Gulgong Terriers ready to trounce Dogs

TERRIER TENACITY: Gulgong Terriers’ Brad Sheridan breaks the Dunedoo line in their round eight clash at Billy Dunn Oval.The race for the Castlereagh League top four is a hot one with six of seven clubs still in the hunt for a semi-final berth.
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This is something not lost on the Gulgong Terriers who currently sit in second place and arguably have one of the toughest runs home in 2012.

On Saturday the Terriers play fourth-placed Warren Bulldogs at Billy Dunn Oval and a loss could potentially see Gulgong drop out of the top three.

Terriers coach Steve Haney said his side had played hard all year to get to second position and were not about to throw it away.

“We definitely know we can’t be complacent,” Haney said.

“There are some tough games ahead but this what we’ve been working towards.”

In June Gulgong won the battle of the dogs playing away to Warren in a 24-12 scoreline.

Haney said he couldn’t see why the Terriers would not do the same at home on Saturday.

“We recognise next these two games are really important to us in a roll on to the semi-finals,” Haney said.

“We of course have Warren on Saturday then Coonabarabran and after Trangie we have Coonamble and we are all aware of what we need to do.”

Haney said he would love to see as many Terriers fans as possible get down to Billy Dunn on Saturday and support the side.

The game starts at 2.30pm.

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Petersons show their class in Division One match

Both Troy and Dean Peterson threw 180 in a Division One match played at the Bowling Club on Wednesday night.
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High scores for this week totalled 104–43 between 101 and 180 – thrown by 30 members. Allan Robinson topped the list with 12 ahead of Billy Egan 10; Garrie Nelson 9; Troy Peterson, Dean Peterson and Dean Warwicker 7; Daniel Peterson 5; Jon Spicer, Mark Drewe, Brett Paulson, Jim Lucas and Frank Egan 4; Graham Forbes and Leonie Costello 3; Margaret Forbes, Steve Peterson, Blue Lucas, Andrew Biffin and Scott Hogansen 2; Joan Hough, Jim Dunn, Steve Cannane, Jacki Tyrrell-Hogansen, Tammy Peterson, Brian O’Reilly, Jim Costello, Jim Reid, Vicky Banks, Max Locke and Wayne Reynolds one each.

There were three pegs above 50 recorded in Division 1: Frank Egan 76, Jim Dunn 60(2d) and Jim Lucas 56.

Match Results:

Division 2 on Tuesday, July 24: Bowling Club Family Affair def. Soldiers Cazna 7-2; Club Mudgee Wreckers def. Waratah Hotel D. T. Plus 2 5-4; Club Mudgee Gunners def. Soldiers Juggernauts 9-0 due to a forfeit by the Juggernauts team.

Division 1 on Wednesday, July 25: Bowling Club Upstarts def. Kandos Waratahs 6-3; Koori Redbacks def. Court House Hotel Cracker Jacks 5-4; Waratah Hotel Sharks def. Bowling Club Ups & Downs 8-1.

Draw for July 31 – August 1:

Division 2 on Tuesday, July 31: Soldiers Cazna v Club Mudgee Wreckers at Club Mudgee; Soldiers Juggernauts v Waratah Hotel D. T. Plus 2 at Club Mudgee; Club Mudgee Gunners v Bowling Club Family Affair at Club Mudgee.

Division 1 on Wednesday, August 1: Waratah Hotel Sharks v Koori Redbacks at the Waratah Hotel; Bowling Club Upstarts v Court House Hotel Cracker Jacks at the Bowling Club; Bowling Club Ups & Downs v Kandos Waratahs at the Bowling Club.

Coming Events:

August 5: Pentathlon Event at Club Mudgee.

August 6: Mudgee Darts Association meeting at Club Mudgee; 7pm start.

August 11-12: Tamworth Games at West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth.

August 18-19: NSW Darts AGM at Guildford Leagues.

August 18-19: Tilligerry Dart Challenge at Tilligerry RSL.

August 25-26: Second NSW Juniors State Team Trials at CCLC, Gosford.

