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Swimmer grabs Lyons share of wins

LITTLE FISH: Nine-year-old Bathurst swimmer Collette Lyons has earned a place in the NSW squad to attend the Pacific Games later this year. 040915lyons1SWIMMING

LAST year when The Cathedral School swimmer Collette Lyons picked up a sixth placing at the NSW PSSA Swimming Championships in the 50 metre freestyle, she left the meeting determined to do even better in 2015.

She knew if she could improve enough to place in an event at that level, she would earn a spot in the NSW team to attend the Pacific Games.

Improve Lyons did, and after a string of records at school, district and Polding carnivals, she produced an outstanding display of swimming at Olympic Park late last month to earn a Pacific Games berth.

Not only did she qualify for five events at the NSW PSSA Swimming Championships, she swam her way to a medal in each of them.

According to her mother Theresa Lyons, Collette had worked hard to achieve her goal.

“She has done squad swimming probably really seriously for about a year and a half now,” she said.

“Last year she made it all the way through to the NSW PSSA and she finished up sixth in the nine years and under 50 metre freestyle.

“So this year she was really determined to get a place and get into the squad to go to the Pacific Games, that was a nice little carrot dangling to make her work hard.

“She has done the hard yards, she gets up early in the morning to swim three times a week, she probably does about six sessions a week and she does afternoons as well.”

The nine-year-old won her age championship at The Cathedral School’s swimming carnival and from there continued to impress. With a swag of records and gold medals to her credit, she was included in the Polding team which headed to Olympic Park for the NSW PSSA Swimming Championships.

She started the state meeting on a positive note as she joined school mate Zara Grout in winning a gold medal as part of the Polding all age girls Freestyle relay team, but better was to come.

When Lyons touched the wall for second place in the final of the 10 years girls 50 metre freestyle, she knew she was headed to the Pacific Games.

From there she went on to win the 10 years and under 50m breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley finals, taking out the latter by an impressive seven seconds.

“She just blew me away, she swam so well,” Theresa Lyons said.

“When she touched the wall for second place in the freestyle she looked up at the board and her little face had such a big smile because she thought ‘I’ve done it.’

“I am very proud, but all credit to her, she’s the one who has been in the pool doing the work.”

The NSW Pacific Games Team will compete at The Pacific Games in Adelaide from November 21-29.

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Saleyards on the east Australian meat map

RECOGNISING COOTAMUNDRA: Saleyards manager Jeff White, agent Steve Tolmie and livestock reporter Graeme Richard at the Cootamundra Saleyards on Wednesday. Picture: Rebecca FistTHERE was an honoured guest amongthe buyers, sellers andthousandsof sheep and lambs atthe Cootamundra Saleyardson Wednesday.

Saleyardsmanager Jeff White welcomedMeat and Livestock Australia’s livestock reporter Graeme Richard through the gatesfor his first of many regular visits.

Mr Richard’s job involvesreporting on and assessing the animals. He puts a weight, a skin value on the sheep and lambs, records the priceand who they get sold to. Thisgoes into a database which is set upgivean indication of the level of prices on the eastern seaboard.

Mr White is hoping this will providestatewide exposure for the local saleyard.

“With statewide coverage hopefully people around here will pickup on it and won’t send their sheep to other centres,” he said.

He said that local farmers whoselltheir stock atWagga may reconsider.

“They now havethe opportunity to compare prices and they will see that we’re at least on par with Wagga.”

The Cootamundra Saleyards have been performing well.

“The yards in Cootamundra have moved into the top ten selling centres in NSW,” Mr Richards said.

The ranking is based on the sheer volume of sheep and lambs that pass through the saleyards each fortnight.

It’s onwards and upwards for Mr White who wants to capitalise on recent market statistics.

“We’re getting more recognition, we’ve certainly got a good field of buyers coming in and we’ve got to make the most of it.”

MLA will be looking to promote its report via rural programming on theABC and through rural and regional newspapers owned byFairfax Media.

“That’s what the farmers are looking for, the market reports are very important to them,” Mr White said.

“We’re hoping it might increase the input of sheep we get through the yards.”

Localsheep and lamb reportCootamundra Associated agents yarded 4886 lambs andsheep at its fortnightly sale on Wednesday.

This was a decrease of over 4000 due to extremely good rainfall throughout the district.

Top price pen of the day went to Keith andAllan Pether of Stockinbingal, with a pen of XB lambs with a CW of 28 KG and carrying a $6.00 pelt. They were sold to Australian Lamb Company for $ 156.00 coming back at $5.35 / KG CW.

