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Harwood dominates Souths/Westlawn

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South Westlawn batter Riley Stanton aims a big drive at a Jake McMahon spinner but the ball sail safely off the outside edge for a couple of runs.

Harwood dominates Souths/Westlawn

 

By Tim Howard

Harwood has brushed aside a short-handed Souths/Westlawn in their CRCA Premier League cricket match at Ellem Oval.

The game, reduced to a one-day fixture after a first day wash-out, was almost over as a contest when Souths, a player short, slumped to 6/33 in the face of accurate bowling from Harwood attack.

Harwood won the toss and bowled and opening bowlers Duncan Fisher, 2/18 and Corey Lewis, 2/12, didn’t let the skipper down, taking five of the first six wickets to fall.

There was no let up from Harwood’s change bowlers.

Ben McMahon used the short ball liberally to snare 2/13 from eight overs and Troy Turner finished with 2/23.

Souths/Westlawn were saved from total embarrassment by a belligerent 20 from wicketkeeper Luke Sullivan, batting at No 9 and the Stanton brothers Riley, 4 and and Liam, 2no, who stuck around with Sullivan to get the score to 9/83.

The total was never going to be competitive and although South Westlawn opening bowler Adrian Boyd picked opener Evan Lewis, 2, with just four on the board, Harwood were almost home when the second wicket fell at 62 when Maison Simmons was caught behind for 26 including two fours and a six.

The end for South Westlawn's top scorer Luke Sullivan who feathered this attempted drive to the keeper from the bowling of Ben McMahon. Sullivan made 20.

The end for South Westlawn’s top scorer Luke Sullivan who feathered this attempted drive to the keeper from the bowling of Ben McMahon. Sullivan made 20.

Matthew Farrell batted through the innings to finish with 36no as Harwood passed South Westlawn score in the 15th over.

In the CRCA/LCCA combined first grade competition GDSC Easts chased down Iluka’s 139 in 35.5 overs with five overs and two wickets to spare.

The chase was built around a typically vigorous 74 from Shannon Connor who hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 55-ball knock.

Iluka’s opening attack performed well with Glenn Ayres 2/23 from eight overs and Dean Bartlett 3/23 from his eight bowling tightly and reducing Easts to 2/5 early on.

But the support bowlers were punished, going for more than five an over as Connor’s innings built.

Connor started the day well with the ball taking 3/28 opening the bowling and left-arm spinner David Bruton-Duroux just pipped him for best figures with 3/21 off eight.

Yamba Oval witness a run-fest when Yamba hosted Aussie Hotel Coutts Crossing.

Sent in to bat, Coutts smashed 7/266 in 40 overs with opener Tim Tilse, 89 and Lewis Chevalley, 84, putting on 177 for the second wicket.

None of the bowlers escaped punishment, although Nick Smart did pick up a couple to finish with 2/16 from four overs.

Yamba charged out of the blocks in the run chase with Smart hitting 55 from just 22 balls in a display of clean hitting that stunned the Coutts bowling attack.

A rare highlight for Souths Westlawn during their premier league thrashing at the hands of Harwood. Adrian Boyd traps Evan Lewis in front for 2.

A rare highlight for Souths Westlawn during their premier league thrashing at the hands of Harwood. Adrian Boyd traps Evan Lewis in front for 2.

He clubbed eight fours and two sixes in an opening stand of 77 with Alex Moffit, 18.

There was no reprieve for Coutts when No 4, James Feaver came to the crease.

He also took a liking to the Coutts bowling, hitting 12 fours and a six.

Unfortunately a thrilling finish fizzled out into a washed out draw as the rain closed in with Coutts needing a wicket and Yamba another 27 runs.

Tucabia Copmanhurst batter Jaye Yardy just missed a century as he held his team’s inning together in the game against Harwood at Harwood Oval.

The No 3 was dismissed for 95 and was the sixth wicket to fall as Tucabia struggled to 9/174 in 40 overs.

Billy Blanch, 16 and Rohan Hackett, 12, were the only other batters to post double figures, although extras racked up 26.

Colby Vallette wrought havoc with the Tucabia top order take 4/38.

There was no information on the Harwood innings, although a wash out was likely.

On Saturday in Premier League Harwood host Brothers at Harwood Oval in a two-day game.

In the CRCA/LCCA first grade competition, Iluka and Lawrence play at Iluka Sportsground, Maclean United host Tucabia Copmanhurst at Barry Watts Oval. Coutts Crowing and Harwood play at Ellem Oval and GDSC East and Yamba clash at Lower Fisher Turf.

 

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Champ back to defend South Cup

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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

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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

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'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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