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It’s all Harwood in cricket decider

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The Harwood team celebrates after a devastating eight-wicket win in the Clarence Valley mixed first grade cricket grand final at Ellem Oval, Grafton at the weekend.

It’s all Harwood in cricket decider

 

By Tim Howard

Harwood Cricket Club has celebrated its return to the Clarence Valley competition by wrapping up the CRCA first grade premiership with an eight-wicket win over Lawrence at Ellem Oval at the weekend.

Harwood dominated their Lower Clarence rivals from the outset, routing them for 79 on day one and finishing the day at 2/58.

Overnight rain delayed the inevitable until mid-afternoon when Coby Tabor, 41no and skipper Ben McMahon, 17no, knocked off the required runs without drama.

It was all over in 33 overs. McMahon stroked the fourth ball of Jarrod Ensbey’s 11the over to the boundary to level the scores, then tapped the final ball of the over for a single to win the game.

With so much time lost to rain and Harwood so far ahead in the game, both skippers called stumps by mid afternoon.

Harwood’s clinical finish on day two followed a day of carnage on the Saturday

Lawrence skipper Nathan Ensbey had his only win of the day, calling correctly at the coin toss and deciding to bat.

Disaster struck almost immediately with veteran opener Ben Hill, 1, out on the final ball of the second over.

Mark Ensbey and first drop Rowan Green dropped anchor for 13 overs, but could not get on top of the bowling.

Harwood’s opening pair of Duncan Fischer and Troy Turner kept the runs to a trickle and until the 15th over with the score on 22, Fischer trapped Ensbey in front for 10.

Green and new man in Luke Moloney found runs had to come by and within five overs both had been dismissed.

After Ensbey’s dismissal McMahon made the fateful decision to introduce Corey Lewis to the bowling crease.

His ability to bowl medium pace off cutters on a tight, fourth and fifth stump line, was made for grand final cricket.

On the final ball of his second over Lewis had Green caught by Jacob McMahon, the first of this five wickets for the innings.

Three balls later Fischer had his third for the innings and the wheels had fallen from the  Lawrence effort at 4/28.

The pattern was set for the Lawrence innings. Clumps of wickets would fall in between in between  periods of stubborn defence.

The Harwood team celebrates after a devastating eight-wicket win in the Clarence Valley mixed first grade cricket grand final at Ellem Oval, Grafton at the weekend.

The Harwood team celebrates after a devastating eight-wicket win in the Clarence Valley mixed first grade cricket grand final at Ellem Oval, Grafton at the weekend.

Nathan Ensbey, 17, and experienced all rounder Doug Harris, 5, dug in for on of those periods and took the score to 51.

But when Ben McMahon bowled Doug Harris, it kicked off another tumble of wickets.

Lewis lured Ensbey into a false stroke a few balls later and in his next over had Nathan Anderson caught for a duck,

At 7/54 it was going to take a miracle for Lawrence to post something for its bowlers to defend.

Darby Rouse, 9, was virtually becalmed but Chris Townson, took the fight up to the bowlers, striking three boundaries in his innings of 16.

But when he fell with the score on 78, the end came quickly with the final two wickets falling for just one run.

Harwood were in no hurry and openers Maison Simmons and Matt Farrell faced four maiden overs.

In fact Harwood’s first runs didn’t come until the end of the fifth over, when Townson bowled a ball that went for four wides.

The first wicket didn’t come until the 14th over when Simmons was dismissed for 6.

First drop Coby Tabor immediately capitalised on the dogged start from the openers and was more expansive with his stroke play,

Within a few overs he was in double figures and his attitude put the bowlers on notice that anything off line would concede runs.

When the score reached 44 Harris had Farrell caught for 12, but Ben McMahon and Tabor took took the score to 2/58 at stumps on Saturday,

Raid kept the players from the field until mid-afternoon and when it resumed Tabor and McMahon calmly moved total to 2/80 when it was decided to halt play.

It marked the end of a summer of cricket which began with enterprise with the new-look premier league featuring the return of Harwood and Lawrence making a successful foray into two-day cricket.

Harwood, a powerhouse in Clarence cricket since the formation of the original premier league in 1995, had left the Clarence to play in the North Coast Premier League competition.

But the exit of Grafton club Brothers after the the Christmas break revealed some weaknesses in the game which required some inventive work arounds to keep the competition viable.

In the end it was the newcomers to the competition who had the most success and who played the most enterprising cricket.

 

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The Enchanted World of Kids Cubby Houses

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The Enchanted World of Kids Cubby Houses

 

Cubby houses, those quaint, imaginative structures nestled in backyards around the globe, are more than just play spaces for kids—they are sanctuaries of creativity, learning, and childhood memories. In this exploration of cubby houses, we delve into their charm, benefits for childhood development, design considerations, and tips for creating the ultimate backyard adventure.

Cubby Houses and Childhood Development

At first glance, a cubby house might appear as a simple wooden structure tucked into a garden corner. Yet, to children, it represents a boundless world of fantasy and freedom. These mini-homes are the stages for imaginative play, where kids can be pirates one day and bold explorers the next. This imaginative play is crucial for cognitive development, raising creativity, problem-solving skills, and independence.

