Hamilton and Casterton take out titles

Casterton celebrates winning the Warrnambool Colts Country division two title. 090109DW72 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE”That allowed Brandon to set up good fields.”The coach and captain agreed the standard of country week had dropped slightly.”There’s still three or four very classy players in each side but I think the competition fell away a little bit,” Forsyth said. “It wasn’t as strong as the last couple of years.”In other division one matches, South West’s week went from bad to worse as the reigning premier went down to runner-up Warrnambool Red.Jyles Lebler contributed 65 runs to Red’s total of 168.South West managed just 98.Horsham Blue thrashed Wimmera Mallee by 85 runs while Grassmere defeated Portland by 34 runs.Casterton was the mouse that roared in division two, edging out Warrnambool to claim a second title.Coach Terry Ough said it was a special achievement for the Casterton and District Cricket Association, which was made up of just six senior and two junior teams.”That’s why this week is just a wonderful week for them,” he said.”A lot of the boys that come up also play senior cricket.”Casterton beat Wimmera-Mallee yesterday to finish with four wins and one loss, the same record as Warrnambool. It finished on 44.35 points, with Warrnambool accumulating 41.66.The winning association was well led by captain Callum Currie, who added to its bonus points tally when he made 106 in just 13 overs during a second innings against South West on Tuesday.He also scored a brilliant 87 yesterday.
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Aggression drives leader: Kane to race hard for tri-city rounds

Darren Kane won’t be holding back at Premier.NATIONAL Super Sedan Series leader Darren Kane yesterday pledged an aggressive racing outlook for the tri-city rounds, which culminate at Premier Speedway tomorrow night.The 40-year-old Ipswich driver has a buffer of more than 100 points on his nearest rival Wayne Brims after four rounds but isn’t falling for the tactical mental trap of defending his advantage.”I’m just going to treat it like I did the first three rounds . . . try to win the round,” Kane said.”I just don’t want to be protective of the series lead because that’s when it goes belly up. My dad always taught me when you race a car you race as hard as you can. If you are protective all the time the aggressors will pass you.”Kane attributes his success to the quality of equipment produced by his Ipswich employer, Boettcher Race Parts.The Dominator bar chassis, powered by a 362ci Ford Windsor engine, carried him to third in the opening round at Brisbane International Speedway, followed by runaway victories at Rockhampton in round two and Toowoomba in round three – as well as setting new track records.”It’s an unbelievable car,” Kane said.”It’s a new design that we built in-house. It’s a lot lighter than the one we had last year.”The car runs a Mazda RX8 body, in keeping with the extended business interests of team owner Ian Boettcher, who also runs a Mazda, Nissan and VW dealership in Ipswich.An engine vibration cut the team’s night short in round four at Dubbo but with leading series contenders Brims and Mick Nicola also failing to reach the feature it wasn’t a costly DNF for Kane.The series pacemaker and other contracted drivers face a demanding east coast loop with rounds at Hamilton last night, Mount Gambier tonight and Allansford tomorrow.With super sedans absent from Premier Speedway for several years, Kane said the track shaped as a neutral venue.”I’ve heard it’s a very good track – very fast and grippy,” he said.”We don’t go to a lot of tracks where we can pass a lot.”Kane, formerly of Tasmania, has a strong speedway pedigree across 22 seasons of racing.He is a three-time Tasmanian champion, 2004 Australian champion and the reigning Queensland champion.Gates open tomorrow at 4pm, with racing from 6pm.
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Jones skims surface: Top effort at states

