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It’s pretty unbelievable when Wests fans roar

Tiger for life: Benji Marshall has no doubt what club he wants to finish his NRL career at. Picture: Matt Roberts, Getty ImagesASKED if he could imagine what it would be like running out on to Campbelltown Stadium in an opposition jersey, Benji Marshall — the man known for his footwork — didn’t sidestep the question.
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“It won’t happen, mate,” he said.

In an interview with the Hills News, Marshall gave the clearest indication yet that he was set to remain at the Tigers’ lair for his playing life.

After securing the signature of captain Robbie Farah until the end of 2017, the focus has shifted to locking in the club’s other star playmaker beyond his current contract which expires at the end of 2015.

If all goes to plan, Marshall will continue to dazzle home crowds at his two favourite stadiums for the rest of his NRL career.

“I love playing at Campbelltown,” he said.

“My two favourite places to play: Campbelltown and Leichhardt — no doubt.

“With Leichhardt the people are so close and at Campbelltown the fans come close enough to the field to feel like they’re on the field anyway.

“I don’t think many people like travelling out here especially if they’re coming from Manly or somewhere [like that] but I love coming out here.

“I made my debut at Campbelltown and I’ve had great support from the people out here ever since.”

Admission prices at Campbelltown were reduced after a poor attendance. Despite the cheaper tickets only 11,547 turned up to watch the Tigers take on the Brisbane Broncos on April 27.

Marshall said the size of the crowd had an effect on the players’ performance.

“Honestly, the atmosphere and the crowd makes a difference,” he said.

“When you’re struggling for that penalty to get you out of your own half or you’re struggling for a bit of motivation, when you have the crowd behind you pumping you up it’s pretty unbelievable.”

Injured prop Keith Galloway agreed.

“Obviously the more people there are, the louder it’s going to be and when we see the colours in the hills and in the grandstands, it’s a big lift for us,” he said.

“When it’s filled up and it’s loud, it’s roaring for us.”

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Songbirds of country

Ladies of CountryTHE hooting, hollering and the whistling will all be on display when The Ladies of Country take to the stage at Blacktown Workers Club on Saturday, May 25.
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The show pays tribute to three legendary female country singers — Dolly Parton, Shania Twain and Patsy Cline.

Wynonah Dove, who performs as Dolly Parton in the show, said audiences could expect a bigger and better performance.

“We have quite a bit of audience interaction,” Dove said.

“We have added in new songs and added songs that us girls have done together.

“We have a great finale and we are doing a tribute to Kasey Chambers and Catherine Britt.”

Dove began impersonating Parton in 2003 after being told she sounded like the legendary singer.

“I was a singer-songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, and I kept getting from folks that I sounded like Dolly Parton,” Dove said.

“I thought ‘well it might not work in commercial country if I sound like her so I might as well pay tribute to her’.

“It just kind of snowballed from there and it just built.”

Dove is an actress, Appalachian vocalist, songwriter and musician.

Career highlights include a starring role in a production by The Trail of the Lonesome Pine State Outdoor Drama in Virginia in the US.

She has toured with an Appalachian theatre ensemble, starred in a film, Class Action, and performed around the world.

Dove’s career took inspiration from Parton’s success in the entertainment industry.

“Dolly for me is a really personal thing because I love her so much,” Dove said.

“She is an icon, a mentor and she really has been a role model for me.

“She really knows her music, especially [folk] and that really holds true for me.”

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Panthers slump to third-straight defeat

THE Monaro Panthers slumped to a third-successive Men’s Premier League defeat on Sunday, going down 3-1 to the AustralianInstituteof Sport at the AIS.
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Two goals in four minutes midway through the first-halfset up the AIS’ victory after Dylan Smith opened the scoring for the home side in the 21st minute.

It wasn’t long before the youngsters were celebrating again as Bai Antoniou netted for the third time in four National Premier League: Capital Football matches.

The Panthers are made of sturdy stuff this season and their coaching staff of Njegosh Popovich and Frank Cachia would have been proud of the response they got from their charges, especially in the second half.

Pepe Varga has enjoyed his status as a regular Premier League starter at the Panthers and got his team back into the match in the 56thminute with his third goal of the season.

That goal prompted hopes of an unlikely Monaro comeback but they were quickly quashed as Smith reacted sharpest in a crowded goalmouth to notch his second and the AIS’ third to put the game beyond the visitors.

Monaro kept pushing and fought to the very end. If they can repeat this level of commitment in forthcoming weeks thenmore wins are surely on the way.

Monaro Panthers:

1. James BRADBURY, 2. Sam OSATTO, 4. Jonathon REIS, 5. Tom CROSSLEY, 8. Tom McLACHLAN, 9. Pepe VARGA, 11. Jon TOOLE, 12. Danny BYRNE, 13. Adrian CANIZARES, 15. Tyson COTTAM and17.Sam LAVELLA.Substitutes used:14. Cameron DALZELL, 16. Ed McCARTHY and33. Daniel WHITEHORN


1. Jordan THURTELL, 4. Ben WARLAND, 7. Steve KUZMANOVSKI, 9. Todd NORRIS, 10. Dylan SMITH, 12. Marc OCHIENG, 16. Jordan PUDLER, 18. Alexander GERSBACH, 22. Liam ROSE, 23. Rocco PIZZATA and24. Bai ANTONIOU.Substitutes used:2. Darcy MADDEN, 6. Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS and19. Bright APPIAH.

