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Businesses support health service Murray to Moyne teams

East Grampians Health Service CEO Nick Bush, Ararat Woolworths Angelo Falzon, store manager Andrew Hill, EGHS Lorine Paterson and Woolworths Michelle Miocic at a cheque presentation for the Murray to Moyne Relay teams. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT – East Grampians Health Service’s Murray to Moyne bike riding relay teams, the Cranks and Defibrillators, had an outstanding fundraising year which was boosted by a number of local businesses donating generously.
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Ararat Woolworths and AME Systems together with their associated business partners were two local businesses that contributed large donations to the Murray to Moyne.

Ararat Woolworths raised money as part of their corporate strategy to help local communities where they have a store. Ararat Woolworths raised a total of $2,250.25 by running assorted raffles and barbecues within the supermarket.

“We were delighted with the amount we raised by our local supermarket. Customers were more than happy to donate to East Grampians Health Service and we are more than happy to help contribute to such a worthwhile cause,” Andrew Hill Ararat Woolworths store manager said.

AME Systems together with their business partners, Hella Australia, Delphi, Caroll Australia, Tyco Electronics, Tycab Australia, Auto Electrical Imports, Kenworth Trucks, Fry’s Spares and ADM Customs, were able to raise $3,300.

Jason Shipcott, manager purchasing and supply for AME Systems, was also a rider in the event.

“I have personally been involved with the Murray to Moyne for several years now and we are delighted that our suppliers are willing to support our involvement with events such as the Murray to Moyne,” he said.

East Grampians Health Service chief executive officer Nick Bush acknowledged the support of all businesses for their significant generosity and donating to this year’s Murray to Moyne which had seen the largest amount raised for the Health Service.

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Testing month for Tatyoon

Strong kick from Nathan StapletonMDFL – Over the next four weeks Tatyoon will face all other premiership contenders in the top five of the Mininera and District Football League.
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The first challenge for the Hawks begins tomorrow when they come up against a strong SM&W Rovers outfit.

The ladder leaders are yet to face a top five team this season and coach Julian Sambell said his side is looking forward to the contest.

“No doubt they will be competitive, the results have shown that, so it will be our biggest challenge to date and we’ll be throwing everything we have at them,” he said.

Sambell said as well as working out match-ups for various Bulldogs’ players through the midfield, part of his attention would be focused on the opposition’s twin towers, Lee Marshall and Billie Leskosek.

“Those two might get some special attention,” he said.

“We need our backman to try and limit their influence on the game, having said that there are plenty of other players we will to pay close attention to and I’m sure they will be doing the same for us.”

The Hawks should give SM&W Rovers coach Rhys Cahir plenty of headaches up forward also, with Aidan Bell and Ross Panther already kicking 74 goals between them this season.

With a testing month ahead Tatyoon will be looking to get off to the best possible start at home to keep its unbeaten run alive.

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Moyston/Willaura will be hoping to bounce back from its first loss of the season when it clashes with Ararat tomorrow at Alexandra Oval.

Pumas’ coach Daniel Guinane said although last week’s result was disappointing, he took plenty of positive away from the match.

“We had a few out, but our depth was there and that showed on the scoreboard. We were able to match it with (Penshurst) for most of the game,” he said.

“This week I’ve got about six blokes who have played senior football this year available to come back in, which is a good headache to have.”

The two players who headline the likely changes are Lynden Brewis, who will strengthen the Pumas’ onball stocks and Trent Fiscalini, whose absence left a noticeable gap in defence last weekend.

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Guinane said his team would need to be wary of Eagles’ captain Richard O’Connell and young-guns, including Jamie Elder and Luke Thomas.

“I expect them to come out fired up,” he said.

“They’ve dropped a few games in the last couple of weeks, so they need a win to stay in touch with the top five.

“I’ll be looking for the same blokes to step up who have been over the last couple of weeks for us. Cal Stevens and Leo Bell have both put their hand up in recent weeks while we have had guys out injured.”

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Great Western should head into tomorrow’s match against Wickliffe Lake Bolac full of confidence following last week’s breakthrough victory.

The Lions enjoyed their first win in the MDFL, defeating Woorndoo Mortlake by a point, while the Magpies went down against Glenthompson/Dunkeld by 64 points.

Damien Scott returns tomorrow, which will bolster the Lions’ forward line stocks and Cody Virgona who was a late withdrawal late week due to the flu, will also play.

Midfielder Sam Cocks continues to impress through the midfield and tough onballer Lachie Green, coming off the back of a couple of best on ground performances, will be looking to continue his form.

“We’re an undersized team but we’ll keep battling on,” club president Rodney Matheson said.

“Great Western must capitalise on their home ground advantage, with Wickliffe Lake Bolac use to playing on a ground slightly bigger than the Lions den.”

