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Deloraine bowled over again

SportJoanne Eisemann
Photo supplied  A big crowd at Deloraine Bowls Opening Day.

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A big crowd at Deloraine Bowls Opening Day.

By Wendy Laing

THE DELORAINE Bowls Club held their Opening Day for season 2019–20 on Sunday 15 September.

The day was sponsored in memory of Patsy Blair by her husband Daryl Blair and her family. The Blair family provided the BBQ lunch and drinks for everyone in attendance.

Patsy Blair had been a member of the Deloraine Bowls Club for twenty-five years and during that time had held the positions of President and Treasurer of the ladies when they were still called associate members. A long-time committee member and catering manager, Patsy was also an A Grade Pennant player and a Level 2 Umpire, officiating at both club level and Tasmanian Bowls North competitions.

President, Keith Davis thanked both the Blair family for their sponsorship and the bowls club members for attending the opening day.

Special guest, Mr Mark Shelton MP, wished the club success in the coming season and acknowledged that Patsy Blair had in the past given her time as a volunteer for many events in Deloraine as well as being a dedicated member of the Deloraine Bowls Club.

The first jack and bowl for season 2019–20 were delivered by the patronesses, Win Gleeson and Berri Carter, followed by lunch and a few games of social bowls.

For anyone thinking of becoming a member or social member of the Deloraine Bowls Club, more information is available from the Secretary, John Samphier, on 0409 999 504 (AH) or by email at Secretary.dbcinc@gmail.com. New bowlers are most welcome, and coaching is also available.

Smash Tas comes to Deloraine

Sport, CommunityJoanne Eisemann
Photo by Jan Atkins  One of the day's participants, Anastasia Looby of Elizabeth Town prepares to serve.

Photo by Jan Atkins

One of the day's participants, Anastasia Looby of Elizabeth Town prepares to serve.

LASSE BUNDGAARD, former national and Olympic badminton coach came to Deloraine recently to hold a ‘Smash Tas’ Badminton Clinic.

‘Smash Tas’ Clinics have been held at various locations around the state, including Hobart, Devonport, Burnie and Ulverstone.

About 30 young people from around the district and several from Launceston were treated to expert coaching by Lasse and his two helpers, Scott Johnston and Scott Viney of Launceston.

Lasse also showed several videos of some of the champion players he has coached during his career. All participants in the clinic were given a Yonex badminton racquet.

Kicking goals with volunteers

Sport, CommunityJoanne Eisemann
Photo Supplied  James Baldock at Auskick, with some possible future players for the Deloraine Roos or the Tasmanian AFL team.

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James Baldock at Auskick, with some possible future players for the Deloraine Roos or the Tasmanian AFL team.

By David Claridge

VOLUNTEERING IS the backbone of local grassroots sports. Parents encourage their children to get out and get active and in turn they join in.

It’s thanks to parents such as James and Phillippa Baldock who keep local football alive for future generations.

Last year, James was chosen as the Tasmanian State Winner of the NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Year. Phillippa shared how James has been involved in football pretty much all his life.

‘James started playing Juniors with the Deloraine Football Club before moving into the senior side. Later on he joined the committee and then coached,’ she said.

‘We both became involved with Auskick when one of our daughters wanted to join in. We agreed to take on the role from the previous coordinators and continue their good work.

’ James’ prize was a paid trip to Melbourne to see a finals game of AFL in 2018. ‘We were actually overseas at the time the game was going to be on, so we were able to go recently instead to watch his team, the Hawks, play Collingwood.’

AFLTAS is once again calling for nominations for Volunteer of the Year, to reward someone who has made a significant contribution to their community.

Information from AFLTAS suggests there were 209 000 volunteers involved in football across Australia last year.

Valley of the Rising Suns

SportJoanne Eisemann
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By David Claridge

FOR THE Meander Valley Suns, 2019 has been bright with improvement.

The Seniors and Women’s teams have had some good wins but it’s in the Division One Reserves where the hard work is starting to show.

Media Liaison for the club, Alex Wadley points the rising success in the men’s and women’s leagues to their player retention and recruitment in the offseason.

