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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Paws Along the Murray walk : Photos

Almost 300 dogs a chicken and even a goat turned out Sunday for the third annual Paws Along the Murray. The event raised about $6,000 for the Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group. Pictured is Sami, 3, from Irymple, who helped out her friend Tesse, who was feeling unwell, by pushing her in a pram. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily PAWS Along the Murray: Mildura’s Rodney Dolhegui and his son Riley McKinnon, 7, relax with their three-legged rescue dog Spike. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily
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Paws Along the Murray 2013: L-R Bejay Gatehouse with dog Spence, Jamie Lynch with dog Brock and Chelsea and Ebony Fox, 13 from Mildura. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Jess Fletcher, 16, from Irymple, who came along with her chook Bronze, won the most unusual pet prize. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Rita Morello with daughter Hannah, 5 had trouble keeping dogs, Alley, Jess and Millie walking in the same direction. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Almost 300 dogs a chicken and even a goat turned out Sunday for the third annual Paws Along the Murray. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Maree Ziernicki from Mildura with dog Menzel who came runners up in the best dressed category. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Menzel who came runners up in the best dressed category. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray: Charlie Bayldon from Mildura with border collies Spritzer and Harry. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: It was love at first site fo Ella,7, and Olivia, 10, when they met their newly adopted SARG dog Minnie. Ella and Olivia along with their parents travelled from Melbourne to pick up Minnie. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: It was love at first site fo Ella,7, and Olivia, 10, when they met their newly adopted SARG dog Minnie. Ella and Olivia along with their parents travelled from Melbourne to pick up Minnie. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray walk: Cody , 10, from Irymple, with Zsa Zsa, judged the smallest dog on the day. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray: Jindi a Sheltie breed competes in the cutest dog category. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray walk: Nadia Train from Red Cliffs with dog Baxter. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray walk: Milla, 4, Ronin, 5 and Regan Moloney, 9 from Mildura with dog Polar take a break after the long walk. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

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CCL: Seagulls push Eagles to a draw

WHILE the aura of invincibility surrounding Cranbourne might be cracked, not shattered, Tooradin-Dalmore did the Casey Cardinia League a big favour on Saturday.
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They did what no team other than Narre Warren has been able to do in recent seasons — they didn’t lose to the Eagles.

Seagulls defender Sam Watson restricted boom full forward Marc Holt to four goals and their midfield at least broke even with their star-studded Eagles’ counterparts.

But it still wasn’t enough and the match finished in a thrilling draw. Holt kicked two points late in the game to tie the scores up 13.16 (94) to the Seagulls 14.10 (94).

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Seagulls coach Tom Hallinan said he was proud of the performance but rued a lack of composure in the final minutes that cost his team what would have been a famous victory over Cranbourne.

“Cranbourne have only been beaten by one team in the past three years,” he said.

“There have been nine other teams that have lost to Cranbourne . . . I can’t fault the players but I don’t know if it was the one that got away?

“Maybe a lack of experience cost us. We should have closed it out but went with a couple of short kicks instead of long ones.”

To compound the heartbreak for the Seagulls, star midfielder Beau Miller suffered a broken ankle in the second term and is set for an extended stint on the sidelines.

This meant more pressure was heaped on Matthew Wade and Brett Scarcella through the midfield and the pair responded as they guided the Seagulls to a eight-point half-time lead after trailing by 43 points at the first change.

Small forward Ryan Eaton was another catalyst for the revival, with four of his six goals coming in the second term to be clearly the most dangerous forward on the park.

“They obviously got out to a bolter and used the breeze to their advantage,” Hallinan said.

“By the last term the breeze wasn’t there and like all good teams they rallied and hit the front.”

For Cranbourne, Ryan Davey was typically hard working while Justin Bollenhagen and Stuart Morrish also battled valiantly.

Doveton recorded a tough 38-point win over Pakenham at AJ Robinson Oval on Saturday with Shannon Stocco booting six majors.

Aaron Henwood was dominant for Doveton while Michael Laszczyk, Ryan Morrison and Michael Henry were all solid contributors.

Pakenham’s best were Michael Taurua and coach Steve O’Bryan.

Berwick recorded a 77-point hammering of Keysborough to extend the Chris Bryan-coached outfit’s misery. Jordan Andrews booted four majors for the Wickers while Lloyd Shepherd and Madison Andrews were brilliant.

Narre Warren flexed its muscle to account for ROC by 84 points with Kerem Baskaya booting seven goals. Beaconsfield smashed Hampton Park by 131 points with Jake Cameron booting six majors.

Line ball: Tooradin-Dalmore assistant coach Matthew Wade throws a boot at the ball while Cranbourne’s Ray George prepares to launch himself. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

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VFL: Borough’s late burst takes the Scorpions off guard

CASEY Scorpions suffered their first loss of Rohan Welsh’s reign, going down to Port Melbourne by three points in a hard-fought VFL clash at North Port Oval on Saturday.
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The Scorpions led by four goals at the final change but the Borough came out full of running to win 15.11 (101) to 14.14 (98).

Welsh said the Borough had been impossible to stop in the opening 10 minutes of the final term when they eroded the Scorpions’ lead with a brilliant style of play.

“We just couldn’t stop them . . . we tried but they got on top,” he said. “I don’t think we played at our best, but I don’t think they did either and you can probably put that down to pressure from both sides.

“I think [Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres] Ayresy would agree.”

The Scorpions’ usual suspects were prolific with James Magner gathering 32 touches while highly rated youngster Jimmy Toumpas gathered 26 disposals in his best performance at VFL level.

