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2003 NTFA Grand Final

Champions: The NTFA Division 1 premier George Town team included Daniel Richardson, Adam Tuthill, Ben Tuthill, Anthony Axton, Michael Towns, Luke Crane, Mathew Batty, Mark Jones, Shaun Viney, Dion SauThe Saints withstood a third- quarter fightback from Scottsdale before streaking away in the final term to win the division 1 grand final by 64 points.
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Chugg, who was best afield in the 18.14 (122) to 9.4 (58) victory, said the club faced a player exodus next year, with several clubs interested in his squadron of young stars.

“I know there would have been a few eyes on our blokes out there today,” he said after the match.

“But the chance to win three premierships comes along very, very rarely.

“We’re undefeated for 25 games now so, if we can keep the side together, there’s a record there and a lot for the blokes to play for.”

The Magpies made a near- perfect start in front of the 2640-strong crowd yesterday with top forward Jerome Illingworth snaring two goals from his first two kicks.

In stark contrast, George Town’s first four scores were behinds, rekindling memories of the 2001 grand final that the Saints lost after booting five goals and 25 behinds.

“It was just like two years ago, I thought `here we go again’,” Chugg said.

“But we straightened up once we settled down. We’re a different side than two years ago. We can take a bit of pressure now.”

After restricting Scottsdale to just three points in the second term, the Saints went to half-time with a 22-point buffer.

The Magpies slashed the lead to just seven points midway through the third term, however, after a spirited fightback led by coach Troy Milne and Adam Rice.

George Town responded with three swift goals from its best three players – Chugg, Luke Crane and Chris Jones – and the Scottsdale challenge was culled.

“They’ve had a few hard games and we were hoping they would run out of legs and I think that did happen in the end and we ran over the top of them,” Chugg said.

Veteran forward Geoff Bannon was chaired off the ground after snaring three goals in the final quarter of his final match to seal the victory for George Town.


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Northern Bombers job earns Keogh top coach

UNDEFEATED: Rod KeoghKeogh, 32, is in his second year as coach of the Northern Bombers and has the team in this Saturday’s grand final against the Burnie Dockers.
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It will be the first time Keogh has been involved in a grand final since he played in St Kilda’s losing team in 1997.

Keogh played 60 games with the Saints and before that was at Melbourne for two years and played in a reserves premiership in 1993.

Keogh’s announcement as coach of the NTFL “dream team” for 2003 was announced at the Darrel Baldock Medal count on Sunday.

The criteria for the dream team was that coaches couldn’t select players from their own clubs and they were on the money when they nominated Burnie’s Nick Probert as captain and Launceston’s Adam Sanders as vice-captain.

Later in the afternoon Probert and Sanders were joint winners of the Darrel Baldock Medal in the first tie for the award in 17 years.

“I feel privileged to be named coach of this outstanding side,” Keogh said.

The 2003 NTFL Dream Team

B: Brian Finch (S L’ton), Wade Nation (N Bomb), Nick Probert (Burn)

HB: Kim Curtis (N Bomb), Adam Sanders (L’ton), Matthew Wooldridge (Burn)

C: T MacMichael (Burn), Anthony Taylor (L’ton), Scott Stephens (S L’ton)

HF: Grant Guard (Peng), Andrew Hill (N Bomb), Adrian Partridge (E Dev)

F: Nick Barnes (Burn), Matthew Langmaid (Dev), Mark Lowe (Dev)

FOLL: Matthew Stephenson (Lat), Paul McKendrick (N Bomb), Scott Harris (S L’ton)

INTER: Justin Cotton (N Bomb), Warwick Fenner (S L’ton), Alex Gilmour (Wyn)

Coach: Rod Keogh; Captain: Nick Probert; Vice-captain: Adam Sanders.

¤¤¤ Newly crowned Darrel Baldock Medal winner Nick Probert is hoping his best and fairest award can provide the Burnie Dockers with some extra momentum as they strive for a third straight flag.

The last player to win the medal and the premiership in the same year was Nathan Howard at Ulverstone in 1996.

“It may well give us all a boost,” Probert said.

For the first time in two years the Dockers are going into the grand final as underdogs and Probert said his players appreciated having the pressure off them.

He said the Dockers had no major injury worries with midfielder Matthew Smith expected to return from a leg injury after missing the preliminary final against Launceston.

