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Strong start but more work to do: Edwards

Jack Kelly on the burst for Macquarie in their under-18s win over Nyngan on Saturday. Photo: CHERYL BURKERUGBY LEAGUE
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DUBBO Macquarie under-18s coach admits he is starting from scratch with a young group of players but he was a happy man over the weekend after his side started its 2013 campaign with a 48-6 win over Nyngan at Apex Oval.

The Raiders crossed the line 10 times and only conceded one try, with the latter being the most pleasing aspect for Greg Edwards.

With just a handful of players returning from last year’s grand final side, the coach has a blank canvas to work with but admits he is happy with how the side has started.

“We’ve still got a bit of work to do and we’re a young side but I saw a lot of good things from them,” Edwards said.

“Most of these kids have stepped up from the under-16s last year and it is a challenge to get them to adapt to under-18s but they’ve started well.

“We don’t have a lot of size in the side but we do have speed and we will be a team that can score a lot of points.

“On Saturday we did that but for me the most pleasing thing was we defended well and only let them score once.”

Emphasising Edwards’ point is the fact that most of the tries were scored by outside backs while Janus Walford, a former winger thrown into the forwards, also bagged a four-pointer.

Macquarie’s discipline lacked at times and at one stage they were reduced to 12 men when Jai Dunn was sin-binned for backchat and Edwards admitted he will discuss that with his team.

“That’s probably the area we need to work on most. We gave away silly penalties at times,” he said.

“Nothing malicious, but just silly penalties that let them get field position and made things more difficult for us.

“We can’t afford to do that against the benchmark sides like CYMS, Parkes and Forbes so we want to get that out of our system.

“It’s a challenge but the boys are a great bunch who all want to learn and it’s easier to work with kids like that.”

DUBBO MACQUARIE 48 (Alex Boney 2, Warren Dodd, Jarrin Fernando, Kenneth Knight, Janus Walford, Steve Merritt, Jai Dunn, Duane Gordon, Jayden Powell tries; Merritt 4 goals) def NYNGAN TIGERS 6 (Jackson William-Hedges try, goal)

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Little Manny an inspiration to others at Penrith’s Relay for Life

FOURTEEN-month-old cancer survivor Emmanuel Degeling of Mulgoa and his family celebrated by raising money for cancer research at Penrith’s Relay for Life on Saturday.
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Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Jake Degeling, Mitchell Ganic and Emmanuel (14months old) at Penrith Relay for life, Howell Oval Penrith. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Penrith’s Relay for Life event, Saturday May 4. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Emmanuel (Manny) was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of childhood liver cancer, just before his first birthday.

‘‘It was quite an aggressive cancer; they had to remove half of his liver to get rid of the tumour,’’ his mother, Sharon Degeling, said.

‘‘But the prognosis is good; this is his last chemo treatment [on Monday] and doctors say by the time he’s an adult his liver should have regrown.’’

Mrs Degeling and her husband, Jake Degeling, decided to form a team for the Relay for Life: the Manny Moo Moo.

‘‘We named it that because Emmanuel’s nickname is Manny and my sister started calling him ‘Moo Moo’,’’ Mrs Degeling said.

‘‘Half of our team had cows’ suits on, it was perfect.

‘‘Our team raised $18,000 and we’re still getting donations.’’

She said her son’s recovery was not only encouraging for her family, but for other people fighting cancer.

She also said they were encouraged by other people’s messages of support.

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Learning hub closes its doors

Vacant space: Rouse Hill’s Learn2 hub will close after five years.LEARN2 will close after five years of community learning support at Rouse Hill Town Centre.
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The Rouse Hill Learning and Community Partnership was established in 2008 with seed funding from partners GPT and Lend Lease to develop the non-profit, independent hub for small business and workplace training, computer and other education courses.

Chairman Jon Isaacs said a shift in education delivery had affected the sustainability of the partnership.

“Since opening there has been a fundamental shift in the way education is delivered, including a real move towards online-based learning, which has impacted community-based learning initiatives such as Learn2,” he said.

“The decision to close the hub was very difficult but such changes in the education landscape mean that Learn2 is not sustainable in the long term.”

