 60 premiership points, SUNBURY 56, REDAN 56, LAKE WENDOUREE 52, MELTON SOUTH 44, MELTON 40, Darley 32, Ballarat 24, Daylesford 24, Bacchus Marsh 12, Sebastopol 8.Under-18sfr1/2: Darley 13.6 (84) d Sebastopol 3.8 (26), Lake Wendouree 4.4 (28) d North Ballarat 3.2 (20), Bacchus Marsh 4.10 (34) d Redan 3.4 (22), Sunbury 10.9 (69) d Melton 3.5 (23), East Point 7.13 (55) d Ballarat 0.3 (3).Ladder: LAKE WENDOUREE 64 premiership points, SUNBURY 56, NORTH BALLARAT 52, EAST POINT 44, MELTON 44, BACCHUS MARSH 40, Redan 40, Darley 28, Sebastopol 16, Ballarat 16, Melton South 8.
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Lexton Plains results

Lexton Plains Football LeagueSeniors:Lexton 27.38 (200) d Avoca 2.3 (15) GOALS – Lexton: Shortal 7, Davidson 4, Fisher 4, Brown 4, Johnson 2, Sheehan 2, Kline, Mason, Dridan, Impey. Avoca: Zeuschner, Thomson. BEST – Lexton: Johnson, Dridan, Faulkhead, Box, Shortal, George. Avoca: Tapner, Robinson, Thomson, Svilicic.Carngham-Linton 8.14 (62) d Natte Bealiba 7.17 (59) GOALS – Carngham-Linton: Ross Waters 4, Curran, McLean, Botheras, Rayner. Natte Bealiba: Andrews 3, Ross 2, Martin, Jardine. BEST – Carngham-Linton: Rayner, Burns, Clarke, Dummett, Doolan. Natte Bealiba: Andrews, Martin, Weir, Mortlock, Evans.Skipton 15.18 (108) d Ararat Eagles 8.9 (57) GOALS – Skipton: Postlethwaite 4, Johnson 2, Slater 2, McKay 2, Fletcher 2, Lench, Watson, Jennings. Ararat Eagles: May 3, T. McMahon, Keilar, Waring, Brady, Allen. BEST – Postlethwaite, Lench, Kennedy, Johnson, Boyer, Clark. Ararat Eagles: Blandford, O’Connell, T. McMahon, J. McMahon, Brady, Keilar.Rokewood-Corindhap 9.8 (62) d Navarre 5.3 (33) GOALS – Rokewood-Corindhap: Day 2, Matthews 2, Augustine, Webster, Oliver, Wilson, Le Maitre. Navarre: Peters, Martin, Lee, Greenaway, Clohesy. BEST – Rokewood-Corindhap: Ferrier, Sonagon, Russell, Matthews, Le Maitre, Oliver. Navarre: Ellis, Driscoll, Greenaway, Walsh, Heenan.Ladder: SKIPTON 60 premiership points, CARNGHAM-LINTON 60, LEXTON 50, ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP 46, NAVARRE 44, Natte Bealiba 32, Ararat Eagles 28, Illabarook 12, Avoca 8.Reserves: Lexton 12.17 (89) d Avoca 0.2 (2), Carngham-Linton 12.10 (82) d Natte Bealiba 2.4 (16), Skipton 16.13 (109) d Ararat Eagles 1.1 (7), Rokewood-Corindhap 16.17 (113) d Navarre 0.0 (0).Ladder: ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP 60 premiership points, SKIPTON 60, CARNGHAM-LINTON 56, LEXTON 48, ARARAT EAGLES 40, Navarre 24, Illabarook 24, Natte Bealiba 16, Avoca 12.Under-17: Avoca 7.10 (52) d Lexton 1.2 (8), Carngham-Linton 15.12 (102) d Natte Bealiba 0.0 (0), Ararat Eagles 5.6 (36) d Skipton 4.1 (25), Navarre 8.18 (66) d Rokewood-Corindhap 0.0 (0).Ladder: CARNGHAM-LINTON 64 premiership points, NAVARRE 60, AVOCA 56, ARARAT EAGLES 44, SKIPTON 34, Rokewood-Corindhap 30, Illabarook 20, Natte Bealiba 20, Lexton 12.Under-14: Avoca 6.15 (51) d Lexton 0.1 (1), Carngham-Linton 8.8 (56) d Natte Bealiba 1.1 (7), Ararat Eagles 13.7 (85) d Skipton 0.0 (0), Rokewood-Corindhap 6.1 (37) d Navarre 4.7 (31).Ladder: AVOCA 60, CARNGHAM-LINTON 56, ARARAT EAGLES 56, ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP 48, NAVARRE 40, Illabarook 26, Skipton 26, Lexton 20, Natte Bealiba 8.
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Devils to blood youth

