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Local Lions Club roaring on after 35 years

Local Lions Club roaring on after 35 years | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

THE Boyne Island and Tannum Sands region would look very different without the region’s local Lions club.


At its 35th birthday celebrations yesterday a group of originals and newer members looked back at all their past work, while making some plans for the future.


Original president, and current member, Jim Smith was introduced to Lions by his brother back in the day.


Jim joined a club in Targooloowa when his brother was two members short. "I was there for six months and then I moved to Gladstone, and I wanted to join a club here but there wasn't one," he said.


"I honestly didn't want to be in the club to start off with," he laughed.

But 35 years on, Jim can't picture his life without the club.

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Roar young gun to keep striking his way towards victory

Roar young gun to keep striking his way towards victory | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

RISING star Harry Sawyer is quickly learning the sacrifices he has to make to become a professional footballer.


While most people were preparing for New Year's Eve celebrations on Thursday, the towering striker was on the training paddock with his Brisbane Roar Youth teammates preparing for tomorrow's National Youth League (NYL) clash with Perth Glory at Cleveland.

Further illustrating his commitment, Sawyer also had to put his 19th birthday celebrations on ice.


"No time for birthday cake for me this year," he quipped.


Sawyer has hit the ground running in his first season at the A-League club after playing National Premier Leagues (NPL) with Western Pride last year.  Tall, strong and quick, the 195cm forward showed off his scoring touch during the Roar's last match, booting five goals in the 10-0 drubbing of Adelaide.

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Devonport Racing Club banking on a crowd

Devonport Racing Club banking on a crowd | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

A 5000-plus crowd at next week's 98th Devonport Cup could see the once financially crippled Devonport Racing Club climb out of debt with the Tax Office in another year.


DRC chairman Barry Milton said the signs were good, based on a forecast of fine weather for Cup day on Wednesday.


He said the club had received strong bookings for marquee space at what traditionally has been the North-West Coast's major social event of the year.


"We're pretty much hoping for a repeat of last year and it looks like it might happen at this stage," he said. "We've sold all our marquees on the main part of the track and we've still got a few marquee spaces available on the inside track."

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Abbott, Boston win Summerland Pairs bowls final against tough competition

Abbott, Boston win Summerland Pairs bowls final against tough competition | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

IT WAS victory for the underdogs at Ballina's prestigious Summerland Pairs bowls tournament, with local bowlers Alf Boston and Allan Abbott claiming the title.


They beat NSW state player Carl Healey and state pairs champion Chris Herdon in the final.  The tournament, held at Cherry Street Sports Club in Ballina, saw 64 sets of pairs battle it out for the title, including Ryan Bester and Kelvin Kerkow, both former Summerland Singles winners, Robbie Dobbins, a former national coach of Australia and Malaysia, and plenty of local talent.


But local lads Boston and Abbott took out some strong competition to win the event.  Boston said it was one of his proudest moments in his 31 years playing bowls.


"It is an underdog story ... it was a really nice feeling and the crowd was so supportive," he said.

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Club off to heroic start

Club off to heroic start | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

AT the end of the 1915 Easter holidays the watermen from Royal Life Saving Head Centre in Brisbane departed Laguna Bay Noosa. They were disappointed. The grand plan to establish a Royal "Branch" or "Brigade" at that beautiful beach had failed. They would need to regroup. The north coast had failed to launch a locally based lifesaving service. Was this to be the end of this story? Or just the beginning.


Royal Lifesaving had originated in England in the late 19th Century. Royal therefore historically concentrated its humanitarian effort on pools, lakes and on aquatic safety awareness and education - spreading the message of the "natatorial arts" of swimming and diving. Royal was an outpost of Empire. Surf Life Saving, by contrast, was entirely home-grown, within a proud but fledgling nation. By 1915 there were a dozen or so surf clubs in New South Wales, one in Western Australia and one in Queensland, at Coolangatta (1909). In 1912 an attempt was made by Royal to launch "Cable Beach LSC" at Southport, but it soon folded. Port Phillip Bay, on the edge of the City of Melbourne, was dotted with Royal Clubs by 1915. No surf clubs began on their surf beaches for a further 30 years. Amalgamation of "Royal" with "Surf" in Victoria was 85 years away.

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Rose City gymnastic club raises bar with new facility

Rose City gymnastic club raises bar with new facility | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

AFTER a few months of waiting, Warwick Gymnastic Club has come out on top in the Queensland Government Get Playing spaces and places grants.


The club has received a major boost of $94,531 to extend its facilities in the fourth funding round announced Tuesday.

Club president Coby Walker said the club was grateful to have the opportunity to expand and welcome a higher level of gymnastics competition to the Rose City.


"We applied for the funding back in September to build a new shed to accommodate an international standard floor," Mr Walker said.

"Our current floor is only 10x10m and we need a 12x12m to be of international standard.


