Crowds visit Granite Island

The Rediscover Granite Island campaign was off to the right start with thousands of visitors venturing over the causeway during Easter.The Rediscover Granite Islandcampaign was off to the right start with thousands ofvisitors venturing over the causeway during Easter.
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Although there are no statistics taken of the number ofvisitors to Granite Island, more than 2000 people wentthrough the doors of the Visitor Information Centre(VIC) and 1500 tickets were sold for the Horse DrawnTram.

City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell said thenumbers recorded for the VIC and Horse Drawn Tramsuggest it was a busy weekend in Victor Harbor.

“Anecdotal feedback from several local residentsconfirmed that Granite Island was a very busy and funplace to be,” Mr Maxwell said.

“The Horse Tram staff reported that there was a lot offoot traffic on the causeway on Friday, Saturday andSunday with visitors making the most of the sunnyweather.”

The City of Victor Harbor have an agreement with theDepartment of Environment Water & Natural Resources(DEWNR the owners of Granite Island) to run pop upcatering vans and entertainment on the island for as longas required, and Mr Maxwell said the pop-up activitieswere well received.

He said The Castaways food vanand Farmer Darcy’s Travelling Farm were enjoyed by anumber of families.

“The food van will be operating seven days during theschool holiday period and there are a number of funactivities scheduled,” he said.

City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said thecouncil has worked hard to fill the void after thekiosk/restaurant was closed in January.

Council is still looking for activities to add to theRediscover Granite Island program, and encouragesanyone with an idea to [email protected]论坛 or call 8551 0500.

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Students win at Hindmarsh/Noble Gala Day

Former Parramatta rugby league stars Bruce Noble and Nathan Hindmarsh at Hampden Park, Robertson, recently. Photo supplied
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COLO Vale and Thirlmere public schools were the major winners of the recent Hindmarsh/Noble Gala Day.

The junior rugby league event was held in honour of former Parramatta Eels stars Nathan Hindmarsh and Bruce Noble at Hampden Park, Robertson.

A dominant Colo Vale team recorded a 16-0 victory over St Thomas Aquinas in the Year 5/6 Noble division grand final.

In the Year 3/4 Hindmarsh division, Thirlmere sealed a 12-0 win over Hill Top in the decider.

More than 40 teams across the Highlands and Wollondilly areas congregated at Hampden Park for the day.

This year’s format seven-a-side compared to the usual modified rules of 11 or 12 on the field.

Not only was it the largest carnival in recent times, it saw the emergence of a very competitive girls division.

Hindmarsh and Noble were present on the day, talking to local players who aspire to one day play at the top level.

The pair was impressed with the talent on the day and already looks forward to next year’s carnival.

Colo Vale and Thirlmere will now go onto play in a finals day at Campbelltown Stadium in July.

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Mickael Tavares ruled out for Sydney FC but Graham Arnold backs Rhyan Grant to shine

Still not 100 per cent: Sydney FC midfielder Mickael Tavares stretches at training on Thursday. Photo: Daniel Munoz Still not 100 per cent: Sydney FC midfielder Mickael Tavares stretches at training on Thursday. Photo: Daniel Munoz
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Still not 100 per cent: Sydney FC midfielder Mickael Tavares stretches at training on Thursday. Photo: Daniel Munoz

Still not 100 per cent: Sydney FC midfielder Mickael Tavares stretches at training on Thursday. Photo: Daniel Munoz

Golden boots: Sydney FC’s Bernie Ibini trains on Thursday. Photo: Daniel Munoz

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While Sydney FC have been dealt a significant blow ahead of Friday night’s match against Perth Glory with key midfielder Mickael Tavares ruled out, coach Graham Arnold believes the veteran’s replacement, Rhyan Grant, is capable of filling the breach.

Tavares has been a revelation since joining the club during the summer transfer window but suffered a groin injury in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Adelaide, with initial fears that he may be sidelined for some time.

While scans cleared him of serious injury – Tavares was even permitted to take part in some moderate drills at training on Thursday – Arnold said there was no point risking the Senegalese international.

“It was too short a turnaround. If the game was on Sunday, he probably would have played,” Arnold said. “It’s Friday night and with travel to Perth, it’s not easy sitting in a plane for five hours on the way there with a groin strain.”