TASMANIAN DEVILS B: Walker, Ronaldson, Wager. HB: T Geappen, Doering, Thurley. C: Beams, M Geappen, Cann. HF: Robinson, Derbyshire, MacMichael. F: Callinan, Heatley, Drury. Foll: Bartlett, B Geappen, Stephens. Inter: Kirk, Howard, Stevenson, Careless. Emer: Savage, Paine, Taylor. SANDRINGHAM ZEBRAS B: Molan, Lynch, Grant. HB: Tregear, Lamb, J Radford. C: Moorcroft, Haynes, Clark. HF: P Walsh, Poyas, Gallagher. F: Liddell, Carroll, Nicholson. Foll: Jamar, Rivers, Robbins. Inter form: Wilson, Bell, Smith, S Radford Bryan, Ainley, Howarth, Breese.YORK PARK VFL FACTS
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WHAT: The Collex-Menzies Cup.

WHO: Tassie Devils v Sandringham Zebras.

WHERE: York Park.

WHEN: 6.30pm, tomorrow.

A Tasmanian team bristling with skilful youngsters will tackle the talent-stacked Sandringham Zebras in a must-win match for the Devils at York Park tomorrow night.

Burnie on-baller Brett Robinson, 17, and North Hobart youngster Matthew Drury, 18, will make their VFL debuts against the Melbourne-aligned Zebras following the loss of several star Devils through injury or illness.

Key defenders Cameron Blight (bruised heel) Ben Atkin (pneumonia) and Jason Cripps (hamstring) have all been sidelined, forcing the selection shake-up coach Mathew Armstrong promised after the Devils drew with the 10th-placed Bendigo last week.

Launceston spearhead Adam Derbyshire, 20, comes into the side for his first VFL match this season, while Burnie midfielder Tim MacMichael, 20, has been recalled after making his Devils debut in round two this year.

The Devils have also retained last week’s first-gamers Daniel Kirk, 20, and Tim Geappen, 19, for the match against fourth- placed Sandringham, which will bring Demons defenders Peter Walsh and Alastair Nicholson to Launceston.

¤The two teams will be playing for the Collex-Menzies Cup and Devils players will take donations for the Menzies Centre in Launceston’s Brisbane St Mall between 11am and noon tomorrow.

People who donate $2 or more and registered members of the Menzies Centre will receive free entry to the match.

Tasmanian Turf Club members also have the chance to watch the Devils-Zebras clash at a reduced price. TTF members who show their membership badge at the York Park gates will be able to buy an adult ticket for $5 and a concession ticket for $3. In return, Devils members will need to pay just $2 entry fee to watch the horse racing at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday.

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Dockers, Demonsmiss key players

PROMOTED: Burnie will miss talented young midfielder Tim MacMichael, who has won selection in the Tassie Devils team.Richards, a four-time NTFL representative and 150-game player, was suspended earlier this week after a marathon hearing into a charge of making contact with an umpire.
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He will miss one game as will team-mate Shadbolt who was given the same penalty on a striking charge and they have been replaced by Nick Smith and Corey Lamprey.

Latrobe remains unbeaten after five games this season but faces its toughest test tomorrow against the reigning premier.

BURNIE will be without its talented young pair of Tim MacMichael and Brett Robinson after they were selected to play for the Tasmanian Devils against Sandringham at York Park tomorrow night.

LAUNCESTON will be without its key forward Adam Derbyshire for tomorrow’s twilight clash with Penguin at Windsor Park after he earned a recall to Tasmanian Devils.