Burnie will run several supporters’ buses from West Park to Latrobe at a cost of $10 and a sausage sizzle will be held on Thursday night during the team’s final training session.

¤¤¤ The NTFL is offering a $30 family ticket for Saturday’s grand final. The family ticket for two adults and two children will include a souvenir programme valued at $3.

The adult admission is $10, an increase of $2 from last year and people will have the chance to win a $500 travel voucher courtesy of the Devonport Flight Centre and Qantas.

There will also be a $150 prize for the best banner, $100 for the best decorated section of the grandstand and $50 for the most appropriately dressed supporter courtesy of CUB.

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Four ram raids in one night

PORT Stephens detectives are investigating four ram raids which happened across the district last night.
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Two men allegedly stole a 2006 silver Toyota Prado during a break-in at an Anna Bay house which police allege was used in a string of raids targeting local businesses.

Police say theToyota wasdriven through the front entrance of a wildlife park onNelson Bay Road, Salt Ash, about 11pm.

The four-wheel-drive then crashed into fitness centre on Shearwater Close,Taylors Beach, shortly before midnight. The two offenders made off with a laptopcomputer during the break in.

Just minutes later, the same vehicle was used in a ram raid on a canteen ata public school on Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay; however it’s not known if anything was taken.

Between 1am and 2am today the four wheel drive was reportedly driven into a surf club at Birubi Point.

While nothing was stolen the surf club was significantly damaged.

Police from Port Stephens Local Area Command responded to the incidents andeach crime scene was examined by specialist forensics officers.

The four-wheel-drive was later discovered burnt out in sand dunes at BirubiBeach off Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay.

Local detectives are now appealing for public help as they try to identifyand locate the offenders.

Anyone with information should contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information should contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information should contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Can you help police? Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information should contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information should contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Friends remember a great football talent

FRIENDS of one of Ballarat’s finest football talents, Neil Trezise, yesterday paid tribute to him as a humble man who never sought publicity for his deeds.Mr Trezise died on Sunday aged 75 after suffering a heart attack last week.Recruited from Redan, the man they called Nipper was best known for his 185 VFL games for Geelong between 1949 and 1959.He captained the club for 19 games and played in back-to-back premierships in 1951-52.Mr Trezise was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1964. He represented the people of Geelong for 28 years and served in a number of opposition frontbench positions before holding the position of youth, sport and recreation minister from 1982 to 1992. Less known was his dedication to the Burrumbeet Park and Windermere Racing Club, where he would have attended a committee meeting tonight.President Melville Charles said Mr Trezise was a “great supporter” of the club, despite remaining in Geelong after his playing days.”He used to attend all the working bees up until the last one . . . he’d always turn up with a rake and a fork,” he said.Mr Trezise became a life member of the racing club earlier this year, and owned 1986 Burrumbeet Cup winner Dream Ruler.VFL/AFL historian Col Hutchinson, who worked with Mr Trezise in the Geelong Football Club history and tradition committee described him as one of the club’s “greatest contributors”.Mr Hutchinson said Mr Trezise was a lively footballer.”He was a very smart rover who had a little touch of mongrel, but was also very skilful and courageous,” he said.Mr Trezise had been known as “Titchy” during his Ballarat days.Former Geelong teammate Bill McMaster still remembers when legendary coach Reg Hickey changed it to Nipper during Mr Trezise’s first practise match.”Reg Hickey looked at the bench and didn’t know his name and he said `Nipper, you can go on in the forward pocket’,” he said.Former Ballarat West MLA Paul Jenkins, who entered politics after Mr Trezise’s retirement, said he was a “genuine politician”.”It didn’t matter what party you were in, he was a friend of everyone,” he said.Mr Trezise is survived by wife Joan, daughter Helen and son Ian, who is the current Geelong MLA.
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Protection systemfaulty according to opposition

