Friday, January 30, 2015

Community Event of the Year

Harry Sherwood.
THE annual New Norfolk Anzac Day observances have been named the winner of the Derwent Valley Council's award for Community Event of the Year.

The presentation was made by deputy mayor Ben Shaw as chairman of the council's Australia Day Committee. The award was accepted by Harry Sherwood from the New Norfolk RSL.

"The Anzac Day service has grown from strength to strength," Cr Shaw said when presenting the award on Monday. "With 2015 being the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, it is very appropriate to publicly acknowledge the New Norfolk RSL and the Anzac Day service," Cr Shaw said.

For many decades the New Norfolk RSL has organised marches and services at dawn and 11am every Anzac Day.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kerryn Bone - Citizen of the Year

Kerryn Bone.
VOLUNTEER ambulance officer Kerryn Bone is the Derwent Valley Council's Citizen of the Year for 2015. The award was announced on Monday by deputy mayor Ben Shaw at the local Australia Day celebration at Tynwald Park.

Councillor Shaw said it was impossible to measure Kerryn's contribution to the community since she become a volunteer ambulance officer at New Norfolk at the age of 18 years in 1997.

"Kerryn has been a significant and reliable volunteer ambulance officer who has attended an unknown amount of serious illnesses and accidents," Cr Shaw said. "Kerryn has been called without prior notice, in all weather conditions, at any time of day or night, to assist paramedics in difficult, time consuming and intensive medical treatment scenes."

Kerryn also served as co-ordinator of ambulance volunteers for seven years, managing the induction, training and welfare of 25 to 30 fellow volunteers based at the New Norfolk Ambulance Station.

Congratulations Kerryn.

Ellie Hayton - Young Citizen of the Year

Ellie Hayton.
A STUDENT entering Grade 10 at New Norfolk High School has been named the Derwent Valley municipality's Young Citizen of the Year for 2015.

Ellie Hayton, 15, received the honour at the Australia Day celebration in New Norfolk on Monday.

A successful all-rounder at school, Ellie has been a Beacon Foundation Student Ambassador since 2013 which has involved active participation in a large number of school events, working with more than 120 businesses and community partners.

Ellie is also an active member of the Derwent Valley Concert Band and a keen participant in Corumbene Nursing Home’s "Aiding the Aged" program. This program provides art, craft and cooking activities in the dementia area.

Congratulations Ellie.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cricket honour for Gretna great

Tasmanian Cricket Volunteer of the Year
Peter Rainbird taking a look at the ICC
 World Cup at the MCG recently.
HOT on the heels of being awarded the title of Cricket Tasmania volunteer of the month for November, Gretna Cricket Club president Peter Rainbird has now been named Tasmania's Cricket Volunteer of the Year.

The untiring volunteer who is in his 50th season of involvement with cricket, received a phone call from Cricket  Australia acknowledging his efforts by offering to fly him to Melbourne to watch the day-night match between Australia and India at the MCG on January 18, all expenses paid.

"I didn't know what to say to tell you the truth," Peter said. "I was very humbled to say the least." Peter was treated to first class viewing at the MCG and got to mix with all state volunteer winners as well as officials and former players from the Australian and Indian teams. "It was a great atmosphere, I thoroughly enjoyed myself," Peter said after returning home.

In a statement, Cricket Tasmania noted that Peter not only serves as president of the Gretna club, he also plays roles in being a groundsman, helping to run the canteen/bar, maintaining the clubhouse and even has a hand in scoring.

"The Gretna Cricket Club has a family culture which is mainly due to Peter and the involvement he has had with in the club. The club (in a small country town region) boasts a MILO in2CRICKET Centre with 20 participants and has a strong junior pathway program, with a number of current talented players (boys and girls) representatives in Tasmanian state junior teams," Cricket Tasmania said.

"The work he and his club are doing in this space ensures cricket in the Derwent Valley will always be a breeding ground for local talent. Peter has been president of the club 23 seasons now and has also been the secretary and also the treasurer for periods during this time. Along with his off-field efforts, he has played over 500 matches and played in 15 grand finals for seven premierships for the club, been captain of the club at certain stages and is (for obvious reasons!) a life member of the club.

"Peter has done so much for the game of cricket at Gretna but his impact has also served as vice-president of the former Derwent Valley Cricket Association, was an umpire in the competition and also represented the DVCA in country week matches for many seasons."

This was a fitting way of rewarding a man who has given so much to the game of cricket and the community he lives in. Congratulations and well done Peter. Your efforts and contributions are truly appreciated by all.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Australia Day 2015

COOLER than usual conditions prevailed for this year's annual Australia Day observance at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, today. With temperatures hovering around 15 degrees, master of ceremonies deputy mayor Ben Shaw kept the program running smoothly.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band performed, the New Norfolk Lions Club cooked a sausage sizzle, the New Norfolk Fire Brigade and the State Emergency Service gave displays, the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team and the Salvation Army conducted children's games and the national flag was raised by a cub scout and two joey scouts. The Australia Day Fun Run attracted a record crowd but the numbers are not yet available.

