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Green powers Lawrence to victory



Harwood all rounder Ben McMahon backed up his 131 with two key wickets when bowling against Lawrence at Lower Fisher Park, Grafton, on Saturday. Rowan Green

Green powers Lawrence to victory


By Tim Howard

A neat 100 runs from Lawrence batter Rowan Green has powered his team to a stunning outright win over Coutts Crossing in the revamped CRCA first grade competition at J J Lawrence Field, South Grafton.

Rowan Green was only dismissed once for his “century”, scoring a dashing 73 coming in a number 8 for his team, which was tottering at 6/60 chasing Coutts’s first innings total of 164.

Rowan Green was eventually dismissed with the scores level at 164, but Coutts ensured a first innings tie, knocking over number 11 Ben Shaw for a second ball duck.

Green held his nerve as more wickets fell and his team’s chances looked shot at 8/77.

But Dylan Harrison, 25no, dropped anchor and the pair whittled away Coutts’ first innings lead to nothing with an 87-run partnership.

Coutts Crossing’s second innings was carnage, bowled out for 77 in 24.5 overs.

A promising opening stand between Tim Tilse, 24 and Andrew McLachlan, 4, put on 33 and a handy 21 from Lewis  all came to naught.

Chris Townson, Ben Shaw and Nathan Anderson chipped away with early wickets, but with the score at 4/67, spinner Doug Harris put a full stop on the innings.

The next four wickets fell for no runs, three of them to Harris, to turn the match on its head.

Harris took the last wicket to fall, giving him the remarkable figures of 4/7 from 4.5 overs.

Anderson also had a fine return with 3/16 from five overs.

Green, who took the final catch of the game still had a role in the run chase for outright points.

Lawrence began uncertainly with big hitting Mark Ensbey hitting a return catch to Tilse second ball with score on 1.

But skipper Nathan Ensbey was undeterred and launched a blistering assault on the Coutts attack.

He was the only other wicket to fall for a 23-ball 39 with five boundaries.

Green came in and kept the score ticking over at almost a run a ball to score 27no and give him “century” for the afternoon.

Harwood all rounder Ben McMahon backed up his 131 with two key wickets when bowling against Lawrence at Lower Fisher Park, Grafton, on Saturday.

Harwood all rounder Ben McMahon backed up his 131 with two key wickets when bowling against Lawrence at Lower Fisher Park, Grafton, on Saturday.

Lawrence hit the winning runs in just the 11 over to secure and unlikely outright after a disastrous first day.

At Lower Fisher Park, Grafton, Harwood wiped the floor with Souths/Westlawn, bowling them out for 86 and 77 to pocket the outright points.

In their first attempt, Souths Westlawn were never in the hunt with opening bowler Duncan Fischer picking up for four of top six batters to have the impressive figures of 4/17 from 10 overs.

In trouble at at 3/40, Souths/Westlawn plunged out of contention in the next new few overs losing four wickets for four runs.

A late rally took them to 86, with the last wicket falling in the 30th over

A 128-run lead handed Harwood the right to enforce the follow-on and put the Souths Westlawn batters under pressure.

They crumbled yet again, battling for 37 overs, but never really troubling the Harwood attack.

Skipper Ben McMahon tore through the top order with 4/11 from 11.5 over and Corey Lewis was equally devastating, taking 4/12 from seven overs.

The outright wins to the Harwood and Lawrence make them the dominant teams in the competition which was revamped over the Christmas break when Brothers announced it could not field a team in the premier league.

Outright points were up for grabs in the third game of the round between premiers GDSC Easts and Tucabia Copmanhurst.

Tucabia were deep in trouble at 5/27 chasing Easts’ 9d/162 and lost their last five wickets for 21 to be bowled out for 48.

The only two bowlers tried shared identical figures with Theodore Lobsey and Shannon Connor both taking 5/23 in the rout.

Following on, Tucabia made a much better fist of its second innings.

Opener Tim Bultitude was unbeaten on 64, Rohan Hackett batted solidly for 34 and Matt Pigg  27no, defied the Easts attack for 47 overs.