September 2: Western Area Dart League matches in Orange at the Vic Hotel and Hotel Orange.

September 8-9: NSW Masters.

September 15-16: Zone 12 Championships at Club Lithgow.

September 22-23: NSW Juniors Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles in Moree.

September 29-30 & October 1: NSW State Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles at CCLC, Gosford.

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Minister, Mayor to open skate park

Jordon Fyfi takes his scooter over the spine at the new Gulgong Skate Park. Photo by David Donovan310712/ggossskatepark/7 The Gulgong Skate Park upgrade will be officially opened this Wednesday, August 1, at 4pm by Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor Des Kennedy and Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley.
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Member for Orange Andrew Gee will also attend.

The majority of the $90,000 project was funded by Mid-Western Regional Council’s contribution of $62,500.

Council worked with kids and the Gulgong Skate Park Working Committee to make sure we ended up with a facility that everyone wanted and would use.

The remainder of the building of the Skate Park was supported by $7500 raised by the Gulgong Skate Park Working Party and $20,000 contributed by the State Government.

“We’re very pleased to open this park in Gulgong in response to an ongoing demand for youth activities in our Region” said Cr Kennedy.

The Gulgong Skate Park consists of three main ramps and a number of other elements and obstacles.

“Council worked with kids and the Gulgong Skate Park Working Committee to make sure we ended up with a facility that everyone wanted and would use. Kids can ride scooters, skateboards and BMXes there,” Cr Kennedy said.

Members of the public are invited to attend the official opening.

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Mudgee Dragons take it week by week

NO TRY: Mudgee Dragons prop forward Mitch Devine was denied this try against Bathurst Panthers last weekend after being called back for a forward pass at Glen Willow Sporting Complex. The Dragons travel to Cowra this weekend for round 13. Mudgee Dragons’ premier league side still has room to improve in the final four rounds of the Group 10 rugby league competition.
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In what would send danger signals to their upcoming opponents, captain-coach Mat Stott believes the Dragons have not yet hit their best straps.

“We are going okay but to be honest we really don’t look past the current weekend that’s in front of us,” Stott said.

“We have to go out each weekend and make sure we collect those two points on offer because it’s such a close competition.”

Leading the competition by one point Mudgee’s premier league side knows a slip up could cost them the minor premiership.

Stott said the side focuses their tasks on a week by week basis but an eye minor premiership is still prevalent.

“One of our goals at the start of the year was to win the minor premiership so of course it does get talked about,” he said.

All senior Dragons teams will make the three-hour road trip to Cowra this weekend and Stott knows how important it is to win away.

“Cowra is probably the hardest road trip in the comp. You have to travel the two-and-a-half to three hours and then win on their home ground,” he said.

After reviewing the video of premier league’s game against Bathurst Panthers, Stott said his side knows what they have to work on come the business end of the season.

“We did make a few errors on our try lines last weekend and we can’t afford to do that every week,” he said.

“We have to be on our game from the start and it doesn’t change each week.”

Stott said the side would be welcoming back Jeremy Lang on to the wing after his two-week suspension from the shortened Lithgow game on July 8.

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Cowra and Mudgee can’t be split after 80 minutes

ON THE MOVE: Mudgee Dragons second-rower Chris Ward makes a strong charge against the Cowra Magpies at Sid Kallas Oval on Saturday. PHOTO by DAMIEN JOHNSONThe Mudgee Dragons spilled a 22-12 lead with 25 minutes remaining to draw against Cowra Magpies on Saturday.
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At 22-all and three minutes remaining, Mudgee believed they had snatched victory after pouncing on a horror bounce from a kick before several players were ruled offside.

Minutes earlier Cowra’s Warren Williams put his fist in the air after a field goal attempt only for it to be waved away. The Magpies had better field position in the final 20 minutes.

Although there were no losers at Sid Kallas Oval both sides were left feeling empty.

Mudgee captain-coach, Mat Stott, was critical of his sides’ discipline, especially after trailing 12-10 at the break.

“At half time we weren’t happy with the way things were going and we addressed those and came out and scored a couple of quick tries,” he said.