Cubby houses also serve as a child’s first look into ownership, giving them a sense of responsibility and pride in their space. Decorating and caring for their cubby, children learn about organisation and personal responsibility in a fun, engaging way.

The Design Philosophy Behind Cubby Houses

When designing a cubby house, the goal is to balance safety, creativity, and environmental harmony. Modern cubby houses range from simplistic designs to elaborate mini-mansions, equipped with verandas, slides, and even climbing walls. However, the essence of a cubby house is not in its complexity but in its ability to inspire and adapt to a child’s imagination.

Eco-friendly materials and sustainability are becoming increasingly important in cubby house construction. Recycled wood, non-toxic paints, and solar-powered lights are just a few options for parents looking to minimise environmental impact. Moreover, incorporating natural elements like sandpits, water play areas, and gardens can further connect children with nature, enhancing their learning and sensory development.

Incorporating Education into Play

The educational potential of cubby houses is vast. By integrating elements like chalkboards, weather stations, or even simple tools for gardening, children can learn valuable lessons about the world around them. These features encourage exploration and curiosity, key drivers of lifelong learning.

Cubby houses are also excellent tools for social development. They can be hubs for social interaction where kids learn to negotiate, share, and work together. Whether it’s deciding on the day’s play theme or resolving a dispute about who gets to be the captain of the ship, these experiences are invaluable in developing empathy and social skills.

Creating Your Child’s Dream Cubby House

Building a cubby house can be a wonderful project for the whole family.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Safety First: Ensure the structure is stable and materials are safe. Smooth out any sharp edges, and if the house is elevated, secure railings and a sturdy ladder.
  • Let Creativity Lead: Involve your child in the design process. Their imaginative ideas can lead to unique features that make the cubby house truly theirs.
  • Consider the Location: Place the cubby house in a spot that’s easily visible from the house but also immersed in the garden. Proximity to trees, flowers, and shrubs can enhance the sense of adventure.
  • Think Long-Term: Children grow quickly, so consider a design that can evolve with them. Modular cubby houses that allow for expansions or modifications can extend the life of the playhouse.

The Community Aspect of Cubby Houses

Cubby houses have the power to bring communities together. Neighbourhood cubby house competitions or shared community garden cubbies can foster a sense of togetherness and shared pride. These initiatives not only create communal spaces for play but also teach children the value of community and collective care for shared spaces.

The Cubby Houses Await!

Cubby houses represent a world of wonder for kids, offering endless possibilities for play, learning, and growth. They are microcosms of creativity, where the simplest structures can become castles, spaceships, or secret headquarters in the eyes of a child.

Beyond their immediate joy and entertainment value, cubby houses play a crucial role in childhood development, encouraging independence, social skills, and a connection with nature.

As we design and build these special spaces, we’re reminded of the importance of play in a child’s life—not just for fun, but as a fundamental part of learning about the world and themselves.

In the end, the greatest gift we can give our children is the space and freedom to explore, imagine, and dream. And perhaps, in the process of creating these magical garden retreats, we rediscover a bit of our own childhood wonder along the way.

 

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

Casino, 8/4/2024 – Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM. This year’s event is set to surpass all expectations, encapsulating the essence of country life in a morning filled with fun, food, and festivity.

Thanks to the generous support of The MJ Smith Group, our 2024 Major Sponsor, the annual Free Community Breakfast will offer attendees a delightful taste of the local life with complimentary sausage or steak sandwiches, chocolate milk, and fresh fruit, generously donated by Woolworths Casino. This partnership exemplifies The MJ Smith Group’s deep commitment to the local community, showcasing a shared passion for uniting and enriching our region.

Brody Lisha, President of Casino Beef Week, expressed his enthusiasm about the event: “We are overjoyed to have The MJ Smith Group as our Major Sponsor this year. Their dedication to the community mirrors our mission to celebrate our country life and bring people together. This event is more than just a breakfast; it’s a showcase of what makes our community so vibrant and unique.”

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Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM.

The event will feature an impressive display of machinery, allowing attendees to witness the remarkable work of The MJ Smith Group firsthand. “Seeing the machinery up close is a testament to the innovation and hard work that drives our local industries. It’s an honour to highlight this aspect of our community at the event,” said Lisha.

Adding to the excitement, the annual Richmond Dairies Cow Pat Lotto, presented by Bently Community Preschool, returns with a larger prize pool thanks to Richmond Dairies and Macdonalds Pharmacy. “The Cow Pat Lotto is a tradition that everyone looks forward to. It’s a fun, quirky way to engage with the community while supporting a great cause,” Lisha remarked.

Butchers from the region will compete in the Verto Sausage Competition, aiming for the titles of Best Beef Sausage and Best Gourmet Sausage. Lisha commented, “Our local butchers are incredibly talented, and this competition is a fantastic way to showcase their skills and the quality of our local produce.”

The day will also feature live entertainment from Sam Handford and the grand finale of the CiCom Busking Championships on the Jack Links Stage. “The talent we have in our community is astounding, and the Jack Links Stage is the perfect platform to showcase it. It’s going to be an unforgettable day,” Lisha added.

Casino Beef Week invites everyone to join in celebrating our country life, embodying the community spirit that makes our region so special. Don’t miss this outstanding day of free food, fantastic entertainment, and family-friendly fun.

The Breakfast will be lived streamed via ZZZFM and 2LM.

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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