The game was originally scheduled to be played as a support match to the VFL at York Park but has been switched back to Windsor Park with the seniors getting under way at 3.30pm.

The Blues also lost speedy winger Christian Murfet with a calf injury and Alister Gibbins was omitted with Hamish Clemons, Clive Poulton and rover Jason Thornton returning.

Launceston hasn’t given up hope of having Brennan Savage available if he misses final selection for the Devils.

PENGUIN couldn’t consider suspended defender Tony Fielding and Shaun Guard was eased to the reserves with experienced Sean Sherlock making a welcome return along with Joel Popowski.

DEVONPORT and South Launceston feature in a third versus fourth clash when they meet at the Devonport Oval with the Magpies lost solid defender Alan Clements with the ‘flu.

Heath Fellows will be an able replacement after he was a late withdrawal last week because of an ankle injury.

Craig Holloway has been promoted to the interchange in the only other change at Devonport.

SOUTH LAUNCESTON had to cover vice-captain Brian Finch who begins a two-game suspension and injury also sidelined half forward Brad Cottam and big man Adrian Dean.

Exciting youngster Jarrod Ryan returns after a week in the under- 18s and the other inclusions for the Bulldogs are Dean Aitken and Shaun Spencer.

WYNYARD has added defender Kurt Reeve to the team to play the Northern Bombers after he missed last week because of work commitments.

An ankle injury cost former Devonport wingman Sam Astell his place in the NORTHERN BOMBERS team and in the only other change big man Sean Beams was omitted.

Promoted to replace them were Scott Towns and Andrew Frame from the under-18s.

Former Bridgenorth defender Peter Lucas will make his debut for DELORAINE after being selected in the back pocket in the game against East Devonport.

The Kangaroos are close to full strength with the return of Adam Poke from injury and Craig Heathcote who missed the last two games because of injury.

Suspension cost co-captain Matthew Derrico and defender Darren Bell their places in the EAST DEVONPORT team and they were replaced by Dean Wilkes and Ricky Speers who will both start on interchange.

ULVERSTONE was forced to make three compulsory changes for the game against Smithton.

Kade Ellis suffered a groin injury against the Northern Bombers last week, young forward Justin Rodman is also on the injured list and Jason King unavailable because of work.

SMITHTON selectors made four changes with Josh Smith sidelined with an ankle injury and Ian Heald unavailable.

The Saints also eased Alex and Matthew Coates to the reserves to allow for the return of vice-captain Bryan Lardner and Tony Ralston from injury while Jarrod Watling and Owen Clark have been promoted from the under-18s.

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Devils to blood youth

TASMANIAN DEVILS B: Walker, Ronaldson, Wager. HB: T Geappen, Doering, Thurley. C: Beams, M Geappen, Cann. HF: Robinson, Derbyshire, MacMichael. F: Callinan, Heatley, Drury. Foll: Bartlett, B Geappen, Stephens. Inter: Kirk, Howard, Stevenson, Careless. Emer: Savage, Paine, Taylor. SANDRINGHAM ZEBRAS B: Molan, Lynch, Grant. HB: Tregear, Lamb, J Radford. C: Moorcroft, Haynes, Clark. HF: P Walsh, Poyas, Gallagher. F: Liddell, Carroll, Nicholson. Foll: Jamar, Rivers, Robbins. Inter form: Wilson, Bell, Smith, S Radford Bryan, Ainley, Howarth, Breese.YORK PARK VFL FACTS
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WHAT: The Collex-Menzies Cup.

WHO: Tassie Devils v Sandringham Zebras.

WHERE: York Park.

WHEN: 6.30pm, tomorrow.

A Tasmanian team bristling with skilful youngsters will tackle the talent-stacked Sandringham Zebras in a must-win match for the Devils at York Park tomorrow night.

Burnie on-baller Brett Robinson, 17, and North Hobart youngster Matthew Drury, 18, will make their VFL debuts against the Melbourne-aligned Zebras following the loss of several star Devils through injury or illness.

Key defenders Cameron Blight (bruised heel) Ben Atkin (pneumonia) and Jason Cripps (hamstring) have all been sidelined, forcing the selection shake-up coach Mathew Armstrong promised after the Devils drew with the 10th-placed Bendigo last week.