Connor put in another 15 over spell to take 1/36 and five other bowlers were tried with only limited success.

Despite the heavy loss Tucabia will be heartened that Hackett has returned to the bowling crease with his left-arm pace bowling, after a long injury break.

He took 3/14 from eight overs to be the best of the Tucabia attack on day one.

On Saturday round two of two-day games begin with Easts playing Souths Westlawn at J J Lawrence Field. Harwood hosts Coutts Crossing at Harwood Oval and Lawrence and Tucabia Copmanhurst clash at Ellem Oval.


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Champ back to defend South Cup




Cepheus hits the line a neck in front of New Zealand galloper Cotohele to win the 2023 Grafton Toyota South Grafton Cup (1600m). He has nominated for Sunday’s race, which is a qualifying event for the $3 million Big Dance in November.

Champ back to defend South Cup


By Tim Howard

After a stunning opening day at the 2024 Grafton July Racing Carnival all eyes have turned to the running of the 2024 South Grafton Cup.

Clarence Valley Jockey Club executive officer Michael Beattie said the excitement for this race has taken off in the racing community since it became an entry vehicle for the $3 million Big Dance.

He said on Monday that nominations had not yet closed for the event, but there were already 20 entrants for Sunday’s big race.

Among them is the Murwillumbah trained galloper Cepheus, last year’s winner and runner up in the Big Dance.

“Cepheus is back to defend his title, but I would say the main reason is to have another shot at the Big Dance,” Beattie said.

Beattie said the seven-year-old gelding looked to be in even better form than when he qualified for the race at Grafton and showed enough form to become one of the race favourites.

“I would argue this year he is in even better form than last year,” Beattie said.

“This time last year, coming into the South Cup, Cepheus had gone around in the Glasshouse, and run second in the Glasshouse, which was a Listed race.

“And he’d run fourth in the Eye Liner, which is also a Listed race.”

Beattie said Cepheus has not enjoyed the same results as last year, but has been racing in better quality events.

“This year’s he’s racing in two Group Ones, where he’s admittedly finished down the track, the George Ryder and the Stradbroke, but this time last year he’d only ever had one run at Group One level,” he said.

“There’s no doubt in my mind the horse is going equally well, if not better than last year.”

Beattie said Cepheus was likely to meet a stronger field in this year’s race, although it was hard to tell until nominations closed.

He said the opening day of racing for the carnival on Sunday, the Kensei Club Community Race Day, could not have gone better.

“We were absolutely thrilled to have enough entries to run a nine-race program,” he said.

“And we had a crowd comparable to last year’s, which was great to see.”

He said the CRJC had changed the format of the day, making six of the nine races a prelude to races later in the carnival.

“Essentially those horses that were contesting those races were here simply for the reason that they wanted to contest the better races later in the carnival,” Beattie said.

He said the winner of the Grafton Cup prelude, Full Press, was almost certain to run in the Grafton Cup on July 18.

“He’s a Coffs Harbour-trained horse so I’m certain he’ll take his place in the Cup field,” he said.

He said the strength of Sunday’s fields was a vindication for the club’s move to include more prelude races in the program.

“It gets trainers to think earlier about coming to Grafton,” he said.

“The best way they can guarantee they get a runner in the Ramornie, or Grafton Cup, is to come and win a prelude race.”

He said it was good for the punters to see these horses earlier in the carnival.

“They get a chance to see which horses are in form and follow them through the carnival,” he said.

Beattie was also pleased with vibe the carnival generated on its opening day.

“The first day is family day, there’s free entry and there was a big crowd down at the Westlawn tent enjoying the free entertainment,” he said.

“And the betting ring was, as it always is, very busy which is a great thing to see.

“There was just a really good feel for the day and that bodes really well for the rest of the carnival.”


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80 years on French village keeps memory of two Grafton airmen alive




Grafton woman Helen Huxley, left and Alstonville's Colette Dalton have helped keep alive the memory of two uncles Hedley Jenkins and Bill Paul, from Grafton, who were killed when their plane crashed during a bombing raid in World War 2.