Match Officials:

Richard Naumovski (referee), Alex McConachie, Nia Southwell

The Monaro Panthers proved no match for the Australian Institute of Sport in their round eight ACT Men’s Premier League clash on Sunday.

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RDFL: Stars align for interleague tilt

BARRY Hall has been named in a star-studded Riddell District interleague squad for its showdown with the Kyabram District league this month.
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Hall may be the ‘‘name’’ player of the squad, but more significantly, the bulk of the league’s leading talent has put its hand up to play in the RDFL’s return to representative football.

Only five of the starting 18 named in last year’s RDFL team of the year are missing from coach Matt Power’s squad. Hall is just one of 60 players in the squad, with at least three from every club called to assemble for training in the coming weeks.

The KDFL is no stranger to colourful full-forwards, having been the competition of choice in recent times for Shane Loveless, Perry Meka andAaron James.

Prolific goalkicker Matt Davidson of Romsey, Diggers Rest forward Brent Tuckey and 2009 Bowen medallist Aaron Blade are among the key inclusions in the squad. The KDFL and RDFL are the lowest ranked leagues in the AFL Victoria Country Championships and will have a chance to move up the rankings at Tatura Showgrounds on May 25.

The under-18 team was named last week. Netball squads for seniors and under-17s are expected to be announced this week.


Macedon: James Wright, Jason Davies, Nick Arnold

Rupertswood: Leigh Brennan, Mitch Gaunt, Thomas West, Todd Podolczak

Diggers Rest: Brent Tuckey, Stuart Clarke, Adam Richardson, John Ryan, Shaun Sims, Craig Marshall, Dylan Hannan, Brandon Kilty

Riddell: Matt Sammut, Paul Sahlberg, Daniel Sahlberg, Aaron Blade, James Climas, Nick Ash, Ethan Foreman

Lancefield: Phil Conway, Chris Burkett, Chris Collins, John Baker

Romsey: Brad Mitchell, Mitch Farmer, Matt Davidson, Cam Dawson, Steve Burlak, Mitch Brewer

Melton Centrals: Nathan Richardson, Adam Fenton, Kane Bullen, Adam Hunter

Rockbank: Tom Mainey, Russell Rich, Shaun Wilson, Matt Krul

Woodend Hesket: Jesse Sheppard, Alex Shipard, Geordie Taylor

Sunbury Kangaroos: Jarrod Pretty, Leigh Fishenden, Tierone Cuffe, Jamie Cuffe, Daniel Gregory, Jake Powell, Brenton Sutherland, Matthew Welsh, Anthony Leonard

Broadford: Barry Hall, Michael Gillard, Quade Comi, Matthew Coomans

Kilmore: Adam Goudge, Alex Desmond, Nick Sheldon

Wallan: Steve Bell, Justin Collis, Ben Schraven

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Sorrento icon set to post a $2m sale

HOW much would you pay to have a slice of history? Sorrento’s iconic post office building is on the market and for a spare couple of million it could be yours.
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Built in 1905, the building showcases Australia’s rich heritage.

The property has already attracted substantial interest, RT Edgar real estate agent Lloyd Robinson said.

“It will be sold based on expressions of interest and it will be up to those who purchase it to work around the heritage requirements,” he said.

Local icon: Sorrento post office.

Mr Robinson said there was the possibility for a number of retailers to share the space.

“I think its visual impact will stay the same but the layout may be altered inside.”

A postmaster’s quarters at the rear of the building will be included in the sale.

“At one stage there was a permit approved for units at the back, but that would be for the new owner to go through the necessary processes if they wanted to develop the site.”

While Mr Robinson estimated the property would sell in the realm of the high $2 million mark, he conceded it was difficult to put a price tag on it.

“It is hard when it hasn’t been sold in more than 100 years.

“This is one of the best locations in the street with an interesting part of the history in Sorrento so trying to establish its value is very difficult. Its value will be decided in the next few weeks by the interested parties.”

Mr Robinson said the heritage of the building only added to its appeal.

“I think most people are attracted to its heritage status. If Sorrento was made up of new white blocks of buildings it wouldn’t have nearly the attraction.

“I’m sure whoever buys the post office will have good funds behind them to create good outcomes.”

An Australia Post spokeswoman said the building’s heritage would be maintained.

“Australia Post understands the historical significance of the building to the community, and as a heritage-listed building, this will always be protected,” she said. “Money from the sale of Australia Post owned buildings is reinvested in the organisation.”

The postboxes at the old building will be relocated to the Sorrento Newsagency, which took over as a licensed post office last July.

Construction of the new postboxes is expected to start in the coming weeks.

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