August, 2018

Solid start at the saleyards

SALES: Agents and buyers on the first sale at the Bendigo Livestock Exchange for 2015. Picture: PETER WEAVINGSHEEP, lamb and cattle made a steady start in 2015 as the Bendigo Livestock Exchange held its first sales for the year this week.
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Numbers were down at the sales, but the prices received and the overall quality of stock available for salepointed to a positive start.

Buyers cast their eyes over 23,000 head of lamb and 6000 sheep on Monday on the opening day for 2015.

Sheep were sold at equal to the final sale of the year in December.

Lamb for export sold at between $6 and $4 cheaper than the Christmas sale.

Medium trade weight lamb also sold $4 to $2 cheaper than the last sale.

Light lambs were turning out at $4 dearer.

McKean McGregor director Glenn Rea said it was a solid sale on all fronts.

“All markets opened up strongly at Bendigo,” he said.

“The prices have been quite attractive so that brings out a few more people.”

The first cattle sale was on Tuesday where 201 head of cattle were brought forward.

Mr Rea said cows were excellent and bulls were firm for the opening sale.

The National Livestock Reporting Services’ Market Report for Bendigo Cattle stated the sale representeda promising start.

“Numbers were fairly light this week for the first market of 2015 with 201 cattle coming forward,” the report stated.

“The quality of the cattle presented was excellent and the prices were very promising for thenew year.”

Prices for all categories either remained firm or improved on the final sale of 2014.

“A good run of veal and young cattle came forward, the top vealer reached $2.16 per kilo, 4to 6 cents dearer than the previous week,” the National Livestock Reporting Service reported.

“Heavy steers were in good supply and conditionwas good. Prices remained fully firm to the previous market, with the top steer reaching$1.86.

“Medium to Heavy steers were also in good supply. The top steer reached 1.98 perkilo also 4 to 6 cents dearer.

“A small yarding of excellent quality cows came forward with the top cow reaching 1.63 perkilo, holding fully firm as well.”

The monthly pig sale will round out the first week of the year at the Bendigo Livestock Exchange on Wednesday.

A yarding of up to 250 pigs is expected.

The first cattle sale at Ballarat for 2015 also reported a smaller yarding but firm or increased prices.

Overall, 378 cattle were brought forward.

Prices for both young cattle and cows averaged 15 to 20 cents higher

At Shepparton, there were 800 export and 700 trade cattle offered, with 500 cows among the exports.

Prices were also dearer across the board.

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Water polo stars ready for Country Championships

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THE strength of women’s water polo in Wagga has paved the way for the city to target the upcoming NSW Country Clubs Championships in Newcastle.

Wagga Water Polo Inc has revealed it will select a representative team to contest the open women’s division of the competition, which will run from January 24 to 26.

Speaking to The Daily Advertiser yesterday, Wagga Water Polo Inc secretary David Barrett said the decision to send the representative team is a reflection on the positive state of women’s water polo in the city.

“I know we are going to have a women’s team for the Country Club Championships on the Australia Day weekend,” he said.

“This has the potential to be a very strong team.

“Our women’s competition is pretty competitive this season, and some of our juniors – who have been doing very well for a while now – will be coming up into the open’s team.”

Wagga Water Polo Inc will kick start the New Year with the return of its women’s competition on Monday night, followed by the men’s competitions on Tuesday.

Barrett said the women’s competition, which has reached the halfway point of the season, is shaping up to be one of the most hotly-contested in years.

“Our women’s competition is different to the men in that they play as one competition before they split for the finals,” he said.

“The top four play-off for the A grade title.

“It looks like it is going to be a bit closer this year because there isn’t much between the top four teams; Mudcrabs, Raiders, Romano’s and Octopuses.”

Mudcrabs hold a narrow two point lead over rivals Kooringal Hotel Raiders Barracudas heading into the ninth round of the competition, and will line up against fourth placed GIO Octopuses on Monday.