‘We had an influx of quality senior players, however most importantly, our players who have stuck by the club in tough times signed on for another year after a disappointing 2018 campaign,’ he said.

‘There is a good vibe around the club at the moment. We are having some success. The players are showing their commitment to each other and to the club after a less than desirable end to the 2018 season. The women’s team was only two per cent off making the finals, showing the improvement from the previous year where we had not won a single game.’

After an uninspiring start, Division One Reserves came to life and managed to rack up good victories against Old Scotch (16.13.109–3.7.25), Perth (15.18.108–7.5.47) and Uni-Mowbray (21.18.144–1.5.11).

‘Whilst we still don’t have the high profile players that many of the other clubs have, we are only a couple of recruits and continued hard work on the training track away from being able to match and beat the top sides in the competition,’ said Alex.

Roll away those winter blues

Sport, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Enthusiastic in-line skaters enjoy a winter night of active fun!  Photo by Mike Moores

Enthusiastic in-line skaters enjoy a winter night of active fun!

Photo by Mike Moores

GET YOUR skates on!

Friday evening skating sessions have recommenced in the Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre, just east of the bridge in Deloraine.

The recently formed Meander Valley Indoor Skaters Association has, in just 2 months, attracted over 70 members. Up to 50 skaters at a time take to the rink for the 6 to 7.30 pm skating sessions on Friday evenings.

The annual cost of joining the club is a very reasonable $10 per person. A skating session fee of $3 for juniors and $5 for adults over 18, makes a cost-effective recreational outing for young and old.

Non-members can register and access the sessions as ‘Come and try it’ participants for up to 3 times without having to join the club, but entrance fees for this are a little higher at $5 for juniors and $8 for adults.

Inline hockey practice will commence shortly for 6 year olds up to adults.

All fees include the use of inline skates. Protective padding and skating instruction is available for the asking.

To enquire about club activities, please contact the Club President, Peter Ashton on mobile: 0409 234 061.

Great expectations for Prospect Hawks

SportJoanne Eisemann
Hawks U15s, Isaac Hyatt, Brayden Fellows and Conall McCormack.

Hawks U15s, Isaac Hyatt, Brayden Fellows and Conall McCormack.

Hawks U16s, Blade Sulzberger and Tony Aganas

Hawks U16s, Blade Sulzberger and Tony Aganas

Hawks U15 Khai Lunson  Photos supplied

Hawks U15 Khai Lunson

Photos supplied

By David Claridge

THE PROSPECT Hawks are building quite a reputation in local football.

A record six players were selected to represent Tasmania in the U15s and U16s National Championships. U15s Brayden Fellows, Isaac Hyatt, Khai Lunson and Conall McCormack join U16s Tony Aganas and Blade Sulzberger in representing not only the Hawks but Tasmanian junior football.

Club President, Shaun Crawford, shared how excited the club is with their reps.

‘Six is a very good number given that there are 50 boys selected across Tasmania,’ he said.

‘This is a record for the club in a single year and we are very proud of all the boys.

‘We have an ongoing focus on developing players to become talented footballers and play at the highest level that they can.’

The U16s towered over Northern Territory in their first match with a 45-point victory in New South Wales (16.13.109–8.8.56).

In game two they were well and truly in the fight going into the fourth quarter against Queensland but fell short over there. Tony Aganas performed well with 30 hit outs.

Game three was bittersweet as the U16s were held goalless until the third quarter. They ended going down by 45 points.

With repairs due to take place at UTAS Stadium, Prospect Park will play a key role in hosting the U15s National Championship with three game days on 31 July, 1 August and 3 August.

The Hawks have had many reps in the past. In 2011 the Kolodjashnij brothers, Kade and Jake, represented Tasmania in the U16 Championships and they subsequently went on be drafted to the AFL.

One week at a time

SportJoanne Eisemann
Playing in his 312th game, Kangaroo's Captain Brad Crowden looks on as Bracknell and Deloraine players reach for the ball.  Photo by Mike Moores

Playing in his 312th game, Kangaroo's Captain Brad Crowden looks on as Bracknell and Deloraine players reach for the ball.