Launceston spearhead Adam Derbyshire, 20, comes into the side for his first VFL match this season, while Burnie midfielder Tim MacMichael, 20, has been recalled after making his Devils debut in round two this year.

The Devils have also retained last week’s first-gamers Daniel Kirk, 20, and Tim Geappen, 19, for the match against fourth- placed Sandringham, which will bring Demons defenders Peter Walsh and Alastair Nicholson to Launceston.

¤The two teams will be playing for the Collex-Menzies Cup and Devils players will take donations for the Menzies Centre in Launceston’s Brisbane St Mall between 11am and noon tomorrow.

People who donate $2 or more and registered members of the Menzies Centre will receive free entry to the match.

Tasmanian Turf Club members also have the chance to watch the Devils-Zebras clash at a reduced price. TTF members who show their membership badge at the York Park gates will be able to buy an adult ticket for $5 and a concession ticket for $3. In return, Devils members will need to pay just $2 entry fee to watch the horse racing at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday.

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Lexton Plains results

Lexton Plains Football LeagueSeniors:Lexton 27.38 (200) d Avoca 2.3 (15) GOALS – Lexton: Shortal 7, Davidson 4, Fisher 4, Brown 4, Johnson 2, Sheehan 2, Kline, Mason, Dridan, Impey. Avoca: Zeuschner, Thomson. BEST – Lexton: Johnson, Dridan, Faulkhead, Box, Shortal, George. Avoca: Tapner, Robinson, Thomson, Svilicic.Carngham-Linton 8.14 (62) d Natte Bealiba 7.17 (59) GOALS – Carngham-Linton: Ross Waters 4, Curran, McLean, Botheras, Rayner. Natte Bealiba: Andrews 3, Ross 2, Martin, Jardine. BEST – Carngham-Linton: Rayner, Burns, Clarke, Dummett, Doolan. Natte Bealiba: Andrews, Martin, Weir, Mortlock, Evans.Skipton 15.18 (108) d Ararat Eagles 8.9 (57) GOALS – Skipton: Postlethwaite 4, Johnson 2, Slater 2, McKay 2, Fletcher 2, Lench, Watson, Jennings. Ararat Eagles: May 3, T. McMahon, Keilar, Waring, Brady, Allen. BEST – Postlethwaite, Lench, Kennedy, Johnson, Boyer, Clark. Ararat Eagles: Blandford, O’Connell, T. McMahon, J. McMahon, Brady, Keilar.Rokewood-Corindhap 9.8 (62) d Navarre 5.3 (33) GOALS – Rokewood-Corindhap: Day 2, Matthews 2, Augustine, Webster, Oliver, Wilson, Le Maitre. Navarre: Peters, Martin, Lee, Greenaway, Clohesy. BEST – Rokewood-Corindhap: Ferrier, Sonagon, Russell, Matthews, Le Maitre, Oliver. Navarre: Ellis, Driscoll, Greenaway, Walsh, Heenan.Ladder: SKIPTON 60 premiership points, CARNGHAM-LINTON 60, LEXTON 50, ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP 46, NAVARRE 44, Natte Bealiba 32, Ararat Eagles 28, Illabarook 12, Avoca 8.Reserves: Lexton 12.17 (89) d Avoca 0.2 (2), Carngham-Linton 12.10 (82) d Natte Bealiba 2.4 (16), Skipton 16.13 (109) d Ararat Eagles 1.1 (7), Rokewood-Corindhap 16.17 (113) d Navarre 0.0 (0).Ladder: ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP 60 premiership points, SKIPTON 60, CARNGHAM-LINTON 56, LEXTON 48, ARARAT EAGLES 40, Navarre 24, Illabarook 24, Natte Bealiba 16, Avoca 12.Under-17: Avoca 7.10 (52) d Lexton 1.2 (8), Carngham-Linton 15.12 (102) d Natte Bealiba 0.0 (0), Ararat Eagles 5.6 (36) d Skipton 4.1 (25), Navarre 8.18 (66) d Rokewood-Corindhap 0.0 (0).Ladder: CARNGHAM-LINTON 64 premiership points, NAVARRE 60, AVOCA 56, ARARAT EAGLES 44, SKIPTON 34, Rokewood-Corindhap 30, Illabarook 20, Natte Bealiba 20, Lexton 12.Under-14: Avoca 6.15 (51) d Lexton 0.1 (1), Carngham-Linton 8.8 (56) d Natte Bealiba 1.1 (7), Ararat Eagles 13.7 (85) d Skipton 0.0 (0), Rokewood-Corindhap 6.1 (37) d Navarre 4.7 (31).Ladder: AVOCA 60, CARNGHAM-LINTON 56, ARARAT EAGLES 56, ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP 48, NAVARRE 40, Illabarook 26, Skipton 26, Lexton 20, Natte Bealiba 8.
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Let the flag fly as we take time to reflect on Eureka