While the calibre and depth of the women’s competition is set to aid the city’s medal ambitions for the Newcastle championships, it is also causing headaches for selectors.

A number of the club’s junior prodigies will be unavailable for the championships due to an “unfortunate” clash of representative commitments.

“Some of our junior players also play down in the Ovens and Murray League, and the league is sending a team to the Australian Club Championships on the same weekend,” he admitted.

“Some of our players will play there and some will come to Newcastle.”

A NSW Country representative team will be selected; however Barrett said players who miss the Newcastle championships will have a second chance to stake a claim for a berth in the squad at the Country District Championships in Parramatta in February.

Wagga Water Polo Inc is also expected to send junior representative teams to the Under 14s Club Championships in Tamworth.

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Batter goes on fish

ANOTHER Test match throws up plenty of emotional moments and some insightful commentary from the Channel Nine team.
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Memo to those calling the game, Michael Clarke in particular – batsmen play cricket, not batters.

A batter will take to the diamond for the Kansas City Royals, New YorkYankees, or closer to Bendigo,Strathfieldsaye Dodgers.

Batter is what the team at Lyttleton Terrace Fish Shop put on my whiting each Friday night.

Now it’s not Clarke’s constant call of batters that had the blood boiling, that’s more to do with the heat.

For traditionalists and long-time cricket fans, a batsmen being called a batter is just not right.

Channel Nine is definitely on a winner in having Clarke call the play.

His thoughts on the Australian and Indian players, conditions and tactics are great to listen to.

It’s the same when Shane Warne, Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell and the test of the commentary team evaluate the play.

In any contest played over five days, there will be lulls in the action.

One such moment was the first hour of the final day’s play in the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India at the MCG.

Few runs were being scored, no wickets taken, and not a brilliant piece of fielding to talk about.

Why Warne, Michael Slater and James Brayshaw decided to talk about favourite pizza, and subsequently run a poll on TV was astounding.

There’s probably only so much that could be said about when Australian captain Steven Smith would call a second innings declaration.

But, those watching and listening to the TV deserve better than what Warne’s favourite pizza is.

Warne’s comment about Mitchell Starc’s body language in the second Test at the Gabba sparked all sorts of responses.

Plenty were in favour of Warne’s assessment, and some were not.

What it did was have those watching the cricket wanting to hear more of Warne’s calls about players, tactics and memorable moments throughout a Test carer spanning 145 matches and 708 wickets.

Warne knows plenty about being in and succeeding in the heat of battle.

Although he will finish way behind Warne in terms of Tests played, Australia’s opening batsman Chris Rogers, pictured, continues to show it’s never too late to make your mark on the game.

It was on January 9, 2010 that Rogers strode on to Maryborough’s Princes Park to open the batting for Essendon in a Premier Cricket match against Casey-South Melbourne.

At that stage Rogers had played just one Test.

Five years on and the gritty left-hander has gone on to score more than 1400 runs at the highest level.

He fell agonisingly short of a fifth Test century on Tuesday, but is on track to play a key role in the Ashes.

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Local businesses featured in guide

HAYDEN’S Pies in Ulladulla, Pilgrims Wholefood Café in Milton and the Lake Tabourie Tourist Park have all been given special mention in the definitive guide to travelling between Sydney and Melbourne.
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Published on website www.broadsheet南京夜网.au, the article “The Princes Highway pilgrimage” talks about the hidden treasures to be found when travelling the coastal route between Australia’s two biggest cities.

“It’s a bit of a windy meander through rolling hills and around cliff edges on the coastal highway between Sydney and Melbourne, and some of the tiny towns you’ll pass won’t have much more to offer than a crusty old pub and a servo,” writes author Sophie McComas.

“But turn off the main road and you’ll find some of the best oysters in the land, cold beer overlooking the water, kitsch antiques, gelato made from local fruit, surf spots, wineries and hot, fresh doughnuts.”

