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Easts storm to outright win over Souths/Westlawn

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Easts storm to outright win over Souths/Westlawn

By Tim Howard

GDSC Easts has stormed to an outright victory over Souths/Westlawn smashing the 58 runs needed for victory in just 6.5 overs in the CRCA Premier League cricket match at Lower Fisher Turf.

Easts declared at 9/164 in reply to Souths 56 and then dismissed Souths/Westlawn for 165, just 57 in front.

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Star all-rounder Aaron Macfadyen made light of the task scoring 39no including eight boundaries.

The normally consistent Souths/Westlawn opening bowler Nathan Blanch conceded 40 of those run in just 3.5 overs.

Earlier Easts skipper Shannon Connor had ripped apart the Souths/Westlawn innings with 7/51 from 16 overs.

The Souths/Westlawn middle order looked like staving off the outright, with John Martin scoring 54 with eight fours and a six.

But it was Connor who did for him in the field with his accurate throw to the keeper beating Martin to the line.

Earlier captain Dylan Cleaver, 6 and Mick Fletcher, 21, batted stubbornly but couldn’t put together the big score to put the outright out of reach.

Connor made the decisive breakthrough n the 33rd over, bowling veteran Tom Kroehnert for 10 after a stubborn stand with Martin.

He trapped Adrian Boyd in front two balls later to put the Souths/Westlawn innings on the skids.

Five overs and four wickets later it was all over, leaving Easts a tight run chase.

In the end, thanks to Macfadyen, they did it at a canter, losing just two wickets, Connor for 16 and Tom Gerrard for a duck.

Easts already had an unassailable lead, but the outright loss has relegated Souths/Westlawn to third spot and the 2021-22 grand finalist is is in danger of missing the semi-finals.

They play fourth-placed Brothers at Ellem Oval next week in the final game of the season with a semi-final spot up for grabs.

Tucabia Copmanhurst prepared itself for a semi-final clash piling up 4/216 in a comfortable win over Brothers, bowled out for 129.

First drop Jay Yardy, 63no, built on a brilliant 54no from opener Matt Pigg last weekend. Pigg was unable to take his place in the team this week and was listed retired not out in the scorebook.

Yardy found stubborn support from veteran Andrew Buchanan, 49no, in an unbeaten 99-run partnership.

The partnership had to resist a probing spell of off-spin bowling from Andrew Kinnane , who took 3/50 from 17 overs.

Unfortunately for the Brethren he was the only bowler who looked likely to make a breakthrough as Yardy and Buchanan settled in for the afternoon.

After tea with the result decided and the captains called it quits and headed for their favourite watering holes.

Next week Tucabia, which jumped to second spot on the table, hosts Easts in a trial run for the semi-finals in the last competition game of the season.

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Brothers off spinner Andrew Kinnane flights down a delivery during his spell of 3/50 against Tucabia at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

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Souths/Westlawn loses its first wicket as opening batsman Brenden Cotten, on 18, runs a ball into the slips where Aaron Macfadyen accepted the chance.

Tucabia veteran batter Andrew Buchanan clips a ball into the midwicket region during his patient innings of 49no against Brothers at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

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STOCKSVILLE HEADLINES SEASON FINALE

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STOCKSVILLE HEADLINES SEASON FINALE

 

Hessions Auto Parts Grafton Speedway is set to conclude its 2023-24 season this Saturday afternoon / night with the annual Stocksville 100 event for the RSA Street Stockers and the Dash for Cash event for the Production Sedans.

Close to $10,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs across both the Stocksville 100 and Dash for Cash events, with nearly $5,000 for the taking in Stocksville 100 and a cool $1,000 is set to be paid to the winner of the Dash for Cash event, and it’s a massive way for the season to finish up for Grafton Speedway.

Heading into the Stocksville 100, the favourite without a shadow of doubt is Raymond Terrace’s Shane Carlson, who has recently enjoyed a lot of recent success around the 440-metre Grafton Speedway track, where he is the defending Stocksville 100 Champion and also picked up victory in last season’s NSW Title. Carlson is no doubt aiming to make it back-to-back Stocksville 100 wins, but it certainly won’t be an easy task, as the likes of youngster Connor Reeves and Chris Corbett as his main challengers. The format for the Stocksville 100 is a total of three 20 lappers and one 40 lapper.

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For the Dash for Cash event in the Production Sedans, the field of winning contenders is wide open; however, drivers such as current NSW Champion Jordan Biviano, Madison Harkin, Dale Corbett, Geoff Hayes, Sam Mooney and Aaron Hall are likely to be right up there fighting it for the $1,000 top prize.

In the AMCA Nationals action, local veteran Tony Blanch is hoping to continue his solid 2023-24 season form around Grafton Speedway, and there is no doubt that he will be kept honest by out-of-town front runners in the father and son duo of Russ and Matt Hardy, as well as Paul Reeves.

Making up the program for Grafton Speedway’s season finale is going to be the RSA Four Cylinder Sedans, Modlites, Legend Cars, and Junior Sedans (both Top Star and New Star categories for their Gold Cup event).