For the official National Livestock Reporting Service report please see The Southern Weekly insert in today’s paper.

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Coaches bring Villages back to life

LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON: Villages United have already made a good start to 2015, having won the pre-season New Era Cup knockout trophy which president David Smith (centre) displays. Five members of the squad were selected in the competition’s representative side in the wake of that performance. They are, from left, Brendan Edwards, Kris Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Jarrod Gafa and Jamie Crawford. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 040715cvillageWHEN Villages United first started to think about a campaign in the 2015 New Era Cup competition, a weakened financial position and lack of numbers had them in real danger of having to withdraw.

But since then things have improved. Improved greatly.

Villages signed former Group 10 players Jarrod Gafa and Kris Kennedy to act as co-coaches and together they not only helped with fundraising, but brought with them a number of new recruits.

Villages won the pre-season New Era Cup knockout competition and on the back of that performance, had five players selected in the competition’s representative side – the two coaches plus Brendan Edwards, Daniel Kennedy and Jamie Crawford.

For a club which won just one game in 2014, the mood amongst the squad could not be more positive as they look to tomorrow’s season opener against the Orange Barbarians.

Kris Kennedy, whose only previous coaching experience was with an under 10s side, is enjoying his new role. He and Gafa have had their squad training for more than two months in preparation for the season.

“I knew they were struggling last year, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to help them out and have a go at coaching,” he said.

“Playing with your mates, it has given me a bit more passion for the game. I have been playing for a long time, but having your mates here and coaching makes you a bit more interested in winning.

“I played with Pat’s last year in reserves and Panthers before that for about five years.”

Gafa has actually worn the blue and maroon colours of Villages United before, but that was only for a handful of games last season.

This year he is committed to giving his all for Villages as he aims to see them go from competition strugglers to heavyweights.

“I played a few games for them last year, I helped out and filled in, but I wanted to help them turn things around this year,” he said.

“I played for Panthers for four years, but broke my hand in the grand final when we played Pat’s, so I was out for a bit after that.

“I filled in for a few games for these guys last year and this year I just wanted to help get the club on the right foot.”

As well as the likes of Gafa and Kennedy, Villages’ 2015 squad includes plenty of other men who bring the experience of playing in Group 10 with them.

Eric Hall impressed as halfback during the knockout, then there are the likes of Adrian Averio, Brad McConnell, Tom Loader and Jason Roche who the co-coaches will have at their disposal.

Their prior experience will help, but Gafa points out the New Era Cup brings with it new challenges.

“It is maybe not as skilful as Group 10, but it is a lot tougher and rougher, “ he said.

“Mainly defence wins this competition, the points come naturally.

“A lot of teams will be a lot stronger than they were last year too. I reckon there are four teams who are a good chance of winning it – hopefully we are one of the four, then uni [CSU], Blackheath and the Bears.

“After we won the cup [knockout] we said ‘That’s one trophy, we have one more to get’.”

While Villages, who are sponsored by Paddy’s Hotel, are yet to negotiate a home ground with Bathurst Regional Council, tomorrow’s match will be played at Orange’s Max Stewart Park.

For CSU, who will be fielding two teams in this year’s competition, season 2015 gets underway with a club derby as Yellow faces Blue at Diggings Oval from 2.30pm.

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Editorial: Bundanoon is Brigadoon 2015

FOR one day every year, Bundanoon is transformed into Brigadoon as the dawn breaks and the mist rises.

The annual event has captured the imagination of people around the world and attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year.

It’s with good reason that tourists from all corners of the globe converge on the village.

Brigadoon is inspired by the 1954 movie Brigadoon which starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse,but unlike the village in the film which rises out of the mist once every 100 years, the Bundanoon-based celebration happens every year.

It’s a day full of every kind of Scottish celebration imaginable with kilts aplenty, bagpipes and haggis – for those brave enough to try the delicacy.

Haggis is a savoury pudding made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and a mix of spices, salt and stock and the Scots love it.

Whether or not you have a passion for all things Scottish, Brigadoon is an event not to be missed.

Traditional Scottish games and competitions that demonstrate strength and skill will take place, culminating in the Tartan Warriors competition when the strongest men around will race to pick up concrete stones weighing up to 150kg.

It doesn’t get much more impressive than that.

The event is one of the highlights of the year in the Southern Highlands, so if you’re keen to immerse yourself in Scottish tradition then grab your gumboots and a raincoat and get out to Brigadoon tomorrow.

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