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McMahon blasts first ton of the season

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

 

By Tim Howard

A match-defining century from Harwood’s gun all rounder Ben McMahon has marked the return of the club to the Clarence River Cricket Association’s premier league competition.

McMahon blasted 131 with 14 fours and 2 sixes to all parts of the Lower Fisher Park 1 ground and combined with Duncan Fisher, 44, in a 114-run partnership which changed the game.

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Lawrence had their opponents in trouble at 7/90 but McMahon found a partner to stay with him in Fischer and their partnership took the score past 200.

Harwood opener Evan Lewis was the next best scorer with 34.

The Lawrence opening attack looked threatening with Chris Townsend 4/59 and Jarrod Ensbey 2/42 reducing Harwood to 4/50 at one stage.

And when Ben Shaw 3/48 entered the attack and took two quick wickets Lawrence were on top.

Lawrence batter Rowan Green top scored for his team with a stylish 37 against Harwood at Lower Fisher Park 1, Grafton, on Saturday.

Lawrence batter Rowan Green top scored for his team with a stylish 37 against Harwood at Lower Fisher Park 1, Grafton, on Saturday.

Lawrence resumed from a shaky 1/13 on Saturday with Mark Ensbey, 32 and Nathan Ensbey, 33,  at the crease.

The partnership was beginning to look threatening, until Mark Ensbey was run out, beaten by a throw from Josh Lane to wicketkeeper Hayden McMahon with the score on 65.

Nathan Ensby departed with the score at 4-92 sparking a middle order collapse.

Rowan Green top scored for Lawrence with a stubborn 37and had some temporary support from Darby Rouse, 13, which only served to delay the inevitable, with Lawrence bowled out for 180.

With six players making double figures, but none passing 40, Lawrence could not find a batter to go onto that big score that could have threatened Harwood.

It’s the first time in several seasons Harwood has played in the premier league, of which it was a founder club in 1995-96.

It played in the first grand final in that year, losing to Easts but went on to win multiple premierships until it left the competition to join the North Coast Premier League, where the club also enjoyed success.

At J J Lawrence Field Tucabia Copmanhurst dasher Matt Dougherty came close to scoring another century when dismissed for 93 in his team’s score of 281 against a below-strength Souths Westlawn.

Dougherty, who hit 11 fours and four sixes, departed lbw to Nathan Blanch with the score at 6/181, having scored just over half the team’s runs at that stage.

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.

But there was no let up for the South Westlawn bowlers as Brad Chard came to the wicket and stroked 71 not out as Tucabia added another 100 runs to the total.

Chard’s batting form continued wth the ball as he clean bowled two batters as South plummeted to 4/8 at stumps on day 1.

Sadly for Tucabia, Chard, who captains the side, was unable to play the second day after injuring himself off the field during the week.

Resuming on Saturday South Westlawn fared only marginally better, with just two batters, Adrian Boyd 10 and Brad Inmon 12, reaching double figures as they folded for 32, scored in 31.1 overs.

Tucabia enforced the follow-on and faced stiffer resistance with Inmon stroking 45, including three sixes.

But it took a stubborn last ditch effort from youngster Liam Stanton, 8no and veteran bowler Nathan Blanch, 8no, who held out the Tucabia attack for more than an hour to stave off the outright.

Brothers began their season with a win over 2022-23 premiers GDSC Easts at Ellem Oval.

But the premiers gave the challengers a scare on day 2 after dominating the first half of the game.

On the back of a dashing 83 from Jamie Firth Brothers were dismissed for 180 on day one and had Easts reeling at 7/38.
But Easts captain Shannon Connor was not going to give up without a fight and when the score reached 9-86, launched a last ditch assault.

Nine fours and three sixes later, he was the last wicket to fall for 84 and his team 24 runs short.

 

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Casino Showground Bookings Now Available

 

We are excited to announce that the recently revitalised Casino Showground and Racecourse precinct will commence accepting bookings starting from Monday, June 3rd.

With a generous funding injection of $12.8 million from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, alongside contributions from various sources including the NSW Showground Stimulus Program, Drought Communities Funding, Crown Lands, and Council, the total investment in this redevelopment has reached $14.4 million.

This newly enhanced facility boasts a range of features including a spacious undercover arena, an outdoor sand arena, turfed areas, covered stables, and a state-of-the-art racehorse stable complex capable of accommodating up to 80 horses. Additionally, new parking areas for cars, trucks, and floats have been added for the convenience of visitors.

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Of notable appeal is the newly constructed racehorse exercise area, which includes round yards, a horse walker, and a 50-metre equine pool. These amenities are expected to draw considerable interest from equestrian enthusiasts and event organizers alike. Furthermore, enhancements such as powered event camping areas have expanded the facility’s versatility, allowing for hosting a diverse range of events including country music festivals, car shows, trade exhibitions, and markets.

