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Butler needs no invitation to deliver

EBONY Butler is a big part of Hunter Valley’s push for Central North Invitational Cricket Carnival success in Tamworth on the weekend.
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Ebony Butler bowls for Hunter Valley Under 14s in their first day win against Northern Inland in Tamworth on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 031015GGC14

The young allrounder, who was in Raymond Terrace on Thursday and Friday playing with the Central North Zone Under 15s in a Country Championship which made the final only to lose to City, excelled with the ball in Hunter Valley’s first game on Saturday.

Hunter Valley coach Jason Barry was most impressed with her bowling stint which yielded 1-25 off eight overs.

“She was my pick of the bowlers,” Barry said.

“She’s just coming off playing with the 15s in Raymond Terrace.

“Unfortunately they lost the final but she bowled very well here on Saturday. She’s very consistent and kept the ball up there.”

Hunter Valley had made 231 against Northern Inland and bowled the home team out for 201 for a good win.

Matt Lynch scored 90 in that game for HV and was at it again yesterday, knocking up 98 at Chaffey Park against Mid North Coast.

“He also took 5-33 off his eight overs,” Barry said of a talented young allrounder.

Ebony and her HV Under 14s tackle Scots College at Chaffey Park in their third and final game.

“It’s a great carnival for the kids,” Barry said of a Central North Invitational Cricket Carnival played in three age divisions – Under 13, 14 and 16 – with Northern Inland hosting Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast and Scots College.

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Alex McKinnon walks 80m with assistance

Making strides: Alex McKinnon. Photo: Jonathan CarrollInjured former Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon posted a short video clip on his Instagram account on Saturday evening that reveals encouraging progress in his rehabilitation from a “devastating spinal injury”.
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McKinnon suffered two fractured vertebrae after being driven head-first into the ground in a three-man tackle in Newcastle’s 28-20 loss to the Storm on March 24 last year.

Filmed at the Making Strides Recovery Centre on the Gold Coast, the clip shows McKinnon walking with the assistance of a frame, harness and trainer.

“With all the support and care from people all around the world I feel it’s important to continue to give people an update of how my progress is going with my Injury,” the accompanying caption read.

“In this small clip I am in a harness and using a walking frame and the assistants of a trainer to swing my legs through.”

The Junior Kangaroos star goes on to say that the ability to “lock out” his legs over an 80 metre distance without tiring is a real milestone in his recovery.

Remaining as positive but modest, McKinnon admits he is a “hard-marker” when it comes to his improvement, and reveals his aim is to keep his body in the best shape possible: “so when one day there is a cure of SCI I will be ready.”

He signs off with an eye on Sunday’s big encounter, quipping “must be because it’s Grand Final week.”

The post had attracted over 3000 likes within the first four hours of posting.

With all the support and care from people all around the world I feel it’s important to continue to give people an update of how my progress is going with my Injury.

Update: Anybody that has had an injury be it big or small understands the frustration that comes with rehab and the feeling of it being out of your control. Yet you continue to persist to turn up & push to see a change even though sometimes you think it is so far away. This week I had a really good week up on the Gold Coast [email protected] sore some improvement it the ability to lock out my knees, in this small clip I am in a harness and using a walking frame and the assistanceof a trainer to swing my legs through. Though the ability of my legs being able to lock out continually over a long period (80 metres) and not tire is a big improvement for me as I couldn’t not do this before.

This may seem small though it is an improvement, I’m a very hard marker on myself and to see a change is big for me.

I do my rehab with not only the main goal of being able to walk again in mind but also to stay as healthy & active as possible and to keep my body in the best shape I can so when one day there is a cure of SCI I will be ready. ….

Must be cause it’s Grand Final Week, Goodluck.

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Favourites made to work for wins

Latrobe’s Graham Hay bowls during the Premier League mens match against Devonport on Sunday.
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THE Bowls North West season got underway yesterday in near perfect weather.

Although the two hot favourites, Burnie and Penguin, both recorded comfortable wins on all rinks, they did not have it all their own way. Burnie, with Patrick Smith, John Davis Trevor Carpenter and J Russell leading the way, held a 27-17 shot margin over Jamie Costello.

They held a 25 shots overall over a gallant Turners Beach. David Gamble had eight up his sleeve against Warren Bellchambers. The other two rinks were very close with Mark Nitz scoring 27-24 against Denis Knuckey and Jeremy Turner winning 21-17 against Albert Creedon.

It would be a pleasing result for the Beach as the predictions doing the rounds were that they would struggle to be competitive this season. They appear to have put that theory to rest already.

Spreyton were very pleased with their 24-shot deficit result against powerhouse Penguin, although losing on all rinks. In their first taste of Premier League the Tip Rats pushed their more fancied rivals all the way. Paul Harker, with good support from Paul Ratcliffe, Grant Ollington and Phillip Rockliffe, fell just two shots short of an upset win over Penguin young gun Bradley Gibson.