Despite the 32-year’s old absence from defensive midfield, Arnold was quick to point to Grant as the perfect replacement – even if he doesn’t want the recently re-signed utility fulfilling that role beyond this season.

“I don’t like moving Rhyan around. The discussions that I had with him when I re-signed him were about concentrating on him being a right fullback,” Grant said. “But he missed a lot of the pre-season. He missed a lot of the tactical sessions at the start of the year. We pretty much agreed that for the rest of the year he’ll be used in numerous roles but in the off-season we’ll be concentrating on him being a right fullback. I’ve seen enough of Rhyan over the years, especially since I’ve been at the club, that he can fill any role and fill it very well.”

Terry Antonis may also have been an option to replace Tavares had he been fit but the Socceroos’ midfielder continues to be plagued by an ongoing knee injury. “Terry has had another injection. He’s had an MRI scan – he’s got some swelling on the tendon joint under the bone in his knee. But he’s not training at all at the moment,” Arnold said. “We’re hopeful we can get something out of him before the finals series.”

The match will take place with Perth still not knowing how badly their season will be affected by the FFA’s investigation into alleged salary cap rorting.

“From the start of the pre-season, of 20 weeks of hard pre-season, then a lot of travelling and lot of work, they might end up with nothing. That’s probably the only concern that the players would have,” Arnold said of the Glory’s predicament. “For us, whether they’ve got 44 points or zero points, tomorrow night is about three points and we’ve got to win and get our points to put us in a position that we want to be, on merit.”

Sydney may have some salary cap issues of their own next season, even if that concerns the unenviable task of potentially paying players below their market value.

“The hardest thing about management is that you develop players who are on minimum wage, and they want more. You bring players into the club who do well and they want more. So unfortunately, some players have to leave or move on or accept that what this club can provide for them [is good enough],” Arnold said. “Here they get everything provided for them. They get a wonderful training facility, they get fed lunch and breakfast every day and the best medical treatment. Sometimes to go another club, for an extra $20,000-$30,000, doesn’t help their career.”

One player the Sky Blues are battling to keep is Shane Smeltz, who has been offered a big pay rise to finish his career in Malaysia – an attractive option for a veteran striker wanting more game time.

“Shane is a wonderful pro and it’s a tough decision for me every week to have to pick out of Marc [Janko] and Shane but Marc has scored 16 goals in 20 games,” Arnold said. “If we let Shane go, we can’t replace him because the transfer window is closed and FFA rules state also that you have to have 20 players on your roster. If we let him go we’ve only got 19.”

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Highland netballers learn from the best

NSW Swifts goal attack Susan Pettitt will conduct a junior netball clinic at Eridge Park on April 16. Photo: FDCAUSTRALIAN netball veteran Susan Pettitt will be in town on Thursday, April 16.
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NSW Swifts goal attack Pettitt (nee Pratley) will conduct a junior clinic at the Eridge Park netball courts.

Pettitt has played at the top level for close to a decade and has represented Australia on several occasions.

The Bowral training clinic will be open for five to 12-year-old players.

More details about the clinic will be released soon.

Southern Highlands Netball Association (SHNA) competition co-ordinator Kate Bow encouraged all young netballers to attend the event.

“Susan is good with the kids and it’s a great clinic,” she said.

For more information, call Kate Bow on 0411 269 954.

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Lost in translation: Nick Mitchell set for first ever runner at Randwick, via Newmarket and Japan

Adding to the international flavour: French jockey Thomas Huet will partner Real Impact on Saturday. Photo: Greg Totman
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Adding to the international flavour: French jockey Thomas Huet will partner Real Impact on Saturday. Photo: Greg Totman

Adding to the international flavour: French jockey Thomas Huet will partner Real Impact on Saturday. Photo: Greg Totman

Kris Lees has six runners, Bede Murray three … and Nick Mitchell is just rapt to have his first ever runner at Royal Randwick.

Except this time don’t expect the subtitles to be needed for any pre-race interview, like the ones Japanese television producers thought were required.

