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Bushfield dam duck shooter cops $1500 fine

A BUSHFIELD man who shot a duck on private property without permission has been fined $1500.
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Mohamed Yusef Khanyari, 50, of Bellmans Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to discharging a shot from a firearm on private property without consent. He was convicted and fined $1500 with $45.10 costs.

Police said that at 9.45am on May 26 this year Khanyari pulled over his vehicle along the Port Fairy-Hamilton Road near Toolong.

A property owner heard two shots and went to investigate. He found that Khanyari had shot a black duck on his dam and was trying to get through a fence to collect the bird. The property owner told the man in colourful and direct language to go away and took down the registration number of Khanyari’s silver Toyota Prada.

Later in the day police went and spoke to Khanyari, who made admissions to shooting the duck with a double-barrel shotgun when he did not have the permission of the landowner.

Khanyari had a permit to shoot ducks.

Mohamed Yusef Khanyari, 50, of Bellmans Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to discharging a shot from a firearm on private property without consent.

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Big Winter Weekend for Port Fairy

Aylisha Dix braves the cold to plants trees. She is looking forward to a busy Winter Weekend in Port FairyBIG voices and short legs will have starring roles in the first instalment of the 2012 Port Fairy Winter Weekends this weekend.
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The theme of the weekend is Discover the Art and Soul of Port Fairy, with new co-ordinator Ross Morey overseeing the program.

The headline act for the weekend is Melbourne Singers of Gospel, which will perform from 5pm to 7pm, on Saturday, at St John’s Anglican Church.

Mr Morey said luring the Melbourne Singers of Gospel to Port Fairy was a major coup for the Winter Weekends.

“They are a very highly rated group of singers and Port Fairy has such a strong reputation for good quality music, so it gives us a really strong act for people to come along and enjoy,” he said.

“There were a number of choirs at the folk festival this year, which were very well received, so we know it is something people really enjoy and St John’s provides a perfect setting.”

Warrnambool-based gospel group The Resonators will perform at Charlies on East on Sunday from 2pm.

The Port Singers will also be in action when they hit the streets on Monday from 10am to noon, singing a selection of their favourite tunes down Sackville Street.

For those looking for something slightly less cultured, the famous Dachshund Dash will be held on Sunday.

This event has become a popular fixture on the Port Fairy calendar, and a big field of the short-legged canines is expected to line up.

Registrations for the famous race will take place on the Village Green on Sunday morning, along with breakfast for both the dogs and their owners. The action will then transfer to Southcombe Park where the race will start at 11pm.

Mr Morey said he was excited about the weekend .

“There is a lot of really good fun and quality entertainment lined up for the weekend, so everything is in place,” he said.

“The Winter Weekends are about getting people to come to Port Fairy and, once they are here, ensure they have a good time. If they enjoy their stay then they are a good chance to come back and repeat visitation is very important in tourism.”

Moyne Shire Council tourism officer Andrea Lowenthal said the Winter Weekends program provided an opportunity for Port Fairy to showcase itself in an off-peak time of year .

“People do come down here for the long weekend and it is important they leave having had plenty to do, and take back with them a good impression of Port Fairy,” Ms Lowenthal said.

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Rail Trail a boost for Koroit

Ian Bodycoat addresses those at the rail trail opening. 120531LP35 secretary of Rail trail committee of management speaking at the opening of the Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail in Koroit PICTURE:LEANNE PICKETT Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Koroit Primary School pupil Max Lenehan, Warrnambool Mayor Jacinta Ermacora, St Patrick s Koroit pupil Charlotte Rowe, rail trail committee secretary Ian Bodycoat and chairman Stuart Pyers cut the ribbon at the rail trail opening. 120605AB01 Koroit school children Rail Trail committee
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KOROIT is anticipating an influx of visitors now that the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail has been officially opened.

The ceremony was held at the Koroit Railway Station on Thursday, with Deputy Premier Peter Ryan among the dignitaries in attendance.

Children from Koroit’s two primary schools were also part of the opening ceremony, with Koroit and District Primary School pupil Max Lenehan and St Patrick’s Koroit pupil Charlotte Rowe cutting the ribbon .