Despite the official opening ceremony held on April 20th to commemorate the acknowledgment of government funding, certain essential construction tasks remain pending due to unforeseen circumstances. These include the high-voltage power upgrade, completion of the equine training area, and fencing installations crucial for ensuring the safety of all facility users.

Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions in the Northern Rivers region have exacerbated delays, saturating many areas of the facility and rendering them unsuitable for immediate use. However, efforts are underway to expedite the finalisation of these outstanding projects in alignment with the originally tendered project costs.

In tandem with these developments, the Council is set to deliberate on its Draft Revenue Policy for 2024-2025 at its upcoming meeting. This policy will outline the proposed fees for utilising the facility and will undergo a public exhibition period of 28 days following the meeting, during which community feedback and submissions will be welcomed.

We extend our gratitude to all existing stakeholders and potential users for their patience throughout this project’s completion, which has been hampered by unforeseen challenges. We eagerly anticipate opening all elements of this facility to serve the broader community.

For those interested in booking the venue, please visit the Council’s venue hire website.

 

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

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Serenitas Celebrates Grand Opening of Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort Evans Head

 

Serenitas, a leading provider of lifestyle communities and resorts for individuals over 50, proudly announces the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Clubhouse at Thyme Lifestyle Resort, Evans Head. The celebratory event saw enthusiastic homeowners joined by Mayor Robert Mustow and Serenitas CEO Rob Nichols, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Nestled in the tranquil coastal enclave of Evans Head, the Clubhouse epitomises refined living and leisure. Located near the historic Evans Head Aerodrome and a short walk from pristine beaches, Thyme Evans Head offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and laid-back coastal charm.

Rob Nichols, CEO of Serenitas, expressed his excitement about the new facility: “We are thrilled to be opening the Thyme Evans Head Clubhouse, inviting residents and their guests to immerse themselves in the pinnacle of luxury living. With its striking architecture, ties to Evans Head’s aviation heritage, and a host of premium amenities, this opening heralds the next inspiring chapter for the resort’s homeowners and underscores Serenitas’ unwavering commitment to excellence.”

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The multi-million dollar Clubhouse features an array of exquisite facilities, including a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, health and beauty studio, luxurious cinema, sports bar complete with darts and pool table, croquet court, and more. A standout feature of the Clubhouse is the sophisticated Evans Lounge, providing homeowners a serene setting to enjoy views over the aerodrome by a cozy fireplace.

“The Clubhouse caters to every taste,” added Mr. Nichols. “From our active residents utilising the fitness facilities to our social groups making use of the Art & Craft Studio and other recreational spaces for gatherings and events.”

Demand for homes at Thyme Evans Head has been incredibly strong, with sales surpassing expectations since its inception. Located in the highly sought-after Northern Rivers district of NSW, Evans Head has emerged as a coveted community known for its relaxed coastal vibe and pristine waters.

“Our homes have garnered significant interest and are selling at an unprecedented pace,” remarked Rob Nichols. “With prices starting from $615,000, we are preparing to release our final homes for sale, reaffirming Evans Head’s status as a desirable destination for discerning homeowners.”

For more information about Thyme Evans Head, please visit here.

 

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

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Ranger Nick Honoured with Australian Owned Achievement Award

 

In a competitive field of contenders, Ranger Nick emerged victorious, securing the prestigious “Australian Owned Achievement Award 2024” in the recently announced Australian Owned Business Awards on May 7, 2024.

Surprised by the announcement, Ranger Nick received a message from the judging panel praising his unwavering commitment to Australian ownership and excellence. The panel acknowledged the stiff competition and commended Ranger Nick’s business as a leader in its domain.

Reflecting on the unexpected news, Ranger Nick expressed his elation, stating, “I was on my way to the Capella Country Music Festival, after spending a few days in the scrub with no mobile reception, when I received the news. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled, flattered and honoured.”

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This accolade marks Ranger Nick’s third triumph in a year, following his recognition as a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and as a Winner in the Innovation and Sustainability Excellence category of The Australian Rural Business Awards.

Renowned as the charismatic Aussie Bush Cook, Ranger Nick embodies the authentic Australian spirit with his unwavering passion for Australian heritage and traditions. He has dedicated himself to sharing his camp oven cooking and bushcraft skills with fellow adventurewrs across the country and abroad.

With four published books, his own merchandise line, and notable appearances on television and radio, including Channel 7Mates’ “Step Outside with Paul Burt” and West Bremer Radio, Ranger Nick’s influence continues to grow.

Grateful for the support he has received, Ranger Nick humbly thanked his supporters, expressing his determination to continue his endeavors. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to all for your unwavering support,” he said. “I better pull up my socks and keep on going.”

Ranger Nick eagerly anticipates receiving his official trophy at the Dayboro Annual Show in early July, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

 

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