DEBATE about flying the Eureka flag over Parliament House in Canberra on December 3 this year is becoming farcical.The flag should be flown on that day in recognition of the events of 1854. It is as simple and straightforward as that.There will obviously be people with a wide variety of views about the significance of the event and its ramifications for modern Australia.But that variety of opinion alone is enough to suggest the event was momentous and memorable in Australian history and deserves to be recognised.This is not to suggest the Eureka flag should suddenly overshadow or outrate the Australian flag for symbolism in our society.The idea is simply to secure the right to fly the Eureka flag over the centre of government in Australia on the 150th anniversary of the event for which it was designed.To think anybody would even contemplate legal action to stop it is astonishing.Let the day be commemorated, both at a local and national level, and then move on.It is a similar argument about whether a public holiday should be gazetted for December 3.While it is obvious there would be some effect on business in Ballarat as a result, this is a one-off holiday for the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade.It is not as if the community is establishing a new, permanent public holiday. It is unlikely there will be another like it for at least 25 years, and possibly even 50 years.It is disappointing the State Government would not gazette a holiday for December 3, but the move by Ballarat City Council to do so is to be welcomed.Surely, for the sake of an effective and appropriate commemoration of a significant day in Australian history, political and other prejudices can be set aside.Let the flag fly over Parliament House in Canberra and let the people of Ballarat take the time to reflect on this momentous event in their great city’s history.
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Dominant display to make final

BALLARAT Lady Miners will head into their first South East Australian Basketball League grand final on Saturday against Frankston.The Lady Miners secured the berth with a 20-point demolition of Nunawading at the Minerdome on Saturday night.The Lady Miners’ 66-46 victory was set up in the second quarter, and also guarantees a place in the Australian Basketball Association national finals in Geelong in two weeks.Ballarat playing coach Kym Cassells said “half the job’s done” and encouraged as many supporters as possible to make the trip to Frankston.Ballarat point guard Andrea McMahon went on a rampage in the second quarter, scoring 11 of her 22 points to help blow the game apart.McMahon might have been the shortest player on court, but she provided a spark.The second quarter was the Lady Miners’ best, but their momentum continued until the final buzzer, with all players getting a run on court.Nunawading was restricted by some strong defence, led by example from co-captain Desiree Glaubitz.The expected fireworks between Glaubitz and Carly Wilson fizzled out as Wilson was restricted to just seven points for the game.Cassells was delighted with the turn-around from last week, when sloppy defence handed Frankston the game.”There was some awesome defence played out there,” she said.”It made it hard for them to get any shots up.”Another pleasing aspect for Cassells was the way Ballarat ran the game out strongly after fading away in previous weeks.The Lady Miners gave up good leads and lost to finalists Knox and Frankston in the last two weeks.”We have been in that situation in a few games and lost so there was no way this one was getting past us,” she said.The win over Nunawading was particularly damaging as the Spectres had been the SEABL women’s form team.They had won their last nine games, and had beaten the Lady Miners in the last two encounters.Ballarat won virtually everything – all the statistics except the foul count went the Lady Miners’ way.They were cheered on to victory by a vocal home crowd, which included commentary from a group of fans with a megaphone.Ballarat will play the Frankston Lady Blues in the SEABL women’s grand final in Frankston on Saturday from 7.30pm.
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EUREKA 150 PROGRAM LAUNCH _ Celebrations gain a national focus