Photo by Mike Moores

Wearing the modern jumpers, the Roos Reserves struggle for the ball.  Photo by Mike Moores

Wearing the modern jumpers, the Roos Reserves struggle for the ball.

Photo by Mike Moores

FRIENDS, FAMILIES, supporters and past players gathered together on Saturday 22 June, to celebrate Deloraine Football Club's 125 years in the game.

The Senior Kangaroos team battled Bracknell, wearing replicas of their 1979 football jumpers.

The jumpers pay tribute to the last time that the Deloraine seniors claimed the premiership with an unexpected victory over Perth, in the Esk Football Association Grand Final.

Now part of the Northern Tasmanian Football Association, members of the 1979 winning side gathered in Deloraine for the club’s 40th and 125th anniversaries.

Despite the loss on the day, the Senior Kangaroos remain hopeful about winning their next grand final before too long.

In the meantime they continue to hold their place in the community as a strong team with a proud tradition.

Kicking AFL goals in Tasmania

SportJoanne Eisemann

THE INQUIRY into the establishment of AFL in Tasmania is currently underway, and an extension of time has been granted.

Those interested in taking part have until close of business on Thursday 25 July 2019.

The terms of reference for the inquiry include the likely benefits to the Tasmanian economy and community by having a Tasmanian team in the AFL.

For further information, contact the Hon. Ivan Dean MLC, Inquiry Chair, on 0417 364 375.

In the meantime, the Meander Valley community can keep the flags flying for local NTFA teams Deloraine,

Meander Valley Suns and Bracknell.

Recreation re-creation for Westbury

Community, Sport, NewsJoanne Eisemann
Westbury Recreation Ground development.  Supplied by MVC

Westbury Recreation Ground development.

Supplied by MVC

By David Claridge

WESTBURY RECREATION Ground is a-buzz with activity since work started in April with parts of stage one being ticked off.

A 100-seat capacity function space is coming together as stage one with more works planned to be completed by July.

Following that, there will be new lighting installed, change room facilities, space for umpires, a medical room, eight showers and equipment storage space amongst many other upgrades.

The Meander Valley Council distributed a media release to explain that the upgrades have begun and are currently going to plan.

‘The development is being undertaken in two stages so that the existing clubrooms remain operational for as long as possible,’ Mayor Wayne Johnston said.

The Meander Valley Football Club has announced on their Facebook page their excitement for the $440,000 upgrade from the State Government’s Levelling the Playing Field Grant Program.

The upgrades to the ground and clubrooms will help them to a standard that will support the growing female participation at the club.

Netballs and highballs

Community, SportJoanne Eisemann
Left to right: Jess Cowan, Shannon Styles, Penny Hooper, Morgan Goninon, Hannah Marshall, Eric Izbicki.  Photo by Jaden Watts

Left to right: Jess Cowan, Shannon Styles, Penny Hooper, Morgan Goninon, Hannah Marshall, Eric Izbicki.

Photo by Jaden Watts

Left to right: Amy Warren, Beth Taylor, Elisha Williams and Hayley Patten.  Photo by Jaden Watts

Left to right: Amy Warren, Beth Taylor, Elisha Williams and Hayley Patten.

Photo by Jaden Watts

THE MEANDER Valley Netball Club recently held a highly successful cocktail party at the Hadspen Memorial Hall.

This year the club is fielding five teams in the Northern Tasmanian Netball Association.

The ‘family friendly’ club trains at Prospect High School and Hagley Primary School, but due to the large number of players, the club has found it difficult to find adequate training facilities within the Meander Valley municipality.

Tasmanian Juniors keeping afloat

SportJoanne Eisemann
The team in action against a strong attack from Queensland A during the National Canoe Polo Championships at Penrith.  Photo by Teresa Wilson

The team in action against a strong attack from Queensland A during the National Canoe Polo Championships at Penrith.

Photo by Teresa Wilson

By Teresa Wilson

THE TASMANIAN Junior (U16s) Canoe Polo team, including Dominic Grose, 16, of Blackstone Heights, have been commended for their performance and sportsmanship in the recent Australian National Canoe Polo Championships at Penrith, NSW.