THE train protection and warning system monitoring Victoria’s regional fast train project is faulty just two weeks before trains reach speeds of up to 160km/h on the Ballarat line, the Opposition has claimed.The TPWS system is designed to stop trains running through red signals, thus reducing the risk of collision and derailment.But Shadow Minister for Transport Terry Mulder said the new warning system is not yet compatible with the electrics of the old V/Line locomotives, which will run alongside the new V’Locity fast trains.Mr Mulder said the new warning system was triggering false emergency alarms on the old V/Line locomotives. State Government spokesman Matt Nurse yesterday confirmed that testing has identified a “teething problem”, which has since been rectified. After speaking to “sources close to the project”, Mr Mulder claimed there was no train protection warning system operating on V/Line locomotives or any of the four fast train corridors, including Ballarat. “Rail authorities are scrambling to find a solution to the failure, and if this major safety problem can’t be sorted out, then those close to the project have stated that a decision will have to be made to either scrap the time-frame for the introduction of fast train services or allow the V/Line locomotives to operate on the same lines as the fast trains, but without the safety equipment operating,” Mr Mulder said. “Sources close to the project have described the pressure to get the trains running on time before the State Election as oppressive. “Any such glitch in safety equipment that was installed to protect the lives of train travellers must be subjected to the most rigorous testing, and the introduction of a handful of fast trains cannot be allowed to proceed without a personal guarantee from the Premier Steve Bracks that the system is safe.” But Mr Nurse said the new system will mean a second level of safety protection for commuters on top of the existing system. “The new train warning system has been installed in all V’Locity trains and is working well,” Mr Nurse said. “All other trains will be fitted with the new system well in time for the commencement of our improved timetable in two weeks.”
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Sport Briefs

Irons takes the win as
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Slater, Burrow loom

[BB] HOSSEGOR, France – Andy Irons won his fourth event of the year to firm as favourite for the world surfing title while Australia’s Taj Burrow stayed in contention on the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France. In excellent 2m waves Irons easily downed unheralded Australian Phil MacDonald in the final – 18.06 to 13.73 – to extend his lead atop the ratings.

But his two nearest rivals – six time world champion Kelly Slater and current No.3 Burrow – are still in contention with third placings yesterday and four events still remaining on the World Championship Tour.

Irons ousted Burrow in the first semi by just over a point, while Slater also picked up a third placing, losing to MacDonald in the closing minutes by just 0.13 of a point.

Belgian duo clash for

world No. 1 ranking

FILDERSTADT, Germany – Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin- Hardenne will battle not only for the Filderstadt Grand Prix title but also for the world No.1 ranking after both earned semi-final victories yesterday.

Defending champion and world No.1 Clijsters overcame stiff resistance before breezing past unseeded Mary Pierce of France 7-6 6-0.

She will face second seed Henin- Hardenne after her fellow Belgian beat unseeded Russian Elena Bovina 6-2 6-4.

Henin-Hardenne, who beat Clijsters in both the French and US Open finals, will take over from her compatriot as the world No.1 if she wins the final. Clijsters will remain at No.1 if she retains her title.

Federer faces Moya

in Spanish final

VIENNA – Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will meet Carlos Moya in the final of the CA Trophy tennis tournament after the Spanish second seed overcame Britain’s Tim Henman 7-6 7-5 yesterday.

Top seed Federer sidestepped Max Mirnyi 6-2 7-6 in the day’s first semi-final to leave himself just one match away from his sixth title of the year and second in a row in Vienna.

Moya, who has been beaten by Federer in both their previous encounters, is looking to boost his chances of qualifying for next month’s prestigious Masters Cup in Houston.

The Swiss, who is the most prolific winner on the ATP Tour this year with 66 match wins, charged through the first set and surrendered just one point on his serve to Mirnyi.

Baseball rivalry takes

toll on Yankee coach

BOSTON – The emotionally charged baseball rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox has taken a heavy toll on someone who has been on both sides of the feud.

A benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game Three of baseball’s American League Championship Series resulted in Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer being taken to a hospital.

Zimmer was involved in the wild melee, which had its roots in the top of the fourth.

Boston ace Pedro Martinez, struggling on the mound, hit Karim Garcia in the head with a pitch.

Making gestures toward the New York dugout and sparking the already frenzied Fenway Park crowd, Martinez drew the ire of Yankees starter Roger Clemens and catcher Jorge Posada.

Even though both teams were warned, there were no ejections.