Isaac Jones set a new personal benchmark at the Victorian titles with six medals.081030AM32 Picture: ANGELA MILNEWARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club surged back up the competitive standings at the Victorian Age Championships this week in Melbourne.Head coach Jayson Lamb yesterday praised the team of 12 swimmers who represented the club at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.He said it was the best performance in his four years as coach.Led by Isaac Jones, who won the 13 years age champion award with six medals, Warrnambool finished 21st out of 101 clubs on the points aggregate.”I’m really pleased with it,” Lamb said.”The kids performed really well with medals, national qualifying times and PBs.”Isaac set a new personal benchmark at the titles with silver medals in 200-metre butterfly, 100-metre backstroke and bronze medals in 200-metre backstroke, 100-metre butterfly and 100 and 200-metre freestyle.He also produced six national age qualifying times.Dylan Lee, of Terang, claimed his first state age medal by finishing third in the 13 years 100-metre backstroke.He set a personal best time in the process, as well as a national qualifying time.Others to reach finals were Jordan Logan (15 years 100m backstroke), Will Shepherd (14 years 100m & 200m butterfly), Matthew Logan (18 years 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke) and Brittney Berger (13 years 200m backstroke). Jordan and Will also set national qualifying times.Kayla Spicer set a national qualifying time for 13 years 50-metre freestyle, swimming the first leg of a relay.The national age championships are held in April.
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Williamtown RAAF Base is on bottled water after “strong smells” in water from firefighting hoses

WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Base was on bottled water on Tuesday after strong smells were detected in water fromthree fire hoses.
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Staff including subcontractors working on the base were advised not to drink tap water until tests determined what was causing the odour.

The Department of Defence will issue a media release before noon but the Newcastle Herald has been advised there was a strong acetone smell about the water.

Hunter Water interim chief executive Jeremy Bath said the RAAF Base advised Hunter Water of the incident.

“They flushed the hoses and that removed the odour immediately. They took the precautionary step of advising people not to drink tap water until they knew what had caused the smell,” Mr Bath said.

There was “absolutely no threat of any sort of contamination –if it is found to exist on the base –of Hunter Water’s network”, he said.

Although there was public comment linking the water odour with the perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) water contamination scandal at the base, Mr Bath said PFOS had no odour.

“Defence does not for one minute believe it is PFOS,” he said.

Mr Bath said even if there is a contamination incident at a private property, including the RAAF Base, the network has backflow prevention devices to stop contamination from individual sites affecting the network.

A Defence spokeswoman confirmed a statement would be issued later on Wednesday.

Williamtown RAAF Base: It was bottled water on Tuesday at the Defence base after strong smells from three firefighting hoses led to water tests.

Dyson returns for new EP tour

After returning home to Australia in late 2015 to join The Waifs on tour, US-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mia Dyson is heading back on a headline run of dates to support her forthcomingEP, Right There. Set for release on February 12, theEP features herlatest single, Tearing Up the Lawn, and follows her acclaimed 2014 album, Idylwild. Dyson plays at Lizotte’s on April 3. Bookings at lizottes杭州夜网.au
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World No.1 golfer Jordan Speith shows off new $10 million Dallas mansion

Lavish: Spieth’s infinity pool. Photo: http://10719bridgehollow杭州夜网/ The fully-equipped gym. Photo: http://10719bridgehollow杭州夜网/
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World number one golfer Jordan Speith is the proud new owner of a US$8.5 million ($12.3 million) Dallas mansion, compete with indoor basketball court.

The 22 year-old recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with Coca-Cola and shattered the field with an eight-shot win in Hawaii earlier this month – and now he has bought himself a lavish manor with all the trimmings.

Speith purchased the 10,000-square-foot-plus house in the upscale Dallas neighbourhood of Preston Hollow for US $7.1 million ($10 million) last month.

The Texan purchased fellow PGA Tour player Hunter Mahan’s property which includes a 12-car underground garage – and was originally listed at a whopping US$8.5 million ($12.3 million).

His home is breathtaking with an indoor basketball court, three Living Areas, infinity-edge pool, gym, spa and fire pit.

Spieth raked in a whopping US $53million ($76.7 million) during a sensational 2015, overtaking Tiger Woods as golf’s highest earner, after winning both the Masters and US Open.

However, that is just the start, with the star planning a busy 2016.

“I would like to contend in a couple of majors on the Sunday and I’d like to win at least one of them.”

“I’d also like to represent the United States in not only the Olympics but also the Ryder Cup. It would be great to get a couple of wins, not only for myself but for my country” he said.

