Monday, March 30, 2015

Not long now...

WORD has it that New Norfolk's new Woolworths supermarket will open in about a fortnight, with April 14 being tipped as the day trading will shift from the existing Charles St premises to the huge new premises just across the road in George St.

In the absence of any official advice from Woolworths, here's what the New Norfolk rumour mill has to say about the new supermarket. Make of it what you will.
  • The new supermarket is substantially bigger in floorspace than the closest Woolies at Bridgewater.
  • As many as 50 additional employees (30 full-time equivalents) have been employed to staff the new supermarket.
  • There will be self-service checkouts in addition to the traditional checkouts.
  • In addition to having an in-house bakery, customers will be able to order a pizza and have it cooked while they shop.
  • Trading hours are likely to be 7am-10pm seven days a week.

Plentiful parking and wide aisles inside are among the first thing shoppers will
notice at New Norfolk's new Woolworths Supermarket.

There's no milk in the fridge but most of the shelves are stocked.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Molesworth cricket premiers twice over

MOLESWORTH Cricket Club won both of the Southern Cricket Association grand finals it played in yesterday.

  • Molesworth I defeated Montagu Bay in the second grade premiership played at Boyer Oval in New Norfolk.
  • Molesworth II defeated Knights in the fifth grade premiership that was played at Richmond after a last-minute relocation from Cambridge.
Congratulations to both teams and to Derwent Valley Gazette columnist Quick Single for accurately predicting the outcome! Read all about it in this Wednesday's issue of the Gazette.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Junee Cave walking track closed

THE walking track to Junee Cave near Maydena has been temporarily closed due to damage to the bridge that is used by pedestrians to cross the Junee Creek at the car park. For further details contact Mt Field National Park visitor centre on 6288 1149.

Friday, March 27, 2015

High school boasts state's best MDT gear

UPGRADED Materials, Design and Technology (MDT) facilities were officially opened at New Norfolk High School earlier this month. Local students now have access to one of the most sophisticated technology learning areas in Tasmania that will equip them with new skills for an emerging job market.

Education and Training Minister Jeremy Rockliff MHA said the $500,000 upgrade included new computers, software and routers to assist students with design and drawing. "There's also a computer numerically-controlled booth, electronic smart board, woodturning booth, new metal and woodworking equipment and upgrades of the basics like benches, tools and lighting," Mr Rockliff said.

"Importantly, for the first time, students can use computer-driven routers that are capable of shaping a variety of commercial products and materials such as soft metals, brass, stainless steel, timber and stone. This means students can create, design and produce a finished product from their one-stop workshop. This is a great boost for all the Year 7 and 8 students who do MDT, and the great number of students who choose to study this as an elective in Year 9 and 10."

Mr Rockliff thanked GPJ Architects and builders CDC Development Tas Pty Ltd for their work in bringing the refurbishment to life. "I wish all the MDT students the all the best with their exciting endeavours in this new refurbished facility," he said.

Avoid the Bridgewater Bridge

POLICE have advised motorists to avoid the Bridgewater Bridge. The lift span is jammed in the open position and work is under way to fix the problem. Traffic is reportedly backed up for kilometres in both directions.

Metro Tasmania has advised that buses its buses will not be able to cross the bridge for two hours and urges its passengers to join buses travelling via the Bowen Bridge.

Police are directing traffic and ask motorists to use the Bowen Bridge or New Norfolk Bridge until further notice.

Check the Tasmania Police website and the Mercury for updates.

2.30PM UPDATE: Police advise that the bridge is now back in operation.

Two Molesworth teams in cricket grand finals

MOLESWORTH has been tipped to win the Second Grade and Fifth Grade grand finals of the Southern Cricket Association tomorrow. Derwent Valley Gazette columnist Quick Single predicts Molesworth I and Molesworth II will bring home the double for their club.

"In Second Grade, Molesworth I will defeat Montagu Bay by one run/wicket off the last over of the match in an absolute thriller at Boyer Oval. These two have played twice this season with Molesworth winning both. The last encounter was the Qualifying Final," he says.