The New Rouse Hill won a national award for Social and Community Planning in 2010 with Learn2 at the heart of its submission. At the time about 70 people walked through the doors of the learning hub each week.

In October last year Learn2 manager Keith Milne told the News that the hub faced closure if it did not become sustainable, and that more people needed to walk through the doors for that to occur.

Mr Isaacs said the number of learning outcomes achieved at Learn2 had been steady year on year since 2008.

“Since opening, we have worked closely with our partners to deliver a range of programs to support the community, such as youth mentoring, supporting women to return to work and IT training — a legacy which has seeded other learning enterprises within the Rouse Hill Town Centre,” he said.

Mr Isaacs said surplus funds would be allocated to like minded non-profit organisations and the Learn2 space would remain available.

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Art hewn with tips from Mother Nature

SOMERS artist Christabel Wigley is making a name for herself by taking out the people’s choice prize in the Mt Buller Sculpture Award.
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Her massive-scale art piece, Irene, has taken up prime position on the Mt Buller landscape.

An impressive seven metres high and five metres wide, the piece stands out against the mountains.

Made from 300 fragments of burnt wood, the sculpture was inspired by the harsh weather conditions.

Larger than life: Christabel Wigley with her sculpture Irene at Mt Buller.

“My piece is like a very big tidal wave or cyclone,” Wigley said. “The Mt Buller landscape is awe-inspiring and I wanted to make something that would fit into the amazing backdrop.”

Wigley created the piece at her Hastings workshop, where all her art pieces are created.

She moved to the Mornington Peninsula after living in New York for a decade.

“We found this house in Somers and it was like a dream. We fell in love with it.”

Wigley, 49, an artist for more than 20 years, has been focused on creating mega-scale sculptures since 2004. “I love playing with scale.”

She said the Great Wave of Kanagawa by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai was a piece that drove her to the ferocity of nature.

“The painting has always inspired emotion in me and when the tsunami hit Japan it stirred something in me. My work is inspired by the drama of a natural force. I love that fear and pleasure and the possibility that something can strike at any time.”

Wigley won the $10,000 people’s choice prize for the Mt Buller Sculpture Award but said she was happy just to be able to create a piece for the striking landscape.

“Just to be one of the 22 artists accepted in the prize is a terrific achievement. There are not many places like Mt Buller and it’s great to be able to create something for that landscape.”

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Windermere to aid research into childcare, early learning

A CHILDCARE centre with a difference will give young children and tertiary students the opportunity to make the most of cutting edge Monash University research.
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The Windermere Early Learning Centre, which has opened on Monash University’s Mornington Peninsula campus, will provide quality childcare to the Frankston and peninsula community as well as doubling as a practical learning space for students studying a range of subjects at the university.

To infinity: Layla has fun with a rocket at the new Windermere Early Learning Centre in Frankston. Picture: Daryl Gordon

Peninsula and Berwick campus vice-chancellor Leon Piterman said the centre had a capacity for 50 children and would act as a research facility for education, early childhood development, occupational and physical therapy and psychology.

“Graduates working in the field need to know how to identify children with disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy and what to do to manage it,” Professor Piterman said.

Centre director Karlie Molesworth said she had received many inquiries from students keen to use the centre as a resource. Some had visited the centre and information was being finalised to have the students on a more permanent basis.

As the centre opened in February it missed out on enrolments as many parents had already chosen centres for the term. There are currently 18 children at the centre.

“Numbers are gradually building, it is a beautiful space and we are very lucky,” Ms Molesworth said.

The centre accepts the children of Monash students and teachers and youngsters from Frankston and the peninsula.

Ms Molesworth said parents were well briefed about the centre’s role as a teaching resource.

“We keep everything open and clear. It is for forward-thinking families and we are very hands on with the families. It is an extremely flexible service which is all about being open and friendly. Everyone is welcome.”

Professor Piterman said the collaborative project was fully inclusive and staff were planning for up to 20 per cent of their enrolments to be children with disabilities.

He said a similar project closed in 2010 as, unlike the current centre, the business model was not appropriate and it was not financially viable.

“It was largely dependent on just the children of staff. We’ve since put it out to tender and Windermere won the successful tender.

“They are highly experienced, not only with childcare but caring for children with disabilities.”

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