“I can speak to Japanese people and they understand me fine, but if I do an interview on television in Japanese they’ll put subtitles up,” the little-known Hawkesbury trainer said of a near decade-long stint in Japan.

While he might be conceding plenty in terms of numbers to the likes of Lees and Murray in the inaugural Provincial Championship final, few can boast of such a diverse education.

Having spent time under his father Pat, who trained out of Newmarket in the United Kingdom, and later with Darley, Mitchell then spent the majority of his education in Japan.

Foreigners, or gaijin as the Japanese refer to them, aren’t allowed to have thoroughbreds under their name in the land of the rising sun. Needless to say, Mitchell was pulling the strings with a lot of horses which raced over there.

“They’ve got some of the best horses in the world,” Mitchell said. “It kind of felt at times you had to drag them kicking and screaming into the right century at times with some of their methods pretty drastic and Jurassic. I’ve got no regrets and there’s no right way or wrong way to train any horse. Every horse you have can teach you something.”

Having returned home to Europe, in his own words Mitchell “didn’t like” being back. On a whim he set off to Australia and landed as a foreman for Tim Martin. “I was just waiting for my visa so I could start up on my own and finally the right visa came through,” Mitchell said. “As soon as I did I started on my own.”

Starting on his own meant just two horses – one a horse he said was “a mess” and needed a year in the paddock to overcome a multitude of knee and feet issues. The horse was Radical Impact, which Mitchell affectionately describes as an “airhead” and “wired to the moon” as a typical Snitzel.

The trainer has taken on a highwire act of his own in trying to qualify Radical Impact for the Provincial Championship final, first making sure he didn’t exceed the amount of starts to fit the criteria and then ambitiously running first-up in the Wyong heat, where he finished third.

“He is hard work and high maintenance, but he’s one of these horses that can be really cheeky one moment and then real scared the next,” Mitchell said. “I’ve just tried to build up his confidence and make him happy. It was a real good effort to qualify there and I thought we might have to go to the Hawkesbury heat. After that I’m left with a horse that is 95 per cent fit all dressed up with nowhere to go.”

Mitchell will be able to dress up on Saturday before saddling up his first runner at Randwick. First one in his own name, anyway.

And with French jockey Thomas Huet on board, there will be no more international flavour than that attached to Radical Impact against the might of quintessential Australian trainers in Lees and Murray.

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Riders hit the road for fun, fitness and fame B2B

WHEELS IN MOTION: This year’s B2B has attracted some of the country’s top riders, but also has families in mind with a fun cycle challenge on Sunday.AROUND 1300 of the best cyclists in the country are heading to the region this weekend for the annual nab B2B Blayney to Bathurst Cyclo Sportif Challenge.
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Cyclists can compete in the Sunday’s 110-kilometre long course, 70km short course or the 11km Family Fun Challenge.

B2B planning committee chair Irene Jones has encouraged more people to take part, with on-the-day registrations available.

“We’re on par with last year and we’re hoping to meet that target or exceed it,” she said.

Mrs Jones said the Gold Race Wave for the county’s elite cyclists was already full with 120 riders to tackle the 110km course from Blayney via Trunkey Creek and Rockley Mount to Bathurst.

The 2014 short course winner Ryan O’Donnell has set his sights higher this year and is set to tackle the 110km event.

Also back to compete this year is the 2014 long course winner Josh Berry and runner-up Ayden Toovey. Local woman, and second-place female in the 2014 long course, Kirsten Howard will also be back to compete on Sunday.

For those with fun on their mind rather than tough competition, the Family Fun Challenge is expected to be a hit.

Kicking off at 9.15am from the Pits at Mount Panorama, the challenge gives an opportunity for mums, dads and children to participate and enjoy the cycling experience as a family.

Now in its sixth year, Mrs Jones said the challenge winds around the Pit Complex and roads within Charles Sturt University.

“It’s a celebration of cycling and it’s to involve the locals and families and kids,” she said. “It’s getting stronger each year as cycling gets stronger.”

The Family Fun Challenge is not timed, but all participants are eligible for spot prizes and lucky draws.

Once again all funds raised through registration fees will be donated to charity, with headspace Bathurst to be the major recipient.