She singled out local features including Pilgrims, saying, “Road trips don’t have to mean a solid diet of Big Macs, and Pilgrims is famous for its vegetarian menu packed full of fresh, local produce.

“The brown rice, grains and peanut burgers, salads and zingy, vibrant juices here are known far and wide.”

The food theme continued with Hayden’s Pies, which Sophie said was “not much to look at from the outside, but it’s what’s inside the pie warmer that matters most.

“With flaky pastry, fillings such as osso bucco and sweet potato, goat and tomato curry or kangaroo and roasted beetroot, Hayden’s is not your average roadside pie stop.”

Local accommodation also got a mention, and while Sophie said, “The words ‘tourist park’ never sound particularly appealing,” the Lake Tabourie Tourist Park “is a good one”.

“It has camping, cabin, ensuite and caravan options 10 minutes south of Ulladulla.

“Canoe on the lake, have a hit on the tennis court or just lie on the beach.”

Other features mentioned in the article include the Famous Berry Doughnut Van, the Blackrock Surf Break at Wreck Bay, the Bermagui Gelati Clinic and the Jindivick Harvest Kitchen in Victoria.

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Pub dance leads to a long marriage

WEDDED BLISS: Jan and John Ruggiero on their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by their congratulatory flowers and a photo of them on their wedding day in January 2, 1965.
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THESE days it is common to say you met your future spouse in a pub.

But not back in 1962, where a pub in Fairfield provided the unlikely location to spark a romance between Jan (nee Whitley) and John Ruggiero, who on January 2 celebrated their 50 year wedding anniversary.

In that fateful pub in 1962 a young Jan and her two friends locked eyes across the bar with John and his two strapping mates.

“I didn’t drink, but they had a good band so we were there,” Jan said.

John added, “There were three of us guys and three girls so we got together and had a dance.”

That dance was the start of a relationship that went on to marriage for all three couples, however 50 years later Jan and John’s is the only one to last the distance.

After that first date it did not take the couple long to fall in love, and John, who was 22 at the time, got down on one knee on Jan’s 21st birthday to ask for her hand in marriage.

At the time John was a professional golfer running the pro shop at Richmond Golf Club and the couple decided to tie the knot on January 2, 1965, simply because that was the only time John’s boss agreed to arrange a fill-in at the club.

On a 40 degree Celsius day the couple said “I do” in Campbelltown with a reception at Liverpool.

John said on the morning of the wedding most of the guests were at the local milk bar, attempting to escape the heat with a cool drink.

“Considering nearly everything was closed I don’t know how we worked it all,” he said.

The couple also made the mistake of trusting a friend who was priest with the keys to John’s 1964 EH Holden, who sneaked off to decorated it with cans and confetti for a traditional send off.

The newlyweds were supposed to go travelling in a caravan, but when that fell through they jumped in the car for a honeymoon at the Gold Coast.

John worked at the Richmond and Cumberland golf clubs before finally purchasing a golf course in Liverpool, with Jan working in different fields with TAB as well as some book keeping.

In 1997 they moved to Ulladulla and owned Sweets on the Park for two years before taking over the management of Mollymook Cove Apartments.

John later started working at Cowley’s (now Harcourts) Real Estate in Ulladulla, where he continues to work 16 years on.

Jan said there had been many highlights in their marriage, including the birth of their daughter Leanne in 1968, as well as the many overseas trips they went on when they were younger, often for John’s work as a pro golfer.

“We were lucky because in our younger days we travelled quite a bit, which seems to be the opposite of what people do now,” John said.

Jan said the key to their longevity was friendship and a close and supportive family and friendship group.

“I think you have got to be good friends,” she said.

“We have also got a lot of the same interests.”

John agreed, “I wrote on the [50th anniversary] card that my wife is my best friend.”

With connections to Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club, VIEW and fishing, the couple have no plans to leave the area, except to spend time with their grandchildren Harrison and Jordan, and for some holidays in and around Australia at a later stage.

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