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Pumas win ‘ugly’ battle

Justin Coole and Lynden Brewis lead a freight train to the ball Josh Bywater takes a screamer for the Pumas
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MDFL – Round seven of the Mininera and District Football League saw Moyston/Willaura get the job done against the Ararat Eagles at Alexandra Oval, in a match that Pumas coach Daniel Guinane described as scrappy and at times not pretty.

“At times we used the space well, but basic skill errors hurt us and the Eagles as well and in the end it just came down to a battle of ugly football,” he said.

The Pumas’ 39-point victory was soured by serious knee injury to gun recruit Trent Fiscalini.

Fiscalini, who left the field midway through the match, had scans in Melbourne yesterday to find out the severity of the injury.

In a low scoring opening quarter the Pumas managed to take an early advantage to lead 2.2 (14) to 1.2 (8) at the first change.

Guinane said he wasn’t impressed with how his side performed during the first quarter.

“I got into the boys a bit after quarter time, because I don’t think many of them were taking the game too seriously,” he said.

“After that more of them started having a real crack and that is when it opened up a bit more.”

The Eagles remained in touch at halftime, however a goalless third term cost the side any hope of a win, as Moyston/Willaura piled on 2.6 in wet and windy conditions.

Small forward Cal Stevens with three goals was the Pumas most prolific scorer, while Troy Jenkins was the home team’s only multiple goal scorer.

Guinane said the Pumas’ back six players were the difference in the end.

“If they weren’t performing we probably would have lost the match,” he said.

“Josh Day at full back was sensational and Rhys Cronin’s run off the half-back line was important.”

Moyston/Willaura captain Matt Peel made his first appearance for the season and was also among the side’s top performers.

For Ararat Nathan Wemyss, Nicholas Bulger and Aaron Jenkins tried hard all day and were named the Eagles’ best players.

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In wintery conditions Tatyoon came back from a four goal deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat SM&W Rovers by 12 points. in round seven of the Mininera and District Football League.

The Hawks showed great fight to claw their way back into the match, as the Bulldogs dominated play and looked to have all the momentum heading into the final term.

The second half saw Tatyoon play with a man down, after ruckman Damian Cameron was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder.

Heavy rain made scoring hard to come by, as both sides turned the ball over frequently as they looked to go forward.

Matthew Irving’s body work at full forward was critical for the Bulldogs and saw him slot three important goals, while Bradley Scott ran hard all match and gathered plenty of possessions.

As always for the Hawks, Sean McDougall and Aaron Bird won plenty of clearances in the centre and Andrew McDougall, Jarrod Blandford and Tim Barr used their big bodies to crash the contest and bring the ball to ground.

Tatyoon hit the front late in the final term and despite the ball entering SM&R Rovers’ forward line on several occasions, the Bulldogs were unable to grab back the lead with the Hawks going on to record their seventh straight victory.

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Wickliffe/Lake Bolac produced the highest score of the round to defeat Great Western 15.22 (112) to 7.6 (48).

The Magpies had plenty of contributors across the field, with Josh Keys (four goals), Tim Blake (three) and Danniel Smith (three) particularly lively up forward.

Joe Higgins kicked two handy goals from the midfield, while coach Brad Keilar and backman Ben Johnson also performed well in the big win.

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Great Western continued to show signs of improvement, with Shannon Notting (two) providing plenty of options in the forward line, along with Thomas McCord who also bagged a double.

Lions coach Darren Weavell said he was happy with the determination shown by his players.

“They had a best and fairest ruckman in Brad Keilar who managed to give them first use of the ball and we didn’t have anybody to stop him, but to the guys credit they stuck to the task and attacked the ball well,” he said.

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In the other matches Penshurst remains unbeaten easily disposing of Glenthompson/Dunkeld by 36 points, with Grant Ewing booting five goals, in a tight tussle between Caramut and Lismore/Derrinallum the Swans hung on to win by five points, while Hawkesdale/Macarthur enjoyed a nine goal win over Woorndoo/Mortlake.

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Rats look back: 2006 and 2007

Richard Tucker was one of the Rats� most prominent forwards in 2006. Tucker continually kicked multiple goals throughout the year, including a season high seven against Horsham United in round 15.ARARAT – Round seven in the Wimmera Football League is Heritage Round and to mark the occasion the Ararat Football Club is holding a gala night on June 9 where it will select a team of the decade.
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In the lead up to the night The Ararat Advertiser is casting an eye over the highs and lows of the Rats’ seasons between 2001-2010.

Season 2006 was one of the most successful for the Ararat Football Club in recent years, with the reserves and under 17 teams winning the premiership, the under 14s finishing runners-up and the senior team returning to finals for the first time in two years.

After a long pre-season campaign coach David Law and his charges, including new recruits Adrian Gibson, Paul Dalziel and Josh Cunningham, lost to Horsham and Warrack Eagles in the first two weeks of the season.

