March, 2019

Horsham’s Darcy Tucker heads to United States for NAB AFL Academy training camp

Darcy Tucker. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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HORSHAM footballer Darcy Tucker will travel to the United States to complete a training camp with the NAB AFL Academy squad on Friday.

The camp will run for 10 days from Saturday at the IMG Academy in Florida and features the academy’s 35 level two scholarship holders.

The IMG Academy is renowned for developing elite athletes and has a focus on responsibility, leadership and determination.

RELATED: Darcy Tucker named in AFL Academy squad

Tucker was selected for the academy’s level two program after an impressive showing at the national under-18 championships last year, which culminated in him earning All-Australian selection.

The academy features some of the best under-18 players in the country.

AFL national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan said the camp would help prepare players for an AFL career.

“This international tour provides our academy players with the opportunity to experience the nuances of travel and adjusting to the environmental issues of training professionally in different venues,” he said.

Recent academy graduates include Patrick McCartin, the number one overall pick at last year’s draft.

Seven of the top 10 draftees were members of the academy.

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Petrol prices drop below $1 per litre

The new year has delivered Sydney motorists a milestone at the bowser, with petrol prices falling below $1 a litre for the first time in six years.
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Metro Petroleum is leading the charge, dropping the price of E10 to 99.9 cents per litre at three of its Sydney stations in Tempe, Revesby and Blakehurst at 1pm on Tuesday.

About 20 per cent of all fuel sold in NSW is E10 unleaded.

Metro Petroleum’s pricing officer Elie Dib said he expected the price to hold below a dollar for a week.

“I think everyone is looking for cheap prices again. There’s lots of interest and everyone’s enjoying it again,” he said.

Although one station in western Sydney had a pre-Christmas sale of 99 cent petrol for one day, the last time Sydneysiders regularly fuelled up at sub-dollar prices was in December 2009.

The last time the average national petrol price was below a dollar was in the week of February 12-20, 2005. It is currently sitting at $1.14 per litre.

The falling bowser price reflects a worldwide glut in oil, which has seen prices drop more than 40 cents a litre from a $1.55 high in July 2014.

According to NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury, motorists could expect the relief at the bowser to continue for “the next few weeks”.

“What we are seeing in the global market right now is something we haven’t seen in a very long time,” Mr Khoury said.

“The United States have been increasing production year-on-year now for a few years. As a result, Saudi Arabia has increased production to compete.

“So you’ve got this bizarre situation globally where there is more oil on the market than what we are using, hence the falling prices.”

This global oversupply has seen the price of Brent crude fallen to $US53.25 per barrel overnight, while West Texas Intermediate plunged below $US50 per barrel.

Where in the Illawarra have you seen the best fuel price? Let us know in the comments below.

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ACCC – East Asia-Pacific v Queensland, day two: PHOTOS

QUEENSLAND was chasing a high-scoring victory in Tuesday’s conclusion to its first-round clash with East Asia-Pacific at the Australian Country Cricket Championships.
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After a strong bowling performance on day one, Queensland’s batsmen struck the ball to many parts of the oval.

ACCC – East Asia-Pacific v Queensland, day two: PHOTOS Queensland’s Sean Fitzsimmons winds up to play this delivery to the on-side at Eaglehawk. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Viliame Manakitoga bowls for East Asia-Pacific in the clash with Queensland at Eaglehawk.

Judith Lindores, Ann McCarthy and Natasha Metzroth at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Simpson Obed from Vanuatu fields for East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.

Sean Fitzsimmons strikes another four for Queensland. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

East Asia-Pacific wicket-keeper Sekova Ravoka from Fiji.

Connor Attwater and Bailey Ilsley at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

East Asia-Pacific’s vice-captain Jelany Chilia bowls in the clash with Queensland Country at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.

Carol and Ross Fitzsimmons watch Queensland Country take on East Asia-Pacific on the second day of their ACCC match at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Sean Fitzsimmons lofts the ball in his innings for Queensland against East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk.