“Maybe we backed off once we scored those quick tries and we made a fair few errors.

“In defence we gave a lot of penalties away on the fourth tackle and we piggy-backed them down the field and they scored six points both times.

“We gave them an invitation and there are some quality players in that side. We have St Pats next week and a little bit of work to do at training, but it’s a week to week thing from here on – I think it’s anyone’s competition, so anyone who makes the five will be a contender and things are getting tense towards the business end of the season.”

The Magpies seemed to be self-destructing with pointless penalties, including an offside from the re-start after Munn’s try.

It looked as if it was to be Cowra’s day when Mudgee fumbled 10 metres out from their own try line in the first set of the match.

Cowra worked their numbers in the 14th minute for centre Simon Pettit to score out wide. A subsequent Magpies set saw Luke Hilton slice through and the ladder leaders looked rattled.

However Dragon’s lock Mitch Devine raced 30 metres to even it up at six a piece in the 22nd minute.

Cowra centre, Brad Wright, made a long run from a scrum win five minutes later which led to Will Ingram planting the ball down before Mudgee’s Corin Smith then snatched a grubber for Mudgee to trail 12-10 at the break.

On the resumption, the visitors put on two converted tries through a beautifully worked short side play to winger Todd Munn and a determined effort from five-eighth Tim Condon to lead 22-12.

The Magpies seemed to be self-destructing with pointless penalties, including an offside from the re-start after Munn’s try.

When Cowra forced a repeat set in the 55th minute, Caley Mok scored in the corner and momentum shifted.

Simon Pettit’s double locked it up at 22-all with a quarter of the match still to play.

Magpies coach, Craig Jeffries was left with mixed feelings at the end of 80 minutes.

“It is a bit hollow, but the effort was there and I thought we played good enough to win and they probably think the same thing,” he said.

“We thought the field goal went over because the Mudgee players’ body language dropped.

“We had a really bad period when they put two tries on us after half time, but to our credit we dug out of it and came back.”

MUDGEE DRAGONS 22 (Corin Smith, Todd Munn, Tim Condon, Mitch Devine tries; Matt Stott 3 goals) drew COWRA MAGPIES 22 (Simon Pettit 2, Caley Mok, Will Ingram tries; Caley Mok 3 goals)

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Wombats seconds confident

OUT OF MY WAY: Mudgee Wombats’ David Walton avoids Trangie defence in round 5.Saturday presents itself as an opportunity for the Mudgee Wombats’ second fifteen to lift themselves from the bottom of the Australian National Field Days Cup northern division ladder.
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The Wombats’ second side has showed improvement in the past month and another win appears to be just around the corner.

The side travels to Cumnock this weekend in search of their second win for the season and coach Angus Rae believes his squad can get the job done.

“We had about 10 or 11 players at training on Tuesday night and I’m sure there will be more tonight [Thursday] and I’m confident of taking a full team down there. If we can do that we’ll give it a good shake,” he said.

“We beat Cumnock here at home and they are a bit like us and can be short one of two players at times. However because they are at home I expect them to have a full squad and they’ll be better prepared.”

Rae said he is proud of the way his side has been improving, particularly in the past three weeks, but there is still plenty to work on.

“Our defence has been pretty good but Yeoval scored twice through big gaps last week and that’s what undid us. I have addressed it along with work on our rucking and mauling because ball security has to be your number one priority,” Rae said.

The Wombats’ second coach said he was happy to often have a selection of younger players in his side because they were enthusiastic.

He said the older players were helping to guide younger ones and it could be seen by the improvements on the paddock each week.

Mudgee Wombats’ first fifteen also play away this weekend to second placed Trangie.

After scoring no points against Coonabarabran last Saturday the Wombats will be looking to make amends and take away a surprise win from the Tigers.

Firsts coach George Hamilton said his side will be looking to bring a “hail storm” to Trangie.

“I’d really love to beat them. We beat them earlier this year so I know we can do it. We need to run hard, tackle low and score points. It’s simple but it works,” he said.