Mrs Jones said for the second year running all roads for the entire Blayney to Bathurst course will be closed.

“It’s because of numbers in the race and we want to give the riders, especially the elite riders, the chance to compete in a road race,” she said.

“It’s safer for competitors and also safer for motorists.”

Mrs Jones said all residents in the areas affected by road closures had already been notified via a letterbox drop as well as advertising via local media outlets.

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick admits Tigers will have tough time covering for suspended Brett Deledio

Deledio is serving a one-week ban. Photo: Wayne Taylor Deledio is serving a one-week ban. Photo: Wayne Taylor
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Deledio is serving a one-week ban. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Deledio is serving a one-week ban. Photo: Wayne Taylor

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A host of candidates have put their hand up to replace Brett Deledio this week, but Richmond coach Damien Hardwick conceded his team will have a tough time covering for the suspended star.

Deledio was one of Richmond’s best against Carlton last round but paid the price for his head-high bump on Simon White which led to him receiving a one-match ban – the first suspension of his career.

Kane Lambert, Matt McDonough, Ricky Petterd and Chris Knights, who hasn’t played since Round 7, 2013, are all in line to fill the void left by the two-time best-and-fairest against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG on Saturday.

“Obviously (he’s) a very hard player to replace,” Hardwick said of Deledio.

“We’ve got some options there to replace him, it’s just a matter of finding the best piece of the puzzle.”

Hardwick revealed that Deledio probably wouldn’t have played this week even if he wasn’t suspended due to a calf injury, but fully expected the veteran to be fit to tackle the Brisbane Lions in Round 3.

The Richmond coach praised the improved physical aspect of Deledio’s game, but still lamented the “split-second” decision he made when confronting White in the first few moments of the season opener.

“It’s disappointing to lose a good player but the fact of the matter is you’ve got two guys running at the ball and you’ve got a split second to make a decision whether to dive under, whether to take out the legs and give away a free kick, whether to bump,” Hardwick said.

“So it was one of those ones we probably wish he made the other decision, but he didn’t.

“We’re disappointed he’s reported but his overall vigour and attack on the ball we have been really impressed with over the course of the last 12 to 18 months.”

But Hardwick was happy with the revamped match review panel system and that leniency was being applied to incidents such as Steve Johnson’s late bump on Sam Mitchell on Easter Monday.

“The great thing about it is we’re not seeing players miss for minor indiscretions which is really important,” he said.

“I think we love to see the good players playing the game.”

Defender David Astbury is also a chance to play against the Bulldogs as he continues to recover from being stung in the left foot by a stingray, but Hardwick intimated that a horses-for-courses policy might keep him from being selected.

“Dave will be thereabouts, he played pretty well last week in our VFL side so it’s one of those ones with matchups,” he said.

“They’ve obviously not got a tall forward line the Bulldogs, so all our key (backs) played pretty well (against Carlton) but he’ll certainly put his hand up to play, it’s been a really good recovery from the stingray sting.”

“He’s still got stitches in his foot but that’s a common occurrence with that type of injury.

“It will be a little bit of a problem for two to three weeks but he’s managing the pain pretty well.”

Hardwick described the Bulldogs as “incredible” following their 10-point win over West Coast last week but hoped Richmond would have an advantage by playing at the MCG – a ground the Dogs have visited only six times in the previous four seasons.

“Their pressure has been outstanding, their forward-50 tackling … they’ve probably shown even last year their ability to win contested ball, to tackle, to pressure the opposition – it’s gone up a notch again,” Hardwick said.

“We’re a good contested side also so it’s just a matter of absorbing that pressure and getting the ball on the outside. It’s easier said than done against a side that come in waves of defensive pressure so it’s going to be a tough game.”

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KIS earns Gourmet Traveller award

KIS earns Gourmet Traveller award, The Islander, Thursday April 9, 2015. Page 3.Kangaroo Island Spirits was delightedto learn that its rustic cellar door has wonthe Gourmet Traveller Wine’s annualaward for offering “The Best Tasting Experience”in our region (Southern Fleurieu /Kangaroo Island).
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KIS earns Gourmet Traveller award, The Islander, Thursday April 9, 2015. Page 3.