Competing for the first time in 20 years, Tasmania was ably represented by U16, U21 and Masters. Competing against New Zealand, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT, the juniors achieved a very commendable fourth place after being beaten by the ACT in a very close and gripping play-off.

Each team consists of five players on the water with one or two reserves. The ball is passed between team members as they try to score a ‘goal’ defended by the opposing team. The game is full-contact although within strict rules. Tackling by ramming or pushing your opponent over is permitted, so good kayak skills are essential. Each ‘half’ is only ten minutes long, but it’s an intense and physically demanding game.

The juniors had a baptism of fire with a ferocious first game against NZ. They used this experience to have good wins against Victoria, Queensland U16 girls and Queensland B.

‘It’s just been an amazing experience,’ said Dominic. ‘The team have come such a long way over the summer and the Championships have been a great learning experience and an opportunity to compete against some really top class players. The winter season in the pool will never be the same again.’

‘So many people have welcomed Tasmania back to the national scene,’ said team manager Jenny Purtell. ‘It’s been friendly on the sidelines, but fierce on the water. We really didn’t know what to expect. Players from other states have been so helpful offering coaching advice and support.’

Players are already back in the winter domestic season, developing and honing their skills, passing on their experience from Penrith.

The property where the teams practiced over summer has been sold and it is uncertain whether they will have access to it next summer.

This hasn’t stopped Dominic, however. ‘I can’t wait to do it all again next year,‘ he says, ‘though I expect the competition to make the team might be tougher.’

The Tasmanian U16 Squad.  Photo by Teresa Wilson

The Tasmanian U16 Squad.

Photo by Teresa Wilson

The prospect of bright lights

SportJoanne Eisemann

By David Claridge

THE FUTURE of night football in Prospect is looking bright with new oval lights recently installed.

As part of a long process between the Prospect Hawks Football Club, the AFL and Meander Valley Council the club was able to have LED lights installed, the first for grassroots football in Tasmania.

To commemorate this achievement, the Prospect Hawks have hosted a series of night games in April.

Vice President Prospect Hawks Football Club, David McCormack, hopes that the new lights will encourage more night games at Prospect Park.

‘This gives us more light and with that more opportunities,’ he said. ‘The LED lights, are the first array in Tasmania on a field, better light, less cost, longer life, it’s a significant thing.

‘Prospect Park is a highly sought-after field with its high-quality surface, it’s used by many other teams and even the Northern Tasmanian Umpires are based here for training.

‘We are looking to get some Deloraine girls’ teams soon. We are providing many opportunities for female footballers also.’

The Prospect Hawks initiated conversation with the AFL about the need to have their ground and lights redeveloped to benefit their 300 players and 11 teams.

The AFL, the State Government, a grant from the Community Infrastructure Fund and Meander Valley Council all contributed to make it happen. Prospect Park is scheduled to field 120 games this year, many of those at night.

Thumbs up for Kanga, the Roos’ new recruit

Feature, SportJoanne Eisemann
Deloraine Football Club’s new mascot Kanga gets to know some of the club’s rusted-on supporters. From left, Cooper Field, Benji Crowden (6) and Lucy Crowden (3).  Photo by Mike Moores

Deloraine Football Club’s new mascot Kanga gets to know some of the club’s rusted-on supporters. From left, Cooper Field, Benji Crowden (6) and Lucy Crowden (3).

Photo by Mike Moores

By Hayley Manning

THE DELORAINE Football Club’s latest recruit – Kanga, has become quite the socialite, posing for snaps, sponsoring businesses and handing out Easter eggs around Deloraine.

It is going to be a busy year for Kanga on the field and at the club, as they prepare to acknowledge Deloraine Football Club’s milestone 125 years with a host of events.

Club President, Shaun Donohue, said he wants to ensure the year is a success, not just in terms of winning games but with the local community taking part in the celebrations. And presumably Kanga and friends will be there too.

