June, 2019

Strong nominations for Taree-Wingham race meeting

TRAINERS and owners looking for racing action with meetings being washed out with rain have “swamped” nominations for Taree Wingham Race Club’s eight-race card at Bushland Drive next Tuesday.
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The club has received 182 nominations from most racing centres north of Sydney, no doubt boosted by wet weather causing the abandonment of the TAB fixture at Port Macquarie on Tuesday. Even Coffs Harbour trainer Anthony Honess has taken the precaution of the Warwick Farm meeting, postponed from Wednesday to Friday, not going ahead by nominating Lizards Lover from the Sydney race to one at Taree. The four-year-old Snippetson mare is in race five over 2200m in Sydney and has also been nominated for the Can Assist Fund Raising on April 4 Benchmark 60 Handicap over 2018m at Taree.

The winner of three races, also placed a further eight, in 17 starts has never started on a heavy track and the Bushland Drive track is famous for recovering quickly from a deluge.

The mare was only a length away from Kempsey gelding Brasileiro Macho over 1900m at Kempsey on January 13 and was carrying the steadier of 59kgs, 7kgs more than the winner.

Brasileiro Macho prior to that had run second to Rigamarole in the Woop Woop Cup at Wauchope on Boxing Day and the winner franked the form by also winning at the Kempsey meeting next start.

The Julie Lynch trained gelding wasn’t disgraced when fourth to promising Coffs four-year-old mare Just Atina, trained by Brett Dodson, at Taree’s last meeting and both of them add spice to the nominations.

Also in form in the race is Shehadtohavehim, trained at Cessnock by Jeremy Sylvester, which won at Taree and Scone at its past three starts.

Taree trainer Bindi Cheers has also nominated three-year-old gelding Zigbee and it showed plenty of pace and cheek to be a half-length behind Just Atina in that Taree race over 2018m.

Taree trainer Ross Stitt has taken mare Shazza’s Bubbles to Sydney for its past two starts and he looks like staying home with nominating her for the Easter Saturday Raceday on April 4 Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1257m. She was eighth first start but then was a good fourth next start, this race maybe more to her liking third up from a spell.

Her likely opposition could be Port Macquarie seven-year-old mare Just Si, trained by John Sprague, which was a most unlucky second at Taree on January 6 when a neck second to Broadmeadow gelding Presaro, a previous winner in Sydney, trained by Paul Perry.

Last start winners also nominated here are Taree’s Jest Mamboo, trained by Bart Dening and Dodson’s Murvate.

Broadmeadow trainer Mick Dwyer had seven-year-old gelding Dubai Dusk looking a picture when fifth behind Just Atina over 2018m at Taree last start but has opted for the 1614m to nominate his charge for this meeting and the distance may prove more suitable.

A turn to finer weather should have the track in great order despite the recent rain.

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New ball game for Taree soccer star

A new ball game: Ricky Campbell will make the switch from soccer with the Taree Wildcats to rugby with the Manning River Ratz this year.SINCE he first started kicking a soccer ball around when he was aged four, Ricky Campbell’s No 1 supporter was there to watch and encourage him.
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Campbell’s mum, Debbie, was at just about every game he played through his junior days and into seniors, when he became an integral member of the Taree Wildcats Football Mid North Coast Premier League side.

In the past few years Campbell has scored something like 60 goals for the Wildcats and his mum was there to witness most of them.

He was a member of Taree’s premiership winning sides of 2009 and 2012. Season 2012 in particular was a stand out when Campbell was the most potent attacking weapon in the league.

But last year Campbell lost his mum – Debbie succumbing to cancer after a long fight. So for that reason he doesn’t want to play soccer, at least for this season.

“It would just be a bit weird playing without mum there watching,” he explained.

Campbell admits his mind wasn’t always on the job with the Wildcats in 2014 in what was personally a mixed year – the exhilaration of the birth of twin boys when Campbell and partner Shannin Wrigley became parents for the first time, contrasting to the devastating loss of his mother. He only scored about 10 goals for the Wildcats, well down on his tally from the previous campaigns.

So this season he’s decided to take on another sporting challenge. He’ll turn out for the Manning River Ratz in the Lower North Coast Rugby Union competition.

Campbell has never played rugby although he dabbled a bit in rugby league while at school.

“It’s going to be a change – but I think I need that,” he said.

“I didn’t want to play another season of soccer and end up hating it. Who knows? Halfway through the year I might go back to soccer, but at this stage I’m keen to test myself in rugby and see how I go.”

Campbell has good mates who play for the Ratz and he said that’s made the transition a bit easier. He told Taree Wildcats coach Ben Sedlen of his plans and he said Sedlen was fully understanding.

“Ben and I have been mates for a long time,” he said.

“He wished me all the best.”

Campbell was at Tuncurry last year to see the Ratz lose the grand final to Forster-Tuncurry while he said he’s watched a lot of rugby on television. But he knows it is a complex game.