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Guardian journalist wins national award

Mudgee Guardian journalist Darren Snyder has received the Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award for Country Journalist for his coverage of the closure of the Cement Australian plant at Kandos.Mudgee Guardian and The Weekly journalist Darren Snyder has been awarded the 2012 Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award for Country Journalism.
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The winning entry, which also won the prestigious award’s best issues category, was based on a series of articles which highlighted the impact that the closure of Kandos’ cement plant would have on the local community.

Darren broke the story of the Cement Australia closure on the Mudgee Guardian website prior to the official announcement. He spent the day after the announcement in Kandos interviewing residents and business owners about the effect of the closure.

Darren’s coverage helped residents assess the full extent of the closure including the service station owner who lost half of his diesel sales due to the closure. The reports also led to feature articles highlighting the attractions and businesses of Kandos and neighbouring Rylstone; to encourage people from elsewhere in the region to visit and support the towns.

TThe winning entry highlights the important role a regional newspaper plays in the community.

Darren, from Green Point on the NSW Central Coast, has been at the Mudgee Guardian for three years. Prior to his appointment at Mudgee, Darren studied sports journalism at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.

The winning entry highlights the important role a regional newspaper plays in the community. Judges were impressed with Darren’s efforts to tell the story through the eyes of the community rather than through corporate spin.

The winners of the other categories in this year’s Sir Harry Budd Award were Best News Story: Glenn Ellard, South Coast Register; Best Rural Story: Annie Hesse, Katherine Times and Best Sport Story: Damien Johnson, Cowra Guardian.

The award, which recognises outstanding journalism, is open to all journalists employed by Fairfax Media regional and agricultural non-daily newspapers throughout Australia.

The award was established in 1981 by the widow and family of Sir Harry Budd to honour his life and work as a prominent and influential editor, businessman and parliamentarian.

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Mines should stop playing ‘hard ball’ over Ulan Road

Andrew Gee.Member for Orange Andrew Gee has urged the mines of the Mid-Western Region to make a fair contribution to the maintenance of Ulan Road.
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Under constant heavy traffic from Ulan, Moolarben and Wilpinjong coal mines, the road has deteriorated and become a source of concern for ratepayers and council.

Mr Gee said Mid-Western Regional Council was negotiating with the three mines to help fund the road’s repair, which was a condition of the mines’ development approvals.

“I’m concerned because I’ve been informed that the mines may not be as forthcoming in terms of funding as the community would expect them to be,” Mr Gee said.

He said the mines were “playing hardball” in their negotiations with council, at a time when the community should be able to trust them to be “open and generous” and to consider their staff and other residents and road users.

It shouldn’t take a tragedy out on that road to jolt the mines into action.

He said the mines should recognise that their own employees and vehicles were at risk on Ulan Road.

“If the negotiations result in a situation where Mid-Western Regional Council is not able to pay the amount that the coal mines want them to, [council] won’t be able to pay for the work, and the road won’t be properly upgraded, and there will be a tragedy,” he said.

“It shouldn’t take a tragedy out on that road to jolt the mines into action.”

Mr Gee said Mid-Western Regional Council had limited funds and should not have to bear the full cost of the road’s upgrade.

“It’s the mines that should be paying the great majority of the cost,” he said.

“The mines do very well out of the region commercially, and the Ulan Road is starting to become a flashpoint.

“The anger and concern about this road will continue to build if the mines aren’t putting in their fair share.”

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Wolves chase goals at business end of season

ON THE BALL: Jesse Tomlinson has been one of the Mudgee Wolves’ standouts in season 2012. He is pictured at the Western Challenge earlier this year.Mudgee Wolves’ first grade captain Craig Mitchell is asking for more of the same from his side on Sunday.
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Coming off a bye Mudgee’s firsts will be looking to show their momentum has not changed from the comprehensive 5-2 win against CSU Stags a fortnight ago.

The firsts are playing Bathurst 75 Gunnas, a side that has caused them a couple of hiccups already during the season.

“We’ve had two nil-all draws against them and we just haven’t converted our opportunities,” Mitchell said.