Bethany and Kylie, looking fresh

Sport, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
Bethany Macfarlane, 16, and her horse Kylie are looking forward to improving their showjumping over winter. From Exeter, Bethany rides for the Birralee and Districts Pony Club and has just joined the Tasmanian Showjumping Association (North).  Photo by Mike Moores

Bethany Macfarlane, 16, and her horse Kylie are looking forward to improving their showjumping over winter. From Exeter, Bethany rides for the Birralee and Districts Pony Club and has just joined the Tasmanian Showjumping Association (North).

Photo by Mike Moores

WESTBURY SHOW Horse Committee were most impressed with the performance of young horse riders and seasoned competitors who took the opportunity to jump their horses over well designed courses at the recent Freshman’s Day, held at Westbury Showground on the 13th April.

Held in beautiful weather on a superb jumping surface, the riders thoroughly enjoyed the friendly, encouraging atmosphere.

Local course designer Liz Richards provided flowing courses, while Level II accredited coach Judy Kilby was available to assist the riders.

Participants on the day ranged in age from a 4-year-old led around the course on a pony to 77-year-old Sandra Atkins riding her horse Wally.

Sandra and Wally both thoroughly enjoyed the rounds of jumps that the day offered.

The Freshman’s Day was a great chance for riders to educate their horses around the jumps without the stress of a real competition.

With about 30 competitors on this day, riders could choose 2 from 6 rounds at 50, 60, 70, 80, 90cm and 1m heights.

The horse committee have scheduled the next Freshman’s Day on the 11th May

Bracknell hops to it!

SportJoanne Eisemann
Isabella Sullivan-Taylor (8) and Katalina Wynn (9) competing in the 3 legged race at Bracknell Primary School Sports Carnival.   Photo | Hayley Manning

Isabella Sullivan-Taylor (8) and Katalina Wynn (9) competing in the 3 legged race at Bracknell Primary School Sports Carnival.

Photo | Hayley Manning

April 2019 | Hayley Manning

BRACKNELL PRIMARY School’s annual sports carnival was held on 6th March. The students had their game faces on for the traditional events but these soon dissolved to laughter during the egg-andspoon and three-legged races.

A baton relay wrapped up the program of events with victory for Leonard House. Some students shared snip - pets of school life between activities, with Paige Spen - cer (7) describing her school as fun: “Ms Fare tried to use the remote control to rub out the whiteboard.” Aiden Leon Hardy Shaw (9) said he was proud of “the sportsmanship that goes around…” while Isabella Tay - lor (8) describes her school as “caring and helpful”. Phoebe Johnson comment - ed that “We probably need a better football team. We don’t have enough girls to make our own team so we mix in the boys. For netball we have heaps of people rotating in one team instead of making two teams.”

A bigger splash!

SportJoanne Eisemann
Patrick Munnings (right) and Dominic Grose paddling hard, without a pony in sight!   Photos | Chris Grose

Patrick Munnings (right) and Dominic Grose paddling hard, without a pony in sight!

Photos | Chris Grose

Dominic Grose has been selected for Tasmania’s Junior Team at the National Canoe Polo Championships held over Easter.

Dominic Grose has been selected for Tasmania’s Junior Team at the National Canoe Polo Championships held over Easter.

April 2019 | Chris Grose

NESTLED IN the hills behind Lilydale is a picturesque and peaceful farm dam. Peaceful, that is, except when the ducks and platypus give way to a small group of dedicated and enthusiastic people busy training for the National Canoe Polo Championships in Penrith NSW, where they will represent Tasmania over Easter.

“It’s been twenty years since Tasmania last sent a team to the Nationals,” says team manager Jenny Purtell as she watches what appears to be the chaos of a dozen or so kayaks bumping and bashing as their occupants attempt to toss a ball into a goal set 2 metres above the water, or wrestle the ball from the opposing team.

“This year we are sending a Masters and a Junior team, with the emphasis on participation, learning new skills and having an enjoyable time.” Dominic Grose, 17, from Blackstone Heights, has been selected for the Junior team and is excited to be representing his home state. “I only started playing canoe polo with Tamar Canoe Club last year,” explained Dominic, “but there is only a relatively small number of players around in my age group so I put my hand up and was fortunate enough to be selected.”