Award recipients at the New Norfolk Australia Day event.
Five Derwent Valley residents chose Australia Day for their citizenship ceremonies and an address was given by Australia Day Ambassador Robert Pennicott. A presentation was made to Mr Pennicott by New Norfolk Woolworths representative Maree Kennedy in acknowledgement of his service as an Australia Day Ambassador.

Australia Day Awards announced by Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans were as follows:

Derwent Valley Citizen of the Year: Kerryn Bone
Derwent Valley Young Citizen of the Year: Ellie Hayton
Derwent Valley Sports Team of the Year: New Norfolk District Football Club
Derwent Valley Sportsperson of the Year: Ricky Duggan
Derwent Valley Young Sportsperson of the Year: Hannah Mann
Derwent Valley Community Event of the Year: New Norfolk Anzac Day Services

Community appreciation certificates were awarded to: Gwen Spinks (presented at Maydena), Denise Mills, Barbara Morley, Pauline Bryant, Jaidyn Daniels, Alice Clarke, Matt Byrne, Nathanial Graham, New Norfolk Can Hope Cancer Support Group, Derwent Valley Community House, Lions Club of New Norfolk, Corumbene Nursing Home, St Brigids Catholic School.

Check back later for profiles and photos of the award recipients

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last days for summer ranger program

Russell Falls in full flow after
last weekend's rain. More great
photos on Facebook.
THE discovery ranger program at Mt Field National Park is entering its last days for this summer season. The final roster runs from tomorrow (Thursday), until Monday (Australia Day).

All activities are free but park entry fees apply. Programmed activities may change in adverse weather. An adult must accompany children under 12. Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities.  For more information contact Discovery Ranger Alex on 0428 407 598.

Thursday, January 22
10.30am – Photographing Nature. Create lasting memories of your visit to Mt Field as you unlock the potential of your digital camera. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
2pm – Don’t Die in Oz. Learn about how easy it is to perish in the Australian bush and how easy it is to avoid an untimely death through a humorous presentation in the Fagus Room. (45 min.)

Friday, January 23
11am – Ecology is Everything! Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a short nature walk and have your eyes opened to a new world at your feet. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
2pm – Feral Peril. Introduced animals and plants are a major threat to many iconic Tasmanian species. Learn how to identify and reduce these threats. Meet at the Interpretation Centre. (1 hr.)

Saturday, January 24
10am–noon – Roving Ranger. The Discovery Ranger will be at the Mt Anne car park in the morning and around the South-West picnic areas for the rest of the day. Take the opportunity to learn about wilderness safety and care.

Sunday, January 25
11am – Really Big Trees. Get a new perspective on trees, landscape, big time, the history and future of humanity and your place within it. Meet at the Tall Trees Car Park. (1.5hrs.)
3pm – Art in the Bush. Discover your inner artist using natural materials to make temporary works of spiritual expression. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)

Monday, January 26
10.30am – Falling Water, Falling Trees. Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a guided natural history walk to Russell Falls. Meet outside the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
2pm – Creepy Crawlies. Invertebrates are bizarre and beautiful, fascinating and sometimes fearsome. Join this remarkable presentation in the Fagus Room at the Visitor Centre. (1hr.)

For further information about the Discovery Program around Tasmania visit the Parks and Wildlife website at Activities are free, but a Park Pass is required for activities in the Park. Wear appropriate clothing, sunblock, repellent and footwear. Activities may be cancelled in adverse weather; check with Visitor Centre staff. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For further enquiries about the Discovery Program at Mt Field contact Alex Dudley on 0428 407 598.

Cricket defied the rain

Derwent Valley matches
Round 13

WITH all but one of last weekend's SCA matches going ahead despite the wet weather, there were some good games of cricket in all grades. Molesworth II recorded a three-wicket fifth grade win over St Aidans at Boyer Oval on Sunday. Chasing 173 for victory, Molesworth showed great poise and patience, reaching the total with plenty of overs to spare.

The experienced Martyn Evans led the way with a fine 42 not out find the boundary on five occasions. He was well supported by Nick Piuselli who made 36. Earlier, with the ball, young Brayden Chaplin put in a great short spell of bowling taking 2-7 while Evans had a good match taking two wickets as did captain Jacksyn Mann. Molesworth II is looking every bit a finals team and if they can continue this form they will be a real chance for the big one.

In first grade on Saturday, New Norfolk I was handed a big loss going down to Wellington by seven wickets. Having first hit, the Red Caps managed just 65 before being bowled out after 22 overs. Only two batsmen made it to double figures with evergreen Adrian Eiszele top scoring with 22 and Richard Graham 16.  In reply Wellington lost just three wickets in the run chase with Kendal Bluett the main wicket-taker with 2-26.