80 years on French village keeps memory of two Grafton airmen alive


By Tim Howard

Flight Sergeants Arthur Hedley Jenkins and William Paul might be names only a few in their home town of Grafton would know, but in a tiny French village they are among a group of 15 aircrew remembered every year.

Next week the population of Lignieres-de-Touraine, a village in France near Tours, will gather in their communal cemetery for the 80th anniversary of a terrible night when two fully bomb laden Avro Lancaster bombers collided over the village, bursting into flames and exploding on contact with the ground.

All 15 airmen died in the crash which contemporary Lignierois rushing from their beds described as a “…sight like the apocalypse, spread over several square kilometres. When dawn broke the last bombs were still exploding.”

This year the niece of Flt Sgt Paul, Alstonville woman Colette Dalton, will join the villagers on July 16.

And the niece of Flt Sgt Jenkins, Grafton woman Helen Huxley, has organised for Clarence Valley Mayor Peter Johnstone to send a letter to the mayor of Lignieres, thanking the people for their kindness.

The two men, Bill Paul from South Grafton and Hedley Jenkins from Southgate, met at Grafton High School and became great mates.

In an article she wrote about her uncle and his mate for the Clarence River Historical Society, Mrs Huxley recalled how the two young men had been excited to fly in the same plane.

The article in the local newspaper recording when the two men were declared missing in action.

The article in the local newspaper recording when the two men were declared missing in action.

In 1943, aged just 19, the pair enlisted, determined to do their bit for the war effort.

“Flying on their 13th mission with the 467 Squadron, the two were overjoyed to be members of the same air crew.

“They were close friends, attending Grafton High together and now making a contribution to the war effort on behalf of the Jenkins family in Southgate and the Paul family from South Grafton.

“Photographs in RAAF uniform suggest young, energetic men, looking forward to a wonderful life post-war.

“Airgraphs, kept by the families, mention concern for their friends in other avenues of the war and record small glimpses of their lives.

“Writing to his brother Ron in March 1944, Hedley commented on the snow in England – obviously no longer a novelty to him.

“Apart from the cold, it created a great deal of work clearing the runways ‘…and one gets a little cold after a while. My sympathy is all for the Russians.’

“There were also bright spots: in June 1944, Bill wrote to his father, about looking forward to nine day’s leave with ‘Jenks’ at Rose Ockenden’s family home.

“Referring to a previous leave spent with the family, he enthused ‘…and gee did we have a swell time or not’.”

A Lancaster B.I (R5868) S for Sugar which flew with the same unit in which Flt Sgts Bill Paul and Hedley Jenkins served, 467 Squadron RAAF. S for Sugar completed 137 sorties while with No. 83 Squadron and No. 467 Squadron. In May 1944 it reached the 100 sortie milestone, with a raid on Flensburg Harbour, Germany. On April 23 1945 it flew its last operational sortie. This aircraft is on display at the Royal Air Force Museum, London.

A Lancaster B.I (R5868) S for Sugar which flew with the same unit in which Flt Sgts Bill Paul and Hedley Jenkins served, 467 Squadron RAAF. S for Sugar completed 137 sorties while with No. 83 Squadron and No. 467 Squadron. In May 1944 it reached the 100 sortie milestone, with a raid on Flensburg Harbour, Germany. On April 23 1945 it flew its last operational sortie. This aircraft is on display at the Royal Air Force Museum, London.

The two men were crew members aboard Lancaster ME 851 in 467 Squadron RAAF.

Just the month before they had flown on raids covering the D-Day landings at Normandy and on July 15 they were one of 220 bombers targeting the marshalling yards near the French city of Nevers.

With 10 1000lb and three 500lb bombs aboard they took off from RAF Waddington at 10.19pm on July 15.

Fltr Sgt Paul was a wireless operator and air gunner and Flt Sgt Jenkins was the plane’s tail gunner.

At about 3am July 16, ME 851 collided with Lancaster ME807 of RAF No. 207 Squadron above Lignières-de-Touraine. Both aircraft burst into flame and crashed to the ground, where their bomb loads exploded.