More than 200 cellar doors around Australiawere featured, and of them, KangarooIsland Spirits is the only distillery cellardoor to receive this recognition.

Jon and Sarah Lark thanked SophieSheridan and all their staff for their continuingpassion, and their dedication to ensuringvisitors to KIS have the best tastingexperience.

KIS earns Gourmet Traveller award, The Islander, Thursday April 9, 2015. Page 3.

With visitor numbers increasing annually,the KIS Cellar Door has reported numbersin March were up 50 per cent on lastyear.

Over winter, they plan to expand thecellar door and install a second still.The work on the grounds and the newAromatic Gin Garden by Andrew is attractinggreat feedback from visitors as well.Call in next time you are passing andenjoy the tasting experience for yourself.

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Rubick could be the next stallion for Ryan and Flower

Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
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Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Flying the flag: Rubick will be in action at headquarters as The Championships wrap up on Saturday. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

It is becoming increasingly expensive to find a stallion prospect for trainer Gerald Ryan and owner Damion Flower.

The pair have a good record of finding the right horse at the right time, identifying Snitzel as yearling and paying $260,000 for him.

“It was from the money we got from Clangalang [an Australian Derby and Epsom winner],” Flower recalled. “Gerald looked at him [Snitzel] and said he will be a stallion and he was right. Look at what he did on the track and what he is doing at stud. Now we are paying [for] his sons and they’re not cheap.”

Flower was part of the team that paid $1.8 million for a Snitzel colt out of champion mare Alinghi on Wednesday. It will be sent to Ryan, as has become the norm over a couple of decades. The relationship between Ryan and Flower is one of good mates but they have proven lethal in the bloodstock sense.

Rubick, which runs in the Arrowfield Stakes at Randwick, is another example of their teamwork. “Gerald was driving off the farm after seeing Rubick and rang and said ‘have a look at this one, he is our next stallion’,” Flower said. “He hasn’t let us down and gets his chance on Saturday to win at The Championships.”

It took $460,000 to secure him at the Magic Millions sale a couple years ago but he has already been earmarked for a career after racing, with a share sold to global giant Coolmore as a two-year-old.

He won the Schillaci Stakes against the older horses in the spring before being drawn on the wrong side of the track in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

He returned in the autumn with the Arrowfield in mind and has again looked a group 1 sprinter in the making. He ran third in the Challenge Stakes when held up for much of the straight before charging late, then failed in the Galaxy.

“He is back to his own age and this race will determine the best colt of the autumn,” Flower said. “We have been confident he would prove himself that for a while and we will find out on Saturday. It will be a group 1 race before long and it is very important.”

Ryan has been delighted with the way Rubick has come on in the three weeks since his last run.

“He has bounced back and this is the best he has been,” Ryan said. “He has the ability to win a group 1 and I’m confident it will happen. He is going to be very hard to beat on Saturday because he is flying.”

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Editorial 09/04/2015 – Boost for Island economy

The Islander, Thursday April 9, 2015. Page 1
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What a wonderful Easter break – the island wasabuzz with activity – so much to do and see.

The opening night of the Easter Art Exhibition wentoff very well and you can read about the winners and seewho was there in this edition.

Penneshaw Market on Sunday morning was huge,perhaps one of the biggest ever – and well-attended too.

Looking down the walkway you could hardly see anygreen grass, there were so many people there.

It’s wonderful for the stall holders to go along and begreeted by such a good crowd and so many people buyingand sampling.

The fishing competition was great fun at AmericanRiver and we’ll have a full report in next week’s paper.

There were plenty of visitors to the island too, andstores in Kingscote certainly reported increased activity,which is wonderful for the island’s economy.

Out and about around the island, many visitors weretaking in the sights – visiting Remarkable Rocks, Admiral’sArch and Cape Borda.

We received many entries for the night for two at theInterContinental Adelaide – it’s obviously a popular competition.

We are delighted to announce the winner of the CityDelights package is Karen Stapleton, so she is set or awonderful overnight stay with valet parking, full buffetbreakfast for two and a $25 Adelaide Casino voucher,and we thank the InterContinental Adelaide for thiswonderful prize. (Incidentally, the hotel has 24 floors.)

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