The Rats won the next five matches to climb back up the ladder and by the end of the home and away season the senior side sat third behind the Demons and Dimboola, with experienced players Dale Bligh, captain Matt Jackson, Paul McLoughan and Richard Tucker flying, along with young-guns Alan Batchelor, Bradd Wilson and Aaron Searle who all had break out years.

The qualifying final saw Ararat face the Roos at City Oval and it was back to the drawing board for Law after a 48-point loss.

The side then travelled to Dimboola to take on Horsham United in a do or die semi final and in an injury plagued match the Rats suffered a heartbreaking defeat by six points.

“We had no bench by the end and in the extremely warm conditions we simply had no rotation in the second half. Our onballers had no chance to rest,” Law said following the loss.

After taking Ararat’s senior side from the bottom of the Wimmera Football League ladder in 2005 to a double chance in the following year’s finals, Law decided not to seek reappointment in 2007.

Some of the other highlights during the season included former Toohey Medallist Glen Antonio notching up 200 senior games in round seven and the return of favourite son Scott Turner to the red and white for six matches.

Matt Jackson and Doug Walton took on the role as joint coaches of the Rats in 2007 and had to deal with a mass exodus of players before their campaign had even begun.

Much of the senior side, which finished in the Wimmera Football League’s top three the previous year, decided not to play on in 2007.

However, it was not all doom and gloom for Jackson and Walton, who acquired the services of several big men in Mick Fratin, Gary Smith and Mitch Welsh.

After a round one bye, the Rats narrowly went down to Minyip-Murtoa the following week, before suffering a series of big losses in the following weeks.

The first win for Ararat came in round five against Warrack Eagles, where under 17s’ player Aidan Bell made his debut with a six-goal haul.

The Rats then managed to string together consecutive wins against Horsham Saints and the Burras mid-way through the year, however for the rest of the season it was tough going for the side.

Senior captain Dale Bligh broke his arm in round 14 against Dimboola and his absence put more pressure on Fratin in the forward line.

The powerful full-forward relished the extra responsibly and was instrumental in the Rats’ final round 23-point victory over the Saints.

Fratin was rewarded for his first year back in the red and white by taking out the club’s senior best and fairest award and was also Ararat’s leading goal-kicker with 33 majors.

With only four wins at the end of the home and away season the team finished a disappointing eighth on the ladder and once again missed out on September action.

“It’s been a tough year compared to what I am use to (after winning the 2006 premiership with Tatyoon),” Walton told the Ararat Advertiser at the end of the year.

The Ararat Football Club is holding a function at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, June 9 where it will announce the Team of the Decade. Tickets will need to be purchased prior to the night. For further information contact Murray Jensen on 0422 608 458.

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Healthwise holds off opposition to win

ARARAT – Healthwise held off a fast finishing Debbie Robb’s Hairdressing to claim victory in the latest round of Ararat City Tennis Club’s Wednesday night men’s winter competition.
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Healthwise got away early in the night, with William Bell and Norm Woodhams particularly dominant, however Debbie Robb’s closed the gap in the middle period of the match.

Rick Thomas and Craig Cooper did all they could to get their side over the line in the final set of the night, but it wasn’t enough as Healthwise hung on by two games.

Ty Waring covered the court well and returned some incredible shots for the winning team.

Tyrepower kicked off its match with Eastick Homes in great fashion, with Andy Tucker and Alex Drosg big winners over Brad Harricks and Wayne Gason, 10-4.

No player was able to win three sets for the night in an even contest and although Eastick Homes was able to score the last two sets of the match, Tyrepower came out winners by seven games.

In the final match of the night, Retravision had a much needed win over Mitre 10.

In the first set of the night Duncan Giles and Jim Zvar performed well to give Mitre 10 an early advantage, but Mick Verdon and Wayne Jerram turned the tables in the next set with a comfortable 10-0 victory.

Retravision didn’t look back from that point onwards, going on to record an easy win, with Jerram’s drop shots and well placed lobs the highlight.

Results

Healthwise 2-37 def Debbie Robb’s Hairdressing 2-35

N Woodhams, T Waring drew with R McGregor, R Thomas 6-6; W Bell, C Potter def A Cooper, D Holster 9-5; N Woodhams, W Bell def R McGregor, A Cooper 6-7; T Waring, C Potter def R Thomas, D Holster 7-5; N Woodhams, C Potter drew with R McGregor, D Holster 5-5; T Waring, W Bell lost to R Thomas, C Cooper 4-7.

Eastick Homes 2-32 lost to Tyrepower 3-39

B Harricks, W Gason lost to A Tucker, A Drosg 4-10; D Rowe, K Hurst drew with G Hurst, A Kalluri 6-6; B Harricks, D Rowe lost to A Tucker, G Hurst 3-7; W Gason, K Hurst lost to A Drosg, A Kalluri 5-6; B Harricks, K Hurst def 7-5; W Gason, D Rowe def A Drosg, G Hurst 7-5.