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GOING STRONG:The tightly packed field of 2515 runners head out to try to beat Darren Wilson’s record run in 1997 of 28 min. 11 sec.(1/2)In near-perfect conditions, before a crowd of about 7500 people, the 23-year-old Melbourne-based athlete won the race in 28 minutes and 26 seconds, just 15 seconds shy of Darren Wilson’s 1997 race record.
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Runner up in 29 min. 15 sec. was another Victorian, Ballarat-based, Olympic marathon runner Lee Troop.

Despite arriving back in Australia only on Tuesday after having endured a 30-hour plane trip from the UK following an easy win in a 10km road race in Dublin, Mottram showed no signs of vulnerability yesterday.

Furthermore the convincing win of 700m to 800m proved yesterday why he has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s best distance runners.

Victoria’s Haley McGregor, 25, was yesterday’s fastest female, scoring a personal best for 10km with a time of 32 min. 43 sec.

Although yesterday’s turnout was not the largest field, it was certainly one of the strongest, with 2515 competitors – just 50 short of the record – enjoying the sunny conditions.

While conditions were almost ideal runners did encounter a slight headwind on the return leg of the race, which might have accounted for both records being untouched.

In a gracious post-race speech Troop said he was beaten by an exceptional, world-class athlete in Mottram.

Troop, who led the race for the first 3km, said although his race plan was to challenge Mottram for the entire race once he had got into lead there was no stopping him.

Once Mottram had established a 70m-80m buffer between himself and Troop at about th 4km mark for the rest of the race the lithe 190cm tall runner simply extended his lead.

“I thought he’d be vulnerable after travelling back from Ireland so I thought the best way for me to win today would be to go in hard and run him ragged and the opposite happened,” Troop said.

“We got to 3km and he got in front then he just absolutely thumped me.”

Mottram said his race strategy had gone exactly to plan.

“My strategy was to go out hard – really quick and strong and I attempted to go for the record but just fell short of it,” Mottram said.

“The plan was just to relax for the first 3km, and work solid for the next 3km to 6km and hopefully get a gap and be able to cruise the last 4km.

“Once Troopy was gone … I knew it would be hard for him, if you lose contact before halfway it’s hard to get back on.

“The plan was to use a little bit of intimidation and to make it hard early and that’s what I did and they dropped off and it worked for me.”

Mottram said yesterday’s win would set him up nicely for this summer’s track season.

And even after gaining an Olympic A qualifier for the 5km in Europe earlier this year there will be no rest for him, with the Australian Championships and Zatopek in December, and commitments with Australian athletics, including a possible appearance at the Devonport Carnival during the summer.

“I’ll definitely be back (in Burnie) next year and the year after, I’ve got to get Mona’s record (Steve Moneghetti, two-time winner and five-time entrant) and Darren Wilson’s race record, so I’ll be back,” he said.

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Learner driver twice tries to ram police car

A LEARNER driver who tried to ram a police car during a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Sebastopol was on parole at the time, a court heard yesterday.Ballarat Magistrates Court heard Bradley Steven Gibson reached speeds of up to 100kmh in Albert St on November 27 last year before losing control of his vehicle and entering a roundabout the wrong way.The 24-year-old, who held a learner’s permit at the time, also drove his car straight at police, who were forced to abandon the dangerous chase.However, officers found Gibson 10 minutes later slumped behind the wheel of his car in Edwards St, the court was told.Gibson sped off when he became aware of the police and avoided immediate capture after again trying to ram their vehicle.Police prosecutor Senior Constable Clint Prebble said the defendant’s car was later discovered abandoned with its number plates removed.Yesterday Gibson, of Ballarat, was sentenced to six months’ jail suspended for two years, fined $3000 and banned from the roads for one year after pleading guilty to four charges including reckless conduct endangering serious injury and dangerous driving.He was also facing one count each of theft and wilfully damaging property after breaking into a car in Victoria St on September 23 last year.The court heard Gibson was on parole at the time of the offences after receiving an 18-month minimum sentence for dishonesty matters in April 2004.Defence lawyer Mike Wardell said, since Gibson’s arrest, his client had avoided further offending, undergone drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and enrolled in a Certificate IIII Information Technology course.”It’s never too late to change,” Mr Wardell said.In sentencing, Magistrate Terry Wilson said his first reaction when hearing Gibson’s offences was to send him to jail.But, “for the first time in your life you are starting to get back into the groove or doing what the average person in society does”, he said.”I am going to give you the opportunity to prove yourself.”
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Brad proves a demon with the small ball

Swing time: Mowbray batsman Clinton Reid goes for a cover drive in yesterday’s match against Westbury. Picture: Will Swan.Green, a former George Town cricketer, snared two wickets from two deliveries, helping the Lions to a one-run victory over the Saints at George Town.
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Green also scored 14 runs.