While Koroit has already seen a steady increase in visitor numbers over the past few years while the rail trail has been operating unofficially, those numbers are expected to increase .

Koroit Business and Tourism Association president Wendy Murley said access to the full length of the trail was exciting news for Koroit.

“It is great to have the whole trail now opened. There has been a lot of hard work put into it over a number of years by a lot of people,” Mrs Murley said.

“Being at the halfway mark of the trail, Koroit has already benefited a lot, but having the trail officially opened all the way is great news.

“We have had a lot of people coming to Koroit along the trail from Port Fairy and hopefully we will now start seeing a lot of people coming from the Warrnambool end.

“Potentially, there could be a real influx of people into Koroit, which can only be good for everyone.”

One of the driving forces behind the completion of the rail trail has been committee of management secretary Ian Bodycoat.

In his address at the official opening Mr Bodycoat spoke of the long road from the rail trail’s concept to its completion. He thanked those who had supported the rail trail. He also asked those who hadn’t to give the rail trail a chance so that they might come to see its advantages now it was fully operational.

He also thanked those who had contributed financially, and the many individuals who had given their time as volunteers.

He said 30,000 trees, shrubs and grasses had already been planted along the rail trail.

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Hawkesdale Macarthur get third win

A POSITIVE story is starting to unfold for Hawkesdale Macarthur after the Eagles notched their third win for the season last Saturday.
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The 54-point win over Woorndoo Mortlake was the Eagles’ second win in a row, and has moved them to seventh place on the ladder and just a game outside the top five after seven rounds.

Eagles coach Brad Sholl said the victory over bottom-of-the-ladder Woorndoo Mortlake was a hard fought one.

“It was a real slog early with the wet weather coming in and they took it up to us,” Sholl said.

“They had brought a few extra blokes in for the day as well, so it was a tough game and the boys met the challenge well and were able to pull away in the second half.”

The Eagles had a slim three-point lead at half-time and extended that to 14 at the next break to ensure the game was still very much alive going into the final term. The Eagles then ramped up the momentum and slammed on seven unanswered goals to charge to a big win.

Sholl highlighted the form of a number of key players, not just towards Saturday’s win but for the season so far.

“Lachie Reichman played well and Josh Reichman is getting better every week and was very good on Saturday,” he said. “Joel Dwyer has been really consistent and young blokes like Lachlan Glare and Levi Johnson have shown what they can do at senior level.

“We have had a pretty tough draw so far, so we are sitting OK at the moment with some winnable games coming up.”

Sholl said star recruit Matthew McMahon was due back after the long weekend break, having missed six weeks with a shoulder injury. Jack Sproal has also missed a number of games with a shoulder injury and he resumed in the reserves last weekend.

This Saturday the Eagles will start hot favourites as they host Great Western, which is second last on the ladder with just one win.

Hawkesdale Macarthur 15.12 (102) defeated Woorndoo Mortlake 7.6 (48)

Goals: Charles Nield 3, Joshua Reichman 2, Jeremy Gleeson 2, Lachlan Reichman 1, Darren Webb 1, Benjamin Julius 1, Joel Dwyer 1, Brayden Buchanan 1, Adrian Bos 1, Brad Sholl 1, Levi Johnson 1.

Best: Lachlan Reichman, Adrian Bos, Benjamin Julius, Steven Wythe, Joshua Reichman, Tim Huglin.

In the reserves last Saturday the Eagles went down by 20 points with Stuart Habel named the best player. The under 16s had a big 107-point win over Woorndoo Mortlake with George Swarbrick best on ground.

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Hawkesdale Macarthur looking forward to win

AN opportunity will present itself to the Hawkesdale Macarthur A grade netball team this Saturday.
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The Eagles will come up against bottom-of-the-ladder Great Western at the Hawkesdale courts.

Great Western has yet to win a game for the season, whereas the Eagles, which have two wins so far, will start the game as clear favourites.

But the Eagles will first have to put behind them last Saturday’s 48-28 loss to Woorndoo Mortlake.