“I’m not going to learn all the rules from TV, but I have a bit of an idea,” he said.

Campbell fully realises that getting caught on the bottom of a ruck or maul or being crash tackled or hit high will be totally different to what he’s experienced in soccer. But he’s prepared for the bumps and bruises.

Training at this stage hasn’t been much different to what he’s used to in soccer.

“It’s mainly fitness but I guess that’ll change as the season gets closer,” he said.

Campbell played centre or on the wing in his brief flirtation with schoolboy league and expects that’s where he’ll be required in rugby. He’s also been practicing his goal kicking and he could the answer to a problem area that plagued the Ratz last season.

He has some rugby in his DNA, as his dad, Paul, played in the forwards for many seasons with the now defunct Taree Bulldogs.

The Ratz will play trial games before the start of the season-proper. Campbell expects he’ll be ‘pretty nervous’ before his first run.

He says he has no idea how long he’ll stay with the new code.

“I’m only 23 so I can still go back to soccer whenever I?want, that’s one of the reasons I’m playing rugby,” he said.

“But if I enjoy rugby, I might stay there.

“It’s a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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Taree skier stars in Trans-Tasman challenge

Clive Bloomfield from Iguana with this week s sportstar, Kye Cornall.BAREFOOT skier Kye Cornall made a successful transition from juniors to seniors at the Australia/New Zealand Challenge held at Liverpool.
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Making his first appearance as a senior, the 17-year-old Cornall won his three events – tricks, slalom and jumps. He was also part of the winning Australian side in the annual event, avenging a heavy defeat in competition held in Perth last year.

Cornall is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.

He said he was ‘sort of’ confident of success in the three events, but admits to being more nervous than usual before the start of competition.

Cornall will now concentrate on the Australian titles to be contested in the man-made lakes at Mulwala in Victoria – the venue for last year’s world championships in March and then the New Zealand titles in April.

He was rated four in the world as a junior but admits he has some work to do yet now he’s in open ranks.

“I think I around 27,” he said.

However, Cornall is confident he can gain a top five placing in his events at both national championships.

He’ll compete around 10 times this year. His sport takes him around the country, with events in venues including Darwin, Perth, Victoria and NSW.

He’s training every second day at the moment but will step that up to daily sessions as the nationals approach. He currently coached by Ken Derry while he also has weekend sessions with Greg Adams.

Cornall virtually trains 12 months a year battling on through the cold of winter.

His longer term ambition is to gain a place in the Australian team for the world titles to be held in the US next year.

He hopes to qualify by gaining enough points in competition, although an easier path would be to gain selection in the Australian side to be named after the 2016 nationals.

He represented Australia as a junior last year in Mulawa.

It’s been a prosperous few weeks for Cornall as he recently gained a new sponsor, barefootcentral南京夜网.au

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Craftathon new date and new venue

CRAFTATHON 2015 has a great new venue and a new date.
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The long standing annual event will be held in air conditioned comfort at Club Taree in Wingham Road, on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27 which coincides with the September school holidays.

The event is organised by Taree Craft Centre and co-ordinators Gail Robinson and Wendy Gibson are excited to be able to offer a new level of comfort to exhibitors and patrons.

Club Taree is able to offer excellent facilities for meals and refreshments and with lots of convenient parking, everything is in place for an enjoyable experience.

Excellent craft exhibitors are currently being booked for the show and all of the regular, popular features will be in place. Put the date in your diary now for a show not to be missed.

Inquiries to Gail on 0416 078 429 or Wendy on 0410 609 248 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au

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Summerfest: Manning talent showcase

Pictured: Headliners Eleven Eleven performing at Summerfest 2013.SUMMERFEST, an annual outdoor youth music event, is on this Saturday, January 31 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm at Harry Bennett Park on the riverbank at Taree.
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Summerfest is run by the Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT), supported by Greater Taree City Council, to showcase the talent of young bands and musicians from across the Manning Valley.

Summerfest was postponed in December due to thunderstorms. MYAT team member, Carly Walker, is hopeful for better luck with the weather this week.

“We were unlucky with the stormy weather last month, but with most people now home from holidays, we’re looking to celebrate summer with a big crowd at Summerfest this Saturday,” Carly said.

All acts have reconfirmed, including Sweet Nothin’, Soar, Featuring and The Respectables, as well as a number of acoustic performers.

Headliners will be Eleven Eleven, who are long-time supporters of MYAT events and were a big drawcard at Taree’s recent New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Summerfest is a family-friendly drug and alcohol-free event. Entry to Summerfest is $5 or $10 per family.

MYAT will also be hosting a barbecue on the night.

All proceeds from the evening go to support MYAT’s activities for young people in the Manning Valley.

For more information about Summerfest go to the Manning Youth Facebook page at facebook南京夜网/ManningYouth, council’s online events calendar at gtcc.nsw.gov.au or contact council’s youth development officer, on 6592 5399.

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