In Second Grade, Gretna I kept its winning streak intact with a good six-wicket win over Sorell. Bowling out the visitors for 144, Gretna chased down the target with just under 20 overs remaining. Azza Maddox was the main destroyer with the ball, taking 3-35 while Craig Cunningham picked up 2-24. Opening batsman and captain Ben Rainbird led from the front with a well-made 54 while Rhys Browning continued his good form with 40. Congratulations to Corey Ransley on playing his 150th club match for Gretna, may there be many more ahead.

The other second grade match, between Molesworth and Wellington at Boyer Oval, was washed out.

In third grade on Sunday, Bushy Park continued on its merry way with a good win over St Virgils by six wickets. Bushy Park cleaned up the home team for just 78 with Dylan Grant and young Blake Howlett bowling extremely well and taking three wickets each. In reply Bushy Park lost four wickets in the run chase with Mitch Crosswell smashing 51 not out in yet another great display of batting. There is no easing up for this Bushy Park side which is clearly the in-form side at the moment.
Gretna II suffered a five-wicket loss to Derwent in the other third grade match. Gretna had first hit, facing out its 50 overs making 168 with the reliable Bruce Emery top-scoring with 63 and Brock Nichols 24. In reply the home team reached the target with  5.4 overs to spare. Jackson Ackerly was the main wicket taker for Gretna with 2-36.
In the fourth grade match New Norfolk II went down to Rokeby by four wickets on Saturday. In a reduced 36-over match, the home team had first hit making 7 for 140. Captain Josh Walsh batted well making 33 which included two 4s and two 6s. Aaron Drew was next best with 28. Special mention to Nathan Rice who remained 6no. In reply Rokeby reached the Red Caps' total with just under six overs remaining and four wickets in hand. Bowlers Mitchell Rice and Aaron Drew picked up two wickets apiece.
Next games: There will be no matches this Australia Day long weekend. SCA matches will resume with Round 14 on January 31 and February 1. Youth League matches will return from the summer break with Round 9 on February 1.

FIRST GRADE - Saturday

Wellington 3 for 68 off 9.4 overs d New Norfolk I 10 for 65 off 22 overs (11 extras) at Eady St. New Norfolk I - batting: Adrian Eiszele 22 (2x4s), Richard Graham 16.  New Norfolk I - bowling: Kendal Bluett 2-26 (4.4), Jamie Hill 1-4 (1).

Gretna I 4 for 145 off 30.2 (31 extras) d Sorell 10 for 144 off 44.5 overs (21 extras) at Gretna. Gretna I - batting: Ben Rainbird 54 (2x4s), Rhys Browning 40 (4x4s), Mathew Burns 11no. Gretna I - bowling: Aaron Maddox 3-35 (10), Craig Cunningham 2-24 (7.5), Corey Ransley 1-14 (7), Mathew Burns 1-14 (5), Daniel Browning 1-19 (8), Rhys Browning 1-25 (4).

Molesworth v Wellington at Boyer Oval - washed out.

Bushy Park 4 for 81 off 19.1 overs (14 extras) d St Virgils 10 for 78 off 33.1 overs at St Virgils. Bushy Park - batting: Mitchell Crosswell 51no. Bushy Park - bowling: Dylan Grant 3-13 (8.1), Blake Howlett 3-13 (5), Troy Smith 2-36 (10), Nick Fenton 1-3 (2), Mitchell Crosswell 1-11 (8).

Derwent 5 for 169 off 44.2 overs (34 extras) d Gretna II 10 for 168 off 50 overs (44 extras) at New Town High School. Gretna II - batting: Bruce Emery 63 (2x4s), Brock Nichols 24 (2x4s), Jackson Ackerly 10 (1x4). Gretna II - bowling: Jackson Ackerly 2-36 (8.2), Zac Crosswell 1-32 (10), Todd Jarvis 1-36 (9), Luke Crosswell 1-40 (7).

Rokeby 6 for 142 off 30.2 overs d. New Norfolk II 7 for 140 off 36 overs (29 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk II batting: Josh Walsh 33 (2x4s, 2x6s), Aaron Drew 28 (2x4s, 1x6), Zane Nossiter 16no(1x4), T. Smith 12 (1x4). New Norfolk II bowling: Mitchell Rice 2-21 (7). Aaron Drew 2-32 (5.2). Nathon Heron 1-21 (8). Josh Walsh 1-35 (5).

Molesworth II 7 for 174 off 42.4 overs (39 extras) d St Aidans 10 for 172 off 48.5 (32 extras) at Boyer Oval.  Molesworth II - batting: Martyn Evans 42no (5x4s), Nick Piuselli 36 (2x4s), Jacksyn Mann 20 (2x4s), Tyson Gray 11, Josh Bomford 10, Jayden Wilton 3no. Molesworth II - bowling: Brayden Chaplin 2-7 (3), Martyn Evans 2-22 (10), Jacksyn Mann 2-31 (10), David Adams 1-11 (5), Brad Ransley 1-24 (8.5), Josh Bomford 1-37 (9).