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Caligula’s Horse back on the road

Brisbane five-piece Caligula’s Horse perform in Newcastle at The Small Ballroom April 17 in support releasing themusic video for new single, Turntail. Anuplifting and passionate track with a powerful political message, Turntail is takenfrom the progressive alt-rock band’s latest album,Bloom, which was released in October. Perth progressive metal actChaos Divine open the show. Bookings at oztix杭州夜网.au
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Bowie tribute night at the regal

David Bowie fans can celebrate the legendary musicianat Regal Cinemawhen it screens hisReality Tour concert on January 29 and 30, then on February 5 and 6. The Reality Tour filmfeatures 30 classic songs filmed live in Dublin. In true Regal fashion, patrons are encouraged to dress up as theirfavourite Bowie incarnation. Tickets cost $8. Bookingsvia the cinema’sFacebook page or phone4951 7630.
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Gig of the week

Known for his deadpan delivery anddark humour, British comedianJimmy Carrbrings his Funny Business showto Civic Theatre Newcastle on Sunday. Startsat 8pm and bookingsthrough Ticketek.
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Party pics: January 21, 2016photos

Party pics: January 21, 2016 Lin Hilder, of Sydney, and Karen Hilder, of Cooks Hill, with Matt and Natalie Hilder, both of Speers Point.
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Laura Muir and Jane Austin, both of Sydney.

Sharon, Ashley and Adam Brewster, all of Thornton.

Hannah Petersen and Lucy Almond, both of East Maitland.

Emily Allanson, of Raymond Terrace, with Alyssa and Julie-Ann Andrews, both of Wallalong.

Janelle and Amy Baker, of Elermore Vale.

Joran, Brooke, and Alyce van der Velde, all of Newcastle.

Jodie and Mali Jenkins, of Sydney.

Justine, Bradley and Sonya Beers, all of Sydney.

Olivia and Angela Blanch, of Wallsend.

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Olivia and Angela Blanch, of Wallsend.

Justine, Bradley and Sonya Beers, all of Sydney.

Jodie and Mali Jenkins, of Sydney.

Lin Hilder, of Sydney, and Karen Hilder, of Cooks Hill, with Matt and Natalie Hilder, both of Speers Point.

Joran, Brooke and Alyce van der Velde, all of Newcastle.

Janelle and Amy Baker, of Elermore Vale.

Emily Allanson, of Raymond Terrace, with Alyssa and Julie-Ann Andrews, both of Wallalong.

Hannah Petersen and Lucy Almond, both of East Maitland.

Sharon, Ashley and Adam Brewster, all of Thornton.

Laura Muir and Jane Austin, both of Sydney.

Search begins for young fan with homemade Lionel Messi Argentina shirt

Ultimate fan: A young boy is pictured in a hand-made Leo Messi shirt. Photo: TwitterA viral social media campaign is underway to find a young boy wearing a homemade Lionel Messi top, with rumours that the superstar himself wishes to present the child with a real one.
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The unidentified boy was photographed wearing a blue and white plastic bag improvised to perfectly reflect Argentina’s national team strip – with the name of his idol and the number 10 written across its back.

The image first appeared on Turkish fan blogs, with the child said to be from the war-torn region of Dohuk in Iraq.

A Tweet from Juez Central read: “Tremendous image. A child in Iraq manages to play in his idol’s t-shirt. The Beautiful Game”. Tremenda imagen. Un niño en Irak se las ingenia para jugar con la camiseta de su ídolo. The Beautiful Game. pic.twitter杭州夜网/O7iMtX1bhe— Juez Central (@Juezcentral) January 16, 2016

As the search to track down the child goes on, Messi has yet to publicly acknowledge that he has seen the picture via any of his official accounts, however one of Twitter’s most popular fan-run accounts with almost 700,000 followers, @messi10stats, tweeted that they had received a direct message from “Leo’s team” who are looking to track him down. We got DM from Leo’s team. They want to know who this kid is so that Leo can arrange something for him. RT & spread https://t.co/MylJyDOpsu— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) January 18, 2016

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