Sending 17 athletes and kayaking gear interstate is proving to be a challenge but the teams feel it will definitely be worth the trouble and are busy fund-raising to purchase new, competition-standard gear. With financial support from Tamar Canoe Club and local businesses, the group are also receiving help from an unexpected quarter. “We are so lucky to have the support of Australian canoe polo team member Jade Kerber,” says Dominic.

Jade has volunteered his time to give extra coaching in the month prior to the competition. “Jade’s dedication and generosity sets a great example for our junior players as they start their journey towards high level sport,” Jenny adds. “The forming of the team has had many more benefits than purely physical gains – it has built friendships, a sense of camaraderie, developed team work and built self-confidence within its members.” Canoe polo is a relatively low-profile sport, particularly in Tasmania.

While not anticipating great success this year, Jenny hopes that the experience will stand the teams in good stead for the future competitions and boost interest in the sport.

Cattlemen strut their stuff

SportJoanne Eisemann
Geo Harvey riding Tanbark Redpa of Westbury competing in the Roy Davies Memorial Stockman’s Whip Crack at the Harveydale gathering of the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association. The competition involves hitting 10 targets with your whip in a horse shoe design. Pictured below: Ruby Geach 12yrs with brother Lenny 6yrs compete in the junior whip cracking.   Photo | Mike Moores

Geo Harvey riding Tanbark Redpa of Westbury competing in the Roy Davies Memorial Stockman’s Whip Crack at the Harveydale gathering of the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association. The competition involves hitting 10 targets with your whip in a horse shoe design. Pictured below: Ruby Geach 12yrs with brother Lenny 6yrs compete in the junior whip cracking.

Photo | Mike Moores

March 2019 | David Claridge

WESTBURY GOT a country jolt in February with horses and stock whips gathering for some fierce competition. The annual Mountain Cattlemen’s event landed at Harveydale this year with hundreds of people coming to compete and watch.

Longford man Will Browning took home the Senior Championship, Victorian man Peter Hodgkin took second, while Sassafras local Ben Howe took third place. In the junior division, first, second and third were Westbury girls, Maya Scott, Georgia Burford-Rowe and Georgia Elias. TMCA Secretary Danza Hardwicke shared how gate takings were on par with previous years.

“There were a lot more day passes sold this year with the event being close to a town. We even had a couple of mainland competitors. “We have a championship of four stages, whip crack, handy stockhorse, cattle handling and an optimum time stock horse race. The competition was high, so it was a good event.

“This year we trialled an U12 event which got 14 children involved. 2019 was the 32nd  meet which moves around the state each year. The association, from their website, states that they actively try to pass down traditional stockman’s skills and are trying to protect high country heritage and traditions.

Funny football

SportJoanne Eisemann

March 2019

DELORAINE FOOTBALL Club is celebrating its 125th year in 2019. The first function for the year is bound to start the celebrations o§ on the right foot with a Comedy Road Show to get everyone laughing. The Laughs of Launnie International Comedy Festival will be held at the Deloraine Football Club, Racecourse Drive Deloraine on 22nd March at 8:00pm.

The line up includes Lindsay Webb, Bryan O’Gorman from Canada, Kirk Smith representing the US of A, Luke Heggie, Fiona O’Loughlin and more. Tickets are $50.00. The show is for one night only so book early by calling 0437 749 034 or email hannah-kate05@hotmail.com Organisers think life is better when you’re laughing and invite you to come and laugh with them.

Carnival at Carrick

Sport, FeatureJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

The Carrick Park Pacing Club’s major event of the season, the Carrick Cup, takes place on Saturday 16th February at twilight. For the first time a sale of yearlings will be held. It is the only sale of standard bred yearlings in Tasmania this year. Other attractions during the evening will include: the Vandenberg Transport Carrick Cup, Fashions on the Field competitions, a double-seated sulky race, celebrity pony race, live music, free children’s jumping castle & face painting, and a Polocrosse demonstration. Tasmanian Polocrosse players from the Midland Spurs and Kentish (green & gold) are pictured above during the polocrosse demonstration match at last years Carrick Cup.

Photo | Mike Moores

Photo | Mike Moores