A daughter of the Manning – always!

It’shappened again.

Port Macquarie is trying to claim our sportstars.

And this time we call on Greater Taree City Council to be pro active and place economic sanctions on our nearest northern neighbour. For this is simply not good enough.

This correspondent was busy at work last week, as usual, when we received a call from a journalist from a Hastings paper, believed to be the Port Macquarie News.

“Just found out that squash star Kasey Brown is from Port Macquarie,” he said.

“Do you have a contact number or e-mail?”

This correspondent’s blood boiled.

“Kasey Brown is a daughter of the Manning,” we fumed.

“Kasey, or Kase, as we like to call her, is even a former Manning River Times Sportstar of the Year.

“She attended Port Macquarie High School for a mere two years to be closer to her then coach, who lived up there somewhere. Read any of her biographies Kasey calls Taree home.

“End of story.”

However this body of evidence wasn’t good enough for our northern colleague.

“Well, we’re claiming her,” he laughed.

Claiming her indeed.

Now the regular reader of this garbage would know that we took Port Macquarie to task just over 12 months ago when they decided world boxing champion Arlene Blencowe was theirs. At the time Arlene was living in Taree but training in Port Macquarie, so that was good enough for them.

“Our world champion,” screamed the headline in a Port Macquarie-based newspaper, possibly the Port News after she won the title.

Port can possibly say Arlene belongs to them now because she moved to the Camden Haven area. At least she resides in the Hastings, a little closer to the sporting Mecca of Port Macquarie.

As we noted in this space in our rant last year, Port once decided someone born across the Tasman was a true blue Port Macquarie lad. New Zealander Jarrod McCraken spent one solitary year in Port playing rugby league. The following season after signing with Canterbury he starred for the Kiwis in a rare test win over Australia.

“Our Jarrod, test hero,” the front page of a Port Macquarie-based newspaper (possibly the Port News) announced.

As we said at the time they have form.

Now it’s bad enough that Port Macquarie gets federal government grants for just about everything. But with all those facilities they have up there you’d think they’d be able to produce their own home grown sporting star and not have to pinch one from us.

Now, we fully understand that Port Macquarie is just a bigger version of Harrington Waters, possibly minus the sand flies.

But we challenge them to provide a list of their legitimate sport champions.

And by legitimate we mean those born there and not who moved their in the winter of their life to retire, although we will concede those people make up the vast majority of Port’s population.

We bet there won’t be one who can match Johnny Martin, Troy Bayliss, the Towers twins, Danny Buderus, Johnny Fahey or Our Kase. We just bet.

They’ll be trying to claim the Martin Bridge next.

Actually, they can have that.

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Taree is officially connected to the NBN

Father and son, David and Michael Relf connect the NBN to Ritchie Crescent, Taree last Friday.TAREE is officially connected to the National Broadband Network, with the first roll out of home connections beginning on Friday (July 11).

David Relf of NIS Communications has been contracting to the NBN Co for four years now and he and his team are responsible for connections across Armidale and more recently Coffs Harbour.

He said although the uptake usually begins quite slowly, once word of mouth spreads about the speed and reliability of the service, people jump at the chance to connect.

“The feedback we have is absolutely brilliant,” David said.

“You just can’t beat it, it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

“When people ask me how fast it is, I just say ‘how fast is the speed of light?’ It’s that quick.”

David is committed to employing all local people, other than his couple of specialist team members, and will be looking to grow his Taree business once more people opt to sign up to the network.

The majority of Taree has access to the fibre optic network, other than parts of the CBD, while Wingham is connected and Cundletown is in the process of the roll out.

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The Goats take on the Redbacks Saturday

Geurie is promoting Saturday’s Graincorp rugby union match against Wellington as bright and tight. Encouraging fans to dress up and have fun before and during the game.

The Redbacks will start firm favourites in this last, regular fixture of the season before the finals.

Wellington will have to back up the next week in the elimination semi-final against the Dubbo Rhino’s Black side which is currently clear in fifth place.

Wellington Junior Rugby Union draw for Saturday July 19, 2014 is as follows:

Under 13s

Wellington v Narromine at Montefiores starting at 10.30am, please be at the oval by 9.30am.

Under 15s

Wellington v Forbes at Forbes starting at 10.30am, please be at Forbes by 9.30am.

Under 17s

Wellington v Narromine at Montefiores starting at 11.30am, please be at the oval by9.30am.

The first grade heads to Geurie to take on the Goats in the final match of the regular season ahead of the final’s series

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Netball is back

Teirly Jones, Megan Connan, Kuhalian Jones and Nikyah HutchingsA coaching/gala day will be held on July 27, 2014.

The coaching clinic is open to all ages and the carnival is for ages eight to 15 years both male and female.

All interested netballers can you please let Nigel know if you want like to play in the Wellington Gala Day

Wet weather: In the case of wet weather a call will be made by 7.30am on Radio Binjang 91.5, Facebook, and on the Wellington netball website wellington.nsw.netball苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au If you are still unsure ring your team manager.

If netballers will go to Market Fitness if wet. NETTA and juniors 8.45am to 10am and seniors 10am to 11.15am.


Next meeting July 23. 6pm at the Wellington Hotel.

Coaching/gala day July 27 2014.

Orange gala day August 10 2014.

Please remember that this is the same day as Wellington Soccer carnival

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Old Bar lifesaver drowns

A MEMBER of the Taree-Old Bar Surf Life Saving Club on the NSW Lower North Coast has sadly passed away on Friday after getting into difficulty during an early morning swim.

Terry Clare was in his late-70s and enjoyed swimming in the ocean most mornings with a group of other swimmers. Local surfers noticed him in trouble in the water and managed to bring him ashore.

Callout volunteers from the club responded quickly, including one young member who is studying nursing. CPR attempts were commenced however unfortunately were unsuccessful.

Terry was a member of Long Reef SLSC in Sydney in the late 50s and early 60s and retired to Old Bar several years ago.

President of Long Reef SLSC, Doug Lucas, caught up with Terry in January when he took a group of around 20 Long Reef cadet lifesavers to Old Bar to help patrol over the peak summer period.

“I’d been for an early morning ski paddle and he was coming out of the water after his usual swim. He was very excited about seeing the large group of Long Reef cadets who’d come to Old Bar to help out,” Lucas said.

“Terry told me he joined Longy in 1958 and was a member for about eight seasons, patrolling and rowing surf boats. He had a real love for the ocean and surf and said being a member of Long Reef gave him a great grounding for later life. He spoke very highly of the work that Surf Life Saving does today and the fantastic people he met in the club and the comrades he had.”

Taree-Old Bar duty officer Allan Davis, praised the efforts of the local surfers and the young club members who were involved in the rescue and resuscitation effort.

“Our young volunteers responded quickly and did all they could. It’s just a shame the outcome wasn’t better,” said Davis. “The thoughts of all club members are with Terry’s family and friends.”

Club members who were involved have been offered counselling through the Surf Life Saving NSW Critical Incident Debrief service.

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