"Brad Coppleman has made scores of 66 and 44 against the Sharks this season and I'm saying he will top-score with 70 runs in yet another fine display of batting and also be named man if the match. Josh Ransley will make 40 runs. I'm tipping Dean King to bring out his white line fever and ruffle a few feathers and give his home town crowd plenty to sprout about taking 4-23 off 10. Captain Jamie Adams and opener Brad Coppleman to also take wickets."

In Fifth Grade, Molesworth I is tipped to get revenge over the Knights and win by three wickets. "Brad Ransley is batting well at the right time and will make 50 runs, while the up and about Sam Triffitt will have another big match and make 45 runs. Aaron Triffitt will take three wickets, as will Brad Ransley and also be named man of the match."

The last time both Molesworth teams played in a grand final in the same season was back in the Derwent Valley Cricket Association in 1995/96 with Molesworth II getting up but Molesworth I was defeated. The last time both teams won the grand final in the same season was 1993/94 which was Molesworth I's first A-Grade premiership in the DVCA.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Southern cricket finals - Week 3

Southern Cricket Association
Finals Week 3 Results 

Fifth Grade preliminary final
After a close two-wicket win over Dynnyrne at Cambridge Oval on Saturday, Molesworth II is now through to the Fifth Grade grand final. In what was a relatively low-scoring match, Molesworth showed it has what it takes when the pressure is on.

Batting first, Dynnyrne made 10 for 148. This small total was due to some excellent bowling from the Molesworth attack, particularly captain Sam Triffitt who sent down 6.5 overs to capture 5-27 and Jye County who bowled 8 overs for 3-18. The pair kept the opposition right in check right to the end. Ever reliable Chris Slater also applied the pressure with a fine spell of tight bowling finishing with 1-16 off 9 overs. Aaron Triffitt also picked up a wicket.

In reply, Molesworth got off to a great start with openers Brad Ransley (39 runs) and Jacksyn Mann (21 runs) putting on a solid 64-run partnership. Sam Triffitt made it an even better effort with a very handy 23, while Jake Foster did likewise with 15. At the end it was Aaron Triffitt with 10 not out and Tyson Gray 4 not out who finished off the match a great result for the club.

Scores: Molesworth II 8 for 149 off 34.1 overs (33 extras) d Dynnyrne 10 for 148 off 41.5 overs (25 extras) at Cambridge Oval. Molesworth batting: Brad Ransley 39 (4x4, 1x6), Sam Triffett 23 (3x4), Jacksyn Mann 21 (2x4), Jake Foster 15 (2x4), Aaron Triffitt 10 not out, Tyson Gray 4no. Molesworth bowling: Sam Triffitt 5-27 (6.5), Jye County 3-18 (8), Chris Slater 1-16 (9), Aaron Triffitt 1-27 (5).

Third Grade preliminary final
In the Third Grade Preliminary final, DOSA defeated Bushy Park by 14 runs. DOSA 4 for 327 off 50 overs (34 extras) d Bushy Park 10 for 213 off 30.1 overs at Eady Street on Saturday. No other results were provided.

Second Grade preliminary final
Montagu Bay caused a real upset when it defeated favourites Richmond/Cambridge by five wickets.
After finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the season, the finals series saw Richmond/Cambridge bundled out in straight sets. Molesworth I will now play Montagu Bay in the grand final at Boyer Oval. Scores: Montagu Bay 5 for 205 off 49 overs (7 extras) d. Richmond/Cambridge 10 for 204 off 50 overs (12 extras) at Richmond.

Farewell Cheryl Rainbird
Sincere condolences to the Rainbird and Cashion families on the passing of Cheryl Rainbird last week. Cheryl was a former secretary of the Gretna Cricket Club with husband Peter for 23 years and was made a life member in 2004. Cheryl's dedication and tireless work for the club will always be remembered.