"It was certainly a surprise to us - we were definitely hoping we would get (the funding) but we're incredibly thankful to the State Government for recognising we've got something going on for the community here."

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Peel advance to state Twenty20 semi-finals

Peel advance to state Twenty20 semi-finals | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

THE Peel Cricket Association Twenty20 representative side caused two upsets on the weekend to progress to the WACA State-wide T20 semi-finals.


The Peel side, made up of players from the 10 local clubs, came up against the Melville District Cricket Club and a representative team from the Western Australian Suburban Turf Association (WASTCA) in their pool games.


Entering the game as underdogs the Peel team looked in trouble against Melville after only reaching 6/84 from their 20 overs.

The score could have been less had it not been for Josh Petersen (39 not out) after coming in with the side at 4/13.


The Peel side knew they had to strike early and that’s exactly what they did with Matthew Gordon bowling former Western Australian shield player Luke Towers with the first ball of the innings.

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Wyong Race Club boss David Jewell says club needs major upgrade to cater for Gosford trainers

Wyong Race Club boss David Jewell says club needs major upgrade to cater for Gosford trainers | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Wyong's ability to house a number of Gosford trainers facing eviction from the Central Coast track next year has been cast in doubt with the club's chief executive officer David Jewell conceding anything less than a multi-million dollar redevelopment would not be sufficient.


As the small band of Gosford trainers who have been told training will cease at the track in December next year plan to further lobby The Entertainment Grounds – previously known as the Gosford Race Club – to reverse the decision, Wyong's under-resourced training facilities are already being stretched.


Jewell and Wyong chairman Garry Whitaker met Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys last week after it was suggested Gosford's neighbouring track would be able to accommodate the club's trainers. A formal proposal is expected to be tabled in the new year.

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Academy talent pool out to impress at AFL clubs

Academy talent pool out to impress at AFL clubs | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

RECRUITERS will get a closer look at next year's talent pool from Monday when the NAB AFL Academy squad members start two-week training stints at AFL clubs across the country.


The club placements have been an integral part of the academy's program and this year take on a new twist, with prospects to spend two weeks at a club training and being immersed in an AFL environment.


Last year's academy group trained at two separate clubs for a week each time, with this year's plan for them to spend more time at one club to fully integrate into the AFL program.  Greater Western Sydney and West Coast will host the most players across the fortnight, with both clubs having four members of the academy train there.

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Warwick football club to have its own inflatable pitch

Warwick football club to have its own inflatable pitch | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

WHEN the Warwick District Football Association run one of their training camps for their junior players, organisers are forced to compete for the one inflatable pitch used across the entire south-east region.


Coaching co-ordinator Tim Gaske said he was pleased to announce this will no longer be the case thanks to a $7,240 grant from the Holden Home Ground Advantage program.


The grant has been used to purchase the club's very own inflatable pitch to use at junior clinics and in school programs across the region.


Mr Gaske said the club needed its own pitch to ensure that the junior players had a safe area to practice.


"We strive to involve the whole community by running two-day holiday clinics each year, where we encourage everyone to come and try their hand, or foot, at soccer," he said.  "The inflatable pitch allows all kids up to the age of 13 to get in and have a go in a safe and fun environment.

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Yachting Australia and CYCA SOLAS Trusts in partnership on safety projects

Yachting Australia and CYCA SOLAS Trusts in partnership on safety projects | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The two projects will be managed on behalf of Yachting Australia by the National Safety Committee, headed by Rear Admiral (Ret) Chris Oxenbould. 


The grants were announced at the recent CYCA SOLAS Trusts dinner and will be administered by the Australian Sports Foundation, who support the development of sport and participation programmes in Australia.


With safety as key priorities for both organisations,  After the Dinner, Chris explained the grant allows Yachting Australia to conduct research and source external assistance to get the projects up and running.  “Our Committee has been tasked by the Yachting Australia Board to continue to challenge our existing systems and using these funds, we will conduct a review of existing yacht club safety and develop safety initiatives and monitoring to benefit the sailing community.

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Darwin Bowls Club opens first synthetic green for competition

Darwin Bowls Club opens first synthetic green for competition | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

International and National lawn bowls will become permanent fixtures in the Top End after Darwin Bowls Club opened their first synthetic green for competition.


Stage 1 of a $1.5 million NT Government funded upgrade of the Fannie Bay club was completed this week with the completion of the first artificial green. The shift from turf to a synthetic playing surface has taken five years from the planning stage.


A second synthetic green is due for completion in May next year, giving the Darwin region the four greens it needs to host major tournaments. Nightcliff Bowls Club has had two synthetic greens in use for some time.