“But this is something we’ve been working on at training and if you look at the last match the work paid off and hopefully it can be the same on Sunday.

“We’re looking to build on the back of some good wins in the lead up to the semi-finals.”

Currently the Gunnas sit bottom of the Bathurst District Football first grade competition but Mitchell said this does not mean his side will be taking them lightly.

The Wolves firsts sit in third position and one point behind second placed Young Lions.

In a big day for the Wolves, all five men’s and ladies senior teams will play at Glen Willow Sporting Complex on Sunday.

The Wolves’ second and third grade men’s sides will want to make amends for their last round losses.

Second grade went down 1-0 to Macquarie United after the winning goal was scored late in the game. This places extra pressure on Mudgee, as United is now only one point away from the Wolves in fifth place. The second grade side will be playing competition leaders Bathurst City Colts on Sunday.

A late penalty goal saw the Wolves’ third grade side lose 2-1 to CSU Stags in Bathurst last weekend. On Sunday they play Oberon United at Glen Willow.

For the ladies teams, first grade play CSU Vixens and fourth grade are up against Scots Spirit.

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Six Mudgee wineries earn five-star ratings in Halliday guide

Robert Oatley Vineyard cellar door manager Amanda Lyons with James Halliday’s 2013 Australian Wine Companion, in which the winery receives a red five-star rating, and the 2011 Robert Oatley Great Southern Riesling, which the book awarded 94 points. 310712/Oatley/28Six Mudgee wineries have achieved five star ratings in James Halliday’s bestselling Australian Wine Companion for 2013, with Robert Oatley Vineyards earning five red stars, the book’s highest rating.
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Robert Stein Vineyard, Quilty Wines, Lowe Wines, Logan Wines and Huntington Estate have been rated five star wineries, and Robert Oatley Vineyards’ red five-star rating signifies consistent excellence and five-star quality over the last three years.

The red five-star rating is awarded to just 4.9 per cent of more than 1400 wineries profiled in the book.

To earn the honour, a winery must have maintained its five stars for two years and must have at least two wines rated at 94 points (Robert Oatley Vineyards has eight).

“ROV first appeared in his 2008 edition, with three and a half stars, evidence that the gradual, yet rapid improvement in wine quality is due in no small part to the winemaking talents of Larry Cherubino and his team, along with smart vineyard and regional grape sourcing,” said Darren Jahn of Robert Oatley Vineyards.

Winemaker Jacob Stein of Robert Stein Vineyard said it was an impressive result for Mudgee, doubling the number of five-star wineries in the region compared to the 2012 guide.

“A 100 per cent increase would have to be one of the best nationwide,” he said.

He also noted that the great results had been achieved in years of difficult conditions, both in the wine industry and in the Mudgee region’s weather.

The “best of the best” Shiraz list includes a 2009 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz scored at 96 points out of 100.

“We’ve done it in vintages that haven’t been the easiest to make wine,” he said.

Robert Stein Vineyard’s 95-point Reserve Shiraz, for example, which is still unreleased, was produced in the challenging 2010 season, which Mr Stein said showed what good work was done in the winery.

He said winemakers and wine lovers should not underestimate the significance of James Halliday’s rating, which would draw the attention of wine connoisseurs to the Mudgee wine region.

He said Robert Stein Vineyard’s visitation numbers jumped dramatically as soon as the winery received its first five-star rating in the 2011 edition.

A 2007 Passito from Di Lusso Estate is included in the book’s ‘best of the best’ list of sweet Semillon and other white wines, and Lowe’s 2009 Mudgee Zinfandel, which already holds three trophies, is included on the “best of the best” of other reds.

The “best of the best” Shiraz list includes a 2009 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz scored at 96 points out of 100, with a 2006 Huntington Estate Signature Tim Stevens Shiraz and 2010 Robert Stein Reserve Shiraz both close behind at 95 points each.

Robert Oatley Vineyards, Robert Stein Winery and Huntington Estate all maintained their five star rating from 2012, while Logan Wines and Lowe Wines rise from a four star rating in 2012 and Quilty Wines from four and a half.

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