For this Saturday’s 2023-24 season finale at Grafton Speedway, they have a special ‘Bring a Mate’ offer, where if there is one full paying adult, they can bring in an adult mate for only $ 10. Yes, that’s right, $10 only!

Grafton Speedway would like to thank Hessions Auto Parts for their 2023-24 season support, which is their seventh consecutive season as the track’s naming-right’s sponsor. With store locations in both Grafton and Coffs Harbour, Hessions Auto Parts stock a wide range of parts and accessories at competitive prices.

To find out more, contact them on 0266 423 085 (Grafton) and 0256 456 361 (Coffs Harbour) or visit their website at hessionsautoparts.com.au.

 

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Tweed Seagulls RLFC Celebrates Women in Rugby League and Business at Successful Leaders in League Breakfast

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Tweed Seagulls RLFC Celebrates Women in Rugby League and Business at Successful Leaders in League Breakfast

 

On Wednesday 15th May 2024, the Tweed Seagulls RLFC hosted a highly successful Leaders in League Breakfast at Seagulls, celebrating the significant contributions of women to both rugby league and business. The event also highlighted the club’s community programs. There were over 150 business leaders and community members from the Northern Rivers NSW and Gold Coast who attended.

The breakfast featured an esteemed business panel including Rebecca Frizelle OAM (Part-Owner & Director Gold Coast Titans), Shannon McFadden (Chief Strategy, Sustainability and People Officer Queensland Airports), Oliver Horn (CEO Nutra Organics), and Samantha Bliss (Independent Director QRL), who shared their insights and experiences.

A football panel comprising Jo Barrett (Gold Coast Titans NRLW Program Manager), David Penna (Tweed Seagulls Head of Football), Georgia Ellison (BMD Premiership Tweed Seagulls), and Bridget Hoy (BMD Premiership Tweed Seagulls) provided valuable perspectives on the female game and where they see it heading.

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A highlight of the event was the unveiling of the 2024 Eximm Sport Indigenous Jersey, titled “Birds of a Feather,” designed by local artist Christine Slabb and presented by Matty Francis.

The club also announced the 2024 Gold Coast Airport Female Tom Searle Scholarship recipients: Kali Ainsworth and Kaylee Booth. Kali, hailing from Casino and a member of the U19 Harvey Norman side, aspires to play in the NRLW and work with children as a SLSO. Kaylee, captain of the U17 Harvey Norman side and player for the Tweed Heads Seagulls JRL, aims to pursue a career in the Fisheries and also dreams of playing in the NRLW. These two girls are a great example of the Tweed Seagulls commitment to the female game and the pathway opportunities Tweed Seagulls are providing Northern Rivers players to the elite level.

The event’s success was attributed to the attendees and our wonderful partners. CEO Brendon Lindsay extended special thanks to EML Group, Gold Coast Airport, and Greenmount Timber & Building Supplies for their steadfast support of our female program. Additionally, we acknowledge Eximm and Hiway Group (Hiway Stabilizers), The Recycling Solutions Specialists, for their pivotal role in the club’s community programs.

A special mention goes to our MC, Mickey Coleman, for his outstanding contribution to the event.

 

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Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Announces Organisational Reset

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Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Announces Organisational Reset

 

Sydney, NSW – May 20: Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has announced an Organisational Reset aimed at reducing costs and enhancing business efficiencies amid challenging trading and market conditions.

The restructuring involves staff redundancies at head office and operational teams, reductions in supplier and contractor expenses, and decreased club distribution payments.

Rob Macaulay, GRNSW Chief Executive Officer, stated that the reset targets a 30% reduction in total budget expenditure for FY2024-25.

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“Efforts have been made to preserve returns to participants, who are the core of our sport,” Mr. Macaulay said. “Prize money per race remains unchanged, with minor adjustments to Group and Feature races already published. Animal welfare and track safety initiatives will continue to receive increased funding, adhering to our commitment to world-best practices.”

The reset follows a state-wide consultation with participants, industry leaders, and business partners.

“GRNSW, like other racing bodies in Australia, is facing tougher trading conditions due to a significant reduction in wagering turnover,” Macaulay explained. “Wagering-derived revenue is down 22.5% this year, impacting our overall income. The severe challenges in the Australian wagering market are affecting all racing organizations, including ours.”

The impact has necessitated job losses as part of a comprehensive business review. Support, including counselling and career transition services, is being provided to departing staff.

Most redundancies affect head office managerial and administrative roles, and the Wyee kennel facility will be repurposed as a base for the “Aussie Mates” US rehoming program for retired NSW greyhounds, managed by a welfare logistics partner.

“This reset follows extensive consultations and a full business review to address the ongoing decline in wagering revenue,” Macaulay noted. “Identified cost savings include head office and supplier reductions, with club distribution payment programs being finalised based on wagering turnover revenue.”

Macaulay emphasised that all animal welfare programs, including rehoming, PTSD retraining for retired greyhounds, and track safety upgrades, will remain fully funded with a commitment to maintaining world-best standards.

“We aim to become more agile, lean, and efficient, ensuring participants are not negatively affected. We believe these changes will benefit participants and the industry as we align our cost base with current market conditions,” he concluded.

 

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