Retravision 4-42 def Mitre 10 2-21

D Beer, B Pietsch lost to D Giles, J Zvar 4-8; M Verdon, W Jerrram def L McDougall, W Reed 10-0; D Beer, M Verdon def D Giles, W Reed 6-5; B Pietsch, W Jerram def J Zvar, L McDougall 10-0; D Beer, W Jerram def D Giles, L McDougall 7-2; B Pietsch, M Verdon lost to J Zvar, W Reed 5-6.

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Josh Barry named singles champion

Chalambar�s Bill Waterston in action. Brendan Kaczynski from major sponsor Brendan�s Australian Tours (right) makes the presentation to Setsplay Champion Josh Barry (centre) and David Ryan. Pictures: PETER PICKERING.
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Former setsplay winner David Ryan

ARARAT – Warracknabeal’s Josh Barry is the 2012 Brendan’s Australian Tours Setsplay Singles Champion after taking out the final at Ararat Bowls Club.

Thirty two bowlers travelled back to Ararat to contest the championship and were greeted with pleasant weather and fast greens.

In the semi finals Barry defeated Chalambar’s Shane Todd in three straight sets, whilst David Ryan from Strathmore dispatched Warrnambool’s Bill Tory, but took four sets to do so. Barry went on to defeat Ryan in an epic five set battle in the grand final.

Winning the championship saw Barry claim $1000 prize money, while his name now goes onto the honour board at the Ararat Bowls Club.

In accepting the title and the prize money Barry thanked the Ararat Bowls Club for conducting the chanpionship and paid special acknowledgement to Brendan’s Australian Tours for sponsoring the event

Results

Round of 32

Bill Waterston def Andrew Sharp; Clive Padgham def Neil Coates; David Ryan def Fred Reus; Brett Tory def Dave Russell; Stan Meale def Brian Scott; Bill Tory def Len Kean; Vince Moloney def Wayne Roberts; Jing Robertson def Peter Paterson; Darren Gordon def Don Price; Kevin O’Keeffe def Deb Steed; Josh Barry def Milton McKinnis; Terry O’Farrell def Peter Kaczynski; Graeme Robertson def Stephen Field; Shane Davis def Peter Summerhayes; Shane Todd def Michael Pech; Mick Dowd def Kevin Pye.

Round of 16

Bill Waterston def Clive Padgham; David Ryan def Brett Tory; Bill Tory def Stan Meale; Jing Robertson def Vince Moloney; Darren Gordon def Kevin O’Keeffe; Josh Barry def Terry O’Farrell; Graeme Robertson def Shane Davis; Shane Todd def Mick Dowd.

Quarter Finals

David Ryan def Bill Waterston; Bill Tory def Jing Robertson; Josh Barry def Darren Gordon; Shane Todd def Graeme Robertson.

Semi Finals

David Ryan def Bill Tory; Josh Barry def Shane Todd.

Grand Final

Josh Barry def David Ryan 8-3, 3-7, 7-2, 2-7, 7-1.

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Helper slams state government over prison

“Ararat has a long history of supporting the jail, which in turn supports Ararat’s local economy,” Member for Ripon, Joe Helper said.ARARAT – Member for Ripon, Joe Helper, has joined Ararat in calling for the Baillieu Government to take action to avoid the collapse of the Ararat Prison project.
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“The $400 million project supported about $8 million of economic activity a month in the Ararat region. This equates to a considerable investment by local contractors and businesses who have geared up to support the project during the construction phase,” Mr Helper said.

“Not only has work and revenue from the job ceased but many contractors and their workers have been left hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket. This situation will have an immediate and devastating impact on up to 400 contractors and their families. That impact will of course flow on to their local suppliers who are also out of pocket.

“Ararat has a long history of supporting the jail, which in turn supports Ararat’s local economy.

“The former Government invested millions of dollars across Ripon and managed many major projects without having them become the train wreck this appears to be. That is not to say that we did not encounter problems with those projects. Major projects because of their complexity, have the potential to create major problems. It is the Government of the day’s responsibility, to appoint Ministers who are competent to manage their portfolio areas, including these major projects.

The Baillieu Government, guided by convoluted ideological principles, seems to believe that because the project is delivered through a public private partnership, it is completely insulated from any risk or responsibility and the current situation will be resolved with Government Minister’s heads in the sand.

“What Mr Baillieu does not understand, is the people of Victoria, particularly those from around Ararat, have a vested interest in seeing the project completed, as he should. The prison is public infrastructure and cannot be left half built.

“Many people in Ararat have had their lives turned upside down by the events of the past weeks and all are looking to Mr Baillieu to show leadership; to take control of the situation.

“It’s time Mr Baillieu and his team rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

“Mr Baillieu, the contractors, workers, their families and the people of Victoria expect you to work through these problems, that’s why you’re paid the big dollars.”

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