Boom 17-year-old Jesse Hogan didn’t play after failing to overcome a corked knee, opening the door for recruit Chris Dawes to get more opportunity in attack.

Dawes moved freely and booted three goals and will soon come into contention to make his long-awaited debut for the Demons.

Jack Fitzpatrick was again impressive for the Scorpions in attack to also finish with three goals. Luke Tynan provided plenty of drive off half-back.

Sam Blease responded well to being dropped from Melbourne’s line-up to gather 32 possessions, but in the end the experience of players like Jon Baird and Sam Pleming was telling for the Borough.

Scorpion Tom Gillies suffered a hamstring injury in the second term and will miss several weeks. Mitch Clisby was knocked out in the third term but should be OK for the Scorpions’ next game. The VFL has a general bye this weekend because of VFL’s state game against the WAFL.

Casey Scorpions clash with Box Hill Hawks at Casey Fields from 1.10pm on Saturday, May 18.

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Scoreboard, Casey-Cardinia

TAC Cup:Dandenong Stingrays 13.9 (87) d Murray Bushrangers 5.7 (37).
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Victorian Football League: North Ballarat 20.10 (130) d Frankston 12.13 (85), Port Melbourne 15.11 (101) d Casey Scorpions 14.14 (98).

Casey Cardinia League:Doveton 13.10 (88) d Pakenham 7.8 (50); Cranbourne 13.16 (94) drew Tooradin 14.10 (94), Berwick 17.25 (127) d Keysborough 7.8 (50), Narre Warren 21.8-134 d ROC 7.8 (50), Beaconsfield 26.15 (171) d Hampton Park 5.10 (40).

Peninsula Football League: Karingal 20.15 (135) d Chelsea 10.10 (70), Mt Eliza 15.10 (100) d Langwarrin 12.18 (90), Frankston YCW 16.11 (107) d Pines 9.7 (61), Seaford 8.17 (65) d Mornington 9.7 (61), Bonbeach 19.9 (123) d Edi-Asp 14.10 (94).

Nepean Football League:Crib Point 16.8 (104) d Rosebud 13.15 (93); Sorrento 22.25 (157) d Red Hill 1.2 (8); Tyabb 1.3 (9) lt Dromana 29.20 (194); Frankston Bombers 17.11 (113) d Devon Meadows 11.7 (73); Pearcedale 14.20 (104) d Hastings 8.15 (63), Somerville 13.13 (91) d Rye 11.16 (82).

THIS WEEK

Victorian Football League: VFL v WAFL, Northam (Western Australia), 12.15pm.

TAC Cup: bye

Casey Cardinia League: Cranbourne v Berwick, Casey Fields, 2.15pm; Beaconsfield v Tooradin, Holm Park Reserve, 2.15pm; Narre Warren v Doveton, Kalora Park, 2.15pm; Keysborough v ROC, Keysborough Reserve, 2.15pm; Pakenham v Hampton Park, Toomuc Reserve, 2.15pm.

Peninsula League: Karingal v Edi-Asp, Ballam Park, 2.15pm; Pines v Mt Eliza, Eric Bell Reserve, 2.15pm; Frankston YCW v Seaford, Jubilee Park, 2.15pm; Langwarrin v Chelsea, Lloyd Park, 2.15pm; Bonbeach v Mornington, Bonbeach Oval 1, 2.15pm.

Nepean League: Tyabb v Sorrento, Bunguyan Reserve, 2.15pm; Devon Meadows v Somerville, Glover Reserve, 2.15pm; Rosebud v Dromana, Olympic Oval, 2.15pm; Rye v Crib Point, RJ Rowley Reserve, 2.15pm; Red Hill v Pearcedale, Red Hill Showgrounds, 2.15pm; Hastings v Frankston Bombers, Thomas Barclay Oval, 2.15pm

All games on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

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Big V: Lean patch, but Cavaliers see the positives

CASEY Cavaliers dropped their third successive Big V basketball division 2 clash with a six-point loss to Melton at Melton Indoor Recreation Centre on Saturday night.
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But Cavs coach Stewart Baird said it wasn’t all doom and gloom for his team and believes they are close to turning the corner after the hard-fought 70-76 loss.

“It’s obviously disappointing but when you lose games in a row you look for signs that there is improvement,” he said.

“Going into the fourth quarter we were up by two or three points but they continued to work really hard and we had a couple of mental blocks.”

Several key statistics told the tale. Melton scored 13 points as a direct result from a Cavs turnover; the home team also pulled down 18 offensive rebounds.

“If we cut that by a third we would have won the game,” Baird said.

Baird said the positives to come out of the match were plentiful with Ash Szalek (12 points, 11 rebounds) battling hard against strong opposition.

He said Dylan Wayman lifted after having a downer in their previous match and Stephen Michalski also contributed.

“We brought Dylan on halfway through the first quarter and he took just seven shots and ended up with 14 points. It’s great when a player clearly has a bad one and he can respond.”

Baird said he is hopeful his team can return to the winners’ list against Keilor at Casey on Sunday. The club hosts a fund-raiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Casey Cavaliers women went down 50-57 to Southern Peninsula Sharks on Saturday night with Jessica Szalek statistically their best with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Sharks blew the game apart in the third term with a 26-12 run but the Cavs never gave up and threatened in the final term.

But Sharks star Lee Wilkins’ 19 points proved to be the difference.

Casey Cavs Youth League 2 men were due to play yesterday.

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