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Over the years grass greens were installed and the club up until recently has had two turf greens. Work has begun to transform the greens with the front green converted to synthetic grass

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More to the RSL than some realise

More to the RSL than some realise | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Ken Crockford is no stranger to battle. After fighting for his country, and battling to come home after falling ill overseas, he now faces another challenge with the diagnosis of pneumonia.


But in true blue Anzac style, he's determined he won't be defeated.

Without the support of the RSL and the Fraser Coast community, he would still be fighting for life in a German hospital, thousands of kilometres away from his home.


The difference this assistance has made cannot be understated for Lance Cpl Crockford and his wife, but it's the type of help that often flies under the radar of the general public.

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Government should give extra attention to veterans who fought for their country and reward them with perks like free hospice  and medical care when they grow old and sick.

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Bowls | Workies' anniversary 50 years in the making

Bowls | Workies' anniversary 50 years in the making | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

THIS weekend is shaping up as one of the biggest for the Lithgow Workmens Club Bowling Club when they celebrate 50 years of their bowling greens.


It will be a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones with a huge two day tournament set down on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a celebration dinner on the Saturday night.

Bowlers are to check the notice board for club games and district events.


With the Workies celebrating their 50 years, it is the perfect time for those wanting to take up the game of bowls to come along to the club of a Saturday or Wednesday and you will be made welcome and shown the intricacies of the game of bowls.

It is a great social sport with the Workies boasting some of the finest facilities in Australia.

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Members can’t get enough at Maroochy

Members can’t get enough at Maroochy | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

GOLF: The Maroochy River Golf Club opened six months ago under controversial circumstances, but has showed no signs of slowing down.


Sixty years of history were torn down as the old Horton Park Golf Club made way for the Maroochydore CBD.


The decision was met with public angst, but in hindsight it was one of the best decisions in the club's history.


General manager Charlie McGill said the reincarnated Maroochy River course in Bli Bli has been so successful that they've had to turn people away.


"It's been sensational, the number of people coming through the golf course," he said.  "Everyone wants to play, because it's new.

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Insurance slip for clubs

Insurance slip for clubs | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

RACING Queensland has been accused of double dipping on insurance excesses from race clubs, who fear financial ruin under proposed changes to the public liability policy.


A number of clubs, including Sunshine Coast, Beaudesert, Mt Isa and Goondiwindi, have been issued with notices from Racing Queensland to pay bills ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 for excesses paid on public liability insurance, which includes injuries to jockeys.


Until now any excesses have been paid by RQ and then recouped the following year based on a formula which was shared among every club.  This policy was accepted by clubs who were happy to share the risk, rather than face bankruptcy if a claim was lodged after an incident at their venue.  


Last month RQ sent letters to a number of clubs notifying an intention to change that policy, making the changes retrospective.  Clubs issued with the retrospective bills argue they have already been paid, based on how the previous policy was administered.

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Nippers clubs booming 50 years from inception

Nippers clubs booming 50 years from inception | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

A few months after the Pill went on sale in Australia and the last tram ran in Sydney, a bunch of blokes from Nambucca Heads met to consider how to teach local kids to survive in the dangerous surf that breaks around the mouth of the wide river that gives the NSW mid-north coast town its name.


"We'd had a few problems with rips the previous summer," Noel Crocker says.


He is 94 and in 1961 was the president of the Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club, and remembers the October 16 annual general meeting as if it was yesterday.


"A few young ones had been swept out around Christmas 1960, and there was discussion in Rotary about what could be done. So we got together – the doctor, the barrister and other town leading lights, everybody was in the club in those days – and organised a public meeting that heard our idea of forming a branch of the surf life saving club for local youngsters.

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A local legend of baseball struck out three in a row

A local legend of baseball struck out three in a row | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

LOCAL baseball legend's Geoff Baxter's first ever Major League session at the age of 12 didn't get off to the greatest start - he was struck out by a talented local pitcher three times in a row.


The baptism of fire belied the impressive contribution the elder statesman of local baseball has made in his five-decades long career on the field.


He first started playing softball for Lismore Heights Primary at the age of six, before graduating to baseball at Richmond River High. Now 61, he still suits up for Norths in Division 3 as stand-by catcher.


From helping make Baxter Field the world-class facility it is today, to playing, coaching, and keeping the local spirit of baseball thriving, Geoff Baxter has done it all.


He has coached and played every grade at every level of baseball, not only for Norths, but also Far North Coast, and has achieved grand final wins in all.  He has a Far North Coast record in playing in 35 consecutive grand finals and has participated in 47 in his 54 year career.

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Timely gift for life saving club

Timely gift for life saving club | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

THE Elwood Life Saving Club received an early Christmas present last week when it was presented with over $3000 of essential first aid equipment from the Honda Foundation.


The donation included a treatment table, dressing trolley and surgeon’s stool to help lifesavers tend to injuries ranging from jellyfish stings, cuts and bruises, to more serious incidents.