East Asia-Pacific wicket-keeper Sekove Ravoka.

Leanne and Lindsay Dickfos at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Queensland Country fans Bob and Mary Skau watch their team take on East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Ben O’Connell belts this delivery in Queensland’s clash with East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk.

Queensland Country scorer Rodd Palmer and East Asia-Pacific scorer Fiona Minett cast a keen eye over the action at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Ben O’Connell defends in his innings for Queensland.

Jeff Hulls and Greg Sharp watch Queensland Country take on East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk on day two of the ACCC titles. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Troy Fryer and Cameron Villani watch East Asia-Pacific take on Queensland Country at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Vanuatu’s Jelany Chilia bowls for East Asia-Pacific bowls at Eaglehawk.

Ben O’Connell from Ipswich in action for Queensland Country against East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Ben O’Connell defends in his innings for Queensland Country against East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk.

Jelany Chilia bowls for East Asia-Pacific against Queensland Country at Eaglehawk.

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Target close for clock revamp

FUNDS are tantalisingly close to being raised for the refurbishment of the Town Clock – so close you can nearly hear it chiming!
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The Cootamundra Development Corporation is assisting to keep track of the fundraising going on and says around $6000 is necessary to reach the target and allow for all works and any unforeseen contingencies.

There have been some big donations of late including one from an anonymous benefactor who listed themselves only as ‘anonymous business person’ before depositing $5000 into the bank account allocated for the collection of funds.

In addition to this generous donations have been received from the Bicycle Users Group, Christine Wishart’s Dance Studio, Lambing Flat Enterprises, Cootamundra Restorers Car Club, the Mens Shed, Cootamundra Antique Motor Club and EA Southee School.

Other pledges include $3000 by the building owner, $5000 from Cootamundra Shire Council, $3000 from Australia Post and $2000 from Cootamundra Shire Councillor Mary Donnelly, who essentially kickstarted the latest fundraising effort with her donation last year.

Currently $22,725 sits in the account for the refurbishment.

The proposal to fix the clock is to retrofit modern technology to the existing mechanism to make it reliable, capable of recovering after a power failure and adjust itself for daylightsavings.

New clock face numerals will be added to enhance the clock.

To donate to the cause contact the Cootamundra Development Corporation, now located at 169a Parker Street (formerly DMX Technologies).

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Elanor isn’t flexible about her study choice

FOLLOWING HER DREAM: Elanor Nunn is preparing to head off to Melbourne to further her circus career after being accepted into a course at the National Institute of Circus Arts. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 122214circus
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WHILE some students are waiting anxiously for an offer to study their preferred university course, recent Kelso High School graduate Elanor Nunn is already well on her way to her dream career.

In November, Ms Nunn was offered a position at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) to study a Certificate IV in Circus Arts that willcatapult her into an exciting world of performing.

Applying was not a simple process, but word of her acceptance came quickly.

“I applied in September, the auditions were in early October, and I found out in November,” Ms Nunn said.

Her love of circus began at around age 13 when she started at Kelso High, where a circus program runs in conjunction with other subjects.

Students learn everything from basic circus skills like tumbling to the more advanced aerial apparatus, including the trapeze.

“My specialty is the tissues,” Ms Nunn said.

“It is quite nerve-racking, but when you’ve done it enough you know when the wraps are right.”

Kelso High’s circus program gives students plenty of external performance opportunities.

“As my skills developed, I started going to Sydney, where I trained with aerials,” Ms Nunn said.

The 17-year-old said her focus has turned from performance to the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a circus show.

“Ultimately, I would love to get into the design aspects of the circus,” she said.

Her course will certainly give her the tools to do so.

She hopes that after she completes her Certificate IV she will be able to move on to do a Bachelor of Circus Arts at NICA, which will go into the circus business and career management in more depth.

In the future, Ms Nunn would like to combine her years of classical ballet experience with her circus training to create new, unique shows.

“The way I see it is that circus is a greatcombination of dance and gymnastics,” she said.

“There will certainly be an element of dance in what I do.”

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