A NEW 64-page full colour book detailing the significance of the Eureka Stockade rebellion will be sent to every secondary school in Australia in the lead-up to this year’s 150th anniversary celebrations.The announcement came as Ballarat received a taste of the national focus coming its way at a glamourous launch of the Eureka 150 program at Federation Square in Melbourne yesterday.Hosted by Australian actress Sigrid Thornton, the launch featured performances from a few of the high profile entertainers who will bring thousands to the city for a four-day world musical festival at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens from December 2 to 5.According to Curriculum Corporation project manager Stuart Trist, the release of the new educational guide was especially significant in promoting the event.”It’s a guide for teachers to encourage students to explore the significance of Eureka and how the event helped to shape Australia’s identity,” Mr Trist said.”Both Sovereign Hill and the Eureka Centre were instrumental in putting the publication together and this will be incorporated into (school) curriculums right across the country.”Mr Bracks told The Courier that the 150th anniversary celebrations, which will be held from November 25 to December 2, provided the “ideal opportunity” to showcase the significance of Eureka to the nation.”Ballarat has always known that (significance), Victoria has somewhat known that, but this is a chance for all of Australia to get caught up in the spirit of Eureka,” Mr Bracks said.”The spirit of Eureka became a symbol of the right to democratic protest for people everywhere.”The Eureka 150 program will also feature an international conference on democracy, which will be held at the University of Ballarat.The conference will include guest speakers such as Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, from one of the world’s newest democracies, East Timor, Dr Marjorie `Mo’ Mowlan, who was formerly state secretary for Northern Ireland and was involved in the Good Friday Agreement, and former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.The Ballarat-based events include a dawn commemoration on Eureka Day (December 3), the annual dawn lantern walk and diggers’ march, music events, cemetery tours and exhibitions.City of Ballarat chief executive officer Richard Hancock said the hype surrounding yesterday’s launch, which he attended along with Cr Stephen Jones, proved Ballarat had a “wonderful opportunity to show off” later this year.”We can really work to use the event to promote Ballarat as a great place to come and visit, but also to invest and work,” Mr Hancock said.”Few cities have the opportunities to attract attention like Ballarat can. We have an opportunity to capitalise on that.”
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Hepburn Spa Group `has staff support’

THE Hepburn Spa Group says it has overwhelming support from staff for its takeover of the bathhouse.A number of staff meetings were continuing at the Hepburn Spa Resort this week as concerned employees fretted over their futures.Spa operator Romny Grange went into voluntary administration in May and is being liquidated after the lease and assets were sold to the administrator’s preferred purchaser, the Hepburn Spa Group.Alex Zotos from Elly Lukas Beauty College, part of the consortium involved in the Hepburn Spa Group, said he was meeting staff to ensure a smooth transition.According to Hepburn Spa Group director, Bruce McNab, the group was required by the administrator to complete its contract of sale last Wednesday.”We have been advised not to take possession of the business until final approval by the council, who we understand are in turn awaiting approval from the Minister,” Mr McNab said.”We have the overwhelming support and encouragement of the staff of the bathhouse and are looking forward to being in a position to fully respond to the numerous allegations and rumours which have been circulating.”We are confident that all involved are working to ensure the right outcome both for the creditors, the staff and the future of the bathhouse.”Romny Grange liquidator, Greg Andrews, confirmed that he requested Hepburn Spa Group to settle the contract of sale and authorised its representatives to meet with staff in anticipation of the handover.”I am still in possession of the site and we are simply awaiting the outcome of the Minister’s deliberation,” Mr Andrews said.The Opposition has called for the auditor-general to oversee an inquiry into the bathhouse.However, Ballarat Province MLC Dianne Hadden is still insisting on a full, independent inquiry.”The auditor-general reports to Parliament, this needs a fully independent inquiry by a qualified person,” she said.”They need to go in there, investigate and act now.”I’m alarmed to hear that Mr Zotos is already on the premises after the administrator informed the department he wasn’t there.”I will be reporting this matter immediately to the Premier’s department.”
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