More than 50,000 beach goers are expected to take to the shores at Elwood this summer and the club’s local patrol volunteers will face more than 40 first aid emergencies and numerous surf rescues.


Club president David Rylance said the donation will be a huge help in dealing with the varied cases the volunteer lifesavers encounter.


“This donation from The Honda Foundation is a massive boost to our club and will help our volunteers watch over thousands of beachgoers.”


The club is home to 640 members, including 250 junior nippers.

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St Kilda 'will not be leaving Seaford or Frankston,' says president Peter Summers

St Kilda 'will not be leaving Seaford or Frankston,' says president Peter Summers | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Despite an announcement earlier in the month that the club would be heading away from Seaford, St Kilda president Peter Summers promises the Saints will not be abandoning the area.


A state government pledge of $12 million ensured the Saints will return to their historical base at Moorabbin, after an ill-fated move to Seaford in late 2010. Yet despite the club's eagerness to venture back to Linton Street, Summers was adamant that the move would not mean forgetting about the Mornington Peninsula.


"Of course, the move back to Moorabbin does mean we will be leaving our current Seaford base," Summers told the club's annual general meeting in Moorabbin on Monday night.


"But I want to assure you we will not be leaving Seaford or Frankston. Our place in the bayside region is well established and vital to us and we will do everything to ensure that connection grows even stronger."


Having initially explored the possibility of heading back to the Junction Oval, contributions from the state, local council and suburban football bodies will allow the Saints to run their football operations out of Moorabbin. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017.

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Wagga Wagga Sevens Festival highlights future Olympians

Wagga Wagga Sevens Festival highlights future Olympians | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

The sporting nursery of Australia, Wagga in regional NSW played host to some potential Australian Olympic Rugby stars over the weekend as over 25 teams competed to be crowned champions of the Australian Sevens Development Tournament.


Taking place at Connolly Rugby Club on December 5 and 6, the tournament brought with it heat, fierce competition and exciting prospects for future stars hoping to one day represent Australia at the Olympics.


The Open Women’s competition was won by the NSW Development side led by player of the tournament Kate Gilbert. The Girls and Boys divisions were taken out by the two Queensland sides defeating NSW Blues in the girls and Sydney Barbarians in the boys.


Speaking to ARU Media the man charged with finding the next potential Australian Rugby Olympians, Hugh Carpenter was excited about the future prospects coming out of the tournament.

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Lions club gives Rebecca chance to communicate better

Lions club gives Rebecca chance to communicate better | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Thumbs up to the Lions Club of Mooloolaba for giving a special Christmas gift if an iPad Air 2 plus a Proloquo2Go software package to Rebecca Lindguard, from Buderim.


Rebecca is now in her adult years and is severely autistic with very restricted communication capacities.  She lives with her parents who also care for a son with special needs.  Rebecca also attends care programs with the Endeavour Foundation.


Lions club president Ron Alexander said the Endeavour Foundation had recommended this resource as being at the leading edge of technical support for enhancing the development of communication with people such as Rebecca.

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Campaigners call for defibrillators at sporting clubs in bid to save lives

Campaigners call for defibrillators at sporting clubs in bid to save lives | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

A push to roll out lifesaving defibrillators to sporting venues across Australia is gaining momentum with Victoria leading the way.


Up to 33,000 Australians suffer cardiac arrest each year and fewer than 5 per cent survive, often because help does not reach them in time.

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Golf Australia 2016 national squad released

Golf Australia 2016 national squad released | Local Clubs | Scoop.it

Golf Australia’s 2016 national squad has been released, with a handful of athletes on the verge of inclusion to the six-strong group. Cameron Davis and Ryan Ruffels both reached high performance benchmarks in becoming rare inclusions at the Tier 1 level.


The Sydneysider and Melburnian join a short list of just five other players – Minjee Lee, Oliver Goss, Cam Smith, Su Oh and Lucas Herbert – to have achieved that level since the program began in 2010. Hannah Green, Brett Coletta and Zach Murray have each attained Tier 2 status after quality results in the past year.

And Gold Coast youngster Becky Kay has been named a junior member of the national squad.


Golf Australia has also identified several other athletes who are close to inclusion.GA high performance director Brad James said they will all be notified and monitored over the summer tournament season with possible additions to be made after these events.“Our state high performance programs continue to do an exceptional job delivering their under-pinning programs to provide the right structures and resources necessary as the athletes move along the pathway towards the Golf Australia national squad level,” James said.


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Located within the Sydney Flying Squadron (Australia’s oldest open boat sailing club) waterfront restaurant, Foys Kirribilli is now open for business.


The opening of family friendly restaurant, together with a new pier café which will be launching on 18 October named Flying Bear, has been spearheaded by Adam Marshall of the Bird and Bear café in Elizabeth Bay.

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Literally on the water. Great food, great service, easy to get to, easy to park. Highly recommended!

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