The villagers insisted on the burial of the men, which the occupying Germans allowed, with some conditions.

“They were allowed to collect the bodies and bury them, but they insisted there was to be no mourning or signs of grief,” Mrs Huxley said.

Flight Sergeant Bill Paul

Flight Sergeant Bill Paul

The grief may have been hidden on the night but for decades the sadness from that time lived on.l

“Colette told me that in the last one or two commemoration ceremonies she’s been to, there was a man by himself who was just sobbing his heart out,” she said.

“Someone explained to her he had been a young boy on the night that collision occurred.

“He had been one of the people allowed to go and gather what were basically body parts.

“I think they were told not to talked about how bodies were, it’s all a bit gruesome to think about but so he was involved in that.”

“It was very much alive in the older villagers minds that that particular story and is such a big part of their heritage.”

Mrs Huxley said she had grown up wondering about the “great sadness surrounding the very formal photograph of a young man in uniform  displayed on the lounge room wall.”

She was also intrigued by the foreign names inscribed on a metal plaque under the photo and they stuck in her memory.

“Fast forward and my husband Ian and I have visited Lignieres several times, locating Hedley and Bill’s graves and, by a stroke of wonderful luck, meeting a local lady, Mme Joseyane Casez, who collects information and photos about the two air crews from visiting relatives,” she said.

Flight Sergeant Arthur Hedley Jenkins.

Flight Sergeant Arthur Hedley Jenkins.

“Another great lady, Mme Lilliane Marolleau, who mercifully speaks English, adores befriending Australians and takes a special interest in connecting the descendants of the air crews.

“She was delighted to inform us that Colette Dalton, a niece of Bill, lives ‘down the road’ in Alstonville.

“Colette and her family have made many pilgrimages to Lignieres and are keenly interested in preserving the story.”

“Through Lillian, we met her circle of friends, particularly ones that could speak some English,” she saiid.

“And you know, we would have been in people’s homes to have dinners and being given gifts and just been really treated like we were royalty.”

While thrilled at the reception, the motivation behind it puzzled her until she questioned a French guide on the Normandy battlefield sites about it.

“I said we’re really happy that they’re grateful that a member of our family died to help them but can’t expect people to be grateful for centuries kind of thing,” Mrs Huxley said.

“He said you don’t understand because in Australia, you’ve never lived under occupation.

“So you cannot understand our continuing gratitude because members of your family have died to help us.

“So that was quite an interesting conversation to have.”


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Creating value for your business through kindness




'Kind Business: Values Create Value’ by Dr David Cooke.

Creating value for your business through kindness


By Samantha Elley

To put the words ‘Kind’ and ‘Business’ together in a title may seem like an anomaly for some, but that is what first time Byron Bay author, Dr David Cooke, has done with his new publication.

‘Kind Business: Values Create Value’ is to be launched this week at The Book Room Byron

“I spent 35 years in the corporate world and don’t think I was a natural fit,” said Dr Cooke.

“So, when I found myself in the last eight years as CEO of a Japanese tech company, I knew I could put my stamp on my corner of the corporate sector and do things a little bit differently.”

Dr Cooke’s way of doing things differently included engaging the people in his organisation and getting their feedback on ideas for the business.

“I found it really helped our organisation to thrive,” he said.

“We are a commoditised sector of the technology industry, selling printing and scanning hardware, and while there are many companies out there selling the same products, we were known as a good company, as we treated our people and our customers kindly.”

What Dr Cooke saw was his business grew and ‘defied gravity’ in what has essentially become a declining industry when it comes to printing.

“We just engaged with people and treated our customers honestly and openly, as it seemed the right thing to do, and lo and behold, we flourished,” he said.

When Dr Cooke retired, he knew he had to write a book on his experiences and Kind Business was born.

“If you design your business to be responsible, treat people and the community well and honestly, you will find commercial value in your business,” said Dr Cooke.

This book is a must read for entrepreneurs, emerging leaders and business executives and can be purchased online or through local bookstores for $29.95.

The book is to be launched at The Book Room Byron, 27 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay on 11th July, 6pm. Bookings can be made here.


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