The Lions needed one run off the last ball to pass the Saints’ total of 7-93 and 14-year-old Jeremy Smith did not disappoint in his first A grade game.

Smith kept his composure when he was bowled on a no-ball and hit the winning single, taking the Lions to 9-94.

The Saints regrouped for their second match to record a four- wicket win over South Launceston.

George Town opener Rohan Pooley made 61 not out as the home side marched to 6-105 and kept South to 102.

The new-look Westbury Shamrocks got their NTCA season off to the best possible start yesterday with two wins at Westbury.

Playing for the first time since merging with St Pat’s, Westbury beat Mowbray and Riverside to progress through to today’s final of the 25-over round robin competition.

The Shamrocks held Mowbray to 6-91 off 25 overs, with Nick Spencer, John Keddy and Adam Groves taking two wickets each.

Clinton Reid was the Eagles’ top scorer with 23.

Led by Keddy (24) and Trent Swain (22), the Shamrocks passed the required score with seven deliveries to spare, finishing with 5-92.

A handy 29 off 33 deliveries from Jason Shelton helped the Shamrocks to 9-115 against Riverside, who were well-served by Adam Ferguson (3-18) and Patrick Doherty (2-28).

The Blues responded with 7-94.

Competition continues today when the Lions play South at NTCA No. 2 and Riverside tackles Mowbray at Riverside between 11am and 2pm.

If Launceston beats South, the Lions will play Westbury in the final at the NTCA No. 2 Ground starting at 3pm today.


Pool 1: Westbury 5-92 bt Mowbray 6-91, Westbury 9-115 bt Riverside 7-94; Westbury wins through to final.

Pool 2: Launceston 9-94 bt George Town 7-93, George Town 6-105 bt South Launceston 102; final spot to be decided today.

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Home is home, burnt or not

STAYING PUT: Pat wonders what she’s do if she lived in a unit.(1/2)NEIGHBOURS have rallied around a 92-year-old grandmother who is determined to stay in her fire-damaged house.
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Pat Tatlow was cooking in her kitchen last Sunday when she was disturbed by a knock at the door.

She opened it to find a concerned passerby telling her that smoke was pouring out of her rooftop.

Caused by faulty wiring, the subsequent fire caused $80,000 worth of damage to the uninsured Balfour St house.

But Pat refuses to leave the home she has lived in for 22 years – and especially not the garden she has carefully tended.

“I’m independent and I don’t want to be a nuisance to anyone,” she said.

“I’ve got so many friends around here.”

A council inspector has declared the back two rooms safe for Pat to stay in as she waits for quotes to see how much it will cost to get her house re-roofed.

She said that after 40 years of paying house insurance she didn’t write out the cheque this year because she was too sick.

“It wouldn’t hurt them to put something into it after 40 years,” she said.

“I’ve never ever had a claim of any sort.”

But she is hopeful that she can scrape together the money to make her house habitable again.

“It’s doing me good to have it on my mind that I might still have a future here,” she said.

She does not have much time for the idea that she should sell the house and move into a unit.

“You know what those places are like they shift old women into,” she said.

“What would I do? I’d be sitting down all day watching television.

“Here I can pull out my beans and water my plants.

“I want open spaces.”

She said that moving would also be a “hell of a shock to the system”.

“It would be a real upheaval to move away at my age,” she said.

“Even if I only live another 12 months I still feel this is home.”

Neighbours have inundated Pat with flasks of tea, hot meals and even a soothing bath ready for her to slip into.

“I’ve got very good neighbours,” she said.

“They’re all trying to help. They’ve been amazing.”

Pat is a common sight around the Balfour St area with her little dog Charlie, who follows her everywhere she goes.

And as a former member of the local bowls club and Launceston General Hospital auxiliary she has been an active member of the community.

Since the fire she has had more visits than ever before.

“I’ve had four people around here today already,” she said.

“Things are getting better every day. I’ve got nothing to growl about.”

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