The Eagles were up and about early and at quarter- time scores were level before Woorndoo Mortlake powered away in the second quarter to lead 27-15 at half-time.

The game drifted further away from the Eagles in the third quarter and they fell to a 38-22 deficit at the last change, with Woorndoo Mortlake finishing the job in the last quarter.

For Hawkesdale Macarthur, two of its most consistent performers in Rebecca Kavanagh and Kylie Habel were again star players.

The B grade team also goes into this weekend’s game with hopes of victory against Great Western, which is also without a win .

The Eagles are coming off a loss to Woorndoo Mortlake, which led all day to win 44-19. Hawkesdale Macarthur was able to shoot no more than five goals in each quarter and will be looking to score more freely this Saturday. The Eagles’ best player was defender Narelle White who played at goal defence.

The C grade team is still winless after it went down 31-12 to Woorndoo Mortlake. The Eagles will have high hopes of a first win for the season this Saturday with Great Western just above them on the ladder with one win. If C grade win it will need another stand-out game from Louise Nield, who was the team’s best player last week.

The under 17s team keeps on winning with a 48-19 victory last weekend. Kirsten Noonan was a star in goal defence.

It was a clear win for the under 15s, which led all day to record a 28-6 victory. Carly Watson was the best player.

The under 13s lost 15-3, with Chelsea Adams the best player in both goal defence and goal keeper.

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Martin stars for Hampden

Port Fairy s Tom Wynd contests a centre bounce in the under 14s game. Picture: Martina Murrihy Rosie Palmer and Jenny Young at the Port Fairy Lions Club morning tea 120528AB07
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PORT Fairy’s sole representative in the Hampden teams that played Ovens and Murray last Sunday in Melbourne made the most of his opportunity.

With no player picked to play for the league in the Hampden senior team, Isaac Martin was the only Port Fairy player to don the green and white when he took up his place in the under 18s squad at the weekend.

Martin played on the wing and was a damaging player for Hampden despite its 45 point-loss.

Martin’s efforts were recognised when he was named among his team’s best six players for the day.

Back home, the Port Fairy junior teams travelled to Cobden last Sunday on a cold and wintery day.

The Seagulls’ under 14s took on third-placed Bombers. At half-time an upset was on the cards with Port Fairy trailing by just two goals.

But the Bombers had the better of the second half, kicking seven goals to two to win by 47 points.

Angus Lynch was named the Seagulls’ best, with Max Stoddart and Joe Lenehan also putting in solid showings.

The task was no easier in the under 16s game against Cobden, which is second on the ladder and yet to lose a game .

The Bombers showed why they are so high in the pecking order, winning by 99 points against a team that stuck to its task against the odds.

Colin Harwood was the Seagulls’ best player, along with Jack Hearn and Dylan Cox.

The under 14s netball game was a close affair with Cobden getting the final result its way 27-19.

Alice Leddin shot 12 goals in a best-on-court showing , while Erin Giblin and Elizabeth Farley were also good players.

This weekend both the senior and junior sections of the club take on the North Warrnambool Eagles.

The senior action on Saturday will be at Bushfield, while the juniors will play at the Gardens Oval on Sunday.

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Koroit a strong presence for Hampden

Koroit s Ben Goodall was a member of the Hampden league s senior contingent. 120527AS42 Picture: Aaron Sawall VCFL Country Championships, Hampden v Ovens and Murray at Visy Park Melbourne. Pictured isTHE Hampden Football Netball League sent its finest players to Melbourne last Sunday to play Ovens and Murray in the interleague showdown.
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The Bottle Greens sent both their senior and under 18s teams with both grades going down.

In the senior game Ovens and Murray won by 48 points while they had 45 points to spare in the under 18s game.

Former Koroit player Nick O’Sullivan was non-playing coach of the senior team which included Koroit players Ben Dobson, Sam Dobson and Ben Goodall.

Ben Dobson was the most prominent of the Koroit players kicking four goals and named among the team’s best players.

Koroit representatives in the under 18s were Levi Nagorcka and Thomas Mugavin.

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