Murray Baulch got to within four shots of Aaron Page, and Mike Higginson and Trevor Atkinson pushed their more recognizable opponents in Ricky Richardson and Wayne Manson with both going down by nine shots.

Latrobe put a dent in Devonport’s claim of being the big improvers with a 3-rink, 29-shot margin. Most of the winning score was made up by Greg Douce, Philip Moore, Graham Hay and Joe Skirving who defeated Patrick Wilson by 21 shots 35-14. Philip Mundy had six to spare over Craig Bishop, and Colin Griffiths finished 27-22 to the good against Tim Douce. It is early days yet but Latrobe’s player exit does not seem to be as severe as predicted by some. Their team already appears to be as strong as last season so you can bet that many more wins will come their way.

In the final Premier League game Ulverstone produced a 66-shot demolition of South Burnie, 116-66. Eden Moore, Peter Thow, Steve Aitken and Alex Campbell led the way with a 20-shot win over Alan Carver. Not to be outdone Mick Oliver, Robert Eudey, Greg.Lillico and Wayne McCoy made sure that Luke Richardson’s return to Coastal bowls was one he would care to forget, doubling Richardson’s score 34-17. Rodney Horton also started his season well with a convincing 13-shot defeat of Nick Chillcott. Michael Chillcott and Grant Youd played a 20-all draw.

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Birchall joins select group

BEFORE Saturday, the list of footballers to have won four or more premierships was a select group, occupied by the biggest names the game has ever seen.
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IT’S OURS: Shaun Burgoyne and Grant Birchall celebrate with the crowd after Hawthorn won the 2015 AFL grand final against the West Coast Eagles on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images.

Ron Barassi, Dermott Brereton, Royce Hart, Alex Jesaulenko and Leigh Matthews were just five of the 59 players who tasted the ultimate success on so many occasions.

Those history books will now have to be re-written as Devonport’s Grant Birchall added his name to the honour roll following Hawthorn’s 46-point win over West Coast at the MCG.

Birchall, along with Jordan Lewis, Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Cyril Rioli and Jarryd Roughead all picked up their fourth medal, helping the Hawks to a remarkable three-peat and four flags in the past eight seasons.

Once again, Birchall was a model of consistency on the big day as he patrolled the back line, accumulating a polished 22 possessions at 82 percent efficiency to go with seven marks.

Such was Hawthorn’s dominance, he even found time to sneak forward in the opening term to kick his first ever goal in a grand final, courtesy of a Jack Darling turnover.

Speaking as the players were presented to an adoring crowd in the post-match celebrations, an elated Birchall said the team was not fazed by the hot conditions and the threat from an in-form Eagles team.

“We were extremely confident – we’ve played in these hot conditions over the past couple of years and I think it put is in good stead,” he said.

He also brushed off suggestions he moved ahead of fellow Devonport great Matthew Richardson as one of the best players to come from not only the city, but the state.

“I think he’s still got me covered,” he said with a laugh.

At just 27, and no signs of the Hawthorn machine slowing down just yet, Birchall’s final standing in Tasmanian football history still has a chapter or two left to be written.

FULL GRAND FINAL COVERAGE, Pages 30-33.

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Familiar faces for Devonport’s Torquay ferry

DEVONPORT’S Brian Osbourne will return to the helm of the Torquay Ferry this month after working as a bus driver during the vessel’s 15-month hiatus.
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The Spirit of Devonport will set sail on October 23 under the same operators, Merseylink’s Grant and Jan Bingley.

Mr Osbourne had driven the ferry for nine years before it ceased operations in June last year.

He was last aboard the Torquay, to be re-launched as the Spirit of Devonport, just last week.

The former coxswain, soon to be re-instated, is looking forward to seeing old passengers.

FERRY STORY: Torquay ferry owners Jan and Grant Bingley of Merseylink Phoenix coaches and Torquay coxwain Brian Osbourne. Picture: Jason Hollister.

“Hopefully we’ll get a lot of them back. We used to get a lot of women with their prams, people with their bikes would go across on the ferry, not quite as easy as the bus.”

Living City could make the Spirit of Devonport “a real icon”, according to Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania CEO Luke Martin. “It was one of the few things that connected the city to the river.

“When it was lost, it was such a shame.

“Hopefully in the next few years when the Living City comes off that river precinct is going to be a real feature of Devonport and that part of the North-West.”

Ferry operations ceased after a state subsidy was removed and the service was deemed commercially unviable.

The re-launched ferry service will be known as the Spirit of Devonport and will operate Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 6pm and Saturdays from 9am until 5pm.

The ferry is on a 12-month trial period.

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