Tristan Richie, Ben Johnson and coach Brad Keilar have all put in top performances from Wickliffe Lake Bolac over the past fortnight and will need plenty of support from Jo Higgins and Andrew Day if the Magpies are to conquer a confident Great Western.

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In the final two matches of round seven, Lismore/Derrinellum plays host to Caramut, while Woorndoo/Mortlake will tackle Hawkesdale/Macarthur on its home turf.

Umpire appointments

Saturday, May 26

Tatyoon v SMW Rovers- Adrian Pieters and David Reynolds (at Tatyoon).

Ararat Eagles v Moyston/Willaura- Tommy Cooper and Leo Mooney (at Alexandra Oval).

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Big W ready to go

Ararat Rats� footballers Jake Robinson (left) and Jake Williamson will represent the Wimmera Football League in tomorrow�s Interleague clash with Mallee at Hopetoun.Picture: PETER PICKERING.WFL – It will be a battle of the midfields when Wimmera Football League clashes with Mallee in their Interleague match at Hopetoun tomorrow.
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Despite the Big W being hit hard by injuries and players declaring themselves unavailable, coach Andrew Bach has confidence the players he has selected can get the job done.

Wimmera selectors have spent all week looking to see what positions they need to fill and, if need be, will look outside of the squad they picked.

The loss of Warrack Eagles’ star onballer Steve Schultz, proven Interleague player Alan Batchelor and injuries to a few Horsham Demon players has put a dent in the Big W’s Interleague preparations.

Adding to WFL’s woes is a hamstring injury to Sam Graetz, suffered at training last Wednesday night, while Nhill coach Simon Brearley (hamstring) and Tim Friend ruled themselves unavailable.

Bach said although it has not been ‘the ideal situation’, the losses haven’t hurt his game plan with the side looking to the onballers to stand up and be smart with their ball use, possession with the ball and when they can, run the ball.

“We have to use our first options to move the ball quickly into the wide open spaces of Hopetoun and maintain possession when we can,” Bach said.

“In the list of outs we’ve got quaility onballers in Schultz, Brearley and Batchelor out but we still believe we have got the guys who can fill their shoes.”

Last year’s co-captains and seasoned Interleague players Clinton Midgley (Minyip-Murtoa) and Jordy Burke (Horsham) will once again feature in the Big W tomorrow.

Ararat’s Jake Williamson is a force to be reckoned with in the forward line along with Dimboola duo Lachie Exell and Allistair McKinnon.

In-form Horsham player Alex Thomson will be looking to add to his goal kicking tally and speedy Ararat forward Jake Robinson has the talent to negotiate the space of the Hopetoun ground.

Nhill onballer Benjamin Pollock has his work cut out for him, with help to come from 2011 Stawell best and fairest Justin Eales and Horsham’s Jordan Duncan.

Horsham RSL Digger Luke Chamberlain has a tough job holding down full back, flanked by Benjamin Harrison (Warrack Eagles) and Tom Magee (Dimboola).

Chamberlain certainly has a challenge ahead of him as he and his fellow defenders go about trying to stop Mallee forward Kain Robins. Robins has been in terrific form this year for Hopetoun, patrolling the forward line and currently leads his team’s goal kicking for the season.

Josh Stone from Walpeup Underbool is a speedy wingman that Wimmera have to keep their eye on and his teammate David Piasente is an experienced player who played in the South Australian Football League.

Piasante will prove a handful for Wimmera if defenders don’t get on him early – the onballer went forward at the weekend, booting seven goals in Walpeup Underbool’s win over Hopetoun.

The final Big W team was announced at last night’s training session, after The Ararat Advertiser went to press.

Likely Interleague line-up:

B: Jayden Werner, Luke Chamberlain, Ben Harrison

HB: Daniel Baker, Steven Cameron, Tom Magee

C: Jackson Dark, Justin Eales, Jake Robinson

HF: Clint Midgley, Peter Weir, Jake Williamson

F: Jae McGrath, Lachlan Exell, Alex Thomson

R: Michael Rowe, Paul Adlington, Ben Pollock

Inter: Kye Chapple, Lachlan Watts, Al McKinnon, Jordan Duncan, Cam Kimber

Emerg: Shane Field, Oliver Braithwaite, Tom Eckel

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Rats represent Wimmera in Interleague showdown

Ararat Rats’ footballers Jake Robinson (left) and Jake Williamson will represent the Wimmera Football League in tomorrow’s Interleague clash with Mallee at Hopetoun.ARARAT – Ararat Rats vice captain Jake Williamson and speedy wingman Jake Robinson will represent the red and white in the Wimmera Interleague side taking on Mallee at Hopetoun tomorrow.
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It will be Williamson’s second appearance in the Big W senior lineup, while Robinson will make his debut.

Ararat coach Scott Turner said Robinson, a North Ballarat Rebels listed player, is more than capable of matching it with the league’s best players.

“For a 16 or 17 year old he is in really good form and the purple patch he is having at the moment had been really good for us over the last few weeks,” he said.

“He only played a few (senior) games over the last couple of seasons, but his development has been great. Other teams in the competition are now starting to look at him as a dangerous wingman/midfielder, so we have to look after him and look at where we play him with the big picture of Rebels and the future in mind.”

Turner said the booming left footer’s speed and agility are his best assests and those skills should be on full display through the centre for the Wimmera this weekend.

Robinson’s teammate, Williamson, is also expected to spend time in the Big W’s midfield and forward line.

After playing five years of senior football in the Wimmera Football League, Williamson will be one of the most experienced players in tomorrow’s team.

“Obviously he is still a young bloke, but he has done well for himself over the last three or four years,” Turner said.

“He has played with some good players and learnt a lot from them.

“Jake’s ability to win the ball is fantastic and his skills are probably better than anyone going around.”

The Ararat Rats also have plenty of junior representation in the under-14 and under-17 Wimmera sides, as they do battle with Mallee Football League.

When the Ararat Advertiser went to press yesterday Luke Todd, Zac Louder, James Laidlaw and Jack Robertson were named in the under-17 squad of 25, while Tom Williamson, Tom Louder, Pat Bell, Riley Taylor, Declan Roberts, Chris Wilson and Tom Mills were all in the under 14s’ extended squad.

Final teams were announced at Wimmera training last night.

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Rats succumb to rival

The high flying Olivia West.WNA – The Ararat Rats have slipped to third spot on the Wimmera Netball Association ladder after succumbing to arch rival Stawell by one goal last Sunday.
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Joint coach Rebecca Skrabl said the Rats ‘ran out of time’ in the final term, as they tried to close a four goal gap which had opened up.

The match began with an even first half, as both sides went goal-for-goal in an entertaining display.

The Warriors’ defensive pressure was impressive, making scoring hard to come by for Ararat in the third term.

By three quarter time the home side found it trailing behind, while in the last quarter Rats’ goalie Jakki Gibson was forced out of the goal circle and further up the court to help drive the ball into attack.

“In the last quarter they got up by at least four goals and in the final few minutes we were able to cause a few turnovers and fight back,” Skrabl said.

“We were competitive, but obviously we’ve got a few things to work on. I’m not disappointed in our game though, we fought right to the end.”

Kira Payne (Leopold Hotel award) continued her solid form, impressing the coaches with her aggression at the ball and strong rebounding, while Skrabl was named in the best after returning from a two week stint on the sidelines.

With no representation in Wimmera’s interleague team, the Rats will enjoy a break this weekend before preparing to tackle Dimboola next Saturday.

A slow start didn’t help B grade against Stawell, with the Rats trailing for the majority of the match to go down by 23 goals.

A couple of changes were made by Ararat to try and close the margin, with Hannah Miller moving into goals and coach Terri-Anne Lewis going to wing attack.

Jess Reid was a solid player in wing defence creating several turn overs, while Julia Boatman (Norma Jeans) played a strong game in centre to take out best on court.

The 17 and under match was a game for the defenders, with both teams making it difficult for the attackers to score.

Tiffany Boatman (Subway) at goal defence shutdown her opponent in the goal circle and used her vertical jump to bring in some important rebounds.

Captain Kira Stapleton was cool, calm and collected under pressure as she rebounded strongly, while Zara Thompson stepped up in the last quarter to help the Rats to a 38 to 34 victory.

Ararat’s 15 and under A team enjoyed a hard-fought win over the Warriors by four goals.

Stawell burst out of the blocks in the opening quarter, outplaying across the court, which forced the Rats’ coach to make a series of changes.

Justine May (coaches’ award) was moved to goal defence, Breeana Toomey (Ararat Bakery) to goal keeper and Georgia Fleming into centre, which allowed better ball movement from Ararat.

Once the home side hit the lead they were never headed, going on to record victory 35 to 31.

Ararat came out firing in the 15 and under B match, in what was a tough opening quarter.

Alex Antonio received a knock to the eye from an errant elbow, but wasn’t deterred as she went on to be named best on court.

Antonio was well support by Stella Frawley, who starred as goal shooter, helping her side to the 39-16 win.

Ararat went down to Stawell in the 13 and unders by eight goals.

Injury rattled the Rats in the first term, however by the third quarter the team started to find its flow.

Chelsea Wilson produced plenty of speed through the mid court, while Lani Cain found plenty of touches at goal defence.

Ararat finished strong in the last quarter but was unable to close the gap.

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