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Super fundraising effort

Green Lantern hammed it up with Cody Lee, 4 of Carina Heights. Photo by Chris McCormack The walk begins with a burst of action. Photo by Chris McCormack
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Wonder Woman was there. The Green Lantern also made andappearance as did a host of other caped crusaders who joined the campaign to raise funds for sick and premature babies at the Mater Hospital Little Miracles 5km walk.

Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman put in an appearance. Photo by Chris McCormack

Joining the Mater Little Miracles Walk Charlee-Ann Honeyman, 8 of Redland Bay, Olivia Andoniadis, 9 of Wellington Point, Lauren Maher, 21 and Wendy Maher of Victoria Point. Photo by Chris McCormack

Birkdale South Buddies team Kirsten and Tyla Lidbetter, 9 run the walk together. Photo by Chris McCormack

Louise, Isabella, 5 and Brenton Wallace at front with Sam, Cheryl, Chloe, 2 and Paul Wessell of Birkdale at back. Photo by Chris McCormack

Hope Jenner, Eli Harris,4 months and Steven Harris received the award for the highest individual fundraisers. Photo by Chris McCormack

Jorja Kniebeiss, 2 with Kirsten and Tyla Lidbetter, 9 of Birkdale South Childrens Centre with the Mater Little Miracles Mascot. Photo by Chris McCormack

Wendy Suen, Kim Phillips, Lisa Bishop, Jodi Doe and Moana Peihopa make up the Tiger Woods just do it team. Photo by Chris McCormack

Jason Allsopp of Alexandra Hills and Lisa Jones of Capalaba show their true colours. Photo by Chris McCormack

Katrina Simmich of Thornlands, Shaun Johnson and Lana Mastop of Victoria Point. Photo by Chris McCormack

Prue Pearce, Jeremy and Eli,1 Carney of Algester and Cooper,2, Amie and Jamie Carney of Eight Mile Plains. Photo by Chris McCormack

Dora the Explorer with Georgia Carter, 14 and Olivia and Savanna, 2 Hall of Birkdale. Photo by Chris McCormack

The Walk or run begins with a flurry of activity. Photo by Chris McCormack

The walk begins with a burst of action. Photo by Chris McCormack

Paralympian Brad Mark of Alexandra Hills with his dog ‘Ace’. Photo by Chris McCormack

Mila, 3 and Jacque Weis of Cornubia. Photo by Chris McCormack

Walking through Capalaba for Little Miracles. Photo by Chris McCormack.

Jarrod Lewis, 8 of Capalaba (front) with Alyse Plint, 6 of Birkdale, left and Jayce Plint, 9 of Birkdale and Zoe Lewis, 6 of Capalaba at right. Photo by Chris McCormack

Dorothy the dinosaur waves encouragement to walkers. Photo by Chris McCormack

Children launch out the starting blocks in the lolly and spoon race. Photo by Chris McCormack

Candice- Louise Stewart of Mount Cotton and Linda Atkinson of Cleveland with Tally the dog. Photo by Chris McCormack

Amelia Dalton, 8 of Cannon Hill wears her Miracle Max hat proudly during the walk. Photo by Chris McCormack

Mel Bauer-Ludbey of Bridgeman Downs had her hands full carrying son Eli and his scooter on the walk. Photo by Chris McCormack

Walkers enjoyed a laugh with each other. Photo by Chris McCormack

Walkers near the end of the 5km Little Miracles walk. Photo by Chris McCormack

Task Industries of Cleveland team members Bernadette and Ashleigh Crank and Christine McCulloch. Photo by Chris McCormack

Harvey, 3 found an easier way to do the walk on his father Arthur Bool’s shoulders of Alexandra Hills. Photo by Chris McCormack

Walkers Holly, 1 and Jasmine, 3 with parents Carley and David McClenahan, of Birkdale. Photo by Chris McCormack

Mater Little Miracles Walk Photo by Chris McCormack

Sienna Jackson, 6 of Birkdale and Lilly Bowman, 10 of Wynnum West with the Mater Miracles mascot. Photo by Chris McCormack

Walkers’ Cleo Prince, 18 of Wellington Point and Clarissa Poblete, 17 of Birkdale. Photo by Chris McCormack

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Rhino’s return to a 76-7 mauling from the Wombats

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Rhino’s Ricky Wetherall chases down Wombat’s Andrew Roberts during their 76-7 loss to Mudgee on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY SMITH

IT was a match many in Central West rugby circles were looking forward to, but in the end, the small crowd on hand at Jubilee Oval witnessed a mauling.

Mudgee Wombats First XV put the Dubbo Rhinos to the sword on Saturday afternoon with a 76-7 hammering.

The former Blowes Clothing Cup side were playing their first match in more than two months after receiving four forfeits in the opening four weeks of the Australian National Field Days northern conference competition.

Their lack of match fitness showed as Wombats ran in try after try but at other times, the visitors displayed glimpses of their Blowes’ experience.

Mudgee were unstoppable in the first 25 minutes of the match as they scored six tries to lead 36-0.

Although the home side notched up six more five-pointers in the second half, the Rhinos proved difficult to handle at certain periods.

“I am very surprised but the score didn’t reflect it,” Wombats’ co-coach George Hamilton said.

“We had to play and work hard to get our points. There were a couple of easy tries but we had to work for them.

“We got in early which was the game plan and they stuck with the game plan.

“But as the game went on it got harder and harder for us because they were getting better and better.”

Three Wombats’ players – Sam Schmidt, Brad James and Andrew Roberts – all crossed the line three times while Steve Smeed, Ben Cheetham and Beau Stanford scored tries too.

Smeed crossed over in the third minute and it opened the floodgates with Schmidt scoring his hat-trick within 20 minutes.

The Wombats were finding plenty of room down on the eastern sideline, which gave them a easy passage to the try line.

When the Rhinos had an opportunity with the ball in good field position, they scored through Kane Rich.

The half-time score was 36-7 but the Wombats made it 43-7 when James scored in the 42nd minute.

With Stanford finding the line and Rob Thraves’ conversion, Mudgee racked up 50 points.

Cheetham had a try disallowed in the corner but a minute later James bagged his second.

The next 15 minutes, the game was a bit of a scrappy affair with both teams turning the ball over.

Dubbo made it hard for the Wombats, especially in the forwards, but in the final 10 minutes, Mudgee’s superior match fitness gave them three more tries for the 69-point win.

Rhinos coach Darren Taylor knew it was going to be difficult for his side.

“It has been a long time coming, its been a long month for us,” Taylor said.

“The Central West [Rugby Union] has sort of mucked us around a bit, it hasn’t been the best of starts for us.

“We will move forward and hopefully everyone in the competition can take us on.”

A frustrated Taylor said it has been very tough to keep the team together as many of their top-line players have moved on to other clubs.

“We have had to take the stairs and not the elevator,” he said.

“We’ve lost a lot of good players in that time… we’re a tight group and we will move forward from it.

“It’s not a quick fix but it can be fixed and it is a matter of fixing it. It could take a month or two before we start hitting our straps but we will hit our straps.”

Hamilton agreed the Rhinos will be hard to stop.

But in the meantime, he was enjoying watching his team play.

“Our mind set at the beginning of each game is very important and a game like this today… we take every game seriously as we possibly can,” Hamilton said.

“We go in with the mindset ‘it’s not going to be easy’, and we are going in there to rack up points early and maintain our game plan.

“The guys are gelling well. Rob Thraves and Adam Rayner taking on a leadership role and showing the young guys. We had Beau Stanford there for the first time and he just slotted in.

“That’s what we want, players who can just slot in and not upset the rhythm and expect the unexpected.”

MUDGEE WOMBATS 76 (Sam Schmidt 3, Brad James 3, Andrew Roberts 3, Steve Smeed, Ben Cheetham, Beau Stanford tries; Rob Thraves 8 goals) defeated DUBBO RHINOS 7 (Kane Rich try; Tom Magann goal).

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EFL: Upstart Lilydale upends Knox

Hot footy: Lilydale’s Marcus Hottes breaks away with the ball during his side’s win over Knox on Saturday. Picture: Sam StiglecLILYDALE coach Simon Rourke believes his side’s win over Knox Falcons has shown its potential for this Eastern Football League division 1 season.
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Lilydale beat Knox by 20 points at Lilydale Oval, ending the Falcons’ undefeated start to the season and moving themselves into equal fifth position on the ever-congested division 1 ladder.

Lilydale won the match 16.14 (110) to 13.12 (90).

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Rourke praised his team for its dogged performance, leading at each change and withstanding Knox’s five goals to two final term.

“From a skill perspective and improvement perspective, we still have a lot of improvement to come,” Rourke said. “People talk about those sides at the top of the ladder who have the resources to be strong each year, but it’s a very tight competition as shown by some of the results and once you get past those top few clubs everyone is very even.

“It was a very important win for us.”

Lilydale on-baller Marcus Hottes was named best player, while Ben Weightman and Daniel Breese were exceptional in the forward line as were Leigh McCombe and teenager Kyle Maher on the wing.

Weightman kicked five goals and was especially good in the first half, while Breese was his usual strong marking target, adding three goals.

Ryan Breese is close to returning to the football field after moving into professional boxing.

Rourke said Breese has his second professional fight this Friday, then will be able to return to football.

East Ringwood was upset by previously winless Scoresby on Saturday with the Magpies taking a three-point win to leave the Roos on equal bottom spot, ahead of East Burwood by percentage.

Norwood had to work to beat the belligerent East Burwood, eventually coming away with a 10-point win.

South Croydon couldn’t stop Blackburn from recording another win, with the Panthers taking victory at Cheong Park by 15 points.

Noble Park coach Mick Fogarty has demanded his players improve their kicking for goal after poor kicking cost them in their clash with Vermont on Saturday. Vermont won 14.7 (91) to 11.17 (83). Fogarty said a video review showed his players missed 10 set shots at goal from their 17 behinds, a figure he said was simply not good enough.

“I’m as disappointed in the team as I have ever been in my years at the club,” Fogarty said. “It was a tight affair all day, but we made crucial errors in the last quarter that let us down. We had opportunities to hit the scoreboard again, 10 of our behinds were set shots. After they kicked those couple of goals it was virtually game over.”

Fogarty said his players had the ability to kick goals from all angles but were struggling with confidence. “We discussed it after the game. We’ve talked about it and looked at what we do at training but like so many things in life, it’s more mental than anything else.”

Former Hawthorn player Tom Schneider was named best for the Eagles and forward Ash Froud kicked seven goals.

EFL division 1 ladder: Balwyn 16 points, 143.38 per cent; Norwood 12, 136.61; Knox 12, 114.39; Blackburn 12, 96.91; Noble Park 8, 133.97; Lilydale 8, 110.86; Rowville 8, 96.76; Vermont 8, 96.65; South Croydon 8, 84.71; Scoresby 4, 74.42; East Ringwood 0, 71.94; East Burwood 0, 66.67.

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NDIS: Cautious hope in Casey

Take a look: Casey mother Rachel Woolley is urging the federal government not to underestimate the cost of the NDIS. She said the cost of respite care could be “quite excessive” for her twins Cooper and Jake. Picture: Wayne HawkinsTHE announcement of a levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been met with mixed reactions among parents of children with disabilities in Casey.
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Some say the current level of support falls well short of the need and doubt an NDIS could fill the void. Others say the scheme would provided security for people with disabilities and their families.

Narre Warren mother Rachel Woolley, whose nine-year-old twins have autism, said her family’s current level of government support — which totals more than $100,000 — was inadequate.

“I don’t think the NDIS will roll out; the government doesn’t have the funds to back it,” she said.

Ms Woolley said the federal government had underestimated how much money was needed to support people with disabilities and their carers.

She said a large chunk of her support package was chewed up by respite care.

“It costs about $60 an hour for respite care and with two children [with disabilities] it all adds up.”

Ms Woolley said she had spent $6000 on respite care during the recent school holidays.

Tracey Hayes, whose nine-year-old twin boys have autism, said the extra funding was “definitely needed” to offer security to people with disabilities and their families.

Ms Hayes, of Narre Warren, said a bipartisan approach was needed to fast-track money for the scheme.

“It will take a long time to get started and may have teething problems, so it needs to begin as soon as possible.”

Ms Hayes said current methods of funding disability support were inadequate. She said it was “quite degrading” to continually apply for help.

Tricia Malowney, who works as an NDIS ambassador in Casey, said she understood the concerns of parents.

“I can’t guarantee that everyone will get exactly what they want, but [an NDIS] will be a damn sight better than what we have now.”

Ms Malowney said the NDIS would give people with disabilities the opportunity to “participate fully in the community”.

Last week Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced her intention to increase the Medicare levy by 0.5 per cent, a move that is expected to raise about $3.3 billion of the $8 billion annual cost of the NDIS.

Ms Malowney denied the levy increase would be unaffordable, saying it equated to “the cost of three cups of coffee a week”.

The rise would mean someone earning $30,000 annually will pay an extra $150 in tax, those earning $70,000 will pay $350.

A trial of the NDIS will begin in the Barwon region around Geelong on July 1.

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Bikie link to Bayswater drugs raid

CROYDON police uncovered a pill-making machine, a machine pistol and more than $50,000 during drug raids in Bayswater last week.
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It was the third raid the Croydon divisional tasking unit had conducted within a week, all of them targeting a single drug operation.

Police charged a Bayswater man with alleged links to the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang on Saturday then with further drug and firearm-related offences following last Monday’s raid.

The search, at a View Street address, netted $51,000 in cash, drug equipment and a machine pistol similar to a ‘uzi’ gun.

Detective Senior Sergeant Jim Sutherland, of Croydon DTU, said the Bayswater man was believed to be an associate of a Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member.

Senior Sergeant Sutherland said the Bandidos member had arrived at the house under investigation while police were conducting an initial raid on Anzac Day. He was searched by police and not charged. The Anzac Day raid, where police seized guns, detonators and ecstasy to the value of $125,000, was followed by a further search of a local storage facility the next day, when police found $25,000 worth of stolen property, explosives and a ‘pill press’ used to compress powder into uniform tablets.

Senior Sergeant Sutherland said being in possession of a pill press carried its own separate charge.

“They’re very hard to get. They usually come from China and are very difficult to get through Customs,” he said. “It’s viewed as a very serious matter because it has the propensity to indicate [drug] trafficking was of a commercial nature.”

He said police had charged “lots of offenders in the past month” related to drug charges and these three consecutive operations proved that police have further work to do. “When you get two handguns, a machine pistol, a commercial quantity of ecstasy, around $30,000 of stolen items and a